Feline Conservation Federation

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Regulations on Wild and Exotic Felines

Division of Fish and Wildlife
P.O. Box 218
West Kingston, RI 02892

State Web Site: http://www.ri.gov/

Rhode Island State Veterinarian
Dr. Hanifin
Division of Agriculture
235 Prominenade St.
Providence, RI 02908

Department of Environmental Management: http://www.dem.ri.gov/  

Short Summary: Must obtain a permit from the RI Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture to import, possess or receive any native wildlife or hybrid thereof. Permits are only issued to AZA zoos, US F & W Service, or other USDA approved facilities complying with the AWA, with specific attention to part 3 - Standards, part 2 sub-part E - Identification of Animals and additionally sub-part C - Research facilities.

New rules passed in 2010 require an Exotic Wild Animal Possession Permit from the RI Department of Environmental Management Division of Agriculture and Resource Marketing for exotic wildlife including domestic cat hybrids.  Breeding must be approved by the Department.