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The weather is getting cooler and what better way to keep warm than by adopting a new feline companion to cuddle with! Our shelter currently has over 40 sweet, cuddly, soft, fun, frisky, adventurous, amazing kitties in a variety of colors, fur length, and purring velocities. Come and fall in love with one of our furiendly cats during our Falling for Felines Adoption event!
Our adoption Fee for ca...ts over six months during this promotion will only be $45! As always our adoption fee includes; dewormer spay/neuter, microchip implant and registration, all age appropriate vaccinations including rabies and distemper, FELV and FIV testing, flea treatment, and a collar. Adopters will also be given a free wellness voucher that covers the exam fee (at participating veterinarian offices ) to be used for your first vet visit. Depending on the level of care needed some animals may receive additional medical care which is also included as part of the adoption fee.

Our adoption cemnter is open on Thursday from 2-7pm and Saturday, Monday, & Tuesday from 12-4pm.

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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



$10,000 License plate grant awarded to TJO!!

Massachusetts' "I'm Animal Friendly" license plates really make a difference in the lives of Massachusetts animals!

Through the sale of these license plates, TJO was just awarded a $10,000 grant from Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC)!! We are so appreciative, thrilled and also relieved. This grant will help TJO to ensure that every adopted animal is spayed/neutered prior to going home!

Thank you MAC! Thank you to each of you whose vehicles sport the "I'm Animal Friendly" license plate. They really, really matter.

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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