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.