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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: History: The Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling, MA (also referred to as the Sterling Shelter) EIN # 04-3236868 is a non-profit organization (formed in 1988 - incorporated in 1996) and no-kill animal shelter with no time or age restrictions. The shelter exists to provide humane sheltering and high quality medical care for stray, unwanted, abused and neglected animals and to find loving, lifelong homes for orphaned pets. Our staff is dedicated to finding good homes for adoptable pets and we continue to promote responsible pet ownership and to improve the quality of life for the animals and people in our community. The Shelter is supported entirely by donations from private individuals and through surrender and adoption fees. The Animal Shelter, Inc. does not receive support from the United Way or from federal, state or local governments. Our on-site veterinary clinic cares for over 4,000+ animals that come through yearly and provides a low/no cost spay/neuter, general wellness program assisting local animal control officers, shelters and breed rescues. Position Statement – A leader in our field, The Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling is a happy, clean, well run, family friendly animal shelter with progressive programs that improves lives by raising the bar for animal care in our shelter and community. We are an established organization committed to placing animals in caring homes through innovative programs and placement services. At the Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling we share a core belief that we will only help animals by working proactively and compassionately with people. Reflected in all of our programs and services is our belief that people and animals are inherently good. We strive to create a judgment-free and caring environment for all community members seeking our services, whether they are surrendering a pet, adopting or utilizing our low-cost services. This philosophy is shared with all employees and volunteers. We have a streamlined adoption process and have a more positive way of connecting people and animals. There are no lengthy applications and screening processes. Instead, we want to engage in conversation with prospective adopters. If we start from a perspective that people are coming to us with the best intentions, we will have a much better success rate of finding life-long matches.

Results: One of our favorite adoption stories is about Nikita - a little 20 pound mixed breed dog rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico who is now one of the TOP Narcotics Detection dogs in the region! - Our shelter donated Nik (and another dog) to the Worcester Sheriff's Dept through an innovative program where police departments recruit shelter dogs for their prestigious K9 units. Check out Nikita's story and see how Nik works for the state and is on call 24/7 365 days a year! https://shelterme.tv/episodes/episode-5/

Target demographics: The shelter exists to provide humane sheltering and high quality medical care for stray, unwanted, abused and neglected animals and to find loving, lifelong homes for orphaned pets. Our staff is dedicated to finding good homes for adoptable pets and we continue to promote responsible pet ownership and to improve the quality of life for the animals and people in our community. The Shelter is supported entirely by donations from private individuals and through surrender and adoption fees. The Animal Shelter, Inc. does not receive support from the United Way or from federal, state or local governments. Our on-site veterinary clinic cares for over 2,000+ animals that come through our shelter yearly and provides a low/no cost spay/neuter, general wellness program assisting local animal control officers, shelters and breed rescues.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4500+ pets through adoptions and our low cost spay/neuter clinic

Geographic areas served: All of New England and beyond

Programs: For a List of the several dozen programs for pets and people pls click here http://www.sterlingshelter.org/humane-society We're YOUR Local Animal Shelter... There's a place in your community where the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, and the abandoned are given care. It’s your local animal shelter, right here in Sterling, MA. Where we provide comfort and care for our community's unwanted animals. We offer many other services too, for pets and their people. To do all this, we rely on the support of people like you. Here are a few ways you can help animals, especially those in our care...Give a little bit... Donate food or towels or old blankets and other needed supplies to us. Lend a hand and become a volunteer. Find that special someone here waiting for a home - ADOPT! Help spread the word about our program. Be a responsible pet owner. Vote for the animals. Support legislation that protects animals. Report animal cruelty. Teach your children respect for animals.

