The Defenders of Animals will hold their 18th Annual Homeless Animals Day and Candlelight Vigil on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is aimed to raise awareness about pet overpopulation and the euthanasia of the roughly 3,000 dogs and cats in Rhode Island each year. The event will focus on placing dogs and cats in new homes, and also promote spaying and neutering.
The event will feature entertainment by Warren’s Otis Read, a composer and performer of blues, folk, jazz and Americana music. Shelby Koala, a violist, shelter volunteer and student in the vet technician program at New England Institute of Technology, will also perform.
In the past, Defenders of Animals has honored recipients like Congressman James Langevin, Senator John J. Tassoni, Cranston Councilman Emilio L. Navarro and Warwick Councilman Joseph Solomon with humane awards. In lieu of awards this year, Defenders of Animals will honor members that have fostered shelter animals and assisted in passing crucial legislation.
“Many of our members have also contributed dog and cat food to shelters and individuals that have lost their jobs, homes, or just could not afford medical bills or pet food,” said Dennis Tabella, founder of Defenders of Animals, in an email.
Defenders of Animals, in conjunction with the Human Association of Northwestern Rhode Island and SNYPP Clinic in Pascoag, offers a low-cost spay and neuter program. Additionally, Defenders of Animals have been active in introducing animal-friendly legislation on the state and local levels for more than 30 years.
The event will be held rain or shine at the Governor Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street in Cranston. For more information call Defenders of Animals at 461-1922.