500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton MA 01748 508-435-6938

About adoption 

pet adoption



Thank you for considering Baypath Humane Society for the adoption of your pet. We work hard to match families with each pet’s needs—and help you get off on the right foot with your new furry family member!


Here is a seven-step guide to adopting at Baypath:

1.    Read our available pet biographies to learn about each dog or cat.

2.    Visit the shelter during our adoption hours to meet our available animals. One of our staff members will chat with you to help you find a pet that fits well with your lifestyle and will share information about the dog or cat that interests you. We ask that all members of the family/household come to meet the animal you’re considering adopting.

3.    Fill out an application to help us determine if you are a compatible match with your preferred dog or cat. The application asks for personal references, your pet’s veterinarian information, and proof of home ownership or landlord approval, and includes questions about your previous pet ownership experience. Application approval is not first-come, first-served; we decide on adopters based on each animal’s best interest.

4.    Before we place any animal, we ensure that other pets in the household are current on vaccinations, including rabies and distemper. Please bring copies of your pet’s vet records or provide a veterinarian contact.

5.    We will contact you as soon as possible with the status of your application.

6.    If you have other dogs at home, please schedule a time to bring your dogs to the shelter to meet the dog you’re considering adopting. We can also perform a cat test if the dog is going home with a cat.

7.    If you need time to prepare your home for your new dog or cat, we will accept a $50.00 non-refundable deposit with an approved application. This holds your adoption for 24 hours. We can provide you with a list of supplies you’ll need, as well as tips on preparing your home for your new pet.

Adoption is a commitment that is likely to extend more than 10 years. If you have any reservations, please take your time. Think your decision over carefully and discuss it with all family members. If you have any questions, please ask us. We’re here to help!