Surrender an Animal

Steps to Take before Bringing Your Pet to Us…

Please consider possible alternatives that may be better for your pet. If you found a stray pet, click here.

  1. Consider finding a new home for your pet while they stay with you.
  2. Financial Troubles? We might be able to help! Follow these links to get information about our financial assistance programs for pets and equine animals.
  3. Is it allergies? We have some helpful advice that may do the trick.
  4. Are you having trouble finding pet-friendly housing?
  5. Is it a medical or behavior issue? Introducing new pets or family members? Check our free pet owner guides for solutions.
  6. Call one of our Adoption Centers. Call one of our adoption centers, we may be able to offer suggestions and helpful advice based on your exact circumstances. If you are thinking of surrendering an animal to our Boston Adoption Center, you can also email us at and we may be able to help troubleshoot the situation you are facing with your animal.

Surrendering your Pet to the MSPCA

*Appointments are required for ALL Equine & Farm Animal Center surrenders, please call our Barn Staff at (978) 687-7453 ext. 6113. PLEASE NOTE: Effective January 1, 2017, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm will be accepting surrenders of poultry only during the first two weeks of each month, from the 1st through the 14th, by appointment only.  This will enable us to keep our flock healthy, comply with our biosafety protocols, and meet National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) requirements.

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.


*Appointments are required for ALL Equine & Farm Animal Center surrenders, please call our Barn Staff at (978) 687-7453 ext. 6113.

**Suggested donation amounts vary for horses and farm animals according to cost transportation.

Surrender Hours and Locations

Boston Adoption Center

350 South Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-5055
Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 4pm

Noble Adoption Center

400 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844
(978) 687-7453 x6101
Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 4pm

Cape Cod Adoption Center

1577 Falmouth Rd.
Centerville, MA 02632
 (508) 775-0940
Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 4pm

Equine & Farm Center

400 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844
(978) 687-7453, press 8, followed by extension 6113
By Appointment Only

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 9,000 animals at our Adoption Centers each year. We have many wonderful success stories of finding homes for pets who are brought to us. At the same time, while we try our best 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 behaviorally sound for adoption. We do not make this decision based on length of stay or space. The adoption center environment can be a very stressful place for a pet. 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 before surrendering your animal to us.

There are several limited admission shelters and rescue groups throughout the state of Massachusetts. Most limited admission shelters and rescue groups do not euthanize animals but work off of a waiting lists if they are full and will only take in animals they are confident they will be able to place in an adoptive home. We recommend you contact limited admission rescue and shelter groups before bringing your pet to the MSPCA. Click here for a list of limited admission shelters in Massachusetts.

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