Community Stories

110 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 ncantacesso

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years ago we had to put our dog of 13 years down due to old age. I was devastated. Although I knew I would adopt a dog again, I couldn’t bear to keep his things around. I washed his bed, blanket, leashes, and toys and donated them to Sterling. A month later I couldn’t bear to not have a dog in my life. I saw a dog on Sterling’s website that I knew I had to have. I went that weekend to adopt him but saw that there was already a big line. I stayed and waited and waited and knew it was meant to be when it was my turn and he was the last dog left that day. I knew again that it was meant to be when I went to meet him in his pen and saw all my old dogs things that I had donated the month before! We took him home that day and named him Ditto :) Our experience through the whole adoption process was great. The staff is incredibly nice, understanding, and compassionate. You can tell that they want what is best for the animals. Because we had such a great experience, a year later we went back and adopted Buddy. Both dogs have been a great addition to our family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet boy Bentley (formerly known as Milkshake) from Sterling Animal Shelter almost 5 years ago. Our experience was great, the staff is simply awesome and the work they do is amazing. I will recommended Sterling Animal Shelter to anyone I know that is looking to expand their family by adopting a pet!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome animals, awesome staff! The Koi pond is really neat too!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted Savannah almost 6 years ago from the Sterling Animal Shelter. I couldn’t be any happier. I also have 3 friends that have adopted from there. It is very well managed and very clean.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was at sterling shelter and i got a dog and it is a good dog and never once did bad

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got my dog from Sterling Shelter a year ago and she is the best dog EVER!
Thank you Sterling for giving us love and emotional support!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience... Brought our boy Jaime the cat to be neutured!
Picked him up with coner - left parking lot cone came off - went back and they came up with great way to keep the cone on!

Everything healed well!

Great people and Animal lovers!

1 Bruce C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my dog can be there at eight weeks old she came from Virginia Rescued from a lol l shelter and she has been the best dog in the world she’s been up and down the East Coast every state seen the sun in the surf the sand hike trails she passed away last August 5 at 14 years old and will never be forgotten Sterling shelter does fantastic work!!!!!

Patty A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When people hear I volunteer at the shelter they all tell me they got their dog/cat there and how great an experience it has been. Very caring and compassionate staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both an adopter and a volunteer at the shelter. I adopted my cat 7 years ago. She has brought much love and joy to our household. As a volunteer, I have experienced so much happiness watching these homeless pets find their "forever homes" and loving families. While they wait for their new families to take them home, they are well cared for at the shelter. Their physical and emotional needs are fulfilled by all the staff and my fellow volunteers. The facility is always clean and the medical care is excellent. The animals come first and find homes very quickly after arriving from southern states and PR. I highly recommend becoming a volunteer if nearby or if in search of a "fur baby", use the website and visit the shelter.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had to my sweet 12 yr old pomeranian down a few months ago , and i was looking for available poms in the area and sterling animal shelter popped up with these beautiful pom/ chihuaua mix puppies! I fell in love with one certain one and went to meet him and took him home the same day! He is the light of everybody that meets him, everyone asks to see him again and again ! He filled a big hole in our hearts! Thank u!

1 Howie H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very clean facilities. Excellent staff. Well taken care of animals, they make sure the animal is a good match for the adopting family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sterling Animal Shelter is the best place to adopt. We got our beautiful Sato rescue Silver there three years ago. We wouldn't go anywhere else to adopt??

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve used this shelter exclusively for my lifetime. They are a humane no kill shelter, and I’ve not only adopted cats from them, I have brought strays and other felines that need good homes to them as well. I fear not for our furry friends under their capable and caring stewardship.

1 O'Connor K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful shelter, amazing staff! We love our girl, Lulu ❤️❤️❤️

