Links & Resources

“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” -Arthur Schopenhauer

“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.” ~Unknown

MaggieLocal Pet Resources (east bay of Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts):


Providence Animal Rescue League

Potter League for Animals


Here’s a link to the Pet Care Resources page that I put together for the new RISPCA web site when I was the Director of Humane Education there. Yep, that’s the website link above! Check it out! Or go the easy route and look at the links right here.

Helpful Pet Articles

Low-Cost Veterinary Services

Spay/Neuter Services

Some resources we recommend include:

Emergency Veterinary Services

Local Resources

Veterinary/Pet Health Topics

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals Dogs can be trained to perform many important tasks to assist people with disabilities, such as providing stability for a person who has difficulty walking, picking up items for a person who uses a wheelchair, preventing a child with autism from wandering away, or alerting a person who has hearing loss when someone is approaching from behind.
  • Service Dog Laws Have questions regarding the laws around service dogs? Check out this helpful link for more information.
  • National Animal Poison Control Poison Control experts provide valuable information to help parents recognize and protect their pets from poisonous substances including plants, human foods, human medications and more.
  • Center for Disease Control  Although the spread of diseases from animals to people is rare, pets do sometimes carry germs that can make people sick. Here you can learn about the germs that each animal can spread plus actions you can take that can help you and your pets stay healthy.
  • American Heartworm Society The American Heartworm Society aims to further scientific progress in the study of heartworm disease while informing its membership of new developments.
  • Pets and The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is an independent council of veterinarians, veterinary parasitologists, and other animal health care professionals established to create guidelines for the optimal control of internal and external parasites that threaten the health of pets and people. It brings together broad expertise in parasitology, internal medicine, public health, veterinary law, private practice, and association leadership.
  • Avoid Dog Bites How do you avoid getting bit by a dog? Start by being polite and respecting the dog’s personal space. Never approach an unfamiliar dog, especially one who’s tied or confined behind a fence or in a car. Don’t pet a dog—even your own—without letting them see and sniff you first.
  • The Cat Community The Cat Community’s purpose is to build a group of cat caregivers who want to provide the very best care for their cat. Powered by feline veterinarians, The Cat Community provides you with credible and trustworthy information on a variety of feline topics.
  • American Veterinary Medical Association The AVMA is the nation’s leading advocate for the veterinary profession. Representing more than 89,000 members, we protect, promote and advocate for the needs of all veterinarians and those they serve.
  • American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Up-to-date information on behavior, nutrition, and common health problems, plus recommended reading.
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) The ACVIM is the international certifying organization for veterinary specialists in internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, and oncology. Search online for an internal medicine specialist.
  • Animal Poison Control Center ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is dedicated to helping animals exposed to potentially hazardous substances by providing 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment recommendations. This is the premier animal-oriented poison control center in North America; their phone number is (888) 426-4435.
  • Cornell Feline Health Center These informative pamphlets provide concise summaries of a variety of issues regarding feline health, including medical conditions, behavioral issues, and general husbandry topics such as preparation of the home for a new kitten
  • Pet Adoption and Recovery Some pets, especially dogs, are deeply attuned to human behavior and emotions. They can tell when we’re angry or when we’re sad, just by the tone of our voices and our body language. With just their presence, they have an uncanny ability to lift our spirits in a way nothing else can.

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness


If you’re in the military and headed on deployment, there is a wonderful organization that works with you to find temporary foster care for your pet(s) so that you don’t have to give them up. Dogs on Deployment

The following links have numerous resources, articles and additional links on a wide range of pet care, including specific veterinary diseases and issues.

FDA Pet Food Recalls – Well worth checking periodically. You can also search by the product name.

Here’s an excellent resource from the Humane Society of the US, with details on Disaster Preparedness – Pets.

If you’re in the military and headed on deployment, there is a wonderful organization that works with you to find temporary foster care for your pet(s) so that you don’t have to give them up. Dogs on Deployment

Midas. Photo courtesy of Dogs on Deployment.
Midas. Photo courtesy of Dogs on Deployment
Local Resources

Contact Voltage Information Center

Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association

Low Cost Pet Care and Spay/Neuter for information about low-cost care, the Spay Neuter Clinic of RI, and organizations that can help defray the costs of veterinary care for elderly or disabled pet-owners.

