Monday, December 12, 2016

First Lady of Virginia Kicks Off City 2017 Pet License Program

Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe kicked off the city of Richmond’s 2017 pet license program by purchasing a city pet license for her dogs, Guinness and Daisy.  The First Lady’s pets were the honorary recipients of tags number 1 and 2 for 2017.

All cats and dogs living in the City of Richmond are required to be licensed and have a current Rabies vaccination. Further, this legally required form of identification is your best friend’s most valuable asset in getting home safely should they become lost. Each year, Richmond Animal Care & Control (RACC) receives over 3000 animals, yet the vast majority of them have no form of identification to assist RACC in reuniting pets to their families. Your pet can’t tell RACC where they live, so speak for them by purchasing a pet license today.

City of Richmond residents are required to purchase a license for each pet that is owned. Attach the license tag to your pet’s collar. This simple step ensures that if someone finds your pet wearing its registered license tag -- whether a citizen or animal control officer – they will know immediately that the animal is lost and belongs to YOU!

The cost of a pet license is $10 for each cat or dog and must be renewed yearly.  Please visit for more information and locations where you can purchase your 2017 license.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Neighborhood Leaf Clean-Up Program Scheduled

Throughout December and January the Department of Public Works will host Neighborhood Leaf Clean-up events from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in neighborhoods that traditionally have a high volume of leaves. All types of bags will be collected, not just biodegradable. The bags will be picked up rain or shine and must be ready for removal when City trucks arrive. As many as 50 bags per household will be removed during each Neighborhood Leaf Clean-Up.

The dates and locations are:
  • December 3:  Stony Point | Woodland Heights | Windsor Farms
  • December 10:  Westover Hills | Forest Hill Terrace
  • December 17:  Worthington Farms | Woodhaven
  • January 7:  Bellevue | Laburnum Park 
  • January 14:  Ginter Park | Washington Park
Throughout the year the Department of Public Works will collect up to six bags of leaves per household during weekly solid waste collection.  During the Vacuum Leaf Collection Program, residents can dispose of up to 20 bags of leaves when their sub-zone receives vacuum service.  City residents may also dispose of leaves by taking them to these locations:
  • East Richmond Road Convenience Center, 3800 East Richmond Road, Richmond, VA 23223
  • Maury Street Landfill, 2900 Maury St., Richmond, VA 23224
Vacuum service may be cancelled and rescheduled during inclement weather.

For updates on the vacuum schedule, call the Leaf Hotline at 646-LEAF or visit