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Animal Care and Control

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

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
United States
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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