Our Pet Care Partners
Caring for all of your pet's needs takes more than we could ever provide alone. Here are some local organizations and businesses that we recommend to our patients and their families.
Pet Health and Lifestyle Information
We know a well-informed owner coupled with an expert veterinary care team is key to maintaining the happiness and
health of your pet. That’s why we partnered with Vetstreet.com to bring you additional pet health and lifestyle
information you can’t find on our website. Vetstreet.com contains a wealth of pet information written by leading
veterinarians, journalists, and animal health care experts. Whether you are wondering about why your dog puts his
head out of the window while driving, seeking a workout plan for you and your dog, or trying to figure out how to get
your cat to take her medicine, VCA and Vetstreet.com are here to help.
PAWSPAWS (Protection of Animals in Wakefield Society) is an all-volunteer, non-profit animal welfare organization serving many communities north of Boston. PAWS hosts cat adoption hours at VCA Wakefield from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.
Poodle Rescue of New EnglandPoodle Rescue of New England provides medical care, evaluation, and adoptive homes for poodles who are abandoned, mistreated, unwanted, or left in local pounds to await an uncertain fate.
House Rabbit NetworkThe House Rabbit Network is an organization formed with two primary purposes: to rescue homeless rabbits and find them good indoor homes and also to educate the public about rabbits and their care.
Visit House Rabbit Network
Massachusetts House Rabbit SocietyAn all-volunteer, non-profit organization with two primary goals: to rescue abandoned rabbits and find permanent indoor homes for them and to educate the public and assist humane societies through publications on rabbit care, phone consultation, and classes upon request.
Sterling Animal ShelterFor every animal adopted from a shelter, a space opens up that will welcome another great dog or cat and save its life. The Sterling Animal Shelter has an enormous variety of animals — purebreds, mixbreeds, all ages and personalities.
Visit Sterling Animal Shelter
Greyhound Adoption ServiceGreyhound Adoption Service, Inc. of Salisbury, Massachusetts is a volunteer-run, non-profit humane organization dedicated to finding loving, responsible homes for retired racing greyhounds that can no longer compete and for young greyhounds not placed on the racetrack.
Quincy Animal ShelterThe Quincy Animal Shelter is a 100% volunteer-run organization that places hundreds of homeless cats and dogs into homes each year. Every animal receives age-appropriate vaccinations and, if old enough, is spayed or neutered before finding its forever family.
Visit Quincy Animal Shelter
PetWatch provides consumers with a science-based list of the Best, Fair, and Worst choices of exotic pets based on extensive research aimed at protecting native wildlife and resources, global biodiversity, and public health. PetWatch is a consumer information program founded on scientific evidence that promotes safe pet purchases for all major animal groups including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and birds.
Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA (Certified Prof. Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed)
Melissa earned her training certification in 2008 through the CCPDT association, and she is a member of the APDT. She is available for private training and group class work at VCA Wakefield, as well as for interviews or articles pertaining to life with dogs. Reach her at 617-861-7846.
Burlington Science CenterFocusing on grades K-5, the Science Center's goals are to make science "come alive" for both teachers and students and to support an active elementary science curriculum.
Dr. Kathryn Wrubel, Ph.D., animal behavior specialist
Dr. Wrubel is a pet psychologist, and her expertise extends beyond pet training methods. She specializes in aggression and anxiety issues, animal learning and memory, and psychopharmacology. Dr. Wrubel uses positive-based behavior modification methods, and she can work with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet has a team to set them up for success.
Dr. Wrubel is a Ph.D. animal behavior specialist with extensive training helping dogs, cats, and their owners with challenging behavior issues. She sees appointments both at VCA Wakefield and in your home. She previously provided behavior services for Angell Animal Medical Center and several IVG Hospitals, including the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital. Dr. Wrubel's mobile animal behavior service is called Changing Behavior, Changing Lives.
Behavior appointments should be scheduled directly through Dr. Wrubel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-552-1422.
Companion Animal Parasite CouncilOffers pet owners information and recommendations about preventing and curing parasite infestation in their cats and dogs.
Pet Loss Resources
Losing a pet can be devastating, but you are not alone in your grief. The following online communities and resources can help you begin recovering from your loss.