The MSPCA-Angell is an animal welfare organization, founded in 1868, and dedicated to making the world a better place for animals. Our history reflects our values. It was in our 47th year, 1915, that significant change occurred in our thinking about what animal
welfare really means. Animals in Massachusetts were facing a crisis – a shortage of vete rinary care. Very deliberately, we took steps to address the problem. We built the Animals’ Hospital, and dedicated it to our founder, George Angell.
That bold action was a statement that animal health and animal welfare are inextricably linked.
As we enter the 100th anniversary of that decision, I can’t help but reflect on how that has made such a significant difference in real animals’ lives. Animals face a lot of challenges in the world today. The MSPCA-Angell has many ways to help them with those challenges. Angell doctors, nurses, technicians, interns, and residents have played a critical role in serving animals in need. Our medical team at Angell serves not only owned animals and their families, but also our cruelty investigators, our shelters, and our legislative efforts. The programs within our organization mesh. Angell treats, saves, rescues, diagnoses, and helps in a million ways to aid and inform the efforts of our non-medical wing – the Animal Protection Division. Our programs are inextricably linked.
Angell is now 100 years young. From the early years, animals and the MSPCA have been fortunate to have great people working for our cause. There is optimism in the house. The next 100 years will be even better.