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CEO Purrspective

January 2007

Dear Fellow Animal Lover:

We have just announced wonderful news that is personally very gratifying.  In 2006, not one healthy homeless animal in Richmond lost his or her life for the lack of a home.  This is a great achievement for our city and it is exciting to be able to let you hear this news in the month that is the fifth anniversary of our becoming fully no-kill. It was on January 1, 2002, that we fully embraced a no-kill policy for ourselves and made a commitment to end the killing of healthy homeless animals in Richmond by 2008.  These steps followed our decision in 1999 to become no-kill and to adopt a new and progressive operating model. 

We were able to deliver on our promise to save the life of every healthy homeless animal two years early because of the help of you, our supporters.   The progress that has been made is truly remarkable.  In 2006, 77% fewer homeless animals lost their lives in Richmond (at any location where homeless animals are sheltered) than lost their lives in 1999.  That means that nearly 5,000 fewer homeless animals died in Richmond in 2006 than died in 1999.  In 2006, the overall live release rate for homeless animals in Richmond (meaning that number that enter any shelter or pound and leave alive) was 76% whereas it was 46% in 1999.  This lifesaving success puts Richmond among the very safest cities in the United States for homeless animals.  And, in 2006, the Richmond SPCA also treated more than 2,300 sick and injured animals.

Because of the great lifesaving success that we have had in Richmond, the ASPCA has asked us to partner with them on a program called Mission: Orange.  Through this program, the ASPCA will select a group of target communities with the purpose of helping and supporting them to reach a live release rate of at least 75%.  The Richmond SPCA’s operating model will serve as the basis for a learning laboratory that we will have here for the selected target communities.
There is no question that the Richmond SPCA is on the forefront of a revolution in the standards and ethics of how we treat homeless animals in this country.  We did not realize it when we made that bold decision in 1999, but we know now that this organization has been a national catalyst for that no-kill revolution.  In the past five years, we have become a standard bearer for a new way along with the San Francisco SPCA and the ASPCA.  We believe that every healthy or treatable homeless animal deserves a guarantee of a life and a loving home.

You, our wonderful supporters, share with us this moment of pride because we could never have accomplished these great things without you and your faith in us.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  There is a great deal more left to be done to reach this same lifesaving success in the counties and to save all of the treatably sick and injured animals as well.  But, together, we have accomplished remarkable things for animals already and I have no doubt we will accomplish those important goals as well.      


Robin Robertson Starr