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Richmond, VA 23220
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CEO MESSAGE
May 2010

Dear Fellow Animal Lover:

All of us who love animals deeply feel our hearts go out to pets that have suffered abuse. Nothing is more deeply disturbing to people who adore animals than to think of them suffering helplessly at the hands of heartless human abusers who get some strange thrill out of brutality. The work that we do at the Richmond SPCA to rehabilitate the four legged victims of abuse is the most touching and meaningful work to me that we do.

PrinceFor example, months ago, we took a small Yorkie mix into our care from Richmond Animal Care and Control who has come to be named “Prince.” Prince was removed from a home by a City of Richmond Police officer who was answering a report of a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman who lived together in the house. The male abuser was in a rage at the woman who he knew to love the little dog. In order to upset her, he picked up the carrier that the little dog was in at the time and spiked it into the floor just as a football player would do with a football upon making a touchdown. The carrier was smashed to pieces and so he then picked Prince up and smashed the little dog directly into the floor. A nearby relative hearing the disturbance came and tried to protect Prince but the man again grabbed him away from the relative and smashed him into the floor repeatedly.

Prince was found by the responding officer cowering behind a garbage can outside, clearly terrified and in great pain. He was taken to Veterinary Emergency Center where he was diagnosed as having suffered a severely broken pelvis. The owner could not afford to treat Prince and decided to relinquish him to RAC&C. We immediately transferred Prince into our care and paid to have his broken pelvis repaired through specialized surgery. We have nurtured him through his long recovery which has been both physical and emotional.

Prince has now been adopted by someone who adores him, and his life is safe and happy. He will never suffer abuse again. Prince’s great outcome was made possible by our Anne Grier Fund for Neglected and Abused Animals. This fund, named for our Board Chairman, exists so that we will be able to provide the very extensive care that it often takes to get abused animals back on their feet both in terms of their health and their emotional condition.

Take one look at Prince’s picture and you cannot possibly fathom how someone could abuse him so dreadfully. I will never lose my amazement that dogs and cats can suffer so horribly at the hands of brutal humans and still love the rest of us and be willing to trust us enough to give their unconditional affection and companionship again. I would be so grateful if you would consider helping us to save the lives of more abused pets like Prince by donating to our Anne Grier Fund for Neglected and Abused Animals. With your help, we can take terribly abused animals like Prince into our care, relieve their suffering and give them the love and new life that they deserve so much to have.

You can give to the Anne Grier Fund either directly through our website by using the drop down choice under “Designation” or by just sending it to us with the notation of Anne Grier Fund on your check. You can be the hero who gives a whole new life to a precious pet who has only known pain and fear in the past. You can change their world.

Sincerely,

Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer
Richmond SPCA

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