Surrendering Your Pet to the MSPCA

If you are no longer able to care for or keep your animal, you can bring him/her to the MSPCA. Our shelters take in owned animals as well as stray cats and small mammals. If you find a stray dog please contact the animal control officer in the town in which the dog was found.

Animals can be surrendered Tuesday – Friday 2pm-5pm. No appointment is necessary. We are closed for surrenders Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

We ask that the owner of the animal be present during the time of the surrender. The owner is able to give us the most accurate information regarding the animal and this will help us find the best possible situation for the animal. If the owner is not able to be present, please contact the shelter to make other arrangements, (617) 522-5055.

Please bring any veterinary records that the animal may have and the name and phone number of their most current veterinarian.

The adoption centers requests a $100 donation for dogs and a $50 donation for all other animals to help cover the costs of the animal while it is in our care. We can also use blankets, leashes, collars or toys in decent shape. Please do not bring open food containers as we can not use them.

We also have personality profiles/animal history forms that we ask you to fill out on your cat or dog when you come to our adoption center. The personality profile helps us make the right match between your animal and a potential adopter. It will also help a potential adopter learn more about your pet.

Our Reality The MSPCA is an open admission Adoption Center, which means we never turn an animal or an owner away. We receive more than 7,000 animals at the Boston Adoption Center each year.  We have many wonderful success stories of finding homes for pets who are surrendered to us from owners. Our adoption center staff is well trained in screening and counseling prospective pet owners and finding new loving homes for pets brought into our adoption centers. At the same time, while we try our hardest to find homes for every animal that is brought to us, we are often faced with difficult euthanasia decisions when an animal is not medically or behavioral sound for adoption. Medical and behavioral evaluations are performed on animals prior to placing them up for adoption. The adoption center environment can be a very stressful place for a pet used to a quiet home with a consistent caretaker and an established territory. While we do our best to make each animal feel as comfortable as possible, it is not a home. It is for this reason that we look to you to try everything you can to work on the situation you are facing or find a new home for your pet before surrendering your pet to us.