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Charlton Animal Control's new 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.

Our current mission is to provide the funds needed for special equipment, educational programs and services, including public awareness relating to animal health, disease and cruelty issues. Please join us!

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!

FOCAS Annual Meeting - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charlton Municipal Animal Shelter, 15 Old Town Road, Charlton, MA! Members and the general public are welcome to attend! Agenda includes a recap of last year's activities and election of the Board of Directors. Bylaws revisions and minor amendments to Article II of the Articles of Organization are on this agenda. Review: Bylaw revisions | Articles of Org revisions. Members have a vote! Take some time to come meet us and join or renew your membership for 2017. Regular meeting to follow.
FOCAS Meeting - Tuesday, May 16, 2017 following Annual Meeting

FOCAS will hold it's next meeting on May 16, 2017 following the Annual Meeting at the Charlton Municipal Animal Shelter, 15 Old Town Road, Charlton, MA. FOCAS is planning some fun, educational and informational events and we are excited to have you as part of our team! Hope to see you at the meeting! Directions
Dog Training Classes at Pack of Paws Dog Training, Southbridge, MA - Saturday, May 20, 2017

FOCAS and Pack of Paws Dog Training are teaming up to offer two amazing training sessions for dog owners!

Puppy Kindergarten: For dogs 8 weeks to 4 months of age. This session will run from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and features an introduction to play, name response, recall and leash walking.

Intro to Problem Solving: For dogs 5 months and up. This session will run from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and features an introduction to recall, leash walking, and ending jumping.

$20 per 90 minute session - This is a 50% savings! Each Class is Limited to 12 Dogs. Pre-Registration is Required.

Classes will be held at: Pack of Paws Training Center, 529 Ashland Ave. (Rte 131), Southbridge, MA.

To Register: Fill out the Registration Form and mail with copy of vaccinations, and $20 cash or check made payable to FOCAS, P.O. Box 322, Charlton, MA 01507.

Questions? Email info@focascharlton.org or call Lisa at 508-248-5121.
The Barkwood Inn is Collecting Donations for FOCAS!

Big thank you to The Barkwood Inn Pet Resort in Charlton, MA for choosing Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter as their charity!

Our wish list:
Dry and Canned Dog Food
Dry and Canned Cat Food
Dog and Cat Toys
Cat Litter
Bath size towels
Disposable gloves (medium size vinyl or latex)
Paper Towels
Also accepting dog and cat carriers in good/clean condition.
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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