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Va. EMS Agency, SPCA Launch “Pets for Paramedics” Program

The Richmond Ambulance Authority and the Richmond SPCA are excited to launch “Pets for Paramedics,” a new program designed to help EMS providers relieve stress through regular interaction with pets from the Richmond SPCA. Beginning August 31, the Richmond SPCA will bring pets to RAA headquarters once a month for one hour. RAA staff will get a chance to interact with pets awaiting adoption while also providing exposure to help these pets find homes.

According to studies, EMS providers are frequently exposed to traumatic events which can lead to high levels of workplace stress. This partnership allows RAA to continue its dedication to providing a healthy work environment for our EMTs and paramedics.

“I have seen first hand the positive impact an animal can have on people in stressful environments,” said RAA CEO Chip Decker. “The partnership between our organization and our neighbors at the Richmond SPCA is a perfect fit.”

Research on the human-animal bond has demonstrated the benefits pets can have on a person’s mental, social and physical health.

“Incorporating animals into their workday is a terrific way for RAA to invest in the wellbeing of their employees,” said Robin Robertson Starr, chief executive officer of the Richmond SPCA. “We are delighted that our neighbors at RAA appreciate the role of the Richmond SPCA in the community and value the great comfort and support that animals bring to the lives of people who are feeling stress.”

The public will be able to see “Pets for Paramedics” featured on the RAA website and social media, and those interested in adopting may contact the Richmond SPCA. Media are invited to join us for the first visit and interactions between RAA staff and pets from the Richmond SPCA!

WHEN:  Friday, August 31 at 11 a.m.

WHERE:  Richmond Ambulance Authority               
                2400 Hermitage Road
                Richmond, Va 23220

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