We Are Proud To Announce The Rhode Island Lewis Scholarship Recipients!

We are proud to announce that the 2020 RhodeIMG_4588 Island SPCA Lewis Scholarship recipients are Savanna Stewart of North Providence High School and Thania Santana from Blackstone Academy Charter School. Amy Skalubinski, our Director of Humane Education had the opportunity to meet both of them and give them a tour of our shelter.  Like many seniors this year, they faced many obstacles and had to be creative as well as diligent in preparing their senior projects. Their advisors and principals spoke very highly of them and we are proud of their achievements!

Savanna Stewart (pictured right) of North Providence High School will be attending Roger Williams College in the Fall. Her senior project focused on the benefits of adopting shelter animals instead of purchasing and supported animals and how many need a second chance in life.  

Thania Santana (pictured left) of Blackstone Academy Charter School will be attending Bristol Community College in the Fall. Her senior project was creating a website that was geared towards animals and how to prepare them for an emergency.  She gave examples of what to prepare for specific pets such as an emergency kit for a dog, cat, or small animal.  This was shared with her senior class and it was evident that she invested a lot of time and effort to complete.

Congratulations to Savanna and Thania and to all the rising Seniors in our State. We are proud of all of you!

About The Rhode Island SPCA Lewis Scholarship

The Rhode Island SPCA Lewis Scholarship recognizes the efforts of graduating seniors who have made significant contributions toward the betterment of life for animals. Through its Humane Education program, law enforcement powers, and daily operations, the Rhode Island SPCA strives to promote the humane treatment of all animals. The goal of the Lewis Scholarship is to reward the efforts of young adults who show compassion and selflessness toward animals, despite personal hardship.

Lewis the pit bull was abandoned at the Rhode Island SPCA 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 to adopt. Lewis was eventually given a second chance and adopted into a loving home by someone who looked beyond his exterior and saw a wonderful soul. In honor of Lewis, the Rhode Island SPCA would like to help someone in a parallel situation achieve a second chance through higher education.

The Rhode Island SPCA will award scholarships to graduating seniors. This scholarship is intended to recognize young adults who have faced difficulties in life, yet have gone on to promote humane treatment of animals or the betterment of animal life. This scholarship is renewable for a second year, if the student is able to demonstrate continued promotion of humane treatment of animals or the betterment of animal life. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to the colleges.

Holiday Pet Safety Tips!

20160803_161715Fireworks, cookouts and other 4th of July traditions can be great fun for people; but can also be frightening and even dangerous for our pets. Here are 5 ways you can prepare in advance: 
  1. Make sure your dogs and cats have collars and up-to-date ID tags.
  2. Stock up on comfort items. Special toys, peanut butter filled kongs…Keep them engaged and happy.
  3. If your pet is microchipped, be sure the registry has up-to-date info.
  4. Take a current photo of your pet. 
  5. Decide where your pet will be during the festivities and make it secure.

 Safety during celebrations:

  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks and other gatherings. Loud fireworks and unfamiliar places can be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider keeping your pets inside in a safe, quiet room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help! Placing notes on exit doors and gates can help both you and your guests remain vigilant.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
  • Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.

Hot Pets? Not Cool!

cartempsafetyNot only can leaving an animal in a hot car lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in many states, including Rhode Island. Even if the temperature outside is only 70, the inside of a car may be as much as 20 degrees higher. On an 85 degree day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach 102 degrees. After 30 minutes, it can climb from 85 degrees to a deadly 120 degrees. If you see an animal trapped in a car on a hot day, try to locate the owner or call 911. You can be a lifesaver to an animal in need. Advocacy is about action and your voice matters!


 

Help Support our Humane Education Programs and Services

Please Note: Our Humane Education programs that take place in classrooms and at the shelter are temporarily closed during the COVID-19 crisis. We are currently working on ways that we can still connect virtually. If interested, please contact our Humane Education Department at (401) 438-8150 x4 or email amy@rispca.com.