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According to an article that appeared in today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Canterbury Lake Association LLC in Henrico County has voted to permit the U.S. Department of Agriculture to “remove and euthanize” Canada geese who have made their home at the neighborhood lake. Not only is this decision both unconscionable and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at Richmond SPCA Blog
Feral cats and their caregivers won a victory in Henrico County this week. A very kind and responsible lady has been caring for a small feral cat colony for years near her home and faithfully trapping, neutering, vaccinating and feeding them. After County officials instructed her to seek a conditional... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at Richmond SPCA Blog
Since 2004, our Smoky’s Spay/Neuter Clinic has been providing free and low-cost, top quality spaying and neutering services to pets throughout Greater Richmond. Our professional veterinary team has sterilized as many as 14,000 dogs and cats in a calendar year, and since opening, the clinic has performed nearly 85,000 surgeries,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at Richmond SPCA Blog
Throw a hula hooping contest, relay races, a good ol’ fashioned game of tug-o-war, and some trivia together with our amazing staff, and you have the ingredients for a great party. I can’t remember a time when I had more fun or laughed more uncontrollably than at our staff field... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at Richmond SPCA Blog
Ten months ago I took home an orphaned 4-day-old kitten in need of foster care. It was late in the afternoon on Friday, June 4 when Hanover Animal Control called our admissions team to let us know they had an infant bottle baby for which they could not provide care.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at Richmond SPCA Blog
There are a lot of things in the field of animal welfare that I am passionate about, and chief among them is trap-neuter-return – the single most effective way to compassionately manage a colony of feral cats. TNR involves humanely trapping cats accustomed to living in the wild so that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Richmond SPCA Blog
On November 8 from 4 to 7 p.m., the Richmond SPCA will host our sixth affordable Microchip Clinic at our Robins-Starr Humane Center. The event is open to pets of the public, and each microchip costs only $20, which includes lifetime registration of the chip. Over the past 12 months,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
On Monday, we shared with you through this blog that we believed Richmond City Council would vote to approve the passage of our new Memorandum of Understanding with Richmond Animal Care and Control at its meeting on October 25. We are delighted to report that, in fact, City Council did... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
As meteorologists up and down the east coast track Hurricane Earl, we are reminded of how important it is to include our beloved pets in our family's disaster preparedness planning. If a weather-related or other emergency arises, don't be caught unprepared. Plan ahead to ensure that your entire family, including... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
Roughly 8 years ago – during the summer before I graduated from college – I learned of a community relations internship at the Richmond SPCA from a former professor. He thought it was a great opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, and I agreed completely. After familiarizing myself with the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
The Richmond SPCA and our municipal animal control partners have been overwhelmed in recent days by a large number of kittens needing homes. We are currently in need of foster care volunteers who can assist in our lifesaving efforts by providing care to one or more kittens until they are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
In her June CEO Perspectives column, Robin Starr shares the story of Prince, a puppy who suffered horrible abuse before arriving at our Robins-Starr Humane Center. His story has a very happy ending thanks to a special, lifesaving fund at the Richmond SPCA, and I'd like to share Robin's column... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
Our Veterinary Services team organized the Richmond SPCA’s first high-volume, affordable microchip clinic in August of last year. More than 600 pets attended. We’ve hosted two other clinics since then, and we’ll host another one Monday, May 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at our Robins-Starr Humane Center. If your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
Click here to show your support for these cats by signing our online petition. A colony of feral cats will be in danger at Richmond International Airport unless RIC authorities decide to do the right thing and permit a concentrated Trap-Neuter-Return effort to take place that would humanely and effectively... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
Just when we thought the decision to reassign Richmond Animal Care and Control (RAC&C) could not be delayed another time, City Council proved us wrong, and in doing so, sacrificed sound judgment for more bureaucracy. After nearly three months of discussing the ultimate placement of RAC&C within the City structure,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
There is a poster hanging above my desk that features a middle-aged man playing chess with his opponent. As he stares down his challenger, the man is smiling and appears overly confident that his last move has positioned him for a victory. Then I look at his rival, whose expression... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
On Monday night, Richmond City Council decided to postpone its scheduled vote on proposed papers that would reassign agencies once housed under the Department of General Services to new departments within the existing City structure. Council will revisit these same papers, and members will discuss the reassignment of Richmond Animal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
Since October 2002, more than 21,000 homeless animals in our care have benefited from a healthy and consistent diet as a result of generous and regular contributions of pet food and treats by our friends at Ukrop’s Super Markets. As MARTIN'S enters the Richmond grocery market, orphaned pets in our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
With Valentine’s Day approaching, many people are thinking about ways to show those closest to them how much they love them. Holidays like Valentine’s Day generally revolve around us showing our love to our two-legged friends; however, it is important that we remember to show our four-legged valentines that they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
In the year just ended, we placed 750 pets into foster care – a record number at the Richmond SPCA that equates to roughly 25 percent of the total number of pets we cared for last year. More than 200 foster care providers with guidance and support from our staff... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
I recently read an interview with Chief Executive Tony Hsieh that appeared in the New York Times and was intriguingly titled “On a Scale of 1 to 10, How Weird Are You?” The interview focuses on the evolving corporate culture at, a work environment that embraces fun, creativity,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
Our Manager of Admissions Lee Steube recently told me that his favorite program to administer at our center is the Pet Pantry, which provides temporary pet food assistance to local families struggling financially to care for their animal companions. He commented on how rewarding it was to extend a helping... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at Richmond SPCA Blog
The photo on the homepage of our Web site today (which features an adorable cat surrounded by ornaments) is accompanied by the following tagline: Share the gift of life this holiday season. That’s a pretty profound message. In our lives, we share gifts with one another all the time, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2009 at Richmond SPCA Blog
I’m always struck by the many kindnesses shown to animals by children. Just the other day I was picking up a delivery from our front desk when I saw a young girl and her mother, arms overflowing, carrying bags of pet toys, treats, and other goodies for our homeless animals.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2009 at Richmond SPCA Blog
In the December issue of Richmond Magazine, the publication highlights “75 Things Every Richmonder Should Do.” While perusing the list of “gotta do and see” items over the weekend (which to my delight features our Fur Ball and other charitable events as No. 1), I was inspired to compile another... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at Richmond SPCA Blog