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Rhode Island SPCA eNewsletterJanuary 2011

Over the past 8 years we have taken in 13,918 animals seeking their forever home and have found homes for 12,150 of them, an adoption rate of 87.3%.  This is truly an amazing adoption rate when you consider we do not refuse the old, the sick, the forgotten, the abused, and those who have been abandoned.  We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and thankful for the support of people like you who have devoted your time, money, and efforts to help make it possible. 

At this time we are not asking you for financial assistance but for a few minutes of your time, a few minutes that could make a world of a difference to those we shelter.  We are asking you to make a difference by making a donation of your time in the Shelter Challenge by voting for us on a daily basis and spreading the word to your family and friends.

The Challenge starts Monday morning, January 10th and will run for three months. First prize is $5,000.  We have entered this Challenge in the past and have finished 6th in the nation among over 10,000 shelters across the United States. This will be the last time the RISPCA will actively participate in a Shelter Challenge. 

We would like to thank the following groups who have pledged their support to the RISPCA in this Shelter Challenge: the Bristol Animal Shelter, Jenny's Hope Rescue, New England Equine Rescue, Horse Play Equine Rescue, and Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue.  We ask that you join our coalition as we strive for first place in the nation.

"When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless, but when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are striving to make things better."


E.J. Finocchio, DVM
President, Rhode Island SPCA

Shelter Challenge
January 10, 2011 - March 20, 2011

How to vote.

To vote, simply click here, type "Rhode Island SPCA" for the shelter name, choose "RI" for the state and click search. Then, click vote next to the Rhode Island SPCA! It is that easy!

You can vote once a day, every day, from now through March 20, 2011. Every time you vote, or tell a friend to vote, you are making a huge difference for us. 

Vote today! Vote tomorrow! Vote everyday!

Visit the RISPCA homepage ( for the link to vote everyday.

Shelter Challenge
"Hearts & Paws" Pasta Dinner
Friday| February 18th| 6pm to 9pm 
North Phillips Street Hall|East Providence, RI
Pasta Dinner 2008

Please join us for our 9th Annual "Hearts & Paws" Pasta Dinner on Friday, February 18th at the North Phillips Street Hall in East Providence. For the past 8 years the dinner has sold out. Come enjoy an evening of friends, family, food, and fun that helps raise much needed funds for the homeless animals at the Rhode Island SPCA!


The "Hearts & Paws" Pasta Dinner features a delicious main course of penne and meatballs with Italian bread, salad, coffee, and dessert. There will also be a "penny social" with many great raffle prizes to choose from, "grab bags" with "secret" prizes to choose from, and many great items at our silent auction table including a trip to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and Boston Red Sox tickets.


Tickets are just $12 and all proceeds go to the RISPCA!


For tickets and more information, please visit:


For questions, please contact Jim at or (401) 438-8150

About the Rhode Island SPCA
The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) is the 3rd oldest humane organization in the United States; at 140 years old we are the only non-profit animal rescue organization in the state of RI that is legally able to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases. Along with operating a full shelter that is home to over 100 cats, dogs and other domestic animals each day, we offer medical attention for the pets of many impoverished, disabled and elderly individuals who otherwise could not afford to care for them. The RISPCA also provides Humane Education programs for local schools, youth and adult groups free of charge. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that receives no local, state or federal funding, and is not associated with the ASPCA or its donations, the RISPCA relies solely on community support from friends and businesses.
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"Hearts & Paws Pasta Dinner
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Featured Pet

Icabod was confiscated by the RISPCA on December 22nd.  He weighed a mere 22 pounds - less than half of what he should weigh.  After 2 weeks in our care, Icabod was up to 36 pounds and doing great.  He is truly a survivor and we expect him to make a full recovery and find his forever home in the very near future.  


More information and pictures of Icabod. 

December's "Happy Tail" 

Lacey is a quiet, sweet 12 year old Cocker Spaniel who was brought to the RISPCA with her "brother" Jake  because their owner could not afford to take care of them anymore.  Jake was adopted very quickly but Lacey had to wait a little longer for her adoption day.  


Thankfully, after close to 2 months in  the shelter, Lacey found the perfect new home to live out her golden years! 


RISPCA partners with the Girl Scouts of Rhode Island!


The Rhode Island SPCA would like to thank the Girl Scouts of Rhode Island for selecting the Marvin Fund as the beneficiary of their Cookie Sale Service Project for 2011!  At the end of the Girl Scout Cookie Sale, troops may elect to contribute a portion of the proceeds to the RISPCA's Marvin Fund.  The RISPCA and the Marvin Fund encourages you to support this community service project!