Longtime East Greenwich animal shelter losing its home

After a 35 year run, an East Greenwich animal shelter will close its doors on Wednesday.

EAST GREENWICH,R.I. (WPRI) – After a 35-year run, an East Greenwich animal shelter will close its doors on Wednesday.

The East Greenwich Animal Protection League is run entirely by volunteers and has sheltered homeless cats and dogs for more than three decades. But, they’ve now found themselves without a home.

“I do expect that by the end of the week we’ll have a home base somewhere. We’re still working on a facility where we can house our animals on a daily basis,” Tammy Flanagan, president of the Animal Protection League, told Eyewitness News.

Flanagan said she’s overwhelmed by the amount of support the shelter has received in recent days.

“Our adoption hours start at 10:30, and actually at quarter of 10, there were people already coming through the doors,” she said.

The no-kill shelter has boarded adoptable animals at local animal hospitals since its inception because the town of East Greenwich does not have a municipal shelter. They’ve been at the East Greenwich Animal Hospital since 2014, but the animal hospital is closing its doors for financial reasons on April 1.

Now the East Greenwich shelter’s volunteers are actively looking for another area animal hospital or similar environment to board their animals and allow adopters access. There are two sets of dogs that are coming in soon who are still in need of homes.

“A litter of black lab mix puppies. Nine lab-hound mixes. They’re five months old,” Flanagan said.

If you can help them find temporary or permanent shelter, please contact President Tammy Flanagan at 401-241-4541 or e-mail egaplevents@gmail.com.

To learn more about the East Greenwich Animal Protection League, visit their Facebook page (The East Greenwich Animal Protection League) and Twitter account @2EGAPLRI.

Donations for their building fund are welcome using PayPal on Facebook or the League website, egapl.org, or may be mailed to EGAPL, P.O. Box 184, East Greenwich, RI 02818.

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