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News Release

Media contact:
Tabitha Treloar | director of communications | 804-521-1303 | ttreloar@richmondspca.org

Grant from the Rachael Ray Foundation™ creates lifesaving new fund at the Richmond SPCA

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (May 16, 2018)—The Rachael Ray Foundation™, which helps animals in need, has established the Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Healing Fund at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital in Richmond, Virginia through a generous gift of $25,000 to the Richmond SPCA.

The Richmond SPCA opened the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital in 2016. It is the first full-service animal hospital in Virginia operated by a nonprofit on a charitable basis. More than 11,300 patients were seen last year, and low-cost fees for services at the Richmond SPCA’s hospital make veterinary treatment affordable for most of these pets’ guardians. However, in some cases, even low fees are a barrier to care.

The Rachel Ray™ Nutrish® Healing Fund was created for the hospital’s most vulnerable patients. This fund makes it possible for the Richmond SPCA to further reduce or fully waive fees to treat pets whose guardians are unable to pay for critical veterinary care.

Richmond SPCA Chief Executive Officer Robin Robertson Starr estimated that the grant from the Rachel Ray Foundation will fund essential care for about 165 pets.

“Pets who belong to our lowest-income clients face the greatest risk of immediate surrender to a shelter when their guardians are unable to pay unexpected costs related to their pets’ unexpected sickness or injury,” Starr said. “Providing the treatment these pets need to keep them in homes is at the very heart of the mission of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.”

Senior manager of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital Lindsay Brockman said, “We often see clients who have been to an emergency hospital with their pets but left because they were unable to afford for the pet to be seen. We help them as best we can, and the Rachel Ray™ Nutrish® Healing Fund is enabling us to give more help and save more lives.” Brockman said that the Fund has made it possible to waive fees for services such as providing radiographs for a dog who ingested a foreign object, surgery for a cat with a urinary blockage, and giving fluids and medications to save puppies from parvo.

About the Rachael Ray Foundation and Nutrish®
A portion of proceeds from each sale of Rachael's pet food, Nutrish®, is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation™, which helps animals in need. Through March 2018, more than $27 million dollars have been donated to animal charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more."

About the Richmond SPCA
The Richmond SPCA, founded in 1891, is a no-kill humane organization dedicated to the guiding principle that every life is precious. As a national leader in humane care and education, the Richmond SPCA is building a more compassionate community with comprehensive programs designed to reduce pet homelessness. For more information, visit www.richmondspca.org.