About Us

The Royal City Humane Society (RCHS) was incorporated as a non-profit association in December 1994 and received registered charity status in early 1995 (Registered Charity # 89683-2532-RR0001). The RCHS was founded by concerned New Westminster residents to deal with the pet overpopulation problem within our community.

The purpose of RCHS is to promote public awareness of animal welfare problems and to further and ensure the fair and proper treatment of animals in our communities.

To further the goals of the RCHS, the city council was approached regarding mandatory spay/neuter by-laws, grants for low cost spay/neuter programs for pets and off-leash areas for dogs.

For several decades, the society operated a shelter for abused and homeless cats. Working in tandem with the New West Animal Shelter, healthy cats were sent to NWAS for adoption and elderly cats and special needs cats were either housed at the shelter or placed in foster care. On October 30, 2019, in anticipation of the opening of the new NWAS, the society closed its shelter. The new shelter provides a modern and comfortable place with safeguards and space to prevent outbreaks of disease.

RCHS will continue to serve the community of New West as follows:

RCSH provides veterinary assistance for companion animals of low and fixed income residents of New Westminster as well as maintaining a low cost spay/neuter program to prevent the proliferation of homeless cats and kittens.

  • The society supports 60+ special needs and senior cats in its foster care program.
  • Volunteers trap and care for feral cats and kittens in New Westminster and adjacent areas.
  • The society participates in community outreach events and provides food and pet supplies as well as veterinary care, as required.

RCHS fundraises on a regular basis to support its activities. The society is always open to ideas and volunteers for projects to raise money to support its causes.

RCHS is staffed by volunteers only.  Funding comes from donations, memberships, grants and through various fund raising activities -- all funds are spent on the welfare of animals.

Membership fees are $20 per year.

Contact us by mail us at:
Royal City Humane Society
PO Box 47243, Royal City PONew Westminster, BC V3L 0A5