Earlier this week, the leading headline in the BizSense Daily NewsFeed proclaimed, "Short Pump goes shopping for suggestions." The story explained that upgrades to the 10-year-old are planned for 2014. The mall's management group is seeking input from customers on improvements they'd like to see, and we were inspired. What would we like to see? An adoption center!
Shopping centers around the country have begun offering space for humane societies to open adoption centers. It's time for Richmond to join the trend, and Short Pump Town Center is the perfect location.
Sign our petition at Change.org to ask Short Pump Town Center to give space for the Richmond SPCA to open an adoption center. Then share the link to the petition – http://chn.ge/11p4w9x – the site makes it easy to email your contacts or share on Facebook or Twitter.
Malls across the country that give rent-free space to local humane organizations have been making the news since 2011.
- 70 Malls Across US to Ban Pet Sales,
Global Animal.org, October 11, 2011
- Humane Society Opens Store In The Mall,
Vero Beach Magazine, November 2011
- Malls push animal adoption centers over pet stores,
azcenttral.com, July 22, 2012
- Homeward Bound Adoption Center in Freehold Mall Opens
New Jersey Newsroom April 27, 2012
- Pet adoption center may be coming to The Gateway,
The Salt Lake Tribune, June 7, 2013
In many shopping centers, nonprofit adoption centers are replacing for-profit pet stores that sell commercially bred animals from puppy mills. To their credit, Short Pump Town Center has never been home to any pet store selling puppies. Let’s encourage them to embrace the progressive, lifesaving trend by adding a Richmond SPCA adoption center!
Tabitha Frizzell Hanes is the director of advancement for 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.