Spring Appeal

Looking for a meaningful way to help? Contribute to our Spring Appeal!

We are entirely dependent on YOU for our operations. We receive no local, state, or federal funding, so contributions are our lifeline.

Donations made to PARL support 100% of our work to help animals in need.

You know we take in animals and provide the care and support they need to find new homes. But did you know:

  • Our pet food pantry provided over 2,000 meals last year for pets whose people need assistance.
  • We don’t recognize limits--we work as long as it takes to find animals a new home.
  • Our door is open--no animal who needs our help is ever turned away for lack of space or staff or time.
  • Our support programs to help keep healthy animals in loving homes are growing every year.
  • Every penny of our $1 million yearly budget comes from you--we receive no federal, state, or local government support.

Every month more than 100 animals need us. Will you help us help them?

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The full text of our Spring Appeal letter

You know PARL. You know that our work is important to animals and people throughout Rhode Island. We help thousands of animals every year; since 2010, we have found new homes for over 18,000 animals. I’d like to share two stories that say a lot about what we do.
Lexi was just a year old when her owner surrendered her to us; her lack of socialization and training made her a challenge, for even our staff. With trainers brought in through our LEAP fund, she gradually learned to control her unfocused enthusiasm and energy. Her new owners continued her training with our help, and she’s a loved addition to their family.

Mela came to us when her owner passed away. Although he had loved and cared for her, she had some medical issues and was frightened by the new environment. After weeks of patient care and near-constant efforts by staff and volunteers to entice her out of her hidey-box, she emerged a new cat, social and purring; shortly after, her new family found her here and fell in love.

You know we take in animals and provide the care and support they need to find new homes. But did you know:

  • Our pet food pantry provided over 2,000 meals last year for pets whose people need assistance.
  • We don’t recognize limits--we work as long as it takes to find animals a new home.
  • Our door is open--no animal who needs our help is ever turned away for lack of space or staff or time.
  • Our support programs to help keep healthy animals in loving homes are growing every year.
  • Every penny of our $1 million yearly budget comes from you--we receive no federal, state, or local government support.

Every month more than 100 animals need us. Will you help us help them?





There’s more to Mela & Lexi’s stories, and there’s more to what PARL does.

Lexi was just a year old when her owner surrendered her to to us;…
Even when animals arrive young and healthy, they often lack ready-to-go qualities that adopters are looking for (obedience, social skills, manners, potty training). They need our investment to become truly adoptable.
…her lack of socialization and training made her a challenge, for even our staff. With trainers brought in through our LEAP fund, she gradually learned to control her unfocused enthusiasm and energy. medium_Lexi.jpg
The Life Enrichment Animal Program provides behavioral care and support for animals both in the shelter and in their adoptive homes. It’s one of the ways we make sure that animals are ready to go to, and stay in, new homes.
Mela came to us when her owner passed away….
Our open door means we are here for anyone who needs to give up an animal. It’s not an easy choice, but people surrender to us are making the right decision. It means that they care enough to ensure that we have a chance to find a new home for these animals.
Although he had loved and cared for her, she had some medical issues… medium_Mela.jpg
Animals often arrive with chronic conditions, injuries or overlooked illnesses. Betsy’s Fund is an occasional appeal that raises money for specialist care. It enables us to treat cancers, dental diseases, heart conditions, broken or injured legs, and a variety of other medical needs.
… and was frightened by the new environment. After weeks of patient care and near-constant efforts by staff and volunteers to entice her out of her hidey-box, she emerged a new cat;…
PARL invests in staff training and time to help vulnerable and difficult animals who come to us. We believe that no animal should die because we are short of time or space; we will find a home for every adoptable animal, even if it takes us extra time and care.
…shortly after, her new family found her here and fell in love.
Our adoption programs match the right family with each animal. Personalities, lifestyles, and habits all play a large part; that goes for animals as well as people. We work hard every day to make sure that all potential adopters feel welcome and we won’t give up until we find the right match.

We provide more than the basics and we’re proud we can. Won’t you make a donation today that will help us care for the animals (and help the people) who need us?

Kara Larson,
executive director

PS—Your gift might be matched by your employer. Please ask at work to see if there is a matching gift program; it could make your gift to PARL even more significant.