Who We Are

Who We Are

Stand Up For Animals (SUFA) in a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is passionately committed to the welfare of all animals, especially those in our local community and area animal shelters. We rely solely on fundraising, grants, and donations from generous individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations. 

During December of 2023 we expanded the low cost clinic housed in the Westerly Animal Shelter to 4 days per week.  We offer wellness exams, vaccinations, neuter/spay surgeries and dental care. 

We host several fundraisers during the year to support our services which include support of local animal shelters and rescues, to provide financial support to families in our community that have pets and incur medical pet expenses, to maintain our monitored Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) program for community cats and to provide a low cost animal clinic.    

We strive to ensure that every animal is treated with compassion and to assist those who care for them.

For 2023, we financially contributed:

  • $15,000 – to support medical care of shelter pets
  • $45,000 – financially supported 98 animal emergencies and wellness visits
  • $10,000 – financially supported 105 low cost spay/neuter visits

SUFA has been helping our community members for the past 13 years, and we will continue to be available for our community members during these ongoing and unpredictable times. It warms our heart when we receive thank you notes such as “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your incredibly generous gift” or “we want to express our deepest gratitude for our friends at Stand Up For Animals” or a quick text that says “Thank you again. We are immensely grateful!”


Since 2009, SUFA’s modern animal care facility & shelter has served Westerly and surrounding areas.


Since 2017, SUFA’s Dog Park has been a place of fun and excitement for owners and pets alike to the town of Westerly.

Our Vision

In 2009, Stand Up For Animals (SUFA) and Westerly Animal Shelter worked together to provide a new, state-of-the-art facility for the rescue, adoption and care of animals.

Our vision is to create a place where animals will be treated with compassion and dignity; where suffering and abuse will not be tolerated; where education and understanding will play an integral role in eliminating overpopulation, animal cruelty and abandonment; where every possible effort is made to return an animal to its owner, or to place that animal in a new, safe and loving home. Take a tour of this wonderful facility ~ view here