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FOCAS provides the funds needed for special equipment, educational programs and services, including public awareness relating to animal health, disease and cruelty issues. Please join us!

Charlton Animal Control's municipal animal shelter is 30 x 70 feet and includes 6 kennels, a healthy cat room, a kitchen with a quarantine area, bathroom, and garage. Stray dogs and cats now stay in a clean, bright, warm, safe, secure, state of the art shelter until they are claimed by their owners or transferred to local shelters. All thanks to a combination of donations raised by FOCAS, many volunteer workers, and town funds! Check out the slide show on Photos.

As a non-profit organization, funds will be raised through donations, membership fees, events and grants. We look forward to working with you! Visit our How To Help page for other ways you can assist. Thanks!

F.O.C.A.S. Announcements, Events, and Activities!

Pet Pictures with Santa at Cornerstone Bank
2 Center Depot Road, Charlton, MA
Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Join FOCAS and Cornerstone Bank for our annual holiday photo opp! Santa and one of his elves will there to pose with your pets! Refreshments for humans and treats for your furry family with be served. FOCAS will gladly accept donations for your pet(s) photos! Dogs must be on leash. Cats must be in carriers. HO! HO! HOpe to see you there!
FOCAS Meeting - Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter will hold its regular meeting at the Charlton Municipal Animal Shelter, 15 Old Town Road, Charlton, MA! Members and the general public are welcome to attend!

Directions to 15 Old Town Road


Happy 10 year Anniversary to Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter!

Since August 29, 2008, FOCAS has been proudly supporting Charlton Animal Control and Inspection (AC/AI) with equipment, supplies, outreach, and funding for veterinary care.

Pictures are worth 1000 words so please enjoy these before and after photos highlighting some of our greatest accomplishments, including constructing a new state of the art municipal animal shelter and helping dogs and cats through the wildly successful Lucy’s Fund!

Lucy’s Fund is a medical fund for stray dogs and cats that come into Charlton Animal Control with injuries or potentially contagious health issues, such as mange or upper respiratory infections. Lucy’s Fund helps cover vet costs giving hurt or sick animals a chance to recover while in the care of animal control before being transferred to a local shelter for adoption.

Remember the little black dog found on Guelphwood Road that needed some serious TLC? Thanks to Lucy’s Fund, “Matty” was groomed and bathed and is so much happier! He is headed into rescue this week and we know he will find a wonderful, forever home!

We could not have done it without YOU!! FOCAS supporters are an amazing community of volunteers, businesses, and donors! Annual events, outreach programs, birthday parties, donation drives, and monetary donations make a huge difference in our ability to assist the animals and general needs of the Charlton Municipal Animal Shelter!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Be part of something special and make a profound difference in your own community!

Donations may be mailed to FOCAS, PO Box 322, Charlton, MA 01507. Please note Lucy’s Fund in the memo line if you would like your donation to be used specifically for this medical fund.

Celebrate with us! Become a Member, Donate to Lucy’s Fund, or Volunteer at a FOCAS Event! We would also love to see your adopted pet posted on our Facebook page to commemorate our 10th anniversary!

Future plans include continuing our strong support of Charlton AC/AI, offering animal related programs and events, growing our membership and volunteer base, and ensuring that the Charlton Municipal Animal Shelter continues to be a clean, bright, warm, safe, secure, state of the art shelter for Charlton’s stray dogs and cats.

FOCAS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Lucy's Fund

Lucy’s Fund was originally created in 2011 for a stray 5 year old Shepherd mix found wandering a back road in Charlton. Thin, missing a lot of fur, and clearly neglected for some time, “Lucy” was seen by a vet and diagnosed with mange and lyme disease. Because mange can be contagious to other animals and people, local shelters could not take her into their program. Luckily, Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter stepped in and created Lucy’s Fund to accept donations used to offset the cost of Lucy’s care. The response was phenomenal! Lucy was treated for a variety of health issues, and has been adopted by her foster family.

Lucy’s Fund was so successful that FOCAS decided to make it a permanent fund. Monies donated to Lucy’s Fund will be set aside to help stray dogs and cats that come into Charlton Animal Control with potentially contagious health issues, such as mange or upper respiratory infections. Lucy’s Fund would help cover costs for such veterinary services as heartworm/lyme tests for dogs or FELV/FIV tests for cats, medications needed to treat upper respiratory or eye/ear infections, fleas, and parasites. This fund will help give sick or injured animals a chance to recover while in the care of animal control and then be transferred to a local shelter for adoption.

Your donation can literally make the difference between life and death for sick, but adoptable, stray dogs or cats. Donations may be made payable to Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter with "Lucy" in the memo line, and mailed to FOCAS, P.O. Box 322, Charlton, MA 01507.
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