Animal Shelter

Animal Shelter

Important Announcement Regarding COVID-19

The Westerly Animal Shelter Wellness Clinic will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday March 24, 2020 and until further notice in the interest of supporting state and local efforts to protect against the spread of COVID-19. This was not an easy decision to make, but we feel it is necessary in order to do our part to promote social distancing. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We will update this page as needed.

Thank you
Dr Turco & staff at WASWC

Mission

To maintain a state of the art premier shelter, adoption facility, and regional outreach center to promote the health and welfare of lost or abandoned pets; and to educate those who care for them.

What we do


The Animal Shelter Department is responsible for the impoundment, adoption, safe keeping in the event of emergency), and education of pet owners in the community. The shelter provides a clean, safe, loving, healthy environment until animals find their forever homes.  We provide community outreach through our volunteer program, microchip/wellness clinics, summer camp, obedience training and an annual rabies clinic.  All pets leaving the shelter are spayed/neutered and current on vaccinations through our onsite vet care program.

Contact Information


  • Adoption or Volunteer Inquiries: 401-584-7941
  • Animal Control Calls: 401-348-2558
  • Emergency Calls: 401-596-2022


Volunteer Opportunities


Enjoy a wagging tail, a purr, and a smile . . . You'll never find a more grateful and accepting comrade than an animal that you've comforted. If you're interested in making a difference in an animals' life and your community, just stop by the shelter or email us. Volunteers are always welcome! (volunteers under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult)

The most precious gift you can give to an animal is your time. Fill out a Volunteer Application (PDF) today.

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