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's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).