The bridge to your pet’s new home.
The Potter League is an Open Admissions Shelter. We accept owned animals from Rhode Island and neighboring communities, as well as stray animals from Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth residents. All animals are accepted regardless of temperament, age or health. Newport County residents needing to relinquish animals are given priority.
Owners wishing to relinquish their animals are asked to fill out a personality profile to aid us in placing the animal in a new home.
- Dog or Puppy $50
- Cat or Kitten $35
- Litters of 3+ Kittens $50
- Rabbits $25
- All other Small Animals $10
Since it typically costs between $200-$450 for the Potter League to care for a dog or cat, we 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:
Call 401.846.8276 to schedule an appointment with our Animal Admissions Staff to surrender a pet. Appointments are necessary & required to ensure the best possible solution for you and your pet.
Please call your veterinarian and request your pet’s veterinary records (not just the receipts). You can either bring these records to your appointment or have them faxed to us directly at 401-846-0681. Those wishing to relinquish their pets from outside of Rhode Island require a Certificate of Health from your veterinarian.
Please allot 45 minutes in your schedule for your appointment.