Methuen, Mass., May 15, 2015 – On the heels of New England’s brutal 2014 winter an unlikely social media star was born: The Boston Yeti, who emerged from the wilds of Somerville, Mass. to shovel out cars and otherwise ease the region’s frayed nerves.
In the months that followed the Yeti created an Etsy shop to sell t-shirts, pins and related items, all in an effort to raise money for the MSPCA-Angell and the animals in its care. In just three months the Yeti has raised $2,000, and the furry bipedal has decided to donate that money to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm.
Moved by Flora’s Story
The Yeti earmarked its donation to the Nevins Farm barn program after seeing the news of Flora, 30-year-old horse rescued from Dracut by the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement team, who arrived at the farm severely emaciated and covered in infected sores. Flora—who came to the MSPCA along with two other horses from the same farm—is slowly recovering and will be off to foster care soon.
“Seeing the improvement in Flora’s health really brought home how essential Nevins is in helping horses and other animals in distress,” said the Yeti. “I’m so glad that our online store got so much attention and that we were able to raise funds at a time they’re so desperately needed.”
Horse Surrenders Continue Unabated
The flood of horses coming to Nevins Farm has continued its torrid pace. The farm typically shelters between 35 to 40 horses at this time of year, but today Nevins Farm is caring for 52 horses, with 21 in foster care. The team has been forced to get creative with housing due to a shortage of space and is currently utilizing some group housing in outer buildings as well as short term foster homes.
“This donation from the Boston Yeti could not have come at a better time, as we have so many new mouths to feed—and the attention he’s raised for our case will prove so helpful in identifying new homes for our latest arrivals,” said Melissa Ghareeb, who oversees the barn program at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm.
The Yeti’s online store is still open and anyone interested in shopping for Yeti-themed merchandise can do so by clicking here.
For more information about horse adoption at the MSPCA readers can click here.