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Pet Refuge
Operated by the North Kingstown-Exeter Animal Protection League, Inc.
A NO-KILL cat shelter that takes in cats and kittens from all over Rhode Island.


   Last updated:
   June 3, 2022


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Dear friends, we continue to be happily overwhelmed by the generosity, love, and support that we have received from so many. We have exceeded our GoFundMe goal in just the first week! But we’re not stopping now-there are many cats in need, and we intend to be there for them. Monetary donations and donations of food and supplies continue to come in, and we are so grateful!

Contact Info:

We have also received a lot of messages and inquiries about volunteering, doing events for us, and offers of general assistance. We want to be able to respond as quickly as possible, so these are the people to contact:

  • Cats: For anything to do with our cats, adoptions, or applications, you can email Donna at petrefuge@verizon.net or message us through Petfinder here: https://www.petfinder.com/member/us/ri/north-kingstown/pet-refuge-ri23/

    If it is an urgent cat matter, you can call the shelter at 401-294-1115. Applications are available on our Adoptions page.

  • Fundraising: If you have an idea for a fundraiser or would like to do a fundraiser for us, volunteer at our next event, sponsor an event, or become a corporate partner, you can email Linda at petrefugenk@cox.net

  • Emails and mailings: If you would like to sign up for our email list and/or our regular mail list to receive updates and information about what we do at Pet Refuge, you can email Chris at petrefugeprograms@gmail.com

We are getting back to people as fast as we can. We appreciate your patience and as always, your support.

Linda Stevens, President, Pet Refuge (NKEAPL)


Friends, please check out this very important GoFundMe for the Pet Refuge. Our situation is tough. Donations are gratefully received through the GoFundMe link below (you can just use your credit card). If you prefer to send a check, you can send one to this address:

Pet Refuge
PO Box 83
North Kingstown, RI 02852

Please share far and wide-thank you!

To learn more and to donate, please see our Save the Pet Refuge in North Kingstown, RI GoFundMe page.


Gift Suggestion
Having trouble deciding on a gift? Let us help! For a donation of $10 or more, we will send a cat themed hand made card from Pet Refuge to the person you choose to commemorate any occasion with a gift in their name.

To participate, please send an email to petrefugeprograms@gmail.com with the name and street address of the person receiving the gift donation. Please also include your name, address and amount donated so that we can send you a thank you for tax purposes. Please contact us 7 business days before you wish the recipient to receive the gift card.

Donations can be by check, paypal, or credit card. The link to PayPal and credit card donations is: "Donations"

Our mailing address is:

Pet Refuge
PO Box 83
North Kingstown, RI 02852


Missing Pets from North Kingstown
At the Pet Refuge, we always want to help people be reunited with their lost pets. That's why we often crosspost missing pets from North Kingstown. So if you have a lost pet and would like our help, please do the following:

  1. Call the shelter right away at 401-294-1115. The manager can take a description and your name and number.
  2. If your cat (we don't have dogs) may have gone missing in the Stony Lane area, please email the shelter at petrefuge@verizon.net. Please send your latest vet record and a photo of the cat. You can follow up the email with a phone call to the shelter and the manager can schedule a same-day walk-through so you can look at our cats. Please note that most of our cats are surrenders. However, we will do a walk-through if it is determined that that is best.
  3. Please notify the shelter ahead of time by phone of your intention to come by so the manager can schedule a visit. Unannounced and unscheduled visits to the shelter to see cats cannot be accommodated.
  4. Applications for cats can continue to be done through our website, nkeapl.org. The manager will review your application and be in touch about an appointment.


** IMPORTANT NOTICE **
Due to the coronavirus crisis, we are making a change in shelter protocol. Until further notice, the Pet Refuge is implementing the following effective immediately. For the safety of our staff, only come to the shelter if you are picking up a cat, dropping off a donation, or meeting a cat you have been approved to adopt. You can click on the link below to fill out an online application for our cats listed on Petfinder. If you have any other questions or are interested in adopting but have not filled out an application, please call 401-294-1115 Monday-Saturday from 11-4, and the manager will speak with you. We appreciate everyone's cooperation during this difficult time.


Cat's Pride - Litter for Good Program
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