Licensing and Operating A Shelter/ Rescue Organization

Regulations, Policies, and Forms for Shelter/ Rescue Organizations

Shelter/ Rescue Organizations Must License with MDAR

Guidelines for Operating Shelter/ Rescue in MA

Individuals and organizations involved in the transfer of animals in Massachusetts and that are not licensed as pet shops under MGL Chapter 129 Section 39A must register as shelter/ rescue organizations with MDAR.

Massachusetts Approved Shelter/ Rescue Organizations

The list of approved, registered shelter/ rescue organizations can be found on

Animal Shelter/ Rescue Entity Registration

Organizations seeking to become MDAR-approved shelter/rescues must complete the Shelter/Rescue Operation Plan.