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2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220
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ceo purrspective

April 2004

Dear Fellow Animal Lover:

I am very pleased and proud to be able to tell you about the new long-range plan for the Richmond SPCA that was adopted by our Board of Directors recently. The plan is a visionary commitment to doing the very hard work that is necessary to end the senseless killing of animals in our community and a strong reconfirmation of our commitment to being a no-kill humane leader in the United States.

The members of our Board’s Long Range Planning Committee worked on this plan for several months. The members of that Committee were Claiborne Robins, Anne Grier, Patty Holt, Ken Perry, Stuart Siegel, Peter Toms, Cindy Pryor, Christy Cottrell, Sheryl Nolt, Emerson Hughes and Elizabeth Stutts. I am deeply grateful to each of them for the large amount of time, research and thought that they put into it. They have created a plan that continues the visionary humane leadership of this organization.

The Plan provides for a tremendously increased commitment on the part of the Richmond SPCA to spaying and neutering the animals in our community who need it most. The stated goal of the plan is to achieve a no-kill community by the year 2008 – meaning a community that does not use killing as its means of pet population control. Stated another way, by 2008, or maybe sooner, we will be a community that no longer takes the life of any healthy or nearly healthy animal for the lack of a home.

The way we will achieve this goal is by undertaking a highly aggressive spay/neuter program for the Richmond metropolitan area. It breaks the heart of every compassionate person to see animals dying needlessly in pounds and shelters. We all know that pet sterilization programs are the way to end the tragic overpopulation of pets. Nonetheless, the average percentage of humane organizations’ budgets across this country that are spent on spay/neuter programs is just 8%. Spending so small a percentage of resources in any community on prevention programs dooms the community to endlessly killing animals while doing nothing to change that situation for the future. It is no different than it would be to simply treat the victims of an epidemic while doing nothing to stop the epidemic from continuing.

The Richmond SPCA has committed in its new plan to much the same path that has been taken in San Francisco and in New Hampshire where intake of animals in pounds and shelters has now dropped to levels that permit the adoption of all healthy or nearly healthy animals that are homeless. The well-demonstrated key to success is to sterilize at least 70% of the pet population in the community so as to achieve a maintenance level for the future. In order to do that, the Richmond SPCA will double the number of spay and neuter surgeries that it is currently doing for the next three years. That means we will be doing about 9,000 surgeries a year, and the additional surgeries will be specifically targeted at the pets of very low income owners and feral cats - the two groups of animals that are causing most of the excess reproduction.

In order to make this program a success, we will also be providing spay/neuter outreach services and education to the community. We will greatly expand our trap, neuter and return program for feral cats by working with volunteers and other organizations to trap great numbers of ferals colony by colony, sterilize them and return them to their colony with the commitment of a care giver to provide care for the colony. We will work to identify the owned pets in low income areas that are most in need of sterilization and will transport them in for the surgery and back home again. All of these targeted surgeries will be done for no fee. This is a truly groundbreaking commitment to ending forever the senseless and immoral carnage of our beloved pets.

This important work will take money – a lot of it. Part of that money will come from the generous bequest of a lovely lady who gave her time, heart and money to the Richmond SPCA for most of her life. She passed away recently and left a wonderfully generous bequest to us. She was one of the many dedicated animal lovers who worked for years in the constant fear that there would never be an end to the horrible killing of our best friends. She would be overjoyed to know that it will end and that she will be instrumental in that achievement.

We will need your help to raise the rest of the money that will be required for this achievement to happen. I have no doubt that we will receive the support of every committed animal lover in our community and beyond. It is a rare thing to know the solution to a horrible problem and to have it within your power to insure that the solution happens. Together we have that power. We know what is required and nothing will stop us from getting there. The carnage is about to end.

Sincerely,



Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer