We understand that making the decision to give up your pet can be very difficult. As an open admission shelter, we are committed to each and every pet in our care. Each year we open our doors to thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, and other critters that need our love and support. Because of this, we manage our admissions to ensure that we can provide the quality care that each pet needs.
Often a pet is surrendered because an owner feels they have no other choice or is unaware of resources that can keep their pet in their home. We may be able to help you find alternatives to surrendering your beloved pet. We encourage you to consider possible alternatives before bringing your pet to us.
We may be able to help. Learn about our financial assistance program for pets.
PLFA may be able to assist with pet food and other supplies. Support is based solely on current availability. Contact us for information.
We offer low cost spay and neuter services at the Potter League Spay & Neuter Clinic.
Are you having trouble finding pet-friendly housing? Here are some helpful guidelines to help you in your search for an apartment that allows pets here.
Is it a behavior issue? Introducing new pets or family members? Check our behavior resource library for solutions, our dog training classes, or our free behavior helpline.
If circumstances still require you to find a new home:
If you’ve exhausted all other options in finding your pet a new home, our admissions department is here to help.
In order to ensure resources are prepared and available when the pet enters our care, the Potter League for Animals requires a surrender appointment to be scheduled.
We accept owned animals from Rhode Island and stray animals from Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth. Newport County residents needing to relinquish animals are given priority. There is no fee to bring a stray animal to the Potter League.
Call our Animal Care & Adoption Center. Call us (401-846-8276) and we may be able to offer suggestions and helpful advice based on your circumstances.