Information for Kids

How to Make a Difference


  • Collect needed items for homeless animals.  Hold a neighborhood or school collection for things like: blankets, towels, dog and cat toys, collars and leashes, clay cat litter, small mammal food, laundry detergent, bleach, paper towels, dryer sheets, stamps, dog treats, ceramic bowls and more!  Call the MSPCA to see if there are any special or immediate needs: (978) 687-7453 x 6101.


  • Don’t shop at stores that sell pets.  Let the stores that sell only supplies know you appreciate them by buying your pets’ supplies from them.  The MSPCA at Nevins Farm sells LOTS of pet supplies, including collars, leashes, pet food, hay, crates, dishes, and cat litter/pans.


  • If you see an animal being mistreated, keep yourself safe and contact a responsible adult to address the situation.  Call your local animal control officer at the police department or the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement Department for help. 


  • Organize a “Pennies for Pets” program.  Collect the money in a canister or jar you create and donate it to the adoption center.


  • Do your part to end overpopulation by having your pet spayed or neutered.  Tell other people to do the same!


  • When thinking of adding a pet to your family, adopt one from an adoption center or rescue group.  Whether it is a hamster, iguana, rabbit, chicken, horse, cat or dog, adoption centers have a wide variety of animals looking for loving homes like yours!


  • Put together a fundraiser to raise money for animals awaiting adoption.  You can have a bake sale, car wash, yard sale, or host a walk-a-thon!


  • You can make fun items for animals with a little time and creativity:


Ø       make pet bandanas out of extra fabric


Ø       sew or tie cat and dog beds out of fleece and other soft fabric


Ø       build wood rabbit/guinea pig boxes for inside their cages


Ø       create adoption goodie bags for people adopting animals; these can include pet treats and toys


Ø       make a poster that describes the best way to care for animals (speak to an MSPCA staff person for good information to put on your poster); ask a parent to help you take it to a local store where it can be displayed


Remember, the best way to help animals is to treat them with compassion and respect, and encourage others to do the same!