Thank you for visiting! The fact that you are thinking about adopting means you are a caring and responsible person. According to American Humane Association an estimated 10 million adoptable pets are euthanized in the United States each year! You can help save a life by adopting from a shelter rather than buying from breeder. Shelter pets need you more than breeders online, newspaper ads or pet store need your money. This website is primary a listing of kill shelters that allow adoption from anywhere in the United States. But before you make the decision to bring a furry friend home, however, here is a simple quiz you should take:
* Have you research what kind of pet suits you and your family?
* Will your working hours allow enough time to provide the care and attention your pet needs every day?
* If you have children, will you constantly supervise and teach your children how to properly treat pet?
* Are you willing to spend about $300 (excluding emergency & petsitting care) a year for a pet?
* If you rent or live in a condo do you have written permission to have pet?
* Is your resident suitable for pet?
* Is everyone in your resident on board and not allergic to pet?
* Do you travel frequently, and if so, what are your plans for the pet?
* If you move, can you be sure your next place will allow pet?
* Can you make the commitment to care for this animal for his or her lifetime?
If you answered "yes" to all questions and you absolute love pets and are not just getting one because it is the thing to do or most people you know have pets then make yourself happy! But if you answered "no" to even one of the question then you will save yourself a lot of headache in the long run by not getting a pet.
a. Kill Shelter
This should be your priority if you truly love pets. Euthanizing shelters or kill shelters are usually your town's animal control or humane society (some are no-kill). Your can search for them using the Yellow Pages or go to www.petfinder.com. On the left hand side under "Search for a Pet" select your animal and type in your location. Then select pets held in the animal control or humane society that do not claim to be a no-kill. Below are MA largest kill shelters that euthanize pets mostly due to aggression or illness:
350 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130
Tues & Thurs 2pm - 7pm
Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 1pm - 5pm
Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Chandler Street
Boston, MA 02116
Tuesday - Friday 1-7pm
Saturday - Sunday 1 - 4pm
Animal Rescue League of Boston
Cape Cod Branch
3981 Main Street (Route 6A)
East Brewster, MA 02631
Pine Ridge Animal Center
55 Anna's Place
238 Pine Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Tuesday - Friday 1 - 6:30pm
Saturday - Sunday 12 - 5:30pm
b. Local Shelter
This is for people who are adamant about supporting their local community. You can look them up in your town's Yellow Pages or go to Petfinder. On the left hand side of the home page under "Find Animal Welfare Groups" simply type in your zip code or city and state. Your nearest shelter should pop up. This is also a great site to find the specific breed you want. On the upper left hand side of its home page under "Search for a Pet" select the animal, breed and your location. This site currently have 305,770 adoptable pets waiting for a forever loving home so the odds are you will find your perfect match!
c. Southern Shelter
Not only are North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, etc., shelters facing pet overpopulation catastrophe (Due to puppy mills and low spaying & neutering practice) barbaric euthanasia practices such as gas chambers, shot guns and cardiac heartsticks without sedation are common and massive. So if you have the big heart and don't mind the extra work and fee then click on the "Urgent" pages above. Keep in mind though that this kind of long distance adoption is not for everyone. Because you do not get to visit with the pet beforehand its personality and pretty much everything will be a surprise to you. But you must love the pet deeply and for a lifetime like you would other pets.
1. Click on above "Urgent" pages to search for nationally adoptable in danger and rescued pets.
2. Contact the following pet transport company about fee and if they service your area:
3. Contact the shelter or rescue organization to check on the pet's availability, temperment, vaccination and so fort.
4. Talk to your family or wait for a few days to be certain of your choice. This is not buying something. There is no refund. You are bringing a life into your life. Some organizations have a non-refundable application fee (not to be confuse with adoption fee) so that people will not waste their crucial time rescuing pets.
5. Contact the shelter, fill in application form and pay adoption fee.
6. Contact pet transport, fill in form and pay transport fee.
7. While you wait for your pet's arriving. Buy supplies like the right size bed, food bowls, food, toys, harness, etc., Read up on the care and training of your pet. Clean and safe-proof your house.