Short Pump Town Center has asked the community what they would like to see at the mall when they begin extensive renovations in early 2014. Tell them you’d like to see Short Pump Town Center join the growing number of pet-friendly locations in the Richmond area. And the most pet-friendly action of all? Support the adoption of homeless dogs and cats by making retail space available for the Richmond SPCA to open an adoption center at Short Pump Town Center!
Bringing pet adoptions to Short Pump Town Center would increase the mall’s appeal to pet lovers throughout the Greater Richmond region by making a substantial contribution to the Richmond SPCA’s work to save the lives of homeless cats and dogs. Currently, the local non-profit places more than 3,500 orphaned animals in loving homes annually, primarily from our Robins-Starr Humane Center on Hermitage Road. A second adoption center within the popular and stylish Short Pump Town Center would increase the visibility for wonderful animals who long for and patiently await an individual or family to take them home. Placing an adoption center in such a high-traffic area has the potential to exponentially increase the number of cats and dogs whose lives we save each year.
The Richmond SPCA has the capacity to staff such an adoption center with employees and volunteers that would provide the level of customer service expected of retailers within Short Pump Town Center. However, we lack the budget for the retail space. Join us in asking co-owners Pruitt Associates and Forest City to donate space in an act of corporate philanthropy that would demonstrate their commitment to making Richmond a more compassionate community.
Growing awareness of the abuses of puppy mills and resulting public outrage has led to a trend of adoptions from non-profit humane societies replacing for-profit pet stores in malls across the United States and Canada. 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!