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Richmond SPCA

Humane Center

2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

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Mon. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue. - Fri. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Susan M. Markel
Veterinary Hospital

Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admissions Hours
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Administrative Hours
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CEO Purrspective

December 2005

Dear Friend & Supporter:

The holiday season is a time when we all appreciate how much our families and our warm and loving homes mean to us. We remember our family members with gifts and, for most of us, this includes our beloved pets. In our house, they all get great presents, but our four dogs are required to don reindeer antlers which usually become pull toys before long. I love these fun aspects of the holidays as well as the fact that our adoptions at the Richmond SPCA increase as people make new pets a part of their lives at this time of year. For many years, the conventional wisdom was to discourage holiday adoptions, but we now recognize that pets adopted during the holidays are not returned to us at any higher rate than those adopted at other times of the year. So, we welcome the opportunity to help more pets get the best gift of all: a loving home for life.

This fall, we have seen a great influx of animals coming here from the Gulf states as a result of the Katrina catastrophe. People’s vast concern for and generosity to the animals who have lost their homes in Katrina is laudable. However, these animals have poured into our community which was not able to provide enough homes for all of the homeless animals needing them even before the influx occurred. Prior to the addition of the Katrina evacuated pets, homeless animals here in the Richmond area played a deadly game of musical chairs with too few homes to go around for all those in need. Then, this fall, more participants got added in. The result has been that many homeless pets from our own community have been the ones who have been denied homes.

All of these homeless pets are deserving and needy, wherever they came from and however they became homeless. Unfortunately, the ones in the Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield pounds have not had the benefit of the vast media coverage that has made the plight of the Katrina animals top of mind for many people. I wish so much that the folks who were moved to take in a Katrina pet would translate that emotion into a continuing concern for the homeless animals we have here in the central Virginia every day of every month of every year.

The Richmond SPCA is filled to capacity all the time. We take every animal we can out of the local pounds and guarantee them a life. Our commitment is to do all in our power to save the lives of homeless animals in this community. Every animal we adopt out means another life we can save. The more and the faster we adopt them out, the more lives we can save. There are a finite number of possible homes here in the Richmond area and there are not enough to go around. The homeless pets from our own community have had less chance to be the ones to get the homes because they have gotten no media attention.

This holiday season, more than ever before, it is crucial to help our homeless animals to find every possible home. I hope that you will encourage your friends and family to remember that it does not take a hurricane to place animals’ lives at risk in this community. Pets just as sweet and loving as yours at home are at risk by the thousands all the time here in central Virginia. Their only fault is that they do not have a place to call home or anyone to love them. You could change that for at least one of them.


Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer