NPAWS was born in 2020 out of concern for the well being of animals within the care of North Providence Animal Control. The antiquated facility and services were severely inadequate.
Three long time friends and residents of North Providence came together to address the longstanding, desperate need for a new shelter, and the introduction of basic, essential sheltering programs and services.
We are happy to report that our efforts contributed to the construction of a new shelter which opened in 2023. This was a major accomplishment but there is still work to be done. Most importantly, a volunteer program is needed to ensure the animals within the shelter are given adequate attention and time out of their enclosures. Improved exposure of lost and adoptable animals is also needed to get pets back with their families quickly and to place adoptable pets in a timelier manner. Last we will continue to advocate for adequate Animal Control Officer resources.
That said, we will continue our mission to keep pets with their families and out of the shelter system, as well as work to manage the community cat population in the tritown area.
NPAWS President: Cathy Lanni
NPAWS Vice President/Treasurer: Jo-Ann D'Alessandro
NPAWS Secretary: Alicia Sansone
We relentlessly pursued the promised construction of a new shelter which is targeted to open in Spring 2023. Moving forward we'll continue to advocate for needed programs and services.
TNR programs stop the breeding cycle of feral cats. As they're often not adoptable, these cats are humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated then released and cared for in the community.
Some animals are reluctantly surrendered by families who run into hard times. Establishing a pet food distribution program will assist families with feeding their pets and keep them out of the shelter.
Many people love their pets but don’t have the means to provide basic medical care, or find suitable placement as a last resort. We will provide veterinary and placement assistance.