Our Mission & History
The purpose of the Humane Association of Northwestern Rhode Island is to prevent cruelty to animals, relieve suffering among animals and educate the general public on humane practices.
It is the goal of HANRI, which is a non-profit 501c3 organization, to guarantee humane care and treatment for all animals needing protection in the area served by the association. It is the policy of this association to seek to return lost animals to their owners; to seek suitable homes for animals without owners; and to provide shelter for animals in emergency situations.
HANRI was founded in 1978 by a group of local women over an afternoon cup of tea. They were discussing the need for an organization to help with the animal welfare problems they saw in their community. About a year later, a volunteer named Ivy Turner offered to renovate her basement into a cat shelter. Ms. Turner became the president of the humane association and ran the organization for more than 20 years.
In 1998, a year before Ms. Turner's passing, Phyllis Dorr took over as president of HANRI. The organization has grown exponentially since that time - moving into a new building along with starting a humane education center, a low-cost veterinary practice and a pet supply store.
Needless to say, Ivy's legacy still lives on today as we strive to make this area a better place for both animals and humans!
If you have any questions for the HANRI staff, are interested in learning more about the adoption process or would like to sign up to receive our newsletter, please feel free to fill out the contact form below. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks so much for your interest!
Hi Everyone, I'm Sophie! I am a very pretty 6 year old long haired, calico female cat here at Humane Association. I am spayed and up to date on all my vaccinations. I have called HANRI my home for the last few years now, and I am looking for my FURever sunny window to lay in front of. Although I am a quiet, shy girl; I am extremely sweet and once I warm up to that special someone, i will never leave your lap! I would like my new house to be a quiet environment as well. I do get along with other cats but would prefer cat-friendly dogs only, adults and older children. Please come on down and meet me, you'll be glad you did!
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Payne on your family's newest member. Our handsome Albus has found a loving new home!
Phyllis Dorr - President / Treasurer
Carl McKeever - Vice President
Leslie Raucci - Secretary
Humane Association of Northwestern Rhode Island
PO Box 355 / 9 Church Street
Pascoag, RI 02859