17 Chihuahuas Taken From JP Home, Up for Adoption at MSPCA-Angell in Boston and Cape Cod

On the heels of last week’s surrender of 45 Ragdoll cats -- the MSPCA-Angell’s largest single-home cat surrender in five years -- the organization is now the temporary home of 17 Chihuahuas taken from a Jamaica Plain home after their families were forced to leave, the MSPCA announced Wednesday. The dogs, six males and 11 females, range in age from one to four. They are described as very active and in good health, but not without their challenges. “Our sense is that these dogs may never have left the apartments in which they lived and, as a result, will need time to learn how to walk on a leash, obey some basic commands and so on,” said Anna Rafferty-Arnold, associate director of the MSPCA’s Boston adoption center. “But we’re committed to working with them -- and their new owners -- to ensure they become excellent canine citizens,” she added.

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MSPCA Drops Adoption Fees for Animals Most in Need of Homes During National ‘Clear the Shelters’ Campaign

As visitors prepare to flood animal shelters across the country during NBC Universal’s one-day “Clear the Shelters” adoption promotion on Saturday, Aug. 17, the MSPCA-Angell announced it will drop adoption fees for its most challenging-to-place animals in a bid to find them all homes on the day. The waiving of adoption fees is made possible by generous donors such as the Catvocates, a group of donors who subsidize adoption and spay-neuter initiatives at the MSPCA. Holding Out for a Hero
The MSPCA’s three animal care and adoption centers in Boston, Methuen and Centerville will each waive adoption fees for pets described by staff as “harder to place,” such as shy cats, senior dogs and long-term horse residents. Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs for the MSPCA-Angell, said the organization is eager to capitalize on the spotlight that the national “Clear the Shelter” campaign shines on pet adoption.

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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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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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