Animal Control Road
The Animal Control Officers work out of the South Kingstown Public Safety Building. Animal Control's mission is to enforce all Town and State Laws pertaining to domestic animals and to ensure that all animals in the Town of South Kingstown are treated humanely. Public/Humane education in regard to the proper treatment and care of animals plays a large role in helping to ensure animals are properly cared for. Animal Control Officers are also a first responder to calls concerning possible rabid animals. Animal Control handles 1400-1500 complaints a year. The South Kingstown Police Department has one full time Animal Control Officer and two part-time Animal Control Officers.
Dog licenses are issued by the Town Clerk's Office, and are required by State Law to be obtained by May 1st each year. You must present a valid rabies certificate for each animal to be registered. With proof of spaying or neutering, the yearly license fee is $8; otherwise the fee is $13. The Town Clerk's Office accepts cash or checks, and licensing may be done by mail.
Founded in 1980, the South Kingstown Animal Shelter accepts neglected, abandoned and/or stray dogs and cats. The Pound continues to maintain a policy of euthanizing animals only for extreme behavioral problems or incurable medical conditions. The Pound is committed to improving the quality of life of all strays in its care. To this end, adoption applicants are carefully screened. All possible medical care, including preventative attention, is given to the animals.
The South Kingstown Animal Shelter is located at 132 Asa Pond Rd. Wakefield, RI, and can be reached at (401) 789-5515.
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed on Holidays
New Animal Shelter Facility
The Town Council in July 2009 authorized an award of contract to High Tech Construction, Inc. for the construction of the new Animal Shelter Facility at a cost of $1,165,198. Ground breaking took place in April 2010. Shelter operations were moved into the newly constructed addition in January 2012. This state of the art facility will support the shelter’s philosophy to provide the animals with the best quality care possible utilizing all available resources.