c/o Charlton Police Dept.
85 Masonic Home Road
Charlton, MA 01507
The Municipal Animal Shelter is located at 15 Old Town Road, Charlton, MA.
Animal Control Directory
Charlton ACOs are certified through the Animal Control Officers' Association of Massachusetts (ACOAM) Certification Course.
Animal Control Officer
2015 Dog Licenses
There are "ruff-ly" 2800 dogs in Charlton. As of January 14th, 386 are licensed for 2015. We all know dogs can count and tell time so they must like numbers! Don't disappoint your furry mathematical genius - bring home a nice shiny new 2015 license number for each of your dogs!
Licenses may be obtained at the Town Clerk's Office during their regular business hours.
License before March 1 to avoid a $10 late fee per dog.
Any dog owner failing to obtain a dog license is subject to a $50 fine per dog per day by Animal Control.
Charlton Animal Control Officers (ACOs) are appointed annually by the Board of Selectmen. ACOs are responsible for enforcement of State and local laws and regulations related to animal control. In addition, ACOs will oversee the care and control of domestic animals and, in some instances, wildlife. ACOs respond to dog, cat, and wildlife calls and can provide numerous valuable resources appropriate for each situation.
Dogs: Catch or pick up stray and/or injured dogs. Return to owner (if known) or impound. Issue warning letters, citations, and/or fines, when appropriate.
Cats: Work with residents who find stray cats by maintaining a lost and found list. Reunite with owner if possible. Assist owners with lost cats. Refer to other agency when appropriate.
Wildlife: Respond when needed to reports of injured wildlife. Transport sick or injured wildlife to an appropriate wildlife facility when necessary.
All Domestic Animals and Wildlife: Investigate complaints from the public and respond to each complaint according to the merit of the situation. Respond to reports of domestic or wild animals in distress/trapped in unusual places. Please note that a person or organization duly licensed in removing nuisance animals must be notified in situations that necessitate trapping. Work closely with the Animal Inspector on any suspected rabies exposure or other suspected infectious diseases.
Wildlife Notice: Charlton Animal Control has been receiving many calls regarding raccoons, skunks, foxes and other wildlife. ACOs assist only with sick or injured wildlife, when possible. It is ILLEGAL to relocate wildlife. If you require assistance with nuisance wildlife, please click here to contact a MA licensed Problem Animal Control Agent. Visit MA Department of Fisheries and Wildlife for specific wildlife information. Thank you.
Charlton Lost and Found Pets List
Dog / Kennel Licenses
Dog licenses and Kennel Licenses must be obtained annually at the Town Clerks Office or by mail using the Dog License Mail In Form or Kennel License Application. The dog license period is January 1 to December 31. The owner or keeper of a dog six (6) months old or over is required to obtain a dog license from the Town Clerk and the license must be attached to a collar or harness of said dog per MGL, Ch. 140, § 137.
When applying for a dog license the applicant must show proof, by a licensed veterinarian's certificate, that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies, as required by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 140, Sections 137 and 145B.
The Charlton Animal Control Bylaws (as amended at May 20, 2013 Annual Town Meeting) may also be viewed in the Town Clerk's Office. Please be advised that Charlton has a 24 hour leash law.
Senior Citizen (65 and over): $17.00
|Neutered Male: $10.00
Spayed Female: $10.00
Senior Citizen (65 and over): $8.00
|A late fee of $10.00 will be added to license fees if you fail to license by March 1.
|Any person seventy (70) years of age or older, upon proof of age, shall be exempt from the annual fee for one dog, per household, per year. The owner of a kennel license, age seventy (70) years of age or older, shall be excluded from this exemption. (Per Town’s acceptance of the provision of Mass. Gen. Law Chapter 140, Section 139 (c) at the May 20, 2013 Annual Town Meeting.)
|Substitute Tag: $1.00|
Transfer License: $1.00
|Kennel fees are:
|Four dogs or less $35.00
5-10 dogs $75.00
11-25 dogs $100.00
26 or more dogs $200.00
|A late fee of $50.00 will be added to kennel license fees if you fail to license by March 1.
Dog owners who fail to license will be subject to a $50 failure to license citation per dog given by the Animal Control Officer. Failure to pay this citation within twenty-one (21) days from the date issued will result in a summons to District Court.
Please notify the Town Clerk if you no longer have your dog or your dog has passed away. Failure to do so may result in a failure to license citation.
