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ive years ago when I first launched the Animal Print Magazine, I had no idea what to expect. I knew that New Englanders loved their pets but I had no idea just how much!

When we held our first Halloween Dog Parade, a friend of mine joked that no one would want to dress their pet up in costume and strut their stuff down Wickenden St. in Providence, RI. Well, I’m happy to report that she was wrong. I had never seen anything quite like it and that’s when I knew I had found my dream job! It has been an exciting few years and with the magazine approaching it’s 5th Anniversary issue in August, I decided it was the perfect time to launch even further into the community by taking to the streets of Boston. We are thrilled to welcome our Bostonian pets and their people into our “pack”. For our readers who are already part of our “pack”, look for some exciting new changes to our layout and content including color, new features and more. For those who are joining us for the first time, welcome and please enjoy our “Green Issue” in honor of earth day as well as our new blending of RI and Boston events, information, adoptable pets, featured artists and much more. Enjoy, Stephanie Georgia Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Published by: Avocado Designs

Editor: Stephanie Georgia

Assistant Editors: Harvey Simon the Sinister

Graphic Design Paul O'Hearn

Contributors: Mia Karter Katenna Jones Mike Fink Steve Schwartz

Printing by: TCI Press

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On the Cover: Photograph by RI based photographer Steve Schwartz - see more of his photos on page 18. The ANIMAL PRINT is published bi-monthly. Copyright ©2003, the Animal Print. Reproduction or use without written permission of articles or editoral or pictoral content in any manner is prohibited. All rights reserved. Use of any person’s name or description in fiction or humorous features is purely coincidental and not the responsibility of the Animal Print. The Animal Print does not endorse any products or services advertised in this issue.

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• Aidans – Bristol, RI • Nick-A-Nees – Providence, RI


• Books on the Square – Providence, RI • MyOpic Books – Providence, RI • A Novel Idea – Bristol, RI


• Tremont 647 – Boston, MA • Julians Restaurant – Providence, RI • Nick's On Broadway - Providence, RI • Aldo's Restaurant – Block Island, RI • The Sunflower Restaurant – Pt. Judith, RI • Trinity Brewhouse Restaurant – Providence, RI • Cambridge Brewing Company – Cambridge, MA • Salty Dog Seafood Grille - Faneuil Hall Market


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• JAVA Speed – Providence, RI • White Electric (outside) – Providence, RI • Reflections Café (outside) – Providence, RI • Coffee Exchange (outside deck) – Providence, RI • Main St. Café (outside) – East Greenwich, RI • PerKatory – Providence, RI • Coastal Roasters – Tiverton, RI • Starbucks – Providence RI

• The Kayak Center of RI – Wickford RI • Staples – Seekonk, MA • Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Boston, MA • Photo Dog – Block Island, RI • Kinko – Eastide of Providence, RI • The Silver Willow – Seekonk, MA

• Hotel Marlowe – Cambridge, MA • Jared Coffin House – Nantucket, MA • Sanford-Covell Mansion – Newport, RI • Gothic Inn – Block Island, RI • The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, MA

• Gano St. Dog Park – Providence, RI • Barrington Dog Park – Barrington, RI • Warwick Dog Park – Warwick, RI • Dexter Dog Park – Providence, RI • Newport Dog Park – Newport, RI • Boston Common Off-Leash Dog Hours: between 6-9am and 4-8pm • Cambridge Dog Run – Cambridge, MA • Danehy Park – Cambridge, MA • Peters Park Dog Run, South End – Boston, MA • Charlesgate Dog Run, Back Bay – Boston, MA


• The Paw House Inn – West Rutland • Inn at Maplemont Farm – South Barrett

New Hampshire

• Lazy Dog Inn • The Village House at Yellow Snow



• Acme Video – Providence, RI • Holly’s – Wakefield, RI • Blockbuster – Park Ave, Cranston

• Eastland Park Hotel – Portland • The Green Heron Inn – Kennebunkport • Sheepscot River Inn & Restaurant – Edgecomb

If you know any great new places to take your dog, Let us know:

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Locally and Around The Globe…

Local (ugly) Dog competes for

Animal Rescue League of Boston receives

World’s Ugliest Dog

$3 Million Grant!

Squiggy, a mix of hairless Chinese Crested and Japanese Chin is RI’s own entry for the 2008 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, and this little looker needs your vote! Besides the rather dramatic coiffure, his tongue hangs out sort of lopsided due to lack of teeth. As much as he enjoys lazing in a sunny window (and who doesn’t), his owner say they have to take care that he doesn't get too much since he can sunburn easily. Squig also has a day job as the mascot for The Pet Refuge, a non-profit animal shelter in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Vote for Squiggy as your choice of 2008 World’s Ugliest Dog from April till June at the Sonoma-Marin Fair website at: For more about Squiggy, see


The Stanton Foundation recently donated the largest contribution ever received in the history of the Boston ARL. The $3 million grant will be used to create a world class model for improving the welfare and future placement of homeless pets in the care of rescue groups, animal shelter facilities and animal control. The Stanton Foundation is named in honor of the late Frank Stanton, who served as president of CBS. Located on Chandler Street in the South End, and is scheduled to open next fall. For more information, visit

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New Dog Park Plans

MOST AGGRESSIVE DOG in the U.S. Local Dog trainer, Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training is looking for the most aggressive dog in the country. The chosen dog will receive $10,000 worth of training and boarding at Gellman’s Providence based kennel free of charge for 10 weeks of intensive training. Gellman specializes in rehabilitating problem pets, transforming animals and restoring peace in their owners’ lives. As he tells his clients, “I train YOU and your dog.” Owners of aggressive animals may believe euthanasia is their only option. By rehabilitating the most aggressive dog in the United States, Jeff intends to raise awareness about a pet owner’s options when they can no longer control their dog. Contact Jeff at 401.527.6354 or visit All submissions should be submitted by April 30th 2008.


South Kingstown Dog Park Association (SKDPA) has won approval from the Town of South Kingstown for an off leash dog park adjacent to the Broad Rock Playfields. The site will be 2 acres, fenced, with turf and some areas left in the rough. Fundraising is vital to completion. For more information please contact Bud McLeod 401.783.8852. Donations can be made to Town of South Kingstown’s Division of Parks and Recreation - Dog Park.

