Animal Planet and New England Patriots Bring Fee-Waived Pet Adoptions to JP on Tuesday

Animal Planet and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation are teaming up to cover adoption fees at the MSPCA-Angell adoption center in Jamaica Plain on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Now's the perfect time to adopt a rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, cat or dog. ALL animals will have their adoption fees waived on Tuesday between 2 and 6 pm. As an added bonus the Patriots cheerleaders and a few players will be attending the event to take selfies and meet with adopters.


Patriots and United Way Perform a Fitness Room Makeover and Salsa Dance with Hyde Square Task Force

Teens at the Hyde Square Task Force in Jamaica Plain received a special treat on Monday as part of the NFL and United Way’s annual Hometown Huddle – not only a new Play 60 fitness room, but the opportunity to work out with Patriots players Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater and Zach Moore in one of their favorite exercises: dancing! Patriots players teamed up with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and volunteers to transform Hyde Square Task Force’s dance studio into a multi-purpose fitness room. As part of the afternoon’s activities, players also talked with the kids about being active and healthy and joined the organization’s dance team in practicing a group dance number. ”When we have a chance to come back in the community and connect with youth like yourselves, we really appreciate that opportunity,” Matthew Slater told the group of teens after the fitness room renovation was complete. “I hope you’ll continue to follow your dreams and be positive influences for each other and your peers.”

With the makeover, Hyde Square Task Force hopes to expand the usage of the room to include other fitness activities and classes, including fitness boot camps, yoga, and toddler exercise classes.