Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK on Lite 105

Each week, Lite 105’s Heather Gersten & Matty Blake (“Heather & Matty”) will spotLITE an adoptable animal at the Rhode Island SPCA!

The goal is to connect YOU with animals that need loving homes!
Please help by contacting the RISPCA at www.rispca.com

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is J Gatsby! (2/7/23) From the RISPCA: “This young guy is shy at first, but warms up quickly. He loves to play and chew on his toys and explore his surroundings. Now that Gatsby has been examined by our vet and been neutered he’s ready to find a new home to explore, hopefully with plenty of chew toys too! With questions regarding J Gatsby or any of our smallies for adoption, please email Olivia, the Cat and Small Animal Manager, at owarburton@rispca.com

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is TOMMY! (1/30/23) From the RISPCA: “This handsome gentleman is about 14 years old and enjoys the simple things in life. All he wants is a soft place to lay and a little love and maybe a brushing from time to time. Tommy is a very gentle, sweet, and loving cat. He enjoys being petted by his favorite people and is a staff and volunteers favorite. This cutie will be a wonderful companion and super easy to care for! Tommy will be happiest in a calm, quiet adult-only home where he can be the only pet. Tommy was declawed earlier in life and due to some complications of this procedure, he has chronic pain in his toes. Tommy has been much more comfortable since starting a daily pain and anti-inflammatory medication. Our medical director will discuss his medication and ongoing care plan with any potential adopters. Please give him a chance to live the life that he so deserves! With questions about Tommy or any of our other adoptable cats, please contact our Cat and Small Animal Manager at owarburton@rispca.com”

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is SPARKY the dog! (1/23/23) From the RISPCA: “I’m Sparky and let me just say I know a few cool commands, and my favorite is “Wanna Eat? Yep, I’m a hound and I got that one down pat!! You would NEVER guess that I just turned 10, no way, now how!! I’ve got lots of spunk and LOVE playing tug, chasing balls, and of course, playing with stuffed toys. The nice people here say I’m a nice older gentleman who is very sweet. Not that I like being called an ‘Older Gentleman’ but it is what it is. I’m a Super Walker and I guarantee I’ll keep up with you if you enjoy walks and hikes. I would be thrilled to meet your dog if you have one but kids really get me nervous so my perfect home would probably be one with teens or adults. Also, with proper introductions, I may also be able to live with a kitty. So, in a nutshell, if you want a cool hound in your life, please consider me.”

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is SUNNY the CAT! (1/17/23) From the RISPCA: “Sunny may be a cat, but he has Golden Retriever energy. He is what we in the animal rescue cat call a “unicorn”, this means that Sunny can literally blend into any home! He is great with dogs, other cats, and kids of all ages! Not only is this fellow good-looking, and adaptable, but he is smart too! Sunny knows his name better than any other cat that his foster mom has ever met, and he is such an obedient baby by coming whenever his name is called. Also, Sunny has the world’s tiniest meow… except in the evenings when he goes on the hunt. He’s very proud to bring his humans each sock that he’s caught. Due to his previous life as a chubby fellow, Sunny did develop Diabetes. Sunny is currently well-regulated with insulin injections and will most likely need them for the rest of his life. Sunny is completely unfazed by his injections and takes them like a pro! Our Medical Director will consult with any potential adopters about Sunny’s medical needs and future care plan. Sunny would be the perfect addition to a quiet OR busy home. He’s just a wonderful boy!
**Please note that Sunny is currently in a foster home, and meetings with him will need to be scheduled in advance.** With questions about Sunny, or any of our other adoptable cats, please contact our Cat and Small Animal Manager at owarburton@rispca.com

