Methuen Adoption Center/Nevins Farm

*** Nevins Farm will be closed on Wednesday for snow removal; open for emergencies only.  We plan to resume normal operations on Thursday.***
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 crematory 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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Spin for Animals
Saturday, February 21 beginning at 9 am
It's a New Year, and time for some new resolutions!  If one of those is to 'Get Fit', why not register for our 12th annual Spin for Animals, and help animals while you get into shape? 
Join other animal lovers at Seacoast Sports Club in Portsmouth or Natural High Fitness Club in Newburyport to spin for one, two or three hours!
This year’s event will take place at just two locations, so space is limited – register and reserve your space now.
Learn more about the event at and we’ll see you “in the saddle” on February 21st!

Summer Camp - Registration Opens on February 1!
Sessions for kids grades 2-9
The MSPCA at Nevins Farm Children's Summer Camp teaches lifetime lessons of compassion, responsibility and respect not only toward animals, but toward all life and the environment as a whole.  
Campers work alongside shelter and barn staff to help care for our animals - all while learning about animal welfare and making new friends!
Sessions fill early and always sell out, so make sure to register early! 

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

Starting a Backyard Flock: Community Education Presentation and Practicum Offerings
Sunday February 22 from 12-3pm – Lecture
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 lecture has something for everyone.  Topics that will be covered include: establishing a successful flock, nutrition and housing, and basic handling and safety.
Want some hands-on experience caring for farm birds?  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.


Large Animal Rescue Training & Equine Trailering Clinics
Registrations now open!
Join us for our Large Animal Rescue Training on October 4th and learn how to plan for and safely transport equine and large animals during an emergency.  Through a combination of lecture and hands-on experience, attendees will gain practical experience conducting rescue scenarios while also learning how to establish an emergency protocol for their own barn. 

Our Equine Trailering course will help horse enthusiasts and owners of all skill-sets to improve their ability to safely, calmly and efficiently trailer horses of all temperaments.  Offered on March 28th, the basics of trailering to advanced trailering will be explored through classroom and hands-on learning while being challenged to consider the experience from the perspective of the horse.

Adopt a Bird Month

Throughout January, with special sessions on weekends from at the Noble Family Adoption Center
Did you know that the MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Centers take in and rehome pet birds?  From parakeets and doves to cockatiels and macaws, there are hundreds of birds in need of forever homes surrendered to the MSPCA each year. 
Sharing your home with a feathered friend can be just as rewarding as a four-legged companion.  Learn more about bird adoption and decide which bird might be a perfect fit for your lifestyle by clicking here.

Throughout Adopt a Bird Month, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm is hosting avian events in our lobby from 12-4pm each weekend.  Specific topics include:
January 3 & 4 – General Care and Housing
January 10 & 11 – Foster Care
January 17 & 18 – Enrichment
January 24 & 31 – Festival of Flight Workshop (1-3 pm in our training room)

Our Festival of Flight Workshop will feature a silent auction, bird toys, the opportunity to learn about and create emergency kits, nutrition, setting up successful cages, bird behavior, planning for your bird, barn yard birds and even a little bird art.
All month long, interested bird lovers will be treated to a host of wonderful resources that will help improve the health and life of your feathered friend.  Whether you are actively searching for a bird companion or already share your life with one, stop in to chat with our bird experts, meet some of our adoptable birds, and check out our bird raffles & bake sale!

Buy A Bale

Help us keep our hay loft full this winter!
Each year the MSPCA at Nevins Farm’s Equine & Farm Animal Center spends almost $60,000 on hay.  With more horses arriving every day (not to mention the goats, sheep and rabbits!) this cost will only increase.

Will you help us keep our hay loft full this year?  As little as $7 can buy a bale of hay to help feed the dozens of horses in our care.  Click here to learn more and to donate.

Tree of Life: A Gift of Celebration & Remembrance


Pay tribute to a friend, family member or animal companion with an engraved brass leaf or foundation stone on the Hillside Acre Tree of Life, a beautiful memorial sculpture on the grounds of the cemetery.  Your tribute will be a lasting visual expression of love and respect, as well as a strong symbol of support for the mission of the MSPCA. 

Choose a Leaf ($100) or a Foundation Stone ($250), and we’ll engrave your personal message as a tribute to your loved one.  Click here to learn more, or call us at (978) 685-0632.

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!