Holistic Veterinary Care

Reliable Pet Sitting Services Will provide care and comfort for your pets, in your home, while you are away. or while you are there!

Please call: Suzan

tel. 401-463-5719 or cel. 401-439-0340 Also a member of PSI & Defenders of Animals


Will also care for: Birds, Reptiles, Fish and Small Animals …Will clean cages, litter boxes etc…

• Rhode Island’s ONLY Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist! • One of three in New England

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Liz Hassinger DVM Pam Connell DVM

• Voted “#1 Trainer” in Animal Print 2007 Readers’ Choice

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• Assistance with ANY canine or feline behavior problem

Natural & Conventional Medicine

• Basic manners to aggression

Thank you to our clients for 10 Wonderful Years 401.294.0102

• Private, in-home training • Group classes • Creator of “Best Bully,” RI’s first bully breed specific group class For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Katenna Jones, ScM, Associate CAAB, CABC, CPDT Certified Animal Behaviorist Tel: 401-439-6442 E-mail:



A Gem in the Back Yard Hi editor, I think it would be a great idea if you write and article about Ophthalmology Veterinary, Kenneth L. Abrams, DVD, DACVO - he is a class act and is doing great work with pets. I have done my research on finding a good Ophthalmology Vet., and I would rate Dr. Abrams a plus 10 in his skills. My cat had Entropion repair, and it was a great work of art by Dr. Abrams. Dr. Abrams is a good person and truly does show great care for animals. Write about this Gem in New England - Dr. Abrams.

Let Me Tell Ya ‘Bout the Birds and the Bees, and The Poops and the Pees…

Thank You for Voting us one of the “Best Dog Walking Services” in 2007!

Save all the animals, John Hi John, thanks so much for letting us know about the great work that Dr. Abrams is doing. We have heard wonderful things about Dr. Abrams and agree that we should do a story about him...and we plan to do just that in our August/September issue of the magazine. Look for it on stands in mid August. Good luck with your cat. thank you, Stephanie editor/the animal print

Call Kishin at (401) 261-6978 or e-mail at

Insured and Bonded • We use 100% degradable Mutt Mitt Poop Bags!

Best Pet Friendly Book Store Hello, Your recent edition of Animal Print indicated Barnes and Noble in Warwick, RI was the best pet -friendly bookstore. However, on my last trip to RI to visit family, I called this store to ask if they would allow my small short-haired red dachshund, who I would carry, as I shopped since he as back disc problems & can’t be left in the vehicle. I was told no, that it was a state law that dogs not be in the building at all because they have a coffee shop inside. When I indicated that I was calling because they were listed in the above way in your recent edition, the gentleman said he knew nothing about it & that dogs have never been allowed in their store. Thought you might want this feedback. Needless to say, I was very disappointed with the response. Thanks for your time. A response would be appreciated. Darlene Hi Darlene, Thanks for letting us know. It’s funny because that particular Barnes and Nobles did get quite a few votes. I wonder if there might have been outdoor seating for their cafe' - but it is true that it's illegal for businesses serving food to allow pets inside. I will be sure to note this finding with the ‘best of info’ and I apologize for the incorrect listing. Thank you, Stephanie editor/theanimal print




WITH A CAKE FROM TAIL WAGGERS!! Voted “BEST DOG TREATS” in the 2007 Readers Choice! Thank you Animal Print readers.

Cakes for Birthday Parties, Graduation, Congratulations, Earth Day or any occasion!

LOVE MAKES THE TAIL WAG! 401-233-2733 or 1-888-231-1634 • Smithfield, RI


The staff and volunteers of the Rhode Island SPCA wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to our supporters and everyone who selected the RISPCA shelter and Marvin for Animal Print’s 2007 Reader’s Choice Awards. 1st Place Best Volunteer Group RISPCA Best Newsletter RISPCA’s “Happy Tails to U” 1st Place Best Pet Event RISPCA’s Howling Hounds Dog Walk 2nd Place Best Local Pet Illustrator/Painter Marvin 3rd Place Best Local Dog/Pet Website Thank you for your continued support. Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 186 Amaral Street, Riverside, RI 02915 401-438-8150

“We Speak for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves”



Situated by the sea in the heart of the historic district, the Gothic Inn combines the convenience of location with the warm hospitality of a family run country inn. We are only a short walk to the beach or the ferry landing in Old Harbor and a few minutes by taxi from the airport and the New Harbor Ferry landing. Please call, write or visit our website for information or reservations.

Located on Block Island!

440 Dodge Street, Block Island, RI 02807

Accomodations Available for People with Dogs! (pet owners should book early)

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Going to the Dogs

a canine-inspired art auction!

Dogs have always been in style, certainly never more than now. The Associates and the RISD Museum staff decided the time was right for “Going to the Dogs”. Encouraged to let their imaginations run wild, your favorite national and regional artist were invited to create their own interpretation of dogs in art. They have generously donated for the benefit of the Museum “one-of-a-kind” pieces of art in all media. Expect to be surprised and delighted with their artwork. In addition, this year a number of prominent photographers have also donated their valuable time behind the lens to create memorable custom dog portraits. We promise a stimulating evening with food, drink, and a lively auction conducted by Dr. Franklin W. Robinson, former Director of the RISD Museum of Arts, and currently Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. Saturday, May 3, 2008 • 6:00-9:00 pm The RISD Museum of Art • 224 Benefit St. Providence, RI Plus: A Portrait Gallery of Rhode Islanders and their Furry Friends Guest Auctioneer: Dr. Franklin We. Robinson 6:00pm Patron Reception • 6:30 Gala Cocktail Reception with bountiful hors d’oeuvres and dazzling desserts and Silent Auction 7:45pm: Live Auction. Preview: All items are on view and available for bidding from April 23 through May 3 from 10am – 5pm (closed Mondays). For more info contact the RISD Museum at 401 454-6500

Left to right: Renee Ducharme, Deacon & Gallery Co-Chair , and owner of Cumberland's Jungle Junction. holding Miss African Grey, and Laurie Lynn Lawton holding her pets, Cody the Yellow Crowned Amazon and rescue Yorkie, Zach.


