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293 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451
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100 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886
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350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Cape Cod

1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632
(508) 775-0940
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400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844
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COVID-19 Important Information

Posted on April 1, 2020 by Dina Zawaski
Learn more about our efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

COVID-19 Important Information

In May 2021, Governor Baker lifted capacity restrictions in many Massachusetts settings enabling Angell to “re-open” on June 14, 2021 and once again welcome non-emergency clients to use our waiting rooms, lobby, and restrooms in all of our Angell hospital locations. In addition, up to two clients per appointment are now permitted into exam rooms with their pets and Angell veterinarians. Clients and visitors of Angell hospitals must continue to wear a mask at all times when at our facilities. Our visiting policy for inpatients remains restricted for now, but we hope to open up visiting hours as good news continues to progress in the months ahead.

We recognize the vital role that our hospitals and adoption centers play as a safe haven for animals especially in times of crisis, and we are committed to being a resource for our community. Our front line team is grateful for your support and patience.

Angell Animal Medical Center

As an essential business, Angell Animal Medical Center has remained open during the pandemic and is providing urgent medical care, without disruption, to animal patients in our charge. We have implemented extensive safety precautions to protect both our clients and employees. As Mass state regulations change, we will update our guidelines. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

Angell Boston

How Angell Boston is delivering care to your pet while minimizing risk of COVID-19 transmission:

  • Clients of all Angell services are once again allowed to use our waiting rooms, lobby, and restrooms.
  • Clients and visitors of Angell hospitals must continue to wear a mask at all times when at our facilities.
  • We welcome up to two clients per appointment back into exam rooms with their pets and Angell veterinarians.
  • Our visiting policy for inpatients remains restricted for now, but we hope to open up visiting hours as good news continues to progress in the months ahead.
  • Angell Pharmacy clients are welcome to come in to pick up medications/food during pharmacy business hours.
  • Whenever possible, we ask that only one client come inside with each patient.
  • While inside, we ask that you please maintain appropriate social distancing from all other clients and members of our staff.

Client Communication:

  • Please make sure that you check in with a member of the front desk staff upon arrival and they will assist with transactions or direct you to the appropriate waiting area.

PLEASE NOTE: you SHOULD NOT enter our facility if any of the following are true:

    • You are experiencing a cough, fever, or chills.
    • You have tested positive for COVID-19, or if you (or anyone you live with) has a COVID-19 test pending.
    • You have traveled anywhere by plane in the last 14 days.
      If any of the above are true, please do not enter the building.
      Call from outside and we will arrange to assist you and your pet over the telephone.

Pharmacy:

  • Angell continues to fill prescriptions 7 days per week, and pharmacy clients are welcome into the building to pick up and pay for food and medication refills. To maintain the safety of our clients and staff, clients are required to wear a mask and traffic patterns are clearly outlined on the floor to help maintain appropriate social distance while in the building. Mailing of prescriptions is available (shipping fees apply). Clients can submit their prescription requests at angell.org/pharmacy or by calling 617-524-5700.
  • Please support Angell by ordering your Angell patient prescriptions through angell.org/pharmacy  versus other online sites.

Please note that failure to comply with Angell’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines will result in your immediate removal from our facility.

Angell West, Waltham

  • Emergency services. As of June 28, 2021 the Angell West Emergency/Critical Care (E/CC) service in Waltham is temporarily closed throughout the summer to all besides inpatients. The increase in inpatient volume drove this decision as it allows us to ensure high quality care for our other patients. The Angell West E/CC staff will work with the Angell Boston E/CC team to address the record high case load at our Boston location and decrease Emergency service wait times. We will reopen our Angell West E/CC to triages when our staff-to-patient volume ratio enables us to do so without impacting patient care. Importantly, ALL other specialty services at Angell West in Waltham will continue to serve patients without change (Internal Medicine, Surgery, Avian/Exotic Medicine, Dermatology, Physical Rehabilitation, and Cardiology consults). We will continue to hospitalize patients from these services and care for them overnight as needed. Specialty services will still offer surgery, procedures and diagnostic imaging (radiographs, ultrasound and CT).
  • Angell West in Waltham continues to welcome all non-emergency referral cases. Clients or primary care veterinarians please call 781-902-8400 to schedule an appointment.
  • Clients of all Angell West services are once again allowed to use our waiting rooms, lobby, and restrooms.
  • Clients and visitors of Angell hospitals must continue to wear a mask at all times when at our facilities.
  • Physical Rehabilitation. Our physical rehabilitation service at Angell West is open and continues to see patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 781-902-8400.

