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: The Westerly Animal Shelter offers a low cost veterinary clinic every Thursday from 2PM – 7PM. The clinic offers basic services such as annual exams, vaccinations, heart-worm testing, dental cleaning, and spay and neutering. The clinic offers these services 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

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 contact Erika Lebling at elebling@westerlyri.gov or 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