• "Especially for Pets has a knowledgeable staff. I have had the pleasure of meeting the staff in all stores through my involvement with rescue. There is consistency between the stores." - Mary C.
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Especially for Pets is affiliated with several local charitable organizations throughout New England and has established relationships with numerous local animal shelters and breed rescue groups.

We happily offer a 10% discount on all purchases including training and grooming services (within one month of adoption) for rescued pets. This discount is also valid for anyone raising and fostering a puppy for a non-profit, 501(c)(3) service dog organization or providing their homes to foster animals.*

All locations hold regularly scheduled adoption information days with local shelters and breed rescues. Click here to see the current schedule.

*Please present your adoption certificate to your sales associate. Discounts for Assistance Dog Puppy Raisers will be applied upon application completion, which includes a valid I.D. from the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Applications are available in the store. is an invaluable resource to find all types of pets available for adoption. The site also provides information to consider before adopting, as well as information about local humane societies, animal shelters, and breed rescue groups.

Below are links to local shelters and breed rescue associations and organizations. This information is provided to you as a courtesy; the shelters and organizations are not sponsored or endorsed by Especially for Pets.

For Breed Rescue Groups:                        
For Local Shelters:

If you would like more information, contact one of our stores and someone will gladly help you make the best decision when adopting a new pet

Other Services

Search & Rescue Dogs

Massachusetts Canine Response Team, Inc. (MACRT)

MACRT is a charitable not-for-profit organization. They are dedicated to the training of search and rescue dogs, handlers and support personnel in order to provide professional and highly-skilled search
and rescue canine teams in the event of an emergency response event.

Massachusetts Rescue & Recovery K9 Unit (MARK9)
MARK9 is a charitable, non-profit 501(c)3 (pending) volunteer search and rescue unit dedicated to the training of search and rescue dogs, handlers and support personnel in order to provide professional and highly-skilled search and rescue canine teams in the event of an emergency response event.

Assistance Dogs

Canine Companions for Independence (CCI)
Canine Companions for Independence® provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge.  The most advanced technology capable of transforming the lives of people with disabilities has a cold nose and a warm heart!

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
Fidelco’s Mission, established over a quarter century ago, is: “…to promote increased independence to men and women who are blind by providing them with the highest quality Guide Dogs.”

NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services, Inc.)
A national, not-for-profit guide dog training and education program which is one of the oldest and largest programs of its kind. Dogs of all breeds and mixed breeds are trained to help people who are deaf or physically disabled.

Disaster Preparedness

Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team (CMDART)
CMDART is an independent, charitable, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. They provide information, training, support, supplies and personnel to help plan, prepare and respond to aid animals affected by man-made or natural disasters at all levels of disasters according to our capabilities and resources. They serve local and regional communities of Central Massachusetts and Worcester County.

State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART)
SMART is a 501(c)3 network of organizations, agencies, and individuals committed to responding to the needs of the animal population in disaster situations throughout Massachusetts. Within SMART are several working teams including Assessment, Shelter Operations, Search and Rescue/Animal Control Officer/Special Species Team and Veterinary Services.

Vesting Police Dogs

Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog
A not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising funds to purchase bullet/stab-proof vests for police dogs throughout Massachusetts.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
A not-for-profit fundraising organization that believes Massachusetts law enforcement K-9s should have the same protection as their human officers and is dedicated to providing them with bullet protective vests.