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Richmond SPCA

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2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

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Veterinary Hospital

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

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CEO Purrspective

June/July 2007

This is an open letter to the people who moved out of an apartment and left behind a very pregnant tabby cat exactly one year ago:

Let me tell you what has happened during the year since you walked away. She stayed in that apartment alone for several days giving birth to a litter of three kittens. She cared for them in the dark and heat by herself with no food to eat until the manager of the apartment complex came in one day and found her there. The manager put the cat and the three kittens into a carrier and brought them to the Richmond SPCA.

Coincidentally, I was in the parking lot when she drove up. As the apartment manager told me her story, I looked into the carrier and the momma cat immediately began purring. I was stunned because she looked remarkably like our very beloved tabby cat, Snap, who had died a few weeks before, leaving our family heartbroken. When the apartment manager asked me if I thought we would be able to take them, I immediately said yes, knowing at that instant that the momma cat was going to come home with me.

That ended up taking a while because she was what our clinic staff bluntly refers to as a “spigot,” meaning a mother cat who is willing and able to nurse kittens other than her own. Such a kitty can save the lives of many kittens during the trying summer months when we receive hundreds of them that are motherless but not yet weaned. She did wonderful duty with a number of tiny needy kittens and, around the end of August, she came home to begin her life as Audrey Starr.

Audrey learned to live with another cat who did not want her at first but now curls up next to her and gives her a bath. She also learned to live with four rowdy but harmless dogs. She is the most affectionate cat I have ever known. She lies on the table next to the keyboard purring while you work on the computer. She is on your lap the instant that you sit down to read or watch TV. I spend many happy hours with Audrey kneading me with her front paws and purring like a powerful motor. She has become the heart and soul of our home, which she ensures is bug free at all times. The best thing you ever did for her and for us was to leave her behind in your remarkable act of irresponsibility and selfishness. Your loss was our gain.

And now, to all those other folks who may be reading this, I ask for your understanding and support at this time of year. In the summer, we receive hundreds of baby kittens who, without an Audrey, must be bottle fed. Our staff does yeoman’s work caring for them both during the day and taking them home at night since they must be fed all night long. We reach a point during the summer, as we have now, where we simply have no more capacity to care for more unweaned kittens. If you will help us by fostering a litter, we will give you all of the supplies, support and information you need. By caring for a litter during these challenging weeks, you can truly save lives. And, by helping us to get people to spay and neuter their cats, we can stem this tide. If you are interested in providing foster care, please call 521-1329. And please accept my everlasting thanks.

Robin Robertson Starr