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Animal Surrender

Forever Paws has contracts with the City of Fall River and the City of New Bedford to house, hold, and accept the homeless animals of their residents. Due to our limited space we cannot accept an unlimited number of animals from the general public.


Please call to inquire about our availability, or to be added to our surrender wait list. We do not take same day surrenders or walk ins, please call for an appointment.

You can also email us here!


 Rehoming your pet

You are your pet’s best hope for a new home. While we do everything we can at Forever Paws to ensure the animals in our care are comfortable during their stay, we care for thousands of animals each year. There are over 100 animals in our care at any given time.


You are the best person to match your pet(s) to a new home because you know them best and can provide the best information about their unique needs, qualities, and personality. We strongly encourage you to find your pet’s new home and not bring them to a shelter.


All shelter environments are stressful for animals. No matter how well-maintained a shelter is, most animals must be housed in kennels and will hear, smell, and see many other animals at all times. Forever Paw's  staff and volunteers provide loving care for them, but stress is unavoidable and can cause issues including anxiety, aggression, and illnesses.


If a person or animal is in danger or if you have an urgent emergency (e.g., you are unhoused/homeless), call us at 508-677-9154.


Please use the resources below for information to help you keep your pet(s), find them a new home on your own, or surrender them to a shelter.

Behavior Problems: There are tons of resources online such as informational videos and training videos. In person trainers and behaviorists, as well as holistic practices. They are a great place to start. 

Here are some training and care resources!


Canine Body Language

Canine Enrichment

Choosing a Dog Trainer

Crate Training

Destructive Chewing in Dogs

Developmental Stages of a Dog

Dog and Cat Introductions

Dog and Dog Introductions

Dog Park Tips

Exercise With Your Dog

Hiking and Camping and Outdoor Activities With Your Dog

House Training

Puppies & Children

Puppy Biting, Nipping & Rough Play

Puppy Body, Food Bowl & Toy Handling Exercises

Puppy Socialization, Training & Enrichment

Puppy’s Rule of Twelve

Separation Anxiety Training Tips

The Fearful Dog

Understanding the Barking Dog

Understanding the Dog Who Fears Loud Noises

Alternatives to Declawing

Cat-Cat Introductions

Feline Body Language

Feline Enrichment

Kitten Biting, Nipping and Rough Play

Litterbox Problems

The Fearful Cat

Urine Marking



*** Please be advised these are tools to help you. If you need medical advice, please contact a veterinarian. If you are in a situation where an animal is dangerous in your home please contact us, other shelters, or your local Animal Control Department for help.***

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