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Your Community Partners

Caring for pets means meeting a wide range of needs beyond health care. Fortunately, there’s a whole community of organizations and businesses eager to help.

Here’s where to meet the local groups that we recommend to our pet-loving families.

Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog

Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog

Our mission is to support Massachusetts Police dogs by helping provide bulletproof vests (our primary goal), essential equipment, training, and purchase of dogs for police / law enforcement K-9 programs throughout Massachusetts.

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Petloss.com is a gentle and compassionate website for pet lovers who are grieving over the death of a pet or an ill pet. Here you will find personal support, thoughtful advice, The Monday Pet Loss Candle Ceremony, Tribute Pages, healing poetry like Rainbow Bridge, helpful articles and resources and much more.

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The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavment

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of trained volunteers dedicated to helping people during times of pet loss and bereavement. APLB chatrooms are free and available to anyone bereaving for a beloved pet. (Membership is not required for this.) The website contains an extensive list of specialized help pages as additional resources.

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The Pet Loss Support Page

The Pet Loss Support Page, hosted by Moira Allen, offers compassionate, comprehensive information on how to cope with the loss of a beloved animal companion. It provides a variety of helpful articles and tips, as well as a state-by-state guide to bereavement resources.

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The Pet Loss Support Page
Tufts University Pet Loss Support

Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline

The hotline was established in 1996 by veterinary students to provide a community based resource for people to safely grieve the past or impending separation from a pet.

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Worcester Animal Rescue League

The Worcester Animal Rescue League was founded in 1912 by a group of women determined to save overworked and abused farm horses. Almost a full century later, their love for animals and their struggle to rescue all types of pets from abuse, neglect, and inhumane treatment continues.

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Worcester Animal Rescue League
Dakin Humane Society

Dakin Humane Society

The Dakin Humane Society provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need.

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MA State Police

The Official Website of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

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Springfield MA Police (SPD)

The Springfield Police Department and Massachusetts State Police C-3 teams facilitate unity of effort and criminal intelligence gathering by, with, and through interagency, community, and private enterprise cooperation in order to detect, disrupt, degrade and dismantle criminal activity.

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The Animal Shelter, Inc. of Sterling, MA

The Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling, MA is a non-profit organization (formed in 1988) and a no-kill animal shelter with no time or age restrictions. The shelter exists to provide humane sheltering and high quality medical care for stray, unwanted and abandoned pets looking for homes.

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Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling, MA

Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center

The mission of the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center is to provide comprehensive animal control services to our communities for the protection of animals, public health and safety and the environment. Where appropriate, the Center will responsibly place unclaimed animals into new adoptive homes. We provide temporary housing for over 4,000 stray and abandoned animals each year. We respond to nearly 4,500 animal related field calls annually. Our staff and facility provide animal control services to three area cities--Springfield, Chicopee and Holyoke. We are one of the largest regional animal control facilities in New England. It is our goal to make this region a model for other animal control services.

Our primary commitment is to public health and safety. We are well-versed in rabies and zoonotic (transmissible between animals and people) diseases for the safety of our citizens. We respond to animal related calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including holidays.

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At PetChance.org, it’s all about the pets. Our mission is to remove obstacles that deny pet owners from providing proper medical treatment for pets who need it. We help pet owners raise money for pet medical expenses when money is tight.

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Trupanion Pet Insurance

The pet insurance policy from Trupanion covers 90%* of actual veterinary costs with no limits on payout.
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*Terms and conditions apply. Underwritten by American Pet Insurance Company.

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ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Hotline

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is staffed 24 hours with veterinary health professionals who have been specially trained in veterinary toxicology. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call the ASPCA 24 hour emergency Animal Poison Control Center hotline at (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee is applied to your credit card.

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ASPCA 24 Hour Emergency Animal Poison Control Center

Greyhound Options

Responsible placement of retired racing greyhounds. 

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Second Chance Animal Services

Second Chance Animal Services is a nationally recognized organization that provides innovative programs and services to help animals. Second Chance Animal Services has been helping animals since 1999. We are a no-kill, non-profit charitable 501c3 organization. We help over 34,000 pets through adoption, low cost spay/neuter, high quality veterinary care for all, subsidized rates for those that qualify, community outreach, educational programs, training, a pet food pantry, and other services.

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