We are proud to announce that the 2020 Rhode Island SPCA Lewis Scholarship recipients are Savanna Stewart of North Providence High School and Thania Santana from Blackstone Academy Charter School. Our Director of Humane Education, Amy Skalubinski 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!
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.
Hot Pets? Not Cool!
Not 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.