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The Potter League for Animals is Rhode Island’s go-to animal care and resource center, where we provide shelter, veterinary care, behavior training, spay & neuter, owner assistance programs, humane education, and the opportunity for thousands of animals to find loving homes each year.

About the Potter League

Our Mission Statement

As the heart of a compassionate community, we enrich lives and promote the humane treatment of animals.

How we pursue our mission

  • We shelter unaccompanied companion animals and place them in safe and healthy homes.
  • We educate the community to embrace humane principals and provide the best care for their pets.
  • We provide community support programs which help all pet owners provide better lives for their pets.
  • We expand access to essential veterinary care for companion animals.

Our Commitment to the Animals

The Potter League Animal Care and Adoption Center located in Middletown, RI 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. 

We provide support to communities and families through our broad range of programs and services, including the Potter League Spay Neuter Clinic, located in Warwick RI, which preforms over 7,500 subsidized surgeries on dogs and cats in RI and neighboring communities in CT & MA. We provide low-cost veterinary care to over 3,500 income-qualifying Rhode Islanders at the Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic located in Riverside, RI.

The Potter League’s Values and Philosophy

We are guided by these values and beliefs:

  • Animals’ lives have intrinsic value.
  • Relationships between animals and people enhance animals’ lives and enrich the human experience.
  • Everyone should have the opportunity to form and sustain relationships with companion animals.
  • Relationships between animals and people must be founded upon respect, kindness and compassion.
  • All people are obliged to meet the standards of the Five Freedoms for all animals in their care.
  • We achieve impact through tangible action to care for animals.

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 statewide 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 believes in working collaboratively with many other organizations.

Our doors are opened to all unwanted animals in Rhode Island 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.

Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Potter League supports equity, justice and inclusion within the animal welfare industry and the communities that we serve. We strive to empower a diverse team of volunteers, staff, Board Members, and community partners in an environment that supports our differences while promoting the humane treatment of animals and providing equitable access to pet ownership and services.

 

History

1929

The Potter League for Animals was founded in 1929 under the name, “Newport County League for Animals” in order to take charge of abandoned, sick, lame, overworked or cruelly treated animals. The three woman founders, Virginia Potter, Mary van Beuren and Emma Norman were individuals of timeless vision.

1931

The League’s first shelter opened in 1931 on Harrington Street in Newport. In 1958, Virginia Potter died leaving a bequest upon the condition that the League be renamed in honor of her late husband, Robert Potter.

1978

In 1978, a facility was built in Middletown when the Newport shelter could no longer meet health department standards. In 1989 an addition provided much-needed office space and a multipurpose room allowing the League to increase programs to more fully realize our commitment to promote humane attitudes through community education.

2004

In 2004, our Board of Directors realized that it was most cost effective to replace our worn, outdated and inefficient 32 year old structure with a new state-of-the-art shelter and education resource center. A new state-of-the-art facility opened in November of 2008 with homelike housing which replaced the old concrete and wire fenced kennels. In the fall of 2009, the new Potter League was the first animal shelter in the country to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council for our environmentally friendly design.

2019

In 2019, the Potter League for Animals acquired the Rhode Island Community Spay and Neuter Clinic, Rhode Island’s leading spay and neuter service provider. The clinic now operates under the name Potter League Spay and Neuter Clinic. The Clinic is committed to providing low-cost, high-quality and high-volume spay and neuter services to companion animals and feral cats. The clinic has performed over 60,000 surgeries since opening its doors in 2010.

2020

In 2020, the Potter League for Animals acquired the Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic, Rhode Island’s only nonprofit full service veterinary clinic that offers low-cost, high quality medical and surgical services for pets of eligible low-income Rhode Island pet owners. Located in Riverside, RI the PIN Clinic now operates under the name Potter League Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic. The Clinic is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality veterinary care to the pets of Rhode Islanders receiving public assistance. The clinic has serviced over 7,000 pets since opening its doors in 2016.


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Events

Events keep our community close, raise the necessary funds for our services, and improve the lives of animals and caretakers.

12-04-2020 | 8:00 am

Bloomingtails: Shop our new merch shop!

Do you need a new t-shirt to cover in cat hair, or maybe a tote bag to carry all those...

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2-01-2021 | 12:00 pm

P.S. I Love You Pet Calendar Photo Contest

Is your pet adorable? Does it deserve to be featured on the cover of the 2022 Potter League Calendar? Then...

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3-20-2021 | 10:00 am

Drive-Thru Pet Food Pantry

The Potter League for Animals is holding a drive-thru pet food pantry on Saturday, March 20 from 10 am to...

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News

For all media requests, please email KaraM@PotterLeague.org or call 401.846.0592 ext 114 Also please visit our Blog, our Newsletters or our Press Page.

