RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Richmond SPCA is celebrating 20 years as a cruelty-free society with a retro-themed block party.
The party is also a fundraiser to benefit approximately 4,000 homeless animals who will be housed at the Richmond SPCA this year, as well as other programs and services the non-profit organization provides for pets. and to people. The nonprofit’s goal is to raise $40,000 to help fund its programs and services.
“Twenty years ago we became a kill-free organization,” said Richmond SPCA CEO Tamsen Kingry. “It was a bold commitment, one that required changing the way we operate and empowering the people of Richmond to invest in life-saving alternatives to create and sustain a more caring community. We can now look back on all the progress we have made together and invite everyone to come to the Richmond SPCA and celebrate with us on June 4th.
The number of homeless animals in Richmond has decreased by 21% since the implementation of some SPCA programs. According to a press release, animals placed in shelters, whether public or private, have a 90% lower risk of losing their lives.
The block party includes:
- Food, beer and wine trucks including River City Wood Fire and Funnel Cake Recess
- Live music from cover bands Sold separately, P2, Paulo Franco and the Freightliners, playing songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s
- “Not the Mall” Pet Friendly Marketplace
- Little Wags Fun Zone for kids with face painting, arts and crafts, games and a learning space for kids
- Pooch Party Zone with a “Try It” agility exhibit with training specialists from the Richmond SPCA, pools for pups to cool off in and a bandana stamping station from VisArts
- A pet photo booth, lawn games and more
Fundraising will begin on Saturday, June 4 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door for anyone 12 and older. Children 12 and under are free to attend.
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