At Northeast Animal Shelter, our no-kill mission is to save as many adoptable dogs and cats as we can and place them in loving forever homes. This mission has remained unchanged since our founding in 1976.

Our team of volunteers and staff provide daily socialization for both cats and dogs. Physical and mental enrichment activities for dogs include playgroups in an outdoor play yard, offsite field trips, puzzle toys and basic manners training. Cats get to spend time out of their cages, in one of our cat community rooms, climbing a cat tree or chasing a laser light.

When we encounter more complex behavioral issues, we consult with a certified behaviorist or trainer to carefully evaluate the dog or cat, and determine the best approach for treatment and management, as well as what type of adopter might be the ideal fit. We also work with other shelters and breed-specific rescue groups to determine if they can find the right type of adopter.

We provide medical care and life-saving surgeries. If an animal has a medical condition that can’t be fixed but can be managed, we’ll try to place the dog or cat with an adopter willing to give it loving care during its remaining life.

What does “No Kill” Mean?

Because the term “no kill” is often misunderstood, we want to ensure that our community understands what it means – to both the animal welfare field at large and to Northeast Animal Shelter.

While there is no official definition of a “no-kill” shelter, the current standard in the animal welfare field is a “live release rate” or “save rate” of 90% or higher. Unfortunately, even as a no-kill shelter, there are times when we have to make the difficult decision to humanely euthanize animals who are terminally ill or in acute, irreversible pain or those considered dangerous to public safety. Like all shelters, NEAS has a responsibility to protect the public.

NEAS is a privately funded, limited admission shelter. This means we are able to decide which animals we will take in. Like NEAS, most limited admission shelters tend to have very high live release rates.

At Northeast Animal Shelter, we view every pet’s life as precious. We’ve placed more than 145,000 pets in homes since we were established, and we hope you will help us in our efforts to continue our lifesaving efforts in the years ahead.


2019 Intake and Outcomes Statistics:

Admits 5,559

Adoptions 5,485

Transferred 9

Returned to Owner 35

Euthanized Healthy or Treatable 0

Euthanized Unhealthy and Untreatable 28

Euthanized Owner Requested 7

Died or Lost in the Shelter/Care 9

           Live release rate* 99.5%

2018:  Admits 2,964, Adoptions 2,899, Transferred 0, Returned to Owner 1, Euthanized Healthy or Treatable 0, Euthanized Unhealthy and Untreatable 15, Euthanized Owner Requested 0, Died or Lost in the Shelter/Care 1

           Live release rate* 99.5%

2017:  Admits 5,274, Adoptions 5,212, Transferred 0, Returned to Owner 3, Euthanized Healthy or Treatable 0, Euthanized Unhealthy and Untreatable 10, Euthanized Owner Requested 0, Died or Lost in the Shelter/Care 7

           Live release rate* 99.8%

2016:  Admits 4,405, Adoptions 4,354, Transferred 0, Returned to Owner 5, Euthanized Healthy or Treatable 0, Euthanized Unhealthy and Untreatable 6, Euthanized Owner Requested 0, Died or Lost in the Shelter/Care 4

           Live release rate* 99.9%

*The Annual Live Release Rate uses the Asilomar formula as prescribed by and does not include owner/guardian requested euthanasias which were unhealthy & untreatable, and animals that died or were lost in the shelter/care.