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!
Hi Everyone, I'm Albus! I am a very handsome 4 year old Russian Blue male cat here at HANRI. I am neutered and up to date on all my vaccinations. A little while ago I was living outside as a stray but thankfully a nice lady took me in and brought me to the Humane Association. I have been here for about 3 months now and although everyone is very nice here, I would really like a permanent home to call my own. Sometimes, I may act shy at first because new situations make me nervous as I'm sure you can understand from my unlucky past. However, once I know it is a nice, safe place I turn into a big 'lover boy'! I get along with mostly all my cat friends here but I'm not sure if I've met a dog before. Please stop bye and meet me, you'll be glad you did!