ASAR Floodwater / Surface Water / Boat Operations Training

June 26 – 28, 2020

Incidents that involve technical rescue of animals require special considerations and knowledge. This class blends NFPA 1670 Technical Animal Rescue skills for both small and large animal with NFPA Surface Water Rescue skills and boat operations. This class will also meet the criteria for Animal Search and Rescue (ASAR) team training guidelines in the 2018 FEMA Resource Typing. Instructors provide animal search and rescue training for animal control officers, humane responders, and first responders working in disaster or technical rescue situations. Participants will need to have swimming ability and proper PPE.

Training will be held at Rhode Island SPCA, 186 Amaral St., Riverside, RI. For more information: email

To register visit:

Dog Training Resources

Here at the Rhode Island SPCA, we choose to use positive based training methods and work only with LIMA based trainers. We recommend the same to anyone seeking a training method or trainer for their pet. Following is a list of local trainers who we believe use the methods of training that we recommend.

Outbound Hounds

Jones Animal Behavior ~ Training for your Cats & Dogs

Great Dog K-9 Training

Jacqueline Baffoni

Lazybones Dog Training


Jones Animal Behavior ~ Choosing a Trainer ~

APDT ~ Choosing a Dog Trainer –

Victoria Stillwell ~ How to Find a Trainer ~

Humane Hierarchy ~

APDT Position Statement on LIMA ( least intrusive, minimally aversive) –

CPDT’s LIMA ( least intrusive, minimally aversive) statement ~

For more information, contact the Rhode Island SPCA at 401-438-8150 or

Pet Care Resources

Helpful Pet Articles

Ask the Vet

Visit our Ask the Vet page to ask a general, non-emergency question to our staff veterinarian, Dr. Burke. She cannot recommend specific hospitals, nor guess or discuss what they may charge. Not all questions are answered.

Low-Cost Veterinary Services

Spay/Neuter Services

The Rhode Island SPCA does not offer Spay/Neuter services. Some resources we recommend include:

Emergency Veterinary Services


Due to a large amount of surrenders pets and animals being held due to animal cruelty investigations, As of September 1st, 2018 the Rhode Island SPCA will no longer be boarding pets.

Local Resources

Veterinary/Pet Health Topics

  • Learn more about how individuals who have just been diagnosed with mesothelioma and other rare cancers are improving their mental and emotional state by bonding with furry companions.
  • Service Dog Laws Have questions regarding the laws around service dogs? Check out this helpful link for more information.
  • National Animal Poison Control Poison Control experts provide valuable information to help parents recognize and protect their pets from poisonous substances including plants, human foods, human medications and more.
  • Center for Disease Control  Although the spread of diseases from animals to people is rare, pets do sometimes carry germs that can make people sick. Here you can learn about the germs that each animal can spread plus actions you can take that can help you and your pets stay healthy.
  • American Heartworm Society The American Heartworm Society aims to further scientific progress in the study of heartworm disease while informing its membership of new developments.
  • Pets and The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is an independent council of veterinarians, veterinary parasitologists, and other animal health care professionals established to create guidelines for the optimal control of internal and external parasites that threaten the health of pets and people. It brings together broad expertise in parasitology, internal medicine, public health, veterinary law, private practice, and association leadership.
  • Avoid Dog Bites How do you avoid getting bit by a dog? Start by being polite and respecting the dog’s personal space. Never approach an unfamiliar dog, especially one who’s tied or confined behind a fence or in a car. Don’t pet a dog—even your own—without letting them see and sniff you first.
  • The Cat Community The Cat Community’s purpose is to build a group of cat caregivers who want to provide the very best care for their cat. Powered by feline veterinarians, The Cat Community provides you with credible and trustworthy information on a variety of feline topics.
  • American Veterinary Medical Association The AVMA is the nation’s leading advocate for the veterinary profession. Representing more than 89,000 members, we protect, promote and advocate for the needs of all veterinarians and those they serve.
  • American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Up-to-date information on behavior, nutrition, and common health problems, plus recommended reading.
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) The ACVIM is the international certifying organization for veterinary specialists in internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, and oncology. Search online for an internal medicine specialist.
  • Animal Poison Control Center ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is dedicated to helping animals exposed to potentially hazardous substances by providing 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment recommendations. This is the premier animal-oriented poison control center in North America; their phone number is (888) 426-4435.
  • Cornell Feline Health Center These informative pamphlets provide concise summaries of a variety of issues regarding feline health, including medical conditions, behavioral issues, and general husbandry topics such as preparation of the home for a new kitten
  • Pet Adoption and Recovery Some pets, especially dogs, are deeply attuned to human behavior and emotions. They can tell when we’re angry or when we’re sad, just by the tone of our voices and our body language. With just their presence, they have an uncanny ability to lift our spirits in a way nothing else can.

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness


If you’re in the military and headed on deployment, there is a wonderful organization that works with you to find temporary foster care for your pet(s) so that you don’t have to give them up. Dogs on Deployment