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April Newsletter

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Written by Laura Tuesday, 22 April 2014 13:53

April's newsletter is out! Read inside to see which member is spotlighted, read about what we've been up to so far this year, discover some new great vegan offerings in town, and learn how you can help protect hermit crabs this summer! Check it out here:


The RFA January Newsletter is here!

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Written by Laura Wednesday, 15 January 2014 20:08

Want to see a recap of what RFA has been up to? Want to learn how we're kicking off 2014? Want to find out about some of the most delicious veg-friendly eateries in town? Then CLICK HERE for our January newsletter for all this and more!

Once again, a huge thank you to our newspaper staff for their hard work and thoughtful pieces!
P.S. Don't forget to join us next week, on January 23, for Lobby Day!

Thank you for an amazing 2013!

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Written by Laura Thursday, 02 January 2014 21:49

Dear Richmond Friends of Animals,

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication in making 2013 a great year for animals in the Richmond area! With your help, we:
*Collected thousands of signatures, generated a HUGE presence outside the cruel bull run, garnered lots of local media coverage, influencing countless people on why getting chased by terrified animals is NOT fun or humane!
*Protested Ringling Circus for the 5th year in a row, showing them that Richmond won't tolerate beating and bullhooks!
*Helped get exposure and potential homes for lots of lovable pups in partnership with Richmond Animal Care and Control and Fin & Feather Pet Center!
*Tabled at several local events, getting our name and compassionate message out there!
*Delivered over 1700 petition signatures to Bistro Bobette urging the restaurant to stop dishing up cruel foie gras!
*Shared yummy recipes at potlucks and cooking demos and ate delicious food at local veg-friendly eateries!
*Continued protesting at Alan Furs and held another successful Fur-Free Friday, receiving tons of honks and thumbs up from compassionate passerby!
*Teamed up with the Humane Society to host an advocacy training, imparting skills to enact change for animals on dozens of people!
We couldn't have done it without your voices, your willingness to drive out to events, your emails to businesses asking them to make kinder decisions, and your compassion.
Here's to an even bigger 2014! And to kick it off, please join us at the below event - Lobby Day 2014! We hope to see all of your smiling faces ready for another year to help animals!
Laura Cascada
Richmond Friends of Animals

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Date: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Subject: (EVENT) HSUS Lobby Day - January 23rd, 2014 - 9am-3pm

Good evening. 

We wanted to make everyone aware of an important event planned by HSUS in the coming weeks. 

HSUS Lobby Day is scheduled for Thursday, January 23rd from 9am to 3pm at the General Assembly Buildingand we'd encourage any RFA members who can make it to attend. This is an annual event intended to allow animal advocates face time with legislators. Individuals who have gone to prior Lobby Days have consistently indicated it was a good use of time as a direct channel to legislators who have the power to make meaningful changes on behalf of animals. 

Please click the link below to SIGN UP if you plan to attend. 
RFA members attending are encouraged to meet inside the door on the first floor of the General Assembly a few minutes prior to 9am so we can head up as a group. For any specific questions on RFA attendance or meeting places, please contact Sarah Harper at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
PLEASE SHARE - the more people we have present to represent the interest of the animals, the better for everyone!


Sign up today to take a stand against gas chambers!

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Written by Laura Sunday, 17 November 2013 19:05

We have a unique opportunity for Richmond to become one of many cities across the country that will host an event next March to take a stand against the use of gas chambers and heart-sticking - inhumane "euthanasia" methods that cause prolonged suffering.
To help us become one of the chosen cities, simply click this link and sign up to participate. If enough of us do, we'll have the opportunity to host one of these crucial awareness events. For more information, please read the article below.
After signing up, please spread this to your family and friends!
Thanks for all you do!

Nation asked to join together to ban gas chambers and heart sticks

Euthanasia by gas chamber and heart stick is cruel and inhumane


PRLog (Press Release) - Nov. 11, 2013ATLANTA -- Animal supporters nationwide are invited to sign up by November 20, 2013 to have their hometown considered to host an Anti Gas Chamber and Anti Heart Stick Event on March 22, 2014.

The idea is simple.  People, united in their belief that these acts are inhumane, will gather in their local hometowns across the country at the same time.  All animal lovers that sign up will be sorted by zip code.  Supporters in surrounding zip codes will be matched together. This is an effort to have events in hometowns across the country.  If enough people sign up in an area, we will host an event in that hometown.  All events will be listed on a website so others can attend and be educated on these cruel practices.

“A tearful call from and animal rescuer in NC who sees the evil of gas chambers in her town prompted me to do something rather than just oppose it”, says Pia Colon Wurth of Pit Bull Press Release.  “This is the first time for an event like this. We are joining together across the nation to show we will not stand quietly by but create a change.”

A gas chamber can take 20 – 30 painful minutes to kill animals.  Animals can be heard screaming and howling from inside the chamber.  A heart stick is an injection of sodium pentobarbital that is thrust through the chest wall and several layers of muscle before puncturing the heart.  Animals are often not sedated and experience a painful death.

If gas chambers and heart sticks are used in your area or if your state no longer uses these types of euthanasia, please join together so no animal may suffer.

October Newsletter and Upcoming Events!

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Written by Laura Tuesday, 22 October 2013 20:58


Our awesome newsletter staff has been hard at work creating the October version of the RFA newsletter to keep everyone abreast on happenings and share some other useful information. The current version of the newsletter is available here and can also be found on our Facebook page.

There’s a lot of work that goes into this, so please take a look!


We’ve got a Halloween themed adoption event coming up on Saturday, October 26th from 11am to 2pm at Fin and Feather (5208 Lakeside Avenue) that could use some volunteer help. This is another in an ongoing series of adoption events we have partnered with Fin and Feather on as part of their agreement to stop selling dogs at the store.

Please take a moment to read the link below for more details and also to sign up for a shift if you have some available time on Saturday to help a worthy cause:

Sign Up Here:


As a reminder, RFA is partnering with the Humane Society of the United States to help conduct a seminar on “Effective Advocacy for Animals”. You can find more details at the link, below, but the seminar is Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30pm at the Glen Allen Library.

We encourage RFA folks to come out and show your support while you learn some good information on how to be better advocates for animals in our area.

More Info:

Thanks, as always, for everyone's ongoing support of RFA.

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