Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund

Breaking:  Senator Patricia Jehlen announced that the new Homeless Animal Prevention and Care fund raised $249,030 this tax season to help animals.

The Fund was created as part of Chapter 193 of the Acts of 2012 that also updated many of the laws pertaining to animal protection and control.

"It is exciting to see the bill I sponsored, S. 2192, making such significant progress for animals," said Senator Pat Jehlen. "Residents of Massachusetts have demonstrated once again how generous they are and how much they care about the health and welfare of animals."

More than 17,000 taxpayers made donations on line 32f of their state tax form. The Fund is administered by the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) and will be used to help reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs by spaying/neutering animals in shelters and animal control facilities, and provide vaccinations. The Fund will also assist families who would not otherwise be able to afford these services for their pets and provide training to municipal animal control officers so that they can safely and effectively protect animals and people in their communities

"We are so grateful to Senator Jehlen, the legislature, the Governor and all the people involved with making this Fund become a reality.  This Fund can truly be a game changer for ending the problem of homeless animals in Massachusetts." stated Jean Weber, Director of Animal Protection at the MSPCA-Angell.

The new law also called for the creation of a 5-member advisory committee appointed by the Governor that assists DAR in establishing procedures for the disbursement of funds. To date, 4 of the 5 members have been appointed. They include:

Kara Holmquist, shelter/humane society member

Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM, veterinary member

David Feldman, public member

Cheryl Rudolph, animal control officer member

A fifth member, a pet industry trade representative, has yet to be appointed. All members are required by statute to have an active interest in educating residents relative to the benefits of pet population control.

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Now, something you can get excited about
at tax time!

 An easy way to help animals while doing your taxes
Make a donation on line 32f!



The Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund was created by an Act of the legislature (Chapter 193 of the Acts of 2012), passing into law a bill sponsored by Senator Patricia Jehlen (with language originally filed by Senator Mark Montigny). With the filing of 2012 taxes, Massachusetts taxpayers will have their first opportunity to donate to this Fund!

Contributions to this Fund are used to help animals by reducing the number of homeless cats and dogs by spaying, neutering and vaccinating animals in shelters and animal control facilities and assisting families who would not otherwise be able to afford these services for their pets, and to provide training to municipal animal control officers so that they can safely and effectively protect animals and people in their communities.

The state will promulgate regulations regarding the details of disbursement with the help of an advisory committee.

For more information, visit www.masshomelessanimalfund.com.