1 ncantacesso

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years ago we had to put our dog of 13 years down due to old age. I was devastated. Although I knew I would adopt a dog again, I couldn’t bear to keep his things around. I washed his bed, blanket, leashes, and toys and donated them to Sterling. A month later I couldn’t bear to not have a dog in my life. I saw a dog on Sterling’s website that I knew I had to have. I went that weekend to adopt him but saw that there was already a big line. I stayed and waited and waited and knew it was meant to be when it was my turn and he was the last dog left that day. I knew again that it was meant to be when I went to meet him in his pen and saw all my old dogs things that I had donated the month before! We took him home that day and named him Ditto :) Our experience through the whole adoption process was great. The staff is incredibly nice, understanding, and compassionate. You can tell that they want what is best for the animals. Because we had such a great experience, a year later we went back and adopted Buddy. Both dogs have been a great addition to our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My cocker spaniel, Pookie, passed away at 13 years old in November. I was heartbroken and devastated, and couldn't bear to see his beds, blankets, and toys in the house. I washed everything with care, and donated them to the Sterling Animal Shelter. Even though I missed Pookie dearly and knew that I would mourn him for a long time, I also knew that there were many dogs in shelters that needed a home and needed the love I could give. I checked Sterling's website, and saw a spaniel mix that reminded me of Pookie. The website noted that he would be ready for adoption that weekend. I was already excited to meet him. We arrived at the shelter an hour before they opened, but there was already a long line. We were 10th in line and I knew that there were only 7 dogs available for adoption that day. I was nervous that I wouldn't get to meet that spaniel mix. Finally it was our turn and sign #1, that spaniel mix was the last dog available for adoption that day! He was timid and shy and a bit nervous around my husband and young son. But he jumped up on me and I just new that when we got him home we could make him feel welcomed and loved and that he would come out of his shell. Sign #2, I looked in his pen and low and behold, Pookie's items that I donated the month before were in his pen! I new it was meant to be. We took him home and have loved him and spoiled him ever since. I named him Ditto, of course.

The staff at Sterling were so great to work with. When I donated Pookie's things I cried when I dropped them off, but they comforted me and shared stories of their own with me. When we arrived a month later and were lucky enough to adopt Ditto, the process was easy. Five stars from us!!

Navyvet N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

THE MOST CARING SHELTER WITH THE THE ANIMAL'S WELL BEING #1 MISSION.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Juno is our rescue from Virginia who found us at Sterling Animal Shelter. She has been loving us for 4 years. Sterling made the adoption process a friendly, helpful experience. Juno had received medical attention and was spayed before she came home with us. She has sat by my husband through his serious medical problems and keeps one eye on him at all times. She is our little love bug❤️ Thank you Sterling Animal Shelter! You are the best!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sterling Animal Shelter, Sterling MA. We visited the shelter in spring of 2012. Brady chose us that day. Sweet boy!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The work Sterling Animal Shelter does is amazing. The staff are caring and were easy to work with during the adoption process.We rescued this amazing dog and couldn’t be happier.

Sandra M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Lilly, girl kitten, went there to get fixed. I love them. They fid a great job.

1 Sheilagh McCarthy S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted my best friend from Sterling shelter. The adoption process was smooth and the staff were wonderful. They basically let my dog pick me. We had 12 wonderful years with Brady.

1 Kimberly M.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has the Sterling Shelter to thank for 14 years of having the best dog ever. Sadly he passed away this year and is sorely missed by all. We count ourselves lucky for finding him and being approved to adopt back in 2005 by the Sterling Shelter. I highly recommend checking out their animals and working with their kind staff.

1 Sarah B.14

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two cats from the Sterling Animal Shelter 13 and 12 years ago! They were kittens when I adopted them and when I brought home Lamb Chop (the youngest) to Tiger ( the oldest) they quickly became best friends! Snuggling together in the same cat bed and giving kisses to each other! They are both such snuggly love bugs! They love to be with their people and getting cuddles. Tiger will follow you around. Lamb loves to be snuggled in bed.

They are my fur babies and I love them so much and I am so thankful to the Sterling Animal Shelter for bringing them into my life.

1 Liz C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could not recommend the Sterling Animal Shelter enough! They do amazing work and have brought our sweet Duke to us! We adopted Duke on November 16, 2017 and he has forever changed our lives. Such a sweet man! Not a day goes by that I am not so thankful for all this incredible shelter does for the animals, and has done for us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sterling Shelter, and all those who make adoptions possible, have changed my family's life in such a profound way.

We found our sweet Duke about a year ago, after following their available dogs listing for months. He was perfect and we arrived at 5am ahead of the adoption so eager to finally meet him.

The day was made that much better thanks to the incredible staff who helped me adopt Duke and took the time to thoughtfully and sincerely answer all my first time dog mom questions.

I can't thank them enough for all the work they do. Duke has changed us all for the better and I don't know where we'd be without him. I look forward to more puppies in our future!

