A message from our President;
Beverly Alba |
How we Spent the Summer
"Whenever we, as a society,
allow an animal to
die from starvation, neglect, or abuse, or whenever a euthanizing agent
enters the bloodstream of a healthy animal, we wound humanity."
Anna C. Briggs, Founder, The National Humane Education Society,
1909-2011. A remarkable woman and pioneer in humaneness for all animals.
"No other disease or condition of companion animals takes as many
lives as euthanasia. In fact, no other disease comes close."
Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD, Cornell University
Who we are and what we do!
organized in 2001 as a group of long-term animal welfare volunteers and
professionals committed to working on the most compelling animal issues
in Massachusetts, with the goal of ending the suffering and destruction
of cats, dogs, wildlife and animals in entertainment and research.
Our primary activities
include: humane education; rescue of cats and dogs from terminal
impoundment and life-threatening situations; foster care and adoptions;
humane feral cat management utilizing trap-inoculate-neuter protocols
and lending support and networking to other humane organizations.
We spay/neuter cats & dogs
preventing pets from becoming homeless or ending up (themselves or their
offspring) in over-burdened shelters.
also provide s/n and support to caretakers of feral cat colonies and
provide assistance to caretakers trying to keep their pets.
The Massachusetts Progressive
Animal Watchdog Society has an eye on animals in Massachusetts, and the
animals are the beneficiaries.
A Day in the Life of Animal
Rescue at MassPAWS
MassPAWS got a call about
a mother cat and kittens living outside in a public housing site in
Winthrop. Once we had secured a foster home for this little family,
one of our board members and senior trapping expert, Mary J.,
mobilized to help. Mary began her efforts on a Tuesday night.
After hours of setting traps
and patiently waiting without success Mary pulled up the traps and vowed
to go back the next day to try again. First to be caught on that
Wednesday morning was a female thought to be related to the “Mom” cat,
then an adult male and finally the Mom. As it turns out the male
was recognized by the neighbor who had called asking for help and the
owner agreed to let us neuter the cat and return him after surgery and
vaccinations. After loading up the cats in traps into her car,
Mary drove the three adults to Revere Pet Clinic for their medical
Mary stopped on her way back
from dropping off at Revere Pet Clinic to pick up more transfer cages to go back to
the site to tackle trapping the five remaining kittens. Mary was
able to trap four of the five kittens that afternoon. She then went
back to pick up the 3 adults at Revere Pet Clinic and then journeyed back to the site
to return the male to his owner. They were very grateful for the
help and his neuter means that he will stay close to home and will be a
healthier feline because of our intervention. Mary went home for a
quick dinner break before she would back to pick up a crate and
flea medicine and headed to the foster home where 'mom, auntie, and the 4
babies'. It's now 8:00 p.m. and Mary helped the
foster home set up the crate and settle the little family before heading
back out to trap the remaining kitten.
Mary worked over 10 hours to
secure all the kittens and their mom and the other two adults. The toll
on our volunteers is stress, frustration and time away from family and
pets. The cost to MassPAWS for this trapping project was $400.00
initially for the surgeries and flea treatment with more financial
commitment to follow once babies will be old enough for vaccinations and
This is but
in one town that we assist. MassPAWS is completely volunteer-based and
we, as volunteers, make great personal effort and sacrifice.
reward is the lives saved. At
a minimum we need financial support, fostering assistance, and help with
placement from the citizens in the communities we service.
Thank you to all who give the support and validation we thrive on to
continue to save lives. Without you we would not be able to carry
on our commitment.
are these kittens outside?
were eight adult cats with their 5th litter. Why are these kittens
outside near cars & a busy street. Predators like hawks & coyotes
and neighbors who don't want them in their garden are a few of many
reasons why cats should not reproduce or be allowed to roam outside.
Massachusetts has many Spay/Neuter programs. For those wishing to help
cats & dogs from being "surplus and homeless", please find resources
for Spay/Neuter programs on the Spay/Neuter page or go to
for information. These kittens were all spayed and neutered by MassPAWS
and placed in homes. Many others
are not so lucky. Please "Prevent
and neuter your pets for the welfare of all.