Animal programs

Proceeds from golf race benefit 3 animal rescue groups

By JOHN HOWELL

Dogs were the worst affected on Tuesday afternoon at the Warwick Animal Shelter, although giant checks were the attraction for the Marquess.

As representatives from three rescue organizations and lawmakers gathered under the shelter’s outer compound, two of the shelter’s canine residents joined them. One of the dogs liked the attention while the other shyly accepted petting.

Either way, they were the center of attention and brought home the ultimate golf tournament mission – the Shekarchi Scramble – held this summer at Quidnesset Country Club.

This was the second year that House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, who has a rescue dog, has sponsored the event to benefit Friends of Warwick Animal Shelter, Anchor Paws Rescue and Vintage Pet Rescue. Shekarchi doesn’t play golf, but that hasn’t deterred him from hosting the tournament, which is widely attended by lawmakers, state officials and those who support the cause.

The three organizations benefiting from the tournament are run by volunteers with separate missions to help homeless animals.

The funds collected after the payment of the expenses went to the organizations.

Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter received a donation of $22,597.22 (50% of proceeds). Anchor Paws Rescue and Vintage Pet Rescue each received a donation of $11,298.61.

According to Judy Salvadore, president of Friends, the funds come after a tough time for nonprofits when inflows exceeded adoptions and pets generally received less veterinary care due to a slowing economy. and Covid restrictions. Therefore, humanitarian organizations spend more money to help more unwanted animals to be healthy and adoptable.

“The President’s event once again came at a crucial time for us. Our shelter does not charge for any extras such as blood work, tests, surgeries, etc. to keep adoption fees reasonable. Veterinary care is expensive: very few people would pay $3,000 to adopt an older dog! Friends of Warwick Animal Shelter is donor-funded, and donations like this help animals get healthy and keep adoption costs low. We are grateful to the President and his team for their hard work on the Golf Run to make it a huge success for our shelter animals, the community, and other homeless animals in the state. Said Salvadore.

President Shekarchi, a longtime resident of Warwick, is a longtime supporter of Friends of Warwick Animal Shelter and has a particularly strong love for dogs.

Friends of Warwick Animal Shelter was founded in 2001 to help homeless animals at Warwick Animal Shelter through outreach, education and public awareness programs. FOWAS believes that every animal deserves a second chance.