COVID-19 Community Pet Resources

We’re here for you during this time.

There are a lot of unknowns, and a lot of uncertainties, but we’ll be here for you the best we can. Below 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.

COVID-19 and Your Pet

Our team is available to take your questions regarding COVID-19 and your pet. You can call us 7 days a week from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. or email us, and our team will get back to you as soon as possible. Our team is working diligently to answer each call, but if we miss your call for any reason, please leave a voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
7 days a week 

Connect With Us

Phone: 401.846.8276
Email: info@potterleague.org

Free Pet Food Assistance Program

We are expanding our free pet food assistance program to include no-contact drop-off delivery to Newport County or scheduled pickups while continuing to provide pet food to our partners at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport.

We will be providing a supplemental supply of pet food for dogs and cats of all sizes and ages to help pet owners through hardships they might be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clients can pick up pet food or request delivery, and unfortunately we may be unable to provide specific protein-based food. Pet food bags will be thoroughly disinfected prior to distribution. Other supplies are also available such as cat litter, crates, flea & tick preventative, pee-pads and more. Supplies are limited.

Potter League Animal Care and Adoption Center
87 Oliphant Lane Middletown, RI 02842
Appointments are required. Please call 401-846-8276 or email info@potterleague.org to schedule your appointment for pick up or delivery.

Free Behavior Helpline

If you’re noticing particular behavior issues that have newly developed or are causing issues while you’re spending more time with your pet at home these days, our Behavior Team is here to assist you with questions you have about your pet’s behavior. We ask that you please call us at 401-846-8276 ext 119 or email helpline@potterleague.org.

We can provide assistance with many issues including:

  • New puppy basics
  • Potty training
  • Crate training
  • Litter-box issues
  • Separation distress
  • Destructive behaviors like chewing or digging
  • Basic manners and commands such as sit, lie down, go to your place, come when called, stay, doorway manners, leash manners and self-control
  • General fear and anxiety issues

Due to the limitations of virtual services, we are unable to address aggression towards people or other animals that has caused or may cause injury. If you’re having difficulties with aggression, please contact a trainer or behaviorist who specializes in aggression.

Veterinary Care Financial Assistance

Should your pet require veterinary services, and you have been financially impacted by COVID-19, we are here for you. The Potter League for Animals can offer financial assistance to those pet owners who currently are unable to finance the medical treatment necessary for their pet’s specific illness, injury, or urgent medical care. We ask that you please call us at 401-846-8276 or email info@potterleague.org.

If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency and in need of urgent veterinary care, please go to an emergency veterinarian immediately. 

No-cost Emergency Boarding  

If you become ill with COVID-19, the best place for your pet is in your home or with a designated caregiver. However, we understand that sometimes caregivers fall through, or an individual doesn’t have someone local who can care for their pet. Because of this, we are offering temporary, emergency pet boarding for Rhode Islanders who are hospitalized with COVID-19 and have no one to care for their pet while they heal. Due to our limited staffing, we are unable to provide emergency boarding for pets who require time-sensitive medications. And, for the safety of our staff, we are unable to take animals who are aggressive towards people or strangers.

To talk to a representative about emergency boarding, please call us at 401.846.8276 any day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Preparing Your Pet

While it’s not a fun question to think about, it’s critical that you know who will care for your pet in case you become ill or hospitalized due to COVID-19 and are unable to provide your pet care. If you are unable to find caregivers for your pet or have no one to care for your pet if you become hospitalized, we are able to provide temporary, emergency care for your pet during this time.

Your Pet and COVID-19

We know that pet owners are concerned about COVID-19, and we want to ensure that Rhode Island’s pet owners are up-to-date with the current information regarding their pet’s well-being. We are following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are encouraging you to do the same during this time. 

Keeping updated with PL

Right now, we’re focusing on caring for our animals, our community, and our team members. While we’re currently open to the public by appointment only, our team, like always, is providing our animals with the best care possible. You can always keep updated with what’s happening at the Potter League for Animals during this time, including updates to our services, programs, and events, at potterleague.org/covid-19-updates/.