About Us

Our Mission Statement

CatsAs the heart of a humane community and in partnership with that community, the Potter League for Animals is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of animals. We promote the humane treatment of all animals and provide shelter and care for lost or unwanted companion animals. Through education, commitment to a standard of excellence in the care of animals, and fostering relationships between people and animals, we enhance the animals’ lives and enrich the human experience.

Our Commitment to the Animals

The Potter League is an "open admission" shelter which is able to help as many pets as possible. We accept owner-surrendered animals, as well as all stray animals from those communities with which we have an animal control-housing contract. Approximately 2,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals are received at our facility annually. The Potter League consistently maintains a Live Release Rate of 90% or higher through placement to new families, returned to their owners or released to another facility or rescue group. Our commitment to all animals means we are willing to pursue all reasonable efforts in order to provide for their well-being. In addition, almost 2,000 animals and their owners seek our other obedience, lost and found, cremation and behavior support services each year. We are the community’s animal care and resource center.

The Potter League's Philosophy

In order to be a true "shelter" we must keep the doors open for any animal in our service area that needs our help. Our mission is simple -- to care for all. There is no magic or quick solution to the problems of unwanted animals. The Potter League is committed to always look for new ways to increase adoptions, keep animals in their homes and decrease euthanasia. Our multi-faceted community outreach is aimed at education and prevention and our programs reflect this:

Animals are spayed and neutered prior to adoption, and we offer financial assistance to help others sterilize their dogs and cats. Dog obedience programs and a behavior help line are provided for all animals and their guardians. We work on state-wide legislation to benefit animals. We are heavily invested into providing funds for medical care for our sick, elderly, or injured animals. Foster programs continually expand to provide temporary care and health or behavior rehabilitation. When space allows, we gladly work with other shelters to transfer their adoptable animals to the Potter League to insure more animals find homes. The Potter League works collaboratively with many other organizations and is a founding member of the Ocean State Animal Coalition and its high volume subsidized spay-neuter clinic.

Our doors are opened to all unwanted animals in Newport County and beyond – the ill, the aged, the dangerous, the badly behaved and the unappealing as well as the highly adoptable animals. We have great concern over what might happen to those deemed less desirable if we close our doors to these animals. Would they suffer as strays on the street after being abandoned? All unwanted animals deserve compassionate handling and a fair chance for a good life... and they will receive it here at the Potter League for Animals.


Phone: 401-846-8276
Fax: 401-846-0681
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87 Oliphant Lane
Middletown, RI

Animal Control

Middletown: 401-846-1144
Portsmouth: 401-683-0300
Newport: 401-847-1306
Jamestown: 401-423-1212
Tiverton: 401-625-6277
Little Compton: 401-635-2311

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