Community Pet Food Bank

At Northeast Animal Shelter saving homeless pets is at the core of our mission, but we also realize that we can’t help pets without also helping the people who love them. That’s why we launched our Community Pet Food Bank which distributes donated pet food to struggling pet owners in our community. In partnership with local food pantries, Northeast Animal Shelter delivers thousands of pounds of pet food to these facilities each week to ensure that no pet ever has to go hungry. We believe pets belong in their homes with the people who love them… and keeping their bellies full is a great start.

If you or someone you know is having difficulty feeding your pet, please email or call 978-745-9888 x362.


Senior Visitation Program

Northeast Animal Shelter understands the importance of community.  With our Senior Visitation Program, visitors from nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and day care programs come to our Shelter and spend time with some of our better-behaved pets.  If you are a nursing home or assisted living facility that would like to work with Northeast Animal Shelter, please email

If you would like to volunteer to help, you’ll experience the joy of seeing how a four-legged friend can be the bright spot in the day of a senior citizens and the inspiration to help other homeless pets for our youths.


Humane Education Program

Schools and youth groups attend sessions at our Shelter, where we teach youths about the humane treatment of pets and proper pet care before their favorite part of the visit – spending time with some of our Shelter pets!.  Read more about our Humane Education Program.


Foster Partner Program

At Northeast Animal Shelter we recognize that pets can often be barriers to seniors requiring hospitalization or survivors of domestic violence needing to flee a dangerous situation. That’s why we’ve partnered with local domestic violence organizations as well as elder services to create our Foster Partner Program! Now, when an individual needs hospitalization, or a survivor is ready to flee, we will place the individuals pet in a safe, vetted foster home until the pet can be united with their owner. While in our care, Northeast Animal Shelter provides medical care and food, and will spay/neuter the pet before the reunion. 

If you are an elder services program, domestic violence or community organization that would like more information, please email