COVID-19 Updates & Resources

We have been monitoring the ever changing circumstances and are reviewing our operations on a daily basis. We are doing our very best to protect the health, safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers and community members with added protocols and procedures.

General Shelter Operations

As of Monday, June 8, 2020, the Rhode Island SPCA resumed regular hours.

The hours of shelter operations is as follows: Sunday 10AM – 3PM, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10AM – 4:30 PM and Saturday 10AM – 4PM.

We have implemented the following procedures that will be in place to help keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe.

Visitors will be asked a few questions before entering the shelter.

There will be a limit of how many people can enter the shelter at one time. Staff, volunteers and visitors are required to wear face masks at all times.

We ask that you practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet apart from each other.

Good hygiene is in your hands! Please wash and sanitize regularly.

Our staff and animals are really looking forward to seeing you again! If you have any questions, please contact us at or 401-438-8150.



Our adoption program is open and you are welcome to visit our shelter or take a look at who is available on our website and on facebook. For more information, call 401-438-8150 or email

Owner Surrenders

We are now accepting owner surrenders without any type of limitations. Please call us at 401-438-8150 or to discuss your situation with a staff member. We are here for you.

Hardship Boarding Program

If you are in need of a temporary place for your pet, we will do our best to offer you assistance through our Hardship Boarding Program. Please contact us at 401-438-8150 or to discuss your needs with a staff member.

Animal Cruelty Investigations

Reports of animal cruelty or neglect can be reported to our Animal Cruelty Department at We have on-call services to best serve the animals in our community.

Emergency Medical Care

We are continuing to provide medical services for The Marvin Fund recipients. If you are receiving assistance from this program and need to make an appointment, please contact Julie Nadro, (401) 438-8150, x5.

Emergency Pet Food Assistance Program

We are offering curbside pickup or no contact delivery for pet owners in our community if you are in need of pet food. There is no application process. Just ask. We’re here for you and your pets. For more information, visit or contact us at 401-431-8150 0 or Donations from Rumford Pet Center and generous individual donors have made this program possible.


Our volunteer programs have resumed for current volunteers. All volunteers are required to attend a Zoom training session prior to volunteering. We are hoping to resume new volunteer orientations shortly. For Court Ordered Community Service, please call 401-438-8150 x 3 For further information, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Sam Nieva at

All Humane Education presentations at the shelter and in schools have been postponed until further notice. Virtual classroom programs are available for any educators or after-school programs. For more information, contact Director of Humane Education, Amy Skalubinski at

All community outreach events have been postponed until further notice. For more information, contact Director of Development & Community Outreach, Connie Kile at

The 150th Anniversary event “Celebrate 150” that was scheduled for May 29, 2020 has been postponed until further notice. For more information, contact Director of Development: Connie Kile at

Emergency Plan for your pets

If you are a pet owner, please consider including them in your emergency plan. Here is a link to the CDC Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit:…/emergencies/pet-disaster-prep-kit.html

Up-To-Date COVID-19 Information

For up-to-date national information about COVID-19 and how to halt its spread can be found on the website for the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

For up-to-date Rhode Island COVID-19 information: State of Rhode Island Department of Health

For up-to-date COVID-19 info for pet owners: DEM Rhode Island…/agricult…/animal-health-covid-19.php

For up-to-date COVID-19 info for pet owners: AVMA:

If you would like to help in our efforts to care for the people and animals in our community, please consider any of the following options:

Make a donation online or by mail to:

Rhode Island SPCA
PO Box 6307
Riverside, RI 02915

Donate a much-needed item from our Amazon Wish List

Share our social media posts and help spread the word about our critical programs and services: Facebook, and Instagram

As circumstances evolve, we may need to phase in additional protective measures to best serve our animals, staff, volunteers, visitors and community members. We will continue to give you updates here and on Facebook.

We thank you for your patience and continued support. Together we will get through this. Be well and be safe.

Thank you,
The Rhode Island SPCA Team



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Phone: (401) 438-8150
Fax: (401) 438-8154
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Rhode Island SPCA
186 Amaral Street
Riverside, RI 02915


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