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

AMBER, The December Dog of The Month

AMBER is a female Am Staff, about 3 years old. She seems to like everyone, but would prefer to be the only pet in the home. We recommend breed knowledge, and Amber could benefit from training. A fenced yard would be ideal. Amber loves to go for walks and walks well on the leash with a martingale and easy-walk harness. She has quickly become a favorite among many of the volunteers and loves socializing with them. Visitors to the shelter always comment on how pretty she is and stop at her kennel to say "Hi" when they pass by. Amber just looks up at you with those big eyes, "smiles" and wags her tail - and you fall right in love! Amber enjoys belly rubs, scratches behind the ears, and snuggling in your lap. If you are looking for a big cuddler and affectionate girl - Amber is for you! She would be a welcome addition to any family, but we do recommend no toddlers. Our Trainer has offered (1) Free Consult and (1) Free Basic Manners Training Session to the person/family who adopts Amber.

AMBER would be so THANKFUL to be able to spend the holidays in a new home... How she would love her very own stocking full of toys and treats, but the biggest and best "gift" she is wishing for is... LOVE... the love of a family/person to call her very own. HAPPY HOLIDAYS from AMBER and all her friends at the shelter !

"During the holidays, when our loved ones gather together to celebrate the spirit of the season, our companion animals are right by our side. They share in our joy, fill our hearts with peace, and give us hope for a more humane future for people and animals everywhere. " (American Humane Society)

Cat of the Month

ALBERT is the December Cat of the Month

My owner went into the hospital. I was told that he was not coming back. With no one to take care of me, I was brought to the shelter. I am sad here in my cage. I just want someone to stop and visit with me, for then I roll and head butt, feels almost like I am back home. I am a big cat, but do not let my size fool you! For I am a big love, waiting for someone to find me. If you are looking for a loyal companion and buddy, so am I. Please come to meet me. I have a special adoption fee. Come soon ok?!!

***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"!


    The Taunton Animal Shelter is holding their 8th Annual Jingle Paws from Nov 1 - Dec 24th ! Share some special holiday cheer with a pet currently awaiting a new home and family at the Taunton Animal Shelter. Make a donation in honor of a particular pet at the shelter and/or deliver/send a special toy/treat/gift for the pet of your choice. This can also be done as a "gift" for someone and/or in memory of someone! Please note: if doing as a gift - to allow us enough time to process your request and send it US Mail. Forms will be available at the Taunton Shelter, Raynham Town Hall, Robin's Corner Flower Shop, Leahy's Liquors or via e-mail (please e-mail paws4blue@aol.com to request a form). Your name and the name of your pet of your choice will be noted on the Taunton Shelter website and also at the shelter itself. In addition, you will receive a special photo of the pet you have chosen to sponsor. If making a monetary donation by check, please make the check out to: The Taunton Animal Shelter. Thank you - and Happy Holidays!!

    JINGLE PAWS has begun...


    (In Memory of) LEE, (In Memory of) CLINT, (In Memory of) PRINCE, GIGI, KING, LACEY and BELLA - (Nadine Killion)

    BELLA (Connie Coleman)

    KING - (Beverly Sullivan)

    LACEY (In Memory of Marjorie Rankin) - (Lorna Rankin)

    DIESEL - (David White)

    ELROY (In Memory of Stan Grant) - (Carolyn Grant)

    ALBERT - (Mary Lopes)

    NINA - (Steve & Dolores Paterna)

    GEORGE - (Louise Wilkins)

    CRYSTAL and BELLA - (Sierra, Gronk & Lisa Enos)

    KING, AMBER and CARLY (In Memory of Lee & Tony) - (Cheryl Ann Bigeau)

    CLARK KENT - (Olivia Rose Hayston)


    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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