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK are Hawks and Angel! (1/9/23) These two 2yo bonded Giant Chinchilla Rabbits are looking for a new home where they can stay together. They each weigh about ten pounds and will require ample living space in their new home. With questions about Hawks & Angel or any of our other small animals, please contact our Cat/Small Animal Manager at owarburton@rispca.com.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is ZOEY! (1/3/23) From the RISPCA: ” This sweet lady is about 10 years old, and can easily mesh into most home settings! She is looking for a loving home where she can retire and live out her golden years. Zoey does take medicine for hyperthyroidism and is FIV+ so the Vet Team will go over this with any potential adopter. She previously lived with two other sweet cats, and everyone got along just fine (neither of these cats was FIV+). She would probably do fine with a slow introduction to a cat-savvy dog. As for kiddos, we think she should do just fine so long as they are calm, and respect her space. With questions about Zoey, or any of our other adoptable cats, please contact our Cat and Small Animal Manager at owarburton@rispca.com

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is PACO! (11/28/22) He’s a young pitbull mix who ended up here in RI after previously living in Hawaii.  The people at his former shelter even made him this YouTube Adoption video.  He’s athletic and funny and very sweet.  Anchor Subaru has sponsored his adoption fee through the end of the year. 

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is JENNY! (11/21/22) Her adoption fee (along with 8 other dogs who have been with the RISPCA the longest) is being covered by Anchor Subaru. Jenny is a cattle dog mix so she has lots of energy to burn, but also LOTS of love to give!

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is SCOTT! (11/14/22) The RISPCA says “4-month-old Scott is the sweetest little man around! Sometimes he can start off a bit on the shy side, and may need some coaxing to come around to new people. The good news is that he is very food motivated, and is happy to exchange some love for a treat or two. With questions regarding Scott or any of our smallies for adoption, please email Olivia, our Cat and Small Animal Manager, at owarburton@rispca.com

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is Paco! (11/7/22) Paco is a silly, athletic guy! “I absolutely love running and would love to have a big fenced-in backyard to run around in… or better yet, I could be your adventure buddy, running partner, hiking companion… you name it… I just love being active. I’ve been working with the trainers during my time here who say I need to work on my impulse control… what can I say, I have a LOVE of life and it’s hard for me to hold my excitement sometimes!! My exuberance can be a bit much for other animals and kids, so they think I should go to an adults-only home and would probably prefer to also be the only pet. Don’t let that deter you… I’m really loveable and eager to please! Come on down and meet me today!” Adopt him today at the RISPCA!

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIENDs of the WEEK (10/31/22): 2 guinea pigs, Luna & Bugsy! They are currently being housed at Rumford Pet Express in East Providence. These two bonded besties are 3-years old and hoping to find a nice home! These gals start off shy but give them a tasty treat and they’ll be your best friends!

Meet BLUEBERRY, Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK! (10/24/22) From the RI Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals>> “She’s Beauty, brains, & personality all wrapped in a tiny little fur package called Blueberry. This little nugget is an 8-month-old Mini Aussie who loves going for walks, playing in the yard, and entertaining her humans! She may be a youngster but she picks up new commands quickly and easily and just loves being challenged. She is always sporting her beautiful contagious smile and she is guaranteed to keep you in a good mood. Blueberry’s perfect home would be with a family with older children and as the only pet.” Adopt her today!

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (10/17/22) is BINGO! This spunky pup wants all the love in the world he can get! He’d also be happy to do all the zoomies he can have until his heart’s content. If you have a “nose work” game he is all for it, or even going on a hike he will love it! Bingo is an active guy and just wants to GO!! GO!! GO!! Due to his energy level, we would say teens+. If you want to meet Bingo come in and take a look or fill out an application online.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK (10/10/22) is Puppies! Check out the Super 8 at rispca.com!

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (10/3/22) is Snowball, the sweetest bunny ever! The RISPCA says he’s really well-behaved and loves being out of his cage. They say he was around kids and other animals before because he is so sweet to everyone (cats, kittens, dogs, kids)! Snowball likes most greens, but not basil, or strawberry leaves. His favorite snacks are cucumbers and tomatoes. He loves to be petted, and just sit with you, and while he doesn’t spook easily, he hates the vacuum. For more information on Snowball, please email our Cat and Small Animal Manager at owarburton@rispca.com

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (9/26/22) is Tommy! He’s a very gentle, sweet, and loving 7-year-old male cat. He enjoys being petted by his favorite people and is one of the most chill cats in the RISPCA cat room. Tommy will be happiest in a calm, quiet home. Tommy has lived with cats in the past, and it has caused him great stress, so they will not be considering homes with other pets.

