Learn How to Speak Out for Animals and then Attend a Public Hearing
It's public hearing season. We're having Lobby 101 Animal Advocacy training sessions to prepare you to speak out for animals. Join us at the State House on June 4th to testify on animal bills pending in the Municipalities committee.
Now You Can Help Animals at Tax Time
With the filing of 2012 taxes, Massachusetts taxpayers will have their first opportunity to donate to the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund by checking the box on line 32f. Contributions to this Fund are used to help animals in a variety of ways. Read more.
Animal Control and Pets and Domestic Violence Signed!
Great news - the comprehensive animal control bill, S. 2192, was signed by the Governor on August 2, 2012 and took effect on October 31, 2012. See pictures from the ceremony and read more!
Shelter and Rescue Regulation
We've testified for several years on bills that deal with the regulation of shelters and rescue groups. We have expressed our concern about the bills being broad and with some of the language. We will be preparing comments on draft regulations written by the Dept. of Agricultural Resources relating to the regulation of shelters and rescue organizations that are based on existing laws (not dependent on legislation passing). These detailed draft regulations, if advanced, will have a public hearing.
Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL)
Communities occasionally think BSL is an effective way to prevent dog bites; in fact, Malden recently considered an ordinance. Find out why we don't believe BSL works, what alternatives to promote, and what to do if you live in a community that is considering BSL (the new animal control law will not allow breed-specific ordinances in MA). Read more
Are you concerned about animals in entertainment? Do you think that lions, tigers, bears, and elephants should be forced to perform tricks to entertain people? Some people think of animals in circuses as tradition - but they don't realize how much cruelty is behind this 'tradition'. Learn more about the circus on our website and in a new article,"The Cruelest Show on Earth".
The MSPCA's Intruder Excluder can help you to figure out which wild animals are turning your house into their home and what you can do to humanely encourage them to move elsewhere.
Pet Food Pantry List
Keeping families together when economic issues provide challenges is important to the MSPCA, and pet food assistance is one way to help. Volunteers have contacted food pantries and we’ve updated our list of the ones most likely to have pet food. Click here to see where to get pet food if you need it, and donate it for others if you can.
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You're interested in legislation, so you understand how important our work is to animals in Massachusetts. Please support our efforts with a donation to the Advocacy Department.