37 Main Street
Charlton, MA 01507
By appointment only.
The Board of Selectmen nominates an animal inspector each year and submits the name to the MA Bureau
of Animal Health. The MA Bureau
of Animal Health appoints a municipal animal inspector for each
and every city and town in the Commonwealth.
According to the MA Bureau
of Animal Health, "the primary duty of the
Animal Inspector has recently become rabies control in the domestic
animal population. Municipal Animal Inspectors are also responsible
for barn inspections and may be called to assist with domestic animal
disease quarantines in the event of an outbreak." Click here for Qualifications and Duties
Charlton Animal Control is holding a Rabies and Microchipping Clinic on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 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. Distemper 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.
Barn Inspections are conducted October through December each year. Barn inspections are designed to:
1. get a good census of the domestic animal population of the town;
2. be sure that all of the animals appear to be in good health and free from disease;
3. observe animal housing and ensure ample food and water are supplied.
If you have any questions about these inspections, please contact the Board of Selectmen at 508-248-2206. For more information, visit the MA Bureau of Animal Health.
Farm Animal Registration Form
This registration is to assist the Animal Inspector with keeping records of all farm animals in town. It will also enable the Animal Inspector to contact the owner in the event of an emergency. It is a one page form that asks for little but very helpful information. There is no fee for this registration.
Download the Farm Animal Registration Form.
Forms and Documents