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Our Featured Douglas, MA Partner:

Dog Orphans Inc.

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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About Our Shelter:

Dog Orphans Animal Shelter was founded 37 years ago by a small group of animal lovers, it is an organization dedicated to saving dogs from pain and suffering. We are located on three acres of Douglas woodlands.

Come Meet our Pets:

90 Webster St. Douglas Ma. 01516
10-4 Mon-Sat and 10-3 on Sunday

Our Adoption Process:

Please take a few moments to read the following explanation of our adoption policies and the steps that make up the process. You may be surprised to find that adopting a dog is a more involved process than you expected, or that it means you can't have immediate access to a dog that you are interested in. Therefore, it's important to understand two things:
* the process is the same for everyone, and
* it's not our intent to frustrate you.

Rather, everything we do is for the best interest of the dogs in our care, and is aimed at giving them the best possible chance of finding a permanent home.

Here are the steps you'll go through in the adoption process:
*After you have viewed the dogs in our kennel and have selected one for adoption, we will introduce the dog to your family to determine if the pet is suitable for your family.
*Once you have selected a dog for adoption. we will ask you to complete our adoption application. This process is done to determine the best homes for our dogs. At this time, you may ask our staff any questions you may have concerning the dog of your choice including: spaying/neutering, feeding, exercise requirements, housetraining, obedience training, veterinary care and anything else you can think of.
*Next, Dog Orphans will review your application. Please allow 2-5 days for an initial call back. We reserve the right to accept or reject any application without detailed explanation. Should we consider your application. Dog Orphans may request a home visit.
There are no same day adoptions, while you may want to give a dog as a gift and have it be a surprise for your children or loved one, please understand that the decision to adopt a dog should not be taken lightly. Everyone living in the household must meet the dog before we make a decision.
The right dog for your family will be rewarding for years to come.
If approved, you will be asked to sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee. This fee covers deworming, vaccinations, medical testing, possible spaying and neutering, and any other care your pet has received at the shelter.

Let Us Repeat:
We don't ever mean to be frustrating or evasive with you. We want you to understand that it's stressful and upsetting--in fact down right devastating for the animals, for our staff, and most importantly for you when adoptions don't work out and dogs have to come back to us. A bad adoption experience can sour some people on the shelter--or dogs--for life. So try to bear with us and be patient and understand that going through the process the way we do, really is the best policy--for all of us.

Please feel free to email us at with any further questions.

Adoption Fees
Adult Purebred Dogs $275.00
Adult Mix breed $225.00
Puppies (age up to 20wks) $325.00
*Microchip Fee $20.00

When adopting a puppy, a $100.00 sterilization deposit fee will be required, and will be refunded when proof of spay/neuter is presented.

*All dogs are microchipped before adoption, to find our more about microchipping click here

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.