Each day animals who need emergency treatment come to the MSPCA: animals who were hit by cars, subjects of animal abuse, or surrendered by owners who could no longer afford the medical care they needed.
The pictures and stories below are just a few of the animals who have been helped through Spike's Fund.
Shivers was brought into the MSPCA-Angell in January in the middle of an intense ice storm. Our staff immediately realized that she was suffering from severe frostbite on her paws. Once she was treated by the MSPCA-Angell and had healed, Shivers was adopted by a volunteer who had fallen in love with the beautiful cat during her stay at the MSPCA.
|Shivers with frostbitten paws||Shivers and her new owner|
Clark, Chaz and Colonel were part of a transport of over a dozen dogs brought to Massachusetts illegally. By the time they reached Massachusetts from the South, they were severly deyhdrated and extremely lethargic. After receiving emergency treatment to stabilize their condition, it was discovered they all had Parvovirus, a potentially fatal virus. They were treated at the MSPCA and were taken care of through our foster care network until they had cleared the virus. Chaz, Clark, and Colonel were all successfully adopted along with 12 other puppies into wonderful homes!
Several dozen Persian and exotic short hair cats were seized by the MSPCA Law Enforcement Department. The cats were infected with Ringworm, a zoonotic fungus that causes hair loss and skin lesions. They were treated with a oral medication and twice a week medicated baths until they cleared their infection. Once they were all healthy, the beautiful cats were adopted into wonderful homes.
Cocoa came to the MSPCA with a severe case of demodectic mange along with a secondary infection that led to painful oozing and raw lesions. After several weeks of treatment on several different medications, Cocoa was adopted by a family that fell in love with her sweet nature and her complete desire to be with a human family. Her adoptive family continued her treatment and now she has all her fur back and is beautiful on the inside and outside once again!
|Cocoa suffering from mange||Cocoa with his new family|
Tiny Elma came to the MSPCA with the bottom half of her body covered in glue. Her tail was stuck to her stomach, making it difficult to go to the bathroom without covering herself in feces and urine. The veterinary team worked for hours to carefully wash off the glue and provided daily baths to Elma until she no longer had a bit of glue left! The beautiful kitten was soon adopted and now lives happily with her adoptive family.
|Cleaning Elma||Snuggling with her new family|
Dino was surrendered to the MSPCA after being hit by a snow plow during a severe winter storm. Dino had two broken legs and was in a lot of pain. He received treatment at the MSPCA-Angell and then was in foster care for several months while he recovered from his injuries. While Dino was recuperating in foster care, he was visited by a potential adopter who immedicately fell in love. His adoptive family visited him each week until he was well enough to go home. He now has a wonderful life with three beagle siblings to keep him company and loves to sail!
|Dino before||Dino on the open seas|
Fia was brought into the MSPCA as a stray. She had a blind and infected eye, which vets determined needed to be removed. She was adopted only two days after being placed on the adoption floor!
Scooby came to the MSPCA because his owners could not afford to treat his broken leg. Scooby had surgery on his leg in September and was then adopted by his foster parents, who had fallen in love with him. (Can you blame them? Look at that face!)
Lily came to the MSPCA with her mom and five siblings at just one week old. We discovered at a five-week veterinary check up appointment that she had a genetic abnormality that made it difficult for her heart to beat and her lungs to expand. Lily underwent surgery and is now a healthy kitten! She was adopted by a loving family.
Olivia was found in Boston at only one week of age and was suffering from a severe eye infection. Olivia’s eye infection was treated by the MSPCA-Angell but the effects of the infection left her blind. While she will never gain her sight back, she is living a happy life with her adopted family.
Collin was hit by a car and surrendered when his owner could not afford treatment for his injury. The MSPCA-Angell performed surgery on Collin to heal the damage from the accident and the adorable little dog was adopted following recovery treatment at the Adoption Center.
Snowball was cruelly beaten by the previous owner's boyfriend with a sauce pan. She suffered from injuries to her face and back from the attack. Snowball was treated in the Emergency and Critical Care unit at Angell Animal Medical Center and was released and adopted.
|Snowball||Snowball recovering from his injuries|
Crimson was found as a stray with an open and infected fractured right leg and fractured tooth. He was treated at Angell and was adopted in April 2008.