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Over The Edge for the Richmond SPCA surpasses goals, raising more than $100,000

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2022
rappeler wearing a hard hat and industrial harness is suspended from ropes above the Richmond skyline
As the first rappeler going Over The Edge on Friday, September 23, BlackLiq said it was, "for the Kitty Thugs." The recording artist, MC and radio host cares for community cats, and the services BlackLiq and his mom have received through the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital motivated him to be part of the event. | photo by Dave Parrish Photography

Last weekend 84 supporters took their love of animals to new heights by rappelling 20 stories down the side of the Thomas F. Farrell II Building. In its second year, Over The Edge for the Richmond SPCA raised more than $100,000 for the cause of creating a more compassionate community for companion animals. These funds will support transports from municipal animal shelters, delivery of low-cost care at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital, sterilizations at Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic and much more.

Participants secured their place on the roof of the Dominion Energy skyscraper in downtown Richmond by meeting a fundraising goal of at least $1,000. Many of the friends, family members and colleagues who helped them reach their goals were also waiting in our Rappeler Celebration Zone, cheering them on as they descended 335 feet and welcoming them back to the ground on S. 6th Street.

Dominion Energy presented the event and hosted it at their beautiful office building with incredible views of the Richmond skyline. But the company’s support didn’t stop there! A total of 10 Dominion Energy employees completed the rappel, including President and CEO Bob Blue. They weren’t the only company to “Toss Your Boss.” Holiday Barn Pet Resorts and Bent Ear Solutions (BES) each had executives meet the challenge. Our own Richmond SPCA staff had the top fundraising team and sent eight rappelers Over The Edge, representing adoptions, transfers, advancement and people operations.

Some said they were confronting fears while others were checking off a bucket list item they had always hoped for, and those moments of trepidation, awe and anticipation were captured by a great group of photographers. Their photos are generously available to download and share. Please credit the photographer in your posts.

Before heading to the roof, our rappellers were invited to share messages on a white board in the staging area, sponsored by The London Company. The board, decorated by artwork from Sheon Mallory, who works in our animal care and internal veterinary services departments, carried many messages of motivation along with the names of pets in whose honor or memory our brave animal lovers stepped up to the ropes.

Tabitha Treloar and Roux (dog)
Tabitha and Rous

Tabitha Treloar joined the Richmond SPCA in 2005 as an admissions counselor and has been our director of communications since 2010. She and her husband live in Richmond with four Richmond SPCA alumni – two cats and two dogs.

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