Do you want to keep your pet? We can help.
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 these possible alternatives before bringing your pet to us:
- Consider using “Rehome” by Adopt-a-Pet and adopt out your pet directly to a new home. Learn more about Rehome here.
- Financial Troubles? We might be able to help! Follow these links to get information about our financial assistance program for pets. We also may be able to assist with temporary food for your pet and offer low cost vaccines/spay/neuter.
- Is it allergies? We have some helpful advice that may do the trick.
- 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 sheets for solutions, our dog training classes, or our free behavior helpline.
- 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 exact circumstances.
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. Without an appointment process, we would have no control over the number of pets that come into our care each day which in turn would limit our ability to provide the best care to each pet.
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 verified stray animal at the Potter League.
Dog or Puppy $50
Cat or Kitten $35
Litters of 3+ Kittens $50
All other Small Animals $10
Since it typically costs between $200-$450 for the Potter League to care for a dog or cat before it is adopted, we are extremely grateful for any donation above the required fee. No animal will be turned away if the owner cannot afford the surrender fee. Owners with concerns about paying the fee should ask to speak with the Customer Care Manager.
If you’re ready to surrender your pet, please follow the following steps:
You will receive an email once the surrender profile is reviewed. A Potter League counselor will be in contact to schedule an appointment or discuss other options for your pet. We may recommend a referral to another agency that is better equipped to assist you. Appointments are necessary & required to ensure the best possible solution for you and your pet.
Gather necessary paperwork. Collect your pets medical history, if available. Please bring these records to your appointment.
Arrive for your appointment at your scheduled location: 87 Oliphant Lane Middletown, RI 02842.
Your appointment will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. For everyone’s safety, all pets should be either in a carrier or on a collar and leash when entering the building.