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Thu Jul 28, 2016, 10:07 AM

As the country gets to know Tim Kaine, we reflect on a compassionate and unpretentious friend to ani

Source: Richmond SPCA

As the country gets to know Tim Kaine, we reflect on a compassionate and unpretentious friend to animals

The morning after Election Day in 2005, I got a call in my office from a staff member in our adoption center. She told me that Tim Kaine, Anne Holton and their kids were in an adoption center living room meeting dogs. I was incredulous since he had just been elected Governor of Virginia the night before. But, sure enough, I went downstairs and there they were. Tim had done many great things for our organization over many years and we knew both Tim and Anne well. They told me that they were fulfilling a promise to their kids that, regardless of outcome of the campaign, their family would adopt a dog as soon as the campaign was over. That morning, they adopted a precious little terrier mix who we had named “Baby Girl” but the Kaines renamed her “Gina” in honor of Anne’s childhood dog, Gina Lollabrigida.

Tim Kaine has recently been chosen as the running mate of Hillary Clinton and may become our next Vice President. While the rest of the country will be getting to know him in coming weeks, many of us in Richmond have known him well for many years. Tim and Anne have been active participants in our community and deeply dedicated public servants. What others may be less familiar with is that Tim has been a great friend to the Richmond SPCA over many years and has helped us to make our community one of the most progressive and life saving ones in the country for homeless animals.

Our early relationship with Tim included his helping us to make a TV commercial promoting pet adoption that featured his pant legs and shoes walking along next to the adorable John Henry through our adoption center. He led the support when he was on City Council for us to create a working partnership between our private Richmond SPCA and the City of Richmond Animal Control agency. It was a fairly contentious issue at the time but Tim was such a dedicated consensus builder that he got Council to approve it. That partnership survived for years and achieved great success in life saving until its continuation was rejected in recent years by the current Mayor’s administration.

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Reply As the country gets to know Tim Kaine, we reflect on a compassionate and unpretentious friend to ani (Original post)
demmiblue Jul 2016 OP
FSogol Jul 2016 #1
niyad Jul 2016 #2
auntpurl Jul 2016 #3
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Thu Jul 28, 2016, 10:17 AM

1. K & R. n/t

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Thu Jul 28, 2016, 10:24 AM

2. k and r, and damn!! it is dusty in here~~

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Jul 28, 2016, 10:27 AM

3. Oh gosh, this makes me like him even more!

And I already liked him a lot!

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Thu Jul 28, 2016, 10:42 AM

4. admire him more everyday.

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Thu Jul 28, 2016, 12:01 PM

5. This is great to hear about n/t

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