The Rhode Island SPCA loves to hear how our alumni are doing in their forever homes, We hope you enjoy reading about what our old friends are up to! Have an adoption update? Email jim McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org with your pet’s photo and how things are going, to have it included in our Happy Tails! We will also happily add your mailed letters and photos.
I just wanted to write to you to let you know how far Coco has come. My mother and son adopted her in November 2015. She had been in the shelter for a few years and a bit antisocial. My son chose her because of how long she had been at the shelter. He fell in love with her sweet shyness. Well I’m happy to let you know, she is no longer shy with us. She still doesn’t like to be picked up or held, but she loves cuddling, being pet, and she is SO playful!! She loves to follow us around the house and her favorite places to hang out are the bathroom sink, the shower, and the kitchen sink 🙂
I wanted to write to let you know about Buddy (formerly Sasquatch), who I adopted from RISPCA on September 24th, 2015. He has settled into his new home with absolutely NO problems whatsoever. He’s a giant love bug who follows me around from room to room and spends as much of his time as possible in my lap. Well – other than the time we spend playing “Catch the Laser Dot” – his FAVORITE game! He made friends with my other cat, Emma almost immediately. Within only a few days of having full access to each other, they were curled up on the sofa together, touching (something she never did with any other cat!). He’s also VERY smart – it only took him a few days to learn his new name and he responds to it like he was born with it! He’s also learning to do a few tricks for treats – like “sit” and “touch my hand.” I can’t express to you what joy he’s brought to my home – thank you for giving me the wonderful opportunity to meet Buddy (Sasquatch) and for allowing me to provide a home for such a fabulous adult cat. He is such a special guy and I look forward to spending many more years with him.
Just wanted to share a happy tail with you. We adopted Sherry (now Sherry Lu) from you guys about two months ago and she is doing awesome! After a brief shy period hiding in the closet (while our other cat, Casey-Jones, adjusted to her presence in the house) she has made herself right at home. She gets along great with her new sister and loves running around the house and playing in her tree. When she’s not playing, she can always be found in someone’s lap! She is such a sweet girl and has fit right into our home.We are so happy to have her in our home and look forward to many years of her companionship. Thanks for all your help and thanks for what you guys do there!
Ashley and Chris
We adopted Marge, a senior tortie cat, about a month ago. She is doing wonderfully and we adore her. She is the perfect cat for us. My four year old daughter had begged for a cat for many months. She was clear about wanting a calm, loving cat, and that is Marge to a T. She is so sweet and loving and patient. She has her claws, but has not ever scratched a person or a furniture in the house, nor has she bitten or hissed. My daughter loves her to pieces and there is no greater joy to me than hearing her talk about how much she loves her cat. Marge is now named Callie, but no matter what her name, she is loving with a huge purr to match. She patiently puts up with the overzealous attentions of a four year old girl, and has settled into her new home very nicely, with favorite sleeping spots on an orange cushion on a window ledge in the sun, my desk chair, or at our feet in bed. Our house feels so much warmer with her in it.
We love her and are happy to have her here. Thank you for looking after her all those long months and making sure she had plenty of attention and affection. The vet said she was in wonderful health with zero issues, which is remarkable for a cat of her age, and a testament to both her former owner and the RI SPCA. ~ Marge’s new family
I just wanted to let you know that Star is a perfect new family member. The instant she arrived home, she was happy and comfortable, as if she’d always belonged here! She really enjoys frisbee, fetch, long walks, the garden hose and of course lots of belly rubs! Also, our chickens have never ever been herded so properly before (Although, the chickens don’t appreciate the effort as much :P). We all love her very much, and appreciate you all taking such excellent care of her 🙂
With much thanks! -Star’s Family 🙂
Finley and Riley
Thought I would send a couple of pictures of Finley (the buff) and Riley (the orange & white. )They are both doing well and have settled into our home. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to adopt them. They have brought a lot of joy into our home.
