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Justice for Puppy Doe 
by Sarah Luick

We were all deeply disturbed about the horrific harms and suffering endured by Puppy Doe and wanted justice to be done.
 
We congratulate veterinarian Dr. Amanda Duffy, staff at the VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, prosecutorTracey Cusick and the prosecution team under DA Michael Morrissey, the Quincy Police, Animal Rescue League of Boston's Lt. Alan Borgal,  and forensic expert veterinarian Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, as well as everyone else who worked hard to ensure a jury would have strong evidence to convict the defendant on all 12 felony animal cruelty charges on March 26th.  On March 27th he was sentenced by the judge to 8-10 years for his crimes. 

This important case led to the convening of a task force to improve MA animal protection laws.  Phase 1 of the task force's recommendations led to passage in 2014 of PAWS I (Protect Animal Welfare & Safety).  The MA Senate has now passed phase 2 of the recommendations, PAWS II, and this bill (S.2347) is now before the MA House.  MAC supports passage of PAWS II as it did PAWS I.  

To learn more, you can go onto the MSPCA's Advocacy webpages at  www.mspca.org/animal_protection/pawsii/
Save the Date                              

MAC's All About Dogs meeting is coming! Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 24th at the Tufts  campus in Grafton. It's going to be a jam-packed day! Details soon!!!!
Be on the Lookout!

MAC kicked  -off our year-long public information campaign during National Spay/Neuter  Awareness Month in February to raise awareness about the "I'm Animal Friendly" license plate.   With the support of a growing list of promotional partners, Facebook fans, and YOU, our  enewsletter subscribers, we're spreading the word to let more Massachusetts drivers know how  to purchase the plate and help local animals!

WHY NOW? In 2017, MAC received over 30 requests for $368,724 in spay/neuter funding - over  twice the amount we can currently provide through the funds raised by the license plate  program. Spay/neuter can be very expensive, especially for animal shelters and municipal  agencies working with limited budgets.  NOW is the time to respond to this growing need in  our state!
 
YOU CAN HELP! See our blogpost for 3 ways you can help spread the
word: 
 

THANK YOU to Conover Tuttle Pace, Adspace, Amp Radio, Billups, Herb Chambers Companies,  Katz Radio Group, Outfront Medi a, Pet Ca use Media, Polkadog Bakery, RSA Media, sociaL  influencers Brandy and Moose and TrendingDog, Sullivan Tire & Auto Service, The Pet Gazette,  Total Outdoor, WAAF, 7News - WHDH Boston, and WWLP-22News for your support!
AniMatch for Cats Survey Results
by Julia Pesek
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Thanks to everyone that participated in our recent survey about  AniMatch  for Cats - your feedback will help us help more cats!

We're working on plans to build an even more user-friendly and  efficient database (for cats and dogs), but wanted to remind you that we're always happy to help answer any questions about how to add an animal or how to indicate that you're interested in taking one in at your shelter.  If ever you need help on the user end, please email us at  catcaseworkers@macanimatch.org .

We also wanted to remind you that we're always looking to add sending and receiving organizations!   We're happy to help any ACOs that want to help cats - but don't have a holding facility to do so - to build some relationships with organizations in their community that might be able to offer cage space when working with AniMatch for Cats.  We even have a small medical fund to help sick or injured cats get the care they need while they await transfer or at their receiving organization.  In short, contact us when you have a cat you need help with - we'd love to help a cat and help you!
 
A Helping Hand
by Anne Lindsay

Sometimes the quietest of gestures can make such a big difference. When we are  running around and getting a MAC meeting set up it involves making sure the food is  all set, putting tables up and getting the raffle items organized, and making sure the  registration table is ready for our stream of attendees.

And along comes Cathy O'Connor, always early. Quietly and with out fanfare, Cathy  rolls her sleeves up and helps with  anything that needs doing. She makes our lives  easier. She helps lessen the stress level. She is an unsung hero and we wanted to  take a moment to sing her praises.

