Rhode Island SPCA

We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves


The RISPCA will close at 1pm on Tuesday, December 23rd and Wednesday the 24th, be closed on the 25th, and will reopen on Friday, December 26th. We hope that you have lovely and festive winter holidays.

A very Molly Christmas to all!

A very Molly Christmas to all! Photo by Lisa Levasseur


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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

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our first annual Santapaws Holiday Bazaar!


Grover Elf. Photo by Lorna Steele

We had awesome vendors, generous shoppers and a great crowd! Thank you! Check out the pictures on our Santapaws page!

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 9-13 years. There is no charge for the program, but pre-registration is appreciated.

The next session is Saturday, January 12th at 9am, here at the shelter. The topic is Sugar Gliders.


Kids will learn about these adorable little animals. However, there will not be a sugar glider visitor. Sorry!








Wildlife Rehabilitation Sub-Permittee Training: Raising Wild Babies Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 11am to 4:30pm. 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:  http://www.riwildliferehab.org/newsevents.html; 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.

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.









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.

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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