Pet corner: Always something happening at SUFA animal shelter

Pet corner: Always something happening at SUFA animal shelter

The Westerly Sun

The Stand Up For Animals / Westerly Animal Shelter and adoption facility has been in existence for eight years, built by a group of devoted and dedicated people, who worked tirelessly with tenacity to see the beautiful building and grounds come to fruition.

The Officers, Board of Directors and Trustees, continue their important mission to sustain the health and welfare of lost, abandoned and surrendered pets and other animals. Dr. John Turco and an assistant treat the  shelter animals in our medical suite.

The Captain Bruce Ladd Dog Park opened late last year to a cheering crowd. We were all so happy to see his vision for a safe place for animals, as well as their families to exercise, come to reality after several years of setbacks, planning and implementing. Dogs can now enjoy running and jumping along with their friends from dawn to dusk, but your dog must be wearing a current rabies tag and license, having been registered in your town.

In collaboration with Stand Up For Animals Mission in educating children on responsible pet ownership, Jane Deming of Educate Humane will continue her presentations to the children in Westerly’s schools, as she did the previous years. She also provides the training to Block Island students. During the summer,  Stand Up For Animals sponsored a Summer Camp at the facility, which was enjoyed tremendously by kids and their parents.   

Another program sponsored by SUFA initiated by Jane Deming is termed, "Baby Ready," which guides a family on how their pet is to meet the new baby. Preparation ahead is always a good idea when a new baby will be arriving.

This program also provides education for children  around pets, supervision, appropriate interactions and signs that your pet is stressed and what your pet may be alerting you to.

When a pet is lost, we offer an "Oscar Alert” on the home page of our website  and the alert will go out on an e- blast to close to a thousand emails. Thankfully, multitudes of pets have been found due to this alert system.

With thanks to the support and generosity of the Westerly community and surrounding towns, SUFA has made great advances in helping the lives of animals.

Thank you to all who have supported the following SUFA fund-raising events: Pins For Pets bowl-a-thon, golf tournament, Coin Bank Locations, Thorp & Trainer shred day, Sea Glass event, Paddy’s Gives Back, Eagle’s Nest, donations from children from their birthday or their fund-raising activities, author event and book signings at Savoy Book Shop, Pictures with Santa at Agway, Holiday Bazaar, John Speziale & Friends Christmas music event.

SUFA is also designated an emergency shelter for animals during hurricanes and disasters.

Lina O’Leary is the president of Stand Up For Animals. Debbie Turrisi is the community outreach director, Lillian Gagnier is the office manager. Tammie Loughlin is the shelter manager and can be reached at: 401-584-7941. The Animal Control Officer is Arthur Smith. He can be reached at: 401-348-2558 .

In the months ahead, we will discuss therapy dogs, animal rescue, and pets with special needs as well as pet nutrition. Stay tuned.

Carol Amedeo is a membner of the SUFA Board of Trustees.


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