Important Information on Covid-19
Updated 3.25.2020: As the Covid-19 situation continues to quickly evolve, we want to share with you some changes that we are putting into place in our animal care & adoption centers so that we can continue to serve the pets and people of our community while keeping our staff, volunteers, and clients protected. We recognize the vital role that our adoption centers play as a safe haven for animals especially in times of crisis. We are committed to being a resource for our community during the outbreak with services and support.
Here is how we can support each other during this time:
The adoption centers are closed to the general public but have gone virtual! For our animal loving friends who simply enjoy visiting our adoption centers, we ask you to refrain from casual visits at this time. However, we are providing virtual tours of our adoption centers every day through Facebook Live so that you can meet some of our adoptable animals and see our centers. Please join us!
MSPCA at Nevins Farm at 10 AM
MSPCA Cape Cod at 12PM
MSPCA Boston at 1:15 PM
Animals are still available for adoption – you just need to make an appointment! Finding homes for our current population of shelter animals will be vital for our ability to provide temporary housing and increased surrender intake as a result of the outbreak. Animals available for adoption may be viewed on our Pet Search portal. If you see an animal you may be interested in adopting, please call the adoption center first to learn more about the animal and discuss whether the animal might be a good fit for your home. If the match is promising, we will schedule an appointment for a meet & greet with the animal (observing all social distance protocols during the meeting).
Animals in need of immediate surrender will continue to be accepted by appointment. If the need to surrender your pet is not urgent, we ask that you wait to bring in your animal. This will allow us to ensure room for emergency cases and keep traffic low. Rest assured we are here to help if needed. Please visit our website at mspca.org/surrender for more information.
MSPCA Dog Training Classes have gone virtual! We are able to schedule phone or video private lessons for our dog training classes. Please visit our training website for more information. Follow our social media for videos and great tips on enrichment activities for your pets. Join our Positively Great Dog Training Facebook Group for more free content on training!
MSPCA Humane Education Classes have gone virtual! Our weekly Little Bookworms Story Time sessions are available online! Join our Nevins Farm Humane Education Facebook Group and our Boston Humane Education Facebook Group for these sessions and more activities for your animal-loving children.
Our Community Outreach teams are working within the hardest hit communities reaching out to clients in our service areas and helping to provide owners and pets with the resources they need.
Our adoption centers have disaster preparedness supplies available on an as-needed basis in the event of emergency. Supplies include dog crates, water bowls and pet food. Please call our adoption centers if you are in need of supplies. Please follow our social media for tips on preparing your own disaster preparedness kit for your pets.
Our adoption centers are determining plans for emergency temporary housing for pets whose owners are ill or hospitalized. Please call us to discuss your situation should you need help.
Spay/Neuter appointments are postponed until further notice.
Donations of gently used supplies (blankets, toys, etc) cannot be accepted at this time. While we are grateful for your consideration, we are not able to accept these items.
We are choosing social distancing whenever possible. If you are coming in for a scheduled surrender or adoption appointment, we ask that you respect the 6ft rule, and don’t be surprised if we offer an air high-five in lieu of shaking your hand!
How You Can Help
- Please consider a monetary donation if you are in a position to do so. Now more than ever, animals need your help, as we prepare for more animals surrendered in the coming weeks as a result of economic pressures. Every dollar counts!
- Donations of pet food ARE ENCOURAGED. Cat and dog food (canned and dry, in original sealed packaging) are very much needed to support our community outreach programs and to distribute to local food pantries to ensure people with food insecurity have food for their pets. We have a comprehensive Amazon wish list on our website so you can donate from the comfort of your home! Visit mspca.org/wishlist.
- We encourage every pet owner to develop a preparedness plan should you become ill or hospitalized. Please visit our disaster preparation webpage for helpful information.
- Helping pets in your community – We are encouraging community members to check in with friends, neighbors and relatives that may be living alone with pets or be more vulnerable to this virus to make sure they are ok. If you have room in your home, consider offering emergency housing to those that may need to separate from their pet due to hospitalization.
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. The effects of this crisis will be far reaching. By following the latest trusted science and being compassionate and kind to one another, we will get through this.