Meet DREAM, Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK! (9/19/22) She’s a 7-month-old Lab Mix puppy who is pretty shy at first. She’ll need a patient, quiet family who can work on building her confidence and giving her time to come out of her shell. Dream loves spending time outside so she’d really like a fenced-in yard or a porch to lounge on with her people.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is Jack! (9/12/22) Jack is a silly 2-year-old Cattle Dog Mix with lots of energy. He loves to chase things like cars and cats so a fenced-in yard would be best for him. He also loves tennis balls!

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is Tony! (9/6/22) Tony was found as a stray in Providence and we soon realized that he was showing signs of being pre-diabetic. Lucky for Tony the Rhode Island SPCA has an amazing vet team, and we quickly got his blood sugar under control, so he no longer requires insulin! He is an extremely loveable guy who would make a fantastic companion. Applicants may email the RISPCA cat staff at owarburton@rispca.com 

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is Brooklyn! (8/29/22) This oversized lap dog loves walks, hotdogs, and most of all, her people. She can take a minute or two to warm up but once she does, she’d rather be in your arms than anywhere else. The RI Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says she has plenty of energy and would love to go home with an active family who is willing to teach her the basics and help her get her zoomies out! Adopt her or share, please!

COYOTE is Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK! (8/22/22) The RISPCA says “You won’t find a gentler soul on this planet!! Coyote was turned in by someone who rescued her from a difficult situation. She’s now safe with us! We are searching and hoping to find the PERFECT home for her as she is a special gal. She just needs a comfy bed and someone to love her ❤ For more information on her please read her story at: https://bit.ly/3QFIHlT”

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (8/16/22) is BLUE JEAN! Learn more here >> https://bit.ly/3pmWl1c

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (8/1/22) is WINDSOR! Learn more here >> https://bit.ly/3OMoQQd

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (7/25/22) is TONY! Learn more here >> https://bit.ly/3orf0sv

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (7/18/22) is DIOR! Learn more here >> https://bit.ly/3RUPc5F

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (7/12/22) is CHACO TACO! Learn more here >> https://bit.ly/3z0a8Rh

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (7/5/22) is KIT KAT! Learn more here >> Adoptable Cats – RISPCA

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (6/27/22) is WASHINGTON the dog! Learn more here>> https://bit.ly/3HZ1m91

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (6/13/22) is ELLA the dog!

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (6/6/22) is SMOKEY! Smokey is a quiet lady, whose owner passed away. She lived with another cat, but we have found out that she definitely prefers to be an only cat. She would do best in a quiet home as an only pet. She is pretty independent and really enjoys spending time watching the birds and sleeping in the sunny spots. It is suggested you go to the RISPCA to meet her and fill out an application rather than filling out an online application.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (5/31/22) is PORCINI the Chihuahua! He is a shy little man that needs a family that can give him time and patience. When he first arrived at the RISPCA, he was barely socialized with people, but thanks to our foster care team, he has warmed up to home life. Porcini came from a home with many other dogs and lights up when he gets to socialize with other pups! Ideally, we’d like him to go to an adult-only home with a dog sibling who can help give Porcini confidence.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (5/23/22) is Thunder, a baby Guinea pig who is currently being housed at the Rumford Pet Center in East Providence.  Adopt Thunder today!

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is Nitro (5/16/22)! Even though he’s still waiting, this little meatball with the giant blockhead still has a SMILE bigger than life!! He is a tiny low rider of a pit who just turned 2. Nitro is a happy-go-lucky, spunky, silly, full-of-life little fella who also loves riding in cars! He’s been patiently waiting for his people to find him. Your co-pilot is ready when you are!