hanks to all of the Animal and Art lovers who came by the Howland Gallery of Modern Art located in Pawtucket, RI at the Pawtucket Congregational Church to see award winning pet artist Laurie Lynn Lawton. Her month long weekend exhibit was nothing short of wonderful. The art displayed varied from water color and pastel type works that displayed warm landscapes and river scenes to Native Americans, to fantastic lifelike flowers and wonderful animal art which included horses, dogs, cows and farm scenes among other enchanting pieces. Laurie Lynn Lawton does commissions as well as other type work and has prints available for more info contact Laurie at 401-724-2584 or email:

Obedience Training (beginners & advanced)

Board & Train Program Service Dog Public Access Training

Behavior & Aggression Issues Resolved

Ultimate Dog Workout with the Dog-Powered Scooter

Distraction Training 3, 4, 5 day a week Dog Walking Program

Kayaking & Wilderness Excursions

Baby Proofing your Dog

Canine Good Citizen Training

BONDED & INSURED Scheduling Appointments 7 Days a Week 7:00AM - 10:00PM

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Your Pet

In honor of earth day, we’ve sniffed out some great earth friendly pet products! Going Green is easier that you think!

100% Certified Organic Doggie T-shirts

Eco Slumber

Organic Dog Treats: Dogs in Harmony treats are baked locally in small batches with high quality human grade ingredients. The treats do not contain any added salt, sugar, artificial coloring, fillers, or chemical preservatives. Dogs in Harmony treats come in a variety of mouth watering, tail wagging flavors! Dogs in Harmony also makes a low fat/ sugar sensitive organic treat for diabetic dogs. Available at Dogs in Harmony Johnston, RI

Sleep in eco heaven with the Eco Slumber™ bed which combines eco fabric, made with 85% recycled IntelliLoft™ fibers and then filled with 100% recycled IntelliLoft™ fiber fill. Who knew that purchasing a high quality, retro dog bed would help devert plastic from landfills and reduce energy use?! Both pillow and cover are machine washable. Made in Montana, USA.

Eco Bones Every dog loves a bone, but you will love it even more when it is an environmentally friendly Eco Bone! Strong fabric made up of 85% re-engineered recycled IntelliLoft™ fibers surrounds a squeaker, for an eco friendly, high quality dog toy. By WestPaw Designs Available at: • Edgewoof Bakery - Cranston, RI • Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique - Wickford, RI • Especially for Pets - MA

Spot Organics Dog Shampoo an all natural organic dog shampoo featuring select essential oils that gently pamper your dogs skin and coat. Available at: Bone Appetit Dog Bakery East Greenwich, RI

Scoopies 100% Biodegradable poop bags Since the Oxo-Biodegradable plastic completely disappears from the environment in about 18 months, you no longer need to feel guilty about contributing to pollution. • Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique-Wickford, RI • Hot Diggity - Mashpee, MA

RocknRollK9 is launching these great Cotton dog t-shirts with original rock and roll themed designs that are not only stylish and edgy but also ecofriendly. The debut collection is schedule to be released June 1, 2008 and will be available through dog boutiques and online at

Wagatha’s Organic Dog Treats Gourmet organic dog biscuits are sourced from carefully monitored organic growing areas primarily within North America. Extra virgin olive oil is from Italy or Spain. 100% USDA Certified Organic, 100% Human Grade Ingredients, Certified Kosher. Available at: • Four Paws Grooming N. Providence, RI • Raining Cats & Dogs Cambridge, MA


Earth Dog Hemp Collars, Leashes And Harnesses Hemp is grown pesticide & herbicide free, is hypoallergenic and 100% biodegradable. Earth Dog products are all hand made in the USA. The collars, leashes and harnesses are exceptionally well made with attention to detail and have beautiful, vivid colors and designs. Available at Dogs in Harmony - Johnston, RI

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Grow Your Own Organic Wheatgrass Cats, dogs and many other pets seem to instinctively want to eat grass. By eating grasses they obtain important vitamins and minerals as well as adding more fiber to their diet. If you want to get a kit that includes all you need to grow your own then check out

World Best Cat Litter Made from All-Natural domestically made corn-based ingredients. Truly flushable* and septic-safe. Biodegradable, Superior clumping, easy scooping. Ideal for multiple-cat households. Maximum odor control, Low tracking, silica dust-free Available at Attleboro Old Barn - Attleboro, MA, Edgewoof Bakery - Cranston, RI, and Pet Supplies Plus - RI & MA

Bio-Degradable/Recycled Cat Litter Box

Organica® Organica® Stain Remover Pump Spray and the Organica® Odor Eliminator Pump Spray. Contains organic surfactants and cleaning agents. Organic Lawn Care Products (safe for pets, people and the environment). Available at Attleboro's Old Barn Attleboro, MA

“One of a kind gemstones made with your pet’s cremated remains”

A disposable cat litter box is very efficient. These boxes can serve as your cat’s toilet, both indoors and even outdoors. These boxes are made out of fully biodegradable or recyclable materials so they are good for the environment, too. Available at Edgewoof Bakery - Cranston, RI

(800) 670 8329 PO Box 239 • Hope, RI 02831

Holistic Animal Healthcare ORBEE - TUFF Recycled Bone by Planet Dog Made from “regrind”, 100% first quality Orbee-Tuff® material that would otherwise be discarded. Their packaging is also made from recycled material. Available at: Dogs In Harmony - Johnston, RI & Woof & Whimsy - Braintree, MA & Whole Foods

Sharon R.

Doolittle DVM • Alternative Therapies • Clinical Nutrition • Animal Chiropractic • Applied Kinesology • Equine & Canine Performance Issues 357 Putnam Pike #6 • Smithfield, RI



SimplyFido Toys Not only are these the most cuddly toys you’ll find anywhere but they are also made with certified organic cotton fabric and dyed with a chemical-free dyeing process. All toys are certified non-toxic issued by Bureau Veritas. Available at Four Paws Grooming N. Providence, RI • Shaggy Chic Pet Boutigue - Wickford, RI and Especially for Pets - MA

Biodegradable Pet Urn The Biodegradable Photo Burial Urn is 5 inches square and includes an opening to place a picture of your pet in a 4x4 frame; it can accommodate pets that weighed up to 125 lbs. It can either be buried, or place inside. Coming soon is an urn that is made from the bark of a Mulberry tree. The bark is harvested just like apples, and will biodegrade naturally. Available at Paws at Rest - RI

