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 or homeless animals and perform charitable or benevolent acts for the welfare of animals.

PARL's mission is accomplished by providing appropriate shelter and humane care for homeless animals, seeking permanent responsible homes for adoptable animals, reducing pet overpopulation through strict spay/neuter measures, and providing a diversity of humane education programs to meet community needs. It receives no federal or state funding and rely solely on donations from generous individuals, businesses, and foundations to support its programs and services.

PARL Philosophy

We believe that we will only help animals by working proactively and compassionately with people. In order to achieve this, we provide an understanding and caring environment for all community members seeking our services; whether they are surrendering a pet, adopting, or utilizing our low-cost services.

Acceptance and Placement of Animals

For over a century PARL has been the haven for hundreds of thousands of animals in need in the Greater Providence area and beyond. As an open admission shelter, we are here to help community members with compassion and support when they are faced with the difficult decision to surrender their pet - whatever the reason. We receive pets from people who can no longer care for them and strays that are brought to us by concerned community members. Although PARL is not obligated to assist our state’s Animal Control facilities, we choose to open our doors and provide services and resources to stray animals and the people that find them.

We provide each animal with a warm bed and compassionate care and take every step possible to place them into a permanent loving home. We do everything we can both medically and behaviorally to ensure each animal has the best possible chance for adoption. There are no time limits for the animals here at PARL. Euthanasia is only considered for extremely aggressive behavior or serious medical illness or injury. Working closely and openly with other animal welfare organizations is something that we encourage. We have built and nuture relationships so we can ask for their assistance with some animals that we are having difficulty finding a home for and will do the same for them. Sometimes just a change of scenery is all an animal needs. Finding new positive solutions to animal care and placement is important to our mission.

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 for a multitude of reasons that range from flea and tick treatment to major surgery. All of this care is provided prior to adoption. This high quality care requires a great deal of financial resources to pay for the costs of the vaccines, surgical care and medications but it is an important part of our mission here at PARL. Upon adoption, we help facilitate a relationship with a local veterinarian by offering a free exam to ensure the health of their new family member continues.

Community Outreach Programs

PARL strives to have programs available to help both the people and animals in our community. One of our programs is the Pet Food Pantry. We keep it stocked with food for cats and dogs and is available for anyone who is in need of temporary assistance. PARL also offers microchipping services for cats and dogs at an affordable cost to help animals to be identified if 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 spay 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 traveled 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 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. You can become involved in financially supporting the Providence Animal Rescue League in a number of ways: make a one-time donation, become a monthly supporter, join the Paw Society, participate in a fundraising event or include PARL in your will. These are just some of the ways you can support our efforts. Each gift, large or small, 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, special 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.

Our Commitment To A More Humane Future

We are committed to continuously working to find solutions that help individuals and families with the information and resources needed to be successful pet owners. We are dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals and with the on-going support from the community we will achieve our goal of a more humane future for all animals. Visit Get Involved.

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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