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.

Burlington Science Center

Focusing on grades K-5, the Science Center's goals are to make science "come alive" for both teachers and students and to support an active elementary science curriculum.

Visit Burlington Science Center

Companion Animal Parasite Council

Offers pet owners information and recommendations about preventing and curing parasite infestation in their cats and dogs.

Visit Companion Animal Parasite Council

EcoHealthy Pets

Eco HealthyPets provides consumers with a science-based list of the Best, Fair, and Worst choices of exotic pets based on extensive research aimed at protecting native wildlife and resources, global biodiversity, and public health. Eco HealthyPets is a consumer information program founded on scientific evidence that promotes safe pet purchases for all major animal groups including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and birds.

Visit EcoHealthy Pets

Greyhound Options

Greyhound Options of Ware, Massachusetts, is a volunteer-run, non-profit humane organization dedicated to finding loving, responsible homes for retired racing greyhounds that can no longer compete.

Visit Greyhound Options

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House Rabbit Network

The House Rabbit Network is an organization formed with two primary purposes: to rescue homeless rabbits and find them good indoor homes and also to educate the public about rabbits and their care.

Visit House Rabbit Network

PAWS Wakefield

PAWS (Protection of Animals in Wakefield Society) is an all-volunteer, non-profit animal welfare organization serving many communities north of Boston.

Visit PAWS Wakefield

Poodle Rescue of New England

Poodle Rescue of New England

Poodle Rescue of New England provides medical care, evaluation, and adoptive homes for poodles who are abandoned, mistreated, unwanted, or left in local pounds to await an uncertain fate.

Visit Poodle Rescue of New England

Positive-Reinforcement Dog Training

When looking for a training class, please look for a force-free (least intrusive, minimally aversive, or LIMA), positive reinforcement training facility. Be wary of anywhere that claims to have a "balanced approach" as that is often code for a combination of positive reinforcement and positive punishment. The local facilities below use positive-reinforcement methods.

Manners classes:
 Bark-n-Roll – North Reading
   • Blue Dog – Andover and Lawrence
   • Canine University – Malden
   • The Cooperative Dog – Brookline
   • Everydog Training Center – Danvers
   • Gone to the Dogs – Peabody
   • MSPCA – Boston
   • MSPCA – Methuen
   • New England Dog Training Club – Cambridge
   • PetRepublic – Cambridge

Agility, nose work, rally, and various fun classes:
Everydog Training Center – Danvers
   • Fit-N-Trim Dog Training – Rowley
   • High Fidelity Dogs – Everett
   • MSPCA – Boston
   • MSPCA – Methuen
   • PetRepublic – Cambridge

When you visit us, please ask for the current list of recommended private and group trainers and an explanation of what the letters after their names mean.

Quincy Animal Shelter

The Quincy Animal Shelter is a 100% volunteer-run organization that places hundreds of homeless cats and dogs into homes each year. Every animal receives age-appropriate vaccinations and, if old enough, is spayed or neutered before finding its forever family.

Visit Quincy Animal Shelter

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