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Charlton Animal Control's new municipal animal shelter is 30 x 70 feet and includes 6 kennels, a healthy cat room, a kitchen with a quarantine area, bathroom, and garage. Stray dogs and cats now stay in a clean, bright, warm, safe, secure, state of the art shelter until they are claimed by their owners or transferred to local shelters. All thanks to a combination of donations raised by FOCAS, many volunteer workers, and town funds! Check out the slide show on Photos.

Our current mission is to provide the funds needed for special equipment, educational programs and services, including public awareness relating to animal health, disease and cruelty issues. Please join us!

As a non-profit organization, funds will be raised through donations, membership fees, events and grants. We look forward to working with you! Visit our How To Help page for other ways you can assist. Thanks!

F.O.C.A.S. Announcements, Events, and Activities!

Ayla McGrail Celebrates Her Birthday with a Party for FOCAS!

Ayla wanted to do something special for the stray dogs and cats picked up by Charlton Animal Control so she asked that her birthday party guests donate supplies and money for FOCAS!

We were delighted to accept Ayla's donations of dog and cat food, dog and cat toys, litter, and towels! She also raised over $65 and asked that it be used to purchase Snuggle Safe heating pads that were on our wish list! Two of these microwavable heating disks with covers have been ordered - the disks are awesome for kittens and other animals that come into the shelter not feeling well that need a little extra warmth!

Thank you SO MUCH, Ayla, for your thoughtfulness and generosity!!

Pictured left to right: Ayla and her brother, Benassi, Lisa Westwell and Jimmy Falzone from FOCAS, and Charlton Animal Control Officer, Ann Sellew

FOCAS Meeting - Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

FOCAS will hold it's next meeting on November 15, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Charlton Municipal Animal Shelter, 15 Old Town Road, Charlton, MA. FOCAS is planning some fun, educational and informational events and we are excited to have you as part of our team! Hope to see you at the meeting! Directions
Lucy's Fund

Lucy’s Fund was originally created in 2011 for a stray 5 year old Shepherd mix found wandering a back road in Charlton. Thin, missing a lot of fur, and clearly neglected for some time, “Lucy” was seen by a vet and diagnosed with mange and lyme disease. Because mange can be contagious to other animals and people, local shelters could not take her into their program. Luckily, Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter stepped in and created Lucy’s Fund to accept donations used to offset the cost of Lucy’s care. The response was phenomenal! Lucy was treated for a variety of health issues, and has been adopted by her foster family.

Lucy’s Fund was so successful that FOCAS decided to make it a permanent fund. Monies donated to Lucy’s Fund will be set aside to help stray dogs and cats that come into Charlton Animal Control with potentially contagious health issues, such as mange or upper respiratory infections. Lucy’s Fund would help cover costs for such veterinary services as heartworm/lyme tests for dogs or FELV/FIV tests for cats, medications needed to treat upper respiratory or eye/ear infections, fleas, and parasites. This fund will help give sick or injured animals a chance to recover while in the care of animal control and then be transferred to a local shelter for adoption.

Your donation can literally make the difference between life and death for sick, but adoptable, stray dogs or cats. Donations may be made payable to Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter with "Lucy" in the memo line, and mailed to FOCAS, P.O. Box 322, Charlton, MA 01507.
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