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2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

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Nov. 30, 2010

Dear Fellow Animal Lover:

This holiday season, we are doing something new and fun. Well, actually Santa is the one doing it and the animals in our care are the beneficiaries. Folks who adopt a pet from us during the two weeks prior to Christmas and who contribute $200 to the support of the Richmond SPCA can have Santa and his elves deliver the pet they adopted from us to their home and family on Christmas Eve! Can you imagine anything more exciting for a kid, or for an adult for that matter, than getting that new four-legged best friend that you have longed for AND having Santa actually deliver him or her to you on Christmas Eve!

We had talked about this cool idea with Santa for years but the problem was how to keep the animals after they had been adopted until he takes them on Christmas Eve. It is crucial that we open up a space in our humane center every time a pet is adopted so that we may save more lives by taking pets from the local government shelters in our community. So, we could not just have adopted pets stay for a couple of weeks in our humane center waiting for the big day. And, there was no way to get them to the North Pole to stay with Santa either.

We now have many terrific foster care volunteers thanks to the great work of Tameka Peters and so we now have the answer to what was our problem in the past: the pets will stay with our foster care volunteers once they are adopted until Santa picks them up for delivery on Christmas Eve.

While we are on the topic of holiday adoptions, let me comment about a widely circulated myth - that holiday adoptions should be discouraged because they result in a higher rate of returns of pets after the holidays are over. There is absolutely no empirical support for this idea. In fact, we have tracked our return rates on holiday adoptions for years and it is actually a little less than it is at other times during the year. This is consistent with national statistics as well.

So, there is no reason for anyone to hesitate to adopt, or to discourage anyone else from adopting, a homeless pet from the Richmond SPCA this holiday season. There is no greater gift than to give a homeless pet a home and a lifetime of love and care. If you are looking for the way to make your holidays have real meaning, this is certainly a great way. (Just to be clear, we always believe that people must choose their own pet when and if they are ready; so if you are thinking of a gift outside your immediate family, please give them a Richmond SPCA gift card for an adoption.)

We have so many wonderful and loving dogs and cats in our care who hope so much for a home where they will be loved and cared for forever. They will give you back more love and joy in return than you could ever hope for. And, this holiday season, they can even arrive in Santa’s arms! By the way, he will be borrowing our Richmond SPCA vehicles to make sure that the pets get to their new homes safely. Arriving in his sleigh would be very cool but not a safe way for them to travel. And, they need to arrive safely since they have a lifetime of love they need to get started on giving.


Robin Robertson Starr
Chief Executive Officer
Richmond SPCA

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