All Natural Spa Products

Big Shrimpy Nest Beds The outer walls and removable center pillow of the Nest beds are made of soft polyester fleece or faux suede. The inner bolster and cushion are filled with SmartFill™, our 100% recycled fiber. The inner bolster and cushion are odor- and water-resistant, but if necessary, they can be unzipped to remove and wash the SmartFill. Of course, the outer covers and inner bolster/cushion are washable as well. Polka Dog Bakery - Boston, MA Raining Cats & Dogs - Cambridge, MA Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique - Wickford, RI

Aubrey Organimals offers natural shampoo, creme rinse concentrate, and grooming spray for your dog. All products are free of synthetic detergents and pesticides. Herbal extracts and essential oils are specifically chosen to enhance your dogs coat, skin and ability to deter fleas and pests. Available at

O.R.E. Originals: Recycled Rubber Pet Mats If only Snookiepuss and Mrs. Fluffypants knew how to clean up after themselves. Keep pet-food areas neat and organized—and food bowls from sliding all over the kitchen floor—with O.R.E Originals’ non-skid mats. Made in the United States from recycled rubber, the mats can be rinsed or wiped clean to take care of those unavoidable spills.

Available at Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique - Wickford, RI

Udder Tug This is a dog toy made from recycled rubber liners used in machines to milk real cows. Contact with all those cows leaves an irresistible cow-smell that us dogs udderly love! Mom calls it "Eau de Bovine! AND… Just in case you're wondering… most people find “eau de bovine” to be a little odd, but not offensive. 25% of your purchase goes to one animal rescue (many local choices on their list) Available at

Dog & Cat Feeders Whiner and Diner unique, luxurious, eco-friendly, elevated dog and cat wine crate feeders are hand-crafted out of authentic reclaimed wooden wine crates from prestigious European, Chilean or Californian vineyards. Personalize or embellish it with one the exclusive hand-painted designs to truly make it one-of-a-kind. No two are alike! Available at

All Natural Doggie Birthday Cake Don't forget fido’s Birthday… order a delicious locally made Dog Cake, made with organic peanut butter, orange juice and other natural ingredients. Cakes are available for just about any occasion. Available from Tailwaggers - Continued on pg. 28


How to Reduce Your Pet’s Ecological Footprint





Easy Things You Can Do Right Now

Organic Lawn Care Products (safe for pets, people and the environment), the Organica® Stain Remover Pump Spray and the Organica® Odor Eliminator Pump Spray.

Other earth-pet-people friendly products we carry:

Clean Up Their Poop

Scoop up your doggie doo in biodegradable poop bags so your buddy’s No. 2 isn’t immortalized in a plastic bag. Cat owners should avoid clumping clay litter at all costs. Not only is clay strip-mined (bad for the planet), but the clay sediment is also permeated with carcinogenic silica dust that can coat Dispoz-a-scoop®

little kitty lungs (bad for the cat).


the dog walker’s pooper scooper. It’s 99% biodegradable.  

Give Them Sustainable Goods

• Safe ‘n Simple organic weed control (corn gluten meal) • Eco-friendly cat litters: World’s Best (made from whole kernel corn, flushable, biodegradable), Good Mews (recycled newspaper), Simplicity Pine (pine pellets). • Natural Planet Organic Dog Food and Natural Planet Organic Cat Food.  Certified by Oregon Tilth.

(508) 222-0234 65 S. Main St., Attleboro, MA

Your furry friends can get in on some saving-the-planet goodness, too — and have plenty of fun — with toys made from recycled materials or sustainable fibers (sans herbicides or pesticides) such as hemp. A hemp collar (with matching leash) is a rocking accessory for a tree-hugging mutt. These

Purveyors Of Provisions For Livestock -Pets - Wild Life- Lawns & Gardens

days, you can even get pet beds made with organic cotton or even recycled

We have a large selection of Holistic foods for your pet!

PET bottles.


Hours: M-F 8 to 5:30 • Saturday, 8 to 3

Use Natural Pet-Care And Cleaning Products


"Best Bird Store"

You don’t use toxic-chemical-laced shampoos and beauty products on yourself, so lather up your cats and dogs (or ferrets, rabbits, or hamsters

for 3 consecutive years! thank you Animal Print Readers.

— we don’t judge) with natural pet-care products, as well. And if your cat horks up a hairball, or Fifi doesn’t make it all the way to the bathroom, clean up the mess with cleaning products that are as gentle on the planet as they are on your critters’ delicate senses.


Treat Locally

Search out a dog cookie company making and baking locally. Some of our favorites are Tailwaggers Bakery, Dogs in Harmony and PolkaDog Bakery.


Banish The Plastic Bag

Buy a reusable canvas shopping bag for trips to the grocer and the pet food store.


Put Away The Plastic


Tag Your Pet

Cover that half-empty can of dog food with a reusable, snap-on plastic lid.

It might be a stretch to call inserting an electronic ID chip into your pet an eco-friendly move, but losing your buddy causes extreme emotional distress that turns you into nobody’s friend. Then there’s the paper waste from printing out Missing posters, the fuel cost of driving around your neighborhood trying to find them, the phone bill as you bawl your eyes out to everyone you know… well, you get the idea. Ask your vet for more info.



Enter to win a wild bird lovers gift basket. Drawing to be held May 9th 2008.

We carry:

• T he largest selection of Domestic Hand-Fed Baby Birds (no imports) • T he largest selection of Toys and Cages in the area • S  uper Premium Pet Foods and Supplies (dog, cat, small animal) • Wild Bird Feeders and Food • Bird Care and Training Books

1270 Mendon Road • Cumberland, RI Conveniently located off Rte. 295 Exit 10


Hours: Mon- Sat 10-6; Closed Sunday Bird wing and nail clippings by appointment.




