Mission: The potter league for animals is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of animals. We promote the humane treatment of all animals and provide shelter and care for lost or unwanted companion animals. Through community education and the (continued on schedule o)fostering of relationships between people and animals, we enhance the animal's future and enrich the human experience.
Programs: Sheltering and adoptions - we housed 1,485 animals, while achieving a 92% save rate for dogs and cats. No healthy, adoptable animals were euthanized, and the league continues to invest in obedience training and medical programs to insure even more animals are rehabilitated and adopted. Our fetching friends transfer program gave a 'second chance' to 259 animals from overcrowded shelters in new england, georgia, south carolina and texas as well as feral cat organizations in rhode island. These transfers are carefully coordinated to insure no local homeless animals are denied service at the potter league. Because of this transfer program, we are able to give animals facing an uncertain future the promise of new homes. We also worked closely with the ri state veterinarian and the rispca to provide (continued on schedule o)safe-keeping, medical care and placement for the animals confiscated in hoarding cases. * to support families in crisis, we provide emergency housing, food, veterinary care, and lost and found services for hundreds of animal companions each year. * the potter league offered four microchip clinics to provide permanent identification for our animal companions and 165 more dogs and cats can now quickly be reunited with their families in case they are lost or stolen. * our pet food bank and veterinary assistance programs supported animals who belong to families with low or moderate incomes. The league's petsafe program provided emergency housing and care for victims of domestic violence, natural disasters, fires and other crisis situations. * the potter league has been selected as one of four animal disaster and relief sites for the state of rhode island during emergencies * the potter league proudly works collaboratively with other animal welfare groups to prevent future animal problems and is a founding member of the ocean state animal coalition and its rhode island community spay-neuter clinic. The potter league also serves on the rhode island livestock welfare and care standards advisory council. * collaboration is critical to our mission. The potter league partners with the martin luther king center's food pantry and meals on wheels to distribute pet food where it is most needed. The aquidneck land trust, norman bird sanctuary, narragansett bay coyote study, the ri natural history survey and the potter league work together on coyotesmarts * our executive director is a past member of the board of directors of the society of animal welfare administrators and currently serves on advisory boards to hill's science diet pet nutrition and for merial, a world-leading animal health company. These activities enable us to bring the best practices in animal welfare back to rhode island.
education, behavior & training, and community awareness - as the animal resource center for newport county (ri) and beyond, the potter league offers a wide variety of programs to support our mission of animal care and protection. Our efforts are also aimed at preventing the failed bonds between an animal and his owner; it is our goal to keep animals in their homes and out of our shelter. Towards this end we provided 108 obedience training classes with almost 2,700 dogs and puppies in our community attending a variety of classes and playgroups. Support for adopters included 43 free obedience classes and 163 adopters and their new dogs attended this special class. Behavior evaluations and the headstart program provided one-on-one customized training to the more challenging young adult dogs in our (continued on schedule o)shelter and offered them the opportunity to learn acceptable manners. The league's behavior helpline handled 591 calls and many emails. * our humane education programs taught 370 lessons to 3,215 school students. Another 76 young readers participated in our literacy program, reading fur fun, and 379 enthusiastic children attended our popular happy tails day camp or girl scout animal care patch program. Shelter tours and birthday party celebrations engaged another 316 young animal lovers in the day-to-day workings of the potter league. * the potter league was a founding member of coyotesmarts, a collaborative effort to educate the community about peacefully living with the coyotes in our neighborhoods * volunteer support for the 2015 fiscal year totaled 30,068 hours generously donated by volunteers, making a difference in all aspects of the potter league operations. Our foster families nurtured 221 young kittens and dogs needing behavior modification to prepare them for adoption. Volunteers spread cheer to clients in hospitals and nursing homes with dozens of pet visits. * community outreach and public relations are the key to educating adults and children and to promoting our services and programs. 148 animals were featured in the newport daily news' pet of the week and the portsmouth times advertisements. Our weekly column "tuki talks," offered pet advice and 6 articles were published in the rhode island women's journal. Statewide tv coverage on wpri/fox providence included over 300 psas to promote our special events and the adoption program. Radio and cable television interviews were conducted. Potter league facebook fans reached 13,802 this past year and are growing quickly. We had 210,278 visits to our website. Social media keeps the important messages for animal care prominent. Our monthly potter pet university informed 175 animal lovers about new concepts, trends and advice on a wide range of animal welfare topics.