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Lighthouse Animal Shelter

596 Hathaway Rd., New Bedford, MA 02740

Phone (508) 999-7387
cats & dogs at Lighthouse Animal Shelter
1 - 4 of 4 adoptable pets at this rescue

Areas Lighthouse Animal Shelter serves

Mostly Bristol County in Massachusetts and surrounding areas as well as Rhode Island

Lighthouse Animal Shelter's adoption process


Submit Application

At this time, visitors at our shelter are limited to those who have submitted applications.


Approve Application

We will contact you when your application has been reviewed. We are an all-volunteer organization but do our best to process apps quickly.


Visit the Facility and Find a Pet

We will contact you to set up an appointment to visit our shelter.


Home Check

Some dogs require a home visit. In some cases, a home visit is not required. It depends on factors such as fencing, children, & other pets.


Sign Adoption Contract

The adoption contract will be signed at the home visit or the day you pick up your new pet from the shelter.


Pay Fee

We accept check, card or venmo.

You will receive all medical paperwork, a new leash and collar, and food your new pet is used to eating.

Additional adoption info

We do not adopt on a first-come-first-serve basis, but rather by the best match between pet and family, although we will factor in the order of applications if there are equally good matches.

Adoption application

About Lighthouse Animal Shelter

At Lighthouse Animal Shelter, an all volunteer, 501(c)3 organization, we promote the welfare of animals at risk of euthanasia. We also work with the community to maximize efforts in reducing pet overpopulation.

We rescue the majority of our dogs from high-intake shelters down south (the majority being from Kentucky, South Carolina & North Carolina) and get organize transport to our New Bedford shelter for adoption. We focus on last-call death row dogs.

The cats in our care are all local strays or surrenders and are generally adults to seniors.

Lighthouse Animal Shelter's adopted pets

Make a donation to Lighthouse Animal Shelter to help homeless pets find homes