U.R.I.’s Tick Encounter Resource Center

If you decide to take your pet with you, here’s a great resource for pet-friendly hotels:

Trips with Pets logo


Veterinary Topics

Poisonous Plants

Animal Poison Control Center ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is dedicated to helping animals exposed to potentially hazardous substances by providing 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment recommendations. This is the premier animal oriented poison control center in North America; their phone number is (888) 426-4435.

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Up-to-date information on behavior, nutrition, and common health problems, plus recommended reading.

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) The ACVIM is the international certifying organization for veterinary specialists in internal medicine, cardiology, neurology and oncology. Search online for an internal medicine specialist.

American Pet Association (APA) Dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership through action, services, and education.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Promotes humane principles, prevents cruelty, and alleviates pain, fear and suffering of animals through nationwide information, awareness, and advocacy programs.

American Veterinary Medical Association’s webpage entitled “Care For Animals” A guide to various aspects of pet health as well as a kids corner activity section for children.

AnimalHealthChannel AnimalHealthChannel provides comprehensive, trustworthy animal health information about domestic animals likes dogs and cats, as well as pet care and training information.

Delta Society Publishes a Nationwide Pet Bereavement Directory for the United States and offers a certification program for animal-assisted therapy through Pet Partners.

Heartworm Disease Information by the Heartworm Society

Gastrointestinal Parasites Information brochure on gastrointestinal parasites of cats, which was prepared by the Cornell Feline Health Center. This brochure describes the life cycle of gastrointestinal parasites and the importance of routine fecal exams for cats.

ACVS (American College of Veterinary Surgeons) Small Animal Topics

Gastrointestinal Parasites 

Risks for Inherited Genetic Disorders

Veterinary Cancer Resources

Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center for resources and information about pet cancer

The Veterinary Cancer Society

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

The American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology

Bow Wow Buddies Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation

Bone Cancer Dogs

Handicapped Pets

An article on the benefits of physical therapy for pets.

Tripawds – Three legged tripod dog resource and help center


Wheelchairs for dogs

Mobile walker

General Pet Care

AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Flea & Tick Prevention Tips

Flea Control This website is sponsored by Bayer Animal Health, the makers of Advantage flea control for cats and dogs. It is loaded with information about fleas and flea control.

Home Remedies for Bad Pet Breath

AVMA Pet Care

AVMA Spanish-Language Pet Care and Disease Handouts

Animal Care Feline and Canine Handoutscat reading moving image

Naperville Hospital’s Veterinary Articles and Videos

Arizona Animal Wellness Center’s Health Care Videos

Drake Center Pet Care Handouts

Companion Parasite Control program

Behavioral Problems

Dental Care for Pets

Keeping Your Pet Safe in Frigid Weather

Here’s a fun set of Animal Treat Recipes

Renting with Pets

Resources for Staff & Volunteers of local humane societies,  shelters &  animal control

Wild Neighbors: Urban Wildlife Issues and Solutions

Behavior Handouts, which include the following topics: Aversives for Cats, Children and Cats, Declawing, Destructive Scratching, Preventing Litter Box Problems, Solving Litter Box Problems, The Fearful Cat, and Understanding Cat Aggression towards People

House soiling cats

Canine Epilepsy/Seizures

Inherited and Genetic Diseases by Dog Breed

Dog Care Handout from the AAHA

Dogs – Food No-No’s

Dog Breed Health Risks and Health Screens

OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) – orthopedic dysplasias, DNA testing and inherited disorders

