Advocate and community leader John J. Tassoni, Jr. named lobbyist for the Rhode Island SPCA

RIVERSIDE — The Rhode Island Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has announced that John J. Tassoni Jr., a former state senator and social justice advocate, will represent the organization’s interests in business legislation and regulations and government actions within the state for the 2020 legislative session.

Tassoni is also publisher of Common Ground, a radio talk show host, a mediator and a former union executive. In the senate, his advocacy for fair labor practices, affordable health care, substance use treatment, assistance for the homelessness and animal rights, earned him high praise among constituents and citizens.

Additionally, he authored several pieces of legislation with regard to animal safety and protection, including sponsoring legislation that bans the use of carbon monoxide gas chambers for animal euthanasia, mandatory spaying and neutering of cats and a bill that protects the interest of pets that become part of a court proceeding.

“As a former senator, John Tassoni worked tirelessly to support the mission of the R.I. SPCA, and played a critical role in the passage of several key bills to improve the health and well-being of the animals in the state,” said Joseph Warzycha, Rhode Island SPCA president, in a press release. “We look forward to this new relationship and working with John to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

The RISPCA is charged with the sole purpose of protecting animal life in all situations that might endanger them. Founded in 1870, the society was the first humane organization in Rhode Island and is the third oldest humane organization in the United States. It is the only nonprofit animal welfare organization in the state that is legally able to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases.

Warzycha added that Rhode Island is ranked sixth in the nation for animal welfare laws by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.


Pet Drive

Wish List

RISPCA • 186 Amaral Street, Riverside, RI 02915 • (401) 438-8150 •


Canned Cat Food (paté style)*

Wood Stove Pellets

Small Litter Boxes

Small Cat Beds

Catnip & Toys

Cardboard Scratchers


Canned Dog Food*

String Cheese, Hot Dogs,

Peanut Butter, Dog Biscuits

Dog Treats (no rawhide)

Kong©, Nylabone© & Durable Toys

Dog Waste Scoop Bags

Small Animals

CareFresh© Pet Bedding

Wood Stove Pellets

Oxbow Small Animal Food

Gift Cards

Petsmart, Petco, Target, Walmart,Stop & Shop, Shaws, Staples, Home Depot, Gas Cards Monetary Donations Welcome

Foster Care Program

Top Loading Cat Carriers

KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer)

Esbilac (Puppy Milk Replacer)

Heating Pads (w/out auto shut-off)

Extra-Large Puppy Pads

Rolled Cotton

Non-Clumping Cat Litter

Other Important Items

Paper Towels, Tissues

Toilet Paper, Stamps

Copy Paper (8.5×11)

Liquid Hand Soap

Hand Sanitizer

Powdered Laundry Detergent Dryer Sheets

Latex Surgical Gloves

Trash & Ziploc Bags (all sizes)

Clorox Bleach, Window Cleaner

*Our cats and dogs are on the Hill’s Science Diet shelter feeding program. Keeping the animals on a consistent diet helps them stay healthy while they are at the shelter. We are unable to use donations of other kinds of dry cat or dry dog food here at the shelter. Dry food that we cannot use is donated to other shelters or low-income pet owners.

to benefit

~ RISPCA Wish List Below ~

For more information call 401.451.1305

or email

Saturday, December 14th

8am ~ Noon

543 Putnam Pike, Smithfield

RISPCA is a non-profit 501c3