How to Adopt

How to adopt a pet at Buddy Dog Humane Society Sudbury, MAOur goal is to make the adoption experience a pleasant and educational one for the adopter while placing a pet in a home where it is likely to succeed. This is accomplished by following strict guidelines when matching people and pets. The end result is — hopefully — a permanent and caring home for the pet and a loving companion for the adoptive family.

If you are interested in adoption, we recommend that you visit the shelter during our business hours. In the event you are unable to do so the web site pages Dogs for Adoption and Cats for Adoption have photographs and a brief description of the pets at the shelter. If you see a pet you are interested in, you can reach us by telephone, voice mail, fax or e-mail. We receive hundreds of inquiries daily so please be patient. Our staff will make every effort to reply as promptly as possible.

Our staff is familiar with each animal and can discuss the needs, behavior and temperament of each pet with you. Unfortunately some pets have a very limited history but our staff can guide you by sharing observations we have made while interacting with pets. We make every effort to match you with a friend for life. Interested adopters are welcome to visit with the pets; dogs can be taken for a walk on the property or visited with in our exercise pens. Unfortunately we are only able to allow individuals seriously considering adoption to interact with the pets. This is for the protection of the dogs and cats as well as our visitors. For those interested in sharing their time with the dogs and cats but are not considering adoption our volunteer program offers a great opportunity to share the love!


Dogs and Cats for AdoptionA pre-adoption interview and application qualify every adopter. As part of the application process, prospective adopters should be prepared to provide proof of home ownership and renters need to provide a lease that states they are permitted pets at their residence. The bulk of the application is used as a tool for our adoption counselors to educate & guide adopters in areas of pet care they may not be familiar with.

Adopting a pet is a huge responsibility and hopefully a commitment for the life of the pet. We know there can sometimes be some challenges with bringing home a new pet. Buddy Dog offers programs and services to insure a positive experience for both the pet and the adoptive family.

Ray McSoley,, our consultant on animal behavior, is also available to work with adopters dealing with specific problems or concerns.

Our experienced staff is available to counsel adopters on pet care, behavior and other issues. Within a few weeks from the time of adoption, all adopters are contacted by a pet counselor to ensure the transition is going well, and answer any questions or concerns that may arise post-adoption.Humane Society Cats Available Sudbury, MA

Each person adopting a “buddy” gives a donation for his/her new pet to help defray the cost of caring for the pets while they await new homes and so we can provide the support services mentioned above. What do you get for your tax-deductible donation? A companion and unconditional love for the life of the pet!

The following services are provided to each pet before adoption.

Dogs & Puppies

Health examination
Heartworm Disease Test
Heartworm Preventive (in season)
Distemper Combo Vaccination
Rabies Vaccination (3 months & older)
Spaying/Neutering (4 months & older)
Fecal Exam & Worming
Flea & Tick Treatment
Complimentary Leash

Cats & Kittens

Health Examination
Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Test
Distemper Combo Vaccination
Rabies Vaccination (3 months & older)
Spaying/Neutering (4 months & older)
Fecal Exam & Worming
Flea & Tick Treatment
Earmite Treatment
Complimentary Cat Carrier


Kittens: $125.00 + $25.00 refundable spay/neuter deposit

Cats: $125.00

Puppies: $325.00 + $25.00 refundable spay/neuter deposit

Dogs: $350.00

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Get a little bit of everything – ADOPT A MUTT!