The East Greenwich Animal Protection League (EGAPL) was formed in 1980 by founding members Dorothy Trehy, Marion Fry and Mary Clark. The Town of East Greenwich did not have a municipal pound and all stray cats were in danger of euthanasia. When these women started EGAPL as an all-volunteer rescue, the League was funded entirely by donations to save the unwanted cats and dogs picked up by East Greenwich Animal Control. Without a facility to house these pets, EGAPL began boarding animals in the Greenwich Bay Animal Hospital. Donations and adoption fees went towards the boarding and medical costs of the animals. Fundraisers, including rummage sales, bake sales, and events held by assisting Town organizations helped the League stay afloat. The Town of East Greenwich later added an annual contribution in return for EGAPL taking care of the stray population. With a welcome increase in spaying and neutering, the stray population of East Greenwich decreased over the years, and EGAPL began accommodating other Rhode Island animals in need whenever possible. Stray cats, sadly, were still common in Rhode Island, but fewer dogs found their way to the League. In 2011, EGAPL began working with high-kill shelters in the South that were badly in need of shelter for their many unwanted puppies and dogs. The East Greenwich Animal Protection League moved to East Greenwich Animal Hospital in 2014 to board animals. On April 1, 2015, the animal hospital closed its doors for financial reasons. EGAPL is currently renting the hospital building for housing and showcasing cats and dogs. The League also has increased our foster network, allowing our animals a more comfortable home life and a smoother transition to adoption. Our founding members worked to save funds to purchase their own shelter building, and we still strive towards that goal today. EGAPL kicked off a Capital Campaign in 2014 and we are now accepting donations and holding fundraisers solely for the purpose of purchasing our own shelter building. We are very happy to report that founding member Dorothy Trehy is still actively involved with moving the League forward after 35 years of dedication to the homeless animals of East Greenwich!
In order to adopt a cat or dog, please note: 1. You must complete an adoption application before coming to Adoption Hours or during Adoption Hours at the former East Greenwich Animal Hospital, 4302 Post Road, East Greenwich, RI 02818. 2. You will need to show a copy of the following: Proof of home ownership (a mortgage or property tax bill) or proof of landlord permission (rental agreement). Veterinary records for current or most recent pets, including most recent vaccinations and proof of spaying/neutering. 3. Cats being adopted MUST be taken home in a secure cat carrier, not cardboard (please supply your own.) 4. Dogs being adopted MUST be wearing a collar and be leashed (please supply your own collar and leash).