Cathy is vice president of PittieLove Rescue, a Massachusetts organization that  focuses on getting pit bull type dogs into adoptive homes. She has a full time job in  the biopharmaceutical industry, and a family including her two pitties, Wally and  Finn!  Somehow she makes the time to help out on a Sunday morning. 

Thank you,  Cathy!  
Whole Cat Workshop Recap                
by Julia Pesek

The Whole Cat Workshop was another success!  Anna Murin from Metro Denver CATS (Cats Around Town) was our guest speaker for the day and presented our guests with the evolution and success of their grassroots program in an underserved community in Colorado.  By building trusting relationships with community members and collaborations with other local animal welfare organizations, Denver CATS has been able to sharply reduce the number of free roaming cats, improve public perception of community cats and help improve the lives of owned cats.
 
We are very grateful to Anna for sharing the lessons they've learned, which have practical applications to every organization working to effect change within a community.  We are also very grateful to our event sponsors, which include Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, Animal Legal Defense Fund, New England Federation of Humane Societies and The Cat Doctor of Bedford. 

 
To read more about what MAC has been up to, check out our  Annual Report !
Spotlight on a MAC License Plate Grant Recipient: 
Scituate Animal Shelter 
By Nancy Cullen

Scituate Animal Shelter ("Scituate") is a volunteer-driven, full service Section 501 (c)(3) animal shelter serving the people and animals in many communities south of Boston.  Led by Executive Director 
Maryann Regan, who is ably assisted by Ashley Davis (Director of Programs and Operations) and Amanda Eddy Baker (Volunteer Program & Operations Manager) as well as a small group of invaluable part-time staff and over 170 great volunteers, Scituate placed over 600 dogs, cats, rabbits and other furry and feathered creatures into Forever Homes during 2017.   In addition to its adoption program, Scituate has several other important initiatives, including t he  "HELP" program which provides assistance with veterinary and dietary care for animals of seniors and veterans; a pet food pantry for the general public; and an active humane education program. 

Of course, Scituate spends much of its time each year on spay/neuter activities in the campaign to control pet over-population by providing reduced-cost spay/neuter services for cats, dogs and rabbits across southeastern Massachusetts.  In addition to hosting the ARL's Spay Waggin once a month, Scituate staff and volunteers transport over 800 cats and dogs each year to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, the MRFRS' Catmobile and the Rhode Island Community Spay/Neuter Clinic in Warwick. Although it is based in Scituate, this organization actually provides most of its spay/neuter services for animals from other towns, including Weymouth, Abington, Whitman, Middleboro and Bridgewater and frequently assists hardworking "boots on the ground/TNR" groups, such as "Heart for Paws", with spay/neuter and other veterinary services.

Scituate was thrilled to receive a MAC License Plate Grant in 2017 and used its grant to provide much needed spay/neuter services for pitbulls owned by people of limited means.  Most of the pitties were females and the spaying of these dogs was a significant benefit for the owners as they applied for affordable housing in their communities of Weymouth, Quincy and Middleboro.

Scituate didn't forget the smaller creatures, however, and used the balance of its grant to help some sweet rabbits, some in the shelter and others from a neighboring community.  "Rabbits Rule and Deserve Spay/Neuter Help Too!"

For more information, call 781-544-4533 or email  info@scituateanimalshelter.org or 
visit the website at scituateanimalshelter.org.

MAC is now on Twitter!
 

To help grow awareness for animal welfare
 issues,  follow us at 
https://twitter.com/MAC_PetPlate .
Behind the Scenes of the "I'm Animal Friendly" License Plate Program! 
by Anne Lindsay

The "I'm Animal Friendly" license plate program is in its 13th year!  This is a life saving program and it is  very humbling each year to read through the applications and see the collective work that goes into  helping so many animals in Massachusetts.  
 