“It’s Easter time and spring is here. Boy, what a long, cold, snowy winter it’s been. I’m glad to see spring time, walking time, is here. Here’s a picture of me in my bunny ears. Mom thinks it’s so cute. I think it’s phooey. If you guys should happen to get a female King Charles Spaniel, I’d love the companionship. I hope everyone has a real happy Easter. I’m enclosing a small check to help out my brothers and sisters at the shelter.”
Thank you so much Jeffrey and family! We think the ears are pretty cute too.
Dear Dr. Finocchio,
My name is Rodney F. I am a Decorated Military Police Officer who has served Honorably within the 115th MP, Co. Rhode Island Army National Guard. While activated in support of ” Iraqi Freedom” my unit suffered losses resulting from an improvised explosive device (IED) attack. I suffered tremendous survivors guilt and subsequent PTSD. I have since been medically discharged from service and sought treatment at The Sanctuary Recovery Residences, an organization providing assistance to homeless veterans and civilians struggling with dual diagnosis.Upon entering The Sanctuary Recovery Residences I was introduced to a fellow Veteran, a timid German Shepard named Tonka. Tonka served in Iraq within the United States Army, Explosives Ordinance Corps where he and his handler were subject to a detonation of an IED which fatally injured his handler and left Tonka unfit for further service. Tonka was honorably discharged and released for adoption. Tonka had experienced two failed adoptions due to his condition of PTSD before coming to reside at Sanctuary Recovery Residences.
Tonka and I have formed a relationship that is beyond words. The bond and friendship we have has helped heal my soul and allowed me to progress in my recovery. The healing effect of the unconditional love that a loyal animal provides is immeasurable.
I have assumed responsibility for Tonka as The Sanctuary Recovery Residence does not have the financial ability to support the cost to sustain Tonka’s presence today. Tonka and I continue to serve within The Sanctuary Recovery Residence where we volunteer to assist others struggling along the road to recovery. Used daily as a therapy dog providing assistance to both veterans and civilians alike, Tonka has been a positive influence in helping to change the lives of hundreds of people.
Tonka recently sustained an eye injury which will require the removal of his right eye due to infection. The surgical procedure though necessary is one I can not afford. I had appealed to countless agencies unsuccessfully for assistance until today when I received an overwhelming response and willingness to help from the RISPCA and the Marvin Fund. I would like to thank Dr. Finocchio and the RISPCA for coming to Tonka’s aid by providing the necessary treatment and surgical procedure. Tonka will now be able to continue to heal those in need and serve as an example of the power of love. I will be forever grateful to the RISPCA.
We adopted Rocky the Saturday before Thanksgiving of 2010 and we are all very happy. I am sending some pictures of Rocky on a walk and at obedience school. He came in first place at school for not pulling on the leash but he was only fourth in running to owner on recall because all those 9 month old puppies had younger legs! He is wonderful. And he is very devoted to us. And we love him. Thanks for the good work, and Rocky thanks you! from Anne Tivin and family
I wanted to send along a couple of photos of Jack who has quickly made himself a part of the family. We love Jack and we are so happy to have him. He is such a good boy and is really loving CT.
Love, The Blade Family
This is Buddy. He is very happy in his forever home. He is a great dog and companion. He truly is 1 in a million. Thank You. 🙂
Happy Tails Reunion
A litter of Beagle/Chihuahua were adopted from the RISPCA in November of 2009, their owners hold regular reunions for these siblings. Here are some pictures from on of their latest outings!
I recently adopted Peaches back in June 2010, and I couldn’t be any happier. She’s been doing very well with my cockatiel, Alex, and gets along great with everyone she meets. She’s also still a crazy lil’ dancer, just like how she was on “Pick of the Litter.” Thank you so much again for giving me the chance at giving her a good home!
It was a year this past Sunday (7/11/10) that we got Dudley from the RISPCA. He has adjusted very well and is, well, spoiled!! We were looking for a playmate for our other Basset Hound Buford and Dudley fit the bill just fine. He is so mellow and everyone who meets him wants to take him home. I couldn’t imagine coming home at the end of the day and not seeing him. Thank you!!
