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Finally ! We thought they would never come!!!!!! Dog Obedience classes are in full swing! Call now to reserve your spot in one of the many classes being offered. Have your pooch making you proud in no time. Planning a vacation? Doesn't your faithful companion deserve the same? The Humane Society & Shelter offers your dog a vacation spot while you're away on your vacation! Book early to ensure your furry friend a spot! Need a gift for the pet lover or pet in your life? Stop by our retail store and help support a shelter animal each time you make a purchase. Fido looking frazzled? Rascal beginning to look a bit ratty? Call now for an appointment to have your dog looking their best. We're booking up fast so don't delay!!! Since opening its doors in 1911, the Animal Rescue League of New Bedford has been caring for unwanted and needy animals from throughout southeastern Massachusetts communities. Although considered state-of-the-art when built in the 1970's, the facility on MacArthur Drive in New Bedford was severely outdated and lacked appropriate space and equipment. The Animal Rescue League of New Bedford is now known as the Humane Society & Shelter - SouthCoast and has relocated to a beautiful new spacious facility and continues its commitment to unwanted and needy animals. In 1998 a group of volunteers led by New Bedford attorneys Harvey B. Mickelson and Davis C Howes, organized a committee to launch the fund raising campaign to build a new shelter. Assisted by 15 other concerned citizens, the group has raised more that 1 million dollars. The new facility is conveniently located on Ventura Drive in Dartmouth and is in the final phase of fundraising. We still need your help and support. For naming oppurtunities or other gift options, please contact the shelter at 508-995-6661. FUNDRAISING Great news all! Now you can help the Humane Society & Shelter -SouthCoast each time you shop online. The Society is now registered with . Helping the animals just got easier ! Anywhere from 1% to 20% of each on-line purchase you make at great stores like The Gap, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Brookstone, CompUSA, The Disney Store, eBay, Expedia, L.L. Bean, Land’s End, Macy’s, PetCo, PetsMart, and Travelocity will be donated to your favorite worthy cause. Nearly 500 popular web site retailers participate in this free and private program through How do you join? It’s simple: 1.) Go to, enter your e-mail address, click “join now”, and select a password. 2.) Find a Cause to Support – Humane Society & Shelter - SouthCoast 3.) Select “Download the Igive Shopping Window”, and Download Now. 4.) Make sure third party cookies are enabled on your web browser. 5.) Whenever you go to the web site of a participating retailer, the Igive Shopping Window will recognize it and a window will pop up showing you what percentage of your purchases will be donated to Humane Society & Shelter - SouthCoast That’s all there is to it!

Who We Are

The Humane Society & Shelter - SouthCoast is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) animal shelter dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. The Society has been in existence since 1911 and serves as a holding facility for lost and abandoned animals from four surrounding cities and towns.

Adopting a friend

In order to be considered for adoption you must: Be 21 years of age or older Present a Massachusetts ID with your current address(No student ID's) Have your landlord's name and phone number OR have proof of home ownership (tax bill, water bill or mortgage statement) Have up-to-date veterinary records for any current pets, or your veterinarian's name and phone number. Bring along all members of the household to meet the pet, including children Complete an application and interview with adoption personnel

Come Visit Us!

The shelter is conveniently located just minutes from Route 195 in North Dartmouth MA. Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday 12:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Humane Society & Shelter - SouthCoast
31 Ventura Drive

Dartmouth, MA 02747
Phone: 508-995-6661

Donate a BedWe use Patented Kuranda Dog Beds because they are durable, chew proof and easy to clean. If you would like to donate a bed to us, click here.
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