WARNING: HOT CARS KILL PETS! The inside of a car can heat up to 110 degrees in 10 minutes on an 80 degree day.
Even with the windows slightly open, your pet will suffer needlessly and could die when left in your car even on a moderately warm day. And it is against the law in MA! Punishable by imprisonment for up to 1 year and a fine of up to $1000.
Signs of Heat Stress:
If your animal shows any of these symptoms, time is of the essence! Immediately bring the animal to a shady spot. Slowly cool him down by placing him in cool NOT cold water to reduce body temperature slowly. Apply ice packs to the head and neck. Take to the vet as as soon as possible.
Intervention is Prevention: If you see an animal locked in a car on a hot day, locate the owner as quickly as possible. If the car is parked at a store, ask a store employee to page the owner. If the owner cannot be found quickly, call the police or local animal control to free the animal from the vehicle.
PET OF THE WEEK: GUEST PET - "Mavis" She is a very sweet girl with the personality to match! For more details, please click on her photo and see her video. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Animal Shelter Surrender Fee: Please note that a sliding scale surrender fee of $20-$100 will be charged for any animal presented at the shelter for surrender for any reason. The fee will be based on vaccination status and medical history of the animal. A photo ID will also be required from any person surrendering an animal to the shelter. Thank you for your understanding.
Animal Shelter Wish List:
Cleaning Supplies such as: paper towels, "Spic & "Span" brand multi-surface cleaner,laundry detergent, bleach, dryer sheets, tall kitchen trash bags, baking soda.
Misc: Paper Shredder, 8 1/2 x 11 plain white copy paper
Monetary donations are always accepted and appreciated!! The Animal Care Fund assumes all expenses for the animals in our care. Your donation is tax deductible. Checks can be made payable to the Kingston Animal Care Fund. We cannot accept credit card donations as this time. Thanks for your support!
Lost a pet in Kingston? If you have a lost/missing pet in the Kingston area, contact the shelter @ 781-585-0529 to file a report with an Animal Control Officer or leave a message; including pets description, where/when lost, your name and best number to reach you. You should also post the area where the animal was last seen. Include a photo if possible and your contact information. If you live close to a surrounding towns border, you may also consider calling the bordering town's Animal Control Department/Shelter.
Adopting an animal may be more involved than you expect. The best interest of the animals in our care is our primary concern. Our goal is for these animals to secure a permanent home.
The first step in the process, is completing an adoption application. You can obtain an application 2 ways: in person at the shelter, or you can request an on line application by emailing us at email@example.com.
Information required may include but not limited to: identification verification, veterinary references for current and/or prior pets in your care; proof of home ownership or written landlord consent permitting animals in/on the property, as well as proven ability to contain the animal to your property.Upon submission of the completed application, all information will be verified.
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only those applicants who are approved to adopt an animal will be contacted. Once approved, Kingston Animal Shelter personnel will accompany individuals interested in adopting a pet into the appropriate animal areas. Our personnel will provide the history and needs of the animal including feeding and exercise requirements necessary. If you come here with your children, please DO NOT lead them to believe you will be adopting, or going home with an animal. The process, depending on personnel availability may take several days. We reserve the right to deny any application without cause.
Kittens: $100 (this includes a $40 spay/neuter deposit) which will be refunded) only upon presentation of a spay/neuter certificate from a licensed vet, within the time period due date listed on your adoption contract.
Cats: $120 Senior Citizen Rate $100
Please note: these rates are subject to change without notice.
Kingston Animal Shelter accepts CASH or Checks. We do not accept Credit Card payments at the present time. Please make checks payable to: Town of Kingston.
On adoption day, Kingston Animal Shelter will provide hard copies of medical records for the pet you are adopting. The keeping of these records upon adoption will be the responsibility of the new owner. Any other questions/concerns will be addressed at time of adoption. Adopted animals can be picked up on Sat. from 9-12 noon, unless alternate arrangements have been made for a week day pick-up, provided an Animal Control Officer or Adoption Coordinator is available to assist.
Additional issues to consider prior to adopting a pet include:
Holds will only be placed on an animal with an Approved Application and deposit of 1/2 the adoption fee.
Your patience and understanding of our adoption policies and procedures are greatly appreciated.
PLEASE OPT TO ADOPT!!!!
The Kingston Animal Shelter provides temporary housing for stray and/or abandoned dogs and cats in our community, until permanent homes can be found. The Town of Kingston provides the shelter with a small operating budget. However, all expenses related to veterinary care; including exams, vaccinations, spay/neutering, medicines, flea/tick/heart-worm treatments and preventatives, as well as the creature comforts we provide, are covered exclusively from donations.
We are a relatively small shelter in the scheme of Animal Rescue, but we have a very real impact on the dogs and cats in our care.
The Kingston Animal Shelter has 2 part-time Animal Control Officers: Debra J. Mueller, who is also the Animal Inspector, and Joanna "Jo" Boudreau.
The shelter is also cared for by so many wonderful volunteers, for who without their assistance we would not be able to do what we do.
We are located at 28 Evergreen Street Kingston, MA. Hours of operation are M-F 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The shelter is closed on Sun. and Holidays. In the event you find a stray or lost dog, the Kingston Animal Shelter has a 24-hour emergency outdoor kennel available for you to bring the displaced animal. If it is after hours, please contact the Kingston Police Dept. and they will notify Animal Control.
Telephone: 781-585-0529 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk-in Adoption Hours are held Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. No appointment necessary.
Directions to the shelter:
From the North: Take Route 3 South to exit 10; stay right; at the light take a left onto Summer St. Follow Summer St. to the center of town. (We-Print Today on left, Tura's Pharmacy on right). At the light go over RRX and take your next right onto Evergreen St. Follow Evergreen St. for approx. 1/4 mile, turn right into the 2nd driveway of the Town Hall Complex. Follow driveway to the end, Kingston Animal Shelter is located on the left.
From the South: Take Route 3 North to exit 9, stay right; at the light, go straight, this is Main Street. Follow Main St. to bottom of hill. (Junction Rt. 80/3A); go thru light, up hill, road forks; stay to the right towards Kingston Center. At bottom of hill take left at light onto Evergreen Street, follow Evergreen St. for approx. 1/4 mile, turn right into the 1st driveway of the Town Hall Complex. Follow driveway to the end, Kingston Animal Shelter of located on the left.