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first the good news: Governor patrick signed S.88 into law

SchubertSchubert died after drinking from a puddle that was contaminated with antifreeze, but his death was not in vain.  In his memory, Sen. Brewer filed S.88, which Gov. Patrick signed into law on January 4, 2013. Massachusetts law will now require the addition of a bittering agent to all containers of antifreeze to protect animals from poisoning.  Read more

and now the bad news... 

saddog.jpgThough the new animal control law, which says that municipalities
cannot discriminate based on dog
breed, has only been in effect a couple months, a Boston city official is fighting to repeal that language so that they can again have an ineffective breed-discriminatory ordinance.  At least one bill will be filed this month that will be harmful to good dogs and good people.  Please ask your state legislators to support the current law and oppose any bills that would allow breed-discriminatory legislation.

Save the dates:  Lobby 101 workshops and Humane Lobby day    

statehouseAnimals need us to speak for them in the legislature and with the media. Join us on Tuesday, March 5th at 6pm at the MSPCA in Boston to learn how to be an effective advocate for animals (other workshops will be added across the state).   Then, join us at the State House in Boston on Thursday, April 25, for Humane Lobby Day.  Read more

it's not too late to make a humane resolution    

leaping_rabbit.jpgAs  consumers, we make choices almost every day that can impact animals.   This year, vow to eat more humanely and use cosmetic and personal care  products that aren’t tested on animals.  Find out more about programs to help you make informed decisions. Read more


January 2013

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Legislative session update

The 2013-2014 session has begun and we'll keep  you posted about bills that will affect animals in Massachusetts.  Read more 

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Don't forget
to help animals at tax time

cat 32f.pngThe animal control law will be funded by income tax donations to the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund. Donations will be used for spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations, as well as training of animal control officers. Read More.

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Cat and Computer

Here's another way you can help animals -- help us to keep our website current. Email for more info or to express interest. Read More.

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You're a member of our Animal Action Team, so you understand how important our work is to animals in Massachusetts.  Please support our efforts with a donation to the Advocacy Department.

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The Mission of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty and work for a just and compassionate society.

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