Every year, the Potter League for Animals provides direct care and services to help nearly 10,000 animals in need across Rhode Island.
The Potter League for Animals (PLFA) is a local, private, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to animal welfare. Every year, the Potter League for Animals provides direct care and services to help nearly 10,000 animals in need through programs in the community and our three facilities across Rhode Island.
The Potter League Animal Care and Adoption Center located in Middletown, RI accepts owner-surrendered animals, as well as stray animals from the communities with which we have an animal control-housing contract; Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth.
Approximately 2,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals are cared for at our facility annually. Our commitment to animals means we pursue all reasonable efforts in order to provide for their physical and behavioral well-being. That commitment includes being the only animal welfare organization in Rhode Island with a full-time veterinarian dedicated only to caring for shelter animals. Additionally, we have two full-time staff members dedicated to the behavioral care of animals in the shelter.
First and foremost, we are dedicated to keeping animals in their homes where they belong. Almost 2,000 owned animals and their owners seek our training, lost and found, and behavior support services each year. Our food pantry has distributed tens of thousands of pounds of pet food too people in need across the state, and our Pet Safe program provides free temporary housing for people who are experiencing a crisis such as homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or hospitalization.
One of the keys to keeping pets in homes is access to veterinary care. The Potter League Spay Neuter Clinic, located in Warwick RI, preforms over 6,000 subsidized surgeries per year on dogs and cats in RI and neighboring communities in CT & MA. We provide full service subsidized veterinary care to over 4,000 per year for income-qualifying Rhode Islanders at the Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic located in Riverside, RI.
The Potter League strives to work collaboratively and in partnership with local community-based organizations as well as with animal welfare and rescue groups nationwide. We serve as an animal emergency location for disasters and has been instrumental in helping animals following catastrophic events. As an advocate for all animals, the Potter League monitors statewide legislative issues and works to ensure that those passed into law are beneficial and sound.
We are proud to be the animal resource center of Rhode Island and offer our unique support and programs to the voiceless, helpless animals who rely on the care and compassion of humans. Our work means nearly 10,000 lives impacted each year.
The Potter League is 4-Star Charity Navigator rated nonprofit ranking in the top 1% of all animal welfare organizations.
The Potter League is not operated by any national humane organization. We were founded in 1929 by Virginia Potter, Mary van Beuren and Emma Norman, and we’ve been an independent nonprofit organization ever since.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and our tax identification number is 05-0301553.