Written by Katenna Jones, ScM, Associate CAAB, CABC, CPDT 401-439-6442 •


The most common reasons for relinquishing cats are behavioral problems, most of which are litter box related. This is also a driving factor in why a lot of cat guardians put their cats outside and the reason why nearly all of my feline clients seek my assistance. I know how they feel because I am currently living with the problem myself and, frankly, the whole situation really stinks. Several months ago, I and my two cats joined homes with my boyfriend, our dog, and his very shy cat Scrubs who is particularly sensitive. We knew she would be stressed, so we did the proper feline greeting of keeping them separated initially, with my cats confined and the resident cat free. After several exchanges of bedding to desensitize them to each other’s scent and after numerous supervised visitations that increased in frequency and length, things looked good. We slowly started letting them together more and more. Unfortunately, we eventually noticed we were seeing Scrubs less and less and what we did see was usually a white and grey blur darting under the bed. Then it happened. I smelled cat pee in the living room! I got on the floor and sniffed around and found it – a urine spot on the carpet. Oh goodie! First, we got her to the vet to make sure she was not

experiencing a medical problem, such as a urinary tract infection. All tests came up clear, so I knew I had a behavior problem on my hands. Now where could I find a behaviorist… Next, I had to remove the smell because cats are attracted to urinate in locations where they smell urine. Because it was already dry, I soaked the spot with water and blotted as much as possible. I then soaked the rug as well as the hardwood below with Nature’s Miracle, let them air dry, and repeated about 5 times. You must use an enzymatic cleaner because standard cleaners do not break down the urine. Now it was time to create the ideal kitty commode. I found soft, clumping, unscented litter because many cats do not like pellet or

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Panther – My name doesn’t match my personality much at all. I’m a very sweet, cuddly girl. I am a vocal girl (but I’m not loud) who loves to call out to people whenever they walk by my cage. I adore people and simply love it when they stop by and cuddle up to me to say hi. I just can’t get enough of you nice humans.

Cisco – A friendly 8 month old Pit Bull puppy mix. I’m friendly with dogs, children and most people. I’m a bit jumpy though so I would need to work on that. I’m also a little afraid of strangers sometimes so I would need some help to work on that as well.

Baby – A mellow orange tabbie who’s living with her sister Chiclet at the Animal Rescue League. They’re both looking for a good home. Someplace where we will be loved and cherished. Baby and Chiclet are both friendly cats who get along well with each other. So, if you’re looking for two great cats than look no further!

Maddy – A 1 year old pit bull mix. I’m a very loving girl looking for a good home. I’m friendly with people and children and most dogs. I have alot of energy and I love to play and run in the yard so I’ll need a family who can take me out for some fun and exercise. I’m very sweet and demure and would make a good pet.

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German Shepherd Rescue of New England currently has dogs in need of adoption: Hooper is a 7-year old male came to us from a very good home, and it’s obvious that he’s been well-loved and wants to connect with people he meets.

German Shepherd Rescue of New England currently has dogs in need of adoption: Misty is an adorable 6 months old German Shepherd/Terrier mix who is intelligent, energetic , and well-mannered on the leash. She is playful and is good with other dogs.

German Shepherd Rescue of New England currently has dogs in need of adoption: Greta is a sweet 8 year old German Shepherd who needs a new home because of her owner’s death. She is affectionate and loves attention.

German Shepherd Rescue of New England currently has dogs in need of adoption: Hagen is a black and tan one and one-half year old German Shepherd male who loves to play ball.

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GiGi, that’s what they call me here at the Haven. I’m very unique, take a look at me and you’ll see. Don’t I look like the Oriental Longhaired Tabby cats in those fancy books? I have a long slim body, tiny oval feet, big ears, and a wedge shaped head. I am very proud of my gorgeous fluffy tail and soft fur too.

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My name is Safari and I am a female, gray tiger and white Domestic Shorthair mix. I am about 6 months old. This pet is up to date with routine shots. This pet is already house trained. This pet has been altered.

My name is Spaniel and I am a male, brown and black Labrador Retriever and Bloodhound. I am about 2 years and 7 months old I am in a head start training program, and will be available for adoption soon. Please come in and walk me.

My name is Oliver and I am a neutered, 8 year old male, gray and white Domestic Longhair mix. Oliver is lovable cat that needs a special home where he will be indoors. He has only one eye due to an injury a few months ago. He still gets a little nervous when approached from the right side and would prefer a quiet home.

Staff named me Hannah and I am a spayed female, white Pharoh hound mix. Shelter staff thinks I am about 2 years old. I would love a home with kids over 8 and maybe other pets. I was a stray so I am a bit of a mystery. Please ask about me at the front desk if you might be interested.

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Maxwell is a bouncy, euphoric pup who loves to just run, play, sprint, sniff stuff, soak up attention… and repeat. At only six months old, Maxwell has tons of puppy energy left in him. We need Maxwell to go to an experienced dog owner because he becomes mouthy and can nip when he gets over-excited.

Sassy is a young Domestic Short Hair. If you’re looking for a cat who is full of spunk and sass then look no further, Sassy is the cat for you. She wants to be adopted by a loving family who will give her the attention she needs. Sassy is up to date with all routine shots. This pet has been altered.

Let’s listen in on Diamond’s thoughts: “Wanna play? Wanna play? Wanna play? Pet me! Pet me! Wanna play? Wanna play? Wanna play? Oooh something shiny! Wanna play? Wanna play? Wanna play?” So… Diamond likes to play and be active. He adores people and will make fast friends with any nearby human or dog.

Oreo is a Domestic Short Hair-black and white adult cat. She is a wonderful cat who is looking for an equally wonderful family to love and spend the rest of her life with. Oreo is up to date with routine shots. This pet has been altered.

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I’m Ploose, and my mom and I are looking for a new home together. The landlord at our old place didn’t want both of us - how sad. I’m a very beautiful, playful girl who is going to grow up to look just like my mother - how lucky am I?

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April 19 5K Run/Walk to benefit Defenders of Animals, Inc. Saturday, April 19, 2007, 10AM Goddard Park. Please call Defenders of Animals for further details at 401-738-3710. April 2o “Paw”traits event at the RISPCA Shelter 186 Amaral St. Riverside, RI Opening reception Sunday April 20 1-3 --event will be open for display until May 17th during shelter hours This is a display and sale of Marvelous Marvins original watercolor paintings along with portraits of rescued shelter animals by the fostering Arts group. Call Julie at 401-438-8150 for additonal information April 20 BENEFIT AUCTION for German Shepard Rescue of NE. Sunday, April 20, 2008 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sponsored by German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc. (providing rescue and adoption services throughout New England). A benefit auction featuring everything a dog lover would love and need! Held at the American Legion Hall162 Winn St. in Burlington, MA 01803, the Live and Silent auctions will offer a variety of items for dogs, the Dog Lover, as well as treasures for the entire family. RED SOX Tickets will be auctioned! Silent auction starts at 12:30 pm; Live auction starts at 1:00 pm 978-443-2202 April 22 EARTH DAY Visit: to see what you can do to help the environment.

