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350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-7400
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Angell Animal Medical Centers – Boston

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-7282
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Angell West

293 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 902-8400
For on-site assistance (check-ins and pick-ups):
(339) 970-0790
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Angell at Nashoba – Low-Cost Wellness Care

100 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886
(978) 577-5992
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Boston

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-5055
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Cape Cod

1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632
(508) 775-0940
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Nevins Farm

400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844
(978) 687-7453
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Meet the Advocacy Team

The MSPCA’s legislative and public policy work is essential to bringing about long-term change for all animals. We work locally, on the state level, and nationally to improve animal protection laws and regulations. This work is sustained through our volunteer Animal Action Team members, who take action by write letters, make phone calls, attend lobby days at the Massachusetts State House, and meet with legislators to help improve the lives of animals.

We work on a wide range of issues, impacting wild and domestic animals, and using our expertise and experience to design and execute strategies to create the best outcomes for animals through education, policies, laws, the legal system, and by building and participating in coalitions.

We can be reached at advocacy [at] or via 617-522-7400.

Kara Holmquist

Kara is the Director of Advocacy at the MSPCA. She has a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. She has held leadership positions in the Massachusetts Animal Coalition, the Mass. Bar Association’s Animal Law Practice Group, and the Link Up Education Network (a group that addresses the link between animal cruelty and human violence). Kara lives with two dogs, Rosebud and Kona, and four cats: Speckles, Charlie, Joaquin, and Frogin. 

Elizabeth Magner

Elizabeth is the Animal Advocacy Specialist at the MSPCA. She holds a Ph.D. in political sociology from Boston College and Bachelor’s degrees in Neuroscience and Latin American Studies from Colby College. Prior to working for the MSPCA, Liz worked at Rise for Animals, an animal advocacy organization focused on animals in research and testing. During graduate school, Liz led a successful campaign to alter Boston College Dining Service’s egg sourcing from caged to cage-free eggs. She shares her home with a very fluffy cat named Sophie.

Melissa Ekvall

Melissa is the Senior Animal Protection Research and Outreach Coordinator at the MSPCA. Melissa holds a Master’s degree in animal physiology from West Virginia University. Prior to working at the MSPCA, she was part of the Citizens for Farm Animal Protection Massachusetts ballot initiative as Campaign Coordinator. After the successful passage of Yes on 3, Melissa joined the MSPCA family as a Client Liaison at Angell Animal Medical Center. In 2018, she made the move to her current role within the MSPCA Advocacy Department, as Research and Outreach Coordinator. Melissa grew up in Groton, MA and currently lives in Boston with her husband and their Shih Tzus, Charlie and Fudge.

Lynsey Legier

Lynsey is the Staff Attorney for the MSPCA Animal Protection Division (APD). Lynsey is a former Assistant District Attorney, who for over ten years specialized in the prosecution of animal cruelty cases. As part of the prosecution of these very important cases – that highlight the link between violence perpetrated against both humans and animals – Lynsey vigorously advocated on behalf of those voiceless animal victims who had been harmed by the humans they trusted to keep them safe. She is a resource for law enforcement, animal control officers, other Assistant District Attorneys, judges, and other stakeholders in the criminal justice system. As Staff Attorney, Lynsey supports the APD by addressing legal issues with animal cruelty cases and with the holding of seized or abandoned animals. She also provides guidance in other types of civil actions that could help animals at risk achieve better outcomes, as well as assisting with legislative drafting and other advocacy matters.

Bethany DeZolt

Bethany is the Animal Advocacy Intern at the MSPCA. She is finishing her Master’s in Animal and Public Policy at Tufts University and has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with a Concentration in Conflict Resolution from George Washington University. While living in D.C, Bethany interned with the ASPCA Government Relations team and developed a passion for animal advocacy. She is from Amsterdam, New York, and lives with her 15-year-old dog named Buddy.

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