Towns should have regional animal shelter

Towns should have regional animal shelter


To the editor:

I am responding to your online article titled “Barrington town manager says he is interested in discussing a regional shelter” posted on Oct. 23.

In this article it was stated that the town of Barrington currently has no animal shelter and is currently sending strays to Warren and East Providence. The neighboring towns of Warren and Bristol are also having issues with their existing animal shelters. Warren is showing signs of age and Bristol is in need a whole new building. The animal shelter in Bristol has leaky roofs, electrical shortages and jammed doors that will not close or shut. In the town of Bristol voters approved a $2 million bond to rebuild another shelter, but were unable to do so because bids for the project exceeded the budget.

I believe it is in these towns best interest to have a regional shelter.

It is understandable why Bristol has not yet confirmed interest in a regional shelter; I believe this is due to the large difference in allowed budgets. More public awareness could greatly help to resolve this issue more effectively and efficiently.

If a merger of towns is possible, budgets could be raised due to the amount of money each town would save in the long run by having a regional shelter. Ultimately, it is the animals in these three towns who are suffering. Hopefully these towns can come together to resolve this issue.


Nicole Micucci



  1. Warren is also in need of a new shelter. This is an letter which will be submitted to the Warren Times in the next week or two. We are trying to raise money through our nonprofit organization ( Residents United for Furry Friends.) Please read and see what the ACO and a few volunteers had to go through this past week end.

    Letter 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. 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.
    Warren, RI 02885