April 25 AKC Sactioned All-Breed Match (show your dog) Open to general public! Starting Time: 6 pm Location: William Thayer Arena Sandy Lane Warwick RI 02889 ****Ribbons****Prizes********* Classes for both male and females 3-6 months 6-9 months 9-12 months 12-18 months Bred By and open Best Puppy and Best Adult Also Open to Rare Breeds!!!!!!! Entries Fees are $ 8.00 per dog Entries will be taken day of Match from 5:00 to 6 pm 401-847-3732 April 26 Join the Animal Rescue League of Boston for Comedy Night April 26th, 2008 at Anthony’s of Malden 105 Canal Street, Malden 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Casual Dress Please! Free Parking Tickets: $25, includes dinner buffet, comedy show and dancing with DJ Don Baia. To buy tickets, please call 617-426-9170. The evening also includes a silent auction and a raffle for a large screen TV. Raffle tickets are sold separately and cost $5 for one ticket, $20 for five tickets.


May 3 GOING TO THE DOGS a canine-inspired auction to benefit the RISD Museum of Art! The Associates and the RISD Museum staff decided the time was right for “Going to the Dogs”. Encouraged to let their imaginations run wild, your favorite national and regional artist were invited to create their own interpretation of dogs in art. Saturday, May 3, 2008, 6:00-9:00 pm The RISD Museum of Art 224 Benefit

St. Providence. Plus: A Portrait Gallery of Rhode Islanders and their Furry Friends- Guest Auctioneer: Dr. Franklin We. Robinson. 6:00pm Patron Reception, 6:30 Gala Cocktail Reception with bountiful hors d’oeuvres and dazzling desserts and Silent Auction 7:45pm: Live AuctionPreview: All items are on view and available for bidding from April 23 through May 3 from 10am – 5pm (closed Mondays) May 4 May Day Breakfast to benefit Defenders of Animals, Inc. Sunday, May 4, 2008, at the Governor Sprague Mansion at 1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, Rhode Island. For further details, please call 401-738-3710. May 4th The Pet Refuge 2nd Annual Dog Walk Goddard State Park East Greenwich the walk starts at the carousel. Registration is at noon and the walk starts at 1:00. Cost is 20.00 or preregister online for 15.00 go to Rain or shine May 4th SundayRide with Dr. Finocchio At Goddard Memorial Park , Warwick RI Sign in 10:00 -Ride begins at 11:00 --This is a bring your own horse event. $20.00 registration includes lunch and T-shirt. Silent Auction/Raffle on site Call Julie at the RISPCA for addtional information 401-438-8150 or visit www. May 25 Horse Play - Open House Horse Play, a Rhode Island based nonprofit horse rescue & sanctuary, is having their Almost Annual Open House Saturday, May 25, 2008 12:00pm - 5:00pm at the farm - 143

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Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Rain or shine! WHERE: Attleboro Moose Lodge #463, 241 Thacher Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 For more information about walking in the 5th Annual “Paws for the Cause” Pet Walk, please visit our online registration site for more details at http://www,FirstGiving,com/ FAASPets or contact - subject - Pet Walk.

May 29 The Rescue Thursday, May 29, 2008 at The Peerless Lofts (Corner of Union and Westminster Streets) Providence, RI. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. And evening of amazing food, music, raffle and drinks all to benefit the Providence Animal Rescue League. This is truly a dazzling evening not to be missed! For more info visit


May 31 5th Annual “Paws for the Cause” FAAS (Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter) is having their “5th Annual Paws for the Cause” Petwalk on May 31st. This year's theme is ‘A Chance for Charlie’

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The Potter League For Animals Builds Earth-Friendly Facility One Of The First Shelters In The Country To Build Green

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t wasn’t a lack of space that spurred The Potter League for Animal’s decision to build a new shelter for the 1,900 homeless and lost pets that come through its doors each year. Rather, the facility lacked ideal conditions for the pets, and the facility was below par by today’s animal housing and care standards.

“If someone approached us to adopt a dog and said that they would keep him in a place that was drafty, damp, with chain link fences and no windows, that person wouldn’t be given an animal. And yet, that’s how the animals in our care were living and we really felt it was time to lead by example,” explained Patricia Heller, Director of Development at The Potter League’s shelter, located in Middleton, Rhode Island. After years of “putting band aids” on the original pound-style animal shelter, the majority of which was constructed in the 1930’s, The Potter League decided it was time to upgrade and so they set out to design and construct a new environmentally-friendly facility that would provide homeless and lost pets with a comfortable place to stay, while also having a minimal impact on the wetlands that surrounded the shelter site. It was the Kittery, Maine-based ARQ Architects who came up with the earth-friendly design for The Potter League’s new 19,000 square foot facility - a notable improvement from the

9,000 square feet of usable space in their current structure. ARQ Architects are well-known in the world of animal rescue organizations. The firm performed major renovations to a San Francisco shelter in the mid 1990’s and the first-of-its-kind design set the new standard for animal shelters, with actual rooms replacing cages, bars and fencing. The architectural firm is also known for “green-building,” which is the practice of constructing energy-efficient structures in a manner that has minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Green-building also involves the utilization of environmentallyfriendly building materials, like non-toxic paints, recycled flooring, and wood from in locations where new trees are planted in place of those that are harvested. “We are one of the first shelters in the country to build green and are registered with the US Green Building Council as a LEED project - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”, “[Green-building] really fit with our mission as an organization,” Heller explained, adding, “Our shelter is also located on a wetlands site so we had to be extra careful of how our new facility would impact the environment, especially where we’re located in a major wildlife corridor. There was really a need to protect this area and green-building also fit our needs in that respect.”

