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Amid Worsening National Dog Population Crisis, MSPCA-Angell Holding Fee-Waived Adoptathon for All Adult Dogs!

Week-Long “Home for the Holidays” Themed Event Begins December 4

BOSTON, Dec. 1, 2023 – The MSPCA-Angell is holding a week-long, fee-waived “Home for the Holidays” adoptathon for all dogs over the age of one. Beginning Monday, December 4, adoption fees for adult dogs will be waived at all four of the MSPCA’s Adoption Centers in Boston, Salem, Methuen, and Centerville on Cape Cod.

The event comes amid an ongoing dog population crisis that is putting thousands of dogs across the country at risk of euthanasia for nothing more than lack of a home.

“Shelters across the country are seeing a slowdown in dog adoptions and it’s been going on for close to a year,” explained MSPCA-Angell Director of Adoption Centers and Programs, Mike Keiley.

“We’ve been doing all we can to help, both by transporting hundreds of dogs here to Massachusetts where there are more adopters, and by working with partner shelters to execute similar fee waived events to help attract more adopters to their shelters as well.”

“It’s critical that we’re able to continue helping those shelters that are over capacity, but, in order to do that, we need to find homes for the dogs in our care,” he added.

 A Special Holiday Event    

Adoption fees for adult dogs range from $350 to $500—fees that will be waived during the Home for the Holidays event.

“Eliminating barriers to adoption is a really important part of helping ease this crisis,” Keiley expounded. “Given the economy, it’s likely that fees are preventing some people from adopting, so we’re excited to have the opportunity to waive those for an entire week.”

The adoptathon is sponsored by Bissell Pet Foundation.

“We’re also extending this event to run for an entire week to help accommodate more people’s schedules,” he added. “So, we’re really hoping that people hear the need and give our great dogs the happy homes for the holidays that they deserve.”

How to Adopt

The “Home for the Holidays” adoptathon begins on Monday, December 4 and runs through Sunday, December 10 at all MSPCA Adoption Centers. Dogs eligible for the event will have stars on their adoption profile pages at

Interested adopters are encouraged to visit the shelters during open hours, which vary by location:

More information about the adoptathon may be found at