Caryn S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my best friend, Luna Lou. She is a blue heeler mix that we adopted in August of 2018. We love to explore! We go hiking, kayaking, run 5Ks together, go to the dog park, we have joined a dog social group and so very much more!! She is so loved and our world! The staff at the sterling shelter were so amazing in helping find our little Luna Lou and could never thank them enough!

1 Jen B.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Two years ago, we adopted a shy Sato from Sterling Animal Shelter. She had been rescued in Puerto Rico as a young puppy, spent a month in a wonderful foster home, and then was transported to Sterling Animal Shelter. She was adopted one day and was returned to the shelter the next day. When I arrived, she had been back at the shelter for about an hour and was hiding in the corner of her pen. I was allowed to go into the pen to sit with her. She was shaking, but she let me pat her. We had brought our other dog along and were able to take both dogs out to an enclosed area to meet. The volunteer informed me that our current dog would bring the puppy to us. She did help the puppy feel more comfortable. We adopted the puppy on that day. Over the past two years, we have enrolled her in many training classes, as well as fun classes, like a tricks class. She is so much more comfortable than she was on that first night when she hid under the bed in the middle of the night. She enjoys running and playing with our other dog.

1 Michelle M.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sterling Shelter was helping with over population in Puerto Rico and received many kitties that needed homes. It was not the normal June kitten season for New England but our lovely 18 year old lady had passed away and we were in need of a new kitty to love in February. Only Sterling had kittens who needed homes in February. Goldie was adopted that cold winter day and is a joy in our lives.

1 andreaatmckay

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Maizy in February 2017. She mended our hearts after losing our boxer. We added Ollie to the family this past July. Both came to us through Sterling Animal Shelter. They do great work!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In February of 2017 we went to Sterling Animal Shelter in an attempt to heal our broken hearts. We had lost our beloved boxer the previous October. We were ready to love again and looked to the shelter to find a new love. We met Maizy, a timid, scared little girl. She had been through a lot in a few days, travelling from Puerto Rico to Miami and then to Boston. We saw her and it was love at first sight! She is a beautiful girl and a welcome addition to our family! The staff at Sterling were kind, compassionate and thoughtful. They made sure we could offer Maizy a good life and made sure she was the right fit for us! We always refer people to Sterling to look for a few furry family member!

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STERLINGSHELTERROCKS 11/26/2018

So glad you had an enjoyable adoption experience :) ooxoxoxoxo the Shelter staff

Brandy M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We utilized the clinic to have our new puppy spayed. They were so easy to work with and well organized. Drop off took less than 5 minutes and pick up was a breeze. My puppy was well cared for and relaxing calmly when I walked in. They gave me all of the information needed for recovery. This was 3 months ago and my puppy never had any issues with recovery and is happy as can be.

Anne G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat Twixie (Grumpy) from Sterling Animal Shelter last August 2018.
I had a three year old Male cat I have adopted from another shelter who was very lonely. Twixie cane from a family of six makes so I knew she would love BOO.
They instantly bonded and now a year later, Twixie has brought much happiness to our household. The picture with the litter pellet on my bed sheet. That is how Twixie lets me know where she sleeps at night! The staff at Sterling Animal Shelter were very kind and supportive as I went through the adoption process.

1 Meghan M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog Boston from the Sterling animal shelter. It was clean, the volunteers and staff were wonderful, and we truly got a 1 of a kind dog. He was a skinny little puppy in this big kennel with a smile on his face and a tail that (to this day) has never stopped wagging. Thanks again for this wonderfully goofy dog, we love him so much

1 Colleen C.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mother had passed in January of this year. My children were very close too her and my 20 yr old daughter cried every night she had lost her best friend her grandmother. She had always wanted a dog. We went to Sterling Shelter and there she was. Love at first sight. I can't thank them enough for bringing my daughter's smile back.

1 Rebecca B.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

My story is about Porter (formerly known as Dino). He was found in Puerto Rico with his siblings. He was fostered by a loving family while in Puerto Rico. When he was brought to Sterling, my husband and I fell in love. He was an adorable 7lb, 14 week old puppy. Covered in freckles and two big black spots. That was in 2015. Fast forward to 2019, I have been in contact with Porter's foster mother in Puerto Rico. My husband and I are planning a trip to see her. Did I mention that she kept one of Porter's siblings! So when we go down, we will meet Porter's brother. All this was made possible through sterling animal shelter. We cannot thank them enough for bringing this amazing dog into our lives. The first picture is Porter on our boat. The second picture is from his foster mother! The third picture is of him with his siblings. The fourth picture is of his brother, Ollie.

