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Westerly Animal Shelter

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.

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About Our Shelter:

Westerly Animal Shelter is the town shelter, taking in lost, abandoned and surrendered pets. We then try to return lost pets to their owners and find new homes for adoptable animals. We are closely linked to a charitable organization called "Stand Up For Animals" and look forward to the day when we will all live together under one roof making a better life for our animals.

Our Vision is to create a place where animals will be treated with compassion and dignity, where suffering and abuse will not be tolerated, where education and understanding will play an integral role in eliminating overpopulation, animal cruelty and abandonment, where every possible effort is made to return a pet to its owner or to place him in a new, safe and loving home.

Stand Up For Animals is a non profit organization currently raising funds to build a state-of-the-art animal shelter. This will incorporate Westerly Animal Shelter, an adoption center and regional outreach facility to promote the health and welfare of lost or abandoned pets and to educate and assist those who care for them.

Come Meet our Pets:

Opening times

Westerly Animal Shelter
Open 7 days a week
8.00am to 3.00pm
On Sundays the gates are shut but not locked so you can still visit.

Traveling South on I 95

Off at exit 1 Rhode Island. Turn right onto Rt 3. After approx. 5-6 miles turn left onto 78. Take 78 to exit 5. Turn right onto Route 91. After a few 100 yards turn right onto Larry Hirsch Lane, signed “Animal Shelter”. Follow this through the landfill gates, take right turn and we are ahead to the left.

Traveling North on I 95

Off at exit 92 ( Connecticut ). Turn right onto route 2. After 2-3 miles turn right onto 78.
See directions above

Our Adoption Process:

A pet is a life long responsibility. These animals have already been abandoned or given up to us. It is our responsibility to ensure that the new homes we find for them will be for the rest of their lives and that they will be cared for and loved.

We have adoption forms for you to complete and a fenced play area for your dogs to meet their new family member.

All adopted animals will have been spayed or neutered by us or will have to be done by you within 30 days after the adoption. This is Rhode Island Law.

Adoption costs

The fee for neutered/spayed dogs and cats is $65.00.
The fee for un-neutered/un-spayed dogs and cats is $65, with $40 returned after the pet is altered.

For small critters our adoption fee is 25.00.

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.