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Providence Volunteer Services for Animals

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:

All of RI, MA & CT

About Our Shelter:

The Providence Chapter of Volunteer Services for Animals, 272-1639, provides volunteer assistance to the Providence Animal Care and Control Center. We encourage placement of stray animals by: helpful contact with visitors; placement of pictures and articles in newspapers and Internet sites; and provide funds for emergency veterinary care of stray animals. VSA helps the animals feel comfortable and happy by providing walks, visiting and playing with them, and providing training whenever possible. VSA maintains a lost/found file and a wants/needs home file. We also provide counseling for pet owners with problems, referring them to Veterinarians and other pet related organizations. Volunteer Services for Animals strongly advocates for the spay or neuter of all family pets. Financial assistance is available to all RI residents that cannot afford the full cost of spaying or neutering their pets. For information on pet loss support groups, call VSA Headquarters at (401) 273-0358.

Come Meet our Pets:


As the colder weather is approaching we are in desperate need of blankets and towels to keep our dogs and cats warm and comfortable. If you have any older, used, but in good condition blankets or towels we will gladly accept them for our homeless animals. -- We are always in need of rawhide, dog biscuits, used tennis balls, stuffed or very durable dog toys, Kongs and crates or carriers (to transport dogs to rescues).

Come Visit Us!

Shelter hours (hours open to the public) are Monday -Saturday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM - closed holidays. Animal Control is available to answer phone calls during these hours. The phone number is (401) 243-6040. If you need to contact Animal Control for emergencies (stray, abandoned, abused or endangered animals) during other hours, please call the Providence Police (401-272-3121) and ask for Animal Control Complaints. The Providence Animal Shelter is located at 7 Service Road. To get there, take exit 18 (Thurbers Ave.) off 95 and head toward Allens Ave (from 95S, bear left on exit -- from 95N bear right). Take a right onto Allens Ave and follow it for a little over 1/2 mile to your 2nd over head traffic light. This is the intersection of Allens and Terminal Road. Follow the Ernest Street detour by taking your first right off of Terminal and taking a left on to Ernest.. Follow Ernest Street all the way to the end (past the Dead End sign) where it bears right. Just after bearing right (you are now on Service Road), you will see a yellow building on your left. This is the shelter.

Our Adoption Process:

Any dog coming in to the shelter must be held for 5 full business days to give the owner a chance to claim him/her. During that 5 day period, anyone that wants to adopt a dog can submit an adoption application for that dog. After the 5 day waiting period is up, applicants are called based on the appropriateness of the home for each and every dogs needs. There is a $10 adoption fee, no cash can be accepted only personal checks or money orders. All pets being adopted must have a pre-paid spay or neuter from the Veterinarian that the shelter uses for low cost spay/neuter for adopted animals. Any Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix being adopted is dropped off at the Vet the morning of their surgery and picked up by the adopter after the surgery has been done. All Pit Bulls and/or Pit Bull mixes residing in Providence must also carry liability insurance. If you own your home you must provide proof of home ownership. If you rent you must provide a notarized letter from a landlord stating you can have a pet.

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.