Sandra L.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted from this shelter several times. My experiences have been delightful with staff that seemed to really understand dogs. I would recommend them to anyone who wants to give a dig their forever home. Here is Truman

Client Served

Rating: 5

A month ago I adopted the most wonderful little girl, Mia (was Wanda) . She has made my world brighter and she is a happy girl.

Sterling was wonderful,and I would tell anyone looking for a dog or cat, please go to Sterling.

Thank you to everyone there on behalf of myself and my Mi

2 Jane B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our fur baby Phoebe (aka Laura) from Sterling Animal Shelter in October 2017. She has been a blessing to our family. She brings us lots of laughter and smiles. She is one of a kind. I can't thank Sterling enough for helping transport her up here from Puerto Rico. Our experience when we got to the shelter was awesome. They are definitely doing things right. Everything from starting out picking out our pup and going through the adoption process was super easy. These folks definitely care about all the animals they take in. I would totally adopt again from them again. Thanks again for connecting us up with our Miss Phoebe Buffay!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rescued both my babies from Sterling and they are such a bonded pair. They make my days better. The staff were amazing to work with and truly care about animals.

2 Melissa B.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our puppy from Sterling Animal Shelter a little over a week ago. We have adopted pets from other facilities and this, by far, was the best experience. All of the staff were knowledgeable about the dogs and were kind throughout the whole process. Our puppy is amazing and we are so happy. We will always recommend Sterling to anyone wanting to adopt a puppy or kitten.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2008, a 3-month-old Sterling Shelter bundle of love entered our lives: Sunny Dee. She is now 10 years old and continues to shower us with unconditional puppy love. In 2014 I was honored to be chosen as a volunteer photographer for Sterling Shelter. It has been almost four years that I have been wrangling the pups when they arrive, and capturing their puppy eyes to post on the Sterling site. In that time, I have seen how amazing Sterling really is. Thousands of pups find their forever home thanks to the love and dedication of the staff there. I'm always amazed that "my babies" are usually adopted within two days. And, hats off to Brenda Frost, who makes the photo shoots so much easier with her wit and puppy wisdom. Sterling is definitely a 5-star organization!

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STERLINGSHELTERROCKS 11/26/2018

We really can't even begin to thank you for your donation of time by helping post beautiful photos of our furry friends... Without amazing volunteers like you, we wouldn't be able to adopt out these pets to loving new homes... Much THANKS and love from the staff... Leigh Grady - Exec Director

Kristen S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteerat the Animal Shelter, Inc (Sterling Shelter). I've fallen in love with cats, kittens, pups & dogs during this time, but cannot adopt one. Lots of people ask me, "How can you volunteer & not go home with an animal?" I always say that "I give as much love to these rescues as I would to my own pet."

I used to be scared of dogs & of certain breeds. I'm still a little hesitant with some of the rescues, but can proudly say that I've sat in a kennel with dogs that are bigger than me with no problems while receiving kisses & hugs by some of these gentle giants.

Many of my friends have adopted from the Sterling Shelter (kittens, puppies & rabbits) & I would highly recommend this shelter to anyone who would care to adopt a furry baby. #EveryoneDeservesAFureverHome.

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STERLINGSHELTERROCKS 11/26/2018

love this and thank you so very much for your support as a volunteer! We could never do all we do without our amazing volunteers :) your the best! oxoxo

5 Brenda-Alan F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sterling Animal Shelter you saved these wonderful pups from Virginia and Texas and we are so greatful for the wonderful work your organization does to rescue these animals and find their forever homes. We are forever greatful for our furry family members. Rescue pups are the best ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

12 years ago we found our boy at Sterling Shelter. We could not be more grateful for the dedication of this group, in giving a new chance at life for so many sweet, innocent souls. ♥️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sterling is wonderful. We've adopted many cats from them and the staff has always been so nice and helpful.

