Charlestown Animal Shelter

Sand Hill Road

Charlestown, RI 02813


Our Pet List




Sunday, June 1

At Balise Toyota of Warwick

1400 Post Road, Warwick, RI

For Information and Applications, Please Visit


Saturday, July 26 for the ANNUAL SHELTER YARD SALE and OPEN HOUSE

We will post more information on these events in the future



Hooray!!!!! The last few 'box' kittens have recently found wonderful forever homes!!! Thanks to all for the overwhelming response and support to get these abandoned kittens their much needed medical care and a life long family!!!!


On August 25, fourteen kittens of various ages were squished into a sealed box, and left for dead on the side of the road (Indian Cedar Drive, Charlestown, RI).

Anyone with information about this incident, please call the Charlestown Police (401-364-1212) or Charlestown Animal Control (401-364-1211).

These cats are undergoing medical treatment and will not be available for adoption for some time.

Please check back on their condition and for future adoption times.

We are accepting donations of kitten food and scoopable cat litter to help with their care.

New Beginnings 101 Obedience Class for Shelter Dogs

will soon be held at

the Charlestown Animal Shelter

on Wednesday nights

(see below for a description of this class)

Check Back for Details

New Beginnings 101 Obedience Class
(1 On 1 training for shelter dogs)

The ‘New Beginnings 101’ class was established to provide obedience training for homeless dogs at the Charlestown Animal Shelter. In this program, the dogs attend training sessions to learn basic obedience, including clicker training, crate training, proper doggy manners, and even some tricks. Before entering the program, the dogs must first pass a temperament test. They are then checked by a veterinarian, updated on vaccinations, and spayed or neutered. Dogs that have learned basic obedience will quickly find and adjust to happy lifelong homes. Also, by giving each dog individual attention, we can learn more about their personalities, likes and dislikes, allowing us to better match them up with a new loving family. This program is made possible by a partnership between our exceptional professional dog behaviorist, Christine Seibert, a certified pet dog trainer, and the enthusiastic volunteers who donate their time and love. For an updated listing of the dogs currently enrolled in this class, please click on 'Our Pet List' or simply call us at (401) 364-1211 for more information.


Charlestown Animal Shelter personnel care for stray and abandoned domestic animals within the town limits, as well as pets surrendered by their owners. As a municipal shelter, we also provide animal control services for the town.



Welcome to the Charlestown Animal Shelter. Please, take your time and visit with the pets available. Our shelter hours are: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 to Noon. However, since we offer Animal Control Services, we advise you to call prior to a visit to assure that staff is available.

After visiting with the potential new addition to your family, you will be asked to fill out an application. The application is designed to assist us in finding the pet most compatible with your lifestyle and to help us determine if the adoption is in the animal's best interest. Please keep in mind that all of the companion animals that currently reside at our Shelter come from various backgrounds. As a potential adopter, you need to be aware that these animals will require an abundance of love, patience, understanding, training and time to bring them to their full potential and become the friend that you want him/her to be. Upon approval of the application, all animals that are of the proper age are spay/neutered, vaccinated, and given the appropriate tests (dogs: heartworm tested; cats: leukemia/aids tested). A reasonable donation is requested for these services, which are funded solely on your kind contributions.

As a potential adopter, you must:

>Be at least 18 years of age;

>Have identification showing proof of your current residence;

>Have landlord's consent to bring an animal onto the property and in residence;

>Understand that all donations/fees are non-refundable;

>Understand that the A.C.O. has the full authority to approve, delay, or deny your application;

>Understand that the person filling out the application must be the potential adopter;

>Understand that we cannot guarantee the health and/or temperament of any animal;

>Understand that failure to answer any questions completely and truthfully will result in a delay or refusal of your application;

>Understand that this transaction is not a purchase, it is a lifetime commitment.

Please be certain that you have adequate time to spend with your new pet, including the time for training (or re-training), and exercise. We hope you will agree that the animal's welfare must be our foremost consideration.

Thank you for considering adopting a companion animal from our Shelter.



We receive many adoption applications, often for the same animal. That does not mean, however, that you should not complete an application of your own. In some cases, a potential adopter may change their mind and call back to have their application withdrawn from the process. In addition, there are many reasons that an adoption application may be denied. These reasons include, but are not limited to, the following:

>Inadequate or incomplete veterinary history on current or recent pets, for example, sketchy or no vaccination records on file. It is your responsibility to supply complete information. If more than one veterinarian is used, please include all contact information so a comprehensive vet history can be compiled.

>Inadequate space and/or conditions for type of pet selected, for example, too small of an outdoor yard or enclosure for an active breed dog.

>Landlord / parent not consenting to acquiring new pet or size / weight restrictions at place of residence.

>Failure to license current or previous pets.

>Prior problems with local animal control.

Please understand that processing the applications for a particular animal can take some time, as we are often waiting for callbacks from vet offices, landlords, and local animal control.

We appreciate your patience.



We are in need of kitty litter pans, large extreme kongs, canned cat food (they really like Friskies Classic Pate and Iams kitten food) and scoopable cat litter.


Bleach, Dish and Laundry Soap, Paper Towels, Large/Heavy Trash Bags, Bungie Cords


Please call 401-364-1211 for directions to the Charlestown Animal Shelter.
Charlestown Animal Shelter
Sand Hill Road
Charlestown RI 02813
Phone: 401-364-1211
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter

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