Review all Charlton Animal Control Bylaws (as amended at May 20, 2013 Annual Town Meeting).
Articles and Brochures
Hot Weather Tips
Cold Weather Tips
Charlton Animal Control Brochure
Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies Makes Sense
Adopting a Pet
Charlton Animal Control does not currently have an adoption program. Instead, we work with local shelters that accept our unclaimed dogs and cats into their adoption programs. The shelters do age appropriate vet work prior to putting the animals up for adoption. Charlton Animal Control will occassionally post animals available for adoption on our petfinder site as a courtesy and thank you to the assisting shelter. Contact information for the shelter that has the animal is provided so please read carefully. Visit your local shelters and thanks for adopting a homeless pet!
Donations to Charlton Animal Control
Animal Care and Rescue Fund
The Animal Care and Rescue Fund helps defray medical expenses incurred for sick or injured domestic animals in the care of Charlton Animal Control. Contributions to this fund will ensure that dogs, cats, and other domestic animals receive the quality veterinary care that they need, such as medications, tests, vaccinations, and procedures. This fund will also be used to supplement the annual animal control budget.
Feral Cats/Kittens Resources
To donate, make checks payable to: Town of Charlton with "Animal Care and Rescue Fund" in the memo line and mail to:
Charlton Animal Control
c/o Charlton Police Department
85 Masonic Home Road
Charlton, MA 01507
We are in need of the following supplies:
- Dog and Cat Toys
- Cat Chow
- Kitten Chow
- Canned cat food (Friskies Turkey and Giblets is a favorite)
- SnuggleSafe® Heatpads with regular covers - we could use two of them to keep kittens warm
- Litter (preferably non-clumping and cedar free)
Donations may be left in the Board of Selectmen's Office, 37 Main Street, Charlton, MA during regular office hours. Questions? Call Charlton Animal Control at 508-248-2266. Thanks to all who have donated!!
Semi-feral (semi-wild) or feral (wild) cats/kittens are domestic felines
who are not friendly and living in the wild. They do not include
friendly stray cats/kittens. They do include feral colonies,
ie, a group of wild cats that live near dumpsters or other food sources,
and barn cats who are accustomed to living outdoors on farms and catching
mice and other small rodents. You should never attempt to pick up
a cat/kitten that you think might not be friendly. Cat bites and scratches
expose you to rabies and other diseases. Charlton Animal Control can
help you determine if a cat is friendly or semi-feral/feral and which
option would be best for the situation.
If you are aware of feral cat colonies in Charlton or if you are a
barn owner with a feral cat or barn cat overpopulation problem there
are two solutions:
1. Trap Spay/Neuter and Release (TNR). Call Charlton Animal Control for info.
2. Trap and Euthanize. For info: Charlton Animal Control (on case
by case basis)
Charlton Animal Control has several traps available for residents
Lost and Found Pet Tips and
The best way to ensure that your lost pet will find its way home is
to always have a collar with identification tags affixed. The Charlton
Dog Restraint and Regulation By-Law, Section 2. Licenses
and tags requires that all dogs wear collars with license attached.
Cats who are indoor/outdoor may wear a break-away collar with an ID
tag. Another option for both dogs and cats is micro chipping. Microchips
are small computer chips (about the size of a grain of rice) that
are injected under the skin, typically between the shoulder blades.
Each microchip has a unique ID number associated with it and the number
corresponds to owner information on file with the microchip company.
If your dog or cat is picked up as a stray, Charlton Animal Control,
most local shelters, and many veterinarian offices have scanners that
can read the chip and then contact the pet's owner. Talk to your vet
or a local shelter about micro chipping.
If your pet is missing or if you find a stray pet, follow these steps:
- Notify Charlton Animal Control immediately by calling 508-248-2266
- Notify surrounding ACOs
- Place a lost or found ad in the local newspaper
- Create a flyer, with a photo if possible, and post it around town
- Go door to door with the flyer to see if the animal belongs to anyone
- For lost dogs: Lost
- For lost cats: Cats in the Bag
If you think your pet has been stolen: www.doggiemanners.com
Low Cost Spay/Neuter,
Vaccination, and Microchipping Programs
Massachusetts Animal Fund: Do you have a cat or dog that needs to be spayed/neutered? Check out the Massachusetts Animal Fund to see if you qualify for a voucher to have your pet fixed FREE. If you do, contact Charlton Animal Control at 508-248-2266 (or the Animal Control Officer in your town) and they can submit a voucher request on your behalf. For more info, visit Mass Animal Fund.
