Five area nonprofits are among the organizations that will share more than $470,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation for animal welfare services. Stand Up for Animals of Westerly received $21,000 to provide veterinary assistance, medications and microchips for animals offered for adoption. Friends of the Westerly Animal Shelter received $3,000 for its Animal Welfare Management Program. The town of Westerly received $6,000 to purchase equipment, including new litter pans, bowls and two surgical spay packs for its animal shelter. The grant will also support staff development and a two-week summer camp in conjunction with the Ocean Community YMCA. About 30 youngsters will learn about pet responsibility, classifications and adaptations, agility, pet therapy, K-9 training, and what it is like to be a vet. Foster Parrots of Hope Valley received $25,000 to support costs for food and specialty diets, veterinary care, aviary upgrades and enrichments, and the expansion of their adoption program. The Sea Research Foundation received $15,000 to support the Mystic Aquarium’s work rescuing and rehabilitating injured or sick marine mammals and sea turtles.
Photo: From left, Adrian Bonéy of the Rhode Island Foundation and Debra Turrisi, Larry Hirsch and Linda Winfry of Stand Up for Animals of Westerly.