Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter

Animal Control

If you have any questions about stray, sick or injured animals or adoptions please contact us.

Animal Control Supervisor: Dyanne Gibree 935440_572970992734188_982446251_n
Animal Control Officer: Jen Roia
Assistant Animal Control Officers: Greg Gerjets & Gina Farrell  


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

Hours of Operation (opened 6 days a week!):
Monday – CLOSED      
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Contact the Bristol Police Station at 401-253-6900

Wildlife Complaints:
Contact DEM at 401-222-2284

Injured Wildlife Concerns:
Contact the Wildlife Hotline at 401-294-6363


Bristol’s Animal Ordinances

Dog at Large: All dogs must be kept under physical restraint at all times, i.e.…leash or behind a fence.

Vaccinations: It shall be unlawful for any person to own any dog or cat over three months of age that has not been inoculated against rabies.

Dog License: Every dog in the town of Bristol shall be licensed yearly. Proof of rabies vaccination is required. A license must be renewed every April. A license can be obtained through the Bristol Town Hall.

Barking Dogs: No person shall keep any dog, which by habitual howling, yelping, or barking, disturbs the quiet of any person residing in the neighborhood.

Canine Waste Removal: It shall be a violation for any person to fail to remove and dispose of any feces left by his dog on any private property and to not have on their persons a means or removal.

Confinement of Dogs in Heat: It shall be a violation for any female dog in heat to be at large or restrained out of doors.

Abandonment: The owner of the keeper of a dog or cat who moves from his place of residence and leaves behind such animal shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Sanitary Conditions: It shall be a violation for any person not to provide a maintained area, adequate shelter, and an adequate lead, no less than 15 ft., and adequate food and water for his dog.

Feral Cat Populations: It shall be a violation for any person to maintain or keep feral cats or back yard feeder cats without having such cats rabies vaccinated and spayed/neutered. For assistance with feral cat populations, please contact PawsWatch at 253-0719

Fines: A fine of $25.00 will be levied for each first violation of any of these ordinances. Second violations carry a $50.00 fine, and third or subsequent violations carry a $100.00 fine.


Lost and Found

To report a lost of found pet in Bristol, please contact the shelter at 401-253-4834. After speaking with an Animal Control Officer, please send us an email at or private message us on our Facebook page. We will post your animal on our Facebook page. Please include as much of the following as possible in your email or message:

-Recent photo of pet

-Name of Pet?



-Description of the fur… long or short haired, color, any identifying markings?

-Is he/she neutered or spayed?

-Is he/she wearing a collar? If yes, what color?

-Are there any tags on the collar? If yes what kind? Do they contain your contact info?

-FOR CATS ONLY… Is he/she declawed? If yes, fronts only or fronts and backs?

-Where was the pet last seen? Make sure to include as much info as possible: street names, direction of travel, town/city and state.

-How long has the pet been missing?

-Any additional information you feel may be relevant?

-Way to contact you if someone sees the pet or has them? We recommend phone number or email address.

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