The Providence Animal Center’s Foster Program has grown tremendously in recent months, buy and we couldn’t be more appreciative to everyone who temporarily opens up their homes to our needy animals. Every person who fosters an animal opens up a kennel space, hospital allowing the organization to save another homeless dog or cat.
Fostering animals is not the same for everyone; the experience can be significantly different depending on what kind of animal is in the home. Adult dogs, cat, puppies, senior animals, bottle babies that need round-the-clock attention – the type of care that is required varies greatly from one category to the next.
Once upon a time, a Good Fairy, wand in hand, lit down on a sad place of many cages. Her great love of all four-footed creatures often led her to what we know as a high-risk shelter, a place where lost and abandoned animals can only wait for someone like the Fairy to wave her wand and rescue them. Or else they face a very sad fate.
There, she found Buddy, a sweet chocolaty brown mutt with a prinky nose who cocked his floppy ears in the cutest way when she sprinkled her dust over his cage. With her magic, she spirited him to a place of safety where Buddy would be cared for by loving humans who would do whatever it took to make Buddy's dream of a forever home come true.
Anyone who has visited the Adoption Center lately has probably noticed something unusual going on in the kennels. The sound of barking dogs has been accompanied by the even noisier sound of construction. Thanks to a generous donation from the Countess DeTrampe Foundation, our organization has begun building brand new kennels for our homeless dogs. Last year, this foundation provided us with the funds to put up large dog pens that are located behind the Adoption Center. Now they have enabled us to completely renovate our kennel space, and we're so excited to put their generosity to good use!
Staff members and volunteers might remember Ship-O, a Hound blend who was homeless for 74 days at the Adoption Center last summer. He was finally placed into a home that promised to give him warmth and love forever. We love our adopters – we quite literally couldn’t run our organization without them – but often, animals from our facility are taken home and are never heard from or seen by us again. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; we prefer them in their homes, not in our kennels. But we remember them, we wonder about them, and we hope that they are doing well.
The Providence Animal Center has more than 50 staff members who work tirelessly to keep the Adoption Center running smoothly every day. One of the most crucial members of our team is Dayna Villa, Director of Operations. Dayna has been working at the Providence Animal Center for 4 years and is as dedicated as they come. Her job requires her to oversee the daily activity of the Adoption Center, and she spends countless hours coordinating the rescue and adoption of every animal who comes through our doors.
National Volunteer Week is coming to a close, and we at Providence Animal Center didn't want to miss the opportunity to send a big thank you to all of the volunteers who give up their personal time to help all of the homeless animals in the Adoption Center. While Providence Animal Center has many dedicated staff members, it can only run as smoothly as it does because of the hard work of its numerous volunteers.
It's National Volunteer Week, and we're so thankful for all of the time our animal-loving volunteers dedicate to helping our cause!
One of the most in-depth types of volunteering is fostering; these people take the Providence Animal Center's animals into their home temporarily. This program opens up space in the kennels and provides dogs and cats with the warmth and love of a home until they find their forever families. This can be a long-term commitment, but the results are worth it!
Have you ever seen a happier smile? This face could brighten anyone’s day, don’t you think?
That’s the face of Billie Holiday, a Pit Bull mix who was recently adopted from Providence Animal Center. Originally turned over because her owner passed away, she was quickly placed into another home. That owner was forced to return her to the Providence Animal Center for financial reasons, and Billie found herself homeless once again. But it wasn’t long before another family fell in love with her infectious grin and silly disposition. She was adopted again and is confident that this will be her forever family. She looks comfortable already, in this picture of her at home:
Here at Providence Animal Center, we love every animal that comes through our doors. That being said, we tend to get especially attached to those long-timers who have stayed with us for extended periods of time. One of those long-time residents is Shamrock, a black Pit Bull Terrier who was originally saved from a local high-risk shelter. She’s a favorite with the employees, and they love spoiling her!
Take a look at Shamrock spending quality time with our Front Desk staff:
Who doesn't love a happy ending? Aslan, a stunning orange long-haired cat, came to Providence Animal Center from a local shelter. It wasn't long before someone visited the Adoption Center and fell in love with this cuddly boy. His adopter, Samantha, recently wrote an email stating how happy she was with her new companion. She said, “Aslan is a perfect cat and I'm glad I adopted him and gave him the opportunity to a better life.”
Does your heart melt when you see a face like this? If so, come visit the Adoption Center and spend some time with one of seven Australian Shepherd mix puppies that are available for adoption. Pictured is of one the two females; she is here with her sister and five brothers. At just 10 weeks old, they're just babies and all need loving adoptive homes.
We are offering a Spay Day for dogs on April 11 where dog owners can get their dog spayed/neutered by Providence Animal Center veterinary team for just $20.
Unaltered Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix dog owners are encouraged to take part in our “Fix-a-Bull” program where Pit and Pit mixes can be spayed or neutered for just $10; owners are also offered information about subsidized in-home training for their Pit/mix, search all in effort to reduce the number of homeless Pit Bulls.
Violet was a sweet homeless blue Pitty blend that came to the Adoption Center from a crowded shelter in Philadelphia. She was recently adopted and could not be doing any better in her new home. Violet’s adopters sent us a follow-up message and had only good things to say about her. She is working on housetraining, and even gets along with the family’s two cats! Here is an excerpt from the message her new parents sent us recently:
“We could not be more happy to have Violet as a part of our family! Please know that we love her and she has made new friends with all of our neighbors. Here's a picture of the two rulers of our home!”