No-kill North Kingstown cat shelter may have to close due to finances

NORTH KINGSTOWN — Operators of a no-kill cat shelter say it’s in danger of closing due to financial trouble.

Fundraising efforts for the Pet Refuge were essentially shut down for two years because of COVID restrictions, and now the shelter is having trouble paying the cost of caring for its more than 100 cats, shelter operators say.

“Everything we do is fundraising and donations. We weren’t able to do any fundraising. We lost a lot of money,” said Kim Filburn, secretary for the North Kingstown-Exeter Animal Protection League, which runs the shelter.

“We are in dire financial trouble,” she said. “We might have to close down.”

The organization was started in 1968, and it has been running a shelter from the Stony Lane location since 2004, according to Linda Stevens, president of the nonprofit organization.

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