Sweet Paws Rescue
Headquartered in Groveland, Massachusetts, Sweet
Paws Rescue is a “shelterless” dog rescue organization
run by Cynthia Sweet and a great group of animal
loving volunteers & fosters. Since SPR has no formal
facility to house the dogs, we are a collaboration
between a group of seasoned and reputable rescue
women in Alabama and a collection of amazing foster
volunteers here in Massachusetts. SPR works to
re-home dogs from Massachusetts, Alabama, and
Many people ask why Sweet Paws Rescue chooses to
rescue dogs from out of state. Our first answer is, a
dog knows no borders and can not help the situation in
which it was born, so we rescue where the most help is
needed. The Humane Society of the United States
estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million cats
& dogs every year in the United States, of which 3-4
million are euthanized due to lack of space, resources,
and adoptive homes. Over the years, SPR has
established a solid working relationship with a team of
wonderful rescuers in Alabama so we can effectively
and legally rescue dogs in the most efficient way
Sweet Paws Rescue is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization and is a licensed/registered rescue with
the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture and
follows the 1-AHO-05 Animal Health Emergency Order.
Per requirement of the AHO, SPR quarantines all
dogs/puppies at Cape Ann Animal Aid in Gloucester,
Ma for 48 hours upon arrival into the state. Directly
following the required quarantine period, all
dogs/puppies and are examined, on site, by a licensed
Massachusetts veterinarian. Once examined and given
a clean bill of health, they are given Mass state Health
Certificates and are free to go into foster care or to
their permanent homes.
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