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Special Adoption Fee Waiver Initiative: