The Medfield Animal Shelter’s mission is to rescue lost or abandoned animals and provide for their comfort and safety until they are reunited with their owners or placed in new homes. We are a no-kill shelter, which means no pet will ever be euthanized because it has run out of time to find a home. We are committed to ending the overpopulation of pets that results in an estimated 5 million companion pets being euthanized at shelters in the U.S. every year, therefore all cats, rabbits and dogs adopted from us are spayed and neutered prior to adoption. We also sponsor a low cost spay/neuter clinic for cats at our shelter once or twice a month, as well as two feral cat clinics each year.

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The Animal Control Officers from both the towns of Dover and Medfield bring all of their stray pets to the Medfield Animal Shelter, and we take in pets from the surrounding area as space permits.

We host open adoption hours on Saturdays from 11:00 – 1:00 and by  appointment Sunday – Friday.


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This Saturday, the Medfield Shelter is teaming up with NBC Boston for Clear the Shelter's, a nationwide adoption event to find loving homes for pets in need. Hundreds of shelters will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding forever homes for as many animals as possible.
We will be discounting the adoption fee for any cat 6 months and older to only $25. Our adoption hours will be from 11:00 - 2:00 although we will be happy to stay longer to accommodate potential adopters.
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Clear the Shelters

August 19, 2017, 11:00am - August 19, 2017, 2:00pm

This Saturday, the Medfield Shelter is teaming up with NBC Boston for Clear the Shelter's, a nationwide adoption event to find loving homes for pets in need. Hundreds of shelters will waive or discoun...

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Missing cat in #Dover. Lost & Found Cats of Massachusetts MA Lost Pets Lost and Found Pets of Massachusetts ... See MoreSee Less

This handsome boy--named Kohl--has gone missing over the weekend on or around Haven St. in Dover, MA. (We're moving from Hollywood, FL and staying in Dover with friends.) He had a black/silver colla...

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New Beagle on the block, Charlie, would like to introduce himself. He is a purebred 5-year-old Beagle who was bred to be a hunting dog. He has decided he would prefer to be a family pet. Like most Beagles, he is a sweet and gentle dog who will melt your heart when he gazes into your eyes. He has an uncanny ability to use his Beagle nose to determine if you are a person that carries dog treats with you and will be sure to sit right next to whatever pocket the treats are stashed in. Charlie loves human attention and is used to being outside with a dozen dogs at a time so he would likely welcome a home with a canine companion. ... See MoreSee Less

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We depend on donations of food, cleaning supplies and cat litter to care for the shelter residents.
In addition to the list here, we also have a wish list on Amazon.com. You can go to our Amazon Wish List to find some of the items we use the most often listed there. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t send us donors’ contact information so we are unable to send thank you notes when we receive donations from Amazon.

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  • Canned kitten food. Any brand is fine but please no fish flavors
  • Used medium or large size wire dog crates
  • Fancy Feast canned cat food
  • Wild bird seed (for the feeders we have outside the cat rooms to entertain the cats)
  • 33 gallon trash bags
  • Purina Cat Chow Naturals dry cat food
  • Scoopable cat litter (this is the one item we ALWAYS need)
  • High quality canned dog food
  • Canned adult cat food in beef, turkey or chicken flavors. The cats prefer the type that isn’t shredded
  • Bleach
  • Paper towels
  • Dog and cat treats
  • High quality dry dog food
  • Advantix, Revolution or Frontline for dogs
  • Advantage, Revolution or Frontline for cats
  • Dishwashing liquid (the kind for washing dishes by hand)
  • Timothy hay for the bunnies and guinea pigs
  • Oxbow or Sweet Meadow bunny and guinea pig food
  • Wood stove pellets (available at Rocky’s Ace Hardware, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart – we use them in the kitten and rabbit litter boxes)
  • Gift card to Shaws, Roche Bros, Stop & Shop, Petco, Especially for Pets, Home Depot, or any pet supply store


Meet the pets currently looking for loving homes. We update the list daily.

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We depend on donations to fund our operating costs, and are grateful for donations of any size.

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We are always in need of adult volunteers and have some opportunities for students age 16 and up.

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