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Angell Animal Medical Center Surgeon to Perform Necessary but Complex Procedure on Small Stray Puppy

Smudge was a small, frightened, nine-week-old bully breed puppy when she was brought to the MSPCA’s Boston Adoption Center. She had been found by Boston Animal Control at Charlestown High School on the evening of May 1. Officers brought her to the MSPCA because she was not just an ordinary stray—she needed more help.

“Smudge has a cleft palate,” explained MSPCA-Angell Director of Adoption Centers and Programs, Mike Keiley. “So [Boston Animal Control] officers knew immediately that she needed to be brought to us.”

“This kind of surgery requires a specialist,” elaborated Keiley. “It’s an expensive, complex and risky surgery, and one that Smudge needs for her to be able to live the full, happy life that she deserves.”

Given the complexity of the surgery, Smudge will need to get older before she can have the procedure. She will remain in foster care until that time, likely early this summer. The surgery is expected to cost $10,000. Those who would like to donate to offset that cost may do so at mspca.org/smudge.

MSPCA-Angell, Northeast Animal Shelter Hold First-Ever Four-Day Fee-Waived Adoptathon for Guinea Pigs

The MSPCA-Angell and Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) are holding their first-ever four-day fee-waived adoptathon for guinea pigs. The event—beginning May 11 and ending May 14—follows a large surrender of guinea pigs that has put shelter space for small animals at capacity.

“We took in 45 [guinea pigs] from a single home in Suffolk County,” detailed Bryn Rogers, MSPCA-Angell assistant director of adoption centers and programs. “The owners thought they had guinea pigs of one sex, but it turned out they had mixed genders and became overwhelmed when baby guinea pigs came along.”

In total, the organizations have nearly 50 guinea pigs available for adoption.

The adoptathon begins on Thursday, May 11 and ends on Sunday, May 14. During this time, guinea pigs will be available to adopt fee-free—a savings of $30. All MSPCA shelters—in Boston, Methuen, and Centerville on Cape Cod—as well as NEAS in Salem are participating.

Registrations are recommended, but not required. Interested adopters may learn more and register at mspca.org/feewaived.

MSPCA-Angell, NEAS Transport Nearly a Dozen Bichon Frisés to Massachusetts from Texas

It is not often that specialty breed pets come through animal shelters, and almost never do many come at once, but the MSPCA-Angell and Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) are preparing to take in close to a dozen Bichon Frisés—small, hypoallergenic, purebred dogs. The nine dogs are flying to New Bedford Regional Airport on May 4 from Texas, where they were seized as part of an animal cruelty investigation.

This will be the largest-ever transport of Bichon Frisés for the MSPCA and—while the MSPCA and NEAS have transported thousands of animals together—this will be the first transport of the breed since the two partnered in January 2021. The dogs range in age from five months to eight-years-old. A one-and-a-half-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier from the same breeder will also come to Massachusetts in the transport.

After landing in New Bedford, the dogs will be transported to NEAS in Salem and the MSPCA Cape Cod Adoption Center in Centerville to serve out their state-mandated 48-hour quarantine. They will be available for adoption following the quarantine and after they receive any necessary medical treatment. The MSPCA will update its social media accounts as the dogs become available. Caring for these dogs is expected to cost $5,000. Those interested in donating to help offset that cost may do so at mspca.org/bichon.

Marty the Mini Pony — Adopt a Horse Month in May

Marty is quite the character. He can be easy going, but also sassy at times. He usually enjoys people, but will walk away when he needs a break. Although Marty may sound like a person you know, he is actually a 30-year-old mini pony looking for the perfect retirement home.

When Marty arrived at Nevins Farm in Methuen on December 23, 2022, he was underweight and had dental problems that made it difficult for him to eat. Since then, the Nevins team fixed his teeth, got him on a proper diet, and nursed him back to health — helping him gain more than 50 pounds. And now, as the MSPCA-Angell marks the beginning of Adopt a Horse Month in May, Marty is ready to find his forever home.

“Marty has made tremendous progress in the four months he’s been here,” said Rachel Navarro, assistant manager of equine and farm animals at Nevins. “He looks and acts half his age!”

Marty will need to be on a soaked diet and has Cushing’s Disease, which is common in older horses and can be managed with daily medication. “We’re looking for an adopter who has experience with horses and will be able to make sure Marty stays healthy and strong,” Navarro said, noting that he is an independent horse that can be alone or join a herd with a slow introduction.

Interested adopters may inquire to adopt here.


“Scared but Friendly” Arrivals Settling in; Shelter Teams Plan Adoptions before Thanksgiving

BOSTON and Salem, Mass., Nov. 4, 2021 – Ten dogs rescued from a massive animal cruelty case in Arkansas are now safe after teams from the MSPCA-Angell and Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) drove to Tennessee on Monday, Nov. 1, loaded them into a van and drove them to the Bay State, where they arrived yesterday.

The new arrivals are among 280 dogs and 100 cats found living in deplorable conditions at the Humane Society of the Delta in Helena, Arkansas, which was shut down by state officials last week following a police raid that uncovered dead and emaciated dogs, a huge rat infestation, and mountains of trash.  The shelter’s director is facing hundreds of animal cruelty charges.

Coalition Effort to Save “Scared, Skinny but Friendly” Dogs

The 10 dogs taken in by the MSPCA and NEAS are Pit Bulls aged from three to six years, and appear to be healthy overall.  They, along with hundreds of others, were first evacuated from the Arkansas shelter on Oct. 23 and taken to the Animal Rescue Corps in Tennessee.

A coalition of regional animal welfare organizations then worked together to save the animals, including the Humane Society of Tulsa, Cabot Animal Services in Cabot, Arkansas, the Nashville Humane Society, Arkansas Pet Savers, and the Humane Society of Independence County in Batesville, Arkansas.  Moreover, the BISSELL Pet Foundation provided logistics support as well as funding and emergency grants for some animals who required surgery and heartworm treatment.

Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs for both NEAS and the MSPCA-Angell, says the teams arrived just in time.

“These dogs absolutely needed a safe place to land as soon as they were out of the Arkansas shelter, and I’m grateful to the other humane organizations who assisted with the rescue and relocation efforts,” he said.

“The 10 dogs in our care are quite friendly and social despite all they’ve gone through, but given the trauma they’ve endured, we’ll need ‘hero’ adopters willing to work patiently with them to help them adapt to their home lives,” added Keiley.

HERO Adopters Needed!

The dogs will serve out their mandatory 48-hour quarantine at NEAS’ Salem facility before some will be moved to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen and the MSPCA-Cape Cod in Centerville.  The dogs will be available for adoption the week of Nov. 8, and anyone interested in adopting can visit neas.org/adopt for more information, or to apply.

Support the Animals!

The new arrivals are just some of the thousands of animals the MSPCA will care for in 2021 alone—both inside and outside its adoption centers.  Readers who would like to offset the cost of their care—and the care of animals just like them—can click www.neas.org/arkansasdogs to make a donation.

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