Angell at Nashoba and Angell at Essex

  • Angell at Nashoba in Westford and Angell at Essex in Danvers remain open for primary care services with entry into the hospitals restricted to one client per appointment, patients and staff.
  • Clients are allowed into the clinic only during their pet’s exam, otherwise they will continue to wait in their cars. There is no waiting room access at this time.
  • Clients and visitors of Angell hospitals must continue to wear a mask at all times when at our facilities.

Animal Care and Adoption Centers

  • Adoption and surrender services are available by appointment.
    Please visit our website at mspca.org/surrender or mspca.org/adopt for more information.
  • Our adoption centers remain closed to the general public.
    In order to maintain a safe environment for our staff, volunteers, animals and clients, the adoption centers will remain closed to walk-through traffic for the foreseeable future.
  • Our low cost spay/neuter clinics are open in Boston, Centerville and Methuen Visit mspca.org/spayneuter to learn more.
  • Dog training classes have resumed in Boston and Methuen. Visit mspca.org/dogtraining for more information on in-person and virtual training options.
  • Visit mspca.org/events for updates on adoption center events.
    Please watch mspca.org/events for in-person and virtual event opportunities including vaccination clinics, humane education programs, and fundraising events.
  • Our Community Outreach teams are providing access to food, emergency temporary housing, and urgent veterinary care. Our goal is to keep families together with their pets and make sure no pet goes hungry during the crisis. Visit mspca.org/communityoutreach to learn more.
  • Foster care and volunteer programs are recruiting as needs arise at our adoption centers.
    Please visit mspca.org/volunteer for the most up-to-date information.
  • We are accepting donated items on a limited basis.
    Visit mspca.org/wishlist for a list of items we do and do not accept at this time.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we strive to continue our work on behalf of animals and the people who love them. We are thinking about all of you – our staff, volunteers, supporters, clients, and community partners – and doing everything we can to be here for those who need us the most.

CDC Recommendations Regarding Companion Animals and COVID-19

Public health officials are still learning about severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
(SARS-CoV-2. This is the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease), but there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals, including pets, could be affected.

Until we know more, CDC recommends the following:

  • Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
  • Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
  • If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

For information on how to keep your indoor cat entertained, check out these tips from the MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Center:

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Three survivors, “Giblet,” “Biscuit,” and “Hermes” to be Available for Adoption in Massachusetts

BOSTON and Salem, Mass., August 6, 2021 — Twenty dogs from coalition animal shelters in South Carolina were safely transported from the Charleston Animal Society to the Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) headquarters in Salem, Mass. earlier this week, in the wake of the largest ever animal cruelty case in South Carolina, the MSPCA-Angell and NEAS announced today.

Three of those dogs, Beagles Giblet and Biscuit, and Hound-mix Hermes, were seized along with more than 400 animals from a South Carolina property on July 16th, and will undergo medical treatment before they are placed into new homes.

The 17 other dogs, not tied to the cruelty case, were transported from Charleston Animal Society to make room for new arrivals, and will be available for adoption in due course.

Found emaciated and with no access to food or water, and living in enclosures filled with their own waste, Giblet, Biscuit and Hermes are lucky to be alive. But thanks to NEAS’ newly formed relocation partnership with Charleston Animal Society, the pups will get the medical care they need.

Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA-Angell and interim executive director at NEAS, said the recently formed partnership between NEAS and the MSPCA, and Charleston Animal Society, was put into place for situations just like this one.

“Earlier this year, the MSPCA-Angell and Northeast Animal Shelter announced an affiliation that will allow the two organizations to work together to help even more animals both locally and nationally,” said Keiley.

“To accomplish that, we’ve been working hard to expand our already robust animal relocation program by forming new partnerships with organizations — like Charleston Animal Society— to work together to increase life-saving in areas where the need is great. When we heard about this heartbreaking situation, and the dogs’ medical needs,  we knew we’d be able to provide that care given the MSPCA-Angell’s medical capacity, so we stepped up to help .”

Since its inception in June, nearly 100 animals have been transported from South Carolina to Massachusetts.

