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UPDATE: April 5, 2020 – Thanks to an overwhelming outpouring of offers to adopt, we are no longer accepting applications for the goats and horse. We anticipate being able to share their “Happy Tails” new homes! ~ Thank you from the staff at the Rhode Island SPCA

On April 1, 2020, the Rhode Island SPCA conducted an investigation at an undisclosed location in the town of Portsmouth, with the assistance of the State Veterinarian and the Portsmouth Police Department. The complaint was related to a number of livestock animals that were lacking adequate living conditions and in poor physical condition. Upon investigation it was confirmed there were animals lacking adequate food and shelter and the living conditions were found to be unsanitary and hazardous.

Between the dates of April 1-2, the Rhode Island SPCA removed five (5) adult goats, two (2) 1-week old kids and one Shetland Pony from the undisclosed location and transported them to a safe location. The animals were voluntarily relinquished by the owner and are currently under the care of the Rhode Island SPCA.

 “While our doors are physically closed to the general public, we have continued to provide a number of critical programs and services for the pets and people in Rhode Island.” said Rhode Island SPCA President, Joe Warzycha. 

Even during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, our Law Enforcement Division is still operating in the field responding daily to complaints of animal cruelty and neglect. We will continue to adapt to these ever changing times, and it is now, more than ever, that we need the support of our community. 

The Rhode Island SPCA has launched a #SpringForward Virtual Fundraiser with the goal of raising $10,000 in the month of April to support these vital programs and services. Donations are being accepted through the Rhode Island SPCA Facebook #SpringForward Virtual Fundraiser at https://www.facebook.com/donate/3136088846441512/ 

Please Note (as of March 25, 2020):

To do our part in helping to keep our community safe and healthy, The Rhode Island SPCA shelter is closed to the public 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.

Adopting at the Rhode Island SPCA

Matchmaking is what we love to do. We do our very best to find the best fit for the pets awaiting adoption at the Rhode Island SPCA. The first step to adopting a dog from the Rhode Island SPCA is filling out an adoption application. If your application is selected, you will be contacted and asked if you would like to schedule a meet & greet. Because of the volume of applications we receive, sometimes we can only respond to the selected applicant. You are always welcome to contact us anytime about the status of your application.

Adoptable Dogs

Adoptable Cats

Adoptable Small Animals

If you are looking to adopt a cat or small animal, you are welcome to come to the Rhode Island SPCA to meet them and then fill out an application. We do not accept online applications for cats at this time.

All Cat, Kitten, Dog, and Puppy Adoptions Include:

  • Distemper Combo Vaccine
  • Rabies Vaccine and Tag
  • Flea/Tick/Ear Mite Treatment and Nail Trim (if needed)
  • De-worming and Heartworm Testing
  • Spay/Neuter (if animal is not of age to be spayed/neutered there will be a spay/neuter deposit)
  • 1 Free Wellness Exam (at participating veterinary office)
  • Free Up Country Collar and Leash of your choice

Adoption Fees

Cats……………………………………………….…………. $100

Kittens……………………………………………………… $150

Dogs……………….………………………………………… $225

Puppies…………………………………………………….. $400

Rabbits………………………………………….………..… $65/$85pair

Ferrets…………………………………………………….… $40/$50pair

Guinea Pigs………………………………………………… $15/$25pair

Hamsters…………………………………………………… $5/$10pair

We are a proud Pets for Patriots Partner, offering discounted adoption fees for our military’s veterans. More information can be found here.