2015 was a year full of surprise, heartbreak and happy endings for the East Greenwich Animal Protection League. Now that 2016 is beginning, we look back on a year not to forget!
The Frozen Puppies
Beautiful Terrier mom Ari gave birth to five puppies in January in time for their rescue from a high-kill Southern shelter and arrival at EGAPL. While Ari remained healthy, her “Frozen” puppies developed
Parvo and were rushed to Ocean State Veterinary Specialists for emergency
treatment. Sadly only two, Anna and Kristoff, survived, and the cost of treatment was staggering. We were so grateful for the many generous supporters who donated to cover much of the cost – and we’re happy to report that Anna and Kristoff are both very happy in their forever homes!
Closure of the East Greenwich Animal Hospital
We had been boarding our animals at the East Greenwich Animal Hospital when they closed their doors due to financial hardship on April 1st. With little advanced notice, we didn’t know where our animals could go next. Media coverage and an outpouring of public support bought our animals an additional seven months in their temporary home while we rented the building. EGAPL was able to take in more animals and offer more adoption hours under this arrangement.
Jabba the Celebrity Cat
Jabba was a whopping 25 lbs. when his owners abandoned him in a local park in September. At 15 years-old, his body had to be shaved because his fur was so badly matted with feces when he arrived at EGAPL. His story was featured by local media and then picked up national and even international coverage, turning Jabba into an instant celebrity. Sadly his health was too compromised by the
neglect he’d suffered, and Jabba passed away before he could be adopted. We hope his story has helped other special needs and elderly pets find new homes all over the world.
Move to Cranston Animal Hospital
It was déjà vu all over again when the owners of the East Greenwich Animal Hospital terminated our rental agreement in November. We were very fortunate to receive help from the Cranston Animal Hospital, where our animals are now being boarded. The support of local media and many generous supporters kept up our spirits during this difficult time, and so far we have raised $13,000 for our campaign to purchase our own building. We were not able to purchase the old hospital building, but with your continued support in 2016, we hope to soon find a new building which we can finally call our own!
Favorite Adoption Stories
Every time an animal is adopted, it’s cause for celebration! We wish we had room to feature the dozens of happy adoption stories from 2015. Several of our favorites include the adoptions of Abigail Snufalapagus, Cosmo, and Rodney!
Abigail Snufalapagus (a/k/a Abby): Abby came to EGAPL with her “Sesame Street Gang” puppies after being saved from a high-kill Southern shelter in February. Abby was a beautiful young yellow lab/Sharpei mix and her eleven adorable look-alike pups were quickly adopted. Unfortunately, a life on the streets defending her babies had made Abby resistant to other animals, and finding her the right home was difficult. She spent six months at EGAPL and received training from our friends at UnShelter Me to help her transition to a home environment. Abby finally met her dad in July and the two now are inseparable, both at home and on adventures! (Read more about Abby in her Success Story).
Cosmopolitan (a/k/a Cosmo): Cosmo came to EGAPL in May because she didn’t get along with the other cat in her home. She was a three year-old British Shorthair beauty with big green eyes and everyone admired her looks. Unfortunately, Cosmo was quick to let you know that she was done being petted with a swat, which proved unpopular with potential adopters. Between her need to be an only child and her occasional “diva moment”, we knew it would be hard for her to find a home. Cosmo spent five months at EGAPL, where volunteers discovered a lap cat full of love when the shelter was quiet and Cosmo felt safe. It was fate when her forever mom saw her featured in East Greenwich Monthly and came to meet her in September. Now Cosmo is a happy housecat who follows her mom around, asking for attention!
Rodney: When Rodney was pulled from a Southern shelter and brought to EGAPL in June 2015, he was underweight and there were several cuts on his body. Rodney was a young adult, large Hound who was a loveable goof, but he had a hard time finding a home between his size and his prey drive that prevented him from being around small animals. Rodney spent six months with us and even received training from UnShelter Me before he met his mom and dad in November! We’re happy to report that he just celebrated Christmas in his new home.