Western Massachusetts Shelters and Rescue Groups

Lost Pet Research & Recovery is located in western Massachusetts in the greater Springfield area.  This is a list of local shelters and rescue groups in this area.

General Information:

  • Massachusetts has a legal hold period of seven days for all stray dogs.  If they are not reclaimed by their owners during this time, they may be put up for adoption, transferred to a rescue group or possibly euthanized.
  • Massachusetts does not have a legal hold time for stray cats, but most shelters and rescue groups will hold cats for 2-5 days before they are potentially put up for adoption.  Re-check shelters for missing cats frequently!
  • Do not rely completely on shelter/rescue group website listings of available pets.  These are often not updated that frequently and some pets are never listed.
  • If possible, visit shelters/rescue groups to view the animals, submit a lost pet report and give them a flyer with picture of your missing pet.

If your rescue group is not listed and you would like to be added, please Contact Us.


Dakin Humane Society

Locations  in Springfield and Leverett, MA

  • Only accepts owner surrenders and does not pick up stray animals.  However, lost pets can still end up here if someone rescues a cat or dog off the street and then brings it to the humane society.
  • Keeps a lost & found pet database which stores information for up to one year.
  • Check the Dakin Facebook page for postings of lost, found, and adoptable pets.

Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption

Located in Springfield, MA.  Provides animal control services for Springfield, Holyoke,and  Chicopee.  

  • Be sure to visit T.J. O’Connor to search for your missing pet.  Only adoptable pets are listed on their website.  There are many more animals onsite that are not listed, especially dogs in the stray holding kennels.
  • Lost & Found pet listings are posted on a cork board for animal control officers and shelter staff & volunteers to check.  Listings are posted for approximately one month before being taken down and stored.
  • Both adoptable and some stray dogs and cats are listed on the T.J. O’Connor Facebook page.

Southwick Animal Control & Shelter

11 Depot St., Southwick, MA 01077
(413) 569-5348 x649

Animal Control Officer: Tracy Root

Website:  http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MA202.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sac.shelter?ref=ts&fref=ts


  • Adoptable pets may be listed on Pet Finder, Craigslist, and most often on Facebook.

Westfield Animal Shelter
New shelter opened in 2010.  Currently serving dogs only.

178 Apremont Way, Westfield, MA 01085

Office: (413) 564-3129

Fax:  (413) 564-3107
Animal Control Officer: Ken Frazer

Cell: (413) 246-3814

Website:  http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MA70.html

Adoption Center Hours:

Tuesday through Friday: 12:00 pm.-5:00 pm.
Saturday: 10:00 am.-4:00 pm.
Sunday: 10:00 am.-2:00 pm.

Cat Rescue Groups

Agawam Friends of the Homeless Cats

  • Has a Lost and Found section where you can post your lost cat.

Feline Friends Cat Sanctuary
P.O. Box 174, Feeding Hills, MA 01030
(413) 786-5019

Email: info@felinefriendsinc.org
Website: http://felinefriendsinc.org/

Weekly adoption hours at Dave’s Soda and Pet City in Agawam
Saturdays 12pm-3pm

Some cats are housed 24/7 at Dave’s.

Halfway Home Cat Rescue

Chicopee, MA 01014 US
No website, but cats are listed on Petfinder.com: www.petfinder.com/shelters/MA450.html

Homeless Cat Project
This group of volunteers helps humanely trap feral cats, transport them to veterinarians for shots and spaying or neutering, and then returns the cats to their familiar environment. The cats are fed daily and provided with shelter by a responsible caregiver.  Friendly cats that are trapped living in feral cat colonies may be placed in foster homes until they are adopted.

For more information, see Concerned Citizens for Animals.

Springfield, MA

(413) 783-4996

Website:  http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/hcp.html

More HCP contacts are available upon request.  Just fill out a Contact form.

Positive Options


Rainbow Rescues, Inc.
See listing under dog rescue groups.

Westfield Homeless Cat Project
No-kill cat rescue shelter staffed by volunteers.

1124 East Mountain Road, Westfield, MA 01085
(413) 568-6964

Email:  denisesinico@hotmail.com
Website:  http://whcp.org/

Website:  http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/whcp.html

Adoption Hours:  Thursdays 4pm-7pm, Saturday 11am-3pm, and Sunday 12pm-3pm.  Double-check these with the WHCP before showing up as they change seasonally.


  • This is the most well known no-kill cat shelter in the area.  Even if it is not especially close to where you lost your cat, it is still a good idea to contact them.
  • Some adoptable cats are listed on petfinder.com and on the WHCP Facebook page, but not all cats are listed.

Dog Rescue Groups

F.A.C.E.S., Inc. Dog Adoption and Rescue Network
Operates a network of volunteer foster homes in western Massachusetts.
email: faces.inc@comcast.net

Northeastern Boxer Rescue
An all-volunteer rescue group dedicated to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home unwanted and abandoned boxer dogs within the Northeastern United States

P.O. Box 95, Sunderland, MA 01375
(413) 367-9292                email: info@boxerrescue.com

Rainbow Rescues, Inc.
89 Rolf Ave., Chicopee, MA 01020
(413) 612-2744                 email: admin@rainbowrescues.org


Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Animal Control Officers – does not include all cities/towns

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