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John Richard Duhamel Fund for Animals
By Jean Cohoon / September 21, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

“Addie’s seven years old, but she acts like a kitten. She tears up and down the stairs. While cats usually are aloof, Addie’s a lap cat, especially when I’m trying to do paperwork,” John Duhamel shares of his latest rescue.

“There are so many animals out there that need homes,” he continues. “You can’t save them all, but I want to do what I can to make an animal’s life better.” And that’s what he will do through this permanent endowment, which he established “to support animal welfare, for the humane treatment and care of animals.”

John grew up in Woonsocket and has lived in North Providence for the past 30 years. But the years between saw him venture far from Rhode Island. His studies took him to California where he earned a master’s degree in education and counseling from the University of Southern California and military service took him to Brussels for two years, an assignment that enabled him to see much of Europe.

Upon his discharge from the service, John worked in retail before deciding to return to school for legal studies. It was a decision that enabled him to pursue a career with the federal court in Rhode Island. “It was a great 15 years,” John says of his tenure as clerk for now-retired U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi. 

Now retired himself, John is focused on giving back, both through volunteering and through continued support of organizations that are meaningful to him. “If you have any compassion or empathy, you want to give back. I’ve supported many causes, but my real passion is to help animals. Animals have a power to transform our lives for the better, and most really have no say in how they’re treated.”

He continues, “By setting up this fund at the Foundation, I know my gift will last beyond my lifetime. The Foundation knows who needs the help and is a wonderful steward. If shelters need money or if an animal needs veterinary care, this fund can help with that. I have complete trust in the Foundation.”

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