Pets for Adoption:
The Potter League welcomes everyone who is considering adopting a shelter animal. Our successful adoption program is based on matching the needs of our animals with the lifestyles of our adopters.
We encourage a prospective adopter to fill out a questionnaire describing the kind of companion animal he or she desires. Pet personality profiles and staff evaluations aid our adoption counselors in assisting adopters in finding the right dog, cat or small animal for their lifestyles.
Dogs and cats available for adoption have all been examined by a veterinarian and are up to date on vaccinations appropriate for their age. All dogs have also been treated with Frontline flea and tick treatment. The adoption fee includes an I.D. tag, a month of crate rental, a certificate for an additional veterinarian exam, and a discount for a basic obedience class.
All cats have been treated with Frontline flea treatment and have been microchipped. The adoption fee includes a cat safety collar, an I.D. tag, a certificate for an additional veterinarian exam and a cardboard carrier.
All dogs and cats adopted from the shelter are spayed or neutered prior to leaving our facility in accordance to Rhode Island law. Our dogs and cats are fed Hill’s Science Diet food while at the shelter. Our obligation to our adopted animals does not end when they walk out the door. We are here as a resource to help our adopters with the transition period. Our behavior staff is available to help with any behavior problems our adopters may be experiencing. Dog adopters may attend free Sunday morning training classes at 10 am. All adopters and potential adopters are invited to attend our free adoption information classes called Doggy 101 and Cat Conversations. Attendance to Doggy 101 is required for people who adopt puppies 6 months and younger. More information is available on our Calendar of Events page.
Puppies (6 months & under) $350
Kittens (6 months & under) $150
Small Animals $20 to $65
The Potter League is proud to be a Hill's Science Diet Shelter. Our shelter dogs and cats are fed a nutritious diet of Hill's food during their stay with us.
Meet Your Match® Feline-ality™ Survey
The Potter League offers a program designed by Dr. Emily Weiss for the ASPCA® called Meet Your Match®. The adoption program determines the Feline-ality™ of a cat and the personality of a potential adopter. The program is designed to increase the bond between a cat and adopter and is not based on how cute a cat is or the color of its fur. A well matched pair will create a positive experience allowing a cat to remain in a new home.
Match-Up II: Center for Shelter Dogs Behavior Evaluation
Upon arriving at the shelter, all dogs are evaluated for behavior using the Match-Up II program designed by the Center for Shelter Dogs. The Match-Up II Shelter Dog Rehoming Program is a multi-part system, which incorporates information from a dog's behavioral history, behavior evaluation, and behavior in a shelter, in order to get a comprehensive view of a dog's individual needs. The program is designed to help shelters learn about the personality and needs of each dog so that behavioral interventions can be implemented when needed and successful matches made. This behavior evaluation reveals certain traits that may determine which home and lifestyle will best fit his needs and personality.
All adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits receive a preliminary health examination from a licensed veterinarian while here at the Potter League. Vaccination and known medical histories will be noted on the adoption contract. All animals adopted from The Potter League are entitled to a free veterinary office visit (with one of our participating veterinarians) within 14 days of adoption. The Potter League strongly recommends adopters take advantage of the free visit.
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