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MSPCA at Nevins Farm Takes in 23 Yorkie-Chihuahua Mixes from a Single Home, Seeks Adopters

New Arrivals Flood Adoption Center Just Two Weeks after 32 Cats Surrendered from Single Tewksbury Home

Methuen, Mass. March 16, 2022 – On the heels of a massive, 32-cat surrender from a single home in Tewksbury, Mass. on Feb. 24, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm received 23 Yorkie-Chihuahua-mix dogs from a Worcester county home on March 7, which has staff issuing a call for adoptions, the organization announced today.

The dogs, who range in age from one to 16 years, are in overall fine health save for dental issues that will need to be addressed before they can go home.  And all will need to be spayed, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated as well.

Some Dogs Living in a Shed

The dogs’ previous owners scrambled to care for the dogs after losing their own home, even moving nine of them to a backyard shed in a desperate bid to keep a roof over the animals’ heads.  Realizing the situation was untenable, however, they called the MSPCA for help.

Many of the dogs are under-socialized, owing to the conditions in which they were living, which, according to Nevins Farm staff, means they will need very patient adopters.

“This is a case where the situation grew out of control and left [the previous owners] with little recourse but to ask for our help, which we will always extend to people and animals in need,” said MSPCA at Nevins Farm Director Meaghan O’Leary.  “Now that the dogs are in our care, we’re going to do everything possible to ready them for new homes as soon as we can.”

Behavior, Veterinary Evaluations Wrapping Up

By March 17, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm hopes to conclude all behavioral and health evaluations to determine which of the dogs may need more specialized care after they leave Nevins Farm.

“We’re keen to line up adopters because this is a fairly large number of dogs to take in all at once,” said O’Leary, who also relayed that five the dogs had been transferred to the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center in Jamaica Plain.

How to Adopt

The MSPCA will be making the dogs available for adoption in the coming days, and will be loading individual profiles to its adoptable animals pages.  Anyone interested in adopting can click here to learn more.

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The dogs are just a handful of the thousands of animals the MSPCA will care for in 2022.  The organization is highlighting its animal protection successes—from distributing 3.5 million pet meals to families in need, to re-homing some 10,000 pets surrendered by their owners, and providing subsidized medical care to nearly 15,000 animals—as part of Giving Day 2022.

Anyone wishing to donate in support of these efforts can do so by clicking here.