Hi! A year ago in April I adopted Mugsy (cat) from you. He was a 14lb very shy, very skittish 3yr old. The vet believed he is at least part Maine coon, and he certainly displays many of those traits. I knew he would take a bit of time, and tlc, but he really seemed at ease and secure. Then in August I adopted Millie- a 9wk old kitten from another shelter. Millie did all the hissing, Mugsy was very patient. He watched her like a hawk, and being a little kitty she most definitely was into everything, and when he saw she “didn’t get into trouble” HE began to chase the balls, and the toys, and even each other. She brought out his “inner kitty,” and she couldn’t ask for a better big brother–as you can see. He’s about 20lbs now..(shes 10) and very smart and loving- he’s great (sometimes she gets the bed first even though there IS more than one, they seem to prefer that one…not that he fits, but apparently that’s not an issue for him!).
Hi, I adopted “Stevie” now named “Snowball” last fall from an adoption event held at the Petsmart in Johnston. Snowball is quite a character! He’s very playful, loving and he quickly stole my heart. He is doing very well and I am so thankful that I went into Petsmart that Sunday afternoon. He’s just the most beautiful kitten I’ve ever seen! Keep up the good work. Best Regards, Samantha Pattek
Tank was at the RISPCA for several months with severe mange. He was adopted by one of our volunteers and is doing great. This is tank on top of Rattlesnake Knob in the Adirondacks.
Hi, I just wanted to let you all know that Matty is doing really well in our house. She is down to 75 pounds and has been to the Providence River vet and seems to be very healthy. She walks everyday and is even now running and pulling like crazy on her leash when we go for walks. She is also very stubborn, but 10 times more sweet and lovable!!! Thanks for giving her to us!!! Yolanda
I adopted Teddy in November 2009. He is the best dog in the entire world and the center of everyone’s attention. He is always happy, always playing, loves to be outside and loves treats!! My roommate and I come home everyday and still can just not get over his face and how cute he is. Our back yard is literally a dog park so he has tons of friends too! – Stephanie
Niles and Pumpkin
My husband and I adopted the two most beautiful cats in the beginning of January, 2010. Pumpkin was super shy in the beginning. I pegged her as the shy loner cat. Niles was very vocal and meowed for affection all the time. I pegged him as the attention seeker. Flash forward a month and a half later: Pumpkin always sleeps in the middle of my husband and I and Niles is lying on top of my husband’s stomach! Pumpkin is NOT shy! She is very social and outgoing and is not afraid to ask for attention. Niles is very vocal still and active. However, Pumpkin is more of an attention seeker! I didn’t see that coming. We are always together. One cat is always on one of our laps. My husband built a kitty scratching post/condo to keep our outgoing cats happy. We love our cats so much and are so grateful to have them in our lives. Our cats truly are a blessing. Thank you. We love our kids! – Rosa
Thought I’d send you an update on Snowball, the gorgeous DLH cat we adopted in September. After a somewhat rocky start (due to a nasty upper respiratory infection), she gradually recovered and learned the household routine. She has declared herself the Alpha cat and settled in very nicely. She and our other cat spend the day in the normal cat manner: eating, napping, chasing the laser mice, napping, eating, chasing the various other interactive cat toys and sleeping. What a life!! She spends as much time as possible on any available lap, soaking up the adoration heaped upon her. We have several window seats and faux fur thermal core mats that she l-o-v-e-s to sleep on, especially in the cold weather. She particularly likes curling up in the top “bed” of the cat tree in our living room, where she can look upon her kingdom. Now that her fur has mostly grown back in, she looks even more beautiful than when we adopted her!! Last time we spoke, you suggested that I send you a few pictures of her, so you can include her story on your website. Here they are. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for all your help with her!! – Dee & Phil
