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Beauregard'S PROGRAM

As devoted caretakers of our animal companions, we all worry about what might happen to our pets in the event we pass away before they do. Appointing a family member or a close friend as your pet’s guardian in your estate planning is a good option for many people. However, for many individuals, this is not possible. In that case, the Richmond SPCA offers a special program for loving pet owners who want to ensure that their pets will be cared for after they are gone. Beauregard’s Program gives individuals the option to leave their pets to the Richmond SPCA so that they have the opportunity for a loving, lifelong home. The program is named for the beloved dog of Ken Munzert, a great supporter of our organization who, years ago, asked that we care for his dog after his passing. Beauregard is pictured here. Mr. Munzert helped us to recognize what a great service this would be to people who were concerned for their pets’ future and had no one to entrust them to. He remembered the Richmond SPCA in his will and we are deeply grateful for his kindness. Read more about how Mr. Munzert inspired this program.

How Does It Work?

Pets enrolled in Beauregard’s Program are brought to the Richmond SPCA after their owner's passing. The pets will be given loving care, will be spayed or neutered and vaccinated if they are not already, and will be provided with a veterinary exam and any necessary treatment. We will get to know the pet's personality prior to their being adopted to a responsible person or family and will make sure that they well-loved for the remainder of their lifespan.

How Do I Enroll?

To enroll in Beauregard’s Program, please provide the following information to Lisa Rivadeneira, director of development, by email at lrivadeneira@richmondspca.org, by mail at 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond VA 23220 or by fax to 804-521-0540.

  • Completed Pet Biography Form for each pet, please include medical history
  • A copy of the section of your will that states that your pet(s) are to come to the Richmond SPCA to be cared for and placed in a new home should they survive you
  • The name and contact information of the person designated to care for your pet(s) immediately following your passing should they survive you and who will be responsible for bringing your pet(s) to the Richmond SPCA. Please note that we will need them to call ahead to 804-521-1321 to ensure that we reserve space in our center for the care of your pet(s).

What Is Required? 

The Richmond SPCA does not require any payment in advance nor do we require that we be included as a beneficiary in the pet owner’s will. Certainly, financial help that will allow us to continue to provide pet owners with this comfort is always deeply appreciated. Guardians ages 65 and older are permitted to enroll in Beauregard's Program. Guardians younger than 65 who are interested in enrolling will be reviewed on a case by case basis. The Richmond SPCA will enroll up to two pets from each individual in Beauregard's Program. If the number of pets exceeds that number, the Richmond SPCA will consider accepting additional pets on a case by case basis. We cannot guarantee that animals who arrive at our shelter will be adopted into the same home, but we will make every effort to do so. If a pet has special needs or a chronic medical condition, the Richmond SPCA may request financial assistance be left to help cover the cost of related care.

A Portrait of Beauregard's Program - Pat Manning and Lizzie

Pat Manning and her beloved dog Lizzie is a member of Richmond SPCA’s Beauregard’s Program. Lizzie is a Richmond SPCA alum. Lizzie has a very active social life which includes training classes at the Richmond SPCA, weekly School For Dogs visits and the Richmond SPCA’s annual Dog Jog and 5K Run. To ensure that Lizzie will be well cared for after her guardian is gone, Pat has joined Beauregard’s Program. As a member of this program, Pat has requested that in the event Lizzie outlives her, the Richmond SPCA will provide temporary care and medical treatment for her and place her into a new loving home. In appreciation, Pat has also remembered the Richmond SPCA in her estate plans. The Richmond SPCA is very grateful to Pat for her thoughtful planning and for her support as a member of the Legacy Society. 

For more information about Beauregard’s Program and planned giving, please contact Lisa Rivadeneira at lrivadeneira@richmondspca.org or 804-521-1321.