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Puppies and dogs in Boston, Massachusetts

Looking for a puppy or dog in Boston, Massachusetts? Adopt a Pet can help you find a new best friend near you.

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These adorable dogs are available for adoption in Boston, Massachusetts. To learn more about each adoptable dog, click on the "i" icon for fast facts, or their photo or name for full details.
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Coquito

Husky

Male, Young
Hubbardston, MA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with kids,
Story
Coquito is 1.6 years old and is a husky/malamute mix with blue eyes. He was acquired from a breeder. Coquito is a strong boy on the outside but mushy and lovable on the inside. He does have alot of energy but given the right amount of run, play and attention, he is all yours. He is crate trained. Unfortunately, our home/work schedules have changed and we are unable to spend the needed time for/with him. Additionally, allergies for one of our children has gotten worse overtime. We are looking for a home/family that can provide him the time and attention needed.
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Tessie

Mutt

Female, Adult
Leominster, MA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Tessie is a true love and we've enjoyed her warm companionship for over 9 years. She was a rescue from down south & she acclimated to us very quickly. She arrived to us well-trained. Although Tessie likes short play times outside (around 15-30 min., or up to an hour in nice weather), she's really a homebody. She enjoys relaxing on her bed next to us in the living room and home office. She sleeps with us but on her bed on the floor. Tessie has never damaged any of our furniture or clothes, and she has never bitten any person or dog since she's been with us. When we've vacationed, she's stayed at a home with other cats & dogs, and she's always made friends and never enemies. Tessie gets excited to go for car rides but then gets a little anxious during the ride. So, we don't take her for rides often. She prefers her crate when left alone in the home, and she gets in it with us only saying the word "crate." We always leave her with a small treat, bone, and water bowl.
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Duke

American Bulldog American Pit Bull Terrier

Male, Young
Leominster, MA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Needs experienced adopter, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Hi everyone, in October, I made the decision to rescue this beautiful boy from being put down. We truly love him so much, he just is not getting along with one of our two little, elderly dogs. We feel as though he would thrive in a home with no other pets, and a couple/person who can give him all the attention, and exercise necessary for a young dog. He is about 1 and 8 months, a huge love bug and cuddler. He knows how to sit, and understands the command “no”. This is a very hard decision, but is best to give him the quality of life he deserves. We did rename him “Duke”, and are open for any and all questions! Please feel free to reach out!
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Ella

American Pit Bull Terrier

Female, Adult
Littleton, MA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Needs experienced adopter, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
This is Ella, she is a 7 year old American bully. She is currently living in Littleton ma. She is very playful and loves a lot of attention. Her behavior with other animals is case by case, she’s been around dogs cats chickens and goats but has been a very good only dog for the past few years. Her vet suspects she has a muscle tear in her right rear that is exasperated by excessive excercise. It doesn’t bother her day to day and she’s not on medication. She needs someone who has the time to give her the love and attention she deserves.
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Winter

American Staffordshire Terrier

Female, Young
Westminster, MA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with dogs, Good with cats, Needs special attention, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Meet Winter (Winnie for short)! This 2-year old petite and unique red-merle beauty came to us from local animal control after being found as a stray. You can’t miss Winnie’s icicle eyes. In fact, she is vision impaired and will need 1-2 visits to the ophthalmologist every year to continue to monitor the condition of her eyes. But despite her limited vision, Winnie navigates the world with an endearing curiosity, using her other senses, like that perfect pink little nose, to take it all in. ♥ Despite her polar beauty, Winter has the warmest heart! In fact, with Winnie, you won’t mind the snow, the frigid temperatures, or the short days and long nights…just grab a fluffy blanket to settle in for a cuddle sesh! Because Winnie uses her mouth to feel out her environment, older or no kids would be best for this special girl. Winter’s top 3 priorities: A family who is willing to create consistent spaces and routines to make Winnie feel safe and at home. A family who is patient and kind and will allow Winnie to take her time really learning how to “dog”, including snuggling and cuddling. A family who is willing to take on her ongoing medical care, which includes 1-2 exams at a veterinary ophthalmologist every single year. February 20, 2024, 7:56 am
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Benjamin

