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The Especially for Pets’ Adoption Initiative Program finds permanent, loving homes for homeless pets, as well as raises awareness about the work being done in the rescue community. In six month increments, each Especially for Pets’ store teams up with a local non-profit or rescue organization to educate our customers about the specific organizations, to collect donations, and ultimately to help find homes for pets in their care.

Current partnerships are listed below. You can also visit our stores to check out the Adoption Board and see photographs of the animals available for adoption and/or pick up a copy of their ‘Wish List’. Make a donation to support the organization of your choice in any of our stores and we will see that it is delivered to the non-profit organization.

To see past partnerships, please click here.



Acton & Animal Shelter, Inc.
The Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling, Massachusetts is a non-profit organization (formed in 1988 and incorporated in 1996) and no-kill animal shelter with no time or age restrictions. The shelter exists to provide humane sheltering and high quality medical care for stray, unwanted, abused and neglected animals and to find loving, lifelong homes for orphaned pets. The staff is dedicated to finding good homes for adoptable pets and they continue to promote responsible pet ownership and to improve the quality of life for the animals and people in the community. The Shelter is supported entirely by donations from private individuals and through surrender and adoption fees. The Animal Shelter, Inc. does not receive support from the United Way or from federal, state or local governments. Their on-site veterinary clinic cares for almost 3,000 animals that come through the shelter yearly and provides a low/no cost spay/neuter, general wellness program assisting local animal control officers, shelters and breed rescues.The shelter is a clean, well run, family friendly animal shelter with progressive programs that will improve lives by raising the bar for animal care in the shelter and in the community.

Wish List
- Especially for Pets' gift cards
- Cat litter
- Canned kitten, cat, and dog food
- KMR (kitten milk replacer)
- Dog and cat treats
- Rawhides
- Dog and cat toys
- Medium and large dog crates



Canton &  Survivor Tails
Survivor Tails Animal Rescue is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that exists to rescue, rehome, rehabilitate homeless, unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs and cats and place them in loving and responsible forever homes. They aim to decrease euthanasia rates of high-kill shelters by promoting adoption and educating the public on the importance of spaying/neutering and microchipping their pets. They strive to maintain a network of dependable foster families, capable veterinarians, and experienced trainers to ensure preparedness of their rescued pets for healthy, fulfilling lives in their adoptive homes. 

Wish List
- Martingale collars
- Harnesses 
- Leashes 
- Front Line Plus 
- 25 foot leads 


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Medway & The Milford Humane Society
The Milford Humane Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit, no-kill shelter for stray and abandoned cats. First organized in September 1990 to fill a need in the community, they help to care and find homes for the ever-increasing number of homeless cats that exist in the local area. These cats survive by scrounging in dumpsters for food and find shelter wherever possible. Most cats are housed at the shelter and others are cared for in foster homes until space is available at the shelter. Every animal admitted to the shelter receives medical care, a warm safe environment in which to heal and learn to trust, and much love to aid in preparation for becoming adoptable. For some animals this is a short-term program, but for others, the wounds from past treatment require a long-term commitment. The programs are made possible by the donations of time and money from caring people who provide the funding that keeps their doors open. 

Wish List
- Scoopable and non-scoopable cat litter
- Cat condos
- Crates (24 x 36)
- Cat toys
- Cat beds
- Iams Adult Cat dry food
- Science Diet Cat dry food
- Nutro Hairball formula
- Plastic coated paper plates (6 inch and 12 inch)
- Paper towels 

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Newton & The Sato Project
The Sato Project is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to rescuing abandoned and abused animals from Puerto Rico. They officially started in November 2011 but their work in Puerto Rico began long before. The founder and president, Chrissy Cornett, has been rescuing dogs in Puerto Rico since 2005. The Sato Project continues the amazing efforts started by Ginny Cornett and her group Manos Por Patas, which started operations on Dead Dog Beach in 2007. Ginny and Chrissy worked together for many years. Ginny worked tirelessly to help the dogs of Dead Dog Beach and when her health no longer allowed her to operate Manos Por Patas, Chrissy stepped in. Two years later Manos Por Patas closed and The Sato Project was born.

Wish List
- Natural canned dog food
- Dog treats
- Training treats
- Bully sticks
- Nylabones
- Durable dog toys
- Small dog collars
- Airline approved dog kennels (cargo)
- Especially for Pets' gift cards
- Stop & Shop or Roche Brothers gift cards
- Monetary donations to allow them to continue rescuing dogs and puppies, fully vetting and bringing them to the USA. 

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Sudbury & The Toy Poodle Rescue
Toy Poodle Rescue is a private recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Massachusetts that is dedicated to poodle rescue, re-homing and rehabilitiation. They are a small group of people who love Poodles and are passionate about maintaining the well being of this breed. They are committed to good health, nutrition and quality of life for every poodle that they rescue and re-home. All poodles are placed in private, safe and loving foster homes that have knowledge and experience of the breed. 

Wish List
- Wellness Core Small Breed dry dog food
- Wellness 95% Meat Grain Free canned dog food
- Small dog toys
- Dog sweaters
- Pet steps (second hand is great)
- New or gently used kennels or crates
- Any donation is appreciated and all extra food is donated to The Pet Food Pantry and any needy shelter



Wayland & Medfield Animal Shelter
The Medfield Animal Shelter's mission is to rescue lost or abandoned animals and provide for their comfort and safety until they are reunited with their owners or placed in new homes. They are a no-kill shelter, which means no pet will ever be euthanized because it has run out of time to find a new home. They are committed to ending the overpopluation of pets that results in an estimated 5 million companion pets being euthanized at shelters in the U.S. every year. Therefore all cats, rabbits and dogs adopted are spayed and neutered prior to adoption. They also sponsor a low cost spay/neuter clinic for cats at their shelter once or twice per month, as well as two feral cat clinics each year. 

 Wish List 
- High quality dry puppy and dog dry and canned food
- Dry and canned cat food (any grain free formulas, Iams, Science Diet Sensitive Stomach)
- 6 foot dog leashes
- Rubber or plastic dog toys
- Wand toys for cats
- Cat carriers
- Scoopable cat litter
- Martingale collars
- Hay for bunnies and guinea pigs
- Especially for Pets' gift cards

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Westborough & Baypath Humane Society
Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton is a Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) non-profit animal shelter for cats and dogs. As a no-kill shelter, their mission for more than three decades has been to place stray and unwanted animals in loving homes; promote the health, care and adoption of these animals; and educate adopters and the public at large about proper pet care and handling, overpopulation and prevention of animal cruelty. They rely solely on generous contributions from you and our local business community to be able to rehome more than 1,000 dogs and cats each year.

Wish List
 For Cats and Kittens
- Science Diet dry food
- Canned cat food
- Cat treats (soft or hard)
- Non-clumping cat litter
- Cat toys
- Pill pockets 
- Cat carriers
- Scratching posts

For Dogs and Puppies
- Science Diet dry food
- Canned dog food 
- Treats: soft treats, pigs ears, and bully sticks 
- Pill Pockets 
- Kong and puzzle toys
- Dog beds
- Pooper scoopers (metal two-piece type)

Medical Supplies
- Heartgard 
- Frontline (for dogs)
- Revolution (for cats)