Who’s Really Taking Care of Animals in Massachusetts?

Clearing Up Some Old Confusions

Dear Friends,

More often than you would think, we hear from people who say things like, “We donate to your parent organization whenever we can.” Some are confused because they received a fundraising letter from us, but feel that they’ve already donated — and it turns out they’ve donated to a national organization in the mistaken belief that money would trickle down to help animals in Massachusetts or the other areas we serve.

Not so.

The MSPCA–Angell is not operated by or funded by any national humane organization.

I want everyone who knows us to be very clear on that point.

We were founded in 1868 by George T. Angell, and we’ve been an independent nonprofit organization ever since. We are proud to be good friends with many other organizations who do the same kind of work, but we are our own SPCA. If you want to support us, you need to direct your donations directly to us, not to anyone else.

A certain amount of people’s confusion is natural: many fine organizations use the letters SPCA in their names. But some of the confusion has escalated recently because of national media campaigns (television, for example — you know the ads I’m talking about) that feel deceptive to us because the sponsoring organization doesn't touch a single animal in Massachusetts or New England.

They don't have animal shelters here. They don't conduct cruelty investigations here. They have no hospitals or veterinarians here. They do good work, but it's in New York City. I don't want you to be caught up in the mistaken belief that they are deeply involved in the humane efforts to protect animals in New England. That work is done by the MSPCA-Angell and other local animal groups in New England.

I know you care deeply about animals and I want to assure you that if you donate to the MSPCA–Angell, your dollars will go directly to caring for animals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the other areas we serve. I hope that wherever you live, you’ll take the time to find out who’s really taking care of animals there, and support your local organization.

Please pass this information along to your friends, so they’ll be well-informed too.

Thanks for listening.


Carter Luke
President, MSPCA-Angell

P.S.  If you would like more information about this issue, please call (617) 541-5120.