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 Tickets Now Available

This year’s RISPCA Pasta Dinner is on Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 6pm. Tickets are $15 and available now. Tickets must be purchased in advance. This event always sells out, so get your tickets early. Please contact Jim McGee at jmcgee@rispca.com or call (401) 438-8150 ext. 3

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. But again, it sells out quickly! Please buy your tickets early and support the RISPCA!

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 9am to 11am, here at the shelter. The topic is Exotic Birds. Aimed at kids from 9 to 12 years old, though anyone is welcome. This topic is about the different kinds of exotic birds in the pet trade, their care and feeding, and a discussion of how kids feel about birds in captivity. Activity will be the making of Sculpey parrots, and meeting our current resident Bobby Jo, the moluccan cockatoo. The meeting will NOT involve handling or touching him, as he is a sensitive and bitey guy. 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.

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.

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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