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Approved Shelter and Rescue Organizations

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

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 LocationEmailLicense Type
1853 Dogs RescueMEjennifer@3dogsrescue.orgImport
1424 Paws Stronger, Inc.MApublics20.lm@gmail.comImport
25422Mohawks CorpMAdave@22mohawks.comImport
86A Place For AceMAadmin@aplaceforace.orgImport
60Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue, Inc.MAinfo@ahimsahaven.orgLocal
184All Dog Rescue, Inc.MAinfo@alldogrescue.orgLocal
58All Sentient BeingsMAwishfulwhiskers2017@gmail.comLocal
71American Lab Rescue, Inc.CTinfo@americanlabrescue.comImport
62Angels Helping Animals WorldwideMAangelshelpinganimalsmv@gmail.comImport
57Animal Protection Center Of Southeastern Massachusetts, Inc.MAk.heise@apcsm.orgImport
54Animal Rescue Front, Inc.MAchris@animalrescuefront.orgImport
221Animal Rescue League of BostonMAedoyle@arlboston.orgImport
70Animal Rescue League Of Fall RiverMAjohn@arlfr.orgImport
200Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley, Inc.MAchristenharrison@yahoo.comLocal
99Animal Rescue Of New EnglandRIinfo@arne-ri.orgImport
56Animal Shelter Of Martha'S VineyardMAldawley@animalshelterofmv.orgLocal
64Animal Shelter, Inc.MAleigh13@ix.netcom.comImport
26As Sweet As A Peach Animal Rescue, Inc.MAassweetasapeachanimalrescue@gmail.comImport
63Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc.MAinfo@baystateanimals.orgLocal
213Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, Inc.MAejefferis@baypathhumane.orgImport
91Berkshire Humane SocietyMAjperreault@berkshirehumane.orgImport
92Better Together Dog RescueMAbettertogetherdogrescue@gmail.comImport
90Big Wave Dog Rescue, Inc.MAinfo@bigwavedogrescue.comImport
202Black Feather Horse Rescue Inc.MAdcn@blackfeatherhorserescue.orgLocal
66Blind Dog Rescue Alliance IncMAtreasurer@blinddogrescue.comLocal
50Bnrs Rock N RescueMArescue@bark-n-roll.comImport
53Boston'S Forgotten Felines, Inc.MAcindy@bostonsforgottenfelines.orgLocal
139Broken Tail Rescue, Inc.MAinfo@brokentailrescue.orgImport
42Brown Dog Coalition And RescueMAadoptions@browndogcoalition.comImport
257Bruno Project Rescue, Inc.MAinfo@brunoprojectrescue.orgImport
52Buddy And Friends Animal RescueMAadoptions@buddyandfriendsma.orgImport
67Buddy Dog Humane Society, Inc.MAinfo@buddydoghs.orgImport
74Bullied Breeds Rescue, Inc.MAinfo@bulliedbreedsrescue.orgLocal
102Cape Ann Animal Aid Association, Inc.MAinfo@capeannanimalaid.orgImport
114Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter CasasMAcasas4rescue@comcast.netLocal
196Cat Canton Rescue, Inc.MAangelpiecakes@yahoo.comLocal
128Cat Life RescueMAcatliferescue@gmail.comLocal
204Cenla Alliance for Animals IncLAcenlaallianceforanimals@gmail.comImport
203Central New England Equine Rescue, Inc.MAwindybleu@gmail.comLocal
115Chance Of A Lifetime Dachshund RescueMAniccar14@yahoo.comImport
68Changing Tomorrow Animal Rescue, Inc.FLchangingtomorrowanimalrescue@gmail.comImport
85Clover Creek Sanctuary, Inc.MAclovercreekcritters@gmail.comLocal
220Community Cat Connection, Inc.MAinfo@ccatconnect.orgLocal
205Crops and Flops Rescue, IncMAinfo@cropsandflopsrescue.orgLocal
105Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society Dba Dakin Humane SocietyMAspringfield@dakinhumane.orgImport
83Dawgs Fight Back, Inc.NHinfo@dawgsfightback.comImport
179Dog Orphans Humane SocietyMAinfo@dogorphans.comImport
345Eddie's Ranch, Inc.MAlisamattuchio@gmail.comLocal
65Ella's Feline Rescue MissionMAellasfelinerescuemission@gmail.comLocal
88Ellen M. Gifford Sheltering Home CorpMAgiffordcats@giffordcatshelter.orgImport
119Fine Feline Cat RescueMAfinefelinecatrescue@gmail.comLocal
