The Marvin Fund has helped defray medical costs for sick and injured animals whose elderly and disabled owners could not afford them. The fund has helped countless numbers of injured animals found on the road, abandoned in dumpsters or left at our door get a second chance. Because funds are limited, however, there are rigorous criteria for eligibility, and you must speak directly with Dr. E.J. Finocchio, the Director of the RISPCA, at (401) 438-8150, x1.

To date, the Marvin Fund has helped over 4,500 animals and people get a second chance. This is in honor of Marvin, a beautiful black lab who served as the RISPCA Mascot for 10 years. Marvin was relinquished to the shelter twice in his life and knew what it was like to live on the other side of the tracks. He also knew the feeling of loneliness, having lived in a cement cage with little human or animal interaction. For Marvin, his second chance came on November 1, 2002 when he was adopted by Dr. E.J. Finocchio. The “Marvin Fund” was established in hopes of giving others in need of food, shelter or medical attention a second chance too.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Marvin Fund, please send a check to:

In memory of Marvin: July 4, 1999 – January 15, 2010

The Marvin Fund
186 Amaral Street
Riverside, RI 02915

To learn more about The Marvin Fund and the down on his luck Labrador who overcame loneliness, homelessness and living with a disability to become an inspiration to animals and humans alike, please visit:

And visit the Marvin Memories page on our website for lots of pictures in tribute to this wonderful dog.

Additional resources in Rhode Island that may be able to help you with funding the veterinary care of a companion animal include the RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation and Hands that Heal RI.