In 1938, a handful of concerned citizens recognized the need for a humane organization dedicated to the protection and care of stray, abandoned, and abused animals. They founded the Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island (ARLSRI). For many years the shelter was located in a barn with animals cared for by volunteers. Established as a non-profit organization in 1970, the current shelter was built and a small staff, supported by volunteers, continues to care for hundreds of unwanted animals each year. Today, the ARLSRI is respected statewide as one of the few, local no-kill shelters. In addition to our shelter services, we are involved in coordinated efforts with other animal welfare groups to improve the lives of companion animals throughout RI. Our services to the community continue to grow each year, and to meet those needs, ARLSRI proudly works in conjunction with many other caring organizations in Rhode Island, as well. The Curtis Corner Road location in Peace Dale has been home since 1969, and will continue to be the site of our soon-to-be-opened new facility where ARLSRI will continue to care for approximately 50 cats, 20 dogs, and other small animals, such as guinea pigs, at any given time. The ARLSRI receives no federal, state, or local funding and depends on private and business donations, grants, sponsorships of our fundraising events, and generous donations from caring individuals like you! The success of the organization would not be possible without supporters like you!
The Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island’s goal is to find the best match possible between the animal and the adopting home. To ensure the placement of a pet into the proper home environment, potential owners are interviewed and must fill out an Adoption Application. The application asks information that helps us determine whether the home would be the right one for that particular pet. All applicants must be approved before they adopt a pet.