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Pet Surrender Behavior & Training Wellness Clinic Potter Pet Food Pantry Cremation Services Pet Loss Support Pet Safe Housing Contact

The Potter League is the animal resource for Newport County and beyond, and offers a variety of services and outreach programs to the community.

Pet Surrender

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.

Surrender Fees:

  • 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.


After speaking to a Potter League representative, please complete the required personality profile form prior to your appointment. 
Dog Personality Profile
Cat Personality Profile
Small Mammal Personality Profile


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.

Call to schedule an appointment

Behavior & Training

Train your pet, improve your life (and theirs).

At the Potter League, we realize there is more to a happy and fulfilled pet than food, water and veterinary care. Enrichment, socialization and training are a big part of the experience we provide for the animals in our care as well as those in the community.


The Potter League offers a wide variety of affordable classes for dogs of any training level. Take a look at our wide variety of classes, then check our schedule for your class of choice.

Behavior Helpline

Sometimes a little advice can make all the difference.

Contact our Behavior Helpline via phone or email:
401.846.8276 ext. 119 or
In addition to our helpline, we offer free classes on pet ownership. Our Doggy 101 classes are held weekly, are open to the public and free of charge (Cat Conversations classes also offered per request). Check our calendar for info on the next scheduled class.

Behavior Resource Sheets

Veterinary Wellness Clinic

A vet for every pet, regardless of money.

The Potter League for Animals Veterinary Wellness Clinics are offered to income-qualifying pet owners at discounted prices.

  • The Potter League Veterinary Wellness Clinics exclusively serve the pets of eligible elderly, disabled, and low-income pet owners.
  • All pet owners that are receiving assistance from a valid federal or state program will qualify and proof is required at the time of service.
  • Clinic services include a physical exam as well as distemper and rabies vaccines, and microchipping.
  • Clinics are drop-in and do not require an appointment.
  • All clinics take place at the Potter League for Animals located at 87 Oliphant Lane Middletown, RI.
  • There are a limited number of pets seen per clinic and it is first come, first served.

See Upcoming Dates


Physical Exam: $25
Vaccines: $10
Microchip: $10

What to Bring

  • Proof of one of the following: Food Stamps, Medicaid Medical Assistance Program, Rite Care, Child Care Assistance, Subsidized Housing, WIC, FIP, SSI, SSDI, TDI, or Heating Assistance.
  • Any past medical history you may have on your pet.
  • Pets should be on leash or in a carrier. If you don’t have a leash or a carrier, leave your pet in the car and we will loan you one to get them inside. Or you can come the day before to pick one up. Please call us at 401-846-0592 ext. 119 and we would be happy to help.
  • Payment is due at the time of service. Credit cards, cash, and checks are accepted.


Veterinary Wellness Clinic

401.846.8276 ext. 119

Potter Pet Food Pantry

The Potter League’s pet food assistance program provides free supplemental cat food, dog food, and supplies when available to individuals who may need assistance. We understand that times can be tough, and our goal is to keep as many pets as possible with their families and out of shelters. Our Potter Pet Food Pantry is available to anyone who is experiencing financial hardship and might need a little help providing food for their beloved pet(s).

Please understand that this program is not set up to supply food permanently and is for temporary assistance as long as it is needed. At this time we ask that if you are in need of assistance you inquire at the front desk during our normal hours of operation. We are located at 87 Oliphant Lane in Middletown, RI or call us at 401-846-8276.

Other pet food pick-up locations include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, located at 20 Dr Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport, Rhode Island. Their pantry hours are Monday (10 am – 2 pm), Wednesday (10 am – 2 pm & 4 pm – 6:30 pm) and Friday (10 am- 2pm). Any questions, you may contact them at 401-846-4828.

Cremation Services

A noble send-off for any budget.

Sadly, when we bring animals into our hearts and lives, we know that one day we will have to say goodbye. We offer several cremation packages to meet a variety of family needs, as well as attractive, Eco-Friendly options for the return of your pet’s ashes to the earth.


Private cremation with Biodegradable Earthurn made for burial in water or earth. Earthurns are handcrafted from sustainably produced and biodegradable paper. Ideal for water burial.

Faithful Friend

Private Cremation with choice of Wooden Box or Eco-Friendly Scattering Tube

Rainbow Bridge

Private cremation with Paw Print Brass Urn

Call For Pricing

I want to thank the Potter League for the care of my beloved cat who was my faithful companion for 18 years. Her passing was difficult but the care that was taken for her cremation by the staff made a difficult process much easier. You do wonderful work from start to finish.


Pet Loss Support

Don’t be alone when it’s time to say goodbye.

The Potter League offers a free monthly Pet Loss Support Group led by psychotherapist Lori Verderosa. This program provides supportive help for those who have been touched by the loss of a pet, are anticipating the loss of a pet, or are dealing with the decision of euthanasia. Check our calendar for the next meeting date.

See upcoming dates

At the Potter League’s Pet Loss Support Group, we all shared our great sense of loss and I know we truly helped one another in a very special way.


Pet Safe Housing

Our doors are open, even when others close.

We work with social workers and local domestic violence agencies to provide foster care and temporary housing for the pets of victims of domestic violence, pets of the elderly, animals displaced due to fire and other disasters.

Contact Us Regarding Pet Safe Housing

Training Services

401.846.8276 ext. 119