Pets in Need

About Us

Pets in Need @ Potter League

Keeping Pets Happy & Healthy

Keeping pets happy, healthy and at home with the people who love them is an important part of our work. To many Rhode Islanders, the cost of quality veterinary care for their beloved pets is out of reach. Elderly, disabled, or disadvantaged pet owners are often left with nowhere to turn when their pet need care. To help ensure that our community’s pets have access to quality veterinary care, and to keep pets with their loving families despite financial difficulty, the Potter League’s Pets In Need (PIN) Veterinary Clinic is here to provide compassionate, high-quality veterinary care to the pets of Rhode Islanders receiving public assistance.

The Potter League Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic is Rhode Island’s only 501(c)3 nonprofit full service veterinary clinic that offers low-cost, high quality medical and surgical services for pets of eligible low-income Rhode Island pet owners. PIN Clinic’s fees for services are substantially lower than veterinary hospitals because donor support the clinic’s mission.

Meet the Team

Dr. Samantha Schenck, DVM, Pets In Need Clinic Medical Director

Dr. Samantha Schenck is a native of Fall River, MA. After graduating from UMass Dartmouth with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry, Dr. Schenck attended Tufts University and graduated in 2014. Dr. Schenck worked in small animal general practice prior to joining Pets in Need in March 2018. She has attended special training in small animal dentistry and has special interests in behavior and internal medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Schenck enjoys spending time hiking, travelling and relaxing at home with her husband and two cats, Nyx and Buddy.

Dr. Danielle Johnson, DVM

Dr. Danielle Johnson is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She went to veterinary school at Ross University in St. Kitts where she adopted her two adorable coconut retrievers, George and Lola. Dr. Johnson then went on to do a small animal rotating internship and then practiced as an emergency veterinarian until joining Pets in Need in January 2020. Her special interests include internal medicine, shelter medicine, and critical care. In her free time, she enjoys the beach, traveling, and doing anything outside with her pups. She is very excited to now be a part of the Pets in Need team!

Sydni Martin, CVT

Sydni started at Pets in Need as an intern in 2016 and has been with us as a certified veterinary technician ever since. She is a graduate of the New England Institute of Technology and has an Associates of Science degree in Veterinary Technology. Sydni was given the honor of being voted the 2018 Rhode Island Vet Tech of the year! When she isn’t at one of her two jobs working with animals, she spends her down time with her own fur babies, Gizmo, Lionel, Archie, and Rufus.

Jen Morris, CVT

Jen graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, but later went back to school to pursue her true passion of working with animals. Jen obtained her Associate’s degree in Animal Science from New England Institute of Technology in 2014 and has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since. Jen has worked at Pets In Need since April 2018, where she continues to pursue her long term goals of helping animals and the families who own them, especially those less fortunate than others. When Jen is not working at Pets In Need, she is spending her time with her own 2 dogs and 3 cats, and/or pet sitting several other beloved furbabies.

Dy’ann Cardona, Veterinary Assistant

Dee grew up in Providence, RI and graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at New England Institute of Technology in May 2019. Before going to school to be a veterinary technician, Dee worked at a doggie daycare gaining experience working with various dog personalities and behaviors. Dee has been a part of the PIN team since August of 2019. When not working at PIN, Dee enjoys pet sitting and spending time with her own pets: Haze, Knox, and Bellie.

Karena Richard, CVT

Karena graduated from Becker College in May 2-15 and has been a certified veterinary technician since December 2015. Sha has a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science: Clinical Medicine and an associates degree in veterinary technology. Karena started at Pets in Need in October of 2020 and enjoys working with and helping the RI community. When Karena is not working at PIN or pet sitting, she spends her time with her own babies, Waylon Charles, Zero, and Marceline.