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The new shelter will feature separate housing areas for cats and dogs, with additional “flex space” that can be used for small animals or to ease any crowding that may occur in either the cat or dog housing areas. The housing areas have been designed to ease the amount of stress that the animals experience during their stay at the shelter. “Right now, if you want to take a dog out for a walk, you have to walk him past all of the other dogs, so there’s barking and howling and it can be very scary for the animal,” Heller explained. She continued, “The new facility will feature a pod system. Each pod will have ten climate-controlled rooms that open out into a common play area and into an outdoor area as well.” The new shelter will also allow for the segregation of newly-received pets from the animals who are available and waiting for adoption. In many cases, the animals who are brought into the shelter are found as strays who have been exposed to a host of viruses, parasites and potentially-infectious illnesses, and in the current facility, there’s little division between pets who are undergoing the intake process and the animals who are waiting for their new family to come along. The lack of physical division among the pets, combined with a virtually non-existent ventilation system, leads to illness in otherwise healthy, adoptable pets who then must be treated before they can be adopted out.

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This arial view photo of The Potter League For Animals facility, courtesy of Bird’s Eye View Helicopters, shows the new roof that will provide the building with insulation and reduce rain run-off. Rainwater run-off will be diverted to storage tanks and the water will then be available for rinsing the kennels, watering plants and other non-potable uses.


“We end up with terrible outbreaks due to the close quarters and lack of ventilation… Not only does it cost us money to treat these ill animals, but many animals end up staying at the shelter longer than they would have otherwise, because few people want to take an ill pet into their home,” Heller explained. Notably, shelter staff are eagerly anticipating life with a stateof-the-art ventilation system that will provide fresh air to each individual kennel - not only will the system eliminate undesirable odors, but more importantly, it will help reduce the risk of illness outbreaks. The new animal housing area - and the shelter as a whole - is also designed to appeal to volunteers, many of whom “literally didn’t have a place to hang their coats” in the old building. Unfortunately, The Potter League saw over 400 volunteers a year visit the facility, but many were lost. Heller explained, “Many have left because they really couldn’t interact with the animals in the way that they wanted to. And in the end, that’s not fair to the people or the animals.” Surrendering a pet, which is often a very emotional process, will also be made easier in this new building, as it will feature a dozen private intake rooms. The rooms will also allow for effective information sharing about an animal from shelter staff to the pet’s new family during the adoption process. In addition to making life easier indoors, the new Potter League shelter will also benefit the environment since the shelter has been designed to have a minimal impact on the surrounding area. For instance, part of the roof is “vegetated” - covered with plants - that will provide the building with insulation and reduce rain run-off. The non-vegetated portion of the roof is linked to a sistern system that will significantly lower the shelter’s water bill. Rainwater run-off will be diverted to storage tanks and the water will then be available for rinsing the kennels, watering plants and other non-potable uses. The driveway leading up to the shelter will absorb rainwater, rather than creating run-off into the nearby wetlands. The actual building was positioned in a manner that allows for “daylight harvesting,” which cuts down on electricity usage. And radiant heat will warm the adoption rooms. The old building won’t go to waste either. On demolition day, the remains of the former facility were sorted out into piles of concrete, metal, and wood. Each pile was then carted away for recycling. Care was also taken to ensure that in a century from now, when the new structure has become obsolete and antiquated, those building materials can be recycled as well. With the new structure still under construction, The Potter

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League is looking forward to expanding and improving many of its programs and classes. The organization’s spaying and neutering initiative will benefit from the new structure, as there will be a surgical suite and other medical facilities on-site. Currently, all off the animals that are adopted from The Potter League are spayed or neutered prior to placement, and with a surgical suite on-site, some of those trips to outside veterinary clinics will no longer be required.

“Our organization places a strong emphasis on education and outreach. Education is a huge part of promoting wildlife conservation, and animal welfare… Ultimately, that’s how we’re going to continue our mission into the future.” To learn more about The Potter League for Animals, to make a donation, or to learn about news, events or programs, visit

The organization also offers a host of basic training. obedience, agility, agility freestyle and socialization classes for pets and their owners. There’s potential to expand or improve these programs with the space in the new 100-plus room building, which will feature an indoor training area. The same can be said for the shelter’s groups, such as small dog playgroup and a support group for grieving humans who have lost their pets. Notably, The Potter League is entering its twenty-fifth year of humane education and they’re optimistic that many of these programs will have room to grow once the new facility is complete. The Potter League’s Humane Education program hosts more than 700 presentations each year at schools, libraries and other locations throughout the area.

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like a book with an animal in it. People send

and bereft world. It was a librarian who located this

them to me: they got me through the win-

charming and moving volume.

ter. "Water for Elephants" by Canadian

This springtime our RISD museum is going "to the

author Sara Gruen narrates the memoir of a 93

dogs." That is, we are asked as faculty to produce

year old nursing home resident. He recalls his

a piece of "art" that celebrates our pets. Our con-

youth as an orphan who finds a job and a cot in

tributions will be sold at auction, and the winning

a tent as a would-be vet in charge of the circus

bid supports the care and protection of our treasure

pachyderm. A friend and former student mailed

house on Benefit Street. All we lovers of our fellow

this novel to me.

mammals get out of it is a cocktail among our peers. me

But what's better than that? My own offering con-

"A Pigeon and a Boy" a fictional account by

sists primarily of the materials that have appeared in

Israeli writer Meir Shalev that spans the history

" The Animal Print".

