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Animal Care and Control

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please review our service changes page to see how the current public health emergency has affected Boston parks.

Our Animal Control Officers enforce legal ordinances and laws governing animals. The officers inspect licensed animal kennels, veterinarian hospitals, pet groomers, and special animal exhibitions. They also investigate cases of animal abuse.

Boston Animal Care and Control Shelter

The City also runs its own Animal Shelter in Roslindale staffed by a full-time veterinarian. Adoption hours for the shelter are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 617-635-1800 for adoption information. Learn more about the shelter.

Officers are on call after hours to respond to emergencies. Please call 3-1-1 or 617-635-4500 if you need help.

1010 Massachusetts Avenue
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Temporary COVID-19 hours
Open by appointment only, with limited services. Call 617-635-5348 for more information.
Animal Care and Control Shelter

Boston Animal Care and Control Shelter

We are located in Roslindale, halfway between the Forest Hills MBTA Station and Roslindale Square off of Washington Street. You can find pets available for adoption on

Shelter information