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

BELLA, The May Dog of The Month

BELLA is a female Am Staff, about 5 years old. Bella is a happy girl who loves going for walks and socializing with the volunteers at the shelter. She needs to be the only pet in the home, and we recommend breed knowledge. A fenced yard would be ideal. Bella could benefit from obedience training, but will learn quickly. She walks well with the use of a martingale collar and easy-walk harness and would make an excellent walking companion. We have found that Bella is not fond of young children; therefore, we recommend a home with only older children and/or adults. Bella enjoys playing in the play yard with the volunteers and posing for "selfies" with some of her favorite people, as they give her special "hugs and kisses"! She also loves snuggling in their laps! :) Love, patience, and training will help Bella become your new "best friend". In return, she will love you unconditionally and be so happy to have a new home and family.

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language." (Martin Bauber)

Cat of the Month

MARCO is the May Cat of the Month

Handsome and sleek, with a coat of velvet, I am sure to win your heart. Rescued from the outside. I am grateful every minute to be inside with people. I roll for attention in hopes that you will stay and visit. Perhaps you can see it in my eyes, that home is where I want to be, with you! Please come soon to meet me, and please bring your carrier!

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

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

  • 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!

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  • 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 Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility will be holding their 8th Annual Paws-itively Purr-fect Day on Sun, June 12 at Boyden Wildlife Refuge....

    Our event will take place on SUNDAY, JUNE 12th at Boyden Wildlife Refuge, 1298 Cohannet St, Taunton, and will run from 10AM - 3PM Come and enjoy the many wonderful trails and scenery at the Boyden Refuge, the Taunton Animal Shelter, rescue groups, crafters, animal-related businesses, an animal communicator, food by PJ's of Bellingham, and baked goods by Jo's Breads and Muffins. We will have an INCREDIBLE RAFFLE TABLE with many raffle items (33 items so far and still more coming in! ) including a large number of gift certificates from MANY local restaurants/businesses/pet food & supply stores, admission passes to zoos/amusement centers/tourist attractions, tools, gift baskets, etc... and more items still coming....

    Dogs are welcome, as long as on leashes and dog/people friendly... We LOVE seeing Taunton Shelter alumni! Also, please remember, if you are a Friends Member and have received a Membership Card in the mail, to bring it with you! All profits will go to the Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility to benefit the Taunton Shelter...

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    We are currently seeking good quality PHOTOS of DOGS and/or CATS adopted from the TAUNTON ANIMAL SHELTER for our 2017 FRIENDS CALENDAR. Please e-mail your photos to paws4blue@aol.com and write "Calendar" in the subject line. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is AUGUST 1st... The calendars will be available for sale starting in September at our Woof Walk, the shelter, and other fundraisers.


    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 in 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 Cleansers 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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