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The following volunteer opportunities are available at the Kingston Animal Shelter:

Kennel Assistant: This position requires working with the dogs in our shelter. Must be at least 21 years of age, ability to follow detailed directions and work independently without supervision.  Main duties include feeding dogs, cleaning indoor/outdoor dog kennels, exercising and/or walking dogs, comfortable with giving medication to dogs when appropriate. Reliabililty, responsibilty is key.  Experience in a shelter setting or similiar (boarding kennel, animal hospital, doggie daycare etc.) is required. Most importantly, experience with and handling dogs is essential.  

We have openings for for every other Friday p.m. and the 1st and 3rd Sat. of each month, as well as the 5th  Sat. of the month, when there is a 5 week month.Typical start time is 7:00 pm. Depending on the number of animals, shift can take 1-2 hrs. 

 If you are intersted in either of these opportunites, please contact the Kingston Animal Control Dept. at 781-585-0529 and speak with one of our Animal Control Officers.  Training will be provided.


     Animal Shelter Wish List:


  • Litter, Litter & More Litter (clay and scooping)
  • Pet Meds: Frontline, Revolution,Advantage Flea/Tick (all size cats/kittens)
  • Dry Kitten Chow (Purina, Purina One) 
  • Dry Adult Cat Chow
  • Canned Cat Food
  • Prescription Hills I/D Canned Food - to help those animals with gastrointestinal health
  • Baby Food (jars) Chicken, Turkey


  • Grain Free dry dog food.
  • Canned Dog Food
  • Prescription Hills I/D Canned Food to help those animals with gastrointestinal health
  • Pet Meds: Frontline, Revolution, Advantix Flea/Tick (all size dogs)
  • Small Area Rugs ( washable)
  • 100% Canned Pumpkin (not pie mix)

  Cleaning Supplies such as: paper towels, "Spic & "Span" brand multi-surface cleaner,laundry detergent, bleach, dryer sheets, tall kitchen trash bags, baking soda.

Misc:  8 1/2 x 11 plain white copy paper, digital camera


Monetary donations are always accepted and appreciated!! The Animal Care Fund assumes all expenses for the animals in our care. Your donation is tax deductible. Checks can be made payable to the Kingston Animal Care Fund. We cannot accept credit card donations as this time. Thanks for your support!


Lost a pet in Kingston? If you have a lost/missing pet in the Kingston area, contact the shelter @ 781-585-0529 to file a report with an Animal Control Officer or leave a message; including pets description, where/when lost, your name and best number to reach you. You should also post the area where the animal was last seen. Include a photo if possible and  your contact information. If you live close to a surrounding towns border, you may also consider calling the bordering town's Animal Control Department/Shelter.


                  Did Rover Get Sprayed by a Skunk?

These tatics don't work well:

  • Bath in tomato juice
  • Spray with lemon or citrus
  • Masking agents like perfume or Febreeze

Now you can get rid of that dreadful smell, permanently...with the following  solution. Many of these products you may already have at home.

  • 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide (or 2% vinegar solution)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp. liquid soap or dish soap

Mix all ingredients together and bathe, shampoo in tub or rub down) the spray victim thoroughly. Let solution sit for 5 mintues then risne with tap water. Repeat if necessary. 

Some other helpful tips:

  • If sprayed in eyes, flush immediately with water ASAP
  • Before washing, wear rubber gloves
  • If washing Fido, do it outside if possible
  • Don't wet your dog first, the solution works best if applied directly and concentrated. Skunk spray is rather oily and the liquid soap or dish detergent will help break up the oils. 


Considering Adopting a New Companion? Ask about our discounts for Seniors and those in the Military.


Adopting A Friend

Adopting an animal may be more involved than you expect. The best interest of the animals in our care is our primary concern. Our goal is for these animals to secure a permanent home.

The first step in the process, is completing an adoption application. You can obtain an application 2 ways: in person at the shelter, or you can request an on line application by emailing us at kaco1@comcast.net.

