Animal Shelter

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Visiting Our Shelter

The Animal Control Department encourages visitors to our shelter. We can answer questions regarding:

  • Adoption
  • Animal Regulations
  • Behavior
  • Care
  • Conflicts with Wildlife

Normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, however, this does not mean the Officer is always physically at the shelter during those hours. The officer may be out on a call or transporting an animal to/from the vet. If you're interested in coming in to see our adoptable animals or to speak to the Animal Control Officer it is best to call first. Weekend and holiday visits are only available by appointment. 

License Information

2019 dog licenses are now available! Licenses are issued by the Town Clerk at the Town Hall. To obtain a license, proof of up to date rabies vaccination must be shown. License fees are $15 for dogs that have been spayed / neutered, $20 for dogs that have not been spayed / neutered. All dogs 6 months or older are required to be licensed. Dog licenses expire on April 1st and licenses are available for renewal on January 1st each year. 

Important Note

The Town of Canton imposes a $25 late fee for dog licenses that are not renewed by May 30th. Continued failure to license a dog may also result in a citation from this department per Town of Canton By Laws Article XIV, Section 39, Section 9a. Please license your dog in a timely manner to avoid these extra fees. If you have any questions you can call our office at 781-575-6507 or the Town Clerk's office at 781-821-5013.

Lost / Found Dogs

If we find a dog and it is wearing a license tag we will notify the owner as soon as possible. It is our goal to get every lost animal back to his/her family quickly and safely. If your dog is missing please call us at 781-575-6507 as soon as possible.

If we find an animal and we are unable to locate the owner, or the owner does not claim it in 10 days, the dog/cat will make a trip to the vet and then become available for adoption. Found dogs are posted on our facebook page.

Fees

  • Pick-up/Intake $10
  • Boarding $15 per day

Leash Law Violation 

ViolationFee
1st Offense$25
2nd Offense$50
3rd Offense$75
4th Offense$100

Boarding

The Richard A. Stein Animal Shelter has a limited number of cages available to the residents of Canton for boarding. Dogs must have current rabies, DHLPP and Bordetella vaccinations. Cats must have current rabies and FVRCP vaccinations. Written proof of vaccinations is required. If the animal needs to be medicated there is additional charge.

Rates

  • Cats - $12 per day
  • Dogs - $15 per day

Care Recommendations / Suggestions

  • Do not leave cats or small dogs outside alone.
  • Do not leave pet food outside, this is a magnet for wildlife
  • License your dog and remember to renew every year
  • Make sure your pets vaccinations are up to date
  • Please spay and neuter your pets
  • Rubbish should be contained on a securely covered receptacle
  • Tell your children not to approach wildlife even if it is acting friendly