Many of the services we provide for our shelter animals are also available to the public. By working with the Animal Welfare Society for these services, pet owners can gain access to the area’s leading pet care experts while supporting the important work we do for all of the animals here.
Keeping pets happy, healthy and at home with the people who love them is an important part of our work. The AWS Community Veterinary Clinic offers a wide array of services and procedures to aid the pets of community members and adopters.
The Animal Welfare Society is an open-admission shelter for the intake of homeless or stray animals in need. Pets in our care are given shelter, nutrition, medical care, training, and plenty of love as they await their new families.
Many dogs and cats are quickly picked up by town Animal Control Officers or by concerned citizens and are brought to the shelter. Dogs are held for 6 days, but cats are only held for 48 hours as required by state law. Calling as soon as possible increases your chances of being reunited. We also encourage frequent visits to the shelter while your pet is missing.
Feral cats receive little to no socialization as kittens and thus do not have the demeanor to be house cats. They live outdoors, frequently in colonies with other feral cats. Many rely on the kindness of human caretakers to provide regular access to fresh food and water. Feral cats may also seek shelter in outbuildings on your property.
We are pleased to offer special educational programs to our community members on a variety of topics including canine behavior and pet care. These programs take place from time to time in our training classroom. For upcoming sessions, visit our event listings.
A collection of helpful links for people who need assistance covering the costs of their pets’ care, as well as spay/neuter options and other local animal shelters.
The AWS Visiting Pets team is comprised of dedicated AWS volunteers and their own dogs. The dogs are AWS alumni and are registered therapy dogs or Canine Good Citizen certified dogs. As a team, they visit local retirement homes, assisted living facilities and communities to bring comfort and joy to its staff and residents.
The Animal Welfare Society serves pet owners and animal care professionals with cremation services through Angel View Pet Cemetery & Cremation located in Middleboro, Mass.