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Thank You to Those Who Donate to TJO

All of us at TJO would like to thank the countless animal lovers in our community that continually come through for the animals in our care time and time again!  You never let us or the animals down.  No matter what our needs are, all we have to do is ask and there you are.  You bring comfortable bedding, canned cat and dog food, bleach, laundry soap, toys, rawhide, paper towels and so much more.  For every wish list item you donate, it frees up money for us to spend on spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchips and other needs critical to the animalsâ?? well being. 

It is amazing to come to the shelter each day and be met with donated bags of bedding, jars of peanut butter, gallons of bleach, bags of rawhide and more.  Many of you come before or after hours to support us and we often never learn your name or have an opportunity to thank you in person.  I hope you experience the same warm fuzzy feelings that our staff does when we see all the goodies coming in for the animals.  Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for helping to make the animalsâ?? temporary stay at TJO feel like their home away from home as much as possible.  We simply could not do it without you. 

With deepest appreciation,
The Staff at TJO



$15,000 License plate grant awarded to TJO!!

“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 Animal 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 temperament evaluations. 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. Pam Peebles, Executive Director of the Center said, “The funding from the sales of “I’m Animal Friendly” license plates is so far reaching that it touches every corner of the Commonwealth. We are deeply grateful for the boost that this grant provides us in ending animal homelessness right here in our community.”

 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

How Microchipping Works

Every week TJO is able to return lost pets to their thankful owners due to the information we are able to get off their microchips. We have had alot of questions reagarding how the process works and how safe the technology is for your pets. The following article was taken from the

 Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A veterinarian simply injects a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pets skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.

A HomeAgain microchip is permanent pet ID. The microchip itself has no internal energy source, so it will last the life of your pet. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pets shoulder blades. The scanner emits a low radio frequency that provides the power necessary to transmit the microchips unique cat or dog ID code and positively identify the pet.

HomeAgain is the only dog & cat microchipping product on the market today that has the Bio-Bond patented anti-migration feature to help ensure that the microchip will stay in place so that it may be easily located and scanned. If your pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or veterinarian, they will scan the microchip to read its unique dog or cat ID code. This is the number used by HomeAgain to identify the pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to contact you and reunite you with your pet.

Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center, 627 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA 01104