The Rhode Island SPCA cares for over 1300 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.Our volunteers help walk dogs, socialize cats and small animals, clean kennels and cages, help at fundraisers and events, and a host of other things that help us run a thriving shelter.

Current Volunteer Opportunities (for those 18 years of age and older):

*Please note, we have limited volunteer opportunities available at this time. Thank you for your interest and please check back as our volunteer needs may change.
*For court-ordered community service, please contact the director of the RISPCA, Joe Warzycha.

Weekday Dog Walking: Assist with walking and socializing the shelter dogs. Positions are available between 10am and 3:30pm, Monday – Friday. Must be over the age of 18.

Kennel Assistant: Assist with cleaning kennels, feeding dogs, doing laundry, etc. Kennel assistants are needed between 8am and 10am throughout the week. Must be over the age of 18.

If interested in applying for one of these volunteer opportunities please fill out and return a volunteer application. For more information, contact Sam Nieva at or (401) 438-8150, x3.

RISPCA Caring Kids Program (for those 17 years of age and younger and their parents):

We have so many great young people in our community who ask: “How can I get involved in helping animals?”

We hear you loud and clear and think it’s so vital to the future of animals that we have people like you!

That’s why we created the “RISPCA Caring Kids Program”. This program is designed for people under 18 to find ways to help our furry friends!

Learn More Here

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.

If interested, please return a Volunteer Foster Application and your pet’s up-to-date vaccination records to Lisa Levasseur at or (401) 438-8150, x4.

More information.