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August 2009

Dear Fellow Animal Lover:

Recently, I wrote an opinion piece for the Richmond Times-Dispatch Sunday Commentary Section about the passing of the legendary and much loved Black Dog. That piece seemed to strike a chord of great meaning with many people in this community. It has been very rewarding to me to hear from so many people who cared about Black Dog and felt that I had expressed the sentiments of their hearts.

I am delighted and grateful that the Richmond SPCA has been able to serve as a focus of the memorials made to the memory of the remarkable Black Dog. Though everyone of us here was deeply saddened to hear of Black Dog’s passing, creating a memorial fund did not occur to us right away. The suggestions from our supporters came in the days following the news of Black Dog’s death. So many people wanted to make a lasting tribute to Black Dog’s memory and they turned to us since we are the voice in this community for homeless animals who would otherwise have no voice. Our supporters asked that we create a named fund to honor his memory and pay tribute to his life. We gladly agreed and are deeply grateful for the contributions which will help guarantee life to other orphaned pets in our community.

We designated that donations made to the Black Dog Memorial Fund would provide spay and neuter surgeries for formerly stray dogs. In that way, we help to ensure that there will be fewer homeless animals in coming years. We provided a lasting tribute to Black Dog by dedicating a kennel run in our humane center to his memory. That run serves as a temporary home for a dog whose life we have saved and who we will be placing in a permanent and loving home. This humane center is the heart of our no-kill mission and the compassionate and life saving care that we provide to the homeless animals of this community. There could be no greater tribute to any dog than to be permanently memorialized here.

The many contributions we have received have been a powerful statement of the large number of dedicated animal lovers there are in our community. Many of these folks have included thoughtful notes about why they loved this almost-mythical dog. They described instances when they saw him in the near West End area and wrote that they were inspired by his individualism and sense of independence.

There also have been terrific creative efforts to honor him. A group of kids in Meg Hargrave’s neighborhood set up a bake sale and lemonade stand so that they could donate the proceeds to us for homeless animals. Local artist Mary Davenport Williams of Gibson Lane Studio was inspired to create a silhouette of Black Dog and contacted us to offer us the use of the silhouette on a t-shirt that is being sold through our Lora Robins Gift Shop with all of the proceeds going to the care of homeless pets. We have sold hundreds of these shirts and are so grateful to Mary Davenport for her generosity.

While we mourn Black Dog, the response to his passing has been a powerful statement of this community’s passionate love of animals and its belief in the Richmond SPCA. We take very seriously the trust that this community places in us and will continue to be fierce defenders and protectors of our community’s homeless companion animals.


Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer
Richmond SPCA

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