Medfield Animal Shelter matching challenge still on

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 15, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe

The Medfield Animal Shelter is winding down its annual fundraising challenge whereby a group of longtime shelter supporters will match every donation made to the shelter up to $20,000 made before Jan. 15.

For every dollar raised, shelter friends will also donate a dollar as part of its Matching Challenge Grant Program, which has been in effect since 2003 (with the exception of one year). Each year it has raised the full match.

“The fundraiser raises a significant percentage of our annual budget, over 50 percent; we budget for the year based on how much money we raise,” said Kim Agricola, director of the Medfield Animal Shelter. “The fundraiser helps pay for our costs to operate and maintain the building (heat, electricity, repairs, insurance, etc.), vet care for every pet, food, supplies, and a small amount of labor (we are almost all volunteers).”

The shelter spends over 50 percent of its budget every year on vet care, said Agricola. It also sponsors a low cost spay/neuter clinic for cats once a month and over 450 cats were neutered at the clinics in 2010, said Agricola.

Last year, the shelter – which is located at 101 Old Bridge St. (off West Street) across from the Medfield Wastewater Treatment Plant — took in 322 cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, pet birds and other animals such as hamsters, gerbils, pet rats and pet mice.

Each year, approximately 65 to 80 dogs are brought to the Medfield Animal Shelter from city shelters that would otherwise euthanize the animals. It also accepts dogs from the Animal Control Officer in Dover since that town does not have its own shelter, and will also take owner-surrendered pets as space permits.

The Medfield Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter.

“We find homes for them through our website,, Facebook, our blog, word of mouth, and local newspapers,” said Agricola. “No pet will ever be euthanized because it has run out of time to find a home. We are committed to ending the overpopulation of pets. Therefore, all cats, rabbits and dogs adopted from us are spayed and neutered prior to adoption.”

In addition to financial donations, the shelter is always in need of volunteers to help with pet care, snow removal, organizing supplies, and other tasks.

For more information or to make a donation, visit or call 508-359-8989. Donations can also be mailed to PO Box 271, Medfield 02052 (with a note indicating the donation is part of the matching challenge grant program).

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