Methuen Adoption Center/Nevins Farm

Methuen Animal Care and Adoption Center at Nevins Farm
400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844-2052; Phone (978) 687-7453

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm, in Methuen, Massachusetts, is a unique 55-acre animal care complex that provides shelter and adoption services for both farm and companion animals; an exceptional equine program, including rehabilitation, adoption services, and a world-renowned equine ambulance program; community outreach and education, including a popular summer camp for children; resources for pet owners who have lost a companion animal, including a cremation services and cemetery; and humane law enforcement services that uphold animal protection laws and provide care to animal victims of abuse and neglect.  To donate directly to a Nevins Farm program, please click here.

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Horses Helping Horses, Spring Trail Ride.  Registration Now Open!
Sunday, June 7th at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle, MA
Join us for our 7th annual Spring Trail Ride to benefit the horses and farm animals of the MSPCA’s Equine Center at Nevins Farm. Bring your horse, or “hoof it” on your own two feet for a scenic eight mile ride through the trails of Great Brook Farm.  Meet some of the adoptable horses at the MSPCA, and many of our 'equine alum'!
Registration is now open and is just $30 includes a delicious vegetarian pasta lunch.  Raise pledges too, and you could win one of many prizes for our Top Fundraisers! Raise $100, and you'll receive a limited edition Horses Helping Horses Spring Trail Ride t-shirt!  But the best part is knowing that every dollar you raise will be making a difference for the record number of horses that have been surrendered to the MSPCA.  Many of these animals need extraordinary medical care and rehabilitation.  Your help and pledges are an integral part of their road back to health and happiness. 


Bring Shelley Home!  Win a 3’ American Dog Sculpture!
Back By Popular Demand!  Raffle tickets available through July 25th
Last year’s American Dog Sculpture raffle was such a success that we’ve brought it back by popular demand for a second year. Here’s your second chance to win an iconic piece of New England art, created by the very talented Dale Rogers – and help shelter animals at the same time!  100% of the funds raised will benefit our Angels for Animals fund, which helps heal animals awaiting adoptive homes.
This lovely 3’ sculpture could be yours with the purchase of a $10 raffle ticket, available here at Nevins Farm’s Noble Family Adoption Center, at Shawsheen Village Liquors or wherever Shelley is visiting between now and July 25th.  On that date, we’ll announce the lucky winner at our Tails & Ales craft beer event.   Currently on display at Shawsheen Village Liquors, Shelley’s upcoming tour locations will be announced here as she makes her rounds!
Who is Shelley?  She’s an example of the spirit of all shelter dogs. Learn more about her and how she came to be by clicking here
Questions?  Email Julia or call her at 978/687-7453 x 6161.

Join the Harriet Nevins Society
Become a member of the Harriet Nevins Society and help us touch the lives of thousands of animals every year! These dedicated individuals who donate annual gifts of $1,000 and above to any Nevins program provide vital resources necessary to support the animals and programs of the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. Society members will have the opportunity to experience private tours, invitations to exclusive gatherings with Nevins staff and leadership recognition in the MSPCA-Angell annual report and other donor listings.

Learn more about the Harriet Nevins Society and how your gift will make an immediate impact on animals in our community by clicking here. Questions?  Contact Heather Robertson at or (978) 687-7453 x6118.

Photo credit to Jo-Anne McArthur courtesy of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society.

Starting a Backyard Flock: Community Education Presentation and Practicum Offerings
Six Practicum dates to choose from
Learn all you ever needed to know about keeping farm birds!  Whether you are just getting ready to start your flock or have been a farm bird enthusiast for years, our hands-on practicums have something for everyone.  Topics that will be covered include: establishing a successful flock, nutrition and housing, and basic handling and safety.
Sign up for one of our six available practicum sessions, offered from March through May at the MSPCA’s Chicken Coop.  You’ll learn from our staff and volunteers what it’s really like to share your life with farm birds.
Visit to learn more and to register.

Electronics Recycling Event -
Saturday, May 23rd, 8:00 - 11:30 am at Nevins Farm
Join us for the second annual "HARE Project - Helping Animals by Recycling Electronics"! 
Bring us your old electronics (e.g. TVs, computer monitors, microwaves, printers, air conditioners) and we'll find a new home for them by recycling them for you in exchange for a donation!  We won't be able to accept large appliances such as dryers and refrigerators, but we can help with most other items that are cluttering up your basement, attic and garage.  Questions?  Email Julia or call her at 978/687-7453 x 6161.

Dogs & Storks
Wednesday May27 at 7pm at the Rogers Family Education & Training Room
Are you adding a small human to your canine-centric household? Are you (or the dog) anxious about the introduction and transition to life with a baby? Join us for a presentation from Lisa Bert, a licensed Dogs & Storks® presenter. Expectant parents, extended family members, midwives and OB professionals will benefit from Lisa’s instruction and guidance as they prepare for a successful transition from pet parents to parents of pets and a baby.

This session is being offered at a discounted rate of $20 per couple, additional people for the same dog are welcome to attend for just $5. Learn more about the presentation and register online at

Manny the Barn Cat’s Horse Show
Wednesday May 27 beginning at 4pm at Plum Grove Equestrian Center in Groveland
A cat hosting a horse show?! Yes, you read that right…
Manny recently found a home (and a job) as a mascot and Barn Cat with our friends at Plum Grove Equestrian Center. Manny’s high energy and rambunctious nature demanded an outlet beyond the normal house cat situation, and at Plum Grove he’s found the perfect position.

But Manny hasn’t forgotten his other cat friends back at Nevins Farm, and he’s decided to lend a paw by raising some much-needed funds for the adoption center. Manny will be hosting a benefit horse show (Dressage and Jumping) on Wednesday May 27th at Plum Grove Equestrian Center. It’s a new kind of show, with ribbons and prizes but with a laid back attitude perfect for Manny the cat. Choose a horse (or bring your own), choose a few tests or a few jump rounds or both! Learn more about Manny’s horse show by clicking here.

"Pay It Forward" - Card Reading, Energy Healing and Mediumship Fundraiser
Sunday, June 7th, 10:00am – 3:00 pm at Nevins Farm
Our friends from With Love and Gratitude are once again hosting an afternoon of card reading, energy healing and mediumship.  So, indulge yourself and explore the healing arts while supporting a great cause – the Equine Center at Nevins Farm.
Card readings and energy healing will be available in 20 minute individual sessions for $15 from 10am - 12:30pm while a 90 minute group mediumship session for $20 will be available from 1:30 - 3pm.  Advance registration is not required, but is strongly encouraged.

2015 Events
Save the dates!
Have a favorite Nevins Farm event?  Check out our plans for the year, mark your calendar now and be a part of the fun!