Lighthouse Animal Shelter



MISSION STATEMENT:   Promoting the welfare of animals at risk of euthanasia, and working with the community to further efforts in reducing pet overpopulation.

We are an all-volunteer, 501 (c) 3 organization whose leadership brings decades of combined experience in animal welfare and rescue.  Lighthouse Animal Shelter focuses its efforts on helping homeless animals.  All animals in our care receive full vetting: spay/neuter, vaccines, testing & parasite control.  We offer information and referral services to assist the community with concerns relating to their own or stray companion animals.



Lighthouse Animal Shelter provides housing, vetting, food, socialization and love to animals whose lives are at risk of euthanasia through no fault of their own.  The cats in our care are all local strays or surrenders and generally adults to seniors. The vast majority of the dogs we rescue are pulled from the last call list from high kill shelters down south – dogs who otherwise would lose their lives simply due to a lack of space and no spay or neuter laws in place where they are born. The animals in our care stay at the shelter until they connect with an adoptive family, or if they are not thriving in the shelter setting, will go to a foster home where they can heal in body and spirit until an appropriate forever home is found. We hold adoption days every Saturday from 11 – 2, or potential adopters can call the shelter any day to check to see if a volunteer is available to introduce them to our adoptable dogs before heading over for a visit.

Lighthouse Animal Shelter, Inc.
596 Hathaway Road
New Bedford, MA 02740



DOGS: $375.00

CATS: $100.00

KITTENS: $150.00

All animals are spayed or neutered before adoption, current on appropriate vaccinations (rabies, distemper and bordatella for dogs and rabies and distemper for cats).  Dogs are microchipped heartworm tested, dewormed and on preventatives while in our care.  Cats are feline leukemia and feline HIV tested and dewormed.

The adoption fee for dogs also helps to cover the cost of any extra vetting, boarding and/or transport incurred in each dog’s rescue.  On the rare occasions when a dog comes to us already altered and/or vaccinated, those fees help save lives by funding the vetting for other animals which may require heartworm treatment, dental work or other treatments which exceed the regular adoption fees.

If you are unable to afford the adoption fees, please keep in mind that a dog or a cat is a lifetime commitment and they will require vaccines annually throughout their lifetime, annual heartworm testing (dogs), monthly preventatives for heartworm, flea and tick, treatment for any injuries or illnesses that arise, quality food and misc. costs depending on the animal (pet care while on vacation, grooming, doggy day care, etc.). While we would love to see each dog and cat in a loving home, we do want to ensure that it is a forever home that is totally committed to each animal’s care.



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