1 Eric C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My best friends came from Sterling Shelter!! If I could recommend them any higher I would.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had great luck finding my puppy.The staff was really helpful and nice.Now a puppy has a forever home.I would recommend adopting from here.

2 Stacey C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful experience with Sterling Animal Shelter. The staff was very kind and knowledgeable and the shelter was impeccably clean. The cat we adopted was well cared for, she had lots of opportunities during the day for exercise and handling. She had been spade and was up to date on her shots. She continues to be a wonderful addition to our family.

4 Debra B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sterling Animal Shelter was one of the best rescues I have ever seen. The staff was wonderful and really allowed you to get to know the pet you wanted to adopt without any pressure. The shelter was very clean and the animals were well cared for! It was a great experience and I highly recommend this shelter. We adopted our adorable Brody who was from Puerto Rico!

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STERLINGSHELTERROCKS 11/26/2018

thank you so much for your post... our staff and volunteers greatly appreciate that visitors notice how hard they work to keep our furry friends clean and healthy!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is our second adoption from Sterling Animal Shelter. The staff is simply Amazing and Annie (aka TessaJean) was brought home on January 5th. Wonderful and Loving dog who completes life.
Schedin/Scola/LaRoche Family

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STERLINGSHELTERROCKS 11/26/2018

Thank you for the wonderful post... we are thrilled to hear that you've added a 2nd Sterling Shelter Alumni member to your home.... sounds like they are both very lucky! oxoxox Sterling Staff

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We bought our first home 5 years ago. When we bought we knew we needed to add a dog to our family. We found the most amazing German shepherd hound mix pup at sterling. She had just gotten there from PR with her siblings. We went and hung out with the pups for awhile and just knew who was meant to be our new family member. Flash forward 5 years and Bella is happy in her home. She now has 2 other dog siblings weve adopted. She has been one of the best additions to our family. Sterling animal shelter was incredibly accommodating and informative . The next spring our 2 legged kids had a lemonade sale and donated all their profits from the weekend to Sterling animal shelter.

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STERLINGSHELTERROCKS 11/26/2018

We love stories like this! We are all so thankful for families like yours.... not only adopting a pet from our shelter but the lemonade stand and donating back to help other pets in need of that care is just so amazing.... thank you from all the staff, volunteers and furry friends waiting for their lucky chance to find their new families....

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Sterling Animal Shelter for our beautiful Nia.

Nia and her 4 siblings arrived to Sterling Animal Shelter in January 2015 from the Southside Animal Rescue League in Virginia and we had the best day ever by taking her home.

Adopting a pet from Sterling Animal Shelter is great because you get to pick out and bring home all supplies that are needed for your new family member. You do not have to hurry to a store.

We were able to consult with the onsite Vet about a concern that we had about Nia. The Vet said, she was confident to adopt Nia out and she was correct.

Thank you Sterling Animal Shelter!!

Nia is a huge part of our family and everyone loves her!


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STERLINGSHELTERROCKS 11/26/2018

We really appreciate your kind post and are grateful that our staff and vet could help answer any of your questions or concerns! So happy Nia has a loving new home!!! oxoxo

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I got to the shelter someone else was already looking at the pup I went to see, I was devastated. I asked if I could just hold her for a minute and was allowed to...I quietly left a note on the counter asking if the adoption didn't work out for Any reason to please call me. I was heartbroken but 15 minutes later the call came, we immediately turned around and went back for Lucy. She is the 2nd pup of the last 6 that we have adopted from Sterling, the staff there is awesome! Thank you Sterling for all you do!

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STERLINGSHELTERROCKS 11/26/2018

WOW sounds like you were super lucky and fate was there to show Lucy truly WAS meant to be part of your family.... this is such a happy ending!!! oxox Thanks for sharing...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering here for 3 years. The amount of animals I've seen go through the doors to their forever homes is simply remarkable. The staff are all positive driven people who always act in the best interest of the animals. While this may not always be popular, the staff does an amazing jobs of taking care of all of the animals that come through that door. I've seen over 45 cars waiting to get in the door, with a completely full parking lot, and yet they are able to process everyone as efficiently and friendly as possible. I always look forward to walking in that door.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

