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An update from our CEO: COVID-19 Response

Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

While so many aspects of our lives are on hold right now, what’s not on hold are the needs of vulnerable animals and guardians.

Please take a look at the video message we’ve recorded to let you know what we’ve been up to in our humane center and veterinary hospital, and how the Richmond SPCA will continue to be there for the pets who need us during this crisis. We remain open, but we remain open with lots of new processes and procedures in place, and those processes and procedures are designed to keep our team safe and to keep you and other members of the public safe.

What does this look like at the Richmond SPCA?

We are practicing social distancing. You will see our staff wearing masks. We are doing adoptions by appointment. We’re also doing urgent owner surrenders. We continue to bring pets into our care from government shelters. We’re providing curbside service as well as telemedicine in our veterinary hospital. Our Pet Pantry remains open. Our Behavior Helpline has been more busy than ever. We have pets out in foster care. We also continue to have many pets in our center who are relying on us for medical treatment, training and enrichment as we prepare them for adoption to lasting homes in our community.

We continue to rely upon your help, and we feel your love and compassion surround us as we work so hard to save the animals who desperately need us.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that you do to make the work that happens here possible.


Tamsen Kingry and Maggie (dog)
Tamsen and her dog Maggie

As the CEO of the Richmond SPCA, Tamsen Kingry oversees the development of our organization’s short- and long-term strategies to achieve maximum lifesaving and fulfill with integrity the Richmond SPCA’s mission.

When she’s not busy working alongside our talented and dedicated staff, Board and volunteers, Tamsen enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as their two cats and a dog—all of whom they adopted from the Richmond SPCA.

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