Great Pyrenees American Pit Bull Terrier

Male,
Westminster, MA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Good with dogs, Good with cats, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Meet Benjamin! This whopping goofball of a puppy came to us from a local animal shelter after his owner could no longer care for him. #fosteringsaveslives Benjamin, or Benny, is a reallllly great dog with so much to offer! He is a Great Pyrenees and pittie mix who is 100% perfection and spends all day playing with his toys and checking in with his humans like a good boy. Benny enjoys a few play sessions with dog friends during the day but is really great at amusing himself. He will gladly play a game of solo-fetch – running around like a buffoon throwing toys into the air to chase after them. He loves to be close to his peeps and will happily watch you do chores or just follow you from room to room with a benebone or antler to make sure you’re on the up-and-up. And zoomies around the yard? Yes, please! Benny is housebroken and crate trained. He is good on leash and really enjoys his walks. As a puppy, Benny is still learning, but he is smart as can be and seems to pick up skills quickly. He loves benebones, antlers, and cow hooves to chew and likes his stuffed animals to carry around. He loves the Kong Wobbler and other toy puzzles…he is so smart and has figured them all out quickly. And he is magical at night – snoozing straight through until morning without making a peep. Benny previously lived in an apartment and spent much of his time in a crate. He was surrendered by his prior owner in November and spent 3 months in a kennel before entering our rescue. That’s no place for a puppy to thrive. But after not being introduced to much that life has to offer up until now, he is making up for lost time with gusto. Though goofy, Benny is a little fearful when experiencing new situations like loud trucks, bikes, getting into or out of a car, etc. But he warms up very quickly and is always friendly. For example, he is learning that the couch is a comfy place. He would avoid the furniture when he first got into his foster home and chose to sleep on the floor. But his 4-legged foster siblings have shown him the way and he has mastered the couch! He loves to be pet and drapes his long body over your legs to be close while dorking out watching reality television. And even though getting into and out of the car seemed scary at first, he is getting the hang of it and loves, loves, loves to ride around. He sits nicely in the backseat and looks out the window, enjoying the scenery. Benny is a gawky and oaf-ish puppy but is an old soul at heart and doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. Even though he has a lot of puppy energy, he focuses it appropriately on bins of toys and playtime. He is goofy and happy allllll of the time. Benny truly loves life! We can’t wait for him to start his forever with some lucky family. He is playful but super awkward as a big puppy, not understanding his own size. Due to his size and lack of history, older kids would be best for this delightfully zany puppy. Benjamin’s top 3 priorities: A family that has lots of toys around to keep him occupied…he really does not require much to be happy, but toy options in every room would be HEAVEN for this clown. A loving family who isn’t gone for long hours every day so that he can roam around the house and amuse himself in the presence of great company. A bigger dog friend who likes to play. He wouldn’t necessarily need to live with one but would really enjoy regular playdates with friends – he LOVES to play!  February 20, 2024, 7:56 am

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Dog shelters and rescues in Boston, Massachusetts

There are animal shelters and rescues that focus specifically on finding great homes for dogs in Boston, Massachusetts. Browse these rescues and shelters below.

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New England English Springer Spaniel Rescue, Inc.

ME, VT, NH, CT, RI, NY, MA 02201

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Last Hope K9 Rescue

71 Commercial St, #184, Boston, MA 02113

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Animal Rescue League of Boston

10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116

Pet Types: cats, birds, dogs, rabbits, small animals

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A PLACE FOR ACE

Boston, MA 02116

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Alliance For Animals

232 Silver Street, South Boston, MA 02127

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Safe Harbor for Animals

2 Bradley Street, Somerville, MA 02145

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Happy Tails Pet Rescue

Bradley Street, Somerville, MA 02145

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Westie Rescue Of New England

2 Brigham street, East Boston, MA 02128

Pet Types: dogs

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Poodle Rescue New England

PO Box 441447, Somerville, MA 02144

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The Massachusetts Progressive Animal Watchdog Society, Inc.

P.O. Box 520136, Winthrop, MA 02152

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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