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2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

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

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CEO Purrspective

December 2006

Dear Fellow Animal Lover:

In a recent study, when asked to name the 10 most important “individuals” in their lives, 7- and 10-year-olds included on average two pets among the 10 individuals they cited. In another study, 42 percent of 5-year-olds spontaneously mentioned their pets when asked the question, “Whom do you turn to when you are feeling sad, angry, happy or wanting to share a secret?”   I am not about to say how old I am, but it is certainly a lot older than that and I would still respond exactly as they did.  Except that I probably would include more than two animals in my 10 most important individuals.

There is no question that our pets are deeply meaningful to our lives and a source of comfort that we depend on.  As adults, we tend to be less willing to admit how important they are to us, but really nothing has changed from the days when we sought the warmth of our dog’s love after being excluded from a game on the playground.   Now, it is about losing an important sale or being passed over for partnership, but we still seek the comfort of our pets’ gentle caring and unqualified love when we are down.

So, how can some people then desert them?  Contrary to the belief of most people, the majority of animals in shelters and pounds were not picked up as strays on the street; they were brought in and deserted by an owner.  Someone to whom that pet had given love and comfort decided one day to get rid of him.   Despite the love and solace that pet gave, the owner decided that he was too busy to care for the pet or that the pet was a burden for some reason.  These people are apparently unconcerned that they may be placing the life of their faithful pet in great jeopardy.

You will soon see our new set of ads.  They feature a touching picture of a dog or a cat and the words “He would never desert you. Please don’t desert him.”  These words are not aimed at the pet owners who desert their pets at a pound or shelter because nothing we say is likely to change that group.  The ad copy is aimed at the rest of us who love animals and understand that they may need a safety net.  That safety net is you and the Richmond SPCA.  If you recognize the wonderful love and loyalty that our companion animals give us and their truly noble traits, then you have to feel a sense of responsibility to care for the ones who have been deserted by people who are not so noble.  

This holiday season, as you enjoy the warmth and security of your family including your pets who love you, please remember the pets who have also loved an owner but have been deserted by that owner.  They will be safe and secure and they will find someone else to love and to love them only if they can count on you.  This season, I ask that you be there for them by donating generously to the Richmond SPCA.  Help us keep them safe and secure and let them know that there are people they can depend on.  To give to us online, the link is www.richmondspca.org/donate. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. 


Robin Robertson Starr