Rhode Island SPCA

We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves



The RISPCA will be closed today, Wednesday, January 28th, and will reopen tomorrow, Thursday the 29th.

Welcome to the Rhode Island SPCA, the 3rd oldest humane organization in the United States. At 140 years old, we are the only non-profit animal rescue organization in the state of Rhode Island that is legally able to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases.

The RISPCA is charged with the sole purpose of protecting animal life in all situations that might endanger them. We are dedicated to crusading for the rights and welfare of all animals, great and small, through legal, educational, legislative and investigative means.

The RISPCA is a thriving community of staff members, volunteers, supporters and the animals in our care. We welcome and thank you for your involvement, and hope that you enjoy our new website and our updated Facebook page.

Meet Bobby Joe

Bobby Joe

Bobby Joe

Ladies and Gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Bobby Joe the Mollucan Cockatoo! He came to us after his owner passed away after a long illness. It comes as no surprise to those who know the breed, that Bobby Joe had begun snipping and plucking his own feathers from stress when the owner got sick and then self-mutilating from grief after he passed. Now he re-opens his chest wound any time we deviate from his normal routine even a little! We were at our wits end trying to help him heal without losing any body parts ourselves, as he loves being petted but if you try to handle him without wooing him first, he will try to bite.

Then like a miracle, we got the Sock Buddy in the mail! Suzanne the owner of http://www.thesockbuddy.com heard about our predicament and swooped in to rescue us. She donated 2 Sock Buddy and 2 medicine chest bands. Bobby Joe went to see Dr. Ann Bourke DVM. Dipl ABVP-avian who had volunteered to examine his chest and showed us how to medicate him and how to put the chest band and Sock Buddy on while retaining our fingers, and now he looks AMAZING! He did shred the first one but here he is in his second one looking dapper and feeling handsome!


We want to send out a HUGE thank you to Suzanne for clothing Bobby Joe in the height of bird fashion, and helping him to heal. Because we have the Sock Buddy, he cannot get to his chest wound and continue to reopen it. The only other option we knew of was to have a collar but he wouldn’t have been able to use his feet to eat which as you can see here, he definitely can with his lovely sweater! And, we would like to send an equally HUGE thank you to Dr. Bourke DVM for volunteering her services and helping our sweet bird to heal.

We are looking for a new owner for him with Cockatoo and troubled bird experience and no close neighbors or small children. His plucking and self-mutilation are not diseases that can be cured; they will be a trial for the rest of his life. He is slow to trust, but once he gets to know you, he is a sweet, affectionate bird . He will just need some special care, patience and experience. Thank you so much Suzanne, and thank you Dr. Bourke you are both literally life savers.

Get more info on the Sock Buddy@ https://www.facebook.com/thesockbuddy

Read about Dr. Bourke @ https://www.northeastbirdclinic.com




Current Fundraising Opportunities

“Subaru’s Share the Love Program”

Anchor Subaru in North Smithfield will donate $250 for every new Subaru sold from now until January 2nd to a charity of the customer’s choice. They have kindly chosen the Rhode Island SPCA as the local charity option for their customers. Check it out at Share the Love.


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 and up. There is no charge for the program, but pre-registration is appreciated. The next session is Saturday, February 14th at 9am, here at the shelter. The topic is Exotic Birds.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Sub-Permittee Training: Raising Wild Babies Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 11am to 4pm. This class, required by state regulation for licensing, will cover the proper way to raise orphaned baby squirrels, eastern cottontail rabbits, opossum and songbirds.  It is the first step toward receiving a state permit. Each year, the Wildlife Clinic of RI and its associated wildlife rehabilitators receive hundreds of orphaned baby animals and birds that must be raised to release age.  As a result, a special level of licensing was created to allow trained individuals to assist. This in-depth course is designed to cover topics ranging from infant nutrition and feeding skills to housing and state regulations. Class space is limited so pre-registration is required.  Course fee is $25.00 for WRARI members and $40.00 for non-members.  For more information and registration, go to WRARI events page or call the Wildlife Clinic at (401) 294-6363. This course will be co-taught by Lorna Steele, a Level II-X rehabilitator with over 30 years of experience; Kristin Fletcher, the Executive Director of the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island; and Dr. Chi Chan, the WRARI wildlife veterinarian. Plan to bring your lunch, as there will only be a half hour break for lunch.

Every year Rhode Island rehabilitators are inundated withorphaned and injured wild babies. You can help!

Every year Rhode Island rehabilitators are inundated with orphaned and injured wild babies. You can help! Photo by Katie Buffum









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. Pre-registration is required. Please email Lorna Steele at lorna@rispca.com. Also, if you would like to donate much needed supplies to our Foster Care program, please check out our Foster Care Wish List.

Each spring, the RISPCA gets dozens of orphaned kittens that need foster care!

Each spring, the RISPCA gets dozens of orphaned kittens that need foster care! Photo by Katie Buffum









Rehabilitating a Rescue Dog Saturday, April 11, 2015 11am – 1:30pm – Dogs rescued from high-kill shelters, 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. In the case of the RISPCA. our dogs come from a variety of circumstances and may just need socializing, extra loving care and some training before they find their forever homes. Registration is required. Please email Lorna Steele at lorna@rispca.com

Peanut was abandoned with injuries and 5 puppies. Thanks to foster care, she healed and blossomed and was adopted into a loving home.

Peanut was abandoned with injuries and 5 puppies. Thanks to foster care, she healed and blossomed and was adopted into a loving home.











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.

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.

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.

Photo courtesy of AlleyCat.Org

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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