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The Adoption Process

PARL seeks to create a welcoming and barrier-free adoption process that is entirely conversation-based. We believe in building and strengthening the human-companion animal bond and through conversation, we seek to find the best match for both adopter and animal. Through this process, we build trusting relationships with adopters, encouraging them to communicate openly and honestly with us if they should need our advice or assistance.

Our adoption process has changed. Please read the following information carefully and contact us at reception@parl.org with any questions.

interested in adopting a dog, cat, or small animal? we can help!

  • Photos and bios for all available animals are posted on our website. Follow the links below to see available dogs, cats, and small animals.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to adopt, please complete an Adopter Profile online. This ensures your information is in our system and makes it much easier to introduce you to possible adoption matches when you stop by for a visit. 
  • Our shelter will be open for walk-in visitors Wednesday-Sunday from 12pm-3pm starting October 13, 2021.
    • We are slowly reopening our doors to walk-in visitors and phasing out the adoption appointment process we've been following since the start of the pandemic. We appreciate your patience as our incredible staff and volunteer teams adjust to this new normal.
  • Come visit us during our new open hours and meet our animals. Adoptions can usually be completed in the same day (unless you are a Massachusetts resident) and we look forward to introducing you to your new family member!
  • Please note that masks are required for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

See Cats

ADOPTING A CAT

ADOPTION FEES

Seniors (8 years or older): $25 
Adults (8 months-7 years): $100 
Kittens (Under 8 months): $200 
(Flat $50 discount when adopting 2 or more kittens)

All Cat Adoptions Include:
  • Spay/Neuter surgery*
  • Age-Appropriate vaccinations
  • Preventative deworming
  • Flea preventative
  • Microchip
  • Free initial veterinary exam
  • Sample bag of Hill's Science Diet Food
  • Pre-adoption care and Post-adoption support (by phone or email) 

Complete Cat Adopter Profile

See Small Animals

adopting a small animal

ADOPTION FEES

Rabbits: $50
Guinea Pigs (Small Mammal): $25
Rats/Mice/Gerbils/Hamsters (Small Mammal): $10 

Rabbit Adoptions Include:

    • Spay/Neuter surgery*
    • Free initial veterinary exam
    • Pre-adoption care and Post-adoption support (by phone or email) 

Complete Rabbit Adopter Profile

Complete Small Mammal Adopter Profile

See Dogs

adopting a dog

ADOPTION FEES

Seniors (8 years or older): $125 
Adults (8 months-7 years): $225 
Puppies (Under 8 months): $400

Dog Adoptions Include:

  • Spay/Neuter surgery*
  • Age-Appropriate vaccinations
  • Heartworm test
  • Preventative deworming
  • Flea preventative
  • Microchip
  • Free initial veterinary exam
  • Sample bag of Hill's Science Diet Food
  • Pre-adoption care and Post-adoption support (by phone or email) 

Complete Dog Adopter Profile

 

*Due to scheduling delays caused by the pandemic, some animals may be adopted with a $75.00 spay/neuter deposit and scheduled for surgery at PARL in the near future.