Animal Sheltering Veteran Significantly Expands his Role while Meaghan O’Leary Takes Over Management of Noble Family Adoption Center
BOSTON, Aug. 7, 2017 – The MSPCA-Angell announced today that Mike Keiley has been promoted to director of adoption centers and programs, an all-new role in which he will oversee operations for the organization’s Boston, Methuen and Cape Cod adoption centers, which placed over 6,500 animals into new homes last year while impacting some 13,000 more animals through programs such as low cost spay and neuter, preventing many owned pets from being surrendered in the first place.
Keiley is a 23-year veteran of the MSPCA who started as a volunteer and served as director of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center at Nevins Farm for the last 14 years. Keiley’s deputy, adoption center manager Meaghan O’Leary, will take over as director the Noble Family Adoption Center.
“Despite all my years at the MSPCA I feel like I’m just getting started because we’ve spearheaded so many innovative programs that not only changed the face of animal sheltering but continuously injected fresh energy into our work,” said Keiley, the mastermind of numerous programs designed to widen the MSPCA’s adoption base, thus shortening the amount of time animals spend in the shelters before they are adopted.
In the years since Keiley started the MSPCA has seen its adoption rate rise to nearly 90 percent, a milestone that validates significant investments made in training and behavior, low cost community spay and neuter programs and regularly occurring fee-waived cat adoptathons.
Keiley’s personal contributions to the growth and success at Nevins Farm are numerous and they include:
- Extensive facilities improvement – Keiley was central in the efforts to fundraise for, design and build the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center in 2004, as well as parking lot expansion, creation of an indoor riding ring for adoptable horses and new and improved buildings to house the bourgeoning population of pigs and chickens
- Innovative, high-impact adoption promotions – Keiley has built and led a team of animal adoption professionals who have implemented fee-waived adoptathons and numerous education campaigns that have increased adoption of cats, dogs and farm animals of all kinds—and propelled the organization-wide adoption rate to record heights
- Growth and mentoring of volunteers – Keiley’s integration of the 400+ Nevins Farm volunteers into daily operations sees them working hand-in-hand with staffers to grow their skills and maximize the safety and comfort they can provide to animals awaiting adoption. “This model has worked so well that we’ll likely extend this across all three adoption centers,” he said.
Keiley also implemented low-cost spay and neuter programs in cities and towns North of Boston—from Lawrence and Lowell to Methuen and Haverhill—that have over the last seven years sterilized some 15,000 animals, preventing the birth of many thousands of unwanted animals.
“We’ve accomplished a lot in service to animals and the broader Nevins Farm community and I want to do everything I can to build on the impact our Boston and Cape Cod adoption centers are making in their communities,” said Keiley, who plans to expand existing spay and neuter opportunities for low income residents across wider swaths of the state.
“We’re also going to grow our non-adoption programs that are critical for keeping animals in their current homes, such as our food pantry, free vaccination clinics—which have vaccinated hundreds of animals in Lawrence, Chelsea, Roxbury and other areas in recent years—as well as dog training and ongoing humane education work,” he added.
For her part, O’Leary is looking forward to stepping into the role vacated by Keiley. Like Keiley, she started as a volunteer in 2006. O’Leary occupied several roles at Nevins Farm before assuming the director title.
“I’ve never felt better prepared to oversee operations at the Noble Family Adoption Center—and I’m thankful for the mentorship I’ve had along the way,” she said. “I plan to do what I’ve always done: come to work every day ready to advocate for the animals in our community. I’m confident that we have the right team in place to ensure all of our animals are safe and comfortable until we get them into permanent homes, and that we will have a significant positive impact on the needs of people and animals in our community.”