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Approved Shelter and Rescue Organizations

A list of Shelter and Rescue Groups Licensed to Operate Adoption Programs

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IMPORT LICENSE:  A license issued to shelters and rescues who are allowed to import dogs and cats originating from outside of the Commonwealth.  The licensee is required to transport imported dogs and cats directly to a Massachusetts Isolation Facility.  Shelters and rescues holding an import license may also conduct the same activities permitted under a Local License.

LOCAL LICENSE:  Those organizations who have been issued a Local License may accept and adopt dogs and cats originating from within the Commonwealth as well as dogs and cats surrendered by their owners who reside in New England States or New York.  Owner surrendered dogs and cats from New England States and New York must be transported into Massachusetts by their owner and be surrendered to the licensed rescue in Massachusetts.  Owner surrenders do not include dogs or cats transported into Massachusetts by any rescue, shelter, or third-party transporter.

Rescues dealing in species other than dogs and cats operate under a Local License and may import animals in accordance with all applicable laws pertaining to the species the shelter or rescue deals in.

License No. Licensed Shelter or Rescue  Business Location Email License Type
185 3 Dogs Rescue ME jennifer@3dogsrescue.org Import
142 4 Paws Stronger, Inc. MA publics20.lm@gmail.com Import
254 22Mohawks Corp MA dave@22mohawks.com Import
86 A Place For Ace MA admin@aplaceforace.org Import
60 Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue, Inc. MA info@ahimsahaven.org Local
184 All Dog Rescue, Inc. MA info@alldogrescue.org Local
58 All Sentient Beings MA wishfulwhiskers2017@gmail.com Local
71 American Lab Rescue, Inc. CT info@americanlabrescue.com Import
62 Angels Helping Animals Worldwide MA angelshelpinganimalsmv@gmail.com Import
57 Animal Protection Center Of Southeastern Massachusetts, Inc. MA k.heise@apcsm.org Import
54 Animal Rescue Front, Inc. MA chris@animalrescuefront.org Import
221 Animal Rescue League of Boston MA


70 Animal Rescue League Of Fall River MA john@arlfr.org Import
40 Animal Rescue League Of New Bedford d/b/a Humane Society & Shelter MA mventura6089@comcast.net Local
200 Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley, Inc. MA


99 Animal Rescue Of New England RI info@arne-ri.org Import
56 Animal Shelter Of Martha'S Vineyard MA ldawley@animalshelterofmv.org Local
64 Animal Shelter, Inc. MA leigh13@ix.netcom.com Import
26 As Sweet As A Peach Animal Rescue, Inc. MA assweetasapeachanimalrescue@gmail.com Import
63 Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc. MA info@baystateanimals.org Local
213 Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, Inc. MA ejefferis@baypathhumane.org Import
91 Berkshire Humane Society MA jperreault@berkshirehumane.org Import
92 Better Together Dog Rescue MA bettertogetherdogrescue@gmail.com Import
90 Big Wave Dog Rescue, Inc. MA info@bigwavedogrescue.com Import
202 Black Feather Horse Rescue Inc. MA dcn@blackfeatherhorserescue.org Local

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance Inc

MA treasurer@blinddogrescue.com Local
50 Bnrs Rock N Rescue MA rescue@bark-n-roll.com Import
53 Boston'S Forgotten Felines, Inc. MA cindy@bostonsforgottenfelines.org Local
139 Broken Tail Rescue, Inc. MA info@brokentailrescue.org Import
42 Brown Dog Coalition And Rescue MA adoptions@browndogcoalition.com Import
52 Buddy And Friends Animal Rescue MA adoptions@buddyandfriendsma.org Import
67 Buddy Dog Humane Society, Inc. MA info@buddydoghs.org Import
74 Bullied Breeds Rescue, Inc. MA info@bulliedbreedsrescue.org Local
102 Cape Ann Animal Aid Association, Inc. MA info@capeannanimalaid.org Import
114 Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter Casas MA casas4rescue@comcast.net Local

Cat Canton Rescue, Inc.

