Rhode Island animal welfare groups are sharing in nearly $470,000 in grants to pay for things such as cages for a wildlife rehabilitation program and one to help people spay and neuter pets.
The Rhode Island Foundation is funding the grants, with help from several donors.
Twenty-eight animal welfare programs received money, including the Ocean State Animal Coalition of Warwick, which received nearly $50,000 to provide low-cost spay and neuter services for needy dog and cat owners around the state.
The Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island in North Kingstown is receiving money to add outdoor cages to house a growing number of animals and birds.
The Robert Potter League for Animals in Newport was also given a grant to expand a program to educate the public about coyotes.