the Richmond Daily Beast Launches!

April 19, 2010

The Richmond Daily Beast officially launches!

What do you do when you find a stray dog with no collar or tags? How do you spread the word that your own dog is missing? Where can you go to adopt a homeless dog or cat? Where can you find a list of animal rescue groups in the Richmond area? What’s the best thing to do when you rescue an injured bird?

Navigating the many local lost and found pet listings, animal rescue web sites, and myriad other animal-related resources could be easier. That’s the purpose of Richmond Daily Beast(, a new, centralized, one-stop community portal for pet and animal related resources in the Richmond metro area. The Richmond Daily Beast provides original content, animal-related news and information, and, most importantly, convenient access to comprehensive local resources. Our goal is to make it easier for people to find what they need:
help locating or re-homing lost or stray dogs and cats; dealing with feral cat colonies; finding a petsitter, dog park, or local vet; or volunteering at a local shelter. You will also find current information on upcoming local, pet-related events, and can even post and publish your own.

The site has a number of regular features: our Rescue Pets of the Week, a calendar of
community events, and daily, original content. There are also two features that we think will beespecially helpful: the Resource Directory and the Lost & Found.

• The Resource Directory includes an extensive listing of area animal shelters and rescue organizations, veterinarians (including mobile vets), low-cost spay and neuter clinics, trap-neuter-return programs, dog parks, pet-sitters, and other professional services. It will be updated regularly and kept current. Itʼs our goal to provide everything local pet-owners or animal rescue advocates might find necessary or helpful.

• The Lost & Found feature(
the Richmond Daily Beast allows anyone with a missing or lost animal to easily post a
notice about their pet to the site. The process is simple: just upload a photo, fill in the information prompts (contact info, relevant animal details, etc), and in a matter of minutes, the lost and found listing is live on the site. One more click turns the listing into a readable, professional-looking flyer ready to be printed and circulated throughout your neighborhood.

At the Richmond Daily Beast, we want to help improve the lives of our local animal population. We believe one important way to do this is to make it easier for people to connect to the information they need — to streamline the search. You can also find the Richmond Daily Beast on Twitter and Facebook.

The Richmond Daily Beast is operated by Richard Sebastian and Allison Titus, with technical assistance from local teacher and blogger John Murden, who runs the popular Church Hill Peopleʼs News blog (

For more information, contact Richard Sebastian or Allison Titus at