Animal House

Everything you need to know to keep your furry (and scaly, and feathery) friends happy, from dog-friendly vacations to the rundown on iguana care. Because as any owner will tell you, pets may be small, but they rule the roost.

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Seeking Shelter

Thinking about adopting a pet? Visit these local organizations to meet animals in need of a permanent home. Go to to locate even more shelters.

Green Animals
87 Oliphant Ln., Middletown, 846-8276,
Fee: $125 for dogs, cats and kittens; $175 for puppies (includes a five-week training course); $15 to $65 for all other animals.
The Potter League for Animals has long been regarded as one of the top shelters in the state, with its slew of services to help homeless animals in Newport County and beyond find loving homes. But with the opening of a new 19,500-square-foot facility, it’s been attracting much more attention. The green building is on track to become LEED certified, built with environmentally friendly materials like bamboo, recycled-tire floors, a vegetative roof, and high-efficiency water fixtures and appliances. The animals benefit from the new design as well, with enclosed rooms replacing the chain-link pens, larger play areas  and noise-absorbing walls. And the Potter League is now able to house 118 cats, forty-six dogs and twenty-two small animals at any time, giving many more pets the promise of a better life.

Animal Rescue League 
of Southern Rhode Island
506B Curtis Corner Rd., Peace Dale, 792-2233,
Animals: Cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets and other small animals
Fee: $80 adult dog or cat; $90 kitten or puppy; $40 rabbits; $30 other small animals
Includes: Spay/neuter for animals age six months and older. All animals are up-to-date on vaccines such as rabies and dis-temper. Feline leukemia and feline AIDS test for cats. Heartworm test and, if necessary, treatment 
for dogs.

Cat Adoption Team Services
6 Glenn Ave., East Providence, 433-1946,
Animals: Cats
Fee: $125 per cat
Includes: All cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated.

East Greenwich Animal Protection League
5732 Post Rd., East Greenwich, 241-4541,
Animals: Cats and dogs
Fee: $90 per adult cat; $120 kitten age six to eleven months old. $140 kitten younger than six months. Dogs range from $100 to $350, depending on age and breed. Includes: Veterinary examination, routine shots and tests, and animals are spayed or neutered.

Forever Paws
300 Lynwood St., 
Fall River, Mass., 
Animals: Cats and dogs
Fees: $90 per cat; $165 per dog
Includes: Cats are spayed or neutered, tested for leukemia and vaccinated against rabies and distem-per. Dogs are vaccinated (distemper, bordetella, rabies), treated for fleas, spayed or neutered and, 
in some cases, come with three free training sessions.
Humane Association 
of Northwestern 
Rhode Island
9 Church St., Pacoag, 
Animals: Cats and small animals
Fee: $75 for cats; $20 for most small animals
Includes: Spaying or neutering. Vaccination for rabies and distemper. Cats tested for feline leukemia and AIDS.

Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
186 Amaral St., East Providence, 438-8150,
Animals: Cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, reptiles, hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs
Fee: $85 per cat or dog. $20-$50 per rabbit. $30 per ferret. $20 per guinea pig. Older or disabled animals in Marvin’s Friends program can be adopted at no charge. Includes: Animals receive vaccinations, are spayed or neutered and receive de-worming, flea, tick and ear mite treatments.

Providence Animal Rescue League
34 Elbow St., Providence, 421-1399,
Animals: Cats, dogs, small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs
Fee: $125 kittens younger than six months; $50 to $90 cats older than six months. $150 dogs younger than six months; $90 dogs 
older than six months.
Includes: Fees cover spay or neuter, vaccinations, a health exam and micro-chipping.

To the Rescue

If you’re looking to adopt a specific breed, try one of these New England dog rescue groups.

New England Airedale Rescue
Cornwall Bridge, Conn., 860-927-3420,
Fee: $100 to $200 depending on age and needs of dog
Includes: Spaying, neutering, rabies and DHLP-P vaccinations

Alaskan Malamutes
Alaskan Malamute Rescue of New England
Brimfield, Mass.,,
Fee: $200; $25 refund if dog attends obedience class within three months
Includes: Spaying, neutering, vaccinations

B.O.N.E.S. (Beagles of New England States)
New Boston, NH, 508-473-2228,
Fee: $275 for adult dogs; puppies are $325; beagles age ten and up are $225
Includes: Spaying, neutering, vaccinations 

Border Collie
New England Border Collie Rescue
Coventry, 800-760-1569,
Fee: $250 (base rate); fee waived for Seniors for Seniors program.
Includes: Spaying, neutering, microchip, vaccinations. Ongoing heartworm and flea/tick prevention.

Boxer Buddies Rescue
Bellingham, Mass., 508-657-8348,
Fee: $350
Includes: Spaying, neutering, vaccinations

Northeastern Boxer Rescue
Sunderland, Mass.,
Fee: $395
Includes: Spaying, neutering, vaccinations

Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue
Vernon, Conn.,
Fee: $175 to $300
Includes: Spaying, neutering, vaccinations; full health checkup

Eskimo Dogs
Eskies Online American Eskimo Dog Rescue
Fee: $250
Includes: Spaying, neutering, vaccinations

French Bulldogs
French Bulldog Rescue Network Nationwide
Fee: $600 dogs younger than one year old; $450 dogs one to eight years old; $250 dogs eight years or older or with handicaps.
Includes: Spaying, neutering, microchip, vaccinations

German Shepherds
German Shepherd Rescue of New England
Wayland, Mass., 978-443-2202,
Fee: $250 for adults and puppies; $150 for seniors and “special needs” dogs
Includes: Spaying, neutering, microchip. Vaccinations for rabies, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus. Leash, collar, tag, toy, and one month supply
of heartworm and flea protection.

Twin River Greyhound Adoption Program

Lincoln, RI, 781-6231, 749-1649,
Fee: $100
Includes: Spaying, neutering; vaccination for rabies, distemper, heartworm and bordetella

Poodle Rescue of New England

Somerville, Mass., 617-628-1425,
Fee: $10 application fee; $300 to $500 depending on dog’s age
Includes: Spaying, neutering, vaccination

Labrador Retriever Rescue

Hamilton, Mass., 978-356-2982,
Fee: $275 adult dogs; $300 puppies
Includes: Spaying, neutering, vaccination, temperament testing

Northeast All Retriever Rescue
Kingston, Mass., 617-824-4278,
Fee: $25 application donation; $225 adoption donation
Includes: Vaccination

Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue
Fee: $5 application fee; $350 for dogs age eight and younger; $200 for dogs older than age eight
Includes: Spaying, neutering, vaccination. Senior dogs: geriatric exams and blood work prior to adoption. All dogs are tattooed with a YGRR identification number, which is registered with the National Dog Registry.

New England Sheltie Rescue

Conn., 860-546-6775,
Fee: $350 puppies younger than one year; $300 dogs 1 to 3 years old; $250 dogs 3 to 7 years old; $200 dogs age seven or older
Includes: Spaying, neutering, vaccination, temperament testing.

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