Our Mission

The mission of the MSPCA-Angell is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society.

Our Work

We are a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, we are the second-oldest humane society in the United States. The full name of our organization is the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Angell Animal Medical Center, or MSPCA–Angell.  The MSPCA comprises our Animal Care and Adoption Centers, our Advocacy Department, and our Law Enforcement DepartmentAngell Animal Medical Center is our nonprofit veterinary hospital.

Our Beliefs

Since its founding in 1868, the MSPCA-Angell has worked to relieve suffering, prevent cruelty, and develop a just and compassionate society. Although these goals remain constant, societal change, technological advancement, and growth in human understanding dictate continual re-evaluation and redefinition of their implications for our work. Our Statements of Belief represent an application of the MSPCA-Angell’s Mission Statement to the major animal-related issues and concerns of today.

As part of our regular re-evaluation of our work and its implications for animals, we are currently revising our Statements of Belief and releasing them individually as they become available. Stay tuned for more!

More About Us

The MSPCA–Angell is not operated by any national humane organization. We were founded in 1868 by George T. Angell, and we’ve been an independent nonprofit organization ever since. No umbrella organization manages us in any way.

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and our tax identification number is 04-2103597.