Local Shelters

Below is a list of links to local animal shelters, a brief description, where these shelters can be 

found, and phone numbers for them.  There is also a shelter search engine provided at the 

bottom of the page, in case you wish to volunteer over the summer in your area.  It is important

 to remember that volunteering or working at a shelter requires a time commitment, usually

 at least once a week.  If you are interested in volunteering during the year and are able

 to make the time commitment, these are your options.


Brief Description


Phone Number


The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement and veterinary care.

Angell Animal Medical Center-Boston
350 South Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130

(617) 522-7282

Alliance for Animals Mission Statement: We are a non-profit humane organization dedicated to solving the problems of pet overpopulation. We are staffed with professionals, and volunteers with experience in all phases of animal care including animal behavior, veterinary care, and trapping of feral cats. We also serve as an information resource, working cooperatively with other organizations. Our programs are designed to reduce the number of births and raise the status of animals in our community in a variety of ways.

Volunteer: Volunteers provide foster homes and animal care. To be a volunteer you need to call the facility for an application.

1241 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA  02476
(781) 648-6822
Rabbit Rescuea a division of Alliance for Animals Volunteer: We need volunteers! Some of the volunteer opportunities include; becoming a foster home, putting up flyers, assisting at education seminars, driving rabbits to veterinarian appointments, or to foster homes or helping care for rabbits during crunch times when they need a quick, temporary home. Please contact us for more information. 134 Water Street
Wakefield, MA 01880
(781) 268-7800
Ellen M. Gifford Sheltering

Volunteer:  We are a small shelter and depend on volunteers to give care and love to the cats. We welcome volunteers whom are at least 14 years old, who can help feed, clean and care for the cats as well as help with special projects, publicity, general handiwork, and yard work.

Suffolk County

Brighton, MA 2135

(617) 787-8872
Stray Pets in Need

Volunteer:  Volunteers are instrumental in helping care for our animals. Our volunteers perform duties such as cleaning, socializing with the animals, fund raising, working on the newsletter, transporting pets, along with other opportunities. To volunteer, please call the facility.

485 Washington Street

Wellesley, MA 2481
(781) 235-8460
PawSafe Animal Rescue

Volunteer:  View our current list of volunteer positions at: http://www.pawsafe.org/volunteers.html

281 High Street

Medford, MA 2155
(781) 396-3585
Animal Rescue League of Boston

Volunteer:  Volunteers are greatly appreciated! Volunteers can donate a minimum of four hours a month working in many vital areas of the League. There is a minimum commitment of three consecutive months, and volunteers must be at least 16-years old. Our volunteers assist in animal care, community outreach, office work, special events, and animal-assisted therapy. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Amy Whitehead at (617) 426-9170, extension 150.

10 Chandler Street

Boston, MA 2116
(617) 426-9170
Pets 911 A search engine.  Type in your zip code and it will give you animal shelters in your area.

If you know of any more local shelters or clinics, please e-mail one of the officers

and they shall be added onto our list.