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SAS: The Scituate Animal Shelter

SAS: The Scituate Animal Shelter

SAS: The Scituate Animal Shelter SAS: The Scituate Animal Shelter SAS: The Scituate Animal Shelter

Helping Massachusetts pets & the people who love them since 1992.

Our Preparation for Coronavirus

Here is what we are doing to protect our community.  We must protect our staff now so that they can continue to help the animals who need us. 

  •  In order to minimize foot traffic, we have instituted a temporary policy of 'appointments only' for adoptions and surrenders instead of open hours.  PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP AT THE SHELTER WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. For an appointment, please call  781-544-4533 or email  We will get back to you as quickly as humanly possible.

  • We have asked volunteers to stay home until we notify them otherwise. All animal care is being carried out by our staff. Our pets are getting walks, play time and socialization as always.  We will take care of them no matter what!

  • Some non-animal care staff are working from home, and many meetings are being conducted by conference call.   Please do not worry if our parking lot does not look full.  We are here. 

  •  We have a network of foster families should we see the need to clear the shelter quickly in the future.  Currently, our staff is taking excellent of our pets and we have been able to conduct more or less regular operations.

  • Please click the link below for more information about pets & COVID-19, including the latest from about whether pets can get or transmit the virus, plus steps all at risk pet owners should be taking immediately.

Spotlight: Cookie & Cream Puff

These two 9-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mixes need a home together.  Cookie is initially shy, but Cream Puff loves everyone at first sight.  Both enjoy walks but mainly just want to hang out with their people. 

About Us


Our Shelter

Last year, our shelter found homes for a 509 animals and reunited 55 lost pets with their grateful owners.  Our pets come from every corner of the state and stay with us as long as they need. We do not-- and have never --euthanized for length of stay or shelter space.    


Our Community Programs

Helping animals means helping the people who love them, too.  Recent programs include emergency pet food  donations to federal workers impacted by the government shut down and  conducting low cost veterinary clinics for community pet owners. In 2018 alone, our pet food pantry programs delivered over 5,000 pounds of pet supplies to those in need.


Our Feral Cat Initiatives

In 2018, we neutered 240 feral cats.  These cats are among the most vulnerable of the region's animals.  At SAS we  trap, neuter, and then release them to live out their lives more healthfully,  without producing litters of homeless kittens.  Our volunteers provide winter shelters and monitor the colonies to ensure the cats are healthy. We find homes for the kittens born stray.

Keep in Touch

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Contact Us

Please email us.

Better yet, see us in person!

Temporary hour changes: We are currently open by appointment only.   We instituted this policy in an abundance of caution due to concerns related to coronavirus. 

SAS: The Scituate Animal Shelter

780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, MA 02066, US

(781) 544-4533

Shelter Open Hours