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D – Dogs: MSPCA

Text by Christina Galt

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), founded in 1868, was one of the first independent, humane nonprofits in the country. Their goal is to enhance the lives and treatment of all animals by rescuing, rehabilitating, protecting and advocating across Massachusetts and beyond. The MSPCA first came to the Cape in 1935 and opened the Cape Cod Animal Shelter in Centerville: MSPCA-Angell; recently they expanded with a new Cape Cod Adoption Center in 2018. 

The MSPCA of Cape Cod’s Humane Education Programs offers unique ways to engage the local community. Tales for Tails is the sweetest way to get your children involved; this program allows children ages six to 12 to read to the shelter animals who need companionship. Not only are you allowing your children to foster a love for reading and animals, you are also giving them a sense of responsibility. “Little Bookworms” Story Time and Cape Cod Children’s Museum Summer Program for Homeless Animals are also great programs for children and families.

MSPCA-Angell’s Hyannis Outreach Program offers a variety of resources for animals and owners on Cape Cod such as low-cost spaying and neutering services for cats and dogs. They also provide free pet food, pet care supplies, a behavior hotline, personalized behavior consultants, transportation to vet appointments and pop-up neighborhood vaccination clinics. 

If you’re looking to get involved at the MSPCA of Cape Cod you can become a volunteer, foster an animal, become a monthly donor or even sponsor a cage. Make sure to check out the website or call the adoption center to find out about any future fundraising events! 

To learn more about the MSPCA’s Cape Cod Adoption Center, their adoptable animals and donations call 508-775-0940 or visit mspca.org. The MSPCA Cape Cod Adoption Center is located at 1557 Falmouth Road in Centerville. 



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