First of all, pat yourself on the back for coming to a rescue to adopt!
The dogs and cats that you will find here are true rescues. They were lost, abandoned, abused or neglected. The difference you will find in these animals is that after experiencing neglect, they truly appreciate being adopted and show that appreciation with their love and affection. Nothing is more gratifying than the special bond you will develop with a rescue. They make the most wonderful companions.
Our mission is to find a good match for you. After reviewing your application, we will arrange for you to meet the cat/ dog you are interested in. Whether you are looking for a couch potato or a playful active pet, we will try to find a cat/ dog that will fit your lifestyle. It normally takes a new pet at least 2 weeks to adjust to a new home and let its true personality shine through. The new sights and smells can be scary, so please be patient.
When you adopt, you are making a commitment for life. With that said, sometimes things just don’t work out. If you are unhappy with your new friend, you are welcome to return it to us, whether it is 5 minutes or 5 years later. Chances are that if you are not happy, neither is the dog/ cat and we would rather you bring them back to us rather than to another shelter or releasing it to the streets.
DOGS: Dogs are spayed/ neutered, vaccinated, and tested for heartworm. Our dogs live in foster homes, so that we know what they are like in many different situations. The adoption fee is $300. Please email for an application.
CATS: Each cat is spayed/ neutered, vaccinated, and combo tested (for FELV and FIV) before adoption. The adoption fee is $100 for adults and $125 for kittens. Kittens under 6 months of age are adopted in pairs. Your donation will go towards getting another homeless cat off the streets. If you plan to declaw a cat, please do not apply. Declawing is the surgical amputation of the last joint of your cats “toes” and considered unnecessary mutilation. It is an extremely painful procedure that can lead to physical, emotional, and behavioral complications. These cats have already been through a lot and don’t need to go through any more pain. If you want a declawed, please look for a shelter cat that has already had the procedure done. For more information, please visit: http://www.declawing.com/
How YOU can help homeless animals:1. The number one thing you can do is spay or neuter your pet and influence your friends and family to do the same. If you cannot afford to spay/ neuter your pet, there are resources available to help you!
Resources for low cost spay/ neuter for your pet:
Massachusetts Animal Coalition (http://www.massanimalcoalition.com/resources/spay-neuter/)
Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare (http://www.secondchancefund.org)
Resources for spay neuter of homeless/ feral cats in your community:
Commonwealth Cats (http://www.commonwealthcats.org/)
Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (http://www.mrfrs.org/)
Alley Cat Allies (http://www.alleycat.org/)
2. Report cruelty.
To report suspected animal cruelty in your area, please contact the MSPCA (calls are confidential):
(617) 522-6008 or (800) 628-5808
For Western New England, call: (413) 781-3231
3. Become a foster parent. In most shelters, cats have 10 days to be adopted and when their time is up, they are euthanized. The animals that are killed are happy and healthy and would make wonderful companions if given the chance, but unfortunately, there is just not enough room for them.
Each foster home is saving a life. Fostering cats and dogs buys them time until there are openings at the shelter or a home can be found. Of course, it is normal to develop a bond with that animal and it is hard to see them go. I had such a hard time with this, but rest easy knowing that animal would not be alive if I hadn’t opened my home and my heart to it. Simply put, fostering an animal can be the most gratifying thing you will ever do.
If you are interested in fostering, contact us or your local shelter.
*Statistics provided by The Humane Society of the United States and The National Council on Pet Population, Study and Policy.