Taunton Animal Shelter consistently has an average of 20 or more dogs and cats of all ages, breeds and colors! If we do not currently have what you are looking for, please leave your name and number (and an application) for future reference. We may also know of a shelter who may have what you are looking for. The Adoption Fee covers the cost of the spay/neuter and required vaccinations.

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Dog of the Month

GIGI, The October Dog of The Month

GIGI is a female Am Staff, about 1 year old. She had a rough start in life and came into the shelter very much underweight but, with the love and care of the staff and volunteers, she has blossomed into a happy girl and got up to a healthy weight. GiGi has been having trouble with her rear legs and, unfortunately, x-rays and various tests results have shown problems with her spine - which may be neurological. She has slowly been improving, but will most likely always be a "Special Needs" girl. She will REQUIRE SPECIAL CARE, lots of LOVE and TLC, a QUIET/STRESS-FREE HOME ... and a SPECIAL PERSON/FAMILY to provide her with the love and care she will need. She feels the shelter is her home and the staff/volunteers are her "family" and gets anxious when away from her familiar surroundings. Our trainer has been working with GiGi to help her feel more secure, help with basic training, and to make her transition to a new home and family much easier. She has offered (1) FREE 1 hr Consult and (6) FREE 1 hr Training Sessions, as well as continued training at a discount, to the person/family who adopts GiGi.

GiGi wants so much to be loved and love in return - that is her biggest wish and what will make her happy and her life complete. Being with those who love and care for her, makes her "smile" from ear to ear and makes her heart happy. She truly loves quiet, "snuggle time", hugs, and kisses. GiGi needs to be the only pet in the home, and we recommend continued basic manners and confidence training, as well as someone who will follow-up with her medical issues and be able to give her the care she deserves..

You get no "Tricks" from GiGi - just lots of sweet "Treats"... lots of "smiles", kisses, and tail wags... GiGi is hoping she will get her very own Halloween Bag of Doggie Treats!...Fall is the beginning of a new season, and GiGi is wishing for a new "leash on life" and have someone to snuggle up with when the cold weather comes....(To see a special fall photo of our girl and to see a video of GiGi, please refer to her Petfinder write-up and description...)

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." (Roger Caras)

Cat of the Month

ELROY is the October Cat of the Month

"FALL" in love with Elroy!!! Elroy was found a few weeks ago by animal control roaming around the skating rink. He was brought to the shelter where he was hoping to find his "fur"ever home! Unfortunately, after a trip to Dr. Cowe, it was discovered that Elroy has diabetes. He has been staying at Taunton Animal Hospital to get his blood sugar stabilized, but is doing absolutely fantastic! He is a such a sweet boy and spends his days loving our staff and finding new places to play hide and seek with us! His diabetes doesn't take away from his affection! He is a handsome boy who deserves the purrfect home! He is about 10 years old and is already neutered! If you are interested in adopting Elroy, please contact us at tauntonanimalhospital@gmail.com ! Please Not: To help me find my adoptive home, the Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility will financially support my insulin and insulin syringes as needed. Also follow up vet appointments. I appreciate being cared about, now I need a family to care about me too!

***EVENTS!!! Come join us***

For more information including upcoming events, view our PetFinder Event Calendar.



    Our 2017 Friends calendar depicts cats and dogs adopted from the Taunton Animal Shelter. The cost to purchase one of these beautiful calendars is $15.00 each. They are printed on premium card stock. The calendars will be available at the shelter, through Friends members/shelter volunteers, at Taunton City Hall (Veterans Office), and special events. (They make excellent holiday and/or birthday gifts!!) If you plan on picking up several at the shelter - please try to let us know ahead of time - so that we can be sure enough are set aside for you! Requests to purchase calendars can also be made on-line by e-mailing paws4blue@aol.com (If you would like a calendar mailed, it will cost $20.00 ea to cover postage and mailing.). If paying by check, please make the check out to: Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility". If mailing, please mail to: Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility, PO Box 2231, Taunton, MA 02780 and include a note that it is for the purchase of a calendar. All profits will go to the Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility.

  • NEW!!! 2017 CITY CALENDARS!!

    Taunton's Furriest and Finest Calendars!!

    Our very first city calendar with our city's employees with their own cats and dogs. Beautiful photography by our very own Sherry Hopper. The cost is$15.00 each. The calendars are available at the shelter, through Friends members/shelter volunteers and at Taunton City Hall (Veterans Office). Perfect for holiday giving! If paying by check, please make the check out to: Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility". All profits will go to the Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility.Come down and get them today!!!

  • Order our candles featuring our very own:


    Go to www.CharityWicks.com/TACF to order online or buy them when you visit us at the shelter or at our Paws-itively Purr-fect Day Event on 6/12/16! $19.99 each

    Are you a member? If yes, bring us your Membership Card and receive $1.00 off!

    Charity Wicks all natural, non-GMO soy candles are produced from vegan friendly, kosher certified, soy beans grown in the USA. All Charity Wicks candles are free of any dyes or coloring in order to produce the most natural candle we can. Featuring lead free, self trimming cotton wicks as well as environmentally conscious fragrance oils to ensure superior hot and cold throws of scent further demonstrates their commitment to providing their consumers with the highest quality, all natural candle available in today's market. They found that people prefer soy candles over paraffin wax candles for a number of reasons:

  • Soy candles last up to 50% longer
  • They burn slower and cooler which helps to better distribute the fragrance of the candle
  • Melted soy wax will not cause severe burns
  • Soy candles are non-toxic
  • Less likely to trigger allergies
  • Clean up off of fabric and carpet with soap and water
  • Produce very little soot compared to paraffin wax based candles
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    Help us "Share the Light"!


    Would you like to feel loved and appreciated? Are you unable to adopt a pet, but would like to spend time with them? Would you like to get some exercise in the great outdoors? Are you interested in the veterinarian/grooming/obedience training fields? Do you love animals? Please call the shelter/come on down and ask about volunteering! The minimum age requirement is 13 years old. Everything from laundry to yard work, to walking dogs, grooming, feeding, fostering, etc... Volunteer Forms are available at the shelter or you may also request one by emailing paws4blue@aol.com

    The rewards are endless! The love received is unconditional. The happiness you can bring to the animals that you will feel in your heart at the end of the day is immeasureable!


    The Shelter is currently in most need of Martingale Collars, Easy-Walk Harnesses, Purina Cat/Kitten food, Canned Dog/Cat Food, Kongs, Disinfectant Cleanser, and Monetary Donations. (We have plenty of blankets and towels at this time and are unable to take anymore until further notice). Thank you!


    If you are having trouble paying for veterinarian care or food for your pet, visit massanimalcoalition.com/resources/pet-owners


    Please call the shelter for the most convenient directions. Alternatively, you may view the directions to Taunton Animal Shelter on the web.

    Taunton Animal Shelter
    821 W Water St
    Taunton MA 02780
    Phone: 508-822-1463
    Email: paws4blue@aol.com for DOG adoptions, questions and applications.
    Email: ds4paws@hotmail.com for CAT adoptions, questions and applications.

    Hours of Operation

    Sunday & Monday Closed

    Tuesday thru Thursday 12pm - 5pm

    Friday 12pm - 2pm

    Saturday 12pm - 4pm

    PLEASE NOTE: Since the shelter is closed on Sunday and Monday, phone calls received on those days will not be returned until Tuesday.

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