Rhode Island SPCA

We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves


Volunteer Application

We are not currently accepting new volunteers as we make some changes to our volunteer program. If you are interested in volunteering, please check back with us soon. Thank you for understanding!

We are still looking for foster parents to take in orphaned kittens and puppies until they are old enough to be adopted. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent. Please contact Lisa Levasseur, our foster care coordinator, at lisal@rispca.com or (401) 438-8150, x4

Volunteer Opportunities

The Rhode Island SPCA cares for over 1500 dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and small animals each year. We would not be able to give these animals the quality care they deserve without the help of our dedicated volunteers.

Volunteering at the RISPCA is not only a wonderful way to help the animals, but it is also an opportunity to make new friends, gain valuable experience and have fun at our events! And every December we throw a huge thank you party for our volunteers to show you how much we appreciate you.

Our volunteers help walk dogs, socialize different animals, clean kennels and cages, do database and other computer work, help man tables at charity events, and a host of other things that help us run a thriving shelter.

Volunteer Policies

All volunteers are required to fill out and submit a volunteer application before they begin volunteering at the shelter. After you have done this, the volunteer department will contact you to set up a time for you to attend a volunteer orientation.  Attendance at a volunteer orientation is necessary before you begin helping out at the shelter, with the exception of foster care givers and humane education volunteers.

Dates TBA. All classes are held in groups of 10 – 12 and are by RSVP only! You do not need to attend the Dog Safety Handling portion of the class if you do not intend on socializing or walking shelter dogs.

*Please note: all volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while they are volunteering at our facility*

Foster Program 

New foster parents are needed to take care of orphaned kittens, orphaned puppies, pregnant cats or dogs, and rescued dogs in need of rehabilitation until they are ready to be returned to the RISPCA and adopted.

Bottle feed kittens/puppies: less than 5 weeks old.  Must be fed every 2-3 hours.  Individual would have to be able to bring kittens/puppies to work or be home most of the time.
Socialize Kittens/Puppies: 5-8 weeks old.  Kittens/puppies need to be socialized to prepare them for adoption.

If interested, please return a Volunteer Foster Application and your pet’s up-to-date vaccination records to Lisa Levasseur at lisal@rispca.com.


One of Lorna’s Kittens


Doc and Bob Colantonio, one of our volunteers

Doc and Bob Colantonio, one of our volunteers