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

LACEY, The September Dog of The Month

LACEY is a female Am Staff, about 3 years old. She is an energetic and beautiful girl who is looking for a home and family with someone who is familiar with the breed and has lots of love to give her. A fenced yard would be ideal - Lacey loves running and playing in the play yard at the shelter with the volunteers. She loves squeakie toys and her favorite treat is anything with peanut butter! :) She needs to be the only pet in the home. Lacey needs some time to get to know new people and feel safe and secure. She also gets nervous with quick and sudden movements and loud noises. A quiet adult-only home would be preferred. Several visits prior to adoption is recommended and would make the transition from shelter to home smoother for all. Lacey is our resident "Olympic Swimmer" and would surely win the "Gold Medal" for Canine Swimming! :) She absolutely LOVES the water and kiddie pool! Jumping in and out - splashing all around - laying full body in it = it makes her "smile" from ear to ear and is one of her favorite things to do. (To see Lacey enjoying herself in the pool at the shelter, please go to her Petfinder Write-up and click on her video. It is guaranteed to bring a smile to your day! ) She would be so happy to be able to run along a beach with you and dive into the waves or go swimming in a pond/lake. Lacey would be the perfect companion for someone who is active in outdoor activities. She enjoys going for walks and walks well on the leash, with the use of a martingale collar and easy-walk harness. Our trainer has been working with Lacey and said she is catching on quickly and doing well. She has offered (1) free hr consult and (1) free 1 hr training session, with additional lessons to follow at a discounted rate. It is recommended that Lacey's adopters continue with her training. She is a smart girl, eager to learn, and wants to please.

"A Dog wags its tail with its heart." (Anonymous)

Cat of the Month

AMELIA is the August Cat of the Month


I was one of 16 cats and kittens left recently by the side of the road in the woods near the shelter. I am shy at first, but am doing better with each day. Being in a dark box, taped shut and left not knowing where I was, is an experience I cannot tell you about with words. I am petite with kind and gentle green eyes. I love attention, yet unsure how to ask for it. Once you begin to talk to me, I love the attention and will roll with delight. Please come to meet me. I am not sure how to ask you to take me home, but I will try my best.

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  • SAVE the DATE for our 3rd ANNUAL WOOF WALK

    Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 11am - 3pm

    Pre-register before 9/1/16 and receive 2 free Ruff Raffle Tickets. Go to weblink.donorperfect.com/woofwalkregister to register



    Our 2017 Friends calendar depicts cats and dog 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. If you plan on picking up several at the shelter and/or Woof Walk - 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.


    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, Hand Soap, 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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