About Us

Our mission is to advocate for animals through spay/neuter assistance programs, affordable vaccination clinics, and by helping homeless strays find permanent homes.

IMPORTANT: Our programs are NOT designed to replace your annual/general/wellness/sick veterinary care. You should ALWAYS have a veterinarian for your pet/s and see them annually (or as needed/recommended). Our shelter uses AND recommends you choose one of the PATHWAY VETERINARY HOSPITALS  throughout New England.

Did YOU KNOW: By having your animals spayed or neutered at the Sterling Shelter’s on-site veterinary clinic, you are also helping the homeless pets in our care? All monies generated by our on-site veterinary clinic benefit the homeless animals in our care. A Win-win for YOUR pets and OURS!

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Our clinic is NOT subsidized by any grants or foundations so we could really use financial donations as well as supplies ( we have an easy to order from Amazon wishlist) .

Many things happen behind the scenes every day at the shelter and in our clinic to help pets in need. Extraordinary things are done daily to help save pets and make their lives better. Each year, almost 2,000 pets coming into our shelter are seen by our caring, compassionate veterinary staff. Every single animal that comes through our shelter IS SEEN by our veterinary clinic and the majority of these pets need to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, some require dental work and/or other types of surgeries or treatments. All of this is done PRIOR to their adoption.

In addition to almost 2,000 shelter animals we care for annually, our clinic ALSO provides MANY other services and programs for dozens of additional shelters, rescues and animals control facilities throughout New England.

In 2013, our clinic opened to the public with a HIGH QUALITY – LOW COST SPAY / NEUTER PROGRAM. Below you can learn about other programs our clinic offers. If you, or someone you know might benefit from these programs please share this information.


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  • Spay – 4 – M.A.
    Established Spring 2013 – our on-site veterinary clinic provides low cost spay/neuter for healthy/friendly dogs and cats that are 12+ weeks and 2+ lbs. Our clinic promotes and specializes in pediatric spay/neuter. Vaccines, tests and micro-chipping are also available at the time of surgery. A valid rabies vaccine is mandatory per state law before or to be given at the shelter before surgery.

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  • Feline Feral Fix
    Established 2010 – offering low cost spay/neuter for feral cats. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the only proven humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies. The low cost to Spay or Neuter and Ear Tip pricing can be found on our clinic website. The science behind why feral cats are safe members of our communities and more information on Trap Neuter Release (TNR)
  • Shelter/Rescue Group/Animal Control Assistance
    Established 2003 – our shelter clinic provides low cost spay/neuter and medical care for several dozen N.E. Animal organizations including other shelters, breed rescues, shelter-less adoption agencies and Animal control officers, that do not have funds or veterinary care available to them. This program provides low cost veterinary services for organizations that can not afford high quality veterinary care elsewhere and allows organizations to adopt out pets while maintaining a 100% compliance rate on spay/neuter PRIOR to adoption. If your organization is looking for low cost veterinary care contact us for details

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  • Spay Your Mama & Neuter Your Daddy
    Established January 2001 – Animal Shelter Inc. provides low/no cost spaying/neutering for pet owners that surrender a litter of puppies/kittens to our shelter. Pets who enter this program must meet specific criteria for our low/no cost services. It is our goal to accept the litter (where they will be spayed/neutered and receive any necessary medical prior to adoption), spay the mother (and/or neuter the father) dog/cat so they do not become repeat offenders of continual litters reproducing in our community. If you or someone you know has had an accidental litter… contact us and we’ll be happy to help!
  • Veterinary Training ProgramSterling Shelter Spay Neuter Surgical Suite
    Established January 2005 – Updated program in 2012 – Tufts University 4th year vet students spend one week rotations in our on-site shelter veterinary clinic providing them with hands on surgical experience. Over 60 students rotate through this program each year where they perform several dozen spays/neuters they would never be permitted to do in a private practice vet hospital. We have the opportunity to educate the students about pediatric spay/neuter procedures and protocols, shelter medicine and herd health/management. New graduates will leave school with a sense of accomplishment and passion and we hope “give back” to the homeless animals in their community in the future. Many of our externs have gone on to specialize and focus in shelter medicine and are currently working with shelters nationally!
  • Basic dentals – cleaning/polishing and minor extractions – EFFECTIVE 12/1/15 – WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY OFFERING DENTALS AT THIS TIME – Please contact your primary vet hospital for dental work or email the clinic to see if we might be able to help sterlingshelterclinic@gmail.com 

With all these amazing programs our clinic offers and unlike OTHER low-cost clinics…

OUR clinic is NOT subsidized by any grants or foundations, so financial DONATIONS are always welcome and can be easily made on our secure online website – we are also in need of supplies listed on our Amazon wishlist 

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