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2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

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ceo purrspective

June 2005

Dear Friend and Supporter:

For decades, the animal welfare field has been plagued by an inability of organizations and individuals to cooperate and respect the work and viewpoints of others in the field. These resentments and hostilities have been very detrimental to the cause of helping homeless animals because they have led to a loss of synergy and a failure to present a clear and credible message to the public. We have certainly seen right here in our own community both the vehement and destructive conflict that can arise among humane organizations who would appear to share a mission as well as the excellent results that can come from a sustained period of collaboration and mutual supportiveness.

In August of last year, a number of national and community-based organizations in the field of animal welfare came together for a conference at Asilomar, Calif. That conference led to an agreement called the Asilomar Accords that was signed in December of 2004. The Accords are a statement of intent to foster and promote a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation among organizations in the animal welfare field. They also provide an acknowledgement that the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals is a problem requiring community-based solutions. Finally, the Accords provide definitions for terms that are frequently used in our field and a format for the consistent collection and sharing of data regarding homeless companion animals.

The Accords are an important step forward in the field to which I have devoted my heart, time and energy. This is a field in which there are no easy answers. If there were simple solutions, we would not have animals dying by the millions all over this country despite the caring efforts of so many people. It is essential that we be able to have healthy dialog, to respect and value the contributions of many people in many ways, to hear the truth honestly and without defensiveness and to support progress while honoring the long and tireless work of many people before us. It is also, and probably most of all, crucial that we be able to find the common ground that will allow us to work together to improve the prospects of homeless animals without demanding that we must agree on every single issue.

For our part, I intend to make sure that the Richmond SPCA honors both the letter and the spirit of the Asilomar Accords. First, we have already begun to maintain and report our statistics in the manner set forth in the Accords, and we will encourage all organizations in our community, both public and private, to do the same. Everyone, including donors, volunteers and the animals who rely on us, is benefited by organizational transparency. We will use our best efforts to draw the other local private humane organizations as well as the local city and county animal control organizations into regular and productive dialog so that we may find the ways for us to collaborate effectively. We will respect their right to make choices that may differ from our own. We will speak gently and respectfully of others in this field and will recognize that we all share a deep concern for the animals who need us. We will do our best to encourage others in this community to do the same but we will keep these commitments under any circumstances.


Robin Robertson Starr