256Fitchburg Friends of Felines, Inc.MAfitchburgfriendsoffelines@gmail.comLocal
137Forest Guardians Animal Rescue, Inc.MAforestguardiansanimalrescue@gmail.comLocal
218Forever Home Rescue New EnglandMAforeverhomerescue@gmail.comImport
180Forever Paws Animal ShelterMAasilva@foreverpaws.comImport
174Forgotten Angels Shelter Inc.MAinfo@forgottenangelsshelter.orgLocal
236Friends of the Attleboro Animal ShelterMAattleboropets@hotmail.comLocal
209Friends of Beverly Animals, Inc.MAheidiroberts@comcast.netLocal
107Friends Of Eleanor Sonsini Animal ShelterMAstaff@sonsinianimalshelter.orgLocal
183Friends of Falmouth Dogs, Inc.MAinfo@friendsoffalmouthdogs.orgImport
136Friends Of The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter, Inc.MAoffice@fcrdogkennel.orgLocal
274Friends of Marblehead's Abandoned AnimalsMAmarbleheadanimalshelter44@gmail.comLocal
207Friends of the Plymouth Pound, Inc.MAfppcats1@gmail.comLocal
219Friends of the Scituate Shelter, Inc.MAinfo@scituateanimalshelter.orgLocal
125From Alone To Home RescueMAadmin@fromalonetohomerescue.orgImport
117Furever Homes For Felines, Inc.MAfureverhomesforfelines@gmail.comLocal
28Furget Me Not Inc.MAunfurget@gmail.comLocal
36Gals Best PalMAteam@galsbestpal.comImport
283German Shepherd Rescue of New EnglandMAtmccall488@aol.comImport
49Great Dog Rescue Ne, Inc.MAinfo@gdrne.comImport
127Greyhound Friends Inc.MAinfo@greyhound.orgImport
24Greyhound Pets Of America, MAMAschumitzd@battelle.orgImport
101Greyhound Rescue of N.E., Inc.MAADOPT@GREYHOUNDRESCUENE.ORG Import
111Guardian Angels Cat Rescue, Inc.MAguardianangelscatrescue@gmail.comImport
108Guinea Pig SanctuaryMAguinea-pig-sanctuary@comcast.netLocal
80Habitat For Cats No Kill Shelter, Inc.MAhabitatforcats.ma@gmail.comLocal
329Halfway Home Cat Rescue Inc.MAhalfwayhomecatrescueinc@gmail.comLocal
22Handsome Dan's Rescue For Pit Bull Type DogsRIheather@obhounds.comImport
55Happy Life Beagle Rescue, Inc.MAinfo@happylifebeaglerescue.orgImport
135Hearts4Paws IncMAhearts4paws@outlook.comLocal
215Here Today Adopted Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary IncMAsmudge@heretodaysanctuary.orgLocal
313A Home for Weary WanderersMAppdwalking12@gmail.comLocal
222Hope Haven Pet RescueMAemily@hopehavenpetrescue.orgImport
126House Rabbit NetworkMAinfo@rabbitnetwork.orgLocal
25Humane Society & Shelter - SouthCoast - Animal Rescue League of New BedfordMAMventura6089@comcast.netImport
106In Honeys Memory Adult Cat ShelterMAfloures1@msn.comLocal
237Ipswich Humane Group IncMAipswichhumanegroup@gmail.comLocal
118It'S All About The Animals, Inc.MAohnokitty1@gmail.comLocal
98Jacks Galore, Inc.MAjacksgalore@gmail.comLocal
265Kitty Connection, Inc.MAkc@kittyconnection.netLocal
113Korean K9 Rescue, Inc.NYinfo@koreank9rescue.orgImport
141Labs4Rescue, Inc.CTinfo@labs4rescue.orgImport
43Ladybug Cat Rescue, Inc.MAladybugcats@outlook.comLocal
151Last Hope K9 RescueMAmaurat@lasthopek9.orgImport
134Legacy Rescue, Inc.MAegray@legacyrescue.orgImport
46Little Bear Stables, Inc.MAlittlebearstables@gmail.comLocal
229Little OldiesMAerin@littleoldies.orgLocal
281Little Paws Dachshund RescueCTfosternorth@littlepawsdr.orgLocal
233Lowell Humane SocietyMAinfo@lowellhumanesociety.orgLocal
294Lucky Horse Equine Rescue, Inc.MAKCieslak@lemaitre.comLocal
156Massachusetts Humane Society, Inc.MAmasshumane@aol.comLocal
170Massachusetts Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To AnimalsMAapdadmin@mspca.orgImport
160Medfield Animal ShelterMAinfo@medfieldshelter.comLocal
247Melrose Humane SocietyMAlynnmercier@msn.comLocal
187Merrimack River Feline Rescue SocietyMAinfo@mrfrs.orgLocal
286MetroWest Humane Society, Inc.MAmwhspaw@yahoo.comLocal
252Moby Kit RescueMAmobykitrescue@gmail.comLocal
