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Animal Issues? Call Boston Animal Control

Boston Animal Control offers a variety of services to residents, including an animal shelter, and investigates animal welfare issues and more.

Animal Issues? Call Boston Animal Control Animal Issues? Call Boston Animal Control

If you have an animal issue, such as a possum sleeping in your trash can (see attached photos), calling Boston Animal Control is a good way to remedy said animal problem.

You can call Animal Control at 617-635-5348 and they may give you simple advice, like tipping the garbage can over so the animal may leave at its own accord.

Depending upon the situation, a Boston Animal Control officer may come out to remedy situation. Other times you may be advised to call a private exterminator for animal issues.

Boston's Animal Control Department performs many tasks for the city including:

  • Enforcing pertinent legal ordinances and laws governing animals;
  • Investigate cases of animal abuse, and respond to incidents as requested by citizens;
  • Assist the Boston Police, Fire and Inspectional Services departments and Boston's Emergency Medical Service when requested;
  • Inspect licensed animal kennels, veterinarian hospitals, pet groomers and special animal exhibitions.

The City of Boston also operates its own Animal Shelter in Roslindale, staffed by a full-time veterinarian to care for the animals in the city's custody often found as strays. The shelter offers a well-supervised program for volunteers to assist in providing quality animal care.

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