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MSPCA at Nevins Farm Issues Call for Adopters Following Large Surrender

Organization Seeks to Adopt Out Nearly 50 Animals Surrendered from Hampden County Home

METHUEN, Mass., Nov. 16, 2023 – The MSPCA at Nevins Farm is calling for adopters following the surrender of 48 animals from a single home in Hampden County. The animals, which were surrendered on November 10, include dogs, cats, rats, chinchillas, and birds.

“The circumstances around which the animals came to us are under investigation,” said MSPCA-Angell Director of Adoption Centers and Programs, Mike Keiley. “But the most pressing thing for us right now is finding them the loving new homes they deserve.”

The surrender follows an MSPCA Law Enforcement investigation. The organization cannot comment on the case at this time.

“The sooner we’re able to rehome these animals, the better, as we’re still operating at or near capacity, given the ongoing dog population crisis,” Keiley added.

A Menagerie of Special Pets

“A lot of these animals need a little maintenance, like treatment for fleas, dental cleaning, and grooming. Some will also need to be spayed or neutered, but we expect them all to become available for adoption this week or next,” expounded Keiley.

The 24 cats that were surrendered vary in age, between roughly four-months to 13-years-old.

“It’s always traumatic for cats coming out of situations like these,” said Keiley. “All are social and will be great companions. Some will take a little longer to adjust to their new surroundings and are seeking quieter home settings, while others are more resilient and can be adopted into various lifestyles.”

“We’ve also got several dogs from this surrender, but they’ve been a little overwhelmed transitioning from their previous home to the shelter,” he added. “Despite that, they’re very sweet. They’re learning how to walk on leashes now, and most of them need some dental work, but we expect them to be ready to find new homes next week.”

The six dogs are all mixes of small breeds, including Chihuahua, Schnauzer, and Terrier. Their ages range from one to 10-years-old.

Additionally, the MSPCA is looking for adopters for 13 birds, three rats, and two chinchillas.

Help These Animals!

These animals are available for adoption at the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm Adoption Center. They will be added to the MSPCA’s available animal page as they become available for adoption. Interested adopters should monitor that page and visit the shelter’s open hours Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 3:00 p.m.

Caring for these animals is expected to cost $10,000. Those who would like to donate to help offset that cost may do so at