Northeast Animal Shelter aims to help as many animals, and people, as possible by providing humane care and resources for homeless and owned pets in need. Each year, the shelter’s animal relocation program transports thousands of cats and dogs from overpopulated animal shelters across the country to Massachusetts, where each animal receives medical care, enrichment, and behavior training prior to adoption. We also promote compassion for all animals through our community programs and partnerships which focus on strengthening the human-animal bond to keep people and pets together.

Northeast Animal Shelter’s affiliation with the MSPCA-Angell presents an opportunity to connect thousands more pets with adopters than either organization could accomplish on their own. NEAS’ animal relocation network, combined with the MSPCA-Angell’s veterinary and adoption center resources,  works to protect the largest number of animals possible by serving as New England’s premier destination shelter for the nationally coordinated movement of animals. Our affiliation not only provides hands-on care to homeless animals in need, but we also work together to offer access to affordable care to pet owners through our community veterinary clinics and through our community outreach teams who work directly in Massachusetts’ most underserved communities.

Our History

Established in 1976 by Cindi Shapiro and her siblings — Randi Cohen and Don Shapiro — Northeast Animal Shelter is one of New England’s largest animal adoption centers. In 1994, Northeast Animal Shelter implemented a robust animal relocation program — one of the first of its kind — to help reduce the nation’s overpopulation problem at local animal shelters across the country. Since its inception, Northeast Animal Shelter has transported over 125,000 cats and dogs to New England — where the demand for adoptable pets is high — and placed them in homes.

Shelter Animals Count

Northeast Animal Shelter is a partner member of Shelter Animals Count – a collaborative national animal welfare community committed to the sharing and streamlining of shelter data and promotion of the importance of data evaluation.

Founded in 2011, Shelter Animals Count is enabling a greater understanding of the animal welfare movement’s progress in saving companion animals’ lives and preventing pet homelessness. The Shelter Animals Count database collects shelter data for accurate counting of animals entering and leaving shelters on state, regional, and national levels. Through the use of their robust database, Shelter Animals Count has created standardized reporting and definitions for shelter statistics including, intakes, adoptions, return-to-owner, transfers, and euthanasia. The transparent reporting of this information allows organizations, like Northeast Animal Shelter, to compare data with that of other organizations, regions, as well as national trends, and develop strategies and innovative solutions based upon data analytics and collaborative efforts.

Northeast Animal Shelter provides monthly statistics to the Shelter Animals Count database, reviews trends, and develops sustainable strategies through data evaluation. Through our participation and membership of Shelter Animals Count, Northeast Animal Shelter is able to expand our collaborative work to identify more ways to save more animals’ lives.

Our Commitment to Socially Conscious Sheltering

Northeast Animal Shelter proudly supports the tenets of Socially Conscious Sheltering. We are focused on providing the best outcomes for all animals.

Our Responsibilities:

  • Ensure every pet has a safe place to go for shelter and care. We are committed to supporting each animals’ access to the Five Freedoms.
  • Place every healthy and safe animal. NEAS assesses the needs of each animal on an individual basis, providing behavioral support, medical care, foster services, transfer opportunities, and more. We do not euthanize animals due to time or space.
  • Assess the medical and behavioral needs of animals and ensure their needs are thoughtfully met. Our expert staff teams of medical, behavioral, and sheltering staff support the unique and individualized needs of each animal in our care, and collaborate to ensure they receive the best possible care.
  • Alleviate suffering and make appropriate euthanasia decisions. NEAS works together to consider the best possible outcomes for each pet, including euthanasia for animals who are suffering behavioral or medical challenges that cannot be managed, treated, prevent companionship, or are irrecoverably painful. We are also committed to keeping the pets and people of our community safe.
  • Align policy with the needs of our community. NEAS works alongside our communities, as well as neighboring animal welfare organizations to identify service gaps and support local animals, in addition to our robust network of regional and national transfer partners.
  • Consider the health and wellness of each animal and each community when transferring animals. Our robust transfer program makes thoughtful choices to support our neighbors and our partners. We seek to build efficiency in transfer decisions and minimize the stress and impact of transfer on the animals.
  • Enhance the connections humans and animals share through thoughtful placement and post-adoption support. NEAS works hard to find great matches for people and pets and offers supportive care when needed for animals adopted from our shelter.
  • Foster a culture of transparency, ethical decision making, mutual respect, continual learning, and collaboration. Our teams work across departments, organizations, and communities to ensure questions, and concerns are addressed openly and honestly, accurate information is shared, learning is encouraged, and we evolve to meet the emerging needs of the animals and our community. We openly report all statistics and reporting, including participation in Shelter Animals Count.

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More About Us

Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliated with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals —Angell Animal Medical Center. This lifesaving partnership enables us to create more robust initiatives to help even more animals and members of our community. Northeast Animal Shelter receives no local, state, or federal funding, and any donation you make will stay with NEAS.