AniMatch was created by members of a MAC task force in 2006 when there was a growing belief that there was a shortage of adoptable dogs in Massachusetts. Because of this belief, over the previous two decades, some animal welfare organizations had been importing both puppies and adult dogs from out of state for adoption in Massachusetts. The AniMatch task force saw that, while this practice was saving the lives of some animals, there were still adoptable dogs in Massachusetts that were not being placed, simply because of a lack of resources and exposure in their communities. They hypothesized that if Massachusetts dogs were provided with resources similar to those given to imported dogs, they would also have a chance at finding their “forever home.”  AniMatch was created as a system to support the intrastate evaluation and transfer of pets, affording these forgotten dogs that opportunity. 

In 2016, AniMatch for Cats was launched as well!  Building on our years of experience working with dogs, similar programming was rolled out, which was designed to assist cats in need across the state of Massachusetts, and AniMatch facilitated the transfer of 50 cats and kittens in just the first few months of the program. 

Generous funding from the ASPCA is allowing AniMatch for Cats to help underwrite necessary medical care for cats in the program, thus breaking down a barrier to placement and adoption.

AniMatch provides Canine Body Language and Behavior Observation training for participating organizations and volunteers considering becoming part of AniMatch. The goal is to enable participating organizations and volunteers to use the same standardized, objective criteria when posting available dogs on AniMatch’s database.  When working with cats, AniMatch utilizes a concise behavior observation form that provides a snapshot of a cat’s behaviors.  These processes allow organizations to make realistic decisions regarding their ability to help a particular dog or cat.

AniMatch has established a network of animal welfare groups and the resulting collaborative partnerships that have developed and grown over time has created a safety net, giving hundreds of adoptable dogs and cats in Massachusetts a second chance.

We facilitate happy endings for Massachusetts animals! To learn more, or to apply to become part of AniMatch visit