Like many of you, we are adjusting to this new reality. While the legislature is tackling issues related to COVID-19, we want to share some ideas to help animals during this time. We aren’t asking folks to contact their legislators at this time, given the pressing public health crisis, but here are some ideas if you are at home and looking for ways to help animals and stay involved with the MSPCA.
- Help sew masks for our veterinarians. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions and details on how to safely get them to us.
- Write a letter to the editor on an animal issue that can be sent when COVID-19 isn’t occupying the news. Suggested topics include bills to end the use of wild animals in circuses, reduce animal testing, and protecting animals from abuse.
- Keep an eye on your local shelter’s or animal control department’s websites and social media pages to see what help may be needed.
- Pet food donations to the MSPCA and your local food pantries are still strongly encouraged. Visit this page for our Wish Lists. Pro tip: many food pantries are taking monetary donations and grocery store gift cards in lieu of food during this time. Contact the food pantry directly to see how best you can help.
- All of the MSPCA’s Adoption Care and Adoption Centers have Facebook live video tours so that you can view adoptable animals from afar. Check out our Facebook pages to watch these videos live or at your convenience: Boston Adoption Center, Cape Cod Adoption Center, Nevins Farm Adoption Center. You can still adopt! You just need to make an appointment. Finding homes for our current population of shelter animals will be vital to our ability to provide temporary housing and increase surrender intake as a result of the outbreak. Learn more.
- Looking for something kid-oriented? Check out these humane education resources and movies.
- Watch one these incredible documentaries to learn more about animal welfare issues and to witness some beautiful human-animal connections: The Private Life of Deer; Food, Inc.; Bird Brain; Touching the Wild; Soul of the Elephant; Blackfish; The Ghosts in Our Machine; The Elephant in the Living Room.
- Look up your state legislators and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (let us know if you need help). Find their social media links here.
- See if at-risk neighbors need help with pet food or other pet care needs.
- Donate. As we continue to adapt to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the sad truth is that innocent animals are still being abused, abandoned, and neglected at an alarming rate. The MSPCA needs caring people like you to help us rescue and rehabilitate these animals and change their lives forever. We cannot do it alone!
- See how the MSPCA Advocacy Department works to help animals.
Stay in touch! Join our Animal Action Team, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and email us with any questions at email@example.com.