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Providence Animal Control

200 Terminal Rd
Providence, RI 02905

Our Mission

The Providence Animal Control Division protects the health and safety of our residents and their pets with progressive leadership and education, and continues to engage the hearts and minds of the community to help all animals.

As of November 2015, the Animal Control Division has adopted a “low risk euthanasia” philosophy of healthy adoptable and treatable animals and will continue to improve the live release rate of shelter animals via adoptions, returning stray animals to their owners, transferring animals to rescues, TNR and treating medical cases.

Adoption Policy

*All adoptions are by appointment only and we do need an application submitted first!*

How do I adopt?

You must be at least 18 years of age to adopt. If you are 18 years of age and live at home with your parent or parents, you must have permission from your parent(s) or better yet, have them visit the adoptable animals with you!

You will need to provide proof that you own your own home, a utility bill or property tax statement with your name and address on it will do. If you rent a home or apartment, please have your landlords’ permission (a letter/lease agreement or email) to own a pet or multiple pets.

If you find an animal on our PetFinder page that you would like to visit/adopt, please contact for an application.

Once you are approved, you will visit the animal(s) you are interested in and if the meet and greet goes well, adoption next steps will be given; pay the adoption fee and sign an adoption agreement etc. Please be advised that we cannot refund the adoption fee if your new pet doesn’t work out. If you are having trouble with your newly adopted pet, please feel free to call us with any questions. We can often recommend a trainer or provide behavioral advice over the phone. We accept returns of adopted animals no matter how long you have owned your adopted pet! Per the adoption contract, if you’ve lost your pet adopted from PAC, you must notify us immediately, we can help! Especially with escaped cats!

Approval depends on ownership history, current vaccines and spay/neuter status on resident animals and proof of home ownership or written permission from your landlord. We do not operate on a first come, first served basis however, if the first applicant is the best fit for the animal, adoption will be granted to that person or family. If you are curious about the status of your application, please email

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