Rhode Island Rescue Dogs Seeking Furr-ever Homes

Advice from local experts on adopting a long-time shelter pup


While many rescue pups are happily adopted within days of arriving at local shelters, some long-timers are overlooked for months or years – even though they’re equally eager to find their forever home. Just like humans, not all dogs make a winning first impression. But, as wise shelter staff will tell you, some of these under-the-radar types make for the most rewarding long-term relationships. 

Once dog seekers move past the meet and greet, the next step is getting acquainted. Sound advice for the first few weeks: “No baths, no dog parks, no parties,” recommends Jennifer Gebar of Animal Rescue Rhode Island (ARRI). “All of these things can be overwhelming; you need a chance to bond first.”

Kara Montalbano of Middletown’s Potter League for Animals echoes these sentiments. “Bringing a new pet into your home is an exciting time, however for the pet it can be a bit stressful and scary,” she says. “Remember everything is a first for them in your home – think of when you moved into a new home or got lost in a new town. If you can show patience, understanding, and be forgiving, over time your new furry family member will settle in and become a wonderful companion.”

Here are six long-timers from local shelters still awaiting the life-changing words, “You’re coming home with me!”


While Callie can appear aloof on first introductions, she recently blossomed at a weekend foster sleepover, showing a truly affectionate side and even fancied herself as a lapdog! At 10 years old, it’s definitely time for this crinkly-eared cutie to be granted her wish and receive a home full of love and toys.

Potter League for Animals, Middletown


Dior has the high energy to match his high-fashion name and needs an Akita-savvy soul who can offer the mental and physical stimulation to bring out the very best in this stunning golden boy. Bonus: trainer Gregory Riley is offering post-adoption training in your home.

Rhode Island Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Riverside


Dainty Dori is a 10-year-old Chihuahua weighing less than 10 pounds. This pup’s life goal is to find her person to spend her golden years with and become their faithful shadow and snuggler. A home with another small dog or cat is fine with this couch potato.

Also check out 18-year-old Chihuahua Hershey. Vintage Pet Rescue


Three-year-old Joey has been with Hotel for Homeless Dogs since they opened in early 2021 – that’s over half his life! If you can offer this quiet, handsome fella a fenced-in yard for playtime, water splashing, and sunny snoozes, he will dutifully clean your peanut butter jars ready for recycling.

Hotel for Homeless Dogs, Cumberland


This goofball loves to snort and trot around the yard like a pig; her antics are guaranteed to put a smile on your face as big as hers. Initially shy, Nala is prone to joyful zoomies, especially if you indulge her passion for stuffed toys.

Providence Animal Rescue League


Trex has made leaps and bounds since his arrival at ARRI 18 months ago, and not just in agility! Benefiting from professional training and care, this formerly timid three-year-old has grown in confidence, sociability, and lovability. Often described as “regal,” the only thing Trex is missing now is a kingdom to call his own.

Also check out Amigo, Harley, Hugo, Nessy, and Sherlock at ARRI


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