Our Services

Our Mission

Since opening its doors in 1911, the Animal Rescue League of New Bedford (a private 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization) has been serving needy animals throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. The Animal Rescue League has grown tremendously from its first location in a three-dollar-a-week apartment on North Second Street.

Currently at its new location on 31 Ventura Drive, North Dartmouth since 2003, and operating under the new name of The Humane Society & Shelter – SouthCoast, our state-of-the-art shelter serves nearly 3,000 animals in need annually.

We service the City of Fall River, Town of Dartmouth, Town of Wareham, Town of Marion, and overflow from the City of New Bedford for stray and abandoned animals. We also take in owner surrenders when we have room.

Our mission is to provide humane professional care and placement of unwanted, abandoned and stray animals in the Greater New Bedford region and the city of Fall River.  We also educate the public concerning animal welfare and advocate for humane treatment of animals everywhere.


Our Services

We can offer you more than just great pets!

Here at the Humane Society and Shelter – SouthCoast, we offer a wide variety of services to better help you and your pet’s needs. Please look through our services and contact us if you have questions.

Animal Boarding: 

Going away for bit and need a place for your furry canine friend to stay? We can help you out. Here at HSSSC we have a large private area for non-shelter animals for boarding purposes. Each animal gets their own run, fed by your schedule and goes out in our fenced in yard for a bit of exercise. In the case of an emergency we have access to a highly trained in-house staff, and just in case we can call on our vet, Chase Farm Veterinarian Hospital, right next door.  (Please Note: All animals must be up to date on all vaccines including kennel cough 2 weeks prior to coming to stay with us.)

Animal Grooming: 

Does your pooch need a little pampering? Are they a little dirty or maybe just in need of a little hair cut or nail trim? Not a problem. Here at HSSSC we have our very own in-house Grooming department at your service. Just call us for hours and details and we will be glad to get your pooch prim and proper in no time.