Animal Control

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Animal Control Officer - Anna Fenton
Asst. Animal Control Officer - Jessica LaBonte

165 George Hannum St. Belchertown, MA 01007
Phone - 413-519-1754
email -
Staff on call daily 9am - 9pm
                                       The shelter is open by appointment

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"Belchertown Animal Control"

All non-emergency calls received outside of regular business hours will be returned when regular hours resume.

REMEMBER….NEVER call 9-1-1 for an animal issue unless a human is being attacked!

If you have an animal emergency outside of our regular hours, call the Belchertown Police Department at 323-6685. If your call is a true emergency, they will contact us. 

MassWildlife Proposing New Dog Leash & Waste Disposal Rules on Wildlife Management Areas

Public Hearing Scheduled February 6, 2018 

MassWildlife is proposing leash and waste disposal regulations for dogs on Wildlife Management Areas.  A public hearing has been scheduled for February 6, 2018 at 7 PM at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, 01581.

The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) has a long tradition of welcoming dogs to Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). Dogs are still welcome visitors on WMAs under this proposal. 

 MassWildlife proposes to take this action due to repeated complaints from WMA users about negative and unsafe encounters with dogs and dog waste.  MassWildlife protects and manages its WMAs primarily for wildlife to thrive and for wildlife-related recreation such as hunting, fishing, and watching wildlife. At the same time, MassWildlife strives to provide a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience for all visitors.

The proposed regulations require leashing dogs and other domestic animals on WMAs. Dogs may be off-leash only when hunting or hunt training with licensed hunters or at permitted field trials. Leashing dogs decreases dog fights and bites to both pets and people, resulting in safe and positive experiences for everyone.

  1. The proposal requires dog owners to pick up dog waste and dispose of it off site. Removing dog waste reduces nuisance and health risks for other dogs, people and wildlife. 

 Information on the public hearing and proposed regulatory language will be posted on MassWildlife’s website the week of January 1, 2018 at   Public Comment Period: The Fisheries and Wildlife Board will accept written comments on the proposals at any time prior to the public hearing. Written and oral comments are accepted at the public hearing. Written comments are also accepted for an additional two weeks after the hearing. Comments (both oral and written) must focus on the proposed regulation. Written comments can be mailed to:

 Chairman, Fisheries and Wildlife Board, c/o MassWildlife Director 
Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581

 Comments by e-mail may be sent to, Attn: Fisheries & Wildlife Board



When animals arrive at our shelter, they need to be seen by a Veterinarian.  Those costs can add up.  If you would like to make a donation to help with the costs, please see our link on the left hand side of this page.  -  Thank you
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BARC (Belchertown Animal Relief Committee)has reached their goal!!!  Thank you to everyone who helped support this cause.  The new Animal Control facility is up and running.  We are going to continue to fundraise to support the facility with many ongoing needs as well as reach out and help with the costs of the Belchertown Police Department's canine unit. There are many items for sale that will make perfect gifts for both your human and animal friends.  We currently have new styles of t-shirts available.  There are also the ever popular dog tails and new catnip fish for our cat friends.  Be sure to visit  the Town Clerk's office to make your purchase and help support our town animals and look for us at the Belchertown Fair for more styles and colors of both sweatshirts and t-shirts.

Looking for gifts, look no further.  New are coffee mugs in 2 sizes and Bracelets for $25, Sweatshirts for $35, T-Shirts for $20, ever popular Dog tails (chew toys) 2/$5 and cat toys 2/$5 along with magnets for your car for $5

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"I'm Animal Friendly" - (A Wonderful Tax-deductible Gift!)

Help support the Trap, Neuter and Release of Feral cats program by purchasing an  "I'm Animal Friendly" license plate.  They are very easy to order online - no need to go to the RMV! Go to and order your tax-deductible Plate today.  Belchertown Animal Control received a grant for $2625.00 this year, that we are using for TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) of feral cats and adoptable community cats/kittens.

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2018 Dog License Information

2018 Dog licenses have been available since November 20, 2017

Click here to license your dog online after November 20th

Note:  You will need last years tag number to renew a license online.  If you do not have the tag, call our office and we can provide you with the number.

If you would like to receive a reminder to license your dog/renew rabies notices via email, please send an email to and put "dog license reminder" in the subject line.  Please list your name and address so your email address will be attached to the correct dog(s). 

Dog Licenses for 2018 will be available for purchase November 20, 2017.  All dogs over 6 months old must be licensed before January 31, 2018.  After February 15, there is a $10 late fee imposed, followed by a $30 fine after March 15 and $50 fine after April 15.  This is a Town By-law and if dogs are not licensed by May 15th, it becomes a by-law violation in addition to the $50 late fee. So, license early to avoid any fines.  If this is a new dog to town, please bring along a copy of the current rabies certificate and spay/neuter certificate.
If you are renewing your dog(s) license and the rabies certificate has expired, please be sure to provide a current vaccination certificate.   Mass General Laws have changed in regards to owning 5 or more dogs.  Please contact our office for more information.
The license fee in Belchertown is $8 for spayed/neutered and $15 for intact.
If you no longer have your dog, please be sure to notify our office so we can correct the files.  If you have moved within or out of town, also please notify our office so the records may be adjusted with your current address.





 If your pet is missing, please call us or message us on Facebook with a picture and pertinent info that we can share. If we do not have your pet, we will take the necessary information and will contact you if we are notified of it being found. 

Lost animals and those up for adoption can be found on our link on the left hand side of this page.





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