Many seniors, military vets and families facing financial hardship find they can no longer afford to care for the pets they love. In fact, financial hardship is a major reason that many pets are surrendered to us. We encourage pet owners facing hardship to reach out to us either directly via the button below or to stop by the shelter during open hours Wednesdays and weekends to "shop" at our free, honor-system Community Cupboard for pet supplies.
We believe that no pet owner should ever have to choose between feeding themselves or feeding their pets. We strive to support community members who are facing hardship so that they may keep their beloved pets where they belong: at home with them.
We are very proud to donate an average of 50,000 lbs of pet food each year to food pantries, including the South Shore Food Bank in Rockland & the South Shore Pet Food Pantry in Weymouth.
We frequently offer low-cost veterinary care clinics, rabies & vaccination clinics, and low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for pet owners facing financial need or hardship.
Much of these programs are financed by grants we apply for and receive and are part of our ongoing commitment to address the root causes of pet homelessness, such as financial hardship & overpopulation.
In 2024, we launched Healing Paws, a new program for members of our community in hospice care or facing serious illness. It was inspired by the many elderly animal lovers who are forced to surrender a beloved pet when they go into nursing care or into assisted living facilities where animals are prohibited.
The program, which is completely free of charge, allows patients who are terminally ill or in hospice care to come to the shelter alone or with a caregiver. They are able to spend time in a private room with a loving animal (dog or cat) to bring them love and comfort at a time when they need it the most.
Help for pets & pet owners beyond our own community
We are the top resource for animal-related issues in our area, and when issues arise, we are who the community turns to. In fall of 2017, after the devastating hurricane and floods in Houston, TX, many local residents called us to inquire how to help the animals of that region. We quickly organized a pet food and supplies drive and were able to gather 2,000 pounds of urgently needed items and get them to recipients in Texas within one week. Our supporters sewed recovery pouches for wildlife injured in the devastating wildfires in Australia in 2020. In short, we are the go-to resource for animals in our region.
We may be able to help, or to direct you to other organizations or services who can. Please click the button below for more.