Since opening our Clinic for Compassionate Care on March 5, the response from the community to the new availability of low-cost, full-service veterinary care has been overwhelming. In less than six months of operations, our Clinic has delivered services to 2,000 unique new clients, with a combined total of nearly 4,000 pets.
Our small staff of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are providing high-quality professional care to a population that continually expresses gratitude for services they tell us they had previously been unable to provide to the pets that they love very much.
In recent weeks, as the volume of clinic clients and the resulting appointments have increased dramatically, we have reached the full volume of clients our present resources can adequately accommodate. As a result, we are no longer able to accept new full-service clients into the Clinic for Compassionate Care. This is necessary in order for us to continue to meet the needs of our existing client base. Exceptions will be made for our adopters and those who come to us with veterinary referrals. We will continue to accept as new clients those who have adopted a pet from the Richmond SPCA since March 5, 2012. We will also continue to accept, on a case-by-case basis, referrals from outside private veterinary practices at the discretion of our Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Angela Ivey.
While we very much wish that we could help an unlimited number of guardians and pets in need throughout our community with this crucial service, our resources only go so far, and we are doing as much as we possibly can for as many as we can with the funding, personnel, and physical space that we have. We do anticipate that a time will come when we have the ability to expand our client base again; however, we cannot be certain exactly when that time will arrive or how many additional clients we will be able to help when it does. Please visit us online at richmondspca.org/clinic for updates.
Robin Robertson Starr is the chief executive officer of the Richmond SPCA. To read her biography or that of our other bloggers, please click here. Before posting a comment, please review our comment guidelines. Please note that our comment policy requires a first and last name to be used as your screen name.