Since 1913, PARL has been a haven for hundreds of thousands of animals in need in the Greater Providence area and beyond. As an open admission shelter, we practice managed intake and aim to help every community member when they are faced with the difficult decision to surrender their pet. We also take in stray animals in situations where our shelter is the appropriate and only option for that animal. Although PARL is not contractually obligated to assist our state’s animal control facilities, we routinely do so because we believe that a strong partnership between animal welfare organizations is vital to our mission.
PARL is an open adoption animal shelter, which means we seek to create a welcoming and barrier-free adoption process that is entirely conversation-based. We believe every person who wants a companion animal deserves one, and through conversation, we seek to find the best match for both adopter and animal. Through this process, we build trusting relationships with adopters, encouraging them to communicate openly and honestly with us if they should need our advice or assistance.
PARL has a variety of programming to support pets in our community and the people who love them. Several of these programs have seen significant increase in demand since the start of the pandemic and are helping to keep pets and families united through these difficult times. These include:
Pet Food Pantry
Provides complimentary pet food, cat litter, and assorted pet care supplies to anyone in need due to financial hardship.
Low Cost Vaccine/Microchipping
Clinics Provides affordable vaccinations and microchipping services for cats and dogs in the community.
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
Provides affordable spay/neuter services for community cats, dogs, and rabbits.