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The lost, stray, abandoned, and neglected animals of Somerville, MA are rescued, cared for, and assisted by the Somerville Animal Control Department, a city-run organization in place to prevent cruelty to animals and protect pet and public safety. Somerville Animal Control operates a small holding shelter for lost and homeless animals and collaborates with other local shelters and rescue groups to ensure that every pet in need receives the care and compassion they deserve until they can be placed into permanent, loving homes. 

Services offered by the department for the local community include response to wild and domestic animal-related calls, lost pet reporting, enforcement of city regulations to prevent animal cruelty, pet licensing, case management of abandoned and unclaimed animals, and much more. Upon responding to calls of animals in need, the department assists them in whatever way necessary, getting sick and injured animals veterinary attention and transporting homeless pets to the Massachusetts Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center (MSPCA-Angell).

MSPCA-Angell is located nearby in Boston, MA and works with the Somerville Animal Control Department to help bring pets to safety and happiness. As the second oldest humane society in the United States, the organization has been serving and protecting animals since 1868. The mission of the nonprofit is to protect animals, advance their welfare and health, put an end to their suffering, and prevent cruelty in order to work towards a just and compassionate society. 

Every animal that comes through the shelter doors receives loving care, socialization, enrichment, vaccinations, a spay/neuter procedure, microchipping, flea/tick treatment or preventative, deworming, and complete veterinary care until they can be adopted into a responsible forever home! Upon adoption, the organization even offers Beginner's Obedience and Puppy Play 'N Learn Training Classes, which are included in the adoption fee! MSPCA-Angell provides a plethora of resources for pet owners including low-cost spay/neuter programs, behavior and training classes, veterinary financial assistance, humane education, and lost and found animal reporting. 

Through collaboration between the Somerville Animal Control Department and MSPCA-Angell, Somerville's animals in need are in compassionate, caring hands.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Somerville

  • Admission FREE!
    Month September
    Duration 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #1 Somerville Dog Festival

    This unique, canine-centric event brings together all things dog with the goals of promoting healthy, happy pet ownership, keeping animals safely in their homes, and fundraising for those in need throughout the community. Organized by the Somerville Foundation for Animals, the event features interactive games, family-friendly activities, canine contests, interesting demonstrations, loads of vendors, delicious food, and a tail-waggin', butt-sniffin' good time! Events include Best Dressed, Best Trick, Agility, Nosework, and much more! The festival benefits the Somerville Foundation for Animals and their work to make sure no one has to choose between feeding themselves and their pets! Come put your best paw forward to play games, have fun, and feed pets!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

    #2 Nunziato Field Dog Park

    This off-leash recreation area is a great place to bring your rowdy rover to run off that extra energy or your mellow mutt to mingle with furry friends! The securely fenced dog park offers large open spaces for running, doggie waste stations to clean up after your pet, and plenty of picnic tables for the human visitors to make use of. With ample space to frolic and play, this park is frequented by the area's dog walkers and their furry clientele! The ground cover is made up of primarily dirt and gravel, so prepare for a muddy pup on the wetter days! Located in the heart of this city, this park is a heavily used resource by the area's dog owners. There is an open grassy field adjacent to the off-leash area for community use, but keep your dog leashed there!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month May
    Duration 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    #3 Fast and Furriest Run, Walk, Wag 5K

    This fun annual race hosted by the MSPCA-Angell is one of their biggest fundraiser events of the year! Taking place in Somerville's Sylvester Baxter Park at Assembly Row, more than 1,500 participants gather with their canine companions in tow to enjoy a scenic run or walk along the beautiful Mystic River. This dog and family-friendly community event with a festival-like feel also features a kids fun run, canine contests, music, games and crafts, dog demonstrations, and free pizza and snacks to keep you going! Compete with your pup for pawsome prizes in the Best Trick, Best Costume, and Best Kisser contests! The registration fee for the 5K includes a race bib, t-shirt, and stylish bandana for the puppy participants! Come out and move your paws for a cause!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month June
    Duration 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    #4 Dogs on Deck: a Barktail Party

    Come drink and be merry for a night where Fenway Park goes to the dogs! Just a short trip from Somerville, this pawsome party features tasty treats and fancy beverages for both humans and canines! The event also features music, raffles, and doggie activities. Make sure to get your tickets ahead of time to get your name on the guest list, as this popular pooch party fills up quick! Photographers will be on site to capture memorable moments with your mutt for you to treasure for years to come! Best of all, 100% of proceeds benefit the animals in need at the MSPCA!
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  • Admission $30.00
    Month December
    Duration Two Day Event

    #5 Santa Photos

    Calling all holiday hounds! Every December, naughty and nice pets from far and wide gather for the annual Santa Photos extravaganza at the MSPCA Boston Adoption Center! Bring in your festive felines, merry mutts, and every pet in between to celebrate the season with jolly ole' St. Nick! Santa will be in town for two days only to snap a photo with your furry friend. Make sure to book a time slot in advance, as Mr. Clause is a very busy man! The $30 donation gets you a framed holiday pet picture along with 4 digital images sent to your email for seasonal sharing! 100% of proceeds help provide care and services for the homeless pets at the MSPCA.
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