Choosing the right pet: We do not adopt to the first person applying for an animal because we are proud to say we work on a matching basis. We are matchmakers! When you first arrive at the Shelter, an adoption counselor will ask you to complete a matchmaking survey to better assess which adoptable animals might be a good fit for you.
You are then free to meet our animals. Should you meet a pet who is a good match, you will be given an adoption application to fill out. Our staff will evaluate the application, a process which typically takes 1-2 days.
Introducing a new dog to an existing pet: Please note, if you already own a dog and are looking to adopt another, we do require that the dogs meet at our Shelter after your adoption application has been processed which will be arranged by staff. In this case, we also suggest that all potential adoptions start with a 7-day trial period to ensure compatibility.
A lifetime relationship: Once you have adopted, we pledge to be a life-long source of information, advice and support. Please ask us any questions throughout the adoption process, and beyond.
Fostering: Interested in fostering? We need families who can help socialize our moms and kittens, or the dogs and cats whose health or emotional issues make shelter life too difficult. Interested? Email us at KellyGibson@scituateanimalshelter.org
We are a non-profit charity that receives no town, state or federal funding. In order to maintain a shelter and provide excellent care for all our resident pets, we must charge an adoption fee for most of our pets. Fees are as follows:
Senior Cats $60
Adult dog: $360 *
Senior dog: $250
Guinea Pigs: $30
* A $100 training deposit may be required for some dogs, and will be reimbursed upon proof of completion of a (positive-reinforcement) training class
Fees are frequently reduced or waived completely for senior pets and for those with serious health conditions.
We know surrendering a pet is a difficult decision, yet it can sometimes can be the best choice for the welfare of your animal and you. We want to help.
We ask that you first explore other possible solutions. There are many resources available to help you keep your pet.
Behavioral issues: Many pets end up in shelters for behavioral issues that could be improved with training or medical intervention. For a report on common dog behavior issues and solutions, please click here: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/common-dog-behavior-issues For a report on common cat behavior issues and solutions, click here:
Moving: Difficulty renting with a pet is one of the most common reasons for pet surrender. To search for a pet-friendly apartment by zip code, click https://www.peoplewithpets.com/pet-friendly-apartments/
Trouble affording your pet: There are organizations, like ours, which provide food and wellness services to those facing financial hardship, and low cost spay neuter surgery for community pets. To see a complete list of resources available to pet owners facing hardship, please click the button below.