Whether it’s at our shelter or in the classroom, we are committed to providing quality education and outreach programs that benefit the pets and people of our community.

Lewis Scholarship

The RISPCA 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 RISPCA 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 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 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 RISPCA would like to help someone in a parallel situation achieve a second chance through higher education.
The RISPCA will award scholarships to two 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 students are able to demonstrate
continued promotion of humane treatment of animals or the betterment of animal life.

About Lewis

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 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.


Please Note: Our Humane Education programs that take place in classrooms and at the shelter are temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 HumaneEducation@rispca.com.