Grant Submission: The Humane Association of Northwestern Rhode Island

Posted by Jennifer on August 23rd, 2011

We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for the Purina Veterinary Diets® $50,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We were so moved by the amazing lengths rescues and shelters go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted – and thought you would be too! So we’re sharing some of the submissions, and all of the recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. Here’s how a $2,000 grant would (or, in the case of our recipients, WILL) change the life of a pet or pets in their care:

The Humane Association of Northwestern Rhode Island
Pascoag, RI

First off, let me just say how thankful we are for the opportunity to apply for the Purina Veterinary Diets Veterinary Care Grant – we are located in a somewhat depressed area of Rhode Island, so funds aren’t always easy to acquire. The Humane Association of Northwestern Rhode Island, commonly referred to as HANRI, was formed way back in 1978 by a group of local women over an afternoon cup of tea. Concerned about the well-being of their community, these women decided to do something about the need for an organization to help with the animal welfare problems they saw. We currently run a no-kill cat shelter, which is filled to capacity, Ivy’s Place Pet Supply Store, the SNYPP Clinic and a humane education center. The SNYPP (Spay/Neuter Your Pet Program) Clinic was opened in 2004 and has become well-known throughout Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Due to the low income of so many families in our area, we pride ourselves on affordable, quality veterinary care. The clinic offers low-cost spay and neuter services in hopes of controlling the pet population in these parts.

The humane education center, which is the first of its kind in Rhode Island, aims to educate local children and families about the responsibility we, as humans, have to care for animals. We share the Earth with all of the living things on it, and it is vital for our children to understand how we can positively (and negatively) impact the environment. Each summer, we offer 8-week educational programs to the community. We also travel out into the community from time to time in order to spread the word about humane practices.

Our no-kill cat shelter has been around since 1979 when a volunteer (Ivy Turner, the namesake of our pet supple store) graciously decided to turn her basement over to cats in need of a home. The shelter has become a sort of retirement home for some cats, a rehab center for others and a foster home for many more hoping to be adopted by a loving family. Each and every one of the felines in our care is up-to-date on shots, but many of them that come to us are in need of spays/neuters, operations or medicine. Thanks to the constant hard work of our veterinary team, our cats can hope to find that loving home in which to spend the rest of their life – but not all of them are out of the woods just yet. Two of our cats – Pearl and Kandi – have malignant tumors that will need more medical attention in the near future. Another senior cat, Tigger, is one of the friendliest felines in the shelter but he suffers from a thyroid problem that drains his energy and leaves him thin as a stick. Yet another friendly feline, Marshmallow, has a problem with crystal build-up in his intestines that block his ability to go to the bathroom unless he eats a special diet. Clarice, on the other hand, was brought to us barely clinging to life after being hit by a car. Our vet was able to save her, but she was left with a major scar on her head, a faulty eye that is always in need of attention and the face only a mother could love.

While it is our goal to take in and care for as many cats as possible, it has become increasingly difficult to provide the proper medical care for these felines in need. The Veterinary Care Fund Grant would be an enormous help for us to continue giving these cats the care they deserve while they wait to become a part of a loving family. Thank you again for the opportunity to apply for this help!

P.S. – A video of Marshmallow is available at

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