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

We have identified key areas that will help us dramatically improve the lives of animals, and are working to excel in each of these areas. 

Our Vision for the Future

Reduce time-to-adoption. Over the past five years we have been able to significantly reduce the time-to-adoption by improving our understanding of each animal’s individual needs. In addition to conducting medical exams for each animal when they arrive at the shelter, our team evaluates each dog and cat to better understand their temperament, their compatibility with children and other animals, and the type of home environment where they’ll do best. By understanding each animal's needs, we can:

·       Ensure that each dog and cat receives personal care during their time in the shelter.

·       Teach dogs new skills that will help them be wonderful pet companions.

·       Share information with adopters to help their new pet thrive in their home.

This results in more successful placements.

Expand our foster program. This year, we were privileged to experience a dramatic uptick in participation in our foster program, which is the lifeblood of our shelter. Foster families open their hearts and homes to animals in need, enabling us to save more dogs and cats than we would have room for in the shelter. These incredible volunteers provide a calm home environment, medical care, training, and lots of love. Thanks to their dedication, we are able to adopt out nearly 1,000 animals a year, despite having on-site capacity for just 18 dogs and 25 cats at a time.

Broaden our education initiatives. We developed a new education program to provide free resources to help people across our community address common pet behavior and health issues. Recent lecture series were led by renowned animal behaviorist Kelley Bollen and veterinarian Amy Karls.

Improve operational efficiency. We continually seek ways to operate in a more efficient way—and make each donor dollar go further. To that end, we have built partnerships with veterinarians, medical specialists, and others in our community who help us with access and affordability. These partnerships have enabled us to make incredible strides in both the number of animals we've rescued as well as the level of care we're able to offer.