Local Services

Low-Cost Spay, Neuter, Vaccination

The North Shore Animal Hospital in Lynn, MA, offers Kitty Connection referrals to low-cost spay and neuter programs.

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society in Salisbury, MA, offers low-cost spay and neuter programs, including for feral cats. They also have a spay/neuter Catmobile that visits a number of cities and towns.

For pets of qualifying residents (pet owners who are receiving assistance from city, state, or federal programs), the Shalit-Glazer Clinic at the MSPCA Boston provides one-day spay/neuter and vaccination packages for:

  • Cats
  • Kittens
  • Pit Bulls

The Shalit-Glazer clinic focuses on these animals because they have the highest rates of homelessness in the area.

The Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals in Allston, MA provides free office visits and free outpatient veterinary services.

Massachusetts law requires that owners of cats and dogs vaccinate their pets for rabies. Low-cost rabies vaccination clinics are available in some towns.

Dog Sitting

Pupperiffic in Medford, MA offers dog sitting.

Dog Training

K9 Academy New England provides dog training classes and private dog training lessons north of Boston in Revere, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Saugus, Melrose, Stoneham, Peabody, Lynnfield, Middleton and most North Shore surrounding cities in Massachusetts.

Dog Treats

Howie’s Hearts of Swampscott, MA is a company that makes all natural dog treats.


Ocean View Kennel located in Revere, Massachusetts, offers a wide variety of services to meet your pet’s needs. Their facility is air-conditioned for your pet’s comfort!

Pet-Friendly Apartments

The MSCPA site has links to resources for pet friendly apartments.

A couple of newer sites for finding pet-friendly apartments:

PadMapper has over half a million pet-friendly listings, including many in the Boston area.

Zumper has a million listings, and you can filter to show only pet-friendly places.

Shelters and Animal Welfare Organizations

Animal Shelters in Massachusetts: This is a comprehensive list of shelters. Not all are no-kill; please keep in mind that you should always confirm that your animal will not be euthanized.

Visit the Animal Rescue Site to provide free food and care!

The Coalition to Protect and Rescue Animals is an unfunded, all-volunteer network of people who care about animals. Visit their site to learn more information, including:

  • Keeping Cats Safe
  • A Legacy Plan for Your Pet
  • About Declawing
  • About Devocalization
  • Report Abuse and Neglect

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet, Operation Noble, and Dogs on Deployment are programs that help deployed Military find temporary homes for their pets during deployment or times of hardship. These pets are returned when their owners get back.

Zoo New England is a private, non-profit corporation that operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Zoo New England subsists on earned revenues and state, private, and corporate funding. Its mission is to be a pre-eminent conservator of endangered animal species, and to provide world-class resources for conservation education.