Pets for Adoption at Animal Shelter in Taunton, Massachusetts

Taunton Animal Shelter consistently has an average of 20 or more dogs and cats of all ages, breeds and colors!

You may browse our complete list of pets for adoption at Taunton Animal Shelter and choose a dog or cat from the list.


Dog of the Month

Dog of the Month at Taunton Animal Shelter in Massachusetts

MORK & MINDY, The April Dogs of The Month

MORK & MINDY are senior Chihuahuas, who came to the shelter because their owner passed away. They are both shy, with Mork being the most timid and the one who will take the most time, patience, love and understanding before he feels completely safe and secure. Being in the shelter with all bigger dogs and lots of noise and people, makes it harder for small dogs to adjust. They say that "good things come in small packages", and that could not be more true with Mork and Mindy. When you get a kiss from both of them and they snuggle in your arms, it is worth a million and makes you so happy ! One will need to come several times and spend time with both Mork and Mindy prior to adoption. They love each other very much and can always be found snuggled together in their bed - which is why we would like to be able to adopt them into the same home, if possible. We also recommend a quiet, adult home - with no toddlers, as toddlers would be too active for them.

Both Mork and Mindy enjoyed being with one of their favorite friends at the shelter and put on their special Easter bandanas - hoping they will soon be in a new home with someone who will love and treasure them for the rest of their "Golden Years". How they would love to wake up on Easter morning, to find a special Easter Basket filled with their favorite treats and a few toys to play with... But the thing they are most wishing for cannot be found wrapped in a basket - it is found inside your heart - and it is LOVE... Mork and Mindy may be tiny, but they both have LOTS of love to give in return.

HAPPY EASTER from MORK & MINDY and all their friends at the Taunton Shelter!

"Old dogs, like old shoes, are comfortable. They might be a bit out of shape and a little worn around the edges, but they fit well." (Bonni Wilcox)

Cat of the Month

Cat of the Month at Taunton Animal Shelter in Massachusetts

BOOTS, The April Cat of The Month

My name is Boots, and I am a male DSH. My family moved and I could not go with them. The young boy who took care of me was very sad and so was I. I had been with him since I was a kitten. I am 4 years old and a very gentle soul. I am hoping that another child or children will want to bring me home and care for me every day. I would purr my happiness. Are you looking for me? I have a special adoption fee, please come soon.



    The Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility will be holding their 6th ANNUAL PAWS-ITIVELY PURR-FECT DAY on SUNDAY, JUNE 22nd from 10:00AM - 3:00PM at BOYDEN REFUGE, 1298 COHANNET ST, TAUNTON. It is a fun day for all. Come and enjoy the many wonderful trails and scenery at the Refuge, The Taunton Animal Shelter, Rescue Groups, Crafters, Animal-related Businesses, raffles, and more. There will also be information on all dogs and cats waiting for new homes and families. Dogs are welcome to attend as long as they are people-friendly and dog-friendly and on leashes! All profits will go to the Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility to benefit the Taunton Animal Shelter. We hope to see you there! Relax, Smile, and have a "PAWS-itively PURR-fect Day"! {UPDATE 4/14: Wonderful Raffle Items are already coming in from restaurants, stores and local businesses!}

    WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING RESCUE GROUPS, CRAFTERS, and ANIMAL-RELATED BUSINESSES to participate in this event. Applications may be requested by contacting . You will also be able to pick-up an application at the Taunton Shelter.

  • UPCOMING EVENTS for 2014...

    Events will be posted as scheduled...

    SEPTEMBER 21ST: 1ST Annual Woof Walk, Dog Walk to be held at Araujo Farm, 1522 Williams St, Dighton

    NOV 23rd: Pet Photos with Santa at VI Pet, 9 Cape Rd, Taunton

    NOV 1- DEC 25: 6th Annual Jingle Paws

  • THANK YOU's...

    THANK YOU to all who attended our Roller Skating Fundraiser on March 30. A good time was had by all!

    "Paws-ing" to THANK our Volunteer, Kim, for doing such a great job on our FACE BOOK page! Whenever you have a chance - check it out! You will "LIKE" it, for sure!

    THANK YOU to all who participated in our 5th Annual Hearts & Paws!


    The Chateau/Nocera's Restaurants have welcomed the Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility to their "Give Back Gift Card" Program. Simply purchase a Gift Card on-line and choose the Friends of the Taunton Animal Care Facility from the list of non-profit organizations to receive 5% of the sales total. These Gift Cards can be used at any Chateau/Nocera's Restaurant and make an excellent gift for any occasion. By choosing a Gift Card for the Chateau, you are not only giving the recipient a night off from cooking and a delicious meal, but you are also helping to support the animals at the Taunton Animal Care Facility. To reach the Chateau website and make your on-line purchase Click here for a gift card

  • REST IN PEACE... CLINT, 4/30/13...Our Sweet Boy - who will be loved and missed always. We will never forget you. May you be forever surrounded by the love of angels at Rainbow Bridge.

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About Taunton Animal Shelter

Taunton Animal Shelter consistently has an average of 20 or more dogs and cats of all ages, breeds and colors! If we do not currently have what you are looking for, please leave your name and number (and an application) for future reference. We may also know of a shelter who may have what you are looking for. All animals are spayed or neutered once mature, either prior to adoption or if the animal has not yet been spayed or neutered you may purchase a spay/neuter certificate at the time of adoption.

"It is our gift to see beyond the dirt, terror, sadness and defeat and find the true soul that lies within. We are Rescue." (Kathie Sullivan-Parkes)
"Save them one at a time, love them all, mourn for those we cannot save, and thank doG that we have been given this special gift of love for all those creatures we hold dear to our hearts" (Terry Murphy)
"Rescue dogs aren't broken, they've simply experienced more life than other dogs. If they were human, we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write, the ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage. Don't pity a rescue dog. Adopt one. And be proud to have their greatness by your side."

Would you like to feel loved and appreciated? Are you unable to adopt a pet, but would like to spend time with them? Would you like to get some exercise in the great outdoors? Are you interested in the veternarian/grooming/obediance training fields? Do you love animals? Please call the shelter/come on down and ask about volunteering! The minimum age requirement is 13 years old. Everything from laundry to yard work, to walking dogs, grooming, feeding, fostering, etc... Volunteer Forms are available at the shelter or you may also request one on-line by e-mailing

"The rewards are endless! The love received in unconditional. The happiness you can bring to the animals that you will feel in your heart at the end of the day is immeasureable!"


The Shelter is currently in most need of Laundry Detergent, Disinfectant/Cleansers(liquid) and monetary donations.. Thank you!

Contact Us

Please call the shelter for the most convenient directions. Alternatively, you may view the directions to Taunton Animal Shelter on the web.

Taunton Animal Shelter
821 W Water St
Taunton MA 02780
Phone: 508-822-1463

Hours of Operation

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Sunday & Monday Closed

Tuesday thru Thursday 12pm - 5pm

Friday 12pm - 2pm

Saturday 12pm - 4pm

PLEASE NOTE: Since the shelter is closed on Sunday and Monday, phone calls received on those days will not be returned until Tuesday.