040619 RIC animal control grant 1

Wyoming Ocean State Job Lot store manager Eric Cole and his rescue dog Brady, a Labrador retriever mix, presented a $600 check to Richmond Animal Control Officer Anne Fisher outside the store on Tuesday. The money will be used to help the town's Stray and Homeless Pets program. Courtesy Anne Fisher, Richmond Animal Control 

RICHMOND — Ocean State Job Lot has donated $600 to Richmond Animal Control for its Stray and Homeless Pets program. The money was presented to Richmond Animal Control Officer Anne Fisher during a ceremony outside the store on Tuesday.

"The funding was raised through the companywide program, 'To The Rescue,' which aims to provide funding for local animal control and nonprofit agencies in the communities that Ocean State Job Lot serves," said Eric Cole, manager of the company's store at 12 Stilson Road in Wyoming.

The money was raised through donations collected at Job Lot stores in February, with the proceeds from each store distributed locally. Cole said the animal control program was chosen through an online vote by residents.

Fisher said the funds will be used to help provide veterinarian services, food, and possible adoption services. The program began in 2013 with a donation of about $1,000 from the estate of the late Lephne Smith, a longtime resident of Richmond. The account has been maintained primarily through donations.

"From an animal control standpoint, many of the calls we get are for stray animals. This fund has helped us take care of those needs and even find animals a home," Fisher said.

Cole said that he and his staff would continue to look for ways to partner with the community. "It makes you feel good, knowing you are making a difference," he said.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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