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.
Issues to 311
Report by Phone
Monday, Thursday, & Friday
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
In case of emergency:
Contact Somerville Police Department
220 Washington St.
Somerville, MA 02143
Help Bring These Pets Home
Have you seen any of these animals in Somerville? Find identification and contact information below.
Tips for Finding a Lost Pet
We know how it feels when a pet goes missing. Keep the City and your neighbors on the lookout for your loved one by filling out a lost animal report. Some other steps to take include:
- Posting a flyer in your neighborhood, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Nextdoor, and other social media platforms. A popular Facebook group for lost pet postings is MA Lost Pets (Somerville).
- Contacting animal control officers in nearby towns if you're close to the city line:
- Arlington Animal Control: 781-645-8014 (call Arlington Police during off-hours or on holidays at 781-643-1212)
- Cambridge Animal Commission: 617-349-4376 (call Cambridge Police during off-hours or on holidays at 617-349-3300)
- Charlestown (Boston) Animal Control: 617-635-5348 (call Boston Police District A-1 during off-hours or on holidays at 617-343-4240)
- Medford Animal Control: 781-393-2563 (call Medford Police during off-hours or on holidays at 781-396-9400)
- Provide these agencies with an accurate description and recent photograph of your pet. Notify the police if you believe that your pet may have been stolen.
- Contacting local veterinarians and animal shelters
- Posting to lost pet networks like PetFBI.org, PetFinder.com, and Massachusetts Missing Pet Network
Please be careful!
Distracted driving kills. If you're planning to drive around looking for your pet, have a friend or family member drive while you scan the area from the passenger seat. And while you may be ready to do anything to bring your lost pet home, be aware that there are scammers waiting to take advantage of desperate pet owners. Never wire money or use a prepaid debit card to pay anyone you don't know.
Owning a Cat or Dog in the City
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
- Cat food
- Disinfecting wipes
- Dog treats (especially rawhide bones)
- Dog/Cat toys
- Dry dog food
- Heavy duty trash bags
- Kitten food
- Kitty litter
- Laundry detergent
- 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
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