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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.
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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.

Admissions Hours
Mon. - Fri. by appointment.

Administrative Hours
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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ceo purrspective

November 2004

Dear Friend and Supporter:

November is hands down my favorite month of the year. I love the colors of the leaves, the chill in the air and, most of all, I love Thanksgiving. Actually, the gastronomic extravaganza is fun but is not really the reason why I love it so. Of all the holidays throughout the year, Thanksgiving is the one that carries with it the most uplifting and positive message. I realize that it is a secular holiday and so lacks religious significance. But, for that very reason, we all share it equally and it conveys the important message that we have much to be thankful for and we should reflect on that fact and express our gratitude openly.

I have the great advantage of having a job that gives me a very positive perspective on human nature and allows me to feel good about the character of most people. My saying that probably surprises you. Many people ask me how I can bear the callous and inhumane treatment of animals by people that I am witness to with regularity. But, I have actually found that, in the seven years that I have been the CEO of the Richmond SPCA, I am more impressed by the caring and generous acts that I see on a regular basis. All around me each day are people who do wonderful, unselfish things for the well being of the animals that they love.

Our volunteers spend literally thousands of hours each year caring for the animals in our humane center and helping us to run successful off-site events. They are giving up their personal time to do this work and personal time is a very precious thing. We have donors who make annual contributions to us that are very large for their own individual means. Many of them make a gift that requires personal sacrifice with regard to other things that they might like to have. They do it so they can know that they have made it possible for more animals to be saved and go on to a life of security and love. Our Board members are another group of volunteers who give generously of their time, their professional talents, and their personal connections as well as their checkbook just because they love animals and want to make this community a safe place for the ones who have the misfortune to be homeless. Karen Gammon, our 2004 Glasgow Award recipient, spends her time and incredible talent doing art that will benefit the homeless animals she loves so deeply rather than making a commercial name for herself which she could easily do. Last, but by no means least, are our amazing staff members who work so hard for the Richmond SPCA for less money than they could be making in the for-profit world. They do so because they love animals so much and want to spend their lives making a positive difference for animal welfare.

How could I possibly be around all this every day and not feel an enormous sense of gratitude for the example and the inspiration of these people? The depth of the heartfelt commitment of our volunteers, supporters and staff is a constant amazement to me. I think it must be because those of us who love animals and find their companionship essential to our lives have learned about the meaning of love and commitment from the best role models of all. There is no question that our pets show us every day what unqualified love is.

Please know how grateful I am for your support of the Richmond SPCA and for the chance I have had to spend my life working to better the situation of the animals I love so much. In a world beset with many problems, I have the chance to see the very best in people and that has added immeasurably to my life.


Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer