MSPCA-Angell Advocacy Breakfast Draws Key Lawmakers to Jamaica Plain

April 17, 2012

BOSTON, April 17, 2012 – The MSPCA-Angell on Friday hosted a number of key Massachusetts lawmakers for an overview of the organization’s various animal protection programs and veterinary services, and for a tour of the Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center and the world-class Angell Animal Medical Center.


Attendees at the Friday breakfast included representatives from diverse parts of the city including: State Representative Kevin Honan; Boston City Councilors Matt O’Malley and Felix Arroyo; Brookline Selectmen Richard Benka and Kenneth Goldstein; and Brookline Selectwoman Jesse Mermell.  Also attending was Sibu Malaba from Senator Chang-Diaz’s office and Amy Harrington from the office of Boston City Councilor At-Large John Connolly.


The attendees enjoyed a tour of the organization including the Shalit-Glazer Clinic, which provides healthcare for homeless animals across New England and conducts thousands of spay and neuter surgeries per year; the Animal Care and Adoption Center, which places thousands of dogs, cats, birds and other animals into new homes every year; and Angell Animal Medical Center, the renowned non-profit teaching hospital that treats well over 50,000 animals annually. 


The event played a key role in enabling the MSPCA-Angell’s Advocacy Team, comprised of Director Kara Holmquist and Deputy Director Linda Huebner, to facilitate introductions for lawmakers with MSPCA-Angell President Carter Luke, Animal Protection Director Jean Weber, Robert L. Beal—who serves on the organization’s Board of Overseers—and various veterinarians and staff.   


Said Holmquist about the event, “It was terrific to host  these influential lawmakers for an immersion in the various programs and functions of our organization.  I was particularly impressed with the level of engagement and the depth and breadth of questions about the important work we do to advocate on behalf of all animals in the Commonwealth.”


The MSPCA-Angell is planning to hold more events involving Massachusetts lawmakers and will announce future events over the course of 2012.



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 from individuals who care about animals. Please visit