The East Greenwich Animal Protection League (EGAPL) was formed in 1977 by founding members Dorothy Trehy, Marion Fry and Mary Clark. The Town of East Greenwich did not have a municipal pound and all stray cats were in danger of euthanasia. When these women started EGAPL as an all-volunteer rescue, the League was funded entirely by donations to save the unwanted cats and dogs picked up by East Greenwich Animal Control.
Without a facility to house these pets, EGAPL began boarding animals in the Greenwich Bay Animal Hospital. Donations and adoption fees went towards the boarding and medical costs of the animals. Fundraisers, including rummage sales, bake sales, and events held by assisting Town organizations helped the League stay afloat. The Town of East Greenwich later added an annual contribution in return for EGAPL taking care of the stray population.
With a welcome increase in spaying and neutering, the stray population of East Greenwich decreased over the years, and EGAPL began accommodating other Rhode Island animals in need whenever possible. Stray cats, sadly, were still common in Rhode Island, but fewer dogs found their way to the League. In 2011, EGAPL began working with high-kill shelters in the South that were badly in need of shelter for their many unwanted puppies and dogs.
The East Greenwich Animal Protection League moved to East Greenwich Animal Hospital in 2014 to board animals. On April 1, 2015, the animal hospital closed its doors for financial reasons. EGAPL rented the hospital building for housing and showcasing cats and dogs until the hospital owners opted not to renew their rental contract. On November 15, 2015, the League moved to the Cranston Animal Hospital. The League also has increased our foster network, allowing our animals a more comfortable home life and a smoother transition to adoption.
Our founding members worked to save funds to purchase their own shelter building, and since our boarding agreement is temporary, we still strive towards that goal today. EGAPL kicked off a Capital Campaign in 2014 and we are now accepting donations and holding fundraisers solely for the purpose of purchasing our own shelter building. We are very happy to report that founding member Dorothy Trehy is still actively involved with moving the League forward after 35 years of dedication to the homeless animals of East Greenwich!