Denver Dumb Friends League extensive Dog Behavior Handouts, which include the following: Winter Pet Care Tips, Pets as Gifts, Pets and the 4th of July, Unusual Eating Habits in Dogs and Cats, Aversives for Dogs, Barking, Canine Rivalry, Children and Dogs, Cleaning Stains, Confining to Property, Crate Training, Dealing with Dominance, Dominance and Children, Dealing with Puppy Chewing, Dealing with the Aggressive Dog, Destructive Chewing, Developmental Stages of Puppies, Dog to Cat Introductions, Dog to Dog Introductions, Dog Toys and How to Use Them, Escape Artist, Fear of Thunder, Fitting Collars, Food No-No’s, Hot Weather Safety, House Training Puppies, House Training your Dog, How to Solve the Digging Problem, How to Use a Head Halter, Inside vs. Outside, Introducing New Dog to Children, Introducing New Dog to Resident Dog, Is this the best time to adopt a pet?, Jumping in Puppies, Kennel Cough Fact Sheet, Nothing is Free Training, Positive Reinforcement Training, Preparing Dog for New Baby, Puppy Chewing, Puppy Nipping, Re-Housetraining Adult Dog, Safety Tips for Kids, Territorial Marking, Tether Training, The Educated Dog, The Fearful Dog, Understanding Aggressive Behavior in Dogs, Why Dogs Bite, Why Flexi-leads are a Bad Idea, and Winter Woes.

American Kennel Club Breed Standards

Prevention and Avoiding Dog Bites

Emergency Veterinary Services

Mass-RI Veterinary ER (508) 730-1112 in Swansea, Ma.  Excellent, caring staff. I highly recommend them.

Bay State Veterinary Services (508) 379-1233 in Swansea, Ma.

Emergency Veterinary Transport (must be dispatched by one of their participating hospitals)

Financial Aid for Pet Owners facing medical emergencies with their pets

Dog Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy

The Canine Joint (508) 761-6500 in Seekonk, Ma.

Holistic Veterinarians in our area

Dr. Sharon Doolittle (401) 349-2668 in Smithfield

Canine Massage

Wet Nose Canine Spa – Carolyn MacDonald (508) 241-4826

Jessica Gonsalves Poyant (401) 429-DOGS

Dog Excursions

Ruffin’ It Dog Excursions Blythe Penna (401) 419-4318 One hour outdoor adventure to tire your dog out. lol

Compassionate Cremation

Final Gift (401) 464-8338 Really kind people at a time when you need it.


Pampered Pets (508) 336-3801 on Rte. 6 in Seekonk, Ma. offers grooming and a wide variety of pet supplies and baked goods.

Style Unleashed (401) 245-2600 on Waseca Avenue in Barrington, RI

Plaid & Stripe (401) 490-0707 on Wayland Avenue in Providence, RI

Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique (401) 667-7273 in Wickford, RI

Woof! Woof! Pet Boutique and Biscuit Bar (401) 289-2341  Main St. in Warren

Local Bakeries

The New England Custom Dog Cake Co.  (401) 297-1703

Jack’s Snacks Dog Bakery (401) 467-2601 on Broad Street in Cranston

On-Line Sites for Shopping, just because they’re fun…

Cozy Puff Dog Beds Available in a rainbow of colurs, and so comfy looking I want to sleep in one.

Doggie’s Duffel Bag Fun T-shirts, dog duffels, books, etc.

Teddy the Dog Apparel

Pinot Leashio Alcohol-free Au Jus

Doggy Wheelchairs

In The Company of Dogs

Thundershirt Enter code BARK21 for free shipping

Thunderhut, a sort offabric and foam doghouse version

Tanner Glass Leash Hooks (401) 742-4066

Holistic Products for Your Pet

Chasing Our Tails organic treats

Cocotherapy coconut based organic products

Clear Conscience Pet instant gravy, treats, etc.

Pure Pooch gentle grooming shamppos

Pet Kind organic pet care and treats

Organic Eco-sustainable Clean Pet Products

Pet Portraitists

Dogs, Cats and Other Fuzzballs

Klaynines clay sculptures of your dog


Style Unleashed (401) 245-2600 on Waseca Avenue in Barrington, RI.

Amy’s Pup in The TubII (401)245-2877 in Warren, RI They do an awesome job and Amy is a peach!

Pampered Pets (508) 336-3801 in Seekonk, Ma. offers grooming and a wide variety of pet supplies and baked goods.

Fur Kidz mobile pet groomer (401) 474-7240

Veterinary Info and Health Care Sites

Be aware that many sites purporting to offer valuable health care and veterinary info actually charge fees to answer your questions, or require registration to view articles. The following do not:

General Pet Health Information 

Pet Dental Care

Vet Info

Cornell University Feline Health Center

Healthy Pet  AAHA info on pet care and health

Holistic Pet Care


Natural Rearing

Holistic Pet Info

Miscellaneous Pet Sites

Best Friends Pet Care Pages

Budget 101 Pet Recipes

Recipe Goldmine

Animal Talk  Animal communication with Penelope Smith

Bow Tie Press  Pet publications

Dog Wise  Books and other stuff about dogs

Pet Loss Support Page

Animal Network

Pet Travel   Information about pet-friendlyhotels, passport and airline regulations regarding pets

Pet Air   Serving travel between 150 airports.

