City owes Carol Reichert thanks

Carol Reichert is a dedicated animal advocate. -
Carol Reichert is a dedicated animal advocate.
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I was shocked to read that Carol Reichert, founder of Richmond Animal Protection Society, has opted to resign.

Carol is among the most dedicated animal advocates I have ever met. Carol has managed to combine skilled management with her compassion for all animals. Having a no-kill shelter in Richmond is, as far as I’m concerned, a huge achievement.

The city owes kudos to Carol and her staff and volunteers. Together, they have a tightly knit family who accept and care for any animal. Why? How about Carol’s leadership and demonstration of commitment?

Despite personal tragedy (her home exploded and burnt last year, and she lost her own pets in the fire), Carol has taken the helm with firm resolution of putting the needs of animals ahead of her own.

Carol is an amazing example for all of us to follow. I have been lucky enough to adopt three birds and one dog from RAPS, and foster birds over holidays. Carol has always been a model of animal advocacy, studiously doing home checks, and ensuring the right match is made. She is also full of compassion for her senior animals and those labeled as “dangerous” (open to discussion!), ensuring they are not overlooked or forgotten.

The City of Richmond is losing an extremely valuable asset with Carol’s resignation. I hope she is recognized in the future with an award to thank her for her amazing contribution to the city and residents of Richmond.

Carol, good bye, you will be sorely missed. It will take huge feet to fill your vacant shoes! Enjoy your retirement and please remember how many pet and adopter matches you have assisted with, and thank you for taking the high road and refusing to kill any animals that go through RAPS.

Brittani Faulkes

(and Molly, Robert, Sparkplug, and Blingo)


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