Tubing for Terriers – a Terrific Success!

February 9, 2013

Fun on the chutes at Tubing for Terriers!

Even in the looming face of major blizzard, Nemo, over 80 folks gathered to partake in one or both of the two tubing sessions offered during Friends of Homeless Animals’ Tubing for Terriers event on Thursday, February 7th. The conditions could not have been more perfect for great tubing – fresh snow was on the ground and the evening had a crisp bite to it – and the hot chocolate was ample and steaming.

The Yawgoo tubing cabin was stocked with hot chocolate, donuts, chicken soup, hot dogs and 10 wonderful raffle prizes.

The chutes at Yawgoo Snow Tubing park.

In addition to the fun that was had at this event by volunteers and supporters alike, over $1,200 in net proceeds were raised FOR THE DOGS! This money will be used to rescue dogs from shelters and owners who are no longer able to care for them, and give these dogs a second chance at a better life. All FOHA dogs are spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated, tested and treated for any disease(s) and put on heartworm and flea/tick preventatives.

Friends of Homeless Animals is extremely grateful for the relationship we have found with Pati de Wardener, owner of Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park. While Yawgoo Valley Park is known for keeping the seasons exciting – skiing and tubing in the winter and waterpark rides in the summer – it is clear that one of Pati’s true passions is helping rescued companion animals find and stay safe in their fur-ever homes. This event would not have been possible without Pati’s support.  Thank you for everything, Pati!

We would also like to extend a big round of aPAWs to our event sponsors:

Ten wonderful prizes were raffled off. Thank you to all of our local sponsors!

Last but not least, Friends of Homeless Animals would like to thank everyone who came out to support us – adopters, volunteers and the public a like!

If you would like to learn more about how you can help and get involved, please visit our Ways To Help page.

Heidi, an adoptable dog in care with FOHA foster mom Yojanna, makes her debut.

Roxie, a dog adopted by a Scituate, RI family in late 2012, reunites with her FOHA foster parents, Emma and Jay.









Friends of Homeless Animals Wins Big at Casino Night

November 30, 2012

The Dogs Win Big At Casino Night

What do dueling pianos, poker chips, real estate agents and homeless dogs all have in common?  All were brought together on November 29, 2012 for a very fun and successful fundraiser to benefit Friends of Homeless Animals.

The stage was set when Sherri Mercurio, President of the Greater Providence/Northern RI Council of Women’s Realtors and Kerri Gemma, Vice President, decided that they wanted to host a fundraiser to help the plight of dogs in need of finding fur-ever homes.  Through a mutual friend, they connected with Beth, a FOHA volunteer and the event was set.

Dueling Pianos transformed into a Vegas Style Casino

The evening was fantastic!  The Point Street Piano bar was transformed into a Vegas style casino.  The bar was packed with raffle items.   The food was delicious.  The pianos played in perfect form.  The guests were having a great time.   And, of course, the doggies were ready to gamble on a chance at finding their families.

At the end of the night, volunteers from of Friends of Homeless Animals had a chance to speak to over 150 people about the fate of dogs in rescue as well as those that are in shelters just waiting for their second  chance.

So many prizes were won that night. Thank you to all of the local sponsors.

In addition to the outreach and education that this event was able to provide, we were presented a check for $4000 as our share of the proceeds.   This is money that is being used now to pull companion animals from shelters and start them on their journey to a better life.  The fortunate dogs will be fully vetted, including spay/neutered, micro chipped, fully vaccinated, tested and treated for any disease that they may have, as well as being put on preventatives such as heartworm medication and flea and tick repellant.

Friends of Homeless Animals is extremely appreciative of the relationship that we have found with this dynamic group of women.   We just love that their livelihoods are finding new homes for people, but we suspect that their new passion is finding homes for homeless dogs, as well.

Thank you to Sherri & Kerri and all of the other ladies at the GP/NRIWC!

The dogs and volunteers of FOHA would like to thank everyone involved in this event for helping further our mission.

The dogs enjoyed their evening out as well.

If you would like to learn more about how you can help and get involved, please visit our website: