Broken Tail Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue organization run by a group of dedicated volunteers in Massachusetts. We focus on local animals in the New England area primarily, but we also assist southern dogs as well when space permits. If you are looking to adopt a dog or cat, look no further!
We work closely with local animal controls, animal shelters, and rescue groups to ensure the placement of animals. We will not discriminate on basis of health, age, or breed and will only consider humane euthanasia in cases of aggression or for the quality of life due to untreatable medical conditions.
Our animals are vet examined, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered as needed and receive any and all medical treatment necessary prior to being placed into carefully screened permanent homes.
We are proud to have a 100% spay/neuter rate on the canines, felines, and rabbits that we adopt out. No animal leaves unaltered!
All of our adoptable dogs and some of our adoptable cats are in loving foster homes.
CAT ADOPTION CENTER
160 Alewife Brook Pkwy,
Cambridge, MA 02138
We have some of our adoptable cats in the adoption center at PetSmart in Cambridge. Stop on by to see some of the sweet kitties currently available for adoption.
Volunteers are available throughout the week as shown in the schedule to the right to answer your questions, accept adoption applications, and to let you into the adoption center to interact with the cats. However, we may encounter emergencies that result in no one being available at these times. We apologize for any inconvenience. Adoptions are completed by appointment only.
You may also stop by at any time during the store’s normal hours to take a peek. On days without visiting hours, interested applicants should speak to the manager on duty to see if an employee is available to let them in to meet the cats. If you see a cat that you are interested in adopting, you may fill out an adoption application online. Once received, one of our volunteers will contact you by phone to discuss the cat you are interested in.
Our Adoption Process
Broken Tail Rescue is looking for responsible and caring people to give a dog or cat their much-needed second chance at happiness.
To adopt from us, you must first complete an application, which you can complete online.
Once we receive your application, the foster parent will be in touch with you within 24 hours to discuss the application and the pet you are applying for. If the pet is a good match for your family, you will then be asked to meet the pet at the foster parent’s home. We ask that all members of the household come out to meet the pet. If you are applying for a dog, all current dogs in the household need to come meet the dog as well.
If the animal is a good fit for your home, we will then check your references. We ask for two personal references and the name of the vet that you currently use or have used in the past.
The last step in the adoption process is the home visit (for canines only). We just want to make sure your home is generally a safe place for the pet to live and confirm the address listed on the application.
After the home visit, the adoption can be completed! Paperwork is completed at the foster home, and you can take home your new pet!
While the process may seem extensive, it generally is not a long, drawn-out process – we can move as quickly as schedules allow, and most adoptions are completed in under a week. However, we feel it is important to take time to make sure we are matching the pet to the correct home. We would hate for a pet to be returned to us because of a hasty decision.
The following are just a few initial guidelines you should consider before deciding to adopt:
Some adoptions will require adopters to enroll the dog in training classes as a condition of adoption
There may be additional adoption requirements for puppies (puppy socialization classes, someone home during the day, etc.)
Renters must have landlord’s permission
Adopters must be 21 years of age or older
All adoptive homes must be stable, supportive, and capable and willing to meet all financial and veterinary needs of the animal
Adoption fees help defray the cost of transportation, care, and medical treatment.
Our adoption fees are generally between $300 and $400 for most adult dogs and puppies and are decided on a case-by-case basis.
All dogs adopted from Broken Tail Rescue will be spayed or neutered, receive a veterinary exam, be up to date on vaccinations, heartworm tested and started on preventive, dewormed, given flea and tick treatment if needed, and microchipped.
Our adoption fee varies by age for cats and kittens:
Kitten under 6 months: $200
Two kittens under 6 months: $375
Adult cat 7 months – 10 years: $150
Two adult cats (7 months – 10 years): $250
Senior (11+ years): $100
Special needs cats: $100 or TBD
All cats adopted from Broken Tail Rescue will be spayed or neutered, receive a veterinary exam, be up to date on vaccinations, FeLV/FIV tested, dewormed, given flea and tick treatment if needed, and microchipped.