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is Davey (5/9/22)! This handsome sweet boy is from a transport down south and was a stray! He sure does love people though and LOVES the outdoors as you can tell by his profile picture! He loves anything squeaky and he is very food motivated! Davey is an American Blue Heeler / Cattle Dog, Australian (Red Heeler)

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK is Stella (5/2/22)!  Stella is a 6-month-old puppy with 3 legs! She had a permanent injury that was very painful, requiring amputation.  She has adapted well and is ready to find her forever home!  She’s happy and playful and has learned to get around just fine.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK (4/25/22) are Olive and Meedz! They are a bonded pair of sisters looking for a home together!  You can find more info about them and other small animals available for adoption the RISPCA website.  Adoptable Small Animals – RISPCA

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (4/18/22): Bailey, a 7-year-old female coonhound who is now with the RI Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for a second time. Bailey was adopted in the fall after a months-long stay at a wonderful home (where she even had her own Instagram), but unfortunately, her owner became unexpectedly ill and couldn’t care for her anymore. Learn more here.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (4/5/22): Freddi is a 2 yr old, 59 lb., Male, Mixed Breed He’s a big boy who would love a yard to romp in, a human to walk with and a car to ride in. His distinctive look only adds to his charm. His foster mom adds that Freddi is a big cuddle bug who also loves to play. He may jump due to excitement, but he is very gentle and also plays well with his toys on his own. She also reports that he is a great listener and easy to walk. His endearing vocabulary of snorts and snores will keep you smiling. Freddi adores riding shotgun to any destination at any time. He would be most successful in an adult-only home with no other pets as he has some resource guarding. As with any large dog, some post-adoptive training would be ideal.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (3/28/22): Meet Coach, a 7-year old, 83 lb., male, Pitbull mix! From the RISPCA: “Coach is a handsome mixed breed looking for his forever sunny spot! He loves spending time outdoors and would make the perfect adventure buddy…whether it’s headed to the beach for a romp on the sand or hiking through some wooded trails. He is quite shy at first but quickly warms up. He loves fetching tennis balls and would be happy as can be to do that for hours. In his previous home, Coach has shown that he would prefer to be the only animal.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (3/21/22): DIOR is a 7-month old, 55-pound Male Akita and he’s now up for adoption now at the RISPCA! Dior means “Golden” and he certainly lives up to his name of being highly fashionable and having impeccable taste! He enjoys car rides and has a true passion for squeaky toys but prefers to enjoy them on his own as he has displayed signs of resource guarding. Since he’s a pup, he is looking to fall into a routine within his new home. Dior has typical puppy energy…but we also feel someone with breed experience would be best. They say a tired dog is a happy dog and this definitely applies to this guy. With days filled with mental and physical stimulation, Dior will easily make himself at home with his new people. We do recommend that he be the only pet in the home but can get along with other dogs. Dior is nervous in new situations, so we also feel he would do best in a home without children.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (3/15/22)! PRETTY GIRL is a 2 yr. old, 61 lb., female, American Pit Bull Terrier is up for adoption now at the RISPCA! From the RISPCA: “Pretty Girl is exactly what and who she is! Her personality is as stunning as her markings and she is ready to go to a home where she can run around then crash on your couch for hours on end. Pretty Girl has a lot of energy and is a lot of fun. Keep her entertained and she’ll be happy and ready to crash! She is super sweet and will kiss you all day if you let her; on the other hand, she will also steal your sandwich off the table if you let her. She would do best in a home with teens+ due to her unwillingness to recognize that she isn’t a 10lb lap dog. She would do best in a home as an only pet at this time, due to her over-exuberance. Pretty Girl does also have some separation anxiety, which is being managed with medication. She just truly wants to be by your side and makes an excellent shotgun companion in the car or snuggle buddy on the couch.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (3/8/22)! Here’s Otis.  He needs some help! He’s a 7-year-old, male, Mixed Breed who one of three dogs that came all the way from Oklahoma back in January when the RISPCA assisted with a large hoarding situation. The Humane Society of Tulsa reached out to several Rhode Island shelters for assistance and they just couldn’t say no! Otis has not been dealt the best hand in luck so far. He’s a shy, reserved guy who really just needs some confidence-boosting. Otis basically needs to be taught “how to dog.” A low-key, adults-only home would definitely be best for him, as loud noises and sudden movements startle him. We’re also recommending that he should be the only pet in the home. Otis really is ready to become somebody’s one and only! Interested in meeting Otis? Let us know! Otis is currently in foster care.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (2/28/22): Meet Anteros! A 4yo Male Pitbull. With the face of a gargoyle and the name of a Greek god, Anteros has quickly become a staff favorite! Sometimes we call him Andy for short. The way he looks at you with his puppy eyes and his massive overbite you will never question how loved you are. This shy, reserved boy could thrive in almost any home however a home without young children would be best as he can be a bit of a scaredy-cat. Anteros enjoys going out on adventures but would also be happy to order in, snuggle and watch tv with you all day. Despite being about 40lbs, Anteros often fancies himself a lap dog eager for couch cuddles and butt scratches! This boy does have some skin and eye issues and will need to be on a limited ingredient diet as well as medication for allergies in his new home. If you’re interested in meeting Anteros or have any questions, our animal care staff would be happy to speak with you!

