The Cambridge Animal Commission provides and facilitates programs concerning animal control and welfare in the City of Cambridge. The Commission was first established by an ordinance in June of 1979.
The Commission consists of a designated officer from the Police Department , the Commissioner of Health and Hospitals, the Director, two Animal Control Officers and four citizens appointed by the City Manager. The Animal Commission is responsible for:
- Enforcement of state laws and City ordinances pertaining to animals;
- Responding to nuisance domestic pet and wildlife related calls;
- Rescuing injured and/or sick domestic pets and wildlife;
- Distributing information for low cost spay/neuter assistance programs, domestic pet behavior problem solving, and nuisance wildlife exclusion and deterrent methods;
- Licensing all dogs in the City of Cambridge;
- Placing domestic animals with new responsible owners through their pet adoption program;
- Providing low cost rabies vaccination clinics for cats and dogs; and
- The quarantine of animals involved in bite/scratch incidents and possible exposures to infected animals.
In addition to these duties, the Animal Commission continues to work towards making a safe environment for people, pets and other animals through an educational and enforcement approach.
Visiting City Hall
Hours of Service
Animal Control Officers on duty:
For off Hours Emergencies please call: 617-349-3300
Director: Mark McCabe