August 2020
Greetings!
As a private, non-profit organization, the Rhode Island SPCA depends on the generosity and support of the people and organizations in our community, and much of that support is generated by the variety of fundraising events we host every year. Like many other organizations, we had to cancel almost all of our 2020 events due to COVID, and this comes at a greater loss to the Rhode Island SPCA since 2020 is our 150th anniversary year and we had big plans for a celebratory event.
 
But 2020 is not over yet, and we are currently gearing up for our 18th annual Paws In The Park dog walk, scheduled for September 26th. Thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of our steadfast supporters, we are already off to a great start after raising over $14,000 from our first ever AmbassaDOG Photo Contest ! This year's winner is Melissa and her dog Willow! Be on the lookout for Willow on all of our Paws In The Park dog walk marketing materials.
 
The money we raise through our fundraising efforts is critical to allowing us to continue to offer the much-needed programs and services to pets and their owners in our community. In the last few months, our Law Enforcement Division has experienced a spike in animal cruelty investigations, resulting in the seizure of close to 50 animals, many of which are in need of specialized veterinary care. All of the money we raise goes directly to the care of the animals in our shelter and also has a direct impact on the lives of the animals in our community.
 
We hope you will consider registering for our 18th annual dog walk , and we look forward to seeing you at the event. Please know, the health and safety of our community is paramount and we will ensure all state COVID protocols are in place and enforced for this event.
Sincerely,
Joe Warzycha
President & Special Agent
AmbassaDOG WINNER!
Introducing...Willow! She is the first ever Rhode Island SPCA AmbassaDOG for our 18th annual Paws In The Park dog walk! Willow was ready for her closeup and enjoyed a professional photo shoot with Maria Giannini Photography recently so be on the lookout for her on our marketing materials!

We'd like to thank all 94 dogs who joined in and competed in our AmbassaDOG photo contest this year. We appreciate every single one of you! You're all amazing and we hope to see you at Paws In The Park! >>>Learn more about Willow!
Paws In The Park Registration is OPEN!
Yesterday we officially kicked off registration for our 18th annual Paws In The Park dog walk! Mark your calendars for our signature community fundraising event on Saturday, September 26th from 10 AM-2 PM at Rose Larisa Park in Riverside, RI! Are you ready to start your FUNraising?

Online fundraising is easy & fun! Create a personalized fundraising webpage and share your story! Include photos of your pet and explain why you are raising money for the animals and programs and services at the Rhode Island SPCA! Stay tuned for updates on event day happenings such as prizes, games, vendors, and more. For more info, contact Director of Development & Community Relations, Connie Kile at ckile@rispca.com!
What We're Wishing For...
What would our animals like? Here's our Top 5 Wish List items for August!

  1. Bully Sticks
  2. XL Kongs
  3. XL Freedom Harnesses
  4. Cat Dancers & Cat Charmers
  5. Grass Mats (for our smallies)

You're welcome to drop off items at our shelter or take a look at the full list and order online through our Amazon Wish List. Our staff, volunteers and animals thank you!
Thirst Quenching Generosity;)
The Rhode Island SPCA Humane Education Department is pleased to introduce you to two amazing 8th grade students who thought of a creative way to help our animals during this summer.  Please meet Olivia Pereira, from Atlantic Charter School and Marrison Levesque, from Beckwith Middle School. Together they organized a very successful lemonade stand and donated their proceeds of $100.00 to the shelter. Our staff and animals at the shelter are very thankful for your generous act of kindness. Way to go!

To learn about ways you can help, contact our Humane Education Department at 401-38-8150 X4 or email amy@RISPCA.com .
Dog Days Of Summer Tips
Spending time outdoors with your four-legged family members? Keep these easy but oh so important safety tips in mind to ensure that your furry friends are safe and comfortable!
Here are 5 ways to keep your pets safe: 
  1. Limit walks during hot times of the day
  2. Provide ample shade and water
  3. Watch out for hot pavement
  4. Never leave your pets in a hot car 
  5. Have F.U.N. Play in the sprinklers or a kiddie pool!
p.s. that handsome mug is Adoptable Spot!
Pet & Hot Cars: What You Need To Know
Not only can leaving an animal in a hot car lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in many states, including Rhode Island.  Even if the temperature outside is only 70, the inside of a car may be as much as 20 degrees higher. On an 85 degree day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach 102 degrees. After 30 minutes, it can climb from 85 degrees to a deadly 120 degrees. If you see an animal trapped in a car on a hot day, try to locate the owner or call 911. You can be a lifesaver to an animal in need. Advocacy is about action and your voice matters!
ABC6 News Pick of the Litter!
Countless animals have been adopted because of our weekly ABC6 News segment,"Pick of the Litter" with Chelsea Priest . We'd like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for their support and hope that you tune in every Tuesday at Noon to see our featured pet for adoption. This partnership is truly a life-saver for so many animals in our community!

This week's Pick of the Litter is Spot! >>>Take A Look!
Community Partner Highlight dog beds
"Hello! I'd like to thank the 33 new members who joined our foster care family this past month!  Because of you, we were able to place 36 animals in foster care in July! You may have heard about the numerous cats and puppies that our Law Enforcement Department rescued recently. I am happy to share that these animals are in still in our care and will stay with us as long as it is an open investigation. They are receiving the love and attention that they deserve and we thank you for opening up your hearts and homes!" ~ Lisa Levasseur, Foster Care Program Coordinator

For more information on how you can help, contact Lisa at lisal@rispca.com .
Happy Tails...Murphy Man!
Do you remember Murphy?!? He is one of 72 animals adopted in July! We got the a really nice update from his new family!

"He is doing very well with no problems. He enjoys his walks and would like to chase anything that moves such as birds, ground hogs, and bunnies. It is wonderful to see him experience a good life, so many new things to see and do. I took him with me for a haircut. He was a perfect gentleman and made some new friends. Murphy is a sweet little guy and a welcome addition to our home. Thank you for choosing us for him."

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who chose to adopt at the Rhode Island SPCA!
We'd love to hear from you! Send your happy tails & pics to kjewell@rispca.com .
Mark your calendars for our 18th annual Paws In The Park dog walk on Saturday, September 26th from 10 AM-2 PM at Rose Larisa Park in Riverside, RI!
Celebrating 150 years of
"speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves"
1870 ~ 2020
Founded in 1870, the Rhode Island SPCA is not only the oldest humane organization in the state of Rhode Island but the third oldest in the United States. 2020 marks our 150th anniversary of providing critical programs and services for the animals and people in our community. As a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we rely on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations and are not affiliated with any national humane organization.
Rhode Island SPCA | 86 Amaral Street Riverside, RI 02915
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