How You Can Help the Foundation for TJO Animals


Financial gifts allow us to put funds where they are needed most. Your employer might match your contributions, like MassMutual, Travelers, IBM, and Verizon do. The only way to find out is to ask. Some employers support their employees who volunteer in the community (such as MassMutual and Walmart) in special ways. We are a United Way charity, so you can donate through your workplace, too. Make a donation online by clicking here.

Other ways to donate include:

  • Monthly giving
  • In memoriam giving
  • In honor of
  • In celebration of
  • Planned Giving
  • Matching Gifts

Wish List Drive

Many day-to-day items and a few “dream big” items are on the shelter’s wish list, which is updated regularly. We also have an Amazon wish list , for those who like to shop online and ship directly to the shelter. Some schools groups and other organizations use our wish lists to hold donation drives for the animals. We appreciate these activities and thank you on behalf of the animals.

If you wish to do a pet food drive, please check our wish list as not all pet foods are appropriate for our shelter animals.

Get a pet friendly license plate

“I’m animal friendly” license plates making a difference in Massachusetts animals lives! Have you ordered yours? The Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from Massachusetts Animal Coalition. This grant was made possible through sales of Massachusetts "I'm Animals Friendly" license plates.

The center provides animal control services to the cities of Springfield, Chicopee and Holyoke. Cats and dogs that are not claimed by their families are made available for adoption after health and temperment evaluations. More information is available at

The grant funds will support the Center's efforts to combat animal homelessness and overpopulation in the community by helping to ensure that all adopted animals are spayed or neutered before being adopted into new homes. The grant will also enable the Center to sterilize feral, free-roaming cats to improve their quality of life and reduce the birth of unwanted kittens in our neighborhoods.

Funds received from the sale of these special license plates are awarded to non-profit humane organizations and municipal animal control agencies in the Commonwealth that provide spaying and neutering services for cats, dogs and rabbits. The program benefits the community, the Commonwealth and thousands of animals. For more information on "I'm Animal Friendly" license plates, visit online at or to order yours today, go to    

Strengthen animal protection laws

Animals need the law on their side, but they can’t vote. You can be their voice. Use these easy links to contact your representatives about today’s legal issues concerning animals. Learn more here.

Get involved in other ways too! Click here to learn more.