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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!

Next FOCAS Meeting: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the Charlton Municipal Animal Shelter, 15 Old Town Road, Charlton, MA.
Rabies and Microchipping Clinic - April 11, 2015 from 9 AM - 11 AM

Charlton Animal Control is holding a Rabies and Microchipping Clinic on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the Charlton Municipal Animal Shelter, 15 Old Town Road, Charlton. This clinic is being sponsored by Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter (FOCAS). Rabies vaccinations are $12 each. Micro-chips are $20 each. NO checks or credit/debit cards accepted. Dogs MUST be on leash and cats MUST be in carriers. Please bring previous rabies certificate to determine if you are eligible for a 3 year rabies vaccination. State law requires that all dogs and cats over 6 months of age have a valid rabies vaccination. Questions? Call Charlton Animal Control at 508-248-2266.

The Barkwood Inn's 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!

FOCAS has received lots of GREAT pet supplies including toys, treats, blankets, food, litter, paper towels, and more from Barkwood clients!

The drive is ongoing and we sincerely appreciate the support! Woofs and Meows!!!

Read the article about the donation drive in the Charlton Villager!
FOCAS Receives Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Grant!

Harvard PilgrimThanks to Heather Plumb, FOCAS is the proud recipient of a $500 Harvard Pilgrim Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant! Heather is an employee at Health Plans Inc., a subsidiary of Harvard Pilgram, and she nominated FOCAS, specifically Lucy's Fund, for the grant. The Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grants Program was created by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to commemorate the first anniversary of September 11, 2001. The grant program is administered through the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. Sincere thanks to Heather Plumb and Harvard Pilgrim for supporting our organization!
Membership - Please Become a Member or Renew Your Membership for 2015!

We invite you to new or renew your FOCAS membership for 2015 for only $10 individual or $5 for seniors. Support our mission to provide the funds needed for special equipment, educational programs and services, including public awareness relating to animal health, disease and cruelty issues. FOCAS and Charlton Animal Control thanks you!! Click here for membership information! Thanks for your support!!
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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