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2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

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CEO purrspective

February 2008

Dear Fellow Animal Lover:

From time to time, we have the unpleasant experience of finding that things have been written about this wonderful organization that are both derogatory and completely untrue and that occurred lately. While I never dignify defamations with any direct response to them, I do think it is important that we provide the correct information to the public so that they are not misled by the misstatements of others. Consequently, here are the real facts regarding a number of topics about which inaccurate information has been disseminated recently:

1. We regularly accept pit bulls into the care of this organization and they are treated no differently from any other pet in our care. They are not transferred in turn to any of the local government shelters (or “pounds”) but rather stay in our shelter or with one of our foster care volunteers until we find them loving and permanent homes. We are careful to thoroughly assess the behavior of the pets that we accept and pit bulls are no different there either. As of this writing, there are 11 pit bulls and pit bulls mixes in our care and every one is an ambassador for his or her breed.

2. We accept many dogs with heartworms on a regular basis and treat that condition in hundreds of dogs every year. Thankfully, veterinary medicine has progressed enormously with respect to heartworm treatment, which has become routine and almost invariably successful. In fact, one of my own dogs came to the Richmond SPCA with heart worms and was successfully treated for them.

3. About half of the pets that we accept into the care of the Richmond SPCA come to us with medical conditions that require substantial treatment. Dr. Ivey, our superb Director of Veterinary Services, and her staff treat thousands of animals every year that are then adopted to loving homes. The cost of all of the veterinary care and the free spay and neuter services we provide to our community amounts to about one third of our annual budget.

4. We are proud to be working with the ASPCA on implementing their Meet Your Match adoption program which has a wonderful and well documented history of success in maximizing the numbers of good adoptions in communities all over this country. The program is based upon effective matching of human and pet personalities and preferences so that lasting matches are made. It is crucially important to us that we successfully adopt as many animals to good homes as possible since that allows us to save the lives of the largest number of animals we can. While we believe that refusals of adoptions should not happen often, we would never adopt any pet to someone who we knew had any history of abuse.

5. When we say that we are no-kill that means that we do not take the life of any animal in our care except under the same circumstances that you as a responsible and loving pet owner would do so: if a pet has an untreatable medical condition that will ultimately be fatal and is suffering with no quality of life or if a pet has displayed such aggression that we believe he is a significant danger to human safety. We do not transfer any animal to any other organization for euthanasia. Ever.

Spreading information about a charitable organization that is untrue and damaging to it is terribly irresponsible. People who act in such a manner do not sincerely care about the mission of the organization they seek to damage and they do not have the best interests of those who depend on that organization at heart, in this case, the animals. As far as the negative and untrue things that sometimes get said about me, I have no need to defend myself; this amazing organization speaks for both of us.

I have the great honor of leading the finest humane organization in the United States with a staff and volunteer force second to none.

Robin Robertson Starr

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