Adopting at the Rhode Island SPCA

Look Who’s Waiting To Meet You!

Adoptable Dogs

Adoptable Cats

Adoptable Small Animals

Please Note: Effective May 15th, our shelter will once again be open to the public. We will follow all mandated precautions and will keep the number of people in the shelter low enough to allow for appropriate distancing.  We expect to be able to operate close to our pre-pandemic capacity and we hope that many of our friends and supporters will stop by to say hello. 

We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation!

We’re Here For You!

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. Take a look below on the steps on how to adopt a cat, dog, rabbit or maybe even a ferret!

Dog Adoptions

The first step is to take a look at who’s waiting for you either at the shelter or online at Adoptable Dogs. If you find someone you like, you can fill out an adoption application. If you’re a good fit, an adoption counselor will contact you to see if you’d like to schedule a meet & greet. Because of the volume of applicants we sometimes receive, we are not always able to respond to all applicants. You are welcome to contact us anytime about the status of your application at adoption@rispca.com.

Dog Adoptions include:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Age-appropriate vaccinations
  • Heartworm test
  • Preventative deworming
  • Flea preventative
  • Microchip
  • Nail trim
  • Free wellness veterinary exam (with participating practices)
  • Hill’s Science Diet Food sample
  • Up Country Collar and Leash of your choice
  • Pre-adoption care and Post-adoption support (by phone or email) 

Adoption Fees

Seniors (age dependent on breed) Fee waived thanks to our Marvin’s Friend program
Adults $275 
Puppies (8 months and under) $450

Pets for Patriots Partner

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

Cat Adoptions

The first step is to take a look at who’s waiting for you at Adoptable Cats. We do not have online cat applications. If you are interested in a particular cat, please contact Cathy, our Cat Program Manager at cathy@rispca.com and a meet & greet can be scheduled. Once you arrive, our shelter staff will help make a good match.

Cat Adoptions include:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Age-appropriate vaccinations
  • Preventative deworming
  • Flea preventative
  • Microchip
  • Nail trim
  • Free wellness veterinary exam (with participating practices)
  • Hill’s Science Diet Food sample
  • Pre-adoption care and Post-adoption support (by phone or email) 

Adoption Fees

Seniors Fee waived (thanks to our Marvin’s Friend program)
Adults $100 
Kittens $150

Pets for Patriots Partner

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

Working Cat Program

Have a barn, warehouse, or garden that needs rodent control? Check out our “Working Cat Program”!

Small Animal Adoptions

The first step is to take a look at who’s waiting for you at Adoptable Small Animals and fill out an adoption application. If you’re a good fit, an adoption counselor will contact you to see if you’d like to schedule a meet & greet. You are welcome to contact us anytime about the status of your application at adoption@rispca.com. Because of the volume of applicants we sometimes receive, we are not always able to respond to all applicants.

Adoption Fees

Rabbits $65 / $85 pair
Ferrets $40 / $50 pair
Guinea Pigs $15 / $25 pair
Hamsters $5 / $10 pair