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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.
Closed December 24-25.
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.
Closed December 24-25.

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.
Closed December 24-25.

Susan M. Markel
Veterinary Hospital

Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed December 24-25.

Admissions Hours
Mon. - Fri. by appointment.
Closed December 24-25.

Administrative Hours
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed December 24-25.
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For Immediate Release

Oct. 2, 2007
Contact: Tabitha Hanes, community relations manager, 521-1319 (office), 615-0089 (mobile)

Richmond SPCA’s Ninth Annual Fur Ball promises second chance for sick and injured orphaned pets

Richmond, VA The Richmond SPCA’s signature Fur Ball, now in its ninth year and sponsored by Colonial Crossings of Williamsburg, is the private humane organization’s largest annual fundraiser. The region’s most fashionable canines, along with their human companions, will gather at The Jefferson Hotel, Friday, Oct. 5 beginning at 6 p.m., with the goal of raising more than $350,000 for the organization’s Cinderella Fund. Mr. Edwin J. Sayres, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will serve as the honorary chair.

The Richmond SPCA’s Cinderella Fund pays for the cost of treatment and rehabilitation for thousands of sick and injured animals received at the Robins-Starr Humane Center each year. The Richmond SPCA treated more than 2,400 pets for medical conditions in the last year and provided essential vaccinations to each of the pets received at the center. Two such pets, Huxley and Shaz, who recently benefited from Cinderella Fund resources to undergo rehabilitative surgeries, will attend the event as featured Cinderella Pets.

Richmond SPCA CEO Robin Starr said, “Thanks to the generosity of Fur Ball guests and sponsors, a happy, healthy life is now a reality for Huxley, Shaz and thousands more pets given medical treatment and rehabilitative care this year.”

The evening’s program begins with a cocktail reception sponsored by The Help Desk Company in the Rotunda. Guests and their pets will descend the Grand Staircase in the event’s traditional Pet Parade sponsored by the ASPCA. Dinner in the ballroom, sponsored by Dominion, is followed by the spirited SunTrust Cinderella Auction, which includes a custom outdoor kitchen, a New York Fashion Week package featuring tickets to the Oscar de la Renta show, a trip to the British Isles, elaborate dinner parties, jewelry from Carreras Jewelers and more.

“With a sold-out crowd attending and an array of sought-after auction items, this promises to be a memorable evening for our guests and a huge success for all the pets who depend on the Richmond SPCA and our Cinderella Fund,” said Starr.

During the evening’s dinner program, the Richmond SPCA will present Dominion with the 2007 Ellen Glasgow Award for Humane Service. The annual award recognizes the remarkable work of an individual or corporation who has worked tirelessly for the benefit of companion animals in the community. For nearly a decade, Dominion has supported the Richmond SPCA through volunteer participation, event sponsorship, donations of matching gifts and continued support of organizational programs and services.

"There are numerous worthwhile philanthropic endeavors in Central Virginia, but few undertake a cause as noble and life-affirming as the Richmond SPCA," said William C. Hall, Jr., vice president of Corporate Communications & Community Affairs, Dominion and President of the Dominion Foundation.

For more information, please visit www.richmondspca.org/events or call 521-1312.


The Richmond SPCA is a no-kill humane society dedicated to the principle that every life is precious. The non-profit organization saves the lives of more than 3,000 homeless animals each year. As a national leader in humane care and education, the Richmond SPCA is aggressively tackling the problem of pet overpopulation through education, adoption, rehabilitation and sterilization.