Rhode Island SPCA

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One person can make DarkReda difference. Help homeless and abused animals today. The Rhode Island SPCA is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, all donations are tax-deductible. Questions about donating? p: 401.438.8150| f:  401.438.8154 development@rispca.com            

Our shelter is a vibrant community of staff members, volunteers and visitors, and is geared toward helping companion animals in any way we can. Please check us out if you haven’t already!

We’re hiring!

The RISPCA is looking for a Full-Time experienced Dog Trainer. Details regarding required experience, skills and job description can be found on our Work Opportunities page.

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Please look over the Halloween Pet Safety Tips on our sidebar, courtesy of the Pet Lovers Guide.

Pick of the Litter, Our Featured Pet



This week’s ABC6 “Pick of the Litter is  Diana, is a 3 year old spayed female. She is super affectionate and does great with all body handling. Diana is very gentle with treat taking and loves to lay in people’s laps. She enjoys going for leash walks and is good on leash. Diana has generalized demodectic mange that was allowed to get to this point by the previous owner. She started treatment and has since shown significant improvement. She is not “contagious” to other dogs or people.

If you’re interested in meeting and adopting Diana, please come to the Rhode Island SPCA to fill out a Dog Application.

Classes and Groups


Join us!

Furry Saturdays at the RISPCA The 2nd Saturday of every month. Check out our Furry Saturdays page to get details on this fun program for kids aged 9-13 years. There is no charge for the program, but pre-registration is required.

The next session is Saturday, November 8th at 9am, here at the shelter. The kids will be learning about dogs, dog care and a little about dog training. This session is longer than usual because of the sheer breadth of information, so we anticipate finishing closer to 11:30. The kids will also meet Foxy, our humane educator’s dog, who is in training for therapy dog registration. Parents and other adults are welcome to join us for this program.

Pet Loss Support

Our new Pet Loss Support Group is facilitated by Shelley Riley, who holds a Master’s degree in Holistic Counseling. Group meetings will be scheduled as needed. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required. Please see our Rainbow Bridge & Pet Loss Support page for more details.



Volunteer Orientations In order to attend a volunteer orientation, you must have already filled out an application,and spoken to our Volunteer coordinator, Jim McGee. To find out more about volunteering, please check out the Volunteer page.


DOGS 101 Saturday, November 8th, 2014 9am – 11:30 – Members of the public welcome!  This program is about the history, behaviour and care of dogs, with a little bit about dog training. If you have a dog or want a dog, or are just interested in them, please join us for this free program. Please register, however, so that we have enough handouts and training materials. Email Lorna Steele at lorna@rispca.com

Foster Kitten Care Saturday, March 28th, 2015 11am – 1pm. Save the date! Just in time for foster kitten season, please join us for this mandatory training for foster care givers. Learn how to bottle-feed, recognize the stages of a kitten’s development, look out for signs of illness, and other important information. Check out our Foster Care Program.

Rehabilitating a Rescue Dog Saturday, April 11, 2015 11am – 1:30pm – Dogs rescued from high-kill shelters in the south, from abuse cases, or from neglect, often come to new owners with a unique set of behavioural challenges. This program is about what behaviours you might see and ways to train your dog into a healthier dynamic. Members of the public are welcome, and if you are considering fostering rescue dogs for the RISPCA, this program is required training. Registration is required. Please email Lorna Steele at lorna@rispca.com

Save the Dates!

The RISPCA holds a number of events throughout the year, and as we get the dates we’ll post them here. Mark your calendars and please join us.

Santapaws Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, December 13, 2014, 10am – 4pm. Arts and crafts vendors, live Christmas music, children’s activities and crafts, refreshments. Children can meet Santapaws and his elves, Grover, Spike and Mary, and have their photo taken. For more information, please visit the Santapaws Holiday Bazaar page, and please RSVP on the Santapaws Facebook Event page.

Annual Hearts & Paws Pasta Dinner: Friday, March 20, 2015. Tickets for this event sell out EVERY year! They will be available for sale on January 2, 2015. For more information, please visit the Hearts & Paws Pasta Dinner page.

Pitter Patter of Tiny Paws Spring Baby Shower: Saturday, March 28, 2015. Please bring a donation from the Foster Program Wish List, and enjoy refreshments with your child, kids’ crafts and face painting, and interacting with adorable small pets. For more information, please visit the Spring Baby Shower page.


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