Dog Days of Summer

Meet and greet with adoptable pets at local rescue events


If you’re experiencing the urge to stretch your legs and get outdoors with warm weather upon us, just imagine how stir-crazy shelter pups are feeling awaiting their forever home this season! While rescues post up at spots like Rumford Pets and other big-name stores all year, summer kicks off a string of local adoption days, beginning with the mother of all events: Always Adopt.

On June 3, the Washington County Fair Grounds goes to the dogs – literally. With over 10 rescues attending, this event offers an opportunity to see hundreds of adoptable dogs all in one location. At the helm of this adoption event is the top dog herself: Louise “Lou” Anderson Nicolosi, owner of Rhode Island Pet Rehab in Charlestown and one of the state’s biggest cheerleaders for the adopt-don’t-shop cause. Nicolosi makes announcements throughout the day and oversees an nimble volunteer team who seamlessly handle every aspect of the event.

Despite its size, this isn’t a first-come, first-served event – with veterinarians and trainers on hand, the day is all about finding the best fit for the dogs and prospective families, and all paperwork (found online) should be in order before attending.



If you miss their June event, Always Adopt hosts a second one in November at Clark Farms in Wakefield. Many local rescues also hold daily adoption hours or smaller adoption events all summer. Here’s a handful to start with, or check in with your town’s shelter to keep up to date on more chances to find your four-legged match. Always check with organizers for registration and pre-approval requirements ahead of the event.

June 3: Always Adopt kicks off adoption season at Washington County Fairgrounds from 12-4pm, opening for early entrants at 10am. 78 Richmond Townhouse Road, Richmond,

June 3: Scituate Rotary Farmers Market Pet Day brings together multiple local animal rescues, as well as pet vendors for your shopping pleasure, 9am-12pm. Route 116 Institute Lane, North Scituate, 401-451-7483

June 10: Meet puppies and adult canines at Dogtopia’s Multi-Rescue Adoption Event and browse wares from vendors, 11am-2pm. 30 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, Facebook: Dogtopia of Warwick

June 10: Submit an application and swing by SOS ReTAIL to spend one-on-one time with pups at their summer adoption event, 11am-1pm. 577 Kingstown Road, Wakefield,

June 24, July 22 & August 26: Join Rhode Home Rescue for monthly adoption events from 10am-12pm at Rumford Pet Express, with available dogs posted on Facebook. 2000 Mendon Road, Cumberland, Facebook: Rhode Home Rescues

June 25: Hounds at the Harbor brings rescue pups to Finn’s Harborside, plus fun vendors, a doggie fashion show, photo opps, live music, and more, from 1-3pm. 38 Water Street, East Greenwich,


Rhody Resources

Animal Rescue Rhode Island, 783-7606

Bristol Animal Shelter, 253-4834

Cranston Animal Control, 464-8700

EGAPL Heart of RI Animal Rescue League, 467-3670

East Providence Animal Control, 435-7675

Exeter Animal Control, 294-2754

Friends of Homeless Animals RI,

Go Fetch Rescue,

Handsome Dan Rescue,

Hotel for Homeless Dogs,

Lincoln Animal Control, 333-0950

North Kingstown Animal Control, 295-5579

Paws New England,

Pawtucket Animal Shelter, 722-4243

Providence Animal Control, 243-6040

Providence Animal Rescue League, 421-1399

Rhode Home Rescue,

RISPCA, 438-8150

Potter League, 846-8276

Save One Soul Animal Rescue League,

Small Dog Rescue of NE,

Vintage Pet Rescue,

Warwick Animal Shelter, 468-4377

West Warwick Animal Shelter, 615-3388




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