Much has happened for the good of animals in Rhode Island since VSA’s beginnings: no more gas chambers, structural improvements in many of the municipal animal shelters, mandatory sterilization of cats and increased help for feral cats, no dog racing in Rhode Island, the establishment by veterinarians of low cost animal care clinics, restraint of the use of the steel jaw leg hold trap, and much more. VSA, too, has changed by advocating at international, state, and local levels for the humane treatment of all animals. During these 40 years, this organization has had a hands-on-role in changing laws in companion animal sheltering and rescue in Barrington, Bristol, Burrillville, Coventry, Cranston, East Providence, Gloucester, North Providence, North Smithfield, Lincoln, North Kingstown, Providence, Scituate, Warren, Warwick, West Warwick, and Woonsocket as well as our statewide presence. Throughout the decades, VSA continued its programs of spay/neuter and veterinary care for sick dogs and cats. We owe a great debt of gratitude to our donors, and all who helped in these valiant efforts. For VSA’s posterity, the memorabilia and records of these forty years have been archived.
VSA'S 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. VSA's Federal Identification Number is 05-0381306.
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