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A message to our extraordinary volunteers, from our CEO

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2023

As I reflect on the past year, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the many hours of time and talent you have contributed to the Richmond SPCA. Your selfless service in our humane center, Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital and Smoky’s Spay & Neuter Clinic has had a profound impact on the lives of countless animals and the people who love them, and for that, the entire staff of the Richmond SPCA and I are deeply thankful.

Whether you spent time training or exercising dogs, calming cats, doing laundry, washing dishes, assisting with events, bottle feeding infant kittens and puppies, cleaning surgical instruments or preparing surgical packs, filing, taking pet photos, or cleaning cages—and every other essential volunteer activity in between—your efforts have made a difference. Your steadfast commitment to delivering our crucial mission has not gone unnoticed, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Your enormous generosity and compassion fill our facilities with love, and we are honored and privileged to have you on our team. Every day, through your service and advocacy, you make our community a safer and kinder place for animals. Without your dedication and support, we could not as effectively provide the lifesaving programs and services that we do.

In the words of William Shakespeare, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” By blessing the Richmond SPCA with your many gifts, you have immeasurably enriched and improved the lives of animals. And we—and those precious animals—are forever grateful to you for it. Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week this week and always.

Tamsen Kingry and Maggie (dog)
Tamsen and Maggie

As the CEO of the Richmond SPCA, Tamsen 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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