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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-07-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE KRISTEN PERALTA, of Vintage Pet Rescue, sits outside with several of her senior rescue dogs. Peralta said there is a great need for adopting senior dogs and giving them a place to live out their golden years. FOSTER – Senior dogs are at the highest risk of being euthanized at animal shelters nationwide, but Kristen Peralta, of Vintage Pet Rescue in Foster, says older dogs still have a lot of love to give. This week, Nov. 4-10, Vintage Pet Rescue is teaming up with Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary of California in the first Saving Senior Dogs Week in a nationwide cam- paign to raise awareness of senior dogs in shelters. Peralta and her husband Marc began Vintage Pet Rescue two years ago in North Kingstown after fostering a senior dog while living in California. Peralta said the dog was given a few months to live and stayed with them for more than a year before she died. "We completely fell in love with her and took another on from there in her memory," Peralta said. A year later, after a move out east, the Lincoln native said the couple is caring for 35 senior or hospice dogs in their Foster home, which happens to be a large refurbished church. While 35 dogs is the most the res- cue has had, Peralta said there is usually an average of 30 dogs in their home. "There's a lot of need out there for people to take in senior dogs. We get a lot of requests out there," Peralta said. Peralta spoke with The Valley Breeze & Observer while driving from Foster to the Cranston Animal Shelter to meet and possibly adopt a terminally ill dog. Vintage Pet Rescue takes in dogs age 10 years old and up. She said she considers her rescue a hospice for the elderly and sick, who are welcome to live at her home until they die. Most of her charges are Great need for senior dog foster homes By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See RESCUE, Page 22 CUMBERLAND – When Cumberland resident Tony Alves started hunting 50 years ago, he often came across other hunters searching for deer and turkey in the woods of Rhode Island. These days, the former president of the Cumberland Beagle Club said, With hunting in decline, state conservation funds in jeopardy By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See HUNTING, Page 23 Ordinance would ban sale of pets in Smithfield Council considers other matters SMITHFIELD – Store sales of dogs and cats in Smithfield may soon be illegal after the Town Council on Tuesday proposed an ordinance change that would ban the sale of animals in any retail pet store or com- mercial establishment. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See COUNCIL, Page 20 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE NOVEMBER 7-13, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & (401) 949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net Route 44 at Greenville Common, Greenville, RI 02828 Support Our Troops. Honor Our Veterans. Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation.

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