Please consider possible alternatives that may be better for your pet. If you found a stray pet, click here.
- Consider finding a new home for your pet while they stay with you.
- Financial Troubles? We might be able to help! Follow these links to get information about our financial assistance programs for pets and equine animals. We also may be able to assist with temporary food for your pet and offer low cost vaccines/spay/neuter. Look below and contact the individual adoption center closest to you to learn more.
- Is it allergies? We have some helpful advice that may do the trick.
- Are you having trouble finding pet-friendly housing?
- Is it a medical or behavior issue? Introducing new pets or family members? Check our free pet owner guides for solutions.
- 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. Click on the Adoption Center closest to you below to learn more.
Surrendering your Pet to the MSPCA
If you are no longer able to care for your animal, you can bring him/her to the MSPCA. Our Adoption Centers 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.
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.