Pet Friendly Travel





I finally had to create a separate document to hold all the dog-related links, so I hope this will make it easier to peruse them. Click here.

Recommended Reading:

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas





Marek the taco thief


Cats have their own page of links, too. Check them out here!

Animal Rescue and Sanctuaries – National Organizations

Pet Finder with local listings


Best Friends

Animal Rescue

The Fund for Animals

In Defense of Animals

Feral Cat Winter Survival Tips

Local Shelters and Rescue Groups

Cat Rescue Team Adoption Services (CATS) in Riverside, RI

Barrington PAW

Potter League for Animals (401) 438-8150 in Middletown, RI

Warren Animal Shelter (401) 245-4569

Bristol Animal Shelter (401) 253-4834

Providence Animal Rescue League (401) 421- 1399

RI Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (401) 438-8150 in East Providence, RI

Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue  (401) 743-7699 in Rhode Island

Massachusetts Ferret Friends Rescue ( 781) 224-1098   in Fall River, Ma.

Lazicki’s Bird House and Rescue (401) 732-5806

Scottish Terrier Rescue (401) 434-7649

Collie Rescue – Elizabeth Castigliego (401) 435-5404


Species Specific Sites




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Ferret Central

Everything Ferret

Ferret Care Zone

Guinea Pigs

ASPCA Guinea Pig Care

Cavy Spirit Guinea Pig Care

Peter Gurney’s Guinea Pig Pages British site with care videos

Guinea Pig Connection


maxresdefaultHamster Care

My Hammie



House Rabbit Society

Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue in Rhode Island

ASPCA Rabbit Care

Bunny Bunch Care and Health

Care and Feeding of Orphaned Rabbits

Common Illnesses and Infections


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Chinchilla Care  www.chincare.cominchilla

Chinchilla Planet

Sugar Gliders 

Sugar Gliders

N. American Sugar Glider Association

Sugar Gliders as Pets video series


O’Malley when he was a baby


Hedgehog Central



Photo courtesy of Cutie Pie Acres

Photo courtesy of Cutie Pie Acres


Ratty Rat

Exotic Pets Rat Care

How to Bathe a Rat

Dwarf Rat Care

Cutie Pie Dwarf Rat Care

Pet Info Packets Rat

Diet – Forbidden Foods 

What’s On My Rat – Ectoparasites

Toys and Enrichment

Rat Toy Ideas

Rat Whisperer Toy Review 

Rat Enrichment 


The Ratty Fun Pages

Pet Insurance

Look over the options carefully, of which these are only a few. They are as varied as human insurance. Some exclude preexisting conditions, some don’t pay for breed genetic issues such as hip dysplasia, etc.

Embrace Pet Insurance

Pets Best Insurance

Pets First

Pet Plan

VPI Pet Insurance

Pet Medicines

Drs. Foster & Smith


Pet Care Rx

Pet Meds

Local Prescription Compounding  (401)429-0330/0333 on Reservoir Avenue in Cranston, RI Reasonably priced, fast.

Walkin’ Wheels dog wheelchair/cart

Kids Sites

AVMA Kids’ Corner

Enchanted Learning

National Wildlife Federation for Kids

Defenders of Wildlife Kids’ Planet

Pet Sitting Organizations

Pet Sitters International

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters

Wildlife (see our Wildlife Page as well)

Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island

Defenders of Wildlife

International Fund for Animal Welfare

National Wildlife Federation

World Wildlife Fund

Mystic Aquarium


The Adopted Dog Handbook by

Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin

Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier

The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know by Tracie Hotchner

Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook by Dr. Debra Eldredge

The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook by Betsy Brevitz

The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions byJan Allegretti

Dog First Aid by American National Red Cross

Dogology By Vicki Croke and Sarah Wilson

Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook by Dr. Debra M. Eldredge

