About Us

Our Mission

Scituate Animal Shelter Facility at 780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Rt. 3A, Scituate MA 02066To improve the quality of life for both the companion animals and the people of our community by providing shelter and placement for homeless animals and support through community services and education.

What We Believe

At the Scituate Animal Shelter, we don’t euthanize for space or length of stay.  We strive to make a positive impact on animal welfare in our community by offering services that promote the health and well being of companion animals and the people who care for them, and educating adopters and the public about animal care and how to help homeless pets.


Where we Began

A bequest from Eleanor Haughey, a Scituate resident and quiet supporter of the Friends of the Scituate Shelter, Inc. made the dream of the Scituate Animal Shelter a reality! Through her legacy, funds were made available for the 1992 construction of a shelter, first located on a town parcel on the Driftway and lovingly named the Eleanor R. Haughey Animal Shelter.

As the Shelter grew, it became necessary to expand from our humble beginnings on the Driftway.  Through the compassion, generosity, hard work and drive of all of our wonderful supporters and volunteers, we were able to relocate to our current address at 780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway (Rt. 3A) in Scituate, Massachusetts.


Hundreds of animals pass through the doors of the Scituate Animal Shelter each year.  

Operated by the Friends of the Scituate Shelter, Inc, the Scituate Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, animal shelter that is primarily volunteer run and funded solely by private donations. The Shelter is staffed by three full-time staff members and seven part time staff members, but a large portion of the work is done by our 200+ volunteers. We receive no state or federal government funding, so we rely entirely upon donations to cover our annual operating expenses.  We proudly serve the communities of the greater South Shore region and all throughout Massachusetts. Stop by for a visit!