Why can’t I bring my dog along?
For many, dogs are best friends, good companions and part of the family.
But dogs are not allowed at Audubon Society of Rhode Island wildlife refuges because:
- Audubon Society of Rhode Island Wildlife Refuges are established to conserve wildlife. While we may view our dogs as companions, birds and animals see them as predators – animals to be avoided.
Wildlife’s efforts to avoid dogs can:
- Put wildlife at greater risk of being caught by either your dogs or another predator;
- Can increase stress and energy loss when they are most vulnerable (nesting, migration, and in the winter).
- Pregnant wildlife and newborn animals do not have the energy to repeatedly expend in avoiding dogs
- The scent of your dog will linger well after your visit. Some wildlife will continue to avoid an area for prolonged periods, reducing their available habitat.
- Some of your fellow visitors do not appreciate having a dog present in the area – this is their wildlife refuge too.
Thanks for your consideration, enjoy your visit!
Adapted from U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Wildlife Refuge System
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