Lowell Humane Society

Lowell, Massachusetts

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About Lowell Humane Society

Founded in 1873 with the mission of preventing animal cruelty, Lowell Humane Society is one of the oldest humane organizations in Massachusetts. Lowell Humane Society works tirelessly to prevent cruelty, provide care for homeless and distressed animals, and educate the public about responsible pet ownership.

The goal of Lowell Humane Society’s adoption program is to match animals in their care with the appropriate forever home. Likewise, they’re there to help you find the right pet for your needs.

Contact Info

951 Broadway St
(978) 452-7781
Website: lowellhumanesociety.org

Hours of Operation

Mon: Closed
Tue - Wed: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Adoption Process

Here are the steps to follow to adopt from Lowell Humane Society:

  1. You must be 18+ years old with a valid ID.
  2. If you own your home, provide proof of home ownership. If renting, bring either a lease stating which pets are allowed or a statement from your landlord.
  3. For the health and safety of both the pet you’re interested in adopting and your existing pets, all vaccines should be up to date. It’s strongly encouraged that all other cats, dogs, and rabbits be spayed or neutered.  
  4. A new pet is a family decision. All family members (including dogs!) need to meet the pet and agree with adding the new animal to the family.
  5. Complete an adoption application.
  6. Talk with a staff member to get more information about the animal you're considering. Give yourself enough time to meet with the pet and fill out paperwork when planning your visit.
  7. All cats, dogs, and rabbits must be spayed/neutered before adoption. If the pet you’re interested in hasn't been spayed/neutered, they can be placed on hold for you with an approved application until their surgery is complete.
  8. If you’re interested in adopting a bird or small caged pet, please bring a photo of the enclosure or cage you’ll be housing your pet in.
  9. Everything fall into place? Great! Pay the applicable fee and finalize any paperwork.
  10. It’s finally time to take your new companion home.

Before adopting from Lowell Humane Society, they encourage you to be realistic about your expectations and the time you have to devote to a pet. Please ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do you work long hours?
  • Do you like to get outdoor exercise or are you more of a couch potato?
  • Do you have furniture or rugs you’re concerned about being soiled or scratched?
  • Does anyone in your home have allergies?
  • Are you prepared to give a pet this time to adjust and for training? It may take several months for your new pet to fully settle in.
  • Are you able to provide financially for your pet?

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Lowell Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 6 months): $300
  • Adults (6+ months): $250


  • Kittens (up to 6 months): $200
  • Adults (6+ months): $150
  • Seniors (10+ years): $50
  • Golden oldies (14+ years): No fee

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, deworming, ear mite treatment, microchipping, flea treatment, collar, ID tag, FVRCP vaccination and FeLV/FIV testing for cats, DHLPP vaccination, bordetella vaccination for dogs, and heartworm testing for dogs.

Adoption Process & 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.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

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:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

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.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

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.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Lowell Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

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