Animal Admissions

The Westerly Animal Shelter accepts owned animals from residents of Westerly/Bradford area. We accept stray animals from Westerly/Bradford residents. All animals are accepted regardless of temperament, age or health.

Owners relinquishing their animals are asked to fill out a personality profile to aid us in placing the animal in a new home. There is a fee for surrendering an animal of $10.00 for cats, small critters and $20.00 for dogs.

We do have an extremely high adoption rate. Medical and behavioral evaluations are performed on animals prior to placing them up for adoption. We do not euthanize due to time in shelter or shortage of space.
It is never an easy decision to relinquish your pet, but we are here to help.  Please call 401-584-7941 to speak with our Staff to surrender a pet.  We take your animal's well-being very seriously and have a team of compassionate and dedicated animal care professionals who will provide loving care as we work to place them in their forever home.
Please bring a copy of your pet’s veterinary records (not just the receipts) with you. This information assists us in providing the proper veterinary care prior to adoption.  

Disaster Preparedness

One of the best things a pet owner can do is to prepare our families for hurricanes, floods, winter storms, and other natural disasters. Disasters such as house fires can occur without any advance warning and you may find yourself evacuating your home. If there is a state of emergency due to a tropical storm or hurricane, you could be forced to leave your home. Make a plan for your pets as we do for ourselves before, during and after a disaster. If there is an emergency evacuation please fill out and bring the Disaster Preparedness form with you. 

Here are some tips to help you plan ahead before disaster strikes: 
  • Keep your pets vaccinations current and your paperwork easily accessible
  •     Be sure to have a collar with proper identification and a rabies tag for each of your pets
  •     Make sure your pet has been spayed or neutered
  •     Make a list, including phone numbers, of potential refuge for you and your pet including shelters,    veterinary clinics, friends and relatives that you may need to reach 
  •     Make a list of pet-friendly hotels/ motels in the area you will be heading
  •     Keep a crate around in case you need to evacuate
  •     Prepare an emergency pet care kit including 3-5 days of food, water/food bowls, cat litter and litter box, leash, any medications, first aid kit and cleaning supplies 
  •     Make sure your pets are wearing up to date ID tags and keep current photos with you should you and your pet get separated
  •     NEVER leave a pet outside under any circumstances

Pet Safe Housing

Westerly Animal Shelter works with local agencies to provide temporary housing for the pets of victims of domestic violence who must leave a dangerous household situation. We also provide short term housing for the pets of the elderly who have been hospitalized and have no one to care for their animals. Temporary housing for animals for those displaced from their homes because of fire or other disasters is also provided. For more information please contact Nikea Killam at or 401-348-2618