MA angelpiecakes@yahoo.com Local
128 Cat Life Rescue MA catliferescue@gmail.com Local

Cenla Alliance for Animals Inc



203 Central New England Equine Rescue, Inc. MA windybleu@gmail.com Local
115 Chance Of A Lifetime Dachshund Rescue MA niccar14@yahoo.com Import
68 Changing Tomorrow Animal Rescue, Inc. FL changingtomorrowanimalrescue@gmail.com Import
85 Clover Creek Sanctuary, Inc. MA clovercreekcritters@gmail.com Local
220 Community Cat Connection, Inc. MA info@ccatconnect.org Local
205 Crops and Flops Rescue, Inc MA info@cropsandflopsrescue.org Local
105 Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society Dba Dakin Humane Society MA springfield@dakinhumane.org Import
83 Dawgs Fight Back, Inc. NH info@dawgsfightback.com Import
179 Dog Orphans Humane Society MA info@dogorphans.com Import
65 Ella'S Feline Rescue Mission MA ellasfelinerescuemission@gmail.com Local
88 Ellen M. Gifford Sheltering Home Corp MA giffordcats@giffordcatshelter.org Import
119 Fine Feline Cat Rescue MA finefelinecatrescue@gmail.com Local

Fitchburg Friends of Felines, Inc.



137 Forest Guardians Animal Rescue, Inc. MA forestguardiansanimalrescue@gmail.com Local
218 Forever Home Rescue New England MA foreverhomerescue@gmail.com Import
180 Forever Paws Animal Shelter MA asilva@foreverpaws.com Import
174 Forgotten Angels Shelter Inc. MA info@forgottenagelsshelter.org Local
209 Friends of Beverly Animals, Inc. MA


107 Friends Of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter MA staff@sonsinianimalshelter.org Local

Friends of Falmouth Dogs, Inc.

MA info@friendsoffalmouthdogs.org Import
136 Friends Of The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter, Inc. MA office@fcrdogkennel.org Local
274 Friends of Marblehead's Abandoned Animals MA marbleheadanimalshelter44@gmail.com Local

Friends of the Plymouth Pound, Inc.




Friends of the Scituate Shelter, Inc.

MA info@scituateanimalshelter.org Local
125 From Alone To Home Rescue MA admin@fromalonetohomerescue.org Import

Furever Homes For Felines, Inc.



28 Furget Me Not Inc. MA unfurget@gmail.com Local
36 Gals Best Pal MA team@galsbestpal.com Import
49 Great Dog Rescue Ne, Inc. MA info@gdrne.com Import
24 Greyhound Pets Of America, MA MA schumitzd@battelle.org Import
111 Guardian Angels Cat Rescue, Inc. MA guardianangelscatrescue@gmail.com Import
108 Guinea Pig Sanctuary MA guinea-pig-sanctuary@comcast.net Local
80 Habitat For Cats No Kill Shelter, Inc. MA habitatforcats.ma@gmail.com Local
22 Handsome Dan's Rescue For Pit Bull Type Dogs RI heather@obhounds.com Import
55 Happy Life Beagle Rescue, Inc. MA info@happylifebeaglerescue.org Import
135 Hearts4Paws Inc MA hearts4paws@outlook.com Local

Here Today Adopted Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary Inc



222 Hope Haven Pet Rescue MA emily@hopehavenpetrescue.org Import

House Rabbit Network

MA info@rabbitnetwork.org Local
25 Humane Society & Shelter - Southcoast (Registered Trade Name) : Animal Rescue League Of New Bedford (Corporate Name) MA mventura6089@comcast.net Import
106 In Honeys Memory Adult Cat Shelter MA floures1@msn.com Local

Ipswich Humane Group Inc



118 It'S All About The Animals, Inc. MA ohnokitty1@gmail.com Local
98 Jacks Galore, Inc. MA jacksgalore@gmail.com Local
113 Korean K9 Rescue, Inc. NY info@koreank9rescue.org Import

Labs4Rescue, Inc.

