Overwhelmed Owner Turns to the MSPCA for Help
BOSTON, Nov. 10, 2021 – The MSPCA-Angell in Boston is now home to nine purebred Australian Shepherds—a breed not surrendered in such numbers to the shelter in at least the last ten years—after their former owner became overwhelmed with their care.
The puppies—all five months old—are described as very adoptable. “The puppies’ owner just needed our assistance in finding new homes for them,” said Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA-Angell.
“These puppies have been relatively sheltered so we’ll be looking for adopters willing to commit to their early socialization needs,” he added.
Two adult dogs, also Australian Shepherds, will be spayed and neutered and returned to the owner’s home this week.
“Cowboy’s Dog of Choice”
The American Kennel Club describes the Australian Shepherd as a “lean, tough ranch dog,” and a breed perfected in California after having been imported from Australia.
Because they are herding dogs, Australian Shepherds are highly active and alert, and require adopters committed to exercising them regularly. “Hikers, runners and walkers make excellent companions for dogs such as these,” said Keiley, who also said the adoption centers will prioritize adopters who are committed to the dogs’ ongoing training.
“Anyone with experience owning herding breeds would be the ideal adopter,” said Keiley.
Would-be adopters can apply online at mspca.org/bostonadoptioninquiry.
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The new arrivals are just some of the thousands of animals the MSPCA will care for in 2021 alone—both inside and outside its adoption centers. Readers who would like to offset the cost of their care—and the care of animals just like them—can click here to make a donation.