Licenses, issued by the Town Clerk, are required for all dogs. Dog licenses must be renewed yearly (see Town Clerk
for information). Rabies shots must be kept current. Substantial fines are levied for noncompliance. Cats do not need to be licensed but are required to be immunized.
Animal bites should immediately be reported to the Animal Control Officer
and the Inspector of Animals at the Board of Health
. The Animal Control Officer will attempt to apprehend the animal and the Inspector of Animals will quarantine the animal if required.
Inspector of Animals
The Inspector of Animals also assures that animals are properly housed and cared for and to make certain that they don't infringe on the neighborhood. Records are kept on all horses, dogs, goats and poultry in the Town.
Friends of Marblehead Abandoned Animals (FOMAA)
A nonprofit volunteer organization, the Friends of Marblehead Abandoned Animals (FOMAA), has been formed for the purpose of feeding and caring for the abandoned animals housed at the Marblehead Animal Shelter. Fund-raising supports these activities and volunteers are always welcome.
Temporary housing of residents' pets when the family is forced out of their homes by fire, floods or other such incidents; spay and release program for feral cats; adoption program for pets
The Animal Control Department publishes a newsletter that is sent upon request. Information is also available at Marblehead Animal Shelter's Website
Volunteers are always needed to help with the feeding and caring of abandoned animals housed at the Marblehead Animal Shelter. Friends of Marblehead Abandoned Animals (FOMAA), a nonprofit organization, was formed for this purpose