An all volunteer, non-profit charity organization
Friends of Homeless Animals of RI, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned dogs, cats (and every so often, rabbits, pigs and once a hedgehog named Crouton.) Established in 2007 by co-founders Roie Griego and Doris Baker, FOHARI has grown into one of the largest and most reputable animal rescues on the East Coast. We are proud to continue our mission to save hundreds of animals yearly.
As an all-foster-based rescue, all animals live with a foster family until a loving adopter is found. Our application process includes reference checks and a home visit. Our fosters provide temporary homes for our dogs, cats and other small critters, giving them love and attention, socialization, and some training while they are awaiting their forever homes. We are 100% volunteer-run, which allows us to save more animals and afford the vet care that often comes along with rescuing animals in need.
Our volunteers are the glue that holds the rescue together. They spend countless hours arranging transports from the South for puppies, kittens, dogs and cats who would otherwise be euthanized, coordinating owner surrenders from people who must rehome their beloved pets, and rescuing animals from local city and town shelters who often have medical needs that surpass what the town facility can provide.