Animal Control


The Bristol Animal Shelter impounds stray dogs and sick or injured cats only. Persons wishing to surrender an animal must contact a private humane agency.

All complaints must be filed either through the Bristol Police Department or the Bristol Animal Shelter. 

Animal control does not respond to wildlife complaints – any and all wildlife complaints must be handled by the Department of Environmental Management.

Hours of Operation:

An Animal Control Officer is available at the shelter during the posted hours, with the exception of all major holidays. If the ACO isn't at the shelter during the posted hours, then he or she is either on a call or on patrol and should return at the estimated time posted on the clock which is located on the front door of the facility.

Animal Control is available 7 days a week 24-hours a day.
If you have an emergency, please contact the Bristol Police Department at 401-253-6900.

Visiting Hours:

The shelter is open during the posted visiting hours to anyone who wishes to make a visit; make a donation, or socialize with the animals.


Adoptions are conducted Tuesday - Friday from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM.