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Did you know that MAC's HOT TOPICS Educational Meeting will be on 
Sunday, December 2, 2018? 

Registration closes on Friday, November 30.

The subject will be I dentifying and Reporting Animal Cruelty  for Animal Welfare Professionals.  We will also have a helpful update to explain PAWS II and how it will affect us.  For more information about this meeting scroll to the end of this newsletter.
PAWS II is Signed into Law!

Massachusetts is once again making breaking news for animals.  Here is what the Animal Rescue League of Boston and the MSPCA have to say about the Bill:

Come to our Hot Topics Meeting on December 2 to learn more!
MAC has a New President!
by Anne Lindsay

Julia Pesek is a force. And MAC is lucky to have her as our new president! Julia came onto the board in 2013 and has been a great addition to the MAC team.  

Coming from the social services and then mortgage banking industries in Chicago, Julia moved to Massachusetts to attend the Animals and Public Policy Program at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts.  Upon graduating in 2013 Julia moved straight into her current position at MSPCA's Nevins Farm where she is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the shelter. With more than 25 years of experience in many different volunteer and professional positions in the animal welfare field, Julia brings so much to MAC and to the animal field in general.  

Julia helped to create and co-chairs the MAC AniMatch for Cats program with Valerie Wolf, another MAC board member.  You don't have to know Julia well to know that she is a cat person and LOVES to talk about her cat, Parker, who isn't with us any more.  But Julia keeps him alive in everyone's mind! Quite a tribute to a great relationship between them! It's no big surprise that Julia shares her home with more than a couple cats!  

Please give a warm welcome to President Julia Pesek!  
What is Buddy really trying to say?
By Jeanine Lorusso, Director of Dog Programs at Baypath Humane Society
When people come to your shelter to meet the dogs they see sweet faces, beautiful eyes, happy and jumpy dogs, and future family members.  But what do you see?

As an animal welfare professional, you may see signs of stress, fear and discomfort as visitors interact with the animals at the shelter.  We understand that these animals have endured big changes in their lives, and meeting a variety of new faces with a barrage of sights, sounds, and smells can be understandably overwhelming to them.  This, in combination with the knowledge that general public isn't overly skilled in reading dogs' body language, particularly when the dog is fearful1, can lead to a "perfect storm" of miscommunication and unintended behavioral consequences.  

How License Plate Grants are Helping Pets and People
by Julia Pesek

Thanks to funding from the  Massachusetts Animal Coalition, Shadow is healthy and home with her person! 

Shadow's person recently came to Nevins Farm in search of emergency spay surgery for her cat that had pyometra, a life threatening uterine infection - and an extremely costly emergency surgery. As a member of the Merrimack Valley Spay/Neuter Initiative, we recently received a generous grant a ward for $16,000 from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition for low-cost spay/neuter programming. We're looking forward to making great use of these funds and impacting the lives of cats, dogs and rabbits in need.

These grant funds are generated through the "I'm Animal Friendly" license plate. Get yours today (you don't even have to go to the RMV - it's easier than you think!) and help save the lives of animals like Shadow! 

Learn more at

Do you have a great story about using your grant from MAC's License Plate Fund?  Send it to us at and it could be featured in an upcoming E-News!
What About Pets in Cold Cars?
By Katie Kozikowski
MAC's Pets in Hot Cars Task force was created to assist with training Animal Control Officers, Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters in enforcing Massachusetts General Law Chapter 140 Section 174F which protects animals being left in vehicles during extreme temperatures.

While our name might suggest that this may only be an issue in the heat of summer, do not be fooled.  Frigid temperatures can be just as dangerous! And although many think that dogs are better protected from colder temperatures because they have fur, it would be more appropriate to think of their fur as a light jacket for most breeds (unless they were bred for the winter months of course). Exposed skin, such as the under belly, ears & around the mouth and nose are more prone to frost bite, even inside of a vehicle if left for too long. Our role in the MAC Pet's in Hot Cars Task force is to help educate the Officers who enforce this law through trainings.

For further information pertaining to this law, click here.
Spay/Neuter Resources 
on MAC's 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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If you're not a MAC member, please consider becoming one and help support the work we do. Individual memberships are just $10/year! Joining MAC is a great way to become more involved in animal welfare, meet others who are doing similar work, make friends and connections, and hear from experts in the field. For more info visit our membership page.  
Everyone Can Register NOW 
 MAC's HOT TOPICS - December 2, 2018
"Identifying and Reporting Animal Cruelty
for Animal Welfare Professionals" 

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018  (just 2 weeks away, so register NOW!!

Time:   9:00 am Registration & Light Breakfast
            9:30 am to 4:00 pm Workshop
A vegetarian/vegan lunch will be served. Please email us if you have special needs at 

Hamilburg Lecture Hall in the Frankin M. Loew Veterinary Education Center, AKA the Loew library - Building #2 on this map -

Registration: Everyone can now register!! MAC members $20. Non-members $30. Make your money go further - You can join MAC for $10 and register for the meeting as a member ($20) at the same time!

If you are an organizational member of MAC and want to use your member benefit of free meeting passes, please email us at

Our generous sponsor, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, is donating some of their free passes to Massachusetts Animal Control Officers.  
If you are interested, please contact

About the meeting:
Overview of PAWS II Act(Kara Holmquist, MSPCA Director of Advocacy)
Some of you asked for this at MAC's "Business of Running a Shelter or Rescue" meeting in September! Here it is!!!In 2014 the PAWS Act (Protect Animal Welfare and Safety) was passed. In August of 2018 the PAWS II Act was signed by Governor Baker. The PAWS II bill builds on the state's animal cruelty laws made with the passage of the original 2014 PAWS Act in 2014. Learn about how this law affects you and the animals you serve.
Introduction and the Importance of "The Link" (Emily McCobb, DVM, Cummings School  of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University)
MA State Cruelty laws (Nadine Pellegrini, Esq.)
How they apply to you
Roles/Responsibility/Reporting (Edward Schettino, DVM, Animal Rescue League of Boston)
What is the role of the ACO/Shelter/Rescue agent?
How to set up protocols
Confidentiality/Culpability/Immunity-Liability/Press and Social Media (Lenore Montanaro, Esq., Animal Rescue League of Boston)
Why you need to report (Lt. Alan Borgal, Animal Rescue League of Boston and Anne  Lindsay, Massachusetts Animal Coalition)
Panel discussion/questions
Note: Are you a member of an organization that is an active member of MAC? You may be able to register at the member fee. Some MAC member organizations may also have free passes available. Please contact your organization for more information or email us at 

MAC thanks the following sponsor of Hot Topics:

*MAC uses a cloud based system that manages both membership and meeting registration. The system uses your email address to identify you. If the system does not recognize your email address, your membership may have expired or you may be using a different email address than the one we have on file for you.  Also, the system allows you to pay with a credit card.  You do not have to have a PayPal account to register. If you have problems or questions please email us at