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It's been nearly a year to the day when our adoption centers had to close to the general public amidst a worldwide pandemic.
What a chaotic, stressful year, with so many people gravely affected, whether through loss of friends and family, job loss due to the economic downturn, or by the illness itself.
But there's also been a silver lining or two to the pandemic:
Our incredible MSPCA Adoption Center teams kept going! Within 24 hours of state-mandated closure, we were able to pivot quickly to no-contact services so that we could continue helping animals: finding homes for those who needed it, taking in those without homes, and offering temporary shelter for beloved pets whose families were hospitalized.
Our Community Outreach Program grew exponentially! This amazing team recognized the impact that the pandemic would have on the families and pets in the underserved communities around us, and they took action. They developed relationships with nearly 60 human service food pantries to supply pet food to families, in addition to direct no-contact deliveries to those who couldn't safely leave their homes. By the end of the year, they had served more than 1 million pet meals, helping to keep pets together with the families who love them! And it's more than just pet resources - the kindness and compassion that this team has just simply overwhelms me.
Our shelter spay-neuter clinics became low cost community clinics, providing accessible, affordable urgent care for the pets of families with financial need - ultimately preventing surrender to shelters and medical euthanasia.
We partnered with three other New England animal protection agencies to form an Equine Relief Coalition, providing hay and grain, and basic veterinary and farrier care to families who need help caring for their horses and farm animals. Together, we are ensuring that no animals slip through the cracks and go without.
We launched a relocation program to bring homeless animals to our adoption centers! With other parts of the country still struggling with an overpopulation issue, we're stepping up to help them by sharing resources and finding homes here in New England for cats and dogs. Some of these animals have waited a very long time in their original shelter for families of their own - the cat in this photo here is 12 year old Bam Bam. He spent 6 years in his previous shelter, but within days of arriving at our MSPCA-Cape Cod adoption center, he met his new family!
And of course, our hospitals continued to serve patients, providing the very best veterinary care in the world, and our humane Law Enforcement department and Advocacy department continued their important work as well.
The MSPCA did more than just 'get through' this past year. We kept moving forward, making positive change for animals and the people who love them. And that's because of people like YOU who support the MSPCA. Did you know that the MSPCA receives no state or federal funding? That we're a stand-alone organization that is not managed by any large national humane organization? All of the work we do at our adoption centers, in our hospitals, and through our Advocacy and Law Enforcement departments is made possible by kind and compassionate people who support our work.
That's why I'm participating in the Fast & Furriest Fitness Challenge this year. We’re raising much needed funds to help us continue our mission of kindness and care for animals. Will you join me?
Please support me in the Fast and Furriest!
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