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Twenty One Animals Surrendered from Brighton Hoarding House to Boston Animal Control and the MSPCA-Angell

MSPCA’s Boston Adoption Center Caring for Nearly Two Dozen cats and a Dog until New Homes can be found   

BOSTON, Aug. 12, 2020 – The MSPCA-Angell’s Boston adoption center in Jamaica Plain is now the temporary home for 20 cats and one dog removed from a Brighton, Mass. home on July 31st by Boston’s Animal Control office, the organization announced today.

The animals were voluntarily surrendered by their owner, who has not been identified and faces no charges.  “This is one of those cases where the animals began to multiply and their owner got overwhelmed and could no longer care for them,” said Anna Rafferty-Arnold, associate director of the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center.  “In cases like these we are as concerned with helping the people involved as we are the animals,” she added.

The MSPCA says all of the animals are now available for adoption and is asking those interested to contact for more information on the adoption process.

A Brighter Future for the Animals

The property, which has since been taken over by the Boston Housing Authority, has been described as “unlivable,” and Boston Animal Control has enlisted the support of elder services to assist in resettling the previous owner of the animals.

The cats range in age from seven months to two years, with one three-month-old kitten.

Many of the cats are shy but are starting to come around.  “They’re coming out of their shells a little bit and, now that we’ve gotten to know their personalities, it’s very clear that many would prefer to live in homes with far fewer animals, and some may prefer to be the only pet in the home,” said Rafferty-Arnold.

The cats are healthy, save for minor, untreated medical issues.  “Many of them have waxy, swollen ears so we’re treating them for that—and all of them received an antibiotic shot upon intake to help clear up existing infections and ward off new ones,” said Rafferty-Arnold.

Donations Needed!

The surrender of so many animals has placed an undue burden on the MSPCA’s resources at a time when so many animals—both inside and outside its three adoption centers—are in need of help.  Readers who would like to offset the cost of the cats’ care—and the care of animals just like them—can click here to make a donation.

Even as the team settles these animals in and readies them for adoption, the MSPCA continues its work in the community to ensure pet owners impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic receive the help they need.

Just last week, the organization reached a major milestone: 500,000 pet meals have been distributed since the start of the pandemic to families in need, and more than 1,300 owned pets have received subsidized medical care.  Moreover, the MSPCA continues to partner with human service organizations and food pantries in an effort to make food support available to anyone in need.


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