Animals in Need of Medical Attention

Almost every animal that is surrendered to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm is in need of some type of medical care. Some may only need basic vaccines or routine surgery, while others may be suffering serious injury or living with undiagnosed and treated illnesses. As a non-profit organization, our resources are limited when it comes to caring for expensive and time-consuming medical cases. That is why the development of these two programs became necessary to help those animals most in need of our care and support.

You can make a donation online by clicking on the links below or you can mail donations to:
MSPCA at Nevins Farm, Attn: Fund, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844

AshtonAshton's Hope Fund
Ashton’s Hope Fund provides medical care to MSPCA horses and farm animals currently being cared for at Nevins Farm. The fund was originally established in 2006 for a young foal named Ashton who required expensive surgery. The generous donations received since Ashton’s surgery will continue in his name to help other horses and farm animals at the MSPCA who need medical care. Click here to make a donation online. If you prefer, you can donate over the phone by calling Melissa at 978-687-7453 x6117.

Help for Shorty


Shorty is a 2 year old gray colt stallion who was surrendered to the MSPCA in August 2009 after outreach by the MSPCA Law Enforcement.  Shorty was scored a 1.5 on the Henneke scale, a system of rating the body condition of horses (a rating of 1 is near death).  He was severely malnourished and weak, with a heavy intestinal parasite load.  Shorty  required a strict feeding and de-worming regimen, as well as veterinary care.  His recovery will be a lengthy process, and once recovered, he faces costly crypt-orchid castration surgery prior to finding an adoptive home.

Sadly, Shorty is not the only emaciated horse to arrive at Nevins Farm this year.  As horse owners find themselves in dire straits due to the tough economy, it is taking its toll on the horses.  Donations to Ashton's Hope Fund have helped Shorty and other malnourished horses, and other farm animals with substantial medical requirements.  Make your donation today by
clicking here.

Rosie Working

Rosie is a 6 year old percheron cross who came into the MSPCA this August because her owner could no longer afford to care for her.  Rosie is a gentle and kind soul who you can’t help but fall in love with as soon as you meet her.  We knew that she had been off and on lame in her right hock at her previous home, but her family could not afford veterinary evaluation.  Once we began to evaluate her, we could see that this was severe.  X-rays revealed she had severe arthritis.  This can be a very difficult diagnoses for such a young horse, but our vet told us about an option to fuse the joint, through hock injections.  This treatment will allow Rosie to lead a normal pain free life.  We have since started treatment and Rosie is out to foster where she is in light work while her hock fuses.  To help us help more horses and farm animals, please click here to donate online.



Ice came into the MSPCA this past August with two of her friends.  Her owner could no longer afford to keep her horses.  Ice came in with some lesions on her hind end.  Her owner had been unable to afford the cost of treating these lesions.  We had our vet look at Ice and she diagnosed the lesions as squamous cell carcinoma, a skin issue that is common in light colored horses.  Under the guidance of our vet we have begun treating Ice with a topical treatment.  She is doing very well and is a very sweet patient.  Ice will require additional medical treatment, but through your donations to Ashton's Hope Fund, we hope to restore her health and find her a wonderful adoptive home. To donate on behalf of Ice and his friends at Nevins, please click here

Angels for Animals Fund
Angels for Animals was developed in 2003 in order to encourage the public to donate money for animals in need of medical care. Over the last three years, we have addressed the medical concerns of about 100 animals using funds from the Angels for Animals. The Angel Fund had financed a variety of procedures including eye removal surgery, leg amputations, dental extractions, ear ablation surgery and hip surgery. Click here to make a donation.


Brownie post-surgery

Brownie is a young chocolate labrador retriever that arrived at the Noble Family Animal Care & Adoption Center in October, 24 hours after being hit by a car.  Her injuries were severe, but her family could not afford veterinary care, and chose to surrender her to the MSPCA so that she could receive medical care.  Brownie was in agony and fearful of any touch, knowing that the pain would be excruciating.  We rushed her to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston for emergency life-saving surgery, repairing her shattered back leg and a fractured pelvis.  Brownie is back at Nevins Farm, closely monitored by MSPCA staff as she recovers from her ordeal.  As her condition stabilizes and her pain becomes manageable, Brownie will go to a loving foster home for her lengthy recovery.  She will require additional veterinary care to complete her recovery, but with your help she can lead a normal life.  To help Brownie, and other less fortunate animals like her with extraordinary medical issues, click here to contribute to the Angels for Animals Fund.