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Chariho-Westerly Animal Rescue League Legacy Fund and Chariho-Westerly Animal Rescue League Animal Welfare Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 6, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

For nearly half a century, the Chariho-Westerly Animal Rescue League (CWARL) was, in the words of its late founder, Ilon Sillman, “dedicated to aiding animals in distress.” The nonprofit, Westerly-based organization provided low cost spaying and neutering, rabies and distemper shots, and emergency veterinary care, as well as a feral/community cat, an animal placement and pet rental deposit programs.

 Larry Hirsch, who has been involved with CWARL since the mid 1970s, says, “I joined CWARL and ended up as president. I’ve always been an advocate for it and, while financially we were very successful, we didn’t have the people it took to run the programs.”

 In 2014, CWARL combined with Stand Up for Animals (SUFA) and is continuing its mission under the newly-formed Chariho-Westerly Animal Welfare Committee within SUFA. SUFA was established in 2002 with the primary goal of building a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter in Westerly, a project that was completed in 2009 in collaboration with the Town of Westerly. Howard Thorp, president of the SUFA board, explains that over the course of three or four years SUFA raised in excess of $2 million to build the facility, for which the Town pays utilities, maintenance, and the salary of a shelter manager.

 “The Town of Westerly now has one of the most beautiful shelters in Rhode Island,” Larry states, noting thermal heating for the dog run, an acclimation room for individuals or families looking to adopt a pet, library, meeting rooms, and more.

 Prior to the CWARL and SUFA joint venture, CWARL contributed some of its assets to the Foundation, establishing these two funds: the legacy fund which is designated for SUFA and the animal welfare fund which will support programs and organizations that benefit animals of any type in need in Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond, and Westerly, as well as Stonington, CT.

 “We want the good animal welfare work that CWARL has done to continue. By working with the Foundation, we’re partnering with an organization that makes good investments and makes good distributions in the community,” Larry asserts

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