MSPCA-Angell President Carter Luke Retiring After 42 Years of Service to Animals

Forty-two years ago Carter Luke, then aged 29, was scooping cat boxes and stretching every available dime to avoid exceeding the $75,000 annual budget at the Coulee Region Humane Society in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, where his unparalleled career in animal welfare started. Luke announced on May 1 at a town hall-style meeting for employees his retirement as president of the MSPCA-Angell, an organization to which he has devoted the last 34 years of his career. Luke’s last day will be Dec. 31, 2019. A search for a new president is being led by the organization’s Board of Directors.

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MSPCA-Angell Starring in ‘Animal ER Live’, Debuting on NatGeo Wild on Saturday

The MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center is one of six U.S. veterinarian emergency rooms being featured in a new NatGeo Wild show debuting on March 30. Animal ER Live is a four-week, eight-episode TV show that shows the inside of animal hospitals and mobile veterinary emergency units. The show is not staged, as the show producers captured video in real time as events occurred. Animal ER Live is debuting on NatGeo Wild on Saturday, March 30 at 9 pm.

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Missing Dog: Have You Seen Cindy Lou?

Cindy Lou the dog has been missing Jan. 19 and she needs your help to get home! "Cindy Lou has possibly been spotted multiple times in the neighborhoods around Brookside and Ophir Streets. It's possible she may be trying to get home towards Greenough," said Mary Lou Stock of Missing Dogs Massachusetts to Jamaica Plain News. "We've had amazing experiences with dogs surviving every type of weather including cold like this and believe Cindy Lou is resourceful enough to find a way home.

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Photos: Local Birder Catches Winged Wonders in Arnold Arboretum

Local photographer Chris Lang has a penchant for taking great photos of birds in the Arnold Arboretum. "I think photographing birds, really most of my photography, is just a way for me to slow myself down and simply look around," said Lang. "A way for me to explore what's around us all every day and to find something unique, something beautiful that perhaps when I'm rushing to work or running errands I would completely miss. I find it to be very centering, especially given all the craziness in the world these days." Lang added that he doesn't have a favorite type of bird to photograph, but he's looking for bald eagles to photograph. Hey Chris -- bald eagles have been seen at Jamaica Pond!

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Miracle Cat Survives Nine Story Plunge and a Frigid Night Outside

A beloved pet cat is lucky to be alive after falling from a nine story balcony on Halloween and landing on a concrete patio, shattering his jaw and two of his legs and suffering a host of other serious injuries, according to Jamaica Plain's Angell Animal Medical Center. Simba, who lives with the Jardus family in Brookline, was enjoying a typical quiet Halloween evening with his family when things suddenly took a turn. “My mother was visiting and she inadvertently left him outside on the balcony where, at some point, he fell all the way down to the patio below,” said Victoria Jardus. Critically injured, Simba laid by the side of the building, enduring overnight temperatures that fell into the twenties before he was found the next afternoon. Victoria rushed him to Angell, where doctors worked feverishly to stabilize him.

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