About Us

About Us

About PARL

The Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL) is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1913. PARL serves communities throughout Rhode Island and beyond. Our mission is to provide for the rescue and relief of suffering and homeless animals, and to perform charitable or benevolent acts for the welfare of animals.

PARL's mission is accomplished by providing appropriate shelter and care for animals in need, seeking permanent homes for adoptable animals, reducing pet overpopulation through affordable spay/neuter services, and providing humane education programming throughout the community. We receive no federal or state funding and rely solely on donations from generous individuals, businesses, and foundations to support our programs and services.

PARL Philosophy

While animal welfare is at the center of PARL's mission, we believe it is just as important to serve our community's human population. We understand how important the bond between human and companion animal is, and view people and their animals as equal and inseparable constituents. We strive to promote an understanding and caring environment for everyone seeking our services, whether they are surrendering an animal, adopting from us, or utilizing our low-cost services.

Open Admission

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 aim to help each and 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 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.

We provide the highest level of care for each animal at PARL and take every step possible to place them into permanent, loving homes. We do everything we can to ensure each animal has the best possible chance for a successful adoption. There are no time limits for animals at PARL. Euthanasia is only considered for extremely aggressive behavior or irremediably suffering animals.

Open Adoption

PARL is an open adoption animal shelter, which means we seek to create a welcoming, open, non-judgmental, and barrier-free adoption process. We do not require rigorous applications, home visits, calls to landlords, and other unnecessary, prohibitive measures. Instead, PARL's adoption process is entirely conversation-based. PARL aims to build lasting, trusting relationships with its adopters, and knows that valuable information is never gained from strict, check-the-box paper applications. Furthermore, studies have shown that open adoption policies lead to high pet retention rates. This makes sense, as cultivating relationships with our adopters encourages them to communicate openly and honestly with us if they should need our advice or assistance. At PARL, we believe every person who wants a companion animal deserves one. Our open adoption practices put those words into action.

Providing Quality Care

Our commitment to providing the best care to our animals means that we vaccinate, perform spay/neuter surgeries and provide medical treatment, ranging from flea and tick treatment to major surgery. All of this care is provided prior to adoption. This high quality care requires a large, up-front investment on our part, but it is a vital part of our mission. Upon adoption, we offer to help facilitate a relationship with a local veterinarian by offering a free exam to ensure the continued health of the animal.

Community Programs

PARL has a variety of programming aimed at helping both the people and animals in our community. One of our programs is our Pet Food Pantry. The pantry provides no-cost pet food to anyone in need of temporary financial assistance. PARL also offers affordable microchipping services for cats and dogs to help animals be identified if they are lost.

PARL is committed to reducing the number of unwanted animals due to pet overpopulation. In 1999, PARL opened its surgical wing on 34 Elbow Street and began to do its part by spaying and neutering every animal that was adopted. PARL is the first animal shelter to have in-house clinical services. In 2000, PARL extended its reach and began traveling throughout Rhode Island with its Veterinary Mobile Operating Room(VMOR). This mobile surgical unit helped community members and area shelters with low cost spay/neuter services. Presently, every cat, dog and rabbit is spayed or neutered prior to adoption. We also offer affordable spay/neuter services for community cats, dogs and rabbits. To date, we're proud that thousands of animals have been spayed and neutered through our Community Spay and Neuter Services.

Developing a Solid Foundation

Our donors are some of the most caring and dedicated individuals you will ever meet. If you'd like to join the ranks of our incredible supporters, there are a number of ways to help. You can make a one-time donation, become a monthly supporter, sponsor an animal or kennel, participate in a fundraising event or include PARL in your estate plan. Each gift, no matter the size, makes a difference in the life of an animal and the community we live in. Visit Get Involved.

Volunteers Make All the Difference

Whether you are interested in direct animal care, assisting at events, customer service or administrative work, we can use your help! The PARL Volunteer Program will give you the satisfaction of truly knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of the people and animals in our community. Visit Volunteer.

Annual Statistics

While estimates vary, it is believed that some 6 – 8 million companion animals enter our nation’s sheltering system each year. Approximately 3 million of them do not make it out of the shelter alive. Sadly, many of these animals are healthy and manageable. While these figures have trended in a positive direction over several decades thanks to increased awareness of spay-neuter and vibrant shelter programming and community outreach, they are still far too high. In an effort to provide transparency, and to remind ourselves just how far we still have to go, PARL makes its annual shelter statistics publicly available. We hope you view these with the same sense of urgency that we do – knowing that there is much work to be done to create a better and just world for animals everywhere.

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