Meet Pixie! She’s Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK (2/14/22)! She’s a 4yo American Staffordshire Terrier/Lab MixPixie is playful but a little shy at first. She loves going on outdoor adventures and is also happy to be at home lounging with her people. Pixie does need to be the only pet in the home and it is advised she also only live with adults, as she can be a resource guarder. Pixie also requires daily medication that will need to continue in her new home. Adopt her today at the RISPCA!

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK (2/7/22) courtesy of the RISPCA! Meet Sonny & Oreo, 1yo Female, Guinea Pigs! These bonded gals are looking for a home together. They are extremely social and would be a fantastic fit for any home type! You can visit them at the Rumford Pet Express in East Providence!

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK for 1/31/22: ***UPDATE: ADOPTED *** Barney is a 5-month-old wild man! At a mere 5 pounds, this neutered kitten enjoys parkour-ing off walls and chasing his favorite ball toys! He has a unique short tail and an overall sweet disposition. And he will cost you practically nothing in toys- his favorite game is running in and out of paper bags! He will do best in a home where he can get lots of playtime, probably with kids 10+ because he can sometimes get over-excited and become bitey. Barney may also be open to a home with a cat-savvy dog to help burn some energy.

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK for 1/24/22 >> Freddi, a 60-pound, 2yo Pit/Rottweiler Mix, is up for adoption at the RISPCA! Please help find him a new family! Background info: Freddi ended up at the RISPCA when his owner was unable to care for him any longer. He went there with some pending medical- which involved them needing to remove his eye. Now that he is all healed up, he is ready for his new home!! Freddi is a big boy, with lots of energy! He needs an active home that will be able to keep up with him and his needs. He would be most successful in an adult-only home with no other pets as he has some resource guarding. He would flourish with post-adoption training to better shape his manners!

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIENDS of the WEEK for 1/17/22 >> Bed Head (white), Sophie (gray), and Cara (yellow & white) are looking for a home together! They love their greens and each other! All 3 are guinea pigs up for adoption at the RISPCA. Do it for #BettyWhiteChallenge day!

Heather & Matty’s FURRY FRIEND of the WEEK for 1/10/22 >> You might recognize JOURNEY from our “12 Strays of Christmas.” She has been at the RISPCA since August and they are treating her skin condition that flares up when she eats the wrong things. Journey is a 1-year-old, Female, Pit/Rottie Mix. She needs someone who is committed to her special diet and meds to treat & prevent her ongoing skin issues. She would do best as the only pet in a home with teens+. She loves to run and play and also loves car rides. Adopt her today, please, and share as well 🙂

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