Thursday, March 27, 2008
My name is SPC Renee Santos. I am with the 169th Military Police Company from Warren, RI. We are currently stationed in Iraq. I stopped in there in February on my leave and you graciously gave us vaccines for the two dogs we are taking care of out there. Unfortunately one of them died before I returned, but our Casey is still striving. I wanted to thank you on behalf of my squad for helping us get her vaccinated. Although we are not supposed to have pets here, Casey has become a part of our family. We found her as a puppy and she is growing into quite a big dog. She has boosted the morale of the squad helping to make this place feel more like home. She has taken on the role of protector for the squad, especially for myself and SPC Bethany Burdick the other female in the squad. Thanks to your donations of vaccines we were able to get her certified as a force protection dog. This means that she is now officially part of the US military and will hopefully grant her a long life. Dogs here are not treated as pets like in the US and tend to not get care and are a lot of times mistreated or killed. So now hopefully when we have to leave, even though we will have to leave Casey behind, we will feel better knowing that she will be cared for by US troops and hopefully have a good long life.
Thank you again for helping the newest member of our squad and family, Casey,
SPC Renee Santos and the members of the 169th Military Police Company
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Feb. 26, 2008 -www.projo.com
Note from RISPCA -
3/24: All of the huskies involved in this cruelty case are doing well. The adults have reached normal weight, and the puppies are thriving. The court case has been continued and we will keep you informed.
3/14: The conference has been delayed for 2 wks.This case goes to pre-trial conference before the 6th District Court on March 13. The Husky puppies are NOT AVAILABLE for adoption and will not be until the judge renders a decision.
Alice on MSN Video - views: 122690 in approx. 24 hrs - Mar 24
Alice on MSNBC - WJAR-TV - Providence
"SPCA Puts Fat Cat On Diet" - Mar 24
Alice featured on Turnto10.com - see story and video broadcast
"Fat Cat Serves As Warning To Pet Owners" - Mar 24
Alice featured on ABC 6 NEWS "Pick of the Litter" Mar. 25
Monday, March 24, 2008
Take the case of Alice, who was surrendered to the RISPCA weighing in at 26 LBS. Her mobility is so limited due to her size, that her breathing is affected - she pants quite a bit. She normally walks a few steps and then needs to rest. She cannot jump in and out of her cage and needs to be picked up for this. In addition, she is unable to clean herself, and this is really tough for a feline.
And that's not all - some visitors to the shelter were overhead laughing and making fun of Alice. Which prompted a staff member to post a note that said, "Yes, I'm fat...but its NOT funny." For any of us who have tried to lose a few extra pounds, you can sympathize with a animal who needs to lose half of her body weight. One child was moved by Alice's plight and sent a get well card to her.
She was given a bath the other day by staff and we let her sit in a sunny windowsill ( with someone who could stand next to her) while she warmed up. She actually started to groom her paws a bit. Alice is now on veterinary weight management food and we are hoping that she can get down to at least 13 LBS.
Her weight as of 3/24/08 is 22 LBS 13 oz.
Friday, March 21, 2008
She also wanted to thank everyone who nominated her and included those "Critters" who appreciated her work.
Read about the Kid, Cat, and Dog of the Year Here.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
according to the time of year.
During kitten season (early spring through early fall)
we need foster parents willing to open their
homes to pregnant and nursing mother cats
and orphaned kittens who may need to be bottle
fed until they’re ready for adoption.
This position requires a truly committed individual,
as sometimes animals may need to be in foster care
for up to eight weeks or longer.
Read about Caring for Orphaned Kittens as a RISPCA foster parent here.
Email Volunteer Coordinator Liz
A big thank you to Stephen and friends at Check out their website and see samples of them actually moving.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
B*Y*O*H - Bring your own horse!
Cost $20.00 per rider Please call RISPCA for a sponsor sheet. Prizes for the 3 highest fundraisers (Jr & Sr.) Sign in at 10AM - Ride begins at 11AM Lunch will be served and all riders receive a RISPCA T Shirt. Many prizes and raffle items. Proceeds will go to help provide food, shelter, and medical attention for the animals at the RISPCA. Contact Julie at 401-438-8150
You can download the pledge sheet to print out HERE
Monday, March 10, 2008
Local children have come up with a wonderful way to help our animals at their birthday parties. Instead of presents, they ask their friends to bring food and toys for our cats and dogs.As seen from all of the gifts that Max brought to our shelter, these children are truly generous and helped him celebrate his 7th birthday in a very special way.
Christopher Grant's friends helped him celebrate his 10th birthday by bringing food donations, toys, and blankets for our animals
Thank you to Miss McCarthy's 7th grade class
St. Mary's Academy - Bayview, Pawtucket
They collected blankets, food, and treats for the animals at our shelter.
Home room representative Alissa Musto is seen here with Marvin and donations.
Pawtraits - The RISPCA and fosteringArts.org - April 20th through May 17th
An exhibit and sale of portraits of rescued shelter animals AND an exhibit and sale of Marvelous Marvin's original watercolor paintings. Proceeds to benefit the "Marvin Fund" at the RISPCA.
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 20th 1:00PM to 3:00 PM - RISPCA Auditorium
Artwork above left "Equus" by Marvin.
Above right courtesy Gloria Merchant. See the original in our shelter.