CT info@labs4rescue.org Import
43 Ladybug Cat Rescue, Inc. MA ladybugcats@outlook.com Local
151 Last Hope K9 Rescue MA maurat@lasthopek9.org Import
134 Legacy Rescue, Inc. MA egray@legacyrescue.org Import
46 Little Bear Stables, Inc. MA littlebearstables@gmail.com Local

Little Oldies

MA erin@littleoldies.org Local

Lowell Humane Society



156 Massachusetts Humane Society, Inc. MA masshumane@aol.com Local
170 Massachusetts Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals MA adoption@mspca.org Import
160 Medfield Animal Shelter MA info@medfieldshelter.com Local

Melrose Humane Society



187 Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society MA info@mrfrs.org Local
286 MetroWest Humane Society, Inc. MA mwhspaw@yahoo.com Local

Moby Kit Rescue



198 Mutt Rescue, Inc. MA muttrescueofmassachusetts@gmail.com Import
258 Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals MA info@nishanimals.org Import
159 National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc MA conniel@andell.com Local
176 National Great Pyrenees Rescue CT director@nationalpyr.org Import
149 New England Equine Rescue North, Inc. MA mary.martin@neernorth.org Local
195 New England Herpetological Society MA neherp@neherp.com Local
112 New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue, Inc. MA placement@neoesr.org Import
75 New Hope Rescue, Inc. AL nhrescueinc@gmail.com Import
182 Norfolk County Humane Society, Inc. MA helynspierdowis@gmail.com Local
166 Northeast Coonhound Rescue MA alambertus99@gmail.com Import
231 Off the Rocks Animal Rescue, Inc MA offtherocksrescue@gmail.com Import

Pat Brody Shelter for Cats, Inc.

MA pbs@catsontheweb.org Local
152 Paw-Affection Dachshund Rescue, Inc. MA aguyan@paw-affectionrescue.org Local
76 Pawfect Life Rescue MA julie.pawfect@gmail.com Import
103 Paws & Pets & Prayers Rescue, Inc. MA pawspetsprayers@gmail.com Import
104 Paws And Claws Rescue Humane Society For Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals AR hmnichols@yahoo.com Import
143 Paws For Love International, Inc. NH pawsinternational.inc@gmail.com Import
162 Paws New England MA joanne@pawsnewengland.com Import
178 Peace For All Animals, Inc. MA peaceforponys@aol.com Local

People for Cats




Pibbles & More Animal Rescue Inc

MA pibblesrus33@gmail.com


155 PittieLove Rescue, Inc. MA



181 Project Spay, Inc. MA projectspayrescue@gmail.com Local
168 Protection Of Animals In Wakefield Society, Inc. (Paws) MA paws01880@gmail.com Local

Quincy Animal Shelter, Inc.

MA director@quincyanimalshelter.org


48 Rescue Inc MA hello@rescueinc.dog Import
79 Save A Dog, Inc. MA shirley@saveadog.org Import
259 Safe With Us Animal Rescue MA info@safewithusanimalrescue.org Import
272 Sandy Paws Rescue MA rescue@sandypawsmv.com Import
199 Scargo Wags And Wiggles Rescue, Inc. MA sylvia@scargowagsandwiggles.com Import
157 Second Chance Animal Rescue, Inc. MA scarofmv@gmail.com Import
147 Second Chance Animal Services, Inc. MA info@secondchanceanimals.org Import
41 Second Chance Stables & Draft Rescue, Inc. MA scsdrinfo@gmail.com Local
122 Senior Tales Animal Rescue, Inc. MA waksteinjulie@gmail.com Local
191 Shultz's Guest House Services MA


175 South Shore Ferret Care A/K/A Fortunate Ferrets, Inc. MA southshoreferretcare@comcast.net Local
144 Standish Humane Society MA standishhumane@comcast.net Import
87 Sunny Paws Rescue MA info@sunnypawsrescue.org Import
78 Sweet Paws Rescue MA cynthia@sweetpawsrescue.org Import
146 The Boxer Rescue, Inc. MA lisa@theboxerrescue.org Import
167 The Cat Connection Rescue Shelter MA garvangiltinan13@gmail.com Import
31 The Dog House K9 Rescue MA sarahvholmes@gmail.com Import

The Underdog Connection



132 Unchain America, Inc. MA robin@robinbudin.com Local
44 Vintage Pet Rescue RI vintagepetrescue@gmail.com Import
172 Waiting Animals Getting Support MA


77 Westfield Homeless Cat Project MA denisesinico@hotmail.com Local
169 Woburn Feral Cat Coalition MA woburncats@gmail.com Local

Yorkies Inc



171 Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue MA executivedirector@ygrr.org Import

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