Rhode Island SPCA

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Shelters and Animal Control in Rhode Island

Private Not-For-Profit Shelters

So many animals, so few homes.

Private, non-profit shelters are not run by any city, state or federal government and unless otherwise noted are not affiliated with other shelters. Adoption and intake policies and types of animals available will vary by facility. All operation funds come from public support, private donations and grants.

Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals          186 Amaral Street, Riverside RI – (401) 438-8150 – http://www.rispca.com

Providence Animal Rescue League 34 Elbow Street, Providence RI – (401) 421-1399 – http://www.parl.org

Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island 506B Curtis Corner road, Peace Dale RI – (401) 792-2233 – http://www.arlsri.org

Robert Potter League for Animals 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown RI – (401) 846-8276 – http://www.potterleague.org  

Municipal Animal Control Facilities

Municipal or Animal Control facilities are run by the city or town they are located in (though some may serve neighboring towns with low populations) and are often part of the police department. They focus on stray or abandoned animals, and are the first response to reports of animal cruelty, neglect or abuse in the town they serve. Due to the large amount of animals coming in to this type of shelter, many have time limits on how long an animal can be housed at the facility. Municipal or Animal Control facilities are funded through taxpayer dollars, and local ordinances dictate whether or not they may receive private funding or donations.

Barrington: Abbot Animal Hospital, 48 Fall River Ave, Rehoboth MA – (508) 336-4430

Bristol: 10 Minturn Farm Road, Bristol RI – (401) 253-4834

Burrillville: 131 Clear River Drive, Oakland RI – (401) 568-9480

Charlestown: Sandhill Road, Charlestown RI – (401) 364-1211

Coventry: 1670 Flat River Road, Coventry RI – (401) 822-9106

Cranston: 920 Phenix Avenue, Cranston RI – (401) 464-8700

East Greenwich: Greenwich Bay Clinic, 732 Post Road, East Greenwich RI – dogs (401) 241-4541 cats (4001) 732-8223

East Providence: 62 Commercial Way, East Providence RI – (401) 435-7675

Foster: Scituate Dog Pound, 106 George Washington Highway, Clayville RI – (401) 397-3317

Gloucester: 121 Chestnut Hill Road, Chepachet RI – (401) 568-3885

Hopkinton: 395 Woodville Road, Hopkinton RI – (401) 377-7785

Johnston: 1651 Atwood Avenue, Johnston RI – (401) 943-1069

Lincoln: 25 Wellington Road, Lincoln RI– (401) 333-0950

Middletown: 350 East Main Road, Middletown RI – (401) 846-1144

Narragansett: 441 Rose Hill Road, Wakefield RI – (401) 789-1950, (401) 789-1091

Newport:– (401) 847-1306

North Kingstown: 395 Hamilton Allenton Road, North Kingstown RI – (401) 295-5579

North Smithfield: 281 Quaker Highway, North Smithfield RI  – (401) 766-0377

Pawtucket: Slater Park (past playground), 401 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket RI – (401) 722-4243

Portsmouth: 2270 East Main Road, Portsmouth RI – (401) 643-0136

Providence: 200 Terminal Road, Providence RI – (401) 243-6040

Scituate: 106 George Washington Highway, Scituate RI – (401) 647-7200

Smithfield: 3 Spragueville Road, Smithfield RI – (401) 233-1055

South Kingstown: 132 Asa Pond Road, Wakefield RI – (401) 789-5515

Tiverton: Sakonnet Veterinary Hospital, 1320 Main Road, Tiverton RI – (401) 625-6722

Warren: 80 Wood Street, Warren RI – (401) 245-4569

Warwick: 101 Arthur Devine Boulevard, Warwick RI – (401) 486-4377

Westerly: 390Larry Hirsch Lane, Westerly RI – (401) 348-2558

West Greenwich: 280 Victory Highway, West Greenwich RI – (401) 397-8999

West Warwick: 106 Hay Street, West Warwick RI – (401) 822-9250

Woonsocket: 9 Cumberland Hill Road, Woonsocket RI – (401) 766-6571  

The RISPCA is not affiliated with any of the other shelters, private or municipal, listed above. This list is intended as an aid, and is not guaranteed to be completely accurate or current. Not every shelter facility is open to the public and hours vary by facility, so we recommend calling prior to a planned visit. In addition to the shelters listed, Rhode Island is home to numerous small rescue groups as well as branches of groups that are based in other states. Tools such as Petfinder (www.petfinder.com) are highly useful when searching for shelters or specific animals for adoption in your area. When considering surrendering or adopting an animal, always research the organization and understand their policies and services before making a commitment.