COVID-19 Response and Information

As our community works together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Potter League for Animals is still committed as ever to saving the lives of the animals in our care while also keeping public health and safety a top priority. We remain focused on protecting the health and well-being of the animals in our care, our staff, volunteers, and the community we serve. We will update this page with any new developments; we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation together with the communities we serve. 

What’s Happening at the Potter League for Animals Right Now: 

Update 11/30/2020:
The Potter League’s Animal Care & Adoption Center is still operating by appointments-only.
The Potter League Spay & Neuter Clinic is operating by appointment-only.
The Potter League Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic is operating by curbside pick-up/drop-off appointment only.

All visitors and clients must wear a mask when in our facilities and interacting with our staff outside or in your vehicle and are asked to observe a 6-ft distance from others in accordance with recommended social distancing guidelines.

We’re here for you during this time.

There is still much uncertainty, but we’ll be here for you the best we can. You’ll find a selection of pet resources, information for pet owners, and updates on what’s happening at the Potter League for Animals. We’ll keep it updated with the latest information so you know that you can come here and find answers to any questions you have.

We know that pet owners are concerned about COVID-19, and we want to ensure that Rhode Island pet owners have access to the supplies and services needed to keep their pets healthy as well as current information regarding their pet’s well-being.

We are offering:
– Free Pet Food Assistance
– Veterinary Care Financial Assistance
– Free Behavior Helpline Assistance
– Free Emergency Pet Boarding for those hospitalized due to COVID-19

For additional information about any of these programs or services, please call 401.846.8276 or visit potterleague.org/covid-19-updates/covid-19-community-pet-resources/.

We can provide assistance and answer questions on:

  • Preparing your pet in case you become ill with COVID-19
  • The most recent CDC recommendations and guidance regarding pets and COVID-19
  • Destructive pet behavior
  • Veterinary Care Financial Assistance
  • Free pet food for your pet if you cannot afford food during this time
  • Free temporary emergency boarding for your pet if you become hospitalized with COVID-19

Your Pet and COVID-19

These are challenging times for all of us. There are so many unknowns about the risk of COVID-19 and how this may affect us all. One great comfort many of us have is that while we are at home is our ability to spend time with our pets. The animals in our lives are a source of comfort in the most trying times, and I’m sure that all of our animal companions are happy to have someone home with them all day. At the same time there have been many questions and concerns about how to interact with animals during this crisis and whether they bring additional risks. Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets spread COVID-19 to people. Your current plan of action should be ensuring your pet’s emergency plan is updated.

To lean more about animals and COVID-19 from sources like the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA): Read more here.

Protecting Your Pet If You Are Diagnosed With COVID-19

The CDC provides the following recommendation: If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. It is recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.

When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

Important Resources

For trusted sources on up-to-date information for pets and people, Potter League for Animals recommends the following:

Adoptions, Strays, and Surrenders

Adoptions During COVID-19 Response

Animal Care and Adoption Center is open for adoptions by appointment only. If you see an animal on our Adopt page who you are interested in adopting, call 401-846-8276, fill out an application or email info@potterleague.org to set up a time to meet them.

Strays and Surrenders During COVID-19 Response

Our Animal Care and Adoption facility is open by appointment only for surrenders and stray intakes.

Other Services

Volunteer Program

We have suspended our volunteer program including information sessions orientations, as well as classroom visits, library programs, birthday parties, workshops and tours.

Dog Training Center

Our Dog Behavior & Training Center is open for classes & limited playgroups. All those wishing to attend must register for class and playgroups prior to attending. All dog training classes are following local, state, and federal guidelines with social distancing and sanitation protocols.

Our free Behavior Helpline is still available. Problem behaviors? Stumped or frustrated? Contact 401-846-8276 ext. 119 or Helpline@potterleague.org

Potter Pet Food Pantry

Our Potter Pet Food Pantry will be available to anyone experiencing financial hardship and might need a little help providing food for their beloved pet(s). For assistance, please call 401-846-8276 or email us at community@potterleague.org

Spay & Neuter Clinic

At this time, our Spay & Neuter Clinic is open. Please note our call volume is extremely high, as we have been receiving hundreds of calls for appointments, so please know it may take a number of weeks for your pet to receive an appointment. We appreciate your patience at this time. If you have questions about an existing appointment, please reach out to our clinic at clinic@potterleague.org.

Pets in Need Veterinary Clinic

We are open! At this time we are only able to provide care to existing PIN Clinic clients with urgent medical needs. We hope to start providing care to new clients again very soon. Please note that PIN is not providing spay/neuter surgeries at this time, please contact our Spay & Neuter Clinic for spay/neuter inquires.

We have been receiving hundreds of calls for appointments so please know it may take a number of weeks for your pet to receive an appointment.

How you can help:


We encourage all those interested in fostering an animal to please complete a foster application here. Please note, due to an overwhelming response, we do not need any additional volunteers or foster caregivers at this time, but we will post here if this changes. You can also donate to help the animals at the Potter League for Animals. 


We will continue to accept donated goods from our wish list. We have a bin outside of our Animal Care & Adoption Center located in Middletown that you can put your donated items into. Our biggest need is dog & cat treats, bully sticks and tracheas for the dogs. Any food donations would be graciously accepted for our Potter Pet Food Pantry. 

We are also in need of financial contributions to help us care for the animals during this time. We are a local non-profit who relies on our community’s support to care for these animals. We receive no government funding, we have no umbrella organization overseeing us or providing us funding, and we are not associated with any other national or local humane society. We are 100% community funded and we need that support to continue during this time. Please consider making a donation to help us care for the animals during and after this time.


This is an ever evolving situation so please check back here regularly as things are changing quickly. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy so we can be here for the animals. We need to be able to continue our primary focus – caring for animals throughout this difficult time and we appreciate the outpouring of support and those asking how they can help.

We ask that anyone who is sick, has traveled recently, or believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to not visit our facility.

Our Animal Care & Adoption Center modified hours of operation are from 10 am – 5 pm daily during this time to assist with any questions you might have. If you have questions, please email us at info@potterleague.org or call us at 401-846-8276.