MSPCA Adoption Philosophy
The MSPCA believes the human-animal bond is important to promote and preserve. We seek to help potential adopters form new bonds that bring the joy and comfort of companionship for both pet and human guardian.
Our adoption program is designed to be welcoming, nonjudgmental, and free of lengthy applications. We strive to engage all prospective adopters in a conversation aimed at matching an adopter’s lifestyle, interests and home environment with an animal’s personality, medical and behavioral needs. Adopting an animal is an extraordinary opportunity to choose your newest family member. At the MSPCA it is a great privilege for our staff and volunteers to guide that journey for adopters and animals.
As we help to build life-long relationships between adopters and the animals in our care, we also hope to build a life-long relationship between adopters and the MSPCA. We consider our adopters to be a part of the MSPCA Family; our staff is available to offer guidance and suggestions during the pet’s transition to his or her new home and throughout the pet’s lifetime.
View Our Adoptable Animals
Adoptions are done by appointment only in the Equine & Farm Animal Adoption Center due to the in-depth counseling involved and limited staffing.
New animals are placed up for adoption daily, follow us on Instagram and Facebook where we frequently post pictures of animals up for adoption!
The Equine & Farm Animal Adoption Center is host to a variety of horses ranging in breeds, ages, training, and more. The adoption of a horse is a lengthy commitment, and therefore we take a long, conversational approach to creating life-long matches.
- Check out our adoptable horses and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-687-7453 ext. 6101 if you see a horse that catches your eye.
Not seeing a match? Reach out to hear about horses looking for placement outside of the program or to be added to our waitlist!
- We will set up a “Meet ‘n’ Greet” appointment so you can meet, groom, and handle the horse on the ground and start working with one of our Community Animal Welfare Specialists.
- If applicable, we’ll have you back for a second appointment so you can see the horse go under saddle and ride them yourself. Please note, in some instances, we may ask for video(s) of you riding prior to making this appointment.
All riders are required to wear close-toed, low-heeled boots and an ASTM/SEI certified helmet.
- We ask for photos of where the horse will be boarded or staying, as well as vet and farrier references prior to finalizing the adoption.
Please note – we do not offer leases or trials on any of our horses.
Our adoption fee for horses varies based on the training, medical, and behavioral needs of the individual horse. The adoption fee includes:
- Coggins test
- Rabies vaccine
- Flu-Rhino vaccine
- EWT vaccine
- Deworming (as needed)
- Farrier work
- Teeth float
- Microchip available (at an additional fee), if requested
Shop at our Tack Box so you can fully outfit your horse prior to s/he heading home!
Other Farm Animals
Check out our available farm animals online and email or call ahead to set up a time to meet them. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, reach out to hear about animals looking for placement outside of the program or to be added to our waitlist.
Our adoption process for other farm animals follows the same philosophy as the rest of our adoptable animals in terms of matchmaking for your personal needs. We also will ask for photos of the enclosure/shelter the animal will be kept in as a part of the adoption process and may ask for a veterinary reference.
Roosters/Other Fowl: $15
Laying Hens: $25
Farm animal adoption fees include:
- State required testing
- Deworming/de-licing, as needed
- Rabies vaccine (excludes fowl)
- CDT vaccine (ruminants only)
- Microchip (ruminants only)
- Spay/neuter (pigs only)
- Hoof/tusk/flight feather/nail trim, as needed