About Us

The Animal Control department responds to all calls for wild and domestic animals that may be sick, injured, or considered dangerous, providing transportation to the MSPCA or a veterinarian as necessary. The department enforces the City's regulations against cruelty to animals, and handles cases of abandoned or unclaimed animals. As the City's animal inspector, the Animal Control Officer manages bite reports, advertises adoption programs, and organizes the annual Rabies Day program.


  • Owning a Cat or Dog in the City

  • Wild Animals

  • Rabies Information

  • How to Help

  • Lost Pets

Somerville Animal Control has a very small holding shelter. The following is a list of items that we are frequently in need of:

  • Animal beds
  • Bleach
  • Cat food
  • Collars/Harnesses
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Dog treats (especially rawhide bones)
  • Dog/Cat toys
  • Dry dog food
  • Heavy duty trash bags
  • Kitten food
  • Kitty litter
  • Laundry detergent
  • Leashes
  • Pet carriers of any size
  • Pillows of any kind
  • Towels, sheets, blankets, or any type of linens

The City of Somerville has established a revolving fund account to receive donations for the Somerville Animal Control Department, including much needed renovations to the shelter. The revolving account was established to cover expenses for spay/neuter and vaccinating adoptable animals and assist with expenses for injured domestic animals.  To support our Somerville animals in need  with a monetary donation, send a check or money order to:

Somerville Police Department
220 Washington Street
Somerville, Ma 02145
Attn: Joe Nargi