500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton MA 01748 508-435-6938

In 1977, a group of residents joined together to form Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton.

Our history

Our shelter was founded more than 40 years ago. Before that time, the situation in Hopkinton regarding stray animals was disastrous. About 50 stray dogs per year were taken by the dog officer and after the required five-day hold, were sold to labs for experiments. There was no town facility for strays, no leash law, and no spay/neuter program. Over the ensuing years, animal control officers did their best to find homes for the dogs whenever they could, but without a shelter, they were limited in the help they could offer.

In 1977 that all changed. Distressed by the situation, the new animal control officer worked alongside local citizens and the Hopkinton selectmen to address this challenge. Thanks to the generosity and perseverance of this group, they secured a lease on land from the utility company, and had a shelter designed and built, entirely from volunteer labor and donated materials and funds.

Today, that shelter still serves as home to Baypath Humane Society. Our mission has grown to include finding homes for both dogs and cats and to work together with the community to reduce animal over-population.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our 1977 Society in recognition of our 40th anniversary!