December 7, 2011
Boston, Mass., Dec. 7, 2011 – As the hard-hit Cape Cod economy struggles to right itself after years of decline the number of families forced to surrender their pets to animal shelters has risen sharply. Today the MSPCA announced that as of the end of November it had already taken in 151 more dogs and cats than in all of 2010, virtually guaranteeing that 2011 will set an all-time record for animal surrenders on the Cape.
The increase in animal surrenders has caused the MSPCA’s Centerville staff to work extra hard—and be twice as creative—to properly house and care for all of the animals for whom it ultimately hopes to find permanent homes. Even though recent data points to a tentative economic turnaround, the Cape’s reliance on tourism, restaurants and other forms of recreation has translated into a slower recovery. This has forced many families to bring their animals to the MSPCA after a job or home less meant they could no longer care for them.
Despite the increased surrenders, however, the Cape Cod Adoption Center remains resolute in its mission. Said Adoption Center Manager Cassie Marischen: “We’re all very concerned that the data points to 2011 as a record year for surrenders to our adoption center but we remain determined to care for and provide homes for all of the animals who come through our doors and are put up for adoption.”
A Bright Spot: Spay and Neuter Programs are working
Despite what will no doubt be a record year for animal surrenders the Cape Cod adoption center has taken in seven percent fewer kittens vs. the same period last year. This indicates that the many efforts to reduce the homeless cat population—from community outreach and education to reduced spay/neuter program—are having an impact, which is gratifying for the Adoption Center staff. Said Marischen, “While there’s little we can do about the economy or other factors outside of our direct control, it’s incredibly rewarding to see a dip in the number of younger animals coming in to the shelter. This indicates that our continued spay/neuter efforts are having an impact on reducing the population.”
The MSPCA’s Cape Cod Adoption Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. and Sundays from 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. Members of the public are strongly encouraged to visit, and potentially add a new furry friend to their family. For more information and directions to the adoption center please 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 www.mspca.org.