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May

MSPCA-Angell Seeks Loving Home for 53-Year-Old Tortoise Whose Owner Died of COVID-19

Organization’s Oldest Adoptable Loves Attention and Time Outside

BOSTON, May 20, 2020 – She loves fruit salad and dandelions, attention from people, and time outside.  And at 53, she may just be the oldest animal that the MSPCA-Angell has ever been charged with adopting into a new home.

She is “Ms. Jennifer,” a loveable tortoise whose owner died this week of COVID-19, and who the MSPCA is eager to place into a loving adoptive home.

Ms. Jennifer arrived at the MSPCA on May 9 after her owner was admitted to the hospital.  Since then, staffers have showered the loveable reptile with affection (and vegetables) to make life at the shelter as pleasant as possible.  Now, with no home to go back to, Ms. Jennifer needs a hero more than ever.

At just four pounds, and about the size of a large dinner plate, Ms. Jennifer is the perfect-sized tortoise for any reptile or turtle-enthusiast.  Her previous owner absolutely doted on Ms. Jennifer, scheduling her wellness checkups at Angell Animal Medical Center, bringing her along on errands and showing her off to friends and strangers alike.

Sadly, Ms. Jennifer is just the latest animal to arrive at the MSPCA as a result of the pandemic.

“We continue to see animals coming to us because their owners have either died, fallen too ill to care for them, or been so impacted economically that they could no longer care for the pets,” said Victoria Odynsky, manager of the MSPCA-Angell’s Boston adoption center.

“Like we do for every animal in our charge, we’ll take the best possible care of Ms. Jennifer until we find her a suitable adoptive home,” added Odynsky.

Birthday Celebration!

Ms. Jennifer turned 53 on Wednesday, May 20 and to celebrate that milestone, MSPCA staffers threw a birthday party complete with time outside on the grass, loads of TLC from staff and volunteers, and a fruit salad—a particular favorite for turtles of all kinds.

“We like to think she knows the attention is for her, and that she feels the love and support of all of us taking care of her,” said Odynksy.

Anyone interested in adopting Ms. Jennifer can email adoption@mspca.org for more information, or to schedule an appointment to meet her.

The MSPCA’s three animal care and adoption centers in Massachusetts remain closed to the general public, with the organization continuing to pair pets with adopters via individual appointments.

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