Richmond SPCA begins building new facility to help low-income families and their pets

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond SPCA is beginning construction to expand the facility’s veterinary and training offerings.

CEO Robin Starr says the new “Susan M. Markel” veterinary hospital is the next step in making Richmond a “no kill” city. She says it will help reduce the number of sick animals turned over to the SPCA because families can’t afford vet care. It will also lower adoption barriers for low-income families.

“A pilot program to offer full-service veterinary care at a low cost, called the Clinic for Compassionate Care, began at the Richmond SPCA in March of 2012. Demand for these services has been well established through the pilot program.”

A preview of the Susan M. Markel veterinary hospital (Photo courtesy Richmond SPCA)
A preview of the Susan M. Markel veterinary hospital (Photo courtesy Richmond SPCA)

The clinic isn’t accepting additional clients because capacity of the small exam room and surgery space has been surpassed already. Luckily, the expansion to the new facility will expand resources.

The facility will be built on Hermitage Road. We’ll let you know when we hear about the opening date.

Stay tuned for more on this story both on air and online from 8News.

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