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

MUDSLIDE is the April Cat of the Month

My family could no longer care for me, now at 10 years of age I am hoping for my adoptive family to find me soon! I spend time lying on my back watching the shelter world around me, I would much rather be lying in the sun, with family near. I think I am quite stunning with my sun and moon torti markings, i hope you do too. I know I need to loose a few pounds. I know, I should play more and lay around less! I did good at my vet visit, all my values from my senior profile tests were normal. I would prefer to be the only pet, and number one in your life. Please come to meet me, I have a senior adoption fee.

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


  • winning wines

    We are proud to announce the Winning Wines! In order from left to right are: Honey Bear, Dash, Marmalade, Honey, Jag and Razzle! These dogs and cats will be featured on the above Wine Bottles for a whole year! Please click here or call (978)297-5477 to place your order! We want to thank everybody that participated and to all of those that voted!


    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.... We are currently seeking vendors, crafters, rescue groups to participate. Please contact paws4blue@aol.com if interested.

    Our event will take place on SUNDAY, JUNE 12th at Boyden Wildlife Refuge, 1298 Cohannet St, Taunton, and will run from 10AM - 3PMCome 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. We will have an INCREDIBLE RAFFLE TABLE with many raffle items including a large number of gift certificates from many local restaurants/businesses, 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...

    VENDORS: ... Performance Plus Dog Training, Serene Bayside Creations, Animals Can We Talk, Bea Soapy, Darlene's Busy Paws, M Horton, Furry Friends Pet Sitting, OscarBoxer Doggie Duds, The Doggie Jar, Just a Touch Rescue, RIP Tyson, Jillian's Pooch Paradise, Ana Dana Creations, The Boxer Rescue, Val's Pet Sitting, Save-a-Heartbeat Kitty Rescue, Smokey Chestnut Farm, Gracie's Mission, ... and more coming....


    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.. 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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