About Us



The animal shelter has a volunteer group called Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization working to supplement the efforts of the Town of Bristol, RI's no-kill Animal Care and Adoption Center.  It is their mission to assist in providing a safe environment and emergency veterinary funding for the animals in their care until they find their forever homes.  Please visit their website for more information:

Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter

Adopting A Friend

Adoption Policies: 



In order to adopt an animal from the shelter, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid form of I.D.  Adopter must show proof of home ownership or a rental lease which allows pets.  The adoption fee for cats is $85 and for dogs is $100 payable by check or money order only.  Adoption applications are filled out at the shelter only, and only after you have met and interacted with the animal and have interviewed with an officer.  All animals available for adoption can be viewed on  petfinder.





Rocky had a tough life on the streets. On a daily basis, he was abused by the humans around him. Sticks, stones, and feet DID break his bones, and Rocky now has a rib that healed in the wrong direction. The rib causes him no pain or discomfort though! Rocky is now safe and sound at the Bristol Animal Shelter. He is a very studly neutered male, and no one understands how anyone could have been so mean to him! Rocky is up to date on his vaccinations and Feline Leukemia and AIDS negative. Please call 401-253-4834 for more information on how to adopt Rocky.



Who We Are

Animal Control 



Shelter Policies: 


The Bristol Animal Shelter impounds stray dogs and sick or injured cats only.  Persons wishing to surrender an animal must contact a private humane agency. 




Come Visit Us

10 Minturn Farm Road
Bristol, RI  02809
401 253-4834


Hours of Operation (opened 7 days a week!): 
Mon – Wed        8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thurs – Sun        8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Contact Bristol Animal Shelter


Available Animals

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