Adopt Your New Best Friend

To view adoptable dogs click HERE.

To view adoptable cats click HERE.


By filling out the below application, it does not place the animal on hold/reserve for you. You must still come in person to meet the animal and speak to our adoption counselors about adopting the animal. By filling the application out, it just reduces time during the adoption process.

To fill out an application for a dog, please click here.

To fill out an application for a cat, please click here.

Dorchester Paws works to make the best match possible between people and pets. We are always working to place animals in responsible, loving homes.

When adopting an animal, a valid and current photo ID is required. Most importantly, plan to spend some time at the shelter getting to know your new pet. If you are interested in adopting a dog, an adoption counselor will take you to an outdoor pen to meet him/her. We want to make sure whomever you choose will be the right match for you.

If you are adopting from Dorchester Paws, cats must leave in a carrier and dogs must leave on a leash. You may bring your own or purchase one at the shelter for a nominal charge.

Plan to bring everyone who lives in your household along so they may meet your new pet! If you have a dog at home and are planning to adopt a dog, it is important to bring your pet to meet the new dog.

If you rent your home, please check with your landlord before coming to Dorchester Paws to make sure you are familiar with their pet policies.