Northeast Animal Shelter aims to help as many animals, and people, as possible by providing humane care and resources for homeless and owned pets in need. Each year, the shelter’s animal relocation program transports thousands of cats and dogs from overpopulated animal shelters across the country to Massachusetts, where each animal receives medical care, enrichment, and behavior training prior to adoption. We also promote compassion for all animals through our community programs and partnerships which focus on strengthening the human-animal bond to keep people and pets together.

Northeast Animal Shelter’s new affiliation with the MSPCA-Angell presents an opportunity to connect thousands more pets with adopters than either organization could accomplish on their own. NEAS’ animal relocation network, combined with the MSPCA-Angell’s veterinary and adoption center resources,  works to protect the largest number of animals possible by serving as New England’s premier destination shelter for the nationally coordinated movement of animals. Our affiliation not only provides hands-on care to homeless animals in need, but we also work together to offer access to affordable care to pet owners through our community veterinary clinics and through our community outreach teams who work directly in Massachusett’s most underserved communities.


Our History

Established in 1976 by Cindi Shapiro and her siblings — Randi Cohen and Don Shapiro — Northeast Animal Shelter is one of New England’s largest animal adoption centers. In 1994, Northeast Animal Shelter implemented a robust animal relocation program — one of the first of its kind — to help reduce the nation’s overpopulation problem at local animal shelters across the country. Since it’s inception, Northeast Animal Shelter has transported over 125,000 cats and dogs to New England — where there demand for adoptable pets is high — and placed them in homes.


More About Us

Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliated with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals —Angell Animal Medical Center. This lifesaving partnership enables us to create more robust initiatives to help even more animals and members of our community. Northeast Animal Shelter receives no local, state, or federal funding, and any donation you make will stay with NEAS.