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Providence Animal Rescue League’s Harry L. Doran Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 20, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...
“We’ve been around for 103 years, and we want to make certain we’re around for another 103 years,” states Carmine DiCenso, executive director of the Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL), in explaining the importance of an endowment to his organization.

Founded “to provide for the rescue and relief of suffering of homeless animals and perform charitable or benevolent acts for the welfare of animals,” PARL now provides care, medical treatment, and adoption services to more than 2,000 animals each year.

“People understand the adoption aspect of our work, but might not be aware that many of the animals need more medical and behavioral support. The need for veterinary care is one of the most emerging needs, and we do everything we can to help in the area of behavior,” Carmine explains.

He continues, “We’ve shifted our focus to be more community focused. Our feeling is if we can keep people and animals together, that’s better.” PARL’s Pet Retention Program, Pet Food Pantry, and Pets for Life Program, the latter offered free to residents of South Providence, all support this thinking. PARL provides additional community outreach through on-site spay and neutering, as well as other veterinary services.

PARL is funded through individual and corporate donors, foundation grants, special events, and some fees for service. “Individual donors are the ones who really allow us to do our services. We want to provide people with a menu of giving options,” Carmine says.

This endowment is an example of how one individual chose to support PARL. It was established through a bequest from Harry L. Doran, a longtime Warwick resident who died in 2006. In a 2004 interview unrelated to this fund, Harry told the Foundation, “I love animals, particularly dogs. I think the trick with dogs is that you have to give them a lot of love. Animals enrich our lives.”

Of PARL’s decision to transfer the Doran endowment to the Foundation, Carmine says, “We want to grow this endowment to invest in our future. It was really appealing to partner with an already well-established and respected organization.”
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