Marvin’s Miracles

We are very happy to announce the formation of “Marvin’s Miracles”.

This fund will go directly to the care of those animal we rescue in our animal cruelty cases, and will enable the human/animal bond to continue where it may otherwise fail.

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Marvin Fund

The Marvin Fund has helped defray medical costs for over 4,500 sick and injured animals whose elderly and disabled owners could not afford them.

To seek assistance from the Marvin Fund, contact Dr. Finocchio at (401) 438-8150, x1.

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Animal Cruelty Investigations

The RISPCA is the only non-profit animal rescue organization in the state that is able to investigate animal cruelty cases. To report abuse, contact our Law Enforcement Agent, Joe Warzycha, at cruelty@rispca.com or (401) 438-8150, x2.

We are not an emergency response agency, so please call the police if an animal is in imminent peril.

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Lewis Scholarship

The RISPCA Lewis Scholarship recognizes the efforts of graduating seniors who have made significant contributions toward the betterment of life for animals. Lewis is a pit bull who was abandoned at the RISPCA as a puppy. Because of his breed, start in life, and other variables beyond his control, Lewis was passed over by many families who were looking for a “better” dog.

In honor of Lewis, the RISPCA will award $1,000 each to two graduating seniors enrolling in college the following autumn.

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Pet Loss Support

There is no right or wrong way to grieve your companion. Each person experiences loss in his or her own way.

It’s hard to know when a beloved pet is ready to pass, and sometimes we wait too long. “Letting Go” is an excellent article by our shelter director, Dr. E.J. Finocchio, about knowing when it’s time.

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Humane Education

Since 1872, the Rhode Island SPCA has been one of the pioneers in humane education. In 2016, we partnered with Tails to Teach, a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization that sends teams of registered therapy dogs and their owners into Providence schools to teach kindness, compassion and empathy. The Humane Education Society at the Rhode Island SPCA sponsors these very important and educational programs allowing Tails to Teach to reach out to even more students every year.

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