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2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220
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CEO MESSAGE

May 2009

Dear Fellow Animal Lover:

A couple of months ago, I wrote a column about Ken Munzert, a great friend of this organization who had passed away. In that column, I mentioned our creation of Beauregard’s Program, named for Ken’s beloved dog. I would like to provide you with more information about that program in the hope that you will help us to spread the word about it, and perhaps make use of it yourself.

Ken Munzert asked me years ago if I would accept responsibility for his dog, Beau, if he were to die before Beau. Ken loved Beau deeply and had no friends or family whom he could ask to take care of Beau. I agreed to do so for him and it began a long friendship between us. Ken died this past December and left his home in Baltimore to the Richmond SPCA asking only that we name something for Beau who had shortly predeceased him. We named this program for Beau and recently sold Ken’s home. We will use the proceeds to save the lives of many deserving homeless animals as Ken would have wished.

My experience with Ken Munzert made me realize that there are seniors who love their pets deeply and are concerned about what would happen to their pet if the pet were to outlive them. These folks are wonderful pet guardians and I believe that we can do them a great service by giving them the comfort that their pet will be loved and cared for as they would have wished after their passing.

Under Beauregard’s Program, anyone may entrust us with the responsibility for the care of their pet after their death. We will provide that pet with loving care until such time as we are able to find a permanent, responsible and loving guardian for the pet. We will not euthanize the pet except under the same circumstances that a loving owner would do so: if the pet is ill, without any quality of life and there is no reasonable likelihood of recovery. To have your pet be a part of Beauregard’s Program, it is important that you contact Amanda Macdonald of our staff at 521-1321 so that she may help to make sure that proper documentation is created and information provided to make your intentions clear. Check on our website for additional details about Beauregard’s Program.

We do not ask or require any compensation for this security for your pet. We believe that Beauregard’s Program is a wonderful service and support to loving pet guardians and may help some seniors to feel more comfortable about having a pet to provide them with companionship.

Of course, we would deeply appreciate being remembered in the estate plans of the pet owner using Beauregard’s Program, or of anyone else for that matter, since this care is expensive and financial help that will allow us to continue to provide pet owners with this comfort means a great deal. One of the best ways that you may leave a lasting and significant legacy for homeless animals in need is to provide for a gift to the Richmond SPCA in your estate plans. You may leave an outright cash gift or a piece of real estate, as Ken Munzert did, or any of a large variety of other vehicles that we can provide you with information about. Just contact Amanda Macdonald at 521-1321 or amacdonald@richmondscpa.org.

Sincerely,

Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer
Richmond SPCA

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