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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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CEO Purrspective

September 2005

To Our Wonderful Friends:

The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the communities of the Gulf states is horrifying to all of us. Like you, I have read the news accounts of the deaths, desperate lack of food, water and essential supplies and have felt ashamed about every time I have complained when our electricity or air conditioning went out. It makes you count every blessing you have and realize how fragile our lives can be.

Of course, we are deeply concerned about the situation of the companion animals in these affected areas who are hurt, sick, lost, and separated from their families. With the situation being as desperate as it is, they tend to be on the end of the list for receiving help. All of us who love animals deeply are horrified at the thought of their being hurt, sick, hungry and alone.

Most animal shelters in the Gulf area were evacuated before the storm. The greatest concern is about the owned pets that were left behind when people evacuated their homes and those that are with their families who now lack the essentials of life.

We have thought about the contributions that the Richmond SPCA could make and we are doing several things. First, we are working with Holiday Barn Pet Resorts to provide care for the pets who have been displaced with their families and come to the Richmond area. If their families must stay somewhere that cannot accommodate their pets, we and Holiday Barn will make sure that the pets are well cared for during their period of need. Secondly, we will accept donations of money and goods to help with the relief effort, and we will convey them to the right places so that they will be effectively used for animals in the Gulf states. Leashes, collars, large size crates, food and bowls are needed and we will take those donations here and deliver them safely. Please understand that goods must be new and unopened. Details are available by checking our home page.

This is an appropriate opportunity for me to tell you how remarkably generous and kind Holiday Barn and its owner, Emerson Hughes, are to animals in need. Because they have never sought publicity or credit for their good works, you may not know how many wonderful things Holiday Barn has done, and continues to do, for homeless animals both here in our own community and elsewhere. They not only give generous financial support for our events and programs here at the Richmond SPCA, but they also provide loving care without charge for a variety of animals who are temporarily entrusted to us. They groom animals that come to us dirty and with terrible mats so that these pets emerge looking beautiful for a prospective adopter.

Holiday Barn is not only helping us with care for displaced animals from the Gulf but also has offered to match every contribution to this effort made by their own employees. By their actions now and over many years, they actually live their caring and concern for our four-legged best friends every day. We are deeply and everlastingly grateful to Holiday Barn and Em Hughes for their wonderful dedication to and support of the Richmond SPCA and the animals who need them.


Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer