Message from the President and General Agent

Dear Friend of the Rhode Island SPCA,

The Rhode Island SPCA is now 151 years old. COVID-19 deprived us of the opportunity to get together to celebrate the Society’s 150th anniversary, but it also underscored the importance of what we do and why what we do is so important. Our dedicated staff endured quarantine, sickness and loss during the past year but never once failed to provide quality care and support for the animals entrusted to their safe-keeping.

This Society’s proud reputation was earned by what is now more than a century and a half of dedicated and compassionate service to the people and animals of the State of Rhode Island. The Rhode Island SPCA provides care, comfort, support and protection to animals seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year without regard to the challenges encountered along the way. The demand for these services has never been greater and your continuing support and volunteer assistance, which we are happy to be welcoming back into the shelter, is more important now than ever before.

Our law enforcement division has been a source of pride from the Society’s founding in 1870 and continues to fill a unique and necessary role in Rhode Island. Our cruelty investigators work both independently and in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies to respond to instances of animal cruelty that often rise to levels that are difficult to comprehend. Unfortunately, the need for animal cruelty law enforcement services continues unabated yet remains an entirely self-funded operation. To address the continued demand, we recently added another special agent to our law enforcement division. We look forward to having increased capacity to address animal cruelty issues in the coming years and hope that you will support this effort.

In addition to the recent expansion of our law enforcement activities, we recently enhanced our educational resources and programming. Our humane educators are anxious to return to classroom teaching where they can present to students while accompanied by an animal. Remote educational sessions have been well received but we have found that including animals in our programs fosters better engagement. Unlike many other organizations that charge for educational services, we offer our educational programs to schools free of charge. We believe that quality humane education will have a life-long positive impact on students and significant research underscores that position.
Most significantly, the Rhode Island SPCA Animal Health Center is opening this month. This new facility will allow the Society to greatly expand the scope, quality and amount of veterinary services that it can provide to low income pet owners who otherwise would not be able to afford quality veterinary care. We are delighted to welcome Seth Finger, DVM as our Medical Director. Dr. Finger concentrates in shelter and public service veterinary medicine and he is
looking forward to the opening of this new facility, as am I.

This publication contains examples of a number of our notable accomplishments from the past year. We will continue to work and speak for “those who cannot speak for themselves” and hope you agree that our efforts are worthy of support. Please respond as generously as you are able to this annual appeal. If you would like to know more about our programs, please feel free to contact me at or at 401-438-8150, ext. 105.


Wayne Kezirian, President and General Agent

Thank you for your support!