ACOAM Animal Control Officers of Massachusetts; dog officer; law enforcement; advocacy for animals; resources for animal control; certification; animal control certification.
Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts

the health, safety & welfare of people & animals.






Save the Date

Annual Meeting & Conference

October 4th 2013

Animal Control Officers Certification Course

The course totals 88 hours over ten weeks.

Class is held from March thru May on Wednesday of each week from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM with one Saturday for large animal handling.


"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."


Welcome to ACOAM

Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts

It is the mission of the Animal Control Officers’ Association of Massachusetts to promote and improve through education and training the skills, professionalism, knowledge of applicable laws, personal safety and job security of animal control officers employed by cities, towns, counties or other municipalities located within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


ACO's it's time to celebrate AND get down to business.

Governor Patrick signed our animal control bill, S. 2192

This bill updates the animal control laws; everything from changing "dog officer" to "animal control officer" to requiring training paid for via the tax check off fund, a homeless animal fund, standardized holding period and much more. For more information read a memo from ACOAM to ACO's. Click here to see the actual text of the law. 


ACOAM informs and educates the general public of Massachusetts on the responsibilities of animal ownership, and to assist State and local governmental bodies in enacting, improving and enforcing animal control laws that are reasonable and equitable.