The Story of Sandy’s Cats

Sandy Rodriguez labels it “volunteer work” but what she does is better described as a calling. And it’s clear she truly enjoys the work she’s called to do. The retired nurse rescues and fosters cats. More accurately, she takes in a particular kind of cat: the cats that sink to the bottom of everyone’s most-wanted …

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Nearing a Milestone

Three and a half years on, the Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic is fast approaching 10,000 visits. That amazing number shows how quickly word spread about the clinic, which offers deeply discounted veterinary services to low-income Rhode Island residents. But it also reveals a sad fact—for so many of our Rhode Island neighbors, the PIN …

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Logan’s Story

Rebecca and her two sons share their North Providence home with Princess, a ten-year-old Maltipoo, and Logan, a ten-year-old schnoodle.  Princess is everyone’s pet, Rebecca says, but Logan and Rebecca have a special bond. Rebecca has been undergoing medical treatment for a while. Anyone who’s undergone a long course of medical care knows that it’s …

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Our Story…

We all know love when we see it. A small child and the family dog snuggled together in a corner of the couch. A cat rubbing against a parent’s legsas he or she makes dinner. Sometimes the love is quiet—anyone who’s had a pet knows that pets stay close when they sense you’re feeling sad. …

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Max

Max’s Story

Joe first met him in the parking lot of the Rhode Island SPCA. The 47-year-old man was weeping, and Joe Warzycha, the SPCA’s humane officer, couldn’t help asking what was wrong. He’d just had his dog euthanized he said. As the two talked, more details spilled out. The man was homeless, living in an SUV …

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Lilly

Lilly’s Story

You can hear the affection in his voice as Tom Mitson talks about Lilly. An English mastiff, Lilly came into Tom’s life when she was just over a year old. Shortly thereafter, Lilly and the 75-year-old retiree became inseparable. “I boarded her once when I was away,” Tom says, “but her nose was rubbed raw …

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