MSPCA-Angell Press Release

MSPCA-Angell’s “Twelve Pets of Christmas” Campaign Spotlights Animals Who Need Homes this Holiday Season

December 20, 2011

Boston, Mass., Dec. 20, 2011 – As households across Massachusetts string garland and write letters to Santa, the MSPCA-Angell hopes its Twelve Pets of Christmas—just a small percentage of the thousands of homeless animals currently in its care—find permanent loving homes this season.  At the center of the campaign are 12 incredible animals, ranging from dogs and cats to fowl, horses and birds, that have waited too long for a home to call their own.


While the MSPCA-Angell remains strongly opposed to giving pets as gifts, it hopes that would-be adopters already filled with the Holiday spirit will open their home to an animal in need.  Many of the animals representing the Twelve Pets of Christmas have seen numerous 2011 Holidays—from Memorial Day to Labor Day and Thanksgiving—through the bars or windows of their cages.  Some of them, in fact, have been waiting for homes since 2008.


 And while the MPSCA-Angell will provide care and shelter for thousands of animals across its three adoption centers well into the New Year, the organization has hand-selected 12 amazing animals to serve as chief ambassadors for all of the animals in its care.  The full Twelve Pets of Christmas gallery can be seen by clicking here:


 Said Jean Weber, Director of Animal Protection for the MSPCA-Angell: “The Twelve Pets of Christmas campaign is the latest in a series of truly novel adoption promotion strategies we’ve developed this year, all in an effort to find as many permanent homes as possible for the animals in our care.  This year, as many families gear up for the Holiday season, we’re hoping they’ll find room in their homes for one (or some!) of these animals.”


The Twelve Pets of Christmas are available for immediate adoption.  For more information about the MSPCA-Angell’s animal care and adoption centers in Centerville, Methuen and Boston—including hours, directions and adoption requirements—click here:



The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit