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To the Rescue

Thinking about adopting a rescued pet? First, do some research to decide if a pet is right for your lifestyle. Then, stop by these two local rescue organizations and be prepared to fall in love.

MSPCA’s Cape Cod Animal Care and Adoption Center
1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville
(508) 775-0940
www.mspca.org/adoption/cape-cod

Ann Petrou Founded in 1868, the MSPCA’s mission is to “speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.” The Centerville location, open since 1935, is one of seven MSPCA centers statewide. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m., the center provides shelter to dogs, cats, parakeets, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, and hamsters hoping for loving homes.

Adoption fees range from $10 to $225, depending on the age and type of animal. Each animal receives a veterinary exam before adoption. Fees include spaying/neutering, initial vaccinations, parasite testing and treatment, and permanent microchip identification and registration.

The center seeks volunteers who can make a regular time commitment and also foster parents willing to open their home to care for animals not quite ready for adoption.
For more information, contact manager Cassie Marischen at (508) 775-0940.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Brewster Shelter
3981 Main Street (Route 6A), East Brewster
(508) 255-1030
www.arlboston.org

The Brewster shelter cares for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, and more. Some animals were rescued; others came from owners no longer able to provide for them. The shelter staff uses profiles and surveys to ensure the best possible match between pets and a future family—hoping to create a loving bond that will last a lifetime.

Animals are screened by a veterinarian before adoption. Adoption fees range from $20 to $300, depending on the animal and its age. Fees include spaying/neutering, initial vaccinations, parasite testing and treatment, permanent microchip identification, and a tag, collar, leash or carrier.

The shelter welcomes those interested in becoming foster parents.
Contact Sandra Luppi, adoption center manager, by phone or by e-mail at sluppi@arlboston.org.
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About

Cindy Pavlos is a freelance journalist who washed up on the Cape eight years ago. She lives in South Harwich with her family and black Lab, Maya.

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