Jerusalem’s animals under a microscope

By Erik Scalavino | May 10, 2018

For the third time in less than two years, Nutmeg has kept its promise to assist our partner organization in Israel, the Jerusalem SPCA. Most recently, our Israeli friends told us their medical team desperately needed a new microscope. The one they’d been using had suffered so much wear and tear over the years that…

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2nd Wine Tasting: Raising glasses raises more than $3K

By Erik Scalavino | October 28, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — More friends, more fun, and more funds! Nutmeg Animal Welfare’s 2nd annual autumn wine-tasting event exceeded everyone’s expectations. On a gorgeous fall Friday, October 27, 2017, three dozen fellow animal welfare advocates, representing a 75-percent increase in attendance from our inaugural wine tasting last October, gathered once again at Gasbarro’s Wines on Providence’s…

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Guest blog: Ethical alternatives to elephant rides

By Erik Scalavino | September 27, 2017

(Administrator’s note: The original version of this story by Steve Ford and Julie Jane first appeared on )   Seeing the northern lights in Iceland. Trekking to Machu Picchu. Swimming with dolphins in Mexico or riding an elephant in Thailand. These and other popular adventures can often be found on people’s “wander lists.” Most…

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Introducing Nutmeg’s new logo!

By Erik Scalavino | August 30, 2017

Since our inception in May 2014, Nutmeg Animal Welfare has used as its public face that of its eponymous pup. The photograph is both beautiful and poignant, as it pays tribute to the lovely pet dog who inspired our organization’s name. Over time, it has become essential for us to create a more traditional logo…

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Investing in Ireland: Nutmeg partners with Dublin SPCA

By Erik Scalavino | August 13, 2017

DUBLIN – You can drive more than half an hour south of central Dublin and still be within the city limits, but you’d never know it. This part of Ireland’s capital is downright bucolic. If you know where to find it, there’s a scenic lookout point that even many lifelong residents are surprised to discover…

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Great Scots: Nutmeg partners with Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home

By Erik Scalavino | June 16, 2017

EDINBURGH – Walking around this charming old city, you see so much beauty. It can be found in the old stone architecture that defines its exterior features; in the considerable green spaces, like Charlotte Square and Calton Hill; in the awe-inspiring surrounding landscapes of Arthur’s Seat and the Firth of Forth. It’s also difficult to…

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Preserving life: Nutmeg adopts quartet of Irish sheep

By Erik Scalavino | June 11, 2017

COUNTY KERRY, Ireland – Do you own a nice woolen sweater, scarf, or perhaps a blanket, with a label saying, “Made in Ireland?” The quality of such products is world-renowned, and with good reason. Have you ever stopped to wonder exactly where and by whom in Ireland such wool is produced? Or how much is…

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Helping Dublin’s homeless

By Erik Scalavino | June 4, 2017

DUBLIN – Though only about a mile from Dublin’s city center, Phoenix Park feels like an entire world away. It’s a huge green space in the heart of Dublin, home to the U.S. Ambassador’s official residence, numerous playing fields, wooded areas, and wild deer so accustomed to humans that they aren’t afraid to approach and…

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‘Chipping’ in for Jerusalem

By Erik Scalavino | May 12, 2017

One of the aspects of Nutmeg of which we’re most proud is our ongoing commitment to the locations we visit around the globe. Long after we’ve left any particular place, we maintain contact as frequently as possible with our friends and partners in the global animal welfare community to continue providing assistance in those afflicted…

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Happy Birthday to us: Nutmeg turns three!

By Erik Scalavino | May 11, 2017

Founder’s Report, 2017 In early 2014, Nutmeg Animal Welfare was still just an idea bouncing around inside my head. On May 14 of that same year, we became officially recognized as a charitable organization when we incorporated with the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s office. Exactly six months later, on November 14, the U.S. Internal…

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