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Rachael Ray Foundation donates $25,000 to Richmond SPCA for new lifesaving program

The fund was created for the hospital’s most vulnerable patients and will make it possible for the Richmond SPCA to further reduce or fully waive fees to treat pets whose guardians are unable to pay for critical veterinary care.

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A donation in the amount of $25,000 is helping the Richmond SPCA provide life-saving treatment to animals in their care.

The Rachael Ray Foundation has established the Rachael Ray Nutrish Healing Fund at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital with the donation.

The Richmond SPCA opened the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital in 2016. It is the first full-service animal hospital in Virginia operated by a nonprofit on a charitable basis. More than 11,300 patients were seen last year, and low-cost fees for services at the Richmond SPCA’s hospital make veterinary treatment affordable for most of these pets’ guardians. However, in some cases, even low fees are a barrier to care.

The fund was created for the hospital’s most vulnerable patients and will make it possible for the Richmond SPCA to further reduce or fully waive fees to treat pets whose guardians are unable to pay for critical veterinary care.

Richmond SPCA Chief Executive Officer Robin Robertson Starr estimated that the grant from the Rachel Ray Foundation will fund essential care for about 165 pets.

“Pets who belong to our lowest-income clients face the greatest risk of immediate surrender to a shelter when their guardians are unable to pay unexpected costs related to their pets’ unexpected sickness or injury,” Starr said. “Providing the treatment these pets need to keep them in homes is at the very heart of the mission of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.”

“We often see clients who have been to an emergency hospital with their pets but left because they were unable to afford for the pet to be seen, said Senior manager of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital Lindsay Brockman. “We help them as best we can, and the Rachel Ray Nutrish Healing Fund is enabling us to give more help and save more lives.”

Brockman said that the Fund has made it possible to waive fees for services such as providing radiographs for a dog who ingested a foreign object, surgery for a cat with a urinary blockage, and giving fluids and medications to save puppies from parvo.

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Veteran baker to open brick and mortar bakery operation in Lakeside

Up All Night Bakery, a new brick and mortar for 20-year baking veteran Jonathan Highfield, will take over the former Pulp RVA space at 5411 Lakeside Avenue.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Jonathan Highfield has kneaded dough for about 20 years, both in the employment of and instruction of others. This year, he’s baking a venture entirely of his own creation.

He recently signed a lease on 5411 Lakeside Ave., where he plans to open a production facility for his Up All Night Bakery by March.

Up All Night was launched as a part-time gig in late 2019, making croissants, breads, cookies and other baked goods that are sold at farmers markets and to a few wholesale customers around town.

Highfield currently bakes in the kitchen of the Early Bird Biscuit Co.’s Bellevue Avenue location during the business’s off-hours. He said he decided to move Up All Night elsewhere because he had outgrown the Early Bird space.

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Keep Virginia Cozy Cleanup this Saturday

Help to make Northside even better.

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Spotted on Keep Virginia Cozy’s Facebook.

Come get TRASHY with us over in Northside! We are going to be meeting on the sidewalk, adjacent to The Mill on MacArthur Avenue, just look for the silver subaru with stickers on the back! We hope all of y’all have had a wonderful holiday season and we can’t wait to get back together for January’s cleanup!
As always, all gear is provided, we just ask that you dress warmly in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!
Grab your friends, bring your pup, fill up your coffee cup, and come get trashy with us as we beautify our wonderful city!

Be kind. Smile at strangers. Pick up litter. Work together for good. Keep Virginia Cozy!

**All of your events are in accordance with the latest safety standards from the CDC. Masks and gloves are provided and social distancing occurs naturally outdoors!**

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Police seek suspect in armed robbery on West Hill Street

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached surveillance photos, who are suspects in a commercial armed robbery that occurred last month.

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Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached surveillance photos, who are suspects in a commercial armed robbery that occurred last month.

At approximately 8 p.m. on December 14, 2020, the two male suspects walked into the Tiger Martconvenience store, located at 200 West Hill Street, displayed firearms, and robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects then fled on foot, but security video captured them getting into a small white Toyota SUV (photos attached).

Anyone with information about their identity is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective K. Robinson at (804) 646-6820 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used.  All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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