Helpful Tips

Adopting a new animal is very exciting and can also come with a lot of questions. We hope these downloadable tips sheets are helpful. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Adoption Center staff at the shelter nearest you!

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Pet Behavior Helpline

Our Pet Behavior Helpline at 617-226-5666 is a free service staffed by our trained volunteers. Please leave a message and one of our counselors will call you back within 24 hours, 7 days a week. Our volunteers are trained to handle:

  • Inappropriate elimination/house soiling in both cats and dogs
  • Barking
  • Chewing and destruction of home by dogs
  • Crate training in dogs
  • Puppy behaviors
  • Cats that claw furniture, nip at hands/feet, jump on counters

Dog Training Page

Pet Care


Rabbit Nutrition

Pet Identification 

Rat Care

Ferret Care 

Mike Small

Guinea Pig Care