THE RHODE ISLAND SPCA ANNOUNCES THE NAMING OF ITS 12TH PRESIDENT AND GENERAL AGENT WAYNE M. KEZIRIAN, ESQ.

{Riverside, Rhode Island, January 19, 2021 }The Rhode Island SPCA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Wayne M. Kezirian, Esq. has been named as the 12th President and General Agent of the Society. Mr. Kezirian, who is leaving his position as General Counsel of Paolino Properties to assume this role, has significant non-profit leadership experience and has previously chaired the boards of Travelers Aid Society of Rhode Island (now Crossroads), McAuley Corporation and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.  He has served on the board of the RISPCA since 2014, most recently as its chair.

“I am excited to have an opportunity to apply my experience and skills in support of the mission of the RISPCA,” said Kezirian. “I am particularly interested in expanding the Society’s outreach to low and moderate-income pet owners and I hope that my work will make it possible for more children and families to experience the joys of pet ownership.”  

The RISPCA operates an animal shelter in East Providence, Rhode Island where adoption services and support services are available and, in addition to its cruelty related law enforcement activities and humane education programs, the RISPCA provides veterinary services and assistance to low-income pet owners.

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Members of the public: Visit our Contact Us page to reach the appropriate staff member or department. Your views and concerns are important to us. Thank you for your interest in, and support of, the Rhode Island SPCA!

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September 8, 2020 – WJAR CHANNEL 10: Artie Tefft talked to Joe Warzycha from the RISPCA to learn how the virtual event will work and how you can help make sure local pets are protected… VIDEO more >>>

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June 9, 2020 – WPRI CHANNEL 12: Pet spa owner wanted by police after RISPCA seizes litter of puppies Read more >>>

June 5, 2020 – San Francisco Chronicle: Reward offered in shooting death of dog found in river Read more >>>

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Rhode Island SPCA Press Releases

RELEASE DATE: January 19, 2021 – THE RHODE ISLAND SPCA ANNOUNCES THE NAMING OF ITS 12TH PRESIDENT AND GENERAL AGENT WAYNE M. KEZIRIAN, ESQ… Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: January 15, 2021 – LOCAL OWNER ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH TEN COUNTS EACH OF UNNESSARY CRUELTY AND MISTREATMENT OF ANIMALS… Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2020 – MAN WITH AN ACTIVE ARREST WARRANT AND ACCUSED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY TURNS HIMSELF IN TO THE PAWTUCKET POLICE DEPARTMENT… Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2020 – RHODE ISLAND SPCA IS ONE OF TWELVE ANIMAL SHELTERS CHOSEN FOR THE SUBARU OF NEW ENGLAND #SNELOVESPETSOCTOBER CAMPAIGN… Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: September 4, 2020 – TWO SEVERELY NEGLECTED DOGS REMOVED FROM TIVERTON HOME AND IN THE CARE OF THE RHODE ISLAND SPCA. THE OWNER IS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT UNNECESSARY CRUELTY TO ANIMALS AND TWO COUNTS OF FAILING TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE VETERINARY CARE… Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2020 – THE RHODE ISLAND SPCA ANNOUNCES THAT REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THEIR 18TH ANNUAL PAWS IN THE PARK DOG WALK ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2020… Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2020 – SECOND ANIMAL SEIZURE OF FIFTEEN CATS AND ONE DOG AT DOGGIE STYLES PET SPAS WHERE THERE IS AN ACTIVE ARREST WARRANT FOR THE OWNER Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: June 20, 2020 – REWARD INCREASED TO FROM $500 TO $1600 DUE TO COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR INFORMATION THAT LEADS
TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CANINE LOCATED DECEASED IN NARRAGANSETT, RI… Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2020 – THE RHODE ISLAND SPCA SEIZES LITTER OF PUPPIES AT DOGGIE STYLES PET SPA AND SEEKING WHEREABOUTS OF THE OWNER WHO HAS AN ACTIVE WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST… Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: June 4, 2020 – CANINE LOCATED DECEASED IN NARRAGANSETT, RI. THE RISPCA OFFERS $500 REWARD FOR INFORMATION THAT LEADS TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE… Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: May 11, 2020 – DUE TO COMMUNITY SUPPORT, THE RHODE ISLAND SPCA INCREASES REWARD TO $3100.00 FOR ANY INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE PERSON WHO PLACED NAILS INSIDE OF HOTDOGS… Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2020 – THE RHODE ISLAND SPCA OFFERS REWARD FOR ANY INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE PERSON WHO PLACED NAILS INSIDE OF HOTDOGS… Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2020 – THE RHODE ISLAND SPCA REMOVES GOATS AND SHETLAND PONY FROM UNSANITARY AND HAZARDOUS LIVING CONDITIONS AND ARE NOW LOOKING FOR NEW HOMES FOR THE ANIMALS…Read More >>>

RELEASE DATE: April, 2, 2020 – THE RHODE ISLAND SPCA ANNOUNCES A #SPRINGFORWARD FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE WITH A GOAL OF RAISING $10,000 TO SUPPORT CRITICAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES…Read More >>>


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