It goes without saying that the members of River City Dog Excursions are enthusiastic animal lovers and proud pet parents. We have over 20 years combined experience in the pet care industry and strive to keep an open dialogue with local veterinarians, trainers, rescue organizations, and shops to stay up to date on the latest trends and news. River City Dog Excursions is adamant about your pet's safety and well-being so we are licensed, bonded and insured as well as Red Cross certified in Pet First Aid & CPR.


April Poland

I have been a Richmonder for seven years now.  I started my career at Gloucester/Matthews Humane Society.  While there I rescued, rehabilitated, and re-homed animals.  At the young age of 16 I knew I wanted to make my love for animals my career.  I enrolled in Blue Ridge Community College's Animal Science program.  For the next eight years I worked in various animal hospitals learning valuable information and techniques.  The past seven years I have worked at a large boarding facility here in Richmond.  I started off as a receptionist but quickly moved to management then became senior manager.  I have loved caring for every pet that came through my doors.  I wanted to make it as much of a positive experience as possible for the pet and it's family.  I decided to start River City Dog Excursions because I wanted more one-on-one interaction with each pet I cared for as well as being out in mother nature with man and women's best friend.

You'll see me around in the various local parks with my two pups, Allen and Roxie.  Our favorite park is Wetlands at Pony Pasture, my Jack Russell loves to swim!

If you have any questions feel free to contact me!



Alyssa Sicard


I am new to Richmond but not new to animal care. I'm originally from Florida where I've worked as a groom mucking stalls, feeding horses, and grooming horses for 10 years. I also have experience working at a pet day care and boarding facility for dogs and cats. I am passionate about animal care and have always found spending quality time with animals to be uplifting and rewarding. I always joke that Bailey is my youngest sister-- she is a lab mix that we adopted as a puppy from the humane society. She's currently living the life in Hawaii with my mom, and I miss her like crazy! So, I have lots of fun pampering all of our clients' dogs as is they were my own! 

My other passion is art. I recently graduated from the University of Florida with a BFA in painting. I paint a variety of subjects but one of my favorites is to paint portraits of our furry companions.  Check out my website at:

I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your pets!