Animal Control

Hello Winchendon residents,

 We are pleased to announce that our shelter is now located at 381 Baldwinville Rd. Templeton, the previous home of Ahimsa Haven. All dogs that are picked up will be brought to this location.

There has been an increased interest in domestic animal (pet) ownership and farm animals. This in part has greatly increased our animal related calls for service. Animal Control has a very limited budget which is primarily for expenses. Very little is allotted for the cost of housing and veterinary care for lost, stray and injured animals which is becoming an ever increasing burden. Animal Control relies heavily on the Animal Control Gift Fund to purchase much needed supplies for the animals we care for including food, blankets, towels and cleaning supplies.

We are hoping that you are able to assist by making a monetary donation of any size to the Winchendon Animal Control Gift Fund.  Tangible donations are also accepted by first contacting Winchendon Dispatch at 978-297-1212 xt. 0,  for an Animal Control Officer to either pick up items or arrange a time for drop off.  No items should be dropped off outside!

And just some helpful hints!!!!

Please call the Police Department at the main number 978-297-1212 xt. 0 if your dog gets loose, it will save stress on the dog and yourself if we can return it to you promptly without time at the shelter!

We always check all animals for microchips, please remember to register the animals in your name after they are adopted. Many times the microchip information leads to the shelter where the animal originally received the chip, and shelters are not open 24/7, so it can result in a delay with us in reuniting pets with their owners.  We also have a Facebook page where we list all lost and found animals, Winchendon/Templeton Regional Animal Control, please consider joining, we have reunited countless animals with the help of this group and we can’t thank you enough!!!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter, we sincerely appreciate all your support!

Any monetary donations can be made out to Winchendon Animal Control Gift Fund, 80 Central Street Winchendon, MA 01475.


Your Animal Control Officers

Cassandra Tompkins

Sara Cadden

Kristen Salerno


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Check or Money Order payable to:
Town of Winchendon
Returned Check Fee $25