People

Staff

Animal Care & Adoption Center

401.846.8276 (Shelter)
401.846.0592 (Administrative Office)

Spay & Neuter Clinic Phone:

401.369.7297 (Phone)
401.369.7295 (Fax)

Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic:

401.270.3832 (Phone)
401.270.3487 (Fax)

 


 

Chief Executive Officer

Brad Shear, CAWA

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Chief Mission Officer

Todd Cramer

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Director of Operations

Amy Chamard, CAWA

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Director of Development

Erin O'Gara Dollard

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Director of Finance & Administration

Nancy Wrathall

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Director of Marketing & Community Relations

Kara Montalbano

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Director of Shelter Medicine

Dr. Kendall Polansky, DVM

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Spay & Neuter Clinic Manager

Cindi Martin

401-369-7297

PIN Clinic Medical Director

Dr. Samantha Schenck, DVM

401-270-3832

PIN Clinic Veterinarian

Dr. Danielle Johnson, DVM

401-270-3832

Customer Care Manager

Pearl Gonzalez

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Animal Care Manager

Pam Collum

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Behavior Services Manager

Beth Nassef, CPDT-KA

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Development Manager

Susan Ryan

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Volunteer Coordinator

Madison Lane

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Administrative Assistant

Jill Homen

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Veterinary Technician

Jennifer Gallant, CVT

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Program Assistant

Austin Flis

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Senior Animal Care Associate

Brittnie Coray

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Senior Animal Care Associate

Michelle D’Arcangelo

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Senior Animal Care Associate

Nikole Meabe

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Senior Animal Care Associate

Noah Magnan

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Animal Care Associate

Rachel Wells

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Animal Care Associate

Sam Campbell

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Animal Care Associate

Nora Geoghegan

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Animal Care Associate

Madeline Rauch

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Animal Care Associate

Paul Nadeau

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Senior Customer Care Associate/Adoption Counselor

Rachel Snider

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Customer Care Associate/Adoption Counselor

Erica Bradner

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Customer Care Associate/Adoption Counselor

Hannah MacLellan

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Customer Care Associate

Teri MacKinnon

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Spay & Neuter Clinic Administrative Assistant

Kim Conway

Spay & Neuter Clinic Administrative Assistant

Hollie Pomfret

Spay & Neuter Clinic Administrative Support/Transport Driver

Dan Higgins

Spay & Neuter Clinic Veterinary Technician

Elicia Shaeffer

Spay & Neuter Clinic Veterinary Technician

Heather Cocolla

Spay & Neuter Clinic Veterinary Technician

Kristin Huska

Spay & Neuter Clinic Veterinary Technician

Megan Tattrie

PIN Clinic Veterinary Technician

Sydni Martin, CVT

PIN Clinic Veterinary Technician

Jen Morris, CVT

PIN Clinic Veterinary Assistant

Dy’ann Cardona,

PIN Clinic Veterinary Technician

Karena Richard, CVT

Board of Directors

The board is the guardian of the organization’s mission. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community and to monitor the success of the organization in fulfilling its mission. The following individuals have volunteered their time and energy on behalf of the organization and we genuinely appreciate their commitment.

 

President: David Enstone
Vice-President: Elena Kissel
Treasurer: Terry Tinkham
Secretary: Mary Edwards
Richard Cromwell
Carol Epstein
Ellen Ford
Heather Francis
John Gillespie
Mike Grandchamp
Patricia Heller
Betsy Leslie
Kara Malkovich
Pearl Marvell
Ann Mencoff
Sue Metzger
Howie Naugle
Noelle Shiland
Sharon Wood Prince

Employment

Can you say "dream job"?

Potter League for Animals is a nonprofit animal shelter and education center serving Newport County. We employ a total of 30 full and part-time employees. Employees must be 18 years of age or if 16-17 provide a “Certificate of Age” issued by your School Department. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer comprehensive benefits to our full-time staff members. They include:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Simple IRA*
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave*
  • Direct Deposit*
  • (*) Benefits offered to part-time employees as well
  • We exhibit a compassion for each other and the animals in everything we do
  • We communicate freely and clearly
  • We are flexible in our approach to an ever changing environment
  • We strive for continuous improvement
  • We encourage teamwork among our staff and volunteers
  • We value our community and collaboratively work to enrich lives

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Contact

Animal Care & Adoption Center Location:

87 Oliphant Lane Middletown, RI 02842

Phone Numbers:

Shelter Phone: 401.846.8276
Shelter Fax: 401.846.0681
Shelter Admin Phone: 401.846.0592
Shelter Admin Fax: 401.367.0122

Animal Care & Adoption Center Hours of Operation:

Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
Monday 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 7 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 7 pm
Thursday 10 am – 5 pm
Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

The Animal Care & Adoption Center is closed to the public on the following Holidays:

New Year’s Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Spay & Neuter Clinic Location:

235 Elm Street Warwick, RI 02888

Phone Numbers:

Clinic Phone: 401.369.7297
Clinic Fax: 401.369.7295

Spay & Neuter Clinic Hours of Operation:

Monday 7:45 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday 7:20 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday 7:20 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday 7:20 am – 4:30 pm
Friday 7:20 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

The Potter League Spay & Neuter Clinic is closed to the public on the following Holidays:

New Year’s Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

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