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Lighthouse Animal Shelter in New Bedford, Massachusetts is a volunteer-run organization that works tirelessly to rescue dogs from overcrowded high-kill shelters in the southern states. All dogs are placed in temporary foster homes until a new loving forever family can be found. They focus on rescuing mixed-breed adults, as these are the dogs most likely to be euthanized first. They also take in a small number of local strays to be rehomed as space allows.
When you adopt from Lighthouse Animal Shelter, you're not just saving a life but also gaining a lifetime of unconditional love in the process.
Thinking about adopting a lucky animal from Lighthouse Animal Shelter? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
Interested in adopting a new pet from the Lighthouse Animal Shelter? Here's how it works:
At this point, the adoption process varies depending on whether you're adopting a dog or a cat.
If you aren't so lucky and haven’t found the right animal at this point, don’t despair. New animals are transported to the shelter nearly every weekend. Keep an eye on their website for new arrivals.
Adoption fees at Lighthouse Animal Shelter can vary by animal, so contact Lighthouse Animal Shelter to learn about the fees associated with adopting your next pet.
Whatever your adoption fee is, it covers spay/neuter surgery, up-to-date vaccinations, transport fees, deworming, and heartworm testing for dogs.
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.