198Mutt Rescue, Inc.MAmuttrescueofmassachusetts@gmail.comImport
258Nantucket Safe Harbor for AnimalsMAinfo@nishanimals.orgImport
159National Brussels Griffon Rescue, IncMAconniel@andell.comLocal
176National Great Pyrenees RescueCTdirector@nationalpyr.orgImport
234NEADY Cats CorpMAtweety7437@charter.netLocal
149New England Equine Rescue North, Inc.MAmary.martin@neernorth.orgLocal
195New England Herpetological SocietyMAneherp@neherp.comLocal
112New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue, Inc.MAplacement@neoesr.orgImport
154New England Brittany RescueMAlynch030904@yahoo.comImport
75New Hope Rescue, Inc.ALnhrescueinc@gmail.comImport
331No Paws Left Behind, Inc.MAboard@nopawsleftbehindas.orgLocal
182Norfolk County Humane Society, Inc.MAhelynspierdowis@gmail.comLocal
166Northeast Coonhound RescueMAalambertus99@gmail.comImport
230Northeast Pyr Rescue Inc.MAnepyresq@nepyresq.orgLocal
231Off the Rocks Animal Rescue, IncMAofftherocksrescue@gmail.comImport
285PALS Animal Life SaversMAsandy@palscats.orgLocal
232Pat Brody Shelter for Cats, Inc.MApbs@catsontheweb.orgImport
152Paw-Affection Dachshund Rescue, Inc.MApawaffectionrescue@gmail.comLocal
76Pawfect Life RescueMAjulie.pawfect@gmail.comImport
103Paws & Pets & Prayers Rescue, Inc.MApawspetsprayers@gmail.comImport
104Paws And Claws Rescue Humane Society For Prevention Of Cruelty To AnimalsARhmnichols@yahoo.comImport
143Paws For Love International, Inc.NHpawsinternational.inc@gmail.comImport
162Paws New EnglandMAjoanne@pawsnewengland.comImport
178Peace For All Animals, Inc.MApeaceforponys@aol.comLocal
226People for CatsMAannelee40@comcast.netImport
206Pibbles & More Animal Rescue IncMApibblesrus33@gmail.comImport
155PittieLove Rescue, Inc.MAinfo@pittieloverescue.orgImport
181Project Spay, Inc.MAprojectspayrescue@gmail.comLocal
168Protection Of Animals In Wakefield Society, Inc. (Paws)MApaws01880@gmail.comLocal
35Quincy Animal Shelter, Inc.MAdirector@quincyanimalshelter.orgLocal
48Rescue IncMAhello@rescueinc.dogImport
79Save A Dog, Inc.MAshirley@saveadog.orgImport
177Save-A-Heartbeat Inc.MAsaveaheartbeat14@gmail.comImport
259Safe With Us Animal RescueMAinfo@safewithusanimalrescue.orgImport
272Sandy Paws RescueMArescue@sandypawsmv.comImport
284Second Wind Dog RescueMAsecondwinddogrescue@gmail.comImport
199Scargo Wags And Wiggles Rescue, Inc.MAsylvia@scargowagsandwiggles.comImport
157Second Chance Animal Rescue, Inc.MAscarofmv@gmail.comImport
147Second Chance Animal Services, Inc.MAinfo@secondchanceanimals.orgImport
41Second Chance Stables & Draft Rescue, Inc.MAscsdrinfo@gmail.comLocal
122Senior Tales Animal Rescue, Inc.MAwaksteinjulie@gmail.comLocal
191Shultz's Guest House ServicesMAinfo@sghrescue.orgImport
175South Shore Ferret Care A/K/A Fortunate Ferrets, Inc.MAsouthshoreferretcare@comcast.netLocal
314Soulful Eyes Equine RescueMAsepants10@gmail.comLocal
144Standish Humane SocietyMAstandishhumane@comcast.netImport
87Sunny Paws RescueMAinfo@sunnypawsrescue.orgImport
78Sweet Paws RescueMAcynthia@sweetpawsrescue.orgImport
146The Boxer Rescue, Inc.MAlisa@theboxerrescue.orgImport
167The Cat Connection Rescue ShelterMAgarvangiltinan13@gmail.comImport
31The Dog House K9 RescueMAsarahvholmes@gmail.comImport
197The Underdog ConnectionTXinfo@theunderdogconnection.orgImport
132Unchain America, Inc.MArobin@robinbudin.comLocal
44Vintage Pet RescueRIvintagepetrescue@gmail.comImport
172Waiting Animals Getting SupportMAWagsforall@gmail.comImport
77Westfield Homeless Cat ProjectMAdenisesinico@hotmail.comLocal
169Woburn Feral Cat CoalitionMAwoburncats@gmail.comLocal
165Yorkies IncMAcece820@aol.comLocal
171Yankee Golden Retriever RescueMAexecutivedirector@ygrr.orgImport

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