Adoption Policy and Fees

Adoption Policy

Animal Rescue Rhode Island’s goal is to find the best match possible between the animal and the adopting home. To ensure the placement of a pet into the proper home environment, potential owners are interviewed and must fill out an Adoption Application. The application asks information that helps us determine whether the home would be the right one for that particular pet. All applicants must be approved before they adopt a pet.


  • Applicant must be 21 years of age or older to adopt an animal.
  • If an applicant rents or leases their house or apartment, we will require written or verbal approval from their landlord before they adopt a pet. Homeowners require proof of home ownership.
  • Proof that current/previous pets are/were up-to-date on vaccinations and are/were spayed and/or neutered (unless there was a medical issue prohibiting this)
  • If there is a current dog in the household, a meet and greet with the dogs must be scheduled

*** ARRI reserves the right to refuse any adoption ***

Adoption Fees

Small Animals

  • Rabbits, Guinea Pigs $20.00


  • Kittens (under six months) $150.00 ($50.00 spay/neuter deposit will be required if not already altered)
  • Cats (six months and older) $100

*** Special rates given to purebreds, seniors, multiple cats, long staying cats and FIV+ or cats with special needs.


  • Puppies $250.00 – unaltered with spay/neuter deposit; $350.00 if already altered

*** Per state law, if the animal is not already altered, adopter will be required to place a $100.00 refundable spay/neuter deposit in addition to the adoption fee. If the adopter chooses, he/she can prepay their spay/neuter directly with us, in lieu of refundable deposit and they will receive a spay/neuter voucher, as well as the shelter rate to have their animal spayed/neutered through the RI Spay/Neuter Clinic.

  • Dogs six months and older $200.00

*** Special rates given to purebreds, seniors, long staying dogs or dogs with special needs.

10% discount to those who have adopted from us in the past two years

Fees Include:

  • Spay/Neuter
  • FIV and Feline Leukemia Testing (Cats only)
  • Heartworm test and preventative (Dogs only)
  • Microchipping
  • De-Worming
  • Flea Treatment
  • Distemper vaccination and booster (If age appropriate)
  • Bordetella vaccination (Dogs only)
  • 30 days of pet health insurance
  • Free exam certificate to one of our participating veterinarians, which entitles the adopted animal to a free physical exam within 10 days from adoption
  • Option to speak to our on-call behaviorist, who can assist with any behavior issues you may be experiencing
  • Invitation to our free K9 101 class
  • A gift bag with valuable coupons and information

Your adoption has an estimated value of $558.00 for dog/$429.00 for cat