We adopted our beautiful 1 1/2 year old hound mix from the Sterling Shelter in April. Although it was a busy morning at the shelter, the staff members were friendly and helpful to us and we did not feel rushed. We had not known about their partnership with All Sato Rescue in Puerto Rico prior to our shelter visit, but we were delighted to be able to adopt a former stray from Puerto Rico and bring her into our family. We would recommend this shelter if you are looking for a dog or cat to adopt.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be a volunteer at the Sterling Shelter for many years and I have seen many beautiful adoptions happen in that time. I think things can't get more beautiful. But then a few weeks ago when the shipment of rescues from Puerto Rico were ready to go home the beauty struck again. As people were coming into the shelter to find their new pet I watched a big burly gentleman walk through looking into the pens. I would have thought this man would stop at a pen with a happy hearty pup but instead he stopped at a pen with a tiny 3 year old terrier mix that was shaking badly. I could almost see his heart burst. He bent down and picked up that shaking pup and held him to his breast to comfort him and never let him go. I can't say enough about our loving patrons who help us save these rescue pets every week.

1 Ra C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beloved dog "Baxter" from Animal Shelter Inc. in 2011. We were so impressed by the care for animals and community outreach provided! Baxter helps us raise money for the shelter each year at their "whisker walk" and adoption reunion!

3 sassykas

Client Served

Rating: 4

2 years ago after the loss of our 18 year pet, we traveled to this shelter in a snow storm to adopt a new family member. We arrived at the shelter and it was better then any I have seen. The kennels were large , clean, and well heated and the staff was very helpful with the adoption process. There is a Vet onsite to discuss any concerns. I didn’t have any particular puppy in mind until I locked eyes with a tiny black puppy from Puerto Rico. She was shaking and afraid. I cuddled her in my arms and I could feel all of her love. We took her home . She has grown into the most wonderful dog. I’ve never loved a pet as much as I love my Sato! So please adopt don’t shop. Give these souls a chance. Your life will be forever changed. My Lola provides me with a piece of my heart I didn’t know was missing.

2 Marissa T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is my absolute favorite shelter. I have adopted three beautiful cats from Sterling Animal Shelter and they do a fantastic job advocating for animals in need and finding them their forever homes. I am so grateful for the work they do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sterling Shelter employees offered my 3 kids a relaxed and trusting atmosphere - in which we met our kitten when he reached his paws through the cage door toward us, class retracted, and then snuggled each of us as we passed him around. We were so excited to choose our first pet at Sterling Shelter - we named him Carlos, after a boy on The Magic School Bus!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had two beautiful adoption experiences at Sterling Shelter. First with our Luna and two years later with our second rescue Annie. Such care and attention was given to make sure the pups we adopted would be the best fit for us, for them and for each other. The staff at Sterling is deeply dedicated and extremely knowledgeable. I can’t say enough about them and I’ll be forever in their debt for helping me to find two of the very bests girls in the world!

2 Melissa Lyons H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted my puppy from Sterling Animal Shelter 5 years ago and had a wonderful experience.

2 Dianne Morris C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my two best friends 10 years ago . They are the best !!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two cats and two dogs from this shelter. The volunteers there do everything the can to ensure the animals find an appropriate home and get a good start. We love their dedication and commitment to the animals they save!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet Jaxson from Sterling Shelter. The shelter was clean, well run, and they gave us ample time to spend with Jaxson before we decided to adopt him. This was very important to us, as we needed to be sure he would be a good fit with our 5 year old. They gave us all of his records and paperwork, and made sure that he was going to a good home. I would recommend anyone looking to adopt a dog or cat go to Sterling.

Sarah B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sterling Animal Shelter is an incredible organization with dedicated individuals working tirelessly to care for the animals. The staff is welcoming and makes sure that you and your furry friend are a good fit for your family before you take them home. I adopted my cat from Sterling Animal Shelter about 10 years ago and I had a great experience. I loved STS so much that I even volunteered with them for a bit. They are truly a great place to go if you want to find the cat or dog for you!

1 Carmen Caissie T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sterling Animal Shelter is very caring and thoughtful, not only to the animals but also to the families that go there to find their furever babies. Each and every adoption handled with tender loving care!