News and Events
Vets N Pets "Donation Project"
Vets N Pets first began a little over a year ago. It was initiated by Veteran, CRC, Mutual Support Peer Facilitator, SGT Melodie Mathews. Located in the PRRC facility at the Providence VA Medical Center, Vets N Pets meets every Wednesday afternoon. Veterans recovering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, isolation and other mental health illnesses, participate in a variety of wellness groups and classes provided at the PRRC.
Vets N Pets is structured around providing Veterans with a vast number of “pet related” skills and tools conducive to understanding animal behavior. But we do a lot more than that! Last year, Vets N Pets donated over 100 handmade toys to PARL. This year I wanted to do something really special. This year, we refurbished several pieces of used furniture and transformed them into unique beds and comfy chairs for cats and small dogs to cuddle up in. All of the Veterans, who participated in the transformation of the furniture, will help to drop off the “Donation Projects” and spend some time with the animals at the shelter.
"We were extremely pleased to learn PARL would take our “Donation Projects” and put them in their Christmas Raffle. All proceeds will go to PARL to help care for the animals." says Vets N Pets Facilitator, Melodie Mathews. For more information, visit http://www.providence.va.gov/features/Veterans_Helping_Veterans_on_the_P....
Pets For Life Providence
Pets For Life Training...PARL Goes To Philly in Nov 2012!
In early November PARL’s Executive Director, Carmine DiCenso and Community Outreach Manager, Megan Machnik, attended a working training in Philadelphia for the Pets for Life Program. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and PetSmart Charities awarded PARL the Pets for Life Grant and paid for PARL to attend this important training.
While in Philadelphia, Carmine and Megan learned how to conduct a weekly outreach program and also attended a vaccination and spay/ neuter event. Over 615 animals were vaccinated at the event and 392 animals were scheduled for spay/ neuter appointments.
The Pets for Life program is an exciting new community-outreach effort that uses innovative strategies to save pets. PARL will be helping communities that because of economic, social, linguistic, or cultural factors don’t have access to pet -care information, resources, or veterinary and related services, despite an often great need. The program is currently active in four cities throughout the country. The grant was award to ten shelters in various parts of the country. PARL is the first and only New England shelter to be a part of this program.
“The program is truly life-changing,” says Carmine. “We meet some of the nicest people that love their animals but just need some assistance with their care.” “This program will help keep animals out of shelters and together with the people they love,” says Megan.
Pets for Life Providence is underway! PARL is focusing on residents, both human and animal, of South Providence. Stay tuned for updates on some of the wonderful accomplishments of this program.
PFL Providence Update - January 2013
Pets For Life Volunteer Training begins!
December proved to be a busy month as we geared up to hit the streets of south Providence in the first weeks of the new year! We’ve created a stock pile of animal care goodies (leashes collars, carriers, toys, and more) that we’re ready to distribute! The first Volunteer Meeting for Pets for Life was also held here in December, and we are excited to have so many enthusiastic folks on board, including many well known animal welfare professionals. As we brave the cold and begin our Pets for Life Outreach in the coming weeks, we will continue to keep you posted on the folks and animals we meet!
PFL Providence Update - February 2013
Free services begin!
January was a great start for Pets for Life! With a dozen surgeries completed and many more already booked into February, we’re taking South Providence by storm! I have to say, I have met nothing but kind, grateful pet owners this month who couldn’t be happier about the free services that we are providing for their pets. Each hug I receive or thank you I hear makes me realize the true importance of the work we are doing here in Providence.
Want a look at the program in action?
Here's a very inspirational Pets For Life video that Michelle Way, a volunteer for All About Animals Rescue, made of the weekend when the HSUS Pets For Life team was in Detroit for outreach training and for their first community outreach event.
PFL Providence Update - May 2013
First Vaccination Event!
PARL’s Pets for Life Providence Program literally hit the streets of Providence in November of 2012 and we're happy to share with you the progress that we are making. PARL staff and volunteers have been walking the streets of South Providence to connect with pet owners in the community. The program is all about keeping animals and people together. This is accomplished by proactively seeking out people and pets, seeing what their needs may be and providing services such as spay and neuter or vaccinations.
PARL’s held its first Pets for Life Providence event in early April. The event was a free vaccination clinic that focused on a specific neighborhood in South Providence and was marketed by staff and volunteers directly in the target community. The event was held from 10am to 2pm at the Broad St entrance of Roger Williams Park. When PARL staff and volunteers arrived to set-up at 8am they were greeted by people already lined-up for the clinic. These folks jumped right in to help PARL set up. They thanked us for caring about their animals and doing this event for their community.
Collaboration was the theme of the day. It not only got community members working together but it also was a great collaborative effort from animal care professionals. The Rhode Island Community Spay Neuter Clinic, The Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association, Outbound Hounds and many other Dog Trainers and Veterinarians worked together to vaccinate, share information and get to know and understand the needs of the pet owners.
In a span of 4 hours, 250 animals were vaccinated and 115 signed up for spay and neuter surgeries. Dozens of dogs traded in old collars for new ones and chain collars and chain leashes for gentle leaders and other products. Pet food was also offered to anyone in need. It was a great day indeed.
Check out these amazing Pets for Life pics of the day taken by Integrity Ventures!
If you would like to know more about this program contact Megan Machnik at email@example.com or 401-421-1399x213 or if you would like to make a donation directly to PARL’s Pets for Life Providence program please contact Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-421-1399x211 .