The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline by Larry P. Tilley

House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live with an Urban Rabbit by Marinell Harriman

How to Toilet-Train Your Cat: 21 Days to a Litter-Free Home byPaul Kunkel

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know by Alexandra Horowitz

My Smart Puppy  by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson

The Natural Cat: The Comprehensive Guide to Optimum Care by Anita Frazier

Original Dog Bible: The Definitive Source for All Things Dog by Kristin Mehus-Roc

Souls of Animals by Gary Kowalski

Through a Dog’s Eyes by Jennifer Arnold

Twisted Whiskers: Solving Your Cat’s Behavior Problems by Pam Johnson-Bennett


Local Dog Park:  west side of Haines Park in Barrington, behind the baseball fields. Park has double-gated entry and separate areas for large and small dogs. Open sunrise to sunset.  Be diligent about leash laws outside the dog park, as owners are frequently fined by the dog officer for lapses. Also, please make sure you have had your dog vaccinated against bortadella (kennel cough) at least 10 days prior to exposure to other dogs, as kennel cough is highly contagious and there have been a number of reported cases at the dog park.


In the event of evacuation, locations of animal evacuation sites can be found on: www.dem.ri.giv/animals

And advice for pet preparedness can be found at:

Emergency Supplies would include:

  • Week’s supply of food
  • Manual can opener
  • 1 gallon of fresh water per pet
  • Bowls
  • Pet first aid kit (see separate list below)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Favorite toys or treats
  • Spare collar with ID tags
  • Grooming items
  • Secure leash
  • Crate or carrier
  • Flashlight
  • Transistor Radio
  • Fresh batteries
  • Current photos of pets in case they are lost
  • Copies of medical records – at least vaccinations

Pet First Aid Kit should include:

  • Sterile gauze pads and Bandages
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Bandage Scissors and Tweezers
  • Styptic Powder
  • Triangular Bandage (for Muzzle or Sling)
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Sterile Saline Solution
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Activated Charcoal Tabs and Maalox
  • Thermometer
  • Rubber Exam Gloves
  • Penlight with Fresh Batteries
  • Large Towel or Blanket
  • Shampoo and Antibacterial Soap (a small amount)
  • Name, Address, Phone Number of your vet and the nearest emergency clinic


  • Remove candy or nuts from locations where pets can reach them.
  • If moth balls are used, keep pets away from those areas.
  • Check the security of the garbage can. Chicken bones, foil food wrappers, batteries, string, etc. can all be life threatening.
  • See that medications are secure. The sound of pills rattling in a plastic bottle may entice the pet to chew the bottle open. Many human meds are toxic to pets. And of course, many pet meds are also toxic in the wrong dose. For example, Rimaydyl, a pet anti-inflammatory, is very palatable to your pet but highly toxic in high doses.
  • Household cleaners, furniture polishes, disinfectants, insecticides, antifreeze, fertilizers, perfumes and make-up can be very dangerous to your pets. Make sure all storage areas are secure.
  • Check to see that any hobby supplies such as paints, glue, needles and thread, etc. have been placed well away from a pet’s reach.

PETS’ BILL OF RIGHTS (Author Unknown)

  •  1. We have the right to be full members of your family.  We thrive on social interaction, praise, and love.
  • 2.  We have the right to stimulation.  We need new games, new toys, new experiences, and new smells to be happy.
  • 3.  We have the right to regular exercise.  Without it, we become hyper, sluggish, or fat.
  • 4.  We have the right to have fun.  We enjoy acting like clowns now and then; so don’t expect us to be predictable all the time.
  • 5.  We have the right to quality healthcare.  Please stay good friends with our vet.
  • 6.  We have the right to a good diet.  Like some people, we do not know what is best for us.  We depend on you.
  • 7.  We have the right to not be rejected because of your expectations that we be great show animals, watchdogs, hunters, or baby-sitters.
  • 8.  We have the right to receive proper training.  Otherwise, our good relationship could be marred by confusion and strife — and we could become dangerous to ourselves and others.
  • 9.  We have the right to guidance and correction based on understanding and compassion, rather than abuse.
  • 10.  We have the right to live with dignity… and to die with dignity when the time comes.


“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read”. – Groucho Marx