It has been a long, hot summer and most of us are ready for fall and cooler temperatures. At the Richmond SPCA, summertime means lots of kittens! We have taken in about 700 kittens, many of whom were neonatal kittens that require around-the-clock care and bottle feeding, since May. Our amazing team of foster care volunteers has risen to the challenge of assisting us in guaranteeing life to all of these precious animals. Caring for newborn kittens and puppies requires significant resources, and fortunately we are able to save their lives thanks to a special pool of resources called the Cinderella Fund. Each year we take in more than 2,000 sick, injured or neonatal puppies and kittens that require extensive medical care and treatment. The Cinderella Fund provides the resources to care for these homeless pets so that they can eventually find loving homes. The fund is supported almost entirely by the money raised at the Fur Ball, our annual gala held at The Jefferson Hotel. The Fur Ball has become one of the most popular events in Richmond, mostly because of the unique opportunity to bring your pet to a black-tie gala and parade him down the grand staircase in the Rotunda of The Jefferson. This year the Fur Ball, presented by BB&T, will be held on October 1, and the event is already almost sold out!
There are other ways you can support the Cinderella Fund. Tickets for the Fur Ball Holiday Barn Pet Resorts Raffle are on sale now. There are more than 20 great prizes and tickets are only $5 each! You can easily purchase them online. This year Saks Fifth Avenue is helping us raise money for the Cinderella Fund by hosting a special shopping night on August 25. Tickets are $10 (a ticket enters you into a raffle for a Gucci bag and you can purchase them here) and guests receive a 15% discount! Saks is giving 5% of that evening’s sales to the Cinderella Fund. Of course, you can also make a donation to the Cinderella Fund any time during the year through the mail or online.
The Richmond SPCA is saving the lives of an ever-growing number of treatably sick and injured homeless animals each year, which means we are taking in more and more homeless pets that require special care before they can be adopted into permanent homes. The Cinderella Fund is more important now than ever before.