COVID-19 Information

The threat of COVID-19 has generated understandable concerns in our community. The Rhode Island SPCA has been monitoring the circumstances very closely and are reviewing our operations on a daily basis to best protect the health, safety and well-being of our animals, staff, volunteers, visitors and community members. With this in mind, we want to share with you the following steps we have taken:

General Operations Updates

To do our part in helping to keep our community safe and healthy, The Rhode Island SPCA shelter is closed to visitors until further notice.

In order to reduce the number of staff members at the shelter, over 30 animals have been adopted into loving homes since March 25th and the rest of our animals have been moved to foster care homes. We have suspended our adoption program until further notice.

Our administrative staff will continue to work remotely. Limited shelter staff will continue to work, taking care of the needs of any  animals that are or may be at the shelter due to emergency circumstances.

Emergency Services

Re-Homing Your Pet

If you are in need of re-homing your pet we ask that you do so only if it is an emergency situation. You can call us at 401-438-8150 or to discuss your situation with a staff member.

Hardship Boarding Program

If you are in need of a temporary place for your pet, we can possibly 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

If you need to report a case of animal cruelty, contact our Animal Cruelty Department at We have on-call 27/7 services to best serve the animals in our community.

Emergency Medical Care

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


All volunteer programs have been temporarily suspended. For further information, contact Sam at

All Humane Education presentations have been postponed until further notice. 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 Events & Community Outreach Associate: Ashley Gorman at

 The 150th Anniversary event “Celebrate 150” that was scheduled for May 29, 2020 has been postponed to August 28, 2020. 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 RI Info

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

Up-To-Date COVID-19 RI Animal FAQ

For up-to-date COVID-19 iFor up-to-date COVID-19 Animal FAQ: DEM Rhode Island…/agricult…/animal-health-covid-19.php

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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