Our 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.

How to Adopt

Changes due to COVID-19

In compliance with social distancing regulations, we are now accepting online applications that may be filled out from home. 

In compliance with the state orders and for the safety of all concerned our policies and procedures are much different for the foreseeable future.  

1. Unfortunately, we can no longer have walk-in visitors. All visits must be scheduled by APPOINTMENT only. We miss our friends who stop by to donate, hand out treats to the pets and enjoy time with the animals (and staff too), but we hope you will continue to follow us here on our website and Facebook page!

2. Adoptable dogs and cats will be posted on our website and Facebook page. If you are interested in adopting a particular pet or submitting a general request the first step is to complete an online ADOPTION application (click HERE).  As you can imagine we receive many applications and inquiries. If you do not hear from us please do not be offended; it simply means either the dog or cat has been adopted, we received a high volume of applications for that animal, or we have not received the right pet for you. The application process is at no charge to you and only needs to be completed once. Applications will be kept on file. 

3. Applications will be reviewed as received. If in our opinion a pet is a good candidate for you, an adoption counselor will contact you by email to schedule a Zoom chat. If all are in agreement the pet has the potential to be a good match, an introduction will be scheduled.

4. If you have any questions, concerns, or need additional information on adopting or surrendering a pet we can be reached by email at and all emails will receive a response. We can also be reached by messenger on Facebook or by telephone at 978 443-6990. We will have limited staff so if we do not answer your phone call please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned ASAP.   

In the process of adjusting to a new normal; our goal and intent are to continue to provide the dogs and cats at Buddy Dog with quality care and continue the connection with our community that we value so much. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding regarding the new process. We wish the world well and please stay safe!


Visit our shelter (pre-COVID): Visitors are welcome to come to our shelter any time during business hours - no appointment needed! All our adoptable cats and dogs a visit with the pets; dogs can be taken for a walk on the property or visited in our playpens. For the protection of our animals and visitors, we are only able to allow individuals seriously considering adoption to interact with the pets. 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!

Fill out an application (pre-COVID): A pre-adoption interview and application (to be filled out in person at the shelter) qualify every adopter. Please note that we do not adopt out-of-state, and adopters must be aged 21+. 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. 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.

Adoption Fees

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

Cats:       $150.00

Puppies: $400.00 + $25.00 refundable spay/neuter deposit

Dogs:      $450.00

The following services are provided to each pet before adoption:

Cats & Kittens

Health Examination
Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Test
Distemper Combo Vaccination
Rabies Vaccination (3 months & older)
Spaying/Neutering (5 months & older)
Fecal Exam & Worming
Flea & Tick Treatment
Ear mite Treatment
Complimentary Food Sample

Used cat carriers sold at an addtional charge

Dogs & Puppies

Health examination
Heartworm Disease Test
Heartworm Preventive (year-round)
Distemper Combo Vaccination (with Lepto)

Rabies Vaccination (3 months & older)
Spaying/Neutering (6 months & older)
Fecal Exam & Worming
Flea & Tick Treatment
Complimentary Leash & Collar

Complimentary Food Sample


Used dog crates sold at an additional charge