2021 was once again a challenging period for the MSPCA-Angell, but still we rose to the occasion: sheltering, healing and protecting more than 100,000 animals. And, thanks to your support, we're cementing Angell Animal Medical Center's reputation as the foremost emergency and specialty animal hospital in the world!
4,460 Animals placed into
More than 100 top-flight veterinarians, working across the Angell Animal Medical Center network, provided life-saving, compassionate care to well over 100,000 beloved pets in 2021.
Your enduring support of our mission ensured the animals in our care thrived during the most challenging year in the MSPCA-Angell's history. Not only have we expanded the reach and impact of our relocation, sheltering, law enforcement and advocacy programs — which you'll read about below — but 2022 marks the opening of our all-new Critical Care Unit (CCU), the totally reconfigured space that encompasses two floors and thousands more square feet of treatment area to keep pace with Angell's meteoric case load. Our CCU makes use of the very latest diagnostic and treatment technologies and cements Angell's reputation as the foremost 24/7 emergency and specialty hospital on the planet.
For animals in need of love, care and a home —whether in Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia and elswhere — our affiliation with the Northeast Animal Shelter proved a lifeline in 2021, a year in which we transported nearly 4,000 dogs and cats from areas of the country where adoptive homes are sparse to Massachusetts, where loving families awaited them.Watch Transport Video
65,477 Hours logged by 619 volunteers who helped care for animals in our adoption centers
We placed more than 4,400 animals into loving adoptive homes in the last year, despite the pandemic's continued impact on our operations. Our adoption center teams worked tirelessly to find a home for every animal in our care. And our affiliation with Salem's Northeast Animal Shelter, announced at the start of 2021, helped us relocate hundreds more pets from areas of the country where adoption prospects are bleak to Massachusetts, where loving homes await!
Our Community Outreach teams hit a major milestone in 2021: The delivery of more than two million meals to food pantries and pet owners struggling to care for their pets. These subsidized meals have meant the difference between an empty bowl and a full stomach for hungry dogs and cats. Our Community Outreach team met nearly 2,000 new pets in 2021 and, through these efforts, we are actively supporting the health and safety of more than 6,400 pets.Click for more about what motivates this team to go above and beyond
It's every pet owner's nightmare: a catastrophic accident that threatens the life of a beloved animal. When Great Dane "Frankie" was struck by a train, his family rushed him to Angell Animal Medical Center, where veterinarians saved his life.Click here to watch the video
1,254 Children attended humane education programming, such as summer camps, junior volunteer programs, family service days, and reading programs
Passing robust, comprehensive animal protection laws — and ensuring compliance with those laws — are the cornerstone efforts of the MSPCA's Advocacy and Law Enforcement programs. And in the year that was, these teams were busier than ever, ensuring every animal in Massachusetts, be they pets or wild, is safe from harm and free from exploitation.
2,340,000 pet meals delivered directly to families in need and through a network of 54 neighborhood food pantries
It's been nearly 100 years since the MSPCA formed the American Fondouk Maintenance Committee to protect the working animals in Morocco. Our team worked day and night in 2021 to provide lifesaving care to donkeys, mules, and horses who remain vital to Morocco's economy, and on whom thousands of families depend.
A family desperate to save their donkey, near fatally ill with colic, had nowhere else to turn — but fortunately the Fondouk was there for Aamil, who before treatment was too weak even to stand. But our team administered the life-saving medical treatment Aamil needed and, amazingly, he was back on his feet in just one week. Aamil is now back at home with his very grateful family.
A freak accident led to a near fatal stab wound for a mule when he got too close to a nervous cow who panicked and gored him. His family wrapped the critically injured mule in a blanket and rushed him to the Fondouk, where eight medical professionals worked for hours to piece him back together. Thankfully, he survived! And he is now back at home, safe and sound.
Despite the continued challenges faced in 2021, the MSPCA-Angell once again closed the year in a very strong position, thanks to the generosity of our donors, and our team's steadfast commitment to our mission.
Increased operating revenue by 10% or $8.1 million
Spent 90% of every dollar on programs that directly benefit animals
Received $5.7 Million in Bequests from Lifelong Donors who included us in their estate planning
Granted nearly $4 million in charitable veterinary care to homeless animals, as well as for financially needy pet owners
Here's a sampling of the good that has come out of our work this past year.
