BIG Thanks to Charlton Middle School National Junior Honor Society for their assistance with organizing and inventory at the shelter!

FOCAS is on FB!
Sweet Success!

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!

Pet Disaster Planning and Pet First Aid Workshop
Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(Snow Date: March 13, 2016)
Grange Hall, 10 Main Street, Charlton, MA
Pre-Registration Required!

Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter (FOCAS) is proud to host a pet disaster planning / pet first aid workshop presented by the Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team (CMDART) and Valerie Laurence, LPN.

The program will be held Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (registration check-in begins at 2) at the Charlton Grange Hall, 10 Main Street, Charlton, MA. (Snow date: Sunday, March 13, 2016.) The cost of the workshop is $20 per person for the program which includes an overview of disaster planning for pets in Central Mass, a pet “go” kit and basic first aid materials. Valerie Laurence, LPN will instruct attendees on the proper use of the pet first aid materials and will share a few tips for helping your pet in common medical emergencies. This is not a full, certified pet first aid course, but pet first aid materials and techniques for pet CPR and the Heimlich maneuver for animals will be discussed, reviewed and practiced. Pet first aid kit contents generously funded by the Charlton Middle School National Junior Honor Society!

Registration is limited to 25 participants. Pre-registration is required. Each person registered will receive a CMDART pet-go-kit and a basic pet first aid kit. To register, please submit the registration form, include a $20 per person check payable to CMDART, and mail to Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter (FOCAS), PO Box 322, Charlton, MA 01507. Priority will be given to FOCAS members and Charlton residents until February 5th after which registration will be open to CMDART disaster responders and then to the general public. Should this workshop fill, we will schedule a second date for future attendance. Don’t delay – reserve your spot today! Questions? Email info@focascharlton.org.

FOCAS is pleased to offer this workshop as part of our mission to educate our community and raise awareness of animal related issues. “Disasters happen locally,“ said JoAnn Griffin, President and Team Lead for a CMDART. “Our team is dedicated to helping local animal control and local animal organizations be able to strengthen the capacity of local animal owners to be help themselves when a disaster occurs. We applaud FOCAS for hosting this workshop.” For more information about CMDART, visit www.cmdart.org.
The Barkwood Inn is Collecting Donations for FOCAS!

Big thank you to The Barkwood Inn Pet Resort in Charlton, MA for choosing Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter as their charity!

Our wish list:
Dry and Canned Dog Food
Dry and Canned Cat Food
Dog and Cat Toys
Cat Litter
Bath size towels
Disposable gloves (medium size vinyl or latex)
Paper Towels
Also accepting dog and cat carriers in good/clean condition.
Next FOCAS Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlton Municipal Animal Shelter, 15 Old Town Rd, Charlton, MA.
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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