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Animal Care and Control

Animal Care and Control

We protect animals in Boston and help residents be responsible pet owners.

Our mission is to provide responsive, efficient animal control services, to provide a high quality of animal care, and to promote responsible pet ownership.

Each year, our Animal Control Officers travel over 100,000 miles in Boston to fulfill our public safety and service mission. They 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 and respond to incidents requested by citizens, along with request for help from

The City also runs its own Animal Shelter in Roslindale staffed by a full-time veterinarian who cares for the animals in our custody. Learn more about the shelter.

Amanda Kennedy

Amanda Kennedy, the director of Animal Care and Control, has worked in a variety of animal welfare settings spanning from nationally recognized animal welfare agencies to local police departments. Learn more about Amanda.

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1010 Massachusetts Avenue
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Office hours
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Animal Care and Control Shelter
Shelter hours

Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Shelter Adoption hours

Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 617-635-1800 for more information.

For emergencies

Officers are on call after hours to respond to emergencies. Please call 311 for help.

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


Upcoming events

Monty cat
Mar 4

City of Boston dog licensing and low cost rabies clinic

Augustus the shelter dog
Mar 28

City of Boston dog licensing and low-cost rabies clinic

Monty cat
Apr 1

City of Boston dog licensing and low-cost rabies clinic

Monty cat
Apr 15

City of Boston dog licensing and low-cost rabies clinic