About Us


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Watch a video on the work of the Royal City Humane Society, how it operates, the costs of running the shelter, their feral cat program and the need for volunteers and animal advocates.


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).

Royal City Humane Societywas founded to deal with the pet overpopulation problem in New Westminster. We operate a small shelter in New Westminster where we provide care for injured, stray and abandoned cats. We work in conjunction with the New West Animal Shelter and young, healthy and adoptable animals are referred to the New West Shelter for adoption. Senior cats and those with special needs either remain at the society’s shelter or are placed in foster care. At this time we have more than more than 100 senior and special needs cats in foster homes. These cats are funded by the society for the duration of their lives …most of the society’s funds go to pay for their vet bills, food and cat litter.

When they arrive at the shelter, animals are tested for disease, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and tattooed or microchipped. We also provide feeding stations at various locations for feral cats that are trapped, tested for disease, spayed or neutered, and released back to area where they were trapped. However, if it is apparent that one of these cats has a friendly disposition (indicating that perhaps it’s a stray rather than a feral cat), it stays with us until we can find a forever home for it.

In addition to promoting public awareness of animal welfare problems designed to ensure the fair and proper treatment of animals, we also provides low-cost spay and neuter services to the community, as well as financial assistance with vet bills for low-income owners.

Adoptions are from our shelter by appointment only, seven days a week. Call 604-524-6447 to make an appointment.If you feel you would be willing to foster one of our senior or special needs cats, we would love to hear from you. Some of these cats have been at the shelter for a long time … years in fact … and they may require a lot of patience, but we are confident that with enough love and understanding even these little ones can become functioning and happy members of society. With financial assistance from the society to support their needs, fostering one of these little ones should not become a financial drain.

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. If you'd like to become a member please complete the attached membership formand mail it along with your cheque to the address below. 

Donations are always welcome and can be made by completing the attached donation formand mailing it along with your cheque to the following address.

Contact us by mail us at:

Royal City Humane Society
PO Box 47243, Royal City PO (mailing address only)
New Westminster, BC V3L 0A5

Adoptions are from our shelter by appointment seven days a week 604-524-6447.