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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.
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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.

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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
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Closed December 24-25.
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CEO Purrspective

Januaray 2006

Dear Friend & Supporter:

Recently, my friend, Ann Strange, saved a dog’s life. Elvis is the kind of dog that will work his way deep into someone’s heart and stay there for a lifetime. He is the kind of dog that someone will tell misty eyed stories about for years to come. The story of his rescue by Ann illustrates the essential role that people in our community must play if we are going to effectively save homeless pets from dying.

Ann was negotiating the morning maelstrom that can exist at the River Road Shopping Center intersection when she realized that there was a dog in the middle of the sea of moving vehicles. The dog was scared and confused as cars whizzed all around him. Ann bravely got out of her car with the leash she keeps in it and tried to get him to come to her. She stared down cars and trucks that cared more about getting to work than about not hitting a dog. She finally got close enough to slip the leash over his head and pulled him to safety. Upon putting him in her car she saw lots of blood.

The next stop was her vet where the bloody abrasions to his feet were treated. She then called us at the Richmond SPCA. Our staff told her that we could not admit him for a few weeks when space would become available. Her alternative was to take him immediately to the Henrico County pound. Ann never got annoyed or frustrated with the process. She absorbed our counseling about the things that she could do to ensure that we would take him when space opened up and acted on it. She kept him along with her own two dogs at her home for several weeks. While the time passed, she got all his shots up to date, trained him to be housebroken and discovered what a sweet, calm, lovable guy he was. She never once asked for any special treatment despite our long friendship.

We admitted Elvis, so named because he ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog (a very handsome and young one at that), and found that he has a beautiful disposition and loving nature that makes him very huggable. That apparently did not matter to the hunter that marked him with painted X’s to indicate that Elvis will not hunt. Not a shortcoming in my book. A great family saw his fine attributes and adopted him on December 23 so he had a real home for the holidays.

Only with the help of people like Ann can we stop the unnecessary loss of animal lives in our community. The Richmond SPCA cannot accept animals when we are full because we do not believe in taking one animal’s life simply to bring another one in. That means that we must ask the animal lovers of this community to do more than just drive abandoned animals that they find to our door (or that of any other shelter). We ask that they be real saviors by working within our Project Safety Net program to foster animals until we can get them in, provide them medical care, do some training that will improve their adoptability and maybe even find a home on their own while waiting.

Elvis has Ann to thank for his life. The person who adopts Elvis has her to thank for the many years that he will have with a wonderful dog with an enormous heart. My thanks go to Ann and to all of the other people who regularly work as our partners to save animals who would otherwise have no one to protect them. Neither the Richmond SPCA nor anyone else can save all of the homeless animals in our community alone. We can only save animals with the support and active involvement of all the people who love animals enough to put themselves out to ensure a happy ending. It is noble work and the rewards for your heart are vast. Just ask Ann.


Robin Robertson Starr