For Shaun McMahon and Juan Carlos Pinedo, supporting the MSPCA is a deeply personal endeavor. Nine years ago, the couple welcomed Labrador Retriever siblings Mystère and Lola into their family and enjoyed almost an entire decade of love and companionship — years filled with trips to the beach, swimming, ball chasing, countless treats, kisses, and playing. For all of that time, the dogs were healthy and happy, never once having to make that dreaded trip to the animal ER. But all that ended in May of 2021, when Mystère was diagnosed with cancer.
Shaun and Juan Carlos fought with all they had — Mystère did, too — pursuing treatment that included chemotherapy and radiation under the care of Dr. Jessica Talbott of Angell Animal Medical Center's Oncology team. Throughout Mystère's treatment, marked by stretches in which Shaun and Juan Carlos could only speak with Dr. Talbott via phone because of the pandemic, Mystère maintained the sweet, happy, and energetic personality that so endeared her to all she met. Her heroic, six-month-long effort to save her came to an end late last year when Mystère made clear to Shaun and Juan Carlos that the battle was over, and she was ready to put down her orange ball.
Saying goodbye to Mystère is one of the hardest things Shaun and Juan Carlos have endured, and the pair remains grateful to Dr. Talbott, and the entire Angell team, for staying by their side. Shaun and Juan Carlos made a significant donation in memory of Mystère, in honor of Dr. Talbott, and to ensure other pets in need could receive the highest quality medical care available. We in turn are grateful to Shaun and Juan Carlos for their love and devotion they shower on their pets, and their support of the MSPCA's good work.
Ruth Giusti of Florida died last year at the age of 96, and the generosity of spirit that she exhibited throughout her life will be forever remembered by the animals who are safer, healthier and happier because of her. Ruth was a lifelong champion of animals — who had long adopted elder animals from shelters in Massachusetts as well as in Florida, where she lived in the latter half of her life — bequeathed the bulk of her estate to the MSPCA, and to an organization in Florida that cares for animals whose owners are in hospice care.
Ruth grew up in Woburn and, according to those who knew and loved her, was besotted with dogs — especially older dogs who would languish in animal shelters and look on as puppies and younger four-leggeds were quickly adopted. From full-sized Poodles, to Bulldogs and Pomeranians, Ruth welcomed so many into her home throughout her long life. She even adopted a dog after her 95th birthday!
Ruth was the classic "everyday animal hero,"" who lived her life in service to the voiceless and her gift ensures that her legacy of kindness will live on. We pledge to do all we can to honor her through the lives her generosity will transform.
Generous annual donors Emily and William Magruder have enjoyed the companionship of animals for as long as they can remember. According to Emily — who's had pet cats throughout her life — pets are "a big part of what defines a home for us." Now with two young children, the couple is especially eager to pass along their love of animals, and the importance of keeping them safe and healthy.
Both Emily and William have seen firsthand the extraordinary care provided by the veterinary team at Angell Animal Medical Center, where their pets have been treated over the years. We, in turn, are grateful for their support, as well as the keen interest they have in ensuring animal welfare charities, such as ours, have the resources needed to care for homeless pets, support low-income pet owners in our communities, and advance animal health science.
The couples' generous support means the MSPCA can continue performing these vital services long into the future.
The MSPCA's relationship with the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation stretches back to 2019 and a gift of $200,000 to support the MSPCA at Nevins Farm Centennial Project, which modernized and expanding our farm's aging infrastructure to ensure the safety and comfort of the animals in our care. The Foundation's generosity ensured that original, decades-old buildings — unfit for the kind of work expected of a 21st century leader in animal welfare — could be modernized. The farm was also able to establish more flexible housing — so that space could be optimally used no matter the homeless animal fluxuations so common to our line of work.
The Foundation provided yet another generous gift in the spring of 2021 to help us establish the New England Equine Relief Network, a coalition of regional humane groups working together to ensure horse owners in need receive food relief and basic veterinary and farrier care for their horses. The coalition takes a proactive approach to equine welfare, keeping horses and people together during crisis, which prevents the surrender of horses to shelters. The Foundation also provided a $25,000 grant to help Nevins Farm take care of animals during the pandemic — a time marked by increased animal surrenders and a very challenging fundraising environment.
The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation has made it possible for our Nevins Farm to dramatically expand its animal protection work and for that we are truly grateful.
No matter the dollar amount, the MSPCA-Angell is profoundly grateful for the support we receive from donors. Below is a list of donors who have made the world kinder, more compassionate, and more considerate of animals by donating at least $500. We thank them for supporting our good work.View Donors
We gratefully acknowledge the valuable donations of time, talent, expertise, merchandise, and services valued at $500 or more received from the following individuals and businesses during 2021.View Donors