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News and Events

THE DOGS AT THE PROVIDENCE ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE ARE GETTING NEW DIGS THANKS TO GENEROUS GRANTS FROM THE CHAMPLAIN FOUNDATION AND THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

The Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL) is pleased to announce that they are "breaking ground" on a new Dog Adoption Center thanks to an $80,000 grant from the Champlain Foundation and a $25,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.

The current dog kennels were built in the 1970’s and over the decades, there have been many repairs and minor upgrades. PARL staff has done their best to make these kennels work well for the dogs but it is time to envision and build something new.

The new Dog Adoption Center will provide a more comfortable environment for dogs waiting to be adopted. One thing we know is that not all dogs are the same. It will provide a variety of kennel types so that a dog can be placed in a temporary home that best meets their personality. A shy dog can have a more private location or a large dog can have a double sized kennel. There will be many possibilities. The other animals in our care will also benefit from the new Dog Adoption Center. Barking dogs will be further away from the cats. The old dog kennel room will provide an area that can house a community cat room and large housing for our smaller furry friends like rabbits and guinea pigs.

"We will be creating a comfortable and welcoming environment for dogs awaiting adoption and shelter visitors alike." says Executive Director, Carmine DiCenso. "It will be designed to reflect the modern standards and practices of animal welfare and more importantly, will maximize the dogs health and psychological well-being".

In 2013, PARL assisted over 3,000 animals in need and hopes to help many more in 2014. Since 1913, PARL has been a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves Rhode Island and beyond. It relies solely on the generosity and donations of individuals and businesses in the community and receives no federal or state funding.

Community support will be crucial for the success of this project. Donor naming opportunities will be available shortly for the Dog Adoption Center project so individuals and businesses can help support the project.

This effort is not just about sheltering animals, but also setting a new direction for the Providence Animal Rescue League as it relates to animal welfare. The end vision of this project is to ensure that every animal PARL cares for is comfortable, clean, healthy and a step away from a loving family."

To learn more about the Dog Adoption Center, please contact Executive Director, Carmine DiCenso at 401-421-1399 x209 or cdicenso@parl.org.