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

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Greyhound Adoption Service

Greyhound Adoption Service, Inc. of Salisbury, Massachusetts is a volunteer-run, non-profit humane organization dedicated to finding loving, responsible homes for retired racing greyhounds that can no longer compete and for young greyhounds not placed on the racetrack.

Visit Greyhound Adoption Service

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

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White Rabbits in Corner

Massachusetts House Rabbit Society

An all-volunteer, non-profit organization with two primary goals: to rescue abandoned rabbits and find permanent indoor homes for them and to educate the public and assist humane societies through publications on rabbit care, phone consultation, and classes upon request.

Visit Massachusetts House Rabbit Society

Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA (Certified Prof. Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed)

Melissa earned her training certification in 2008 through the CCPDT association, and she is a member of the APDT. She is available for private training and group class work, as well as for interviews or articles pertaining to life with dogs. Reach her at 617-861-7846.

Visit Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA


PAWS (Protection of Animals in Wakefield Society) is an all-volunteer, non-profit animal welfare organization serving many communities north of Boston. PAWS hosts cat adoption hours at VCA Wakefield from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.

Visit PAWS


PetWatch 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. PetWatch 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.

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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

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

Sterling Animal Shelter

For every animal adopted from a shelter, a space opens up that will welcome another great dog or cat and save its life. The Sterling Animal Shelter has an enormous variety of animals - purebreds, mixbreeds, all ages and personalities.

Visit Sterling Animal Shelter

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