Storm showed animal shelter’s inadequacy

To the editor:

The town of Warren‘s animal shelter was built in 1974 as a temporary holding facility, yet is still in use.  It is overcrowded, lacks proper storage for the animal food and supplies and most importantly the shelter sits in a flood zone. Recently to keep these animals safe, pending the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, the Animal control officer and a few dedicated volunteers spent seven or more hours relocating all the animals, plus all the supplies needed to care for these animals, from the shelter to Liberty Street School.
The Animal Control Officer and a volunteer slept at the school for two nights with the animals. After the storm the shelter had to be cleaned before the animals and all those supplies could be moved back to the shelter. Liberty Street School also had to be cleaned after the move.
Relocation under these conditions puts the animals under a great deal of stress and also the people involved. This was not the first time that this had to be done.  Last year the same problem occurred when tropical storm Irene came to visit.
These animals are being taken care of as best as can be under the present conditions, but these conditions really need to change. Some people seem to think that this is acceptable because they are only animals, but we are obliged to take care of these poor creatures.
A nonprofit all volunteer organization called Residents United For Furry Friends (RUFF) has been formed to work towards raising funds for a new shelter. This will be a long and difficult task. If you would like to assist in this cause you can send a donation to Residents United For Furry Friends at P.O. Box 568 Warren, RI 02885 or write if you wish to volunteer. Please pass the word about our cause.

Anna M. Palmieri

53 Beth Ave.

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