OUR MISSION
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!

FOCAS is on FB!

Ask the Animal Experts! Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
at the Charlton Senior Center, 37 Main Street (lower level), Charlton, MA.


Join us for an informative evening with a panel of animal experts available to answer common questions!

Charlton Animal Control Officers
Mike Theriault, Call of the Wild, Problem Animal Control
Dr. Fred Pappalardo, Veterinarian
Donna Savoie, Pack of Paws Dog Training
Jean Hixson, Army Corp Wildlife Specialist



This event is open to the public!

FOCAS Members - FREE!

Cost - Donation or Wish List Item
  • Cat Litter (non-clumping)
  • Purina Cat Chow
  • Purina or Iams Kitten Chow
  • Disposable Vinyl/Latex Gloves
  • Paper Towels
Please email us at info@focascharlton.org with any questions.

All proceeds benefit Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter whose mission is to support Charlton Animal Control by providing the funds needed for special equipment, educational programs and services, including public awareness relating to animal health, disease and cruelty issues.

Directions to Charlton Senior Center, 37 Main Street

Pet Pics with Santa - December 13, 2014

Join FOCAS at Southbridge Savings Bank on Saturday, December 13th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM! Have your pet’s photo taken with Santa and warm up with refreshments for both you and your pet! FOCAS will gladly accept donations for your pet(s) photos!

Santa will be at Southbridge Savings Bank's location on Route 20 across from CVS in Charlton. Dogs must be on leash. Cats must be in carriers. Please email FOCAS with any questions. See you there!
The Shelter has a new sign!

BIG thank you to John Cloutier of Globe Signs in Southbridge for doing such an amazing job! Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter donated the sign to outfit the Charlton Municipal Animal Shelter!
Membership - Please Become a Member or Renew Your Membership for 2014!

We invite you to new or renew your FOCAS membership for 2014-2015 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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