How to Adopt or Foster a Pet and Donate to Animals in Need

During this time when most of us are staying home, there may be ways to adopt or foster dogs and cats in need.
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Candace is currently being fostered through EGAPL Heart of RI. Photo by Meaghan Susi.

Now that you and your family are home practicing social distancing, it may be the purr-fect time to adopt a new dog or cat. Animals can be a great source of comfort and can help reduce stress during challenging times. With everything that is going on in the world right now, why not be the good in it and adopt a pet from your local animal shelter and help give a new fur-ever home to a very special animal? Even though not all shelters are open for adoptions right now, you can still donate and help your local shelter prepare for when they are able to start adoptions again.

East Greenwich Animal Protection League Heart of RI Rescue (EGAPL Heart of RI)

Due to COVID-19, EGAPL Heart of RI is currently closed. However, they are still accepting applications for those wishing to adopt in hopes of being able to find their animals loving homes after this is all over. As always, EGAPL is accepting donations, especially during this difficult time. To check out animals available for adoption or to donate, visit the EGAPL Heart of RI Animal Rescue League website.

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January is currently being fostered through EGAPL Heart of RI. Photo by Meaghan Susi.

Potter League for Animals

To reduce face-to-face interactions, life at Potter League has changed just a bit. To keep their staff healthy so they can care for the eighty animals currently housed in the facility, casual visits are not allowed at the animal shelter until further notice. If you and your family are thinking about adopting a dog, please make an appointment by calling 401-846-8276 or by emailing As always, Potter League is looking to increase its foster home base, so if you wish to foster an animal for four to six weeks, visit to fill out an application. For more information or to look at some of the animals currently residing at Potter League visit their Facebook or the Potter League for Animals website.

Providence Animal Rescue League

Providence Animal Rescue League is currently open for scheduled-in-advance adoption appointments and scheduled pet pantry services. To use pet pantry services, the shelter asks that you call ahead so they can prepare the food for you. If you are interested in adopting a friend for you or your family, all adoption fees are fifty percent off until further notice. If you would like to help out during this trying time, you can donate to the shelter or you can donate any pet food you are able to spare. Donations are always welcome. To donate, adopt or learn more about the shelter, visit the Providence Animal Rescue League website or call 401-421-1399.

Animal Rescue Rhode Island

To help keep their staff safe and healthy, Animal Rescue Rhode Island is currently closed for the remainder of the COVID-19 outbreak. All pet pantry slips will be honored, just call before you go and they’ll have the food waiting curbside for you. Donations are always welcome, if you’re interested in donating, visit the donation page on the Animal Rescue Rhode Island website. If you have any questions, the shelter asks you to contact or call 401-783-7606 X104.

Scruffy Paws Animal Rescue

Even though Scruffy Paws is closed to the public during the COVID-19 outbreak, they are still available by appointment only. Currently the shelter team is swamped with taking care of the animals as well as themselves. Right now the shelter is focusing on collecting pet food and supplies for those in need. Food is desperately needed as well as cat litter and paper towels. If you wish to help or adopt, you can contact the shelter at Deliveries of food can be sent to Scruffy Paws Animal Shelter in Johnston or Johnston/North Smithfield Petsmart. For more information, visit their Facebook.



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