Animal Control

Areas Closed to Residents and Dogs Due to COVID-19
  • Wellesley College Campus and Lake Waban (updated Jan. 2021)
Meet Wellesley Animal Control Officer Jennifer Smith

Additional animal assistance resources:
  • For animal bite/rabies quarantines, contact the Wellesley Health Department at 781-235-0135.
  • For help with animals needing immediate assistance, contact Wellesley Police Department dispatch at 781-235-1212.
  • For help with surrendering or adopting a pet, contact Stray Pets in Need (SPIN) at 

The Animal Control Officer (ACO) is the local animal care and control professional. This person helps the public deal with problems caused by animals and works with other local agencies, such as social services and law enforcement, to protect all members of families, both two-legged and four-legged.

Animal care and control professionals now perform a variety of services that help animals as well as people, these services include:

  • Rescuing injured, abused or unwanted pets 
  • Controlling stray and potentially dangerous pets  roaming at large
  • Bringing lost pets to an animal shelter where their owners can reclaim them
  • Providing comfort and compassion to animals in need
  • Rescuing sick or injured wildlife
  • educating the public on humane solutions to wildlife issues