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Matted, Dirty Welsh Terrier on the Mend at MSPCA-Cape Cod

Centerville Adoption Center Determined to Polish “Diamond in the Rough” and Place Loving Dog into New Home

BOSTON and Centerville, Mass., June 10, 2016 – It is unfortunately all too common for a dog crossing the threshold at the  MSPCA-Cape Cod in Centerville to arrive dirty and matted—but it is rare for that dog to be a highly desired purebred who likely commanded top dollar when purchased three years earlier.

Such is the case with “Ravioli,” a Welsh Terrier surrendered on June 7 by an owner who claimed to have no time to meet the dog’s basic needs.

“Ravioli’s fur was covered in ticks and feces and was one of the worst cases of matting we’ve ever seen,” said MSPCA-Cape Cod Director Mary Sarah Fairweather about the shy and wary canine whose pathetic appearance masked a very friendly (if cautious) personality.  “He was so patient with us during multiple baths and tick treatments, as well as the rigorous combing and shaving necessary to remove his matted fur.”

Welsh Terriers are highly sought after dogs and are known to be friendly, spirited and highly intelligent.  Now that Ravioli’s worst days are behind him, the adoption center team hopes a deserving adopter will provide him the loving home he deserves.

“We’re going to do all we can to ensure he is adopted into a home that places his safety and comfort above any other consideration,” said Fairweather.  “It’s the least we can do for a dog who for too long has endured this kind of neglect.”

Anyone interested in adopting Ravioli can visit the Centerville adoption center during open hours or email

MSPCA-Cape Cod Gears up for 15th Annual Furry Affair
Proving that there is no rest for the weary, Fairweather and her team are also finalizing details for the 15th annual Furry Affair fundraiser, to be held Friday, June 17 at Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee.

The event, which kicks off at 6:00 p.m., will be emceed by former WCVB-TV anchor Susan Wornick and Antiques Road Show star Leigh Keno and features a sit-down dinner, fabulous raffle prizes, a live auction and more.  The event is expected to raise over $250,000 to fund ongoing animal care needs at the MSPCA-Cape Cod.  For more information, or to order tickets, click here.


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