Thank you for helping us stop pet overpopulation!
The following low cost spay/neuter and/or vaccination programs are available
for cats and dogs. Some include heartworm/lyme testing for dogs and
FELV/FIV testing for cats as well as microchipping. Please contact
the appropriate organization for more information, pricing, and participating
Chance Animal Shelter, 508-637-1333 (North Brookfield, MA)
2. CatSnip Clinics thru Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare
3. Worcester Animal Rescue League, 508-853-0030 (Worcester, MA)
508-721-2241 (Auburn, MA)
5. SpayUSA, 800-248-SPAY
SNAP 617-522-7400 (Boston, MA)
of Animals, 800-321-7387
for Animals, 617-268-7800, (Boston, MA)
Citizens for Animals, (413) 565-5383 (Springfield, MA)
Re-homing Your Pet
We believe that pets are for life. But we also understand that there
are times when you may need to rehome your cat or dog (or other small
animal). Here are some tips if you need to find your pet a new home:
- If your pet was adopted from a shelter, call that shelter and
inquire about their return policy.
- Contact local animal shelters and see if they can accept your pet into their
adoption program. Most shelters have waiting lists so don't wait
until the last minute to call.
- Call your vet and see if they can help you place the pet.
Charlton Animal Inspector
- The Animal Inspector should be contacted if you find a wild animal
that is behaving in an unusual or aggressive manner as it may be exhibiting
signs of rabies. DO NOT try to catch or touch an animal that looks
sick. The Animal Inspector will be able to assist residents by evaluating
the situation and advising accordingly.
Committee - The Charlton Wildlife Committee is available to assist
residents with wildlife issues through education on applicable laws,
alternatives for resolution of problems, and sources of financial
Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
MassWildlife - Moving Wildlife is Illegal - Find out why moving wildlife is illegal, ineffective and harmful.
- Wildlife Rehabilitation - Wildlife rehabbers care for sick, injured
or orphaned wildlife until they are healthy enough to be returned
to the wild. For instructions on what to do if you find a sick/injured/abandoned
wild animal, visit Wildlife
Rehabilitators' Association of Massachusetts. The closest rehabilitator
University Wildlife Clinic, Grafton, MA, 508-839-7918.
- Problem Animal Control - According to the MassWildlife website,
"PAC permits authorize the handling of skunk, muskrat, raccoon, weasel,
red fox, gray fox, porcupine, Norway rat, mice, voles, red, gray and
flying squirrel, opossum, chipmunk, rabbit, woodchuck, snapping turtle,
moles, pigeon, house sparrow, starling and certain species of bats.
Individuals with damage caused by beaver flooding must contact their
local Board of Health
for a determination and necessary permitting. Damage caused by migratory
birds and other birds such as woodpeckers, which are protected under
both state and federal law, require a permit from the U.S. Department
of Agriculture (413.253.2403)."
MassWildlife - Turtle Information and Conservation Tips
MSPCA's Intruder Excluder - An interactive guide for detecting and humanely resolving confluicts with unwanted household and garden visitors in three simple steps.
Turtle Rescue League - for all your turtle related questions!
Charlton has a 24 hour leash law.
Charlton Lost/Found Pets List
2015 Dog License are now available in the Town Clerk's office or by mail in request. A late fee of $10.00 will be added to license fees if you fail to license by March 1. Any dog owner failing to obtain a dog license is subject to a $50 fine by Animal Control.
Cat/Dog FREE Spay/Neuter Voucher Program for qualified MA residents: Mass Animal Fund
Pit Fix: Second Chance Animal Shelter offers low cost spay/neuter for Pits. Call 508-637-1333 for an appointment.
Pit Fix: Worcester Animal Rescue League has a grant to spay/neuter Pits owned by folks who can't afford the cost of surgery. See if you meet the criteria to take advantage of this program!
Got Cats? Second Chance Animal Shelter has low cost spay/neuter programs!
DON'T FEED THE BEARS!
Learn about Black Bears
Wish List Items: Friskies canned cat food, Purina Cat Chow, Purina or Iams Kitten Chow, disposable vinyl
or latex gloves, paper towels.
If you are in need of a dog house or dog/cat carrier, please call us at 508-248-2266.
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