Care For Animals, a primary care clinic at 2944 Post Road that offers low-income pet owners affordable medical assistance for their pets, may have been robbed of money and supplies last month, but their spirits remain high, as the community has stepped up and made contributions.
In fact, Janney Montgomery Scott, a full-service financial firm, is holding a fundraiser at their office at 1 Turks Head Place, Suite 700, in Providence tomorrow at 4 p.m. to help generate donations of funds and products for the clinic.
“We heard about what happened in the story by the Warwick Beacon and on Turn to 10 and thought it was very unfortunate,” said Branch Office Manager, Steven Pitassi. “I don’t know how someone could do that. We like to get involved in community projects and we thought this would be a great opportunity to help. We would like to invite people to come here and make a donation.”
Pitassi said he reached out to his employees and their friends and asked them to make contributions, as well. So far, they have been sympathetic to the cause.
“We got some checks in and quite a few cans of cat food, zip lock bags and trash bags,” he said. “Anyone who wants to contribute a check can make it payable to Care For Animals.”
Dr. Annette Raunch, who opened the clinic using some of her own funds in 2009, said she is pleased that Janney Montgomery Scott, as well as other members of the community, stepped up to assist. She and Heidi Sweeny, the clinic’s office manager, plan to attend the event.
“I’m really touched that everyone is being so generous,” said Raunch. “People are going out of their way to be supportive, which is kind of cool. I feel grateful to the community for all their support.”
Additionally, The Comedy Connection at 39 Warren Avenue in East Providence recently held an event to raise funds for the clinic. Lucy Metz of East Greenwich was instrumental in the planning.
“It was very touching that they did that for us,” said Raunch.
For tomorrow’s fundraiser, Janney requests that people bring supplies such as non-scoopable cat litter; Purina dry cat food and kitten chow; cotton balls; distilled water; alcohol and peroxide; non sterile exam gloves; canned cat food; paper towels; zip lock bags; 30 and 50 gallon trash bags; laundry detergent; bleach; cleaning supplies like dish and hand soaps, as well as disinfectant wipes; and office supplies such as tape, post-it notes; index cards; and pens.
Cash donations, as well as donations of pre-paid VISA Cards and gift cards for Staples, Office Max, and pet supply stores, will also be accepted.