COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Update: 4.16.2021

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

The Rhode Island SPCA is open by appointment only at this time. Our programs and services have never shut down and continue to be up and running including adoptions, surrenders, animal cruelty investigations and other business.

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.

Our staff can be contacted by phone 401-438-8150 or email



Our adoption program is open by appointment only. We encourage you to take a look at who is available for adoption on our website and on facebook. For more information, call 401-438-8150 or email

Owner Surrenders

We are accepting owner surrenders by appointment only. 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 through 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.


We’re happy to say that our volunteer programs are beginning to open up. Current volunteers are being asked to resume volunteering but we are still keeping a pause on inviting new volunteers. For further information, contact Volunteer and Foster Care Manager, Destiny Cordeiro at

Our Humane Education department is now open. 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 Marketing and Communications, Kristina McKenzie 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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Appointment only until further notice. 

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