Volunteer Services for Animals (VSA) was started in 1979 by a group of conscientious people dedicated to improving the quality of animal shelters. Since our start, we've helped improve conditions and the standard of care at shelters throughout Rhode Island. Thanks to VSA's efforts, most shelters now provide veterinary care for sick animals and provide inoculations against rabies and distemper. One of VSA's most effective programs to date is the promotion of spaying and neutering of companion animals because it decreases euthanasia rates in shelters.
But we haven't stopped there! Take a look at the slideshow below to see some of the other work we've done in our efforts to protect animals statewide.
Mission Statement:The purpose of the Corporation shall be to improve the facilities, treatment and environment for the benefit of animals impounded at governmentally sponsored animal shelters throughout the State of Rhode Island and at such other animal shelters as shall be approved by the Board of Directors, from time to time; to assist in the reunion of lost pets and their owners; to promote the adoption of animals from shelters; to promote humane education by conducting educational programs; to assist local governments and others in promoting leashing, licensing, inoculation, spaying and neutering; and generally to do and perform any and all acts incidental to the foregoing purposes; but not for pecuniary profit or financial gain of its officers or directors, except as permitted by Rhode Island Law.
Volunteer Services for Animals (VSA) is a Rhode Island non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt humane organization established in 1979 to assist municipal animal shelters in providing adequate care and adoption outreach services for impounded animals. We rely on private donations, workplace giving programs, grants and bequests to carry out our work.
VSA's Federal Identification Number is 05-0381306.