Animal shelter holds drive for most vulnerable kids: ‘It just makes you want to cry’

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) is holding a fundraising campaign to help out another city organization they work with closely.

RACC Director Christie Chipps Peters said they are collecting supplies for the city’s Child Protective Services, a group they work with often.

"It’s an unfortunate situation, but a lot of times abuse with animals also includes abuse with humans,” said Chipps Peters. “We do the animals, they do the children, but the component is the same. They are changing humans’ lives when they need it most.”

RACC Director Christie Chipps Peters

RACC Director Christie Chipps Peters

Chipps Peters said RACC was inspired to do something for CPS after a recent RACC case when officers were executing a search warrant on a home where they only expected to find animals inside. She said the inside of the home there was “trash, dirty clothes and rotted food was piled high on every surface, old needles and used condoms were strewn about in every room and both guns and drugs were confiscated.”

She said along with that, they found two children inside: a five-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy.

"You can imagine like a movie with people in SWAT gear. It was like 15 of us and these two little kids sitting in the madness of all of this doing their homework. Like I mean, it just makes you want to cry,” said Chipps Peters. “We wanted to just put a bubble around them to protect them from this crazy made world and take them home -- and that’s where Child Protective Services comes in.”

Chipps Peters said CPS should be commended every single day for the work that they do, but added that their work flies under the radar for privacy and legal reasons. She said she wanted to use RACC’s social media and supporters to help collect supplies the organization needs.

“It isn’t unheard of when we put out a call to action like this, we’ve had the UPS truck drive up and come in and be, like, my entire truck is full of donations just for you,” said Chipps Peters.

She said they are collecting size 1-6 diapers, unscented wipes, used or new strollers and new or gently used boys and girl clothes from 3-6T.

Donations can be dropped of at RACC’s headquarters at 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue on Richmond's Northside. RACC has also put items on an Amazon Wishlist and the items will be shipped right to them.

Chipps Peters could not go into further details about the search warrant that prompted this fundraiser as she said it was part of an ongoing investigation.

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