CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The New England Patriots Cheerleaders were in town today, but not for anything football related.
They were helping with a fundraiser for the East Greenwich Animal Protection League.
The organization has been shutdown for the past week, after an outbreak of a virus that can be deadly to dogs.
Money raised at Sunday’s event will help the group treat the several sick puppies.
The sun was shining on Cranston High School East, as the New England Patriots Cheerleaders ditched their pom-poms, for sponges.
The “Paw Wash” fundraiser couldn’t have come at a better time for the shelter.
“This past week we had some sick puppies in our shelter so we really need the funds,” said Karen Kalunian, a board member for EGAPL “We’re so thankful to the New England Patriots Cheerleaders and the New England Patriots for helping us out today.”
The East Greenwich Animal Protection League is temporarily under quarantine, after a new group of rescued puppies from down south lead to an outbreak of parvovirus.
The illness can be deadly to dogs and some puppies at the shelter have already died.
“The pets are really in need right now and the funds from all the fans bringing their dogs it’s really important to give money to the shelter to help with their vet bills,” said cheerleader Lauren Daniska. “I think it’s a great cause that the shelter really needs right now.”
You can click here if you would like to donate to the shelter.