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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 16, 2007

Contacts: Tamsen Kingry, Director of Development
               521-1312

Richmond SPCA announces no healthy homeless pets killed in Richmond in 2006 and reveals new partnership with ASPCA

Richmond, VA (January 16, 2007) — The Richmond SPCA announced today that no healthy homeless pet lost his life in Richmond during the 2006 calendar year. This achievement amounts to the realization of a goal the organization originally pledged to fulfill by the end of 2008 through its implementation of a new and progressive operating model and creation of a formal partnership with Richmond Animal Care and Control in 2002.

The Richmond SPCA shares this success with the City of Richmond, which embraced the vision for a no-kill community, as well as every member of the community who adopts a pet from a shelter rather than purchasing one from a breeder or a pet store, every pet owner who has his pet spayed or neutered, and every feral cat caregiver. In addition to this accomplishment, in 2006, 77 percent fewer homeless animals died in Richmond than lost their lives in 1999.

“This achievement, which comes two years earlier than promised, translates to thousands of precious animal lives saved in our community,” said Robin Robertson Starr, chief executive officer of the Richmond SPCA. “Never again will a healthy, homeless animal die in Richmond for the lack of a home.”

This announcement came at the same time the Richmond SPCA revealed that it is partnering with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) on a national initiative to train and support other communities across the country interested in becoming adoption guarantee or “humane” communities. The initiative, titled ASPCA® Mission: Orange™, is a focused effort to create a country of humane communities, one community at a time. In 2007, under the banner of ASPCA Mission: Orange, four new communities, including Austin, Tex.; Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Tampa, Fla., will benefit from the resources and support of the ASPCA and hands-on training using the Richmond SPCA as their “learning laboratory.” The staffs and Boards of organizations in the chosen communities will visit the Richmond SPCA in groups over several years so they may see and ask questions about the Richmond operating model in practical operation.

Starr said, “We are delighted and very proud to be working with the ASPCA on this project, as it is an organization for which we have the greatest respect. The operating model that the Richmond SPCA fully implemented here in 2002 has proven highly successful at saving the lives of homeless animals, and it is rewarding for us to be able to help other communities to accomplish the same lifesaving results.”

“I am very happy that the Richmond SPCA is partnering with us on ASPCA Mission: Orange,” said Ed Sayres, president and CEO of the ASPCA. “We want our target communities to be able to draw not just on our resources, but learn from the successes of other humane organizations as well. With the Richmond SPCA’s stellar record in becoming a humane community, it is only fitting for it to be the learning laboratory in this endeavor.”

The operating model, which is the focus of this collaboration, was first devised and undertaken by the San Francisco SPCA in the early 1990s. All of the policies and programs integral to that operating model have been faithfully replicated by the Richmond SPCA since 2002. Both Richmond and San Francisco have experienced a steep and steady decline in their respective number of homeless animal deaths and now both have an adoption guarantee for all healthy homeless animals.

For additional information, please visit the following links:
Frequently Asked Questions
Richmond SPCA 2006 Financial Info & Statistics
ASPCA Mission: Orange Primer

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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. For more information, please visit www.richmondspca.org.

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first humane organization established in the Western Hemisphere and today has one million supporters. The ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA provides national leadership in anti-cruelty, animal behavior, humane education, government affairs and public policy, shelter support, and animal poison control. The NYC headquarters houses a full-service animal hospital and adoption facility. The Humane Law Enforcement department enforces New York's animal cruelty laws and is featured on the reality television series “Animal Precinct” on Animal Planet. Visit www.aspca.org for more information.