We thought it would be helpful for you to know about the process that goes into running the program:  

 Throughout the year our License Plate Oversight Committee works at tweaking the program.   While the bones are very solid, we spend a great deal of time making sure that our application makes  sense, that we are asking for information that will help to paint a picture of your organization's  operations, and more.  We also work with our very generous pro bono firm, Conover, Tuttle, Pace on  creatives for marketing the license plate.  

We encourage you to share this link and help us promote  the license plate.   The blog post explains the year-long/ongoing effort to drive sales for the plate.

 As an IRS and Mass achusetts recognized nonprofit, MAC has a responsibility to be the best  possible steward for the funds.  So the License Plate Oversight Committee combs through  applications as they arrive each spring to be sure that organizations are up to date on their required  filings and that they have provided all that we have asked for.  

  The committee then sends a big box of applications to members of our License Plate Grant  Committee, a group of 5 people who represent different parts of animal welfare.  They start toiling  away as they read through the volume of papers. They really get to know each application so that they  can be prepared for the Grant Committee meeting toward the end of June.  If there is a conflict of  interest of any kind, a grant committee member will recuse his/herself from voting.  It's a very fair  process and everyone takes his or her role very seriously. 

Maintaining a program like the "I'm Animal Friendly" license plate program is a lot of work!  But it is so  gratifying to know that so many of our dogs, cats and bunnies in Massachusetts are getting spayed  and neutered in order to help reduce the number of unwanted animals in our state.   
 
Thanks to all of you who work in animal welfare for the amazing work you do!  Massachusetts is a  leader in animal welfare because of you!

Spay Worcester Finds a New Home
by Alice O'Connor

MAC is thrilled to announce that Spay Worcester, a task force of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition, Inc., has become part of  Second Chance Animal Services (SCAS). Based in East Brookfield, SCAS has been working in Worcester providing services through a Pets for Life program grant, and  recently established a low cost veterinary clinic in the Main-South area of downtown Worcester.

Spay Worcester, a dynamic coalition of concerned Worcester residents and animal welfare professionals, began in 2010 as a MAC Task Force to reduce the population of free-roaming cats through public education and spay and neuter services.  

Spay Worcester's accomplishments have been recognized by both the city and state. Spay Worcester received a proclamation from the Worcester mayor's office in June 2013. June 18th will forever be Spay Worcester Day in the city. Spay Worcester also received an official citation from the State Senate and House of Representatives in 2013. Karen Powers, who started
Spay Worcester, received the Key to the City in February 2017. The program has been featured in publications including a "TuftsNow" article entitled "Feline Fixers" and a Worcester telegram and Gazette article entitled "Spay Worcester Tackles City's Feral Cat Crisis".

MAC is structured so that members can propose a Task Force to accomplish a particular goal.  If  the MAC board sees merit in the proposal, the Task Force can be established and MAC will provide seed money, volunteer insurance coverage, and board input as the Task Force evolves.  The ultimate goal is for a Task Force to "incubate" under MAC's umbrella until it is ready to either spin off into a permanent MAC program or be able to stand alone or be absorbed into another organization, as Spay Worcester is doing with Second Chance Animal Services. 
 
Anne Lindsay, President of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition, stated "the MAC board felt that given the enormous success of the Spay Worcester task force, it was time it became a permanent part of a local organization. Second Chance Animal Services is a very successful organization with an infrastructure that can support the Spay Worcester initiative. "

MAC is very happy that Spay Worcester has found its "forever home!" 

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Spay/Neuter Resources on our Website   

Are you aware of how much MAC has to offer beyond educational meetings, programs and task forces? Have you ever checked out our Resources pages? We offer information about Lost Pets, Rabies, Adoption, Wildlife, and so much more!

If you are looking for spay/neuter services in your area check out " Find a Spay/Neuter Clinic" on  the dropdown menu on MAC's homepage and you will be brought to our SpayMass page. There  is a map with pins showing locations of clinics all over the state, you can enter your zip code to  locate a clinic close to you, and you will find addresses and contact information for a clinic you  choose.

MAC is here for you! Be sure to take advantage of all that we have to offer!

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