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Massachusetts Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: The mission of the mspca is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty and work for a just and compassionate society.

Programs: Our angell medical centers in boston and waltham treated 66,501 animals in 2014. Emergency care was provided to 16,665 patients at angell. There were 15,679 surgeries performed, 1,142 animals received advanced imaging, 4,247 ultrasounds were performed and 859 dental surgeries were performed. Eighty-five full-time vetenerians, many of them board certified in various specialities, provide clinincal excellance enhanced by state-of-the art technologies. Angell animal medical centers have earned the accredition of the american animal hospital association, and stand proudly among the best vetinary hopsitals in the country.

our three animal care and adoption centers take in and adopt out thousands of homeless animals every year - cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, turtles, and all kinds of small animals. In 2014, 7,601 animals were placed into loving homes; our network of 510 foster homes provided care for animals who were not quite ready for adoption; 1,450 volunteers donated their time to help with animal care, special events and office work; 2,354 people and their dogs attended training and agility classes; 566 people attended 20 training classes for equine and large animal rescue; our equine ambulance staff traveled to 7 sport horse events throughout the us and canada to provide support and medical care for horses; and our nevins summer camp provided an educational experience for about 348 school children. 702 preschoolers attended the "little bookworms" story hours in boston and at nevins farm. In addition to finding homes for homeless animals, our adoption centers strive to provide their surrounding communities with animal-related information and assistance in order to help create a more compassionate society.

our mspca law enforcement officers, fully commissioned by the commonwealth of massachusetts, meet a host of challenges every day in their quest to make this a better world for animals. During 2014, our law enforcement officers investigated 1,883 complaints about alleged abuse or neglect, resulting in 662 warnings; performed 2,895 case re-checks to ensure compliance; accepted the voluntary surrender of 1543 animals; participated in 724 educational or advisory sessions with animal owners and made 355 court appearances.

advocacy - our advocacy team works to improve animal protection laws and regulations. Their work is sustained through our volunteer animal action team members who write letters, make phone calls, attend lobby days at the state house, and meet with legislators to help improve the lives of animals. Snap - our spay/neuter assistance program (snap), as part of an effort to meet this challenge effectively, collaborates with the massachusetts veterinary medical association to offer reduced-cost pet sterilization to low-income pet owners by means of a discount certificate redeemable at participating veterinary practices.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 1

Terrible customer service. Upsetting and bad management of sensitive information. Way too expensive. Also has a very, very high euthanasia rate that no one ever talks about. Before I knew about alternatives, I thought it was the only place to go for emergency veterinary care, but now I would work hard to go elsewhere unless absolutely necessary.

4 Michelle104

Client Served

Rating: 2

I found a nice little dog, and wanted to adopt. He had a long "wait list". I said I want to adopt him, I had everything I needed, all documentation etc. They said there are others before me but I insisted on filling out the documents. Why is this dog in a cage when I have a good home for him? I come back every day, and he is still "waiting for people who are going to adopt him who came first". 5 days I come in and take the dog out, and still they are waiting for someone else to adopt him. I finally call corporate and rip them a new one. I have donated to this charity, and now I know they are taking care of dogs who could have been adopted to good homes, but they won't cooperate. I don't know who they were holding this dog for, but he was someone's pawn. I wouldn't go away, so they finally let me adopt him. There were others who wanted this dog before me, but the squeaky wheel got the oil. They all acted nice, but there's something rotten in Denmark (or in this case Methuen).


Client Served

Rating: 5

The MSPCA saved my cats' lives. My boys were being kept in a tiny, filthy cage in a hoarder's house, and if the MSPCA had not rescued them I'm not sure who would have. This organization helps so many abused animals who have no where else to go. My cats were in miserable condition after being rescued, and the MSPCA made sure they received all the veterinary care they needed (which cost them far more than the adoption fee I paid). We have since brought them to meet with three different vets (including two specialists) and were extremely pleased with their friendly, compassionate and knowledgeable service. I can sleep easier knowing their emergency services are available 24/7. I also appreciate that they work to create comfortable environments for their animals, who have more living space than they would at many other shelters. They also keep many animals (even older ones!) up for adoption for long periods of time, truly trying to give them the best chance at a new forever home. The tragic reality is that millions and millions of US pets are homeless, and the MSPCA should not be blamed for being unable to help every animal in need. Their lifesaving work reaches thousands of animals each year.

14 CatLoverForLife

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

MSPCA/Angell.....Where should I begin? If I could give you negative stars for this review I would! This once great humane society is now nothing more than a bloated, mismanaged, corporate nightmare! This organization has squandered millions upon millions of dollars on their bloated executive salaries and benefit packages as well as throwing away countless millions building massive animal hospitals-only to close the doors less than 10 yrs. later!
They invest only the tiniest of their dollars towards spay/neuter campaigns and they kill HEALTHY animals in their shelters all the time without a second thought.
Don't believe me? Just read their 990's from the past 20 years and then ask yourself where all those countless hundreds of millions of dollars went. The answer won't be towards helping animals.
MSPCA needs a NEW Board of Directors and a clean sweep of their lazy, greedy, full of themselves management. This is NOT the way to run a humane society in the 21st century. Shame on you Mspca!

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