The Westerly Animal Shelter is run by the Town of Westerly. The shelter offers many services to the community. In addition to offering dogs, cats, and small animals for adoption, the shelter offers these additional services to the community. 

Wellness Clinic: Stand Up For Animals has a partnership with Dr. John Turco and the Westerly Animal Shelter in offering a low-cost clinic that’s open to the community every Thursday by appointment.  The clinic offers services such as annual exams, vaccinations, heart-worm testing, dental cleaning, and spay and neutering. These services are offered to anyone in the community in a clean and comfortable environment. For more information on the clinic or to schedule an appointment, please visit: Westerly Animal Shelter Wellness Clinic | Westerly, RI

*Please note, prior to any surgical procedure or dental cleaning your pet(s) need to be scheduled for a wellness exam with Dr. Turco at the Clinic.

Trap, Neuter, Release Program:  Stand Up For Animals continues to support our local community (Stonington, Westerly and surrounding towns) with emergency medical pet care through the Chariho-Westerly Animal Welfare Committee.  Last year alone we contributed over $18,000 in pet medical emergencies for local community families that needed help.  Along with medical pet care we also participate in a catch, spay/neuter release program for feral cats plus we provide dry and wet cat food for many feral cat colonies in the area.

Animal Admissions: The Westerly Animal Shelter will accept owned or stray animals from their covered service area. It is never easy to relinquish a pet, the shelter is there to help. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to relinquish your pet, please call the shelter at 401-584-7941 or visit the shelter’s website for more information.https://westerlyri.gov/150/Animal-Shelter

The Animal Shelter is available to residents in during emergency evacuations. Before an emergency or storm, please make sure your pets are prepared. Please visit the shelter’s site for more information and be ready by filling out this form in advance. Disaster Preparedness

The shelter also offers temporary housing for pets during times of hardship such as in cased of domestic abuse, hospitalization or loss of home due to fire or other disasters. For more information please call 401-584-7941.

Animal Control:
Animal Control is part of The Westerly Police Department. The primary function of animal control is to Westerly citizens on proper pet guardianship, rabies awareness, co-existing with area wildlife and effective enforcement by means of example, meaningful dialogue or by more serious measures through animal impoundment, citations/summons and municipal or district court.

As always, please leash, license, vaccinate and spay or neuter your pet and NEVER leave your pet in an unattended vehicle on days that could compromise your animal’s health.

The Animal Control Officer can be reached at 401-348-6115 at police headquarters located at 60 Airport Road or at 401-348-2558 at the animal shelter located at 33 Larry Hirsch Ln. In an emergency where a response is needed ASAP, call the Westerly Police Department at 401-596-2022. For wildlife concerns please call the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management division of enforcement at 401-222-3070 or visit: https://westerlyri.gov/339/Animal-Control