National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, which is observed each year on April 30, was created as a way to raise awareness for the thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from shelters.

Potter League For Animals, just one of the great local organizations finding locals pets homes, is a great place to head today or very soon if you’re feeling like it’s time to add a (or another) animal to your family.

More information on adopting from the Potter League For Animals.

Current Adoptable Shelter Dogs

Current Adoptable Shelter Cats

Other Shelter Pets

Our friends at the Potter League For Animals, reminded us with the following Facebook post that today is also National Animal Advocacy Day;

“The tides are changing! We can feel it! Our voices are being heard louder than ever and we know it is because many of you are fighting hard for stronger animal-protection laws all year long! And we want to thank all animal advocates who are making a difference! You should be proud! There is still so much more to be done, so be sure to encourage your elected officials (via phone calls — emails get lost) for stronger animal-protection laws! You can see all proposed legislation in the state of Rhode Island here: And be sure you are registered to vote—and actually vote!”

For more information about Potter League For Animals or a particular animal, call (401) 846-8276.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.