- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Animal welfare programs across Rhode Island are receiving nearly $500,000 in grants from a local philanthropic group.

The Rhode Island Foundation says the grants are destined for 28 different programs. The largest recipient is the Ocean State Animal Coalition of Warwick, which received $78,500, primarily to offer needy pet owners free or low-cost transportation and spay and neuter services for their dogs and cats.

The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence also received $25,000 to re-open its seal pool and the Westerly Animal Shelter received $5,000 to implant a microchip ID in every shelter animal prior to adoption.

The money comes from the foundation’s Program for Animal Welfare, which finances organizations that promote and provide humane treatment of animals.

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