Abbie, a 4-year old female Bullmastiff, is loving her new home in East Greenwich. We kept her name because we like it so much! She’s been awesome to have around and is certainly keeping us active these cool nights… Abbie needs her evening walks for sure! She’s settled right into a lazy lifestyle in our old farm-house and is doing fine with managing the steep staircase. She parades around the old farmstead any chance she gets and is very obedient when we take her off the leash for some serious play time in the yard. She must have been with a great family before we got her because she’s very, very well-trained and has been such a great joy to have around. Weighing in at a whopping 98 pounds, she had a full check up by our vet last week and she received a clean bill of health. Abbie has been introduced to all our family members and gets along with everyone – – especially her “cousin” Rufus, a 6-year-old Boxer rescued by Brian’s family a few years back. All of our nieces and nephews love her and she’s welcome everywhere we go. Riding in the car appears to be one of her favorite things to do. We haven’t met anyone that hasn’t loved her at first sight!! Thanks again for all the wonderful things you do for animals in need here in RI! – Liz & Brian
Sweet boy Boomer was featured on Pick of the Litter and it was love at first sight. The day he was adopted he jumped right into his new owner’s vehicle and was ready to go! His Christmas card says “The Boomer is just fine and he is everything that you said he is. He is smart…….it took all of three days to train ME and a few more for my wife. Every two weeks he gets a bath – I put my bathing suit on and we climb in the tub.Well, he’s at my feet right now.
The Mountain Climber
This young athlete is now in Downeast Maine and has become a daily walker. He’s been in his new home about 2 months after a month-long stay, and has made the peak of five separate mountains – some multiple times. That’s quite a record as he’s only 1 1/2 years old so we can only wonder what adventures he will have in his future.
Chiquita was so loved by the staff at our shelter that our cat playroom was nicknamed “Chiquita’s Room.” She also became a photo model thanks to her good looks and regal bearing. After being in our shelter for 4 months, she appeared on “Pick of the Litter” and was adopted 2 days later.
Dear RISPCA, My wife and I adopted a kitten named Kelso from your shelter a little over a week ago. We have renamed him Lucas and we’re happy to say that he has adjusted to life in his new home extremely well. He enjoys playing with our adult male cat, Paco, as well as the various balls and mice we have scattered throughout the house. He is extremely lovable, friendly, energetic, and talkative. Thank you! Bob and Yvette DiMaio
Icabod is a black lab mix. He was taken from his owner one December after the Rhode Island SPCA received a tip regarding an extremely underweight dog living at an apartment in Providence. When he arrived at the Rhode Island SPCA, he was almost dead. Icabod weighed a mere 22 pounds, was severely anemic, dehydrated, emaciated, and demodectic mange which caused patches of his fur to fall off. It was a clear case of failure to provide adequate care, food, and water to this poor animal. Icabod had ingested blankets, clothing, and other household items in an attempt to survive – he was one of the most emaciated dogs we have encountered.
Icabod slowly recovered at the Rhode Island SPCA, with the help of a wonderful foster home, for over two months. When he was adopted in February by a loving family, he had made a full recovery and weighed over 60 pounds. Despite what he had been through, Icabod was friendly and affectionate from the moment he arrived at the shelter.
On Thursday, March 24th, Icabod’s former owner appeared in Providence District Court facing one count of mistreating animals and one count of unnecessary cruelty to animals. After nearly starving Icabod to death, she was ordered to make a $50 contribution. Quite simply, the penalty does not fit the crime. This disappointing decision sets a bad precedent and undermines the work done by the Rhode Island SPCA, Animal Control Officers, Police Departments, and other humane organizations throughout the state.
Unfortunately, cases such as Icabod’s are not rare. The Animal Cruelty Investigator at the Rhode Island SPCA receives thousands of complaints on animal cruelty each year and goes on countless investigations. Every year, we encounter several cases as appalling as Icabod’s right here in Rhode Island.
The RISPCA had a puppy reunion this past Thursday from a litter of Beagle/Chihuahua and Maltese/Chihuahua puppies that were adopted in November!