Animal Protection News and Updates from Across the Commonwealth
Wellesley Becomes 1st in Mass. to Pass Retail Fur Ban!
At its town meeting last night, Wellesley voted to ban the retail sale of fur, becoming the first municipality in Massachusetts to do so! The new bylaw will take effect next year, making progress toward ending the cruel fur trade. Thanks to Liza Oliver, the Wellesley resident who led the citizen’s petition, and to the many town meeting members who spoke about the cruelty involved in fur production, the impact on the environment, and the link between fur farming, disease spread, and pandemics. Thanks also to everyone in Wellesley who wrote to their town meeting members to urge them to support this measure. Listening to the comments made at the town meeting, you can tell it made a difference! Municipalities and resident animal advocates are really taking on animal issues — is your city or town next? Email email@example.com to get started!
Helping Families Facing Housing Insecurity
This is a trying time for everyone. With so much uncertainty surrounding us, helping to keep pets with their families has become more important than ever. Housing related issues are the number one reason pets are surrendered to our adoption centers, and the current housing crisis has us worried for all families, many of whom include a pet. We have put together a list of resources for families with pets who are facing housing insecurity. The resources contain legal and financial programs, tips for renting with pets, and information for landlords who are considering allowing pets or who currently have animal tenants. These pages also contain state housing policy information. Learn more about what we are doing to help families right now.
Now that fall is here, you will see wildlife foraging for food to store and looking for a nice warm place to live and ride out the winter months. Now is the time to trim those branches away from your roof, and plug any holes into your home that a furry friend could fit through. These steps are extremely important to do right now if you don’t want wildlife in your home this winter. Evicting animals like squirrels and raccoons in the winter time will almost certainly result in them freezing to death as they might not have enough time to find a new home in the cold months. Being proactive now will help your wild neighbors succeed this winter! Learn more humane ways to resolve wildlife conflicts in and around your home!
Marshfield Passes “Puppy Mill Bill”
Another step forward for animals! Last week, Marshfield voted to prevent the sale of commercially bred puppies, kittens, and rabbits in their town! Marshfield is now the 6th municipality in Massachusetts (joining Boston, Cambridge, Holliston, Pittsfield, and Stoneham) and 368th in the country to pass such a measure! Thanks to all the local advocates who worked so hard to get this done, spoke at town meeting, and showed up to VOTE at this challenging time! With all this momentum – learn how to pass an ordinance in your city or town!
Despite much controversy surrounding the previous Blue Hills deer hunts, and delays due to COVID-19, this year’s hunt will unfortunately happen. The archery season will take place from November 16-December 3 (M-Th). Fortunately, there will be no shotgun season this year. The Department of Conservation and Recreation continues to assert that the hunt is necessary to control a high deer population that affects Blue Hills forest ecology. However, no current scientific studies indicate that a deer overpopulation exists, nor that it would be the sole cause of any declining forest health. Read the 2020 Blue Hills Deer Management Plan.
Get Ready for Catsgiving!
Help us honor the spirit of Thanksgiving by ensuring that no pet goes hungry this holiday season! Our #Catsgiving food drive will begin next month, as the demand for cat food is always high this time of year. Please bring donations of canned or dry cat food to any of our adoption centers November 14-22 or visit our adoption centers’ Amazon wishlists to donate cat food online. We all deserve a full belly this Thanksgiving. Thank you!
We want to thank you for all you do for animals. Please continue to stay safe and have a wonderful Halloween! Still don’t have a costume for your pet? Check out CNN underscored’s 21 of the year’s most adorable pet Halloween costumes!
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