Oscar Alerts Lost Pet? We'll get the word out. View More Throw us a Bone? Every donation helps us help animals. View More More Than an Animal Shelter. Our mission is to promote the health and welfare of abandoned or lost
pets, and to educate and assist those who care for them.


Stand Up For Animals is here for you and your furry family. Contact us at debturrisi@standupforanimals.org and let us know how we can help ~ we just ask that you are in our service area; Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton, Westerly, Stonington & North Stonington. Included in Stonington are the villages of Pawcatuck, Lords Point, Wequetequock, and the eastern halves of the villages of Mystic and Old Mystic.

Want to help but don’t know how?  Support our “Neighbors Helping Furry Friends” initiative fund so we can help more people!

  • Make an online donation HERE and put CV Assistance in the memo line
  • Donate unopened bags and cans of cat and dog food and cat litter. Drop off locations are on the front porch of 19 Johnson Street, Pawcatuck, CT or in person to Red Stone Tire, 114 Ashaway Road, Westerly, RI 02891; Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (for this program please do not bring donations to shelter so we can properly distinguish use of items). 

Together, we will continue to make a difference in the community in which we are so fortunate to work and live!

Upcoming Events

Pawcatuck VFW, 160 South Broad Street, Pawcatuck, CT

Is your pet missing? Click here to submit an Oscar Alert form.

Low-Cost Wellness Clinic Appointments

The SUFA facility is shared with the Westerly Animal Shelter & Wellness Clinic.  If you are looking to schedule your low-cost veterinary appointment, please click the corresponding button below.

Animal Emergency Preparedness

The Stand Up For Animals facility is one of four in the State of Rhode Island equipped to house pets during a time of disaster.  If you are evacuated from your home and cannot take your pet(s) to your location, please bring your pet(s) to our facility (33 Larry Hirsch Lane, Westerly, RI).  For information please contact the shelter at 401-584-7941.

Please visit http://www.dem.ri.gov/animals/ to learn more.

Our Mission

Stand Up For Animals is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the needs of our state-of-the-art animal shelter, adoption center and regional outreach facility, to promote the health and welfare of lost or abandoned pets, and to educate and assist those who care for them.

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SUFA Stories

Leila’s Story

Words from the staff – Someone brought this kitten in during the winter of 2016, almost frozen to death. She was a really cute kitten and we held her to our chests with a warm water bottle to revive her!   Words from a happy adopter about Leila – Last winter I adopted Leila from…

August 21, 2018
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Patches’ Story

I just wanted to share an update about the wonderful cat Patches we adopted in June.  She is doing very well in her new home. Our other cat Willy is overjoyed to have her around. They hang out and play all the time. Our two dogs have done very well with her as well. She…

August 21, 2018
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Nina’s Story

Nina is a true fairy tale story that we would hope for all of our rescues! She came to us on February 8, 2018, as a surrendered dog. She was completely insecure, would not make eye contact and would shake uncontrollably when you just looked at her.  It seemed like all she wanted to do…

August 4, 2018
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