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Richmond SPCA

Humane Center

2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

Adoption Hours
Mon. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue. - Fri. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Lora Robins Gift Shop Hours
Mon. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue. - Fri. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Donation Drop Off Hours
Mon. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Susan M. Markel
Veterinary Hospital

Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Monday, February 18.

Admissions Hours
Mon. - Fri. by appointment.
Closed Monday, February 18.

Administrative Hours
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Monday, February 18.
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Robin Starr, Chief Executive Officer

Robin was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, and graduated from Norfolk Academy. She grew up in a family of animal lovers. She graduated with a major in Biology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After college, Robin went to law school at T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond where she was editor of the University of Richmond Law Review. Robin practiced corporate law as an in-house attorney with A.H. Robins Company and subsequently with Williams Mullen law firm, where she was a partner in the business and corporate law section and specialized in mergers and acquisitions.

Robin left the practice of law to become the CEO of the Richmond SPCA in 1997. Shortly thereafter, the Board of Directors adopted a plan for the future of the Richmond SPCA that was very progressive and ambitious. The plan envisioned that the organization would focus its resources and efforts on transforming Richmond into a no-kill community and would create a new humane center with an on-site spay/neuter clinic and educational facilities. Robin worked with board leadership to make that plan a reality over the next four years. In recognition of Robin’s contributions to the fulfillment of the plan, the Robins-Starr Humane Center bears her name along with that of E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., chairman of the Capital Campaign and former board chairman.

Under Robin’s leadership, the Richmond SPCA realized the goal it set at the outset of transitioning to a no-kill model. A full two years ahead of the original 2008 goal, it was announced that no healthy, homeless animal died in the city of Richmond during the 2006 calendar year. Never again will a healthy dog or cat die in the city of Richmond simply because he is orphaned. Robin’s vision in developing the lifesaving programs and services that led to this accomplishment has made her a sought-after speaker at several national seminars. Through ASPCA Mission: Orange, the Richmond SPCA has become a learning laboratory for other communities across the country seeking to adopt the Richmond model. Robin also travels to consult with communities seeking to replicate the progressive model that has made Richmond one of the four safest places in the country for homeless pets.

Robin is also a trustee of the Richmond Ballet and a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Robin with Lily

photo courtesy of Saved Images

Tamsen Heckel Kingry, Chief Operating Officer 

Tamsen joined the Richmond SPCA as its community relations manager in October 2002, and her role was expanded to include major gifts manager in July 2003. Tamsen was appointed director of development in July 2004, and in this capacity supervises the organization’s fundraising efforts, including direct mail, e-marketing, online giving, grant writing, public relations and special events. She was promoted to chief operating officer in June 2007 and continues to oversee development in addition to veterinary services, admissions, adoptions, and offsite events.  In addition, she is involved in a number of public relations activities, which have helped garner community support for the state-of-the-art, nationally recognized Robins-Starr Humane Center and its myriad lifesaving programs and services. Tamsen has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit Richmond’s homeless and orphaned animals and has aided in generating positive coverage of the Richmond SPCA since the organization’s move to its shelter in October of 2002. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Tamsen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. E-mail Tamsen.

Tamsen with Diesel

Sarah Babcock, Chief of Education and Training

Sarah grew up in Southern California and started training the family dogs at a very young age. She turned her attention to horses and rode and competed hunters throughout high school and college. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Sweet Briar College with a BA in Math/Economics and almost immediately went to work for IBM. During her 14 years at IBM, Sarah worked as a systems engineer, as one of the first PC sales “fighter pilots,” as a local area network and software specialist, and in database/data warehousing marketing.

In March 1996, she found a dog on the street in front of her house. “Crosby” was adopted and marched off to traditional obedience classes immediately. During the year that ensued, Sarah attended a number of more reward-based clicker training and agility seminars as well and was hooked. Crosby and Sarah began competing in agility the following year, and Sarah began teaching agility classes the next year. Fascinated with the “new” application of learning theory to real-life dog training and behavior modification, Sarah left IBM in 1998 to pursue additional education in animal behavior. She completed three years of graduate work in psychology/neuroscience with Dr. Craig Kinsley at the University of Richmond. She graduated valedictorian and with honors from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco SPCA in 2001, and joined the Richmond SPCA shortly thereafter as their director of education and training.

Sarah was promoted to chief of education & training in June 2007. She and her staff currently oversee the behavior helpline, children’s humane education programs, adult education via Pet University seminars, behavior and training programs, outreach and companionship programs. E-mail Sarah.


Dr. Angela Ivey, DVM, Director of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Ivey is a native of Kentucky and a graduate of the University of Louisville, where she earned a bachelor degree in biology to prepare for veterinary school, which she completed at Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Dr. Ivey says she moved to Virginia after veterinary school “for a year or so” and has been here ever since. For nearly 20 years Dr. Ivey worked in private practice, running a clinic she started in Colonial Heights along with a satellite clinic in Chester.

She joined the staff of the Richmond SPCA in November 2004. “I was actually looking for a place to slide into retirement since my children were then 5 and 7 years old.” While her position and schedule still allow for more time with her family than in running a private practice, Dr. Ivey’s role at the Richmond SPCA has grown. In June 2007, she became the center’s director of veterinary medicine. Dr. Ivey oversees all clinic operations including both the spay/neuter initiative and in-house treatment and rehabilitation of pets prior to adoption and has been instrumental in the Richmond SPCA’s completing in excess of 13,000 spay/neuter surgeries annually.

Dr. Angela Ivey

Tabitha Frizzell Treloar, Director of Communications

Tabitha joined the Richmond SPCA in 2005 as an admissions counselor soon after moving to Richmond from her home state of Mississippi. The following year, she was offered the opportunity to meld her skills as a communications professional with her newfound passion for animal welfare as the organization's community relations manager. In this role, Tabitha developed a presence for the local nonprofit in several emerging social media platforms and launched the Richmond SPCA Blog while working to secure increased editorial coverage in traditional media. For many years she was seen and heard on local television and radio programs, giving a voice to homeless dogs and cats through pet of the week segments on NBC 12, WRIC 8 News, Lite 98, 96.5 KLR and more. Positive coverage of the Richmond SPCA that Tabitha secured through relationships with local media has provided greater recognition of the programs and services provided to the community at the Robins-Starr Humane Center. 

Tabitha is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and PRSA Richmond. Her work has been recognized with Virginia Public Relations and Communicator Awards. In 2016, she was recognized with a President's Award from the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies for her persuasive efforts advocating progressive animal welfare philosophies before the General Assembly. Tabitha is a graduate of William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss. where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. She has also attended the University of Richmond’s Institute on Philanthropy where she completed the Fundraising and Development Certificate. Email Tabitha.


Board of Directors

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