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Richmond SPCA assisting animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence

If you’ve been seriously considering adding a furry family member this weekend is a good time to head over to the Richmond SPCA and help out some animals fleeing the devastation in South Carolina.

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Humans aren’t the only ones impacted by natural disasters. Pets are displaced along with their owners. Often there is no way to reconnect the two so new homes must be found for the animals.

While North Carolina and South Carolina struggle to clean-up their animal care and control agencies are being overwhelmed with animals. This is when agencies from other states step and help relieve the burden. In order to make room for these new arrivals, the SPCA is giving a discount to dogs currently awaiting adoption.

The Richmond SPCA is responding to pleas for assistance from animal shelters in hurricane-affected areas by taking animals who were homeless and awaiting adoption before Hurricane Florence into our care in order to make room in those shelters to assist local residents with temporary shelter for their own pets.

On Friday, Sept. 21, a transport coordinated by Florida Urgent Rescue will bring dogs and cats from the Darlington Humane Society in Darlington, South Carolina to Richmond, Virginia. Many of the dogs who will be received by the Richmond SPCA are heartworm positive and will be giving veterinary treatment for this life-threatening condition before they are prepared for adoption to lasting loving homes in the Richmond area. Arrival is expected between 2 – 4 p.m., and we hope to provide updates during the day for a more precise arrival time.

To prepare to take in animals from South Carolina, the Richmond SPCA is discounting all adult dog adoption fees by 50 percent from Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 23. The Richmond SPCA asks the community to help prepare for the rescue of pets in this emergency by giving a home to a dog already awaiting adoption at the Robins-Starr Humane Center.

Adoption hours this weekend are

Friday, noon to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Richmond SPCA is located at 2519 Hermitage Road.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Business

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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Community

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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