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Dear Fellow Animal Lover:

You, our dedicated supporters, may always rely on the fact that we will provide you with accurate and complete information about the conditions affecting the well being and prospects of homeless companion animals in this community. News stories have appeared in the local news media recently indicating that pets are being relinquished by their owners in great numbers at animal shelters due to the hard economic times. Those reports are not consistent with our own experience here at the Richmond SPCA. However, there is another situation that has not been reported by the news that does threaten the prospects for homeless pets locally.

With regard to the news stories that you may have seen, we made clear to local reporters that, while we always have some pets relinquished to us by owners who say that their reason for surrendering their pet is financial, we have seen no increase in the number of such relinquishments in recent months. Richmond Animal Care and Control has also indicated that they have not seen such an increase. It may be reasonable to expect that such an increase might occur, and it may be happening in other communities, but we have not seen it actually happening here. Last summer, we put in place a low-cost boarding program to help people retain their pets during short term housing crises and that program has been very successful in keeping pets and their families intact. We are gratified to see people using the services we make available to them to find the ways to keep their four legged family members, which is crucially important for everyone in hard times.

There is another very significant concern, however, for us about this current financial crisis. During recent months, donations have been slowing and this has been coupled with cut backs by the city and counties in the financial and human resources provided to their animal control divisions. When the local government shelters have smaller staffs and less funding, then we must take homeless pets from them more quickly so as to make sure that healthy homeless animals are not euthanized. This is challenging for us since it means greater demands on our own resources at a time when we are seeing shrinking annual contributions.

The lives of the homeless animals of this community are and always will be our first priority. No homeless pet has lost his or her life in Richmond since 2005 and we intend to make sure that none does ever again. That may require even more of us in the coming year than it has demanded previously.

I have every confidence that people who love animals and care about the plight of homeless animals will not desert the Richmond SPCA or those animals in need of our care when they are greatly in need. We who love animals know that our beloved animal companions would never desert us regardless of how hard times might be. We need you to be there for them with your generous donations this holiday season and I know you will be. Your donations are more important for them this year than ever before.


Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer
Richmond SPCA

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