Dogs of Andover

Add your name and your dog's name in the form below and take the pledge to scoop the poop, every time! 

Scoop the Poop Pledge

  1. I pledge to always clean up after my pet, even in my own yard.
    I pledge to educate others about the importance of cleaning up after their pets.
    I pledge to always carry extra doggy bags when I'm with my pet.

  2. Optional - Upload a picture of your dog(s) and we'll feature them on our website!

    For multiple dogs please list dog names in order from left to right. 
    By uploading pictures you are consenting to their usage on the Town's website / social media accounts, viewable to the public. Watermarks may be used but must not advertise private goods for sale or businesses. 

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Canine Waste

Please remember to always Scoop the Poop and to dispose of pet waste properly!

Dog waste left on the ground is more than smelly and unsightly….it pollutes our water and poses a health risk for pets and people, especially children! During rainfall, pet waste left on lawns, trails, and sidewalks washes into storm drains where it ends up flowing, untreated, directly into streams and local water bodies. Pet waste carries bacteria (twice as much as human waste), viruses, and parasites that threaten the health of humans and wildlife. Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and sometimes releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. 

Unlike wildlife, who consume resources and nutrients from the same ecosystem they’re a part of, dogs eat pet food rich in nutrients to provide them with a complete and healthy diet. Those pet foods lead to excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus in the environment when dog poop isn’t picked up. A buildup of those nutrients can create unstable conditions in many ecosystems.

Please be sure to not only pick up after your dog but also dispose of the waste in a receptacle. If no receptacle is available, please be prepared to bring the waste back home to dispose of in your trash. Never throw dog poop bags down a storm drain

Scooping the poop is not only the right thing to do, in Andover, it's also the law! 

Follow the Town of Andover bylaw (Article XII, Section 11)

  • It is the duty of each person who owns, possesses, or controls a dog to remove its waste from both public and private property.
  • You are always required to have means of dog waste removal when on sidewalks, streets, in parks, other public areas, or on private property.
  • “Means of removal” includes any tool, implement, or device carried for the purpose of dog waste removal.
  • A violation of any of these provisions is punishable by fine. ($75 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense, $150 for the third offense within the same calendar year.)
  • Enforcing persons may include any police officer or the town Animal Control Officer.

Did You Know? Stormwater is the biggest threat to clean water today. Rain and snow flow over streets, parking lots, and roofs collecting excess nutrients and pollutants before entering into a storm drain or water body. Because stormwater flows over hard surfaces directly into a storm drain, there is no opportunity for soil and plants to filter out pollutants. Read more about Stormwater.

How to obtain a Dog License

Andover residents must obtain a license for their dog by January 31 each year. Dog licenses may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office either in person or by mail. A current rabies certificate must be provided in order to obtain a license. Please view the Town Clerk's Dog License Page for more information. 

Fun for Dogs

The following are dog-friendly locations in Andover. Hours and parking may vary. 

Andover Dog Park
Address: 302 High Plain Road Andover, MA 01810
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Google Maps

Harold Parker State Forest
Address: 133 Jenkins Rd, Andover, MA 01810
Download a Trail Map ( 
Parking Fee: May 15– November (MA Residents $5 / Non-Residents $20) *may vary* 

Ward Reservation
Address: 65 Prospect Rd, Andover, MA
Hours: 8:00 AM to Sunset
Parking fee: Free for Trustees members
$5 per car for nonmembers

Andover Mass. Trails & Rivers Web Map
Interactive web map showing trails, bike routes, boat launches/landings, and parking areas

Follow Andover Animal Control on Facebook

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Related Pages

Animal Control/Animal Inspector
Andover Police Department, Operations Division, Animal Control

Informative Links

The Dangers of Ice Melts
An article from ASPCA.Org on the dangers of ice melts

Winter Pet Safety Tips
Tips from Mass.Gov to help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health

Prepare Your Pets for Disasters
Tips from Ready.Gov on how to include your pet in your family’s emergency plan

Does a bear poop in the woods? Yes, but your dog shouldn’t
An article from the American Animal Hospital Association on why dog waste differs from wild animals'

So your dog found a baby bunny (or other baby wildlife)…Find a wildlife rehabilitator
A list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators from Mass.Gov

Spay and Neuter assistance for low-income pet parents
Spay/Neuter voucher program information from Mass.Gov.

Pets and Domestic Violence Resources
Resources for domestic violence victims seeking shelter for themselves and their pets from Massachusetts Animal Coalition

Pet Food Task Force – Pet Food Pantry locations
A list of non-profit 501(c)3 organizations dedicated to helping animals within their communities from The Pet Food Task Force (PFTF) 

Too hot for Spot – When the Temperature rises, leave your pet at home
Annual pet safety campaign from the Animal Rescue League of Boston reminding pet owners about the dangers their pets face when temperatures begin to rise.Car temp safety chart Click to enlarge 

Local 24 Hour Veterinary Hospitals

Bulger Veterinary Hospital
141 Winthrop Ave
Lawrence, MA 01843
(978) 682-9905

Westford Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center
11 Cornerstone Square
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 577-6525

Rockingham Emergency Veterinary Hospital
3 Cobbetts Pond Road
Windham, NH 03087
(603) 870-9770

Low-cost Veterinary Care

 Angell at Essex
565 Maple Street
Danvers, MA 01923

Angell at Nashoba
100 Littleton Road
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 577-5992

Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals, Inc
542 Cambridge Street
Allston, MA 02134

Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic
1 Officer Manny Familia Way
Worcester, MA 01605

The Town of Andover does not contract with nor make recommendations for any companies or organizations listed on this page. The list is solely a resource for the residents and is subject to change without notice.