of his native land. It seems that in the War of In-

Your pet helps you not only to get out and take a

dependence, carrier or homing pigeons were used

walk down the snowy trail in winter or among spring

in the era before even walkie-talkies, let alone cell-

showers, through summer sunbeams and among






phones, were available to the fighting men. The

And then Felicia Ackerman's true history

falling autumn leaves. Your pet may be a fantasy on

classic theme of this strange and wondrous ro-

of "The Zookeeper's Wife" reveals the

a printed page between hard or soft covers, as you

mance is the flight between love and death. The

heroism of a woman who houses the vic-

read at leisure on a couch or between the sheets and

central character, gravely wounded, sends off the

tims of Hitler's hatred among her menag-

quilts of your bed. But you are in the best company

dove of peace and longing to his sweetheart. The

erie. One elderly tenant makes close friends

of all among the blessed creatures with whom we

remarkable facet of the tale is the clear and ac-

with a rodent. When it dies, he grieves and

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PM. Plaques, Give-a-ways, and Goody Bags. Trophies awarded at 2:30 P.M. Take a chance on a 50/50 raffle! For further information call Ruth Napolitano at 401-480-9769 or John Boiardi at 401-884-5138. All proceeds will benefit Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter . June 8 9th Annual Heart & Sole Walk for the Animals Sunday, June, 8th 10:30am Registration Walk begins at Noon. Glen Park, Portsmouth Share your passion for animals by joining your friends, family, and colleagues at the 19th annual Heart and Sole Walk for the Animals! If you would like to inquire about sponsorship opportunities or donate an in-kind gift, please contact or call 401.846-0592. June 8 Whisker Walk A Benefit for Our Furry and Feathered Friends. What is it? A fun day for dogs and the humans that care for them (PLUS a dog walk-a-thon fundraiser for multiple animal shelters and rescue groups throughout New England). Multiple non profit animal rescue groups and any/all pet related vendors/manufacturers will come together for the first of its kind “event not to be missed” for pet lovers. Pet owners and animal lovers WALK to lend a paw, for the shelters / rescues they love – as well as come to see exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs, special attractions and much more. Event opens to the public at 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walk starts at noon. Where: Lancaster Fairground – Home of the Bolton Fair, Rt. 117 in Lancaster, MA. Just 30 miles from Boston! NO ADMISSION FEES are being charged!

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June 10 “Paws for a Cause” at McCorrmick & Smick's Seafood 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. $25.00 Per Person McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, Oldies 103.3 and UV Vodka are very excited to announce tickets are now on sale for the first annual “Paws for a Cause,” a cocktail party and silent auction to benefit Just a Touch Rescue. With live music, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, oyster bar and wine samples."PAWS FOR A CAUSE" : Helping to stop puppy millsone day at a time. Special appearance by photographerTraer Scott who will be signing copies of her highly acclaimed book, Shelter Dogs. All proceeds will benefit this event.  "Beautiful portraits that just might save the lives of hundreds of other dogs." - Life Magazine McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant At Boston Park Plaza Hotel 34 Columbus Avenue Boston, Massachusetts 02116 PAY BY CHECK to: “Just A Touch Rescue” and mailed to; Kirk P. Mansfield McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant At The Boston Park Plaza Hotel 34 Columbus Avenue Boston, Massachusetts 02116 PAY BY CREDIT CARD Simply email: msbostonbanquets@ for your credit card payment form or call 1.617.482.3999 June 28th Sudz N’ Fuzz Dog & Car Wash Saturday, June 28th  / MSPCA Cape Cod /  Sudz N’ Fuzz Dog & Car Wash 9:00am to 12:00 Noon/ $15.00/ contact: Susan Griffin 508-771-3452. Proceeds will benedfit the MSPCA of Cape Cod

June 28 Suds & Scoops Charity Dog Wash & Sundae Party Saturday, June 28 from 10am-3pm Especially for Pets 81 Union Ave, Sudbury 978 443 7682 All proceeds to benefit Save a Dog Sponsored by Especially for Pets & Laundromutt For more info, or


July 1 WALK YOUR PAWS OFF!! Benefits the Humane Society and Shelter Southcoast Prizes awarded for: biggest fundraiser, best dressed, largest and smallest dogs, pet and owner looka-like! At The Freetown State Forest Sunday, June 1st, 2008 Registration begins at 12:00 Dog walk begins at 1:00 Pick up your registration forms at The Humane Society and Shelter Southcoast 31 Ventura Drive-Dartmouth, MA Visit our website for more information: July 7 SIGN UP FOR THE WALK ‘N WAG CHALLENGE Early Bird Registration: July 7 Dates: September 13 – December 5 The RI Veterinary Medical Association's, Walk ‘N Wag Challenge is a statewide fitness initiative inspired by the Shape Up RI program. During the 12-week Challenge, dogs and their owners can track distance walked and weight lost. Participants receive a packet of Challenge materials including a pedometer, dog bandana, logbook, plus frequent newsletters and eligibility for prizes. Sign up to receive more information including a calendar of events at the RIVMA booth, or contact us by email at or by phone at 401-751-0944.



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for the Animal Print Magazine. We are looking for an advertising sales person in the Boston area. The ideal candidate should posses excellent people skills, self motivation, internet/e-mail knowledge and have experience in advertising sales. This position can be full or part-time. If you are a salesperson already out on the road this would be a great opportunity for you. Call 401.465.2653 to set up an interview.

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Calling Cat Lovers! Angelcat Haven Feline Rescue seeks vol-

unteers to help with their mission of finding good homes for homeless cats and kittens. We need people to assist with adoptions, fostering, fundraising, event planning, marketing, administrative work, and cleaning/caring for the animals. Please email or call our message center at 508-203-4240. Visit www.angelcathaven. com for more information.

The Providence Animal Rescue League needs foster homes to help with animals who need some extra tender loving care. Foster care allows us to place temporarily unadoptable animals in homes where they can receive extra care until ready to go to a new home. These may be a cat or dog who is ill or injured or a litter of kittens that are too young to be placed. Only those with approved foster applications will be permitted to participate in our foster program. Foster volunteers must also provide a simple background check and attend a new volunteer orientation. Appropriate training is provided for foster volunteers prior to taking an animal or animals home. For more information, visit the Volunteer Information page at or contact Shana Cobin, Director of Volunteer Services, at 421-1399 x208 or

Animal Lovers Needed

to Volunteers with Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter Current volunteer activities include: General cleaning & cat care Training/socializing: Come spend some time petting a cat, or playing ball with a dog.Other opportunities available.Please note that the Attleboro Animal Shelter does not euthanize animals due to space or lack of resources because of the involvement of Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter. For more information contact Nancy at

North Providence Animal Shelter:

seeking volunteers over the age of 21 yrs. old to walk dogs, cuddle cats and kittens and spend time with all the animals who are at the shelter waiting for forever homes. Please contact Larna Grossi for more details and to schedule an informal interview at 401-231-2043. Thank you!






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Towels and blankets are needed for our companion animals that are boarded. We can also arrange items to be picked up. Please contact us at this email: or call (401) 738-3710. Thank you for your continous help! Dennis •


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Mike and Natal Where are you from? Mike: Pawtucket, RI Natal: North Attleboro, MA If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Mike: My sense of smell Natal: Gas, I can clear a room What was your most humbling moment? Mike: This photo, She looks better than me Natal: This photo, my first modeling shoot and he gives me bunny ears

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