Information required may include but not limited to: identification verification, veterinary references for current and/or prior pets in your care; proof of home ownership or written landlord consent permitting animals in/on the property, as well as proven ability to contain the animal to your property.Upon submission of the completed application, all information will be verified

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only those applicants who are approved to adopt an animal will be contacted.  Once approved,   Kingston Animal Shelter personnel will accompany individuals interested in adopting a pet into the appropriate animal areas. Our personnel  will provide the history and needs of the animal including feeding and exercise requirements necessary. If you come  here with your children, please DO NOT lead them to believe you will be adopting, or going home with an animal. The process, depending on personnel availability may take several days. We reserve the right to deny any application without cause.

Adoption Rates:

Kittens:            $100       (this includes a $40 spay/neuter deposit) which will be refunded) only upon presentation of a spay/neuter certificate from a licensed vet, within the time period due date listed on your adoption contract.

Cats:               $120    

Senior Citizen & Military Family Rate $80    

Dogs:              $350

Please note: these rates are subject to change without notice.

Kingston Animal Shelter accepts CASH or Checks. We do not accept Credit Card payments at the present time. Please make checks payable to: Town of Kingston.  

On adoption day, Kingston Animal Shelter will provide hard copies of medical records for the pet you are adopting. The keeping of these records upon adoption will be the responsibility of the new owner. Any other questions/concerns will be addressed at time of adoption. Adopted animals can  be picked up on Sat. from 9-12 noon, unless alternate arrangements have been made for a  week day  pick-up, provided an Animal Control Officer or Adoption Coordinator is available to assist.

Additional issues to consider prior to adopting a pet include:

  • Financial ability to care for  your new pet, including food, shelter, supplies, veterinary care and licensing
  • Adequate time care for your new pet, including training, exercise, grooming and personal interaction.

Holds will only be placed on an animal with an Approved Application and deposit of 1/2 the adoption fee.

Your patience and understanding of our adoption policies and procedures are greatly appreciated.



Who We Are

The Kingston Animal Shelter provides temporary housing for stray and/or abandoned dogs and cats in our community, until permanent homes can be found. The Town of Kingston provides the shelter with a small operating budget. However, all expenses related to veterinary care; including exams, vaccinations, spay/neutering,  medicines, flea/tick/heart-worm treatments and preventatives, as well as the creature comforts we provide, are covered exclusively from donations.

We are a relatively small shelter in the scheme of Animal Rescue, but we have a very real impact on the dogs and cats in our care.

The Kingston Animal Shelter has 2 part-time Animal Control Officers: Debra J. Mueller, who is also the Animal Inspector, and Joanna "Jo" Boudreau.

The shelter is also cared for by so many wonderful volunteers, for who without their assistance we would not be able to do what we do.


Come Visit Us

We are located at 28 Evergreen Street Kingston, MA. Hours of operation are M-F 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The shelter is closed on Sun. and Holidays. In the event you find a stray or lost dog, the Kingston Animal Shelter has a 24-hour emergency outdoor kennel available for you to bring the displaced animal. If it is after hours, please contact the Kingston Police Dept. and they will notify Animal Control.

Telephone: 781-585-0529       Email: kaco1@comcast.net

Walk-in Adoption Hours are held Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. No appointment necessary.

 Directions to the shelter:

From the North: Take Route 3 South to exit 10; stay right; at the light take a left onto Summer St. Follow Summer St. to the center of town. (We-Print Today on left, Tura's Pharmacy on right). At the light go over RRX and take your next right onto Evergreen St. Follow Evergreen St. for approx. 1/4 mile, turn right into the 2nd driveway of the Town Hall Complex. Follow driveway to the end, Kingston Animal Shelter is located on the left.

From the South: Take Route 3 North to exit 9, stay right; at the light, go straight, this is Main Street. Follow Main St. to bottom of hill. (Junction Rt. 80/3A); go thru light, up hill, road forks; stay to the right towards Kingston Center. At bottom of hill take left at light onto Evergreen Street, follow Evergreen St. for approx. 1/4 mile, turn right into the 2nd driveway of the Town Hall Complex. Follow driveway to the end, Kingston Animal Shelter of located on the left.



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