The Road to Recovery… and Adoption!

Routine health exams revealed that both Biscuit and Giblet are suffering from severe dental disease, including a painful abscess in Giblet’s mouth that needs immediate removal. Both dogs were transported to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm where they will undergo dental surgery and — after a short recovery — be made available for adoption.

A mass was also discovered on Hermes’ foreleg, which will be removed and biopsied today at the time of his neuter surgery. Hermes will need a few days of rest and extra attention from shelter staff before he’s ready to be placed in a new home.

Adopters wanted!!

As the pandemic winds down, efforts to relocate pets to Massachusetts have assumed a greater urgency, underscoring just how critical the affiliation between the MSPCA and NEAS has become.

“What we saw in regions with already high animal intake in the last year was a significant reduction in pet surrender and animal control services, combined with temporary closures of shelters due to the risk of COVID-19 to shelter staffers,” said Keiley. “Simultaneously, spay and neuter services were reduced in many areas, creating a recent rise in animal populations across the country.”

These realities combined have resulted in an unprecedented increase in animal intake at shelters throughout the US, furthering the movement of even more animals to Massachusetts.

Although adoption interest is still high for both puppies and small dogs, NEAS and the MSPCA are in need of more adoptive families for our larger dogs, and those with specific needs like Giblet, Hermes and Biscuit.

Anyone interested in adopting Giblet and Biscuit can visit mspca.org/adopt, and anyone interested in adopting Hermes can click neas.org/adopt.


Cat Found Dead of Multiple BB Gunshot Wounds; Cambridge Police Dept., Animal Control Office Also Investigating

 $2,500 Reward for Information Leading to a Conviction

BOSTON, May 10, 2021 – The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement and the City of Cambridge Police departments, alongside the Cambridge Animal Control division, are seeking help from the public to identify whomever is responsible for binding and shooting a young male cat found dead near the intersection of Hurley and Sciarappa Streets in Cambridge, Mass. at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 6.

Cambridge’s Animal Control Officer responded to a call about a cat crying underneath a car and discovered that the cat, whose hind legs were bound with masking tape, had already died.  The Animal Control Officer brought the cat to Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, where Pathologist Pam Mouser performed a necropsy.

What Dr. Mouser found was shocking.

A large percentage of the cat’s fur was missing, and the animal suffered multiple BB gunshot wounds across its face and body.  Preliminary findings indicate that the cat died when one of the BBs punctured its lung.  Eleven BBs were removed from its body.

“This case is a particularly disturbing as the cat was not only shot numerous times, but was also purposefully bound with tape and ultimately left to die from his injuries,” said Dr. Mouser.

Owner: “Gosha” Disappeared from Front of Home

On the morning of Tuesday, May 4, “Gosha” disappeared from in front of his Cambridge home.  His owner, Francisco Rosales, sensed that something was wrong, and he and his wife immediately began posting flyers around their East Cambridge neighborhood in hopes that someone might spot Gosha.

“We’re devastated, and we cannot believe that something like this could happen to our cat, and our fear is that whoever killed Gosha could do this to someone else’s pet,” said Rosales.  “We urge anyone who may have information about who did this to please call the investigators.”

$2,500 Reward for Information Leading to Conviction

The cat is described as mostly black and shorthaired, with patches of white on its face, neck and paws.  The cat weighed 12.3 lbs.  Anyone with information is urged to call the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement phone number at 800-628-5808 or the Cambridge Police Dept. at 617-349-3300.

The MSPCA is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an animal cruelty conviction.  Animal cruelty is a felony crime in Massachusetts, punishable by up to seven years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.

The Cambridge Animal Commission encourages any cat owners in the area to keep their cats indoors. As a reminder, if your pet is lost, please call the Cambridge Animal Commission immediately at 617-349-4376. If you get a voicemail, please still leave your name, phone number, address and description of your pet. They will return your call as soon as possible. If this occurs during off-hours/holidays, please call the Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300. 

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City of Lawrence Launches Investigation as the MSPCA Settles the Animals into its Adoption Centers

BOSTON, Methuen and Centerville, Mass., April 1, 2021 – The Easter holiday arrived early for 32 rabbits who were living in conditions described as “unsanitary” before being surrendered to the MSPCA-Angell on March 29.  The rabbits, mostly adults with some as young as five weeks of age, will be distributed among the MSPCA’s adoption centers in Methuen, Boston and Centerville on Cape Cod.

