MSPCA-Angell Director Appointed to Advisory Committee for State’s Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund

March 22, 2013

BOSTON, March 22, 2013 – Massachusetts citizens rushing to file their state income tax returns prior to the April 15 deadline can, with a simple click or pen stroke, donate to a new fund that will sharply reduce the number of homeless animals in the state.  The MSPCA-Angell’s director of advocacy, Kara Holmquist, who played a central role in establishing the fund, has been appointed by Governor Patrick as a member of the fund’s Advisory Committee.  The fund will be administered by the Department of Agricultural Resources.administered by the Department of Agricultural Resources with the assistance of an an advisory committee.

“The establishment of this state-wide fund marks a significant milestone in our efforts to protect animals,” said Holmquist after she was officially sworn in as a member of the Advisory Committee. “This program has the ability to not only to save the lives of animals in Massachusetts, but to save municipalities funds while increasing public safety.”

 MSPCA-Angell Director of Advocacy Kara Holmquist is sworn in as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund (credit: MSPCA-Angell)

The Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund At-a-Glance

The fund is just one component of a comprehensive animal control law passed in August of 2012 that also mandates the inclusion of pets in domestic violence restraining orders; prohibits the use of gas to euthanize animals; and eliminates discriminatory measures on dogs based on breed.   The fund will help animals by:

  • Reducing the number of homeless cats and dogs by spaying, neutering and vaccinating animals in shelters and in animal control facilities
  • Providing financial support for families who would not otherwise be able to obtain spay or neuter surgery
  • Providing mandatory training to municipal animal control officers so that they can safely and effectively protect animals and people in their communities
  • Making it simple for Massachusetts taxpayers to donate any amount they wish via line 32f on their 2012 tax forms

“I welcome Kara’s help in improving how our state protects animals for their own sake, and the sake of public health and safety,” said Governor Patrick.

The MSPCA’s Advocacy function plays a crucial role in informing the public about animal welfare issues while lobbying for better animal protection laws nationally and statewide.  The bill creating this fund was sponsored by Senator Patricia Jehlen and contained language relating to the fund that was proposed by Senator Mark Montigny. For more information readers can 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