Massachusetts SPCA-Angell

This week PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend features the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA-Angell).

Founded in 1868, MSPCA-Angell, a private non-profit organization, is the second-oldest humane society in the United States.  The mission of MSPCA-Angell is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society.


The MSPCA’s services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care.  As part of their mission to reduce animal overpopulation, the MSPCA also provides several low-cost spay/neuter programs throughout Massachusetts.  MSPCA law enforcement officers investigate cruelty complaints and work with police and social-service agencies in animal-related cases, inspect facilities and events involving animals, and speak to school and community groups about animal care and protection.  MSPCA Advocacy staff members lobby for better animal-protection laws nationally and statewide, and help individuals and communities live with animals.


The MSPCA’s animal care and adoption centers around the state care for and adopt out thousands of homeless and unwanted animals each year. They shelter a wide variety of purebred and mixed-breed dogs and cats, as well as rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and many other small animals.  There are three MSPCA adoption centers located in BostonCape Cod, and Methuen, providing vital services such as adoptions, behavior training, humane-education programs, and spay/neuter programs.  The Methuen Animal Care and Adoption Center is located at Nevins Farm, a unique 55-acre animal care complex that provides shelter and adoption services for both farm and companion animals; an exceptional equine program, including rehabilitation, adoption services, and a world-renowned equine ambulance program; community outreach and education, including humane-education workshops and a popular summer camp for children; humane law enforcement services; and other services for pet owners.

MSPCA dog & cat

Each year, more than 50,000 animals receive outstanding routine, emergency, and specialty care at the MSPCA-Angell’s premier veterinary hospital, Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.  The Center offers financial assistance through MSPCA’s Pet Care Assistance Program. Angell also provides 24 x 7 emergency service and specialty care in Waltham, MA.

The MSPCA’s Behavior and Training Program teaches pet owners, be they adopters or community members, how to train their pets to behave in a way that will create a lifetime of contented companionship for all.  MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Centers  offer a wide variety of classes from behavior consultations and beginner classes to more advanced classes and agility prep, all using positive reinforcement to shape desired behaviors.  MSPCA-Angell also has a wealth of information available online, including pet owner guides with information about pet ownership and adoption and their animal resource library with articles on a numerous topics to help pet owners.

MSPCA dog training

The MSPCA considers humane education for all ages a priority, as a means of fostering compassion, responsibility and respect toward animals, each other, and the environment. They offer a variety of outreach programs to the public, including on-site tours of adoption facilities and teacher resources available online.  Programs for children include the “Little Bookworms” story time at the MSPCA Boston Adoption Center, providing an age appropriate activity that fosters a sense of responsibility and compassion the communities youngest members, from those in strollers to those in preschool.  During the hour session, an animal-friendly short story is read to attendees, and an adoptable animal is brought into the room to visit.  Find out more about Little Bookworms here.

The MSPCA-Angell is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and is not funded by the government or any national humane organization.  They rely solely on contributions from individuals who care about animals.  You can support the MSPCA by becoming a member, planned giving, making a tribute, honor or memorial gift, joining the Angells of Kindness monthly giving program, donating online, or designating a gift to a particular MSPCA program or special fund.

You can also help the MSPCA help homeless animals by participating in one of their many great holiday fundraisers:

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Pies for Pets - Celebrate the holiday and help animals at the same time, by ordering your Thanksgiving pie from the MSPCA and picking it up at the Noble Family Adoption Center on Wednesday November 26th between noon and 7:00 pm.  Available in classic fall flavors of Apple, Blueberry, Pumpkin, or Pecan, each 9” pie costs $15, and all proceeds will benefit the homeless animals of Nevins Farm.


MSPCA holiday tree 1

Nevins Holiday Tree and Christmas Feast for the HorsesCelebrate your pet this holiday season by featuring them in an ornament on the Nevins Farm Holiday Tree.  Order your ornament by December 4th and receive a lovingly handcraft an ornament honoring a pet that has touched your life. Not only will you commemorate the special relationship you have with your pet, but your ornament will help make the Holiday Tree beautiful while raising funds to care for the nearly 7,000 animals cared for by Nevins Farm each year.

Nevins Farm horse-childJoin the MSPCA at Nevins Farm Saturday, December 6th for the lighting of the Holiday Tree at 4:30 pm.  Then stay for the adoption center open house from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and celebrate the holidays by honoring the animals who share our lives.  Help create a Christmas Feast to share with the horses of Nevins Farm, by bringing carrots, apples, and peppermints to place in the stockings of adoptable horses!


MSPCA winetastingHomeless for the Holidays Wine Tasting, Wednesday, December 10th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM - Join the MSPCA at their Boston Adoption Center for an evening of wine and shopping!  Wines from around the country will be sampled and we will have a preview sale of all our Homeless for the Holidays gift items.  Wine for the evening has been graciously donated by Kappy’s Liquors so all proceeds from the event will go directly to the animals at the Boston Adoption Center.  Tickets are available online for $40 per person.

MSPCA bake sale

Homeless for the Holidays Gift and Bake Sale, Thursday, December 11th – Sunday December 14th, 9:00 am-5:00 pm at MSPCA-Angell Boston.


For four days only, the MSPCA Boston will hold its annual Homeless for the Holidays winter gift and bake sale. Glamorous gifts for your furry best friend include beds, scratching posts, leashes, collars, toys, treats and more. Baked goods will include cupcakes, tarts, cakes, pies, cookies and more from some of Boston’s best known bakeries as well as homemade treats.

MSPCA santa photos

Santa Photos Saturday, December 13th and Sunday December 14th, 9:00 am-5:00 pm at MSPCA Boston Adoption Center - Come to the MSPCA with your pet to get their picture taken with Santa! For a $30 donation you will receive a framed photo and an email with a digital image of the photo.


Please think of the homeless animals this holiday season and support MSPCA-Angell!

PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family members.


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