The rabbits include one mom nursing eight babies, were joined by seven chickens who were also surrendered from the same home in Lawrence, Mass.  The chickens—who officials believe to be about one year in age—will live alongside 24 other homeless chickens at Nevins Farm before they can be placed into new homes.

An Overwhelmed Owner Leads to Animals in Need

The animals involved were owned by someone who was overwhelmed by their numbers, and who became unable to provide for their basic care.  The rabbits, New Zealand and Dutch mixes, were living in conditions that had become unsanitary, and their dietary requirements were not being met.

Adopters Wanted!

MSPCA at Nevins Farm Director Meaghan O’Leary hopes that adopters will step up to take one, or a pair, home.  “This is a large surrender for us and has doubled our rabbit population in just one day,” she said.  “My message to anyone considering a new pet is that now is the time to visit one of our adoption centers to bring home a new best friend.”

O’Leary said that the MSPCA does not discourage rabbit adoption so close to the Easter holiday because, despite rampant speculation, there is no evidence that rabbits adopted near the holiday are returned at higher rates.  “Our adoption counselors are very skilled at making excellent matches for people that are thoughtful about adding [a rabbit] to their family,” said O’Leary.

The MSPCA’s three adoption centers remain closed to the public during the pandemic, but adoptions by appointment have proceeded apace.  Anyone interested in adopting the rabbits can fill out an online adoption inquiry here.

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Dozens of Purebred Persian Cats Surrendered from Single Metrowest Home Now Available for Adoption

BOSTON and Methuen, Mass., Sept. 2, 2021 – The MSPCA at Nevins Farm is ready to start identifying adopters for 33 purebred Persian cats surrendered to the MSPCA-Angell from a central Massachusetts home on Aug. 23, the organization announced today.

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Elderly Chihuahua Siblings Mikey and Mimi among 100 Pets Available for Adoption after Being Flown from New Orleans to Massachusetts

BOSTON and Salem, Mass., Aug. 24, 2021 – It’s not every day that two elderly Chihuahua siblings arrive at animal shelters operated by Boston’s MSPCA-Angell and the Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) in Salem, but that’s just what happened when Mikey and Mimi were flown to Massachusetts from Louisiana on Aug. 23 along with 100 kittens and cats.

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MSPCA-Angell Receives Grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization

BOSTON, Aug. 11, 2021 – The MSPCA-Angell announced today that it is one of 77 animal welfare organizations selected—from 266 applicants—to receive a grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization to help save or improve the lives of at-risk dogs in their communities.

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Adoptable Animals

Luna

Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier

Boston
Female
7 Months

Nori

Quail

Nevins Farm
Male
1 Years

Sunny

Conure

Nevins Farm
Male
9 Years

Oreo Jr.

Domestic Shorthair

Cape Cod
Male
2 Years

Cookie

Domestic Longhair

Cape Cod
Female
15 Years

Millie

American Chinchilla

Boston
Female
5 Years

Luna

Domestic Mediumhair

Cape Cod
Female
1 Years

Nestle

Domestic Shorthair

Cape Cod
Female
2 Years

Karma

Silky Terrier

Boston
Male
1 Years

Maze

New Zealand White

Cape Cod
Male
1 Years

Broody Mary

Chicken

Nevins Farm
Female
6 Months

Moo Moo

Guinea Pig

Nevins Farm
Male
4 Months

Apollo

Domestic Shorthair

Cape Cod
Male
2 Years

Brandy

Parrot

Nevins Farm
Unknown
30 Years

Acadia

Rat

Cape Cod
Female
1 Years

Manchito – Available In Foster

Guinea Pig

Nevins Farm
Male
1 Years

Gilbert

Guinea Pig

Boston
Unknown
1 Years

Poultry-Geist

Chicken

Nevins Farm
Female
6 Months

Salina

Mini Rex

Nevins Farm
Female
4 Months

Oslo

Mouse

Nevins Farm
Female
7 Months

Maggie

Domestic Shorthair

Cape Cod
Female
2 Years

Kuma

Domestic Shorthair

Boston
Female
11 Years

Dale

Degu

Nevins Farm
Male
2 Years

Wash

Rat

Cape Cod
Male
10 Months
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