Rhode Island shelter closing, leaving dozens of cats without a home

Kristen Walters

A Rhode Island animal shelter is in danger of closing its doors for good, leaving over one hundred animals without a home.

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The operators of "Pet Refuge," a no-kill shelter in Rhode Island, announced last week that it is in danger of closing due to ongoing financial troubles.

According to reports, the shelter has been struggling to stay afloat financially for years, and not it looks like it may be forced to close for good. This is a tragedy for the hundreds of cats who rely on the shelter each year for their basic needs.

Pet Refuge has made numerous attempts to raise funds throughout the years. However, recent fundraising efforts have been complicated due to COVID-19 restrictions, and the operators say that it caused them to lose a lot of money.

Currently, the Rhode Island "no-kill" shelter, which was started in 1968, is home to more than 100 cats. In addition, the shelter routinely takes in stray cats from all over the state.

While the Pet Refuge facility does its best to rehome as many cats as possible, the operators say they have about 30 "resident cats" that haven't managed to find a new home due to age, adverse medical conditions, or behavioral issues. Some of those cats have lived at the shelter since they were young kittens.

According to the shelter operators, it costs about $180,000 annually to keep the shelter going. The facility doesn't get any state or government financial aid but instead relies almost exclusively on donations.

Pet Refuge has started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds to keep the shelter open. If you would like to support the shelter or learn more about their fundraiser, you can find more information here.

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