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Our Featured North Kingstown, RI Partner:

Pet Refuge

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

State of Rhode Island and surrounding areas

About Our Shelter:

The no-kill Pet Refuge is operated by the North Kingstown-Exeter Animal Protection League (NKEAPL), which was founded and incorporated in 1968. In 1976, we added "Exeter" to our name. We are a private, nonprofit organization supported by on-going fundraising events (such as bazaars and tag sales), and the donations of time, money, and resources from friends, members, business leaders, and community leaders.

The mission of the no-kill Pet Refuge is to provide a warm home for abused and neglected animals and also for those animals who can no longer remain in their homes for a variety of reasons.

The no-kill Pet Refuge is not supported by the town of North Kingstown or the state of Rhode Island; we do not receive any municipal or state funding.

Donate to Our Shelter...

To make a donation, you can print out a donation form that you mail to us. To print the form and instructions, visit our Donations page at

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Come Meet our Pets:

You can see our pets at our web site at Our operating hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:30 to 5:00.

Our Adoption Process:

You can download an Adoption Application at You can print either the PDF version or the Microsoft Word version of the application, fill it out by hand, and then bring it with you when you visit the Pet Refuge. You can also e-mail the application to us as an attachment.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.