The Foundation for TJO Animals supports the animals at the TJO Animal Control and Adoption Center

Adoption Center
627 Cottage Street
Springfield, MA 01104
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(413) 781-1484 (animal services)

Adoption Center Hours of Operation

Monday: 12:00-4:00; Tuesday: 12:00-4:00; Wednesday: Closed; Thursday: 2:00-7:00; Friday: Closed; Saturday: 12:00-4:00; Sunday: Closed

If you want to REPORT animal neglect, cruelty or abuse anywhere in Massachusetts, call the MSPCA at (617) 522-6008 or (800) 628-5808. Residents of Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke can also call TJO at (413) 781-1484.

For ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES in the cities Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke, call TJO Animal Control and Adoption Center at (413) 781-1484 or visit TJO's animal control page. Animal control services include:

  • Aiding an animal in distress.
  • Reuniting lost or found animals with owners.
  • Handling aggressive dogs or dog bite situations.
  • Answering questions about dog licenses.
  • Offering guidance on spay/neuter, vaccinations, and humane animal care.

Non-Residents of Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke, your town’s animal control officer can be reached by calling your local police department or town hall.

Adopt a Friend Today

Adoption Details: 

TJO has many dogs and cats available for adoption. Sometimes there are rabbits, ferrets, birds, reptiles, and other small animals also available. Our database is updated hourly with the animals available for adoption at TJO. Search for your new best friend here. There is also a link on the shelter Facebook page; click the ADOPT button!

Adoption process:

We invite you to TJO to meet our wonderful animals in person. An adoption counselor will work with you to make a perfect match. Please bring human family members along so everyone can meet the animals. If you already have a dog and are looking for a second dog, please bring your dog so the pooches can meet each other. If you own your own home, our adoption counselor will ask for verification (tax bill, mortgage statement). You might want to review your homeowner's insurance policy to be sure it does not restrict coverage for specific dog breeds. If you rent, the adoption counselor will call your landlord to verify that you can have pets; please bring that contact information with you.

Some things to consider before adopting:
  • Owning a pet can be a 10- to 20-year commitment. A lot can happen in a decade or two: marriage, kids, divorce, new job, no job, etc. We are looking for families willing to bring their pet on this lifetime journey.
  • Expenses come with pet ownership. Food, vaccines, grooming, and supplies will add up to several hundred dollars a year, minimum. Read more here.
  • Which animal suits your lifestyle? Think couch potato versus speed racer. Do you travel or work long hours? Do you have a fenced-in yard? Do you like taking walks in the rain and snow? Do you mind a few scratches on your furniture? Learn more about picking the right pet here.
Great news about adopting:
  • You are giving a homeless pet the best gift of all: a loving family!
  • In return, your pet is helping you live longer by lowering your blood pressure, bringing you laughter and joy, and loving you no matter what!