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FOCAS is a Support Group for Charlton Animal Control

Charlton Municipal Animal Shelter is a clean, bright, warm, safe, secure, state of the art shelter that houses Charlton’s stray dogs and cats until they are claimed by their owners or transferred to local shelters. The new shelter was built in 2011 thanks to a combination of donations raised by FOCAS, many volunteer workers, and town funds! Check out the slide show on Photos.

FOCAS’s 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. Visit our How To Help page for other ways you can assist.


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

Mark Your Calendars - Monday, January 28, 2019

Baba Sushi in Sturbridge, MA will be donating a portion of there 1/28/19 gross revenue to FOCAS! Eat at Baba Sushi on that day and help FOCAS at the same time! Baba Sushi is a WAITT (We're All In This Together) Member Business helping local charities!
Learn more: https://waittcausemarketing.com/
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
Please, no blankets, sheets, pillow cases, bedding, or clothing.
FOCAS Meeting - TBA

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

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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