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.

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!

Our volunteers help walk dogs, socialize cats and small 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.

walkVolunteer 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.

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

If interested, contact Jim McGee at or (401) 438-8150, x3.

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.

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