Rhode Island SPCA

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Adoption Policies


(Banner photo by Lorna Steele)

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Photo by Laurelin Sitterly


We do our best to find the ideal home for the pets awaiting adoption at the RISPCA. Some of the animals here have special needs and may not be a good fit for everyone. Because of this, applications are considered on a “best fit” not “first come” basis. If your application is selected, you will be contacted and have the chance to visit the shelter and interact with the pet outside of their cage before you and the RISPCA make a final decision. Because of the volume of applications we receive, only the selected applicant is contacted. However, feel free to contact us about the status of your application at any time.

All of our dogs and cats are temperament tested before they are placed. We do our best to match all animals to the most appropriate home.

Adoption Fees

Cats: $50
Kittens: $125*
Dogs: $100
Puppies: $275**
Rabbits: $65 single/$85 for pair
Ferrets: $40 single/$50 for pair
Guinea Pigs: $15
Other Exotics: ExoticAdoptionFees  got_a_scratch_itch_it_animated_cartoon_picture

*Price already includes pre-payment of spay/neuter surgery. When the cat is of the appropriate age, you will be able to have it spayed or neutered at no additional cost.

**Price already includes pre-payment of spay/neuter surgery and pre-payment for Puppy Training Class at the Rhode Island SPCA

Adoption Fees Include:

– Spaying/Neutering when possible
– Rabies and Distemper Vaccines
– Flea, tick, ear-mite treatment, roundworm and hookworm treatment
– One free veterinary visit
– Thanks to a generous donation from Up Country, Inc. dog adopters will receive one free collar and leash of their choosing
– Subscription to our newsletter, Happy Tails to You

Post Adoption Policies

Every adopter must sign an agreement to return the animal that they are adopting to the RISPCA if, for any reason, they are unable to keep the animal or if any verifiable cases of mistreatment are discovered.

Before returning an adopted pet to the shelter, please contact us first. Our training staff may be able to assist you with any training and behavior issues.

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