Rhode Island SPCA

We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves



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.

Annual Hearts & Paws Pasta Dinner

This year’s RISPCA Pasta Dinner is on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 6pm. SOLD OUT  Thank you to everyone who bought tickets! This is our biggest event of the year, a Pasta Dinner complete with silent auction, live auction, raffle, and delicious food prepared and served by Johnson and Wales hospitality students. Held at a large banquet hall, the event draws about 300 people for a lively and fun event. Remember to buy your tickets early next March!

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.


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









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, April 11, 2015 from 9am to 10:30am The topic will be Kittens. Please let us know if you’re coming and how many kids, so that we make sure we print enough handouts and have enough craft supplies. Questions: lorna@rispca.com, or on the RISPCA Facebook event page.

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.

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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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, and all donations are tax-deductible. Questions about donating? p: 401.438.8150| f:  401.438.8154  development@rispca.com            



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