Welcome letter from Executive Director
“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” ~ James Cromwell
In 2007 I began volunteering at the Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island. It started off as a trip with my Girl Scout troop. A tour of the shelter ended in the Cat Observation Room to see a new litter of kittens and their mother. A very savvy staff member explained the fostering program and, with one look at my daughter’s pleading eyes, I knew we were going home with some tiny house guests. I count myself incredibly lucky to have been at the shelter at just the right time because caring for those fragile, unwanted kittens and helping them find new homes was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. That was over 7 years ago and I have lost track of the dozens of kittens we have fostered through the years. I am grateful to say that my husband, two children and I are better people because of this opportunity to help homeless pets.
Volunteering turned into working as the Humane Education Coordinator then to the Community Programs Manager and now, to my great pride, the Executive Director. I have grown to love all that the ARLSRI stands for and the incredible people who make the work we do possible; staff, volunteers and donors. There is nothing more fulfilling that to see a scared, thin dog come into our shelter, receive love and care and then to leave with a new family and a wagging tail. The pictures and updates we receive reinforce the fact that, though every day is not a victory, our efforts our making a difference.
One victory at a time is how we approach each day. Working in animal welfare can be overwhelming but, with your help, we continue to make a difference, one homeless pet at a time. As a nonprofit, private organization, the ARLSRI receives no public funding. It is the generous support of our community that makes it possible to save lives. One of the many things I have learned since becoming a member of the ARLSRI family is that there are many ways people can make a difference. Whether fostering kittens, walking dogs, stuffing envelopes or making a monetary donation, working together we can change the world.
The ARLSRI has an incredibly exciting year to look forward to in 2015. There is a new shelter on the near horizon, new projects and programs in the planning stage and, most importantly, the continued mission to find new homes for hundreds more homeless pets by the end of the year. I invite you to join us on this incredible adventure. We can’t do it without you.