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Dear Fellow Animal Lover:

When you work at the Richmond SPCA, there is a lot that comes along that could be taken as justification for a cynical and distrustful view of human nature. It has always troubled me that many people in animal welfare focus to a large extent on the negative about people and spread a view that the well being of animals is constantly threatened by human cruelty and callousness. I would like to provide you with two inspiring examples of people’s compassion and dedication to the animals they love.

ArringtonDoris Ann Kane, who has long been a great friend to this organization, came here looking for a new four footed companion after her beloved dog had died. She found a precious little dog named Arrington who had come to us from a puppy mill bust. Arrington had clearly suffered terrible neglect and harsh treatment and was very frightened of people. He had stayed with us a while because he also had a host of physical ailments. When he went home with her for foster care, you had to leave his leash on him all the time because he would run from you and hide under something whenever you tried to pick him up. After a short time in Doris Ann’s loving care, he came completely out of that shell and became exuberant. Then, we learned that his cardiac tests had come back revealing a very serious heart murmur (one of the common ailments of puppy mill dogs but his was especially bad). Arrington would need a lot of veterinary care and was at risk for suddenly dying at anytime of heart failure. That did not faze Doris Ann. She adopted Arrington from us anyway understanding the challenges and risks. She loves him with all of her heart and will do all she can to make his life happy and healthy for as long as she gets to have with him.

Astrid on HalloweenAstrid is a sweet little hound with soft eyes and an endearing nature who came to us shockingly emaciated. We thought at first that she had just been neglected and would easily gain weight in our good care, but she kept throwing up her food. Our medical staff diagnosed Astrid with megaesophagus which is a condition in which the dog has pockets in the esophagus that trap food and cause it to be regurgitated. Without help eating, these dogs can die of malnourishment even though they are getting food. Astrid needed an adopter who would feed her while she was standing on her hind legs at frequent intervals in chunks that could get swallowed whole without any chewing (to get them past the esophageal pockets). Finally, Bill Blackburn came along and fell in love with Astrid’s sweet personality. He adopted her knowing the challenges just like Doris Ann did. Bill has acquired expertise in feeding Astrid every four hours with a method that has allowed her to gain weight and enjoy her life with her wonderful family who love her dearly.

So many people seek to adopt the “perfect pet” for their life and their needs. They engage in a very cerebral process of selecting a pet that they believe to meet some ideal. But, I bet that Doris Ann and Bill would tell you that the perfect pet may really be the one who needs you desperately. A pet with significant needs may offer the chance for you to do something truly great. What you get back will be more love and more fulfillment than you could ever have expected to know. Doris Ann and Bill are true heroes in my book. Arrington and Astrid are wonderfully fortunate but I bet Doris Ann and Bill would tell you that they are too.


Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer
Richmond SPCA

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