• "I want to give a ringing endorsement of Lisa Rockland, a very knowledgeable and effective dog trainer suggested to me by the folks at Especially for Pets in Sudbury. Lisa visited my house a few days ago to work with my three year old Maltese, Riley, and me. Riley barks a lot, is very excitable and sometimes hard to control. Among other valuable insights and advice, Lisa told me that Riley was looking for me to be the leader. I have calmed down my interaction with Riley and am thrilled with the changes in my dog that I have already seen. I highly recommend house visits by Lisa for any issues you might have with your dog. Lisa is simply the best!" - JM
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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.

LittlePawsRescueActon & Little Paws Dachshund Rescue  
Little Paws Dachshund Rescue is an east coast based 501(c)(3) exempt non-profit dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of dachshunds. It is their goal to identify abandoned, mistreated, or homeless dogs and oversee their treatment and wellbeing while working to find loving owners for those in their care. They strive to make the lives of all dogs better through action, advocacy, awareness and education. They are 100% non-profit and soley depend on donations.

Wish List
- Four and six foot dog leashes
- Harnesses (small and medium)
- Wire crates
- Treats (no large chew treats please)
- Dog toys
- Sweaters and coats
- Dog food (good quality canned and dry)
- Flea/tick preventatives
- Bowls
- Stairs and/or ramps
- Belly bands and diapers
- Gift cards to Especially for Pets

Milton Animal LeagueCanton & Milton Animal League 
The Milton Animal League is a volunteer group dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of animals in need at the Milton Animal Shelter. Every animal receives the best care possible. Their needs for housing, food and emotional support are met to the best of their ability. Every animal is fully vetted, and receives a physical exam, age appropriate vaccines, blood tests and spay/neuter. All adoptable animals are safe with them until their find their permanent homes with a new family. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit and rely solely on adoption and membership fees and donations from generous caring individuals and businesses.

Wish List
- 28 lb. Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch grain-free dog food 
- Large rawhide bones (made in USA)
- 15 lb. Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula with Roasted Venison and Smoked Salmon
- Premium USA made beef hide chips
- Wellness Simple Limited Ingredient Turkey and Potato 12.5 oz. dog food 


Pawfect LifeMedway & Pawfect Life Rescue
Pawfect Life Rescue is a Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) non-profit shelterless dog rescue. They are a dedicated network of volunteers whose mission is to rescue stray dogs and place them in responsible loving homes. They work to educate the community on the importance of proper pet care and define success as the ability to effectively enhance the quality of the lives they touch. 

Wish List
- Dog food
- Dog toys
- Dog training treats
- Martingale collars
- Dog leads
- Mendota slip leads
- Pill Pockets
- Pressed rawhide
- Gift cards to Especially for Pets

RuffStartLogoNewton & Ruff Start Rescue
Ruff Start Rescue is a 501(c)(3) no-kill dog rescue based in New England. They rescue abandoned, abused and often neglected dogs from states with significant overpopulation issues and work tirelessly to place them in loving, responsible homes. RSR is committed to dogs of all ages, breeds and those who may have pre-existing medical conditions.

They are not a shelter and do not have a brick and mortar facility. Instead, they rely on devoted foster families who open their hearts and their homes to their dogs on a temporary basis. Foster families are the backbone of their lifesaving work and they support them in all aspects from medical care to training to supplies. They are truly a community of committed dog lovers.

RSR is a completely volunteer-run organization. With no paid employees, their volunteers come together to make a difference in the lives of their dogs every day. Everything they are able to accomplish is attributable to the unending devotion and hard work of their volunteers.

Wish List
Dog collars (all sizes)
- Dog leashes
- Dry dog food
- Crates (all sizes)

Shultz logoSudbury & Shultz’s Guest House
Shultz’s Guest House is a 501(c)(3) dog rescue shelter, located on 200 private acres in Dedham, Massachusetts. Surrounded by forests and ponds, with the Charles River running through it, dogs and visitors have a sense of stepping into paradise.

The shelter is also a quarantine facility fully licensed by the state of Massachusetts and has accommodations for up to 20 dogs. SGH provides its dogs with indoor-outdoor kennels in a newly renovated stable. Each dog has access to a large outdoor play and exercise area, monitored by staff on a daily basis. Their dedicated volunteers provide daily stimulation within a structured schedule. They believe, allowing a dog to thrive in this quiet, stress free setting with nature at its best, helps make the transition to a permanent home a smooth and happy experience for all.

Even their volunteers, from all walks of life and professions, say Shultz’s Guest House surrounded by nature’s healing powers, is good medicine for the soul. Imagine how the dogs feel!

Wish List
- Fromm Gold Adult dog food 
- Fromm Puppy food
- Canned dog food
- Bully sticks
- Dog bones (for chewing)
- Toys (including fetch toys)
- Grooming wipes

OperationDeltaDogWayland & Operation Delta Dog
Founded in 2013, Operation Delta Dog is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to rescue shelter dogs and train them to work as service dogs for veterans who are suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Every day, 22 veterans commit suicide in the U.S., largely as a result of these two invisible disorders. Service dogs have proven to be very helpful in assisting sufferers to cope with the symptoms of TBI and PTSD, but New England veterans had almost no options for acquiring a service dog of their own, until now. Thanks to your help, those veterans can participate in Operation Delta Dog’s training program, where they will be matched with a rescued canine candidate and receive support and assistance with every day talks, nighttime traumas, and difficult situations.

Wish List
- Kong dog toys
- Seat belt harnesses
- Crates
- Bully sticks
- Smoked bones (large)
- Grain-free dog food
- Grain-free dog treats
- Treat bags that snap open
- Red martingale 1" collars
- Dog beds
- Dog toys
- Poop bags

Westborough & 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 five 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 a 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)
- Six 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
- Gift cards to Especially for Pets