Thinking about adding a rabbit, guinea pig, or another small “pocket pet” to your family? Come find your perfect match at our Fee-Waived Adoptathon for Small Animals! Thanks to generous donors, we’ll be waiving the adoption fees for our “small guys” on Saturday July 31 and Sunday August 1. Whether it’s a hamster or gerbil, rabbit or guinea pig, (and even a few select birds!) we’re certain to have the perfect match for your family. No matter how small, these animals need you in a big way!
Advance registration for the Fee-Waived Adoptathon event is required. There are limited spaces available each day, so don’t delay – register soon!
Before you register:
Register for Small Animal Adoption Event at the Boston Adoption Center
Register for Small Animal Adoption Event at the Cape Adoption Center
Register for Small Animal Adoption Event at Nevins Farm
- Review our How to Adopt page so you know what to expect.
- Bring a photo of the cage you plan to keep your adopted small animal in. Some commercial cages are not ideal for small animals/birds and we want to make sure you have the optimal set up for your new animal’s health and behavioral needs. If you looking to purchase housing, visit our web page for recommendations on the best housing for small animals and the best housing for birds. We ask that you have a housing unit purchased before coming in to the event
- We routinely plan for same-day adoptions, so be prepared for your new small animal friend to leave with you on the same day as your visit.
- Need supplies such as food, toys, carriers, etc? We carry most of the essentials right here in our adoption center.
- There is no cost to register for the event. Your advance registration secures you a spot on your selected day, however we cannot guarantee that your preferred animal will be available. We will do our best to help you find the right match!
- Please be prepared for a wait! We anticipate a lot of interest in the available small animals, so there may be a wait period at various points during your visit. Expect to spend from 1-2 hours during your visit.
- Masks and social distancing are still required to visit the MSPCA, whether or not you are vaccinated. Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe!
Is a small animal right for your family?
While “pocket pets” may seem like easier pet choices (or better “starter” pets), they require just as much care as any other animal — and often more given daily cage cleaning, scheduled exercise, and time for socialization. Check out our Pet Resources information for tips and things to consider as you prepare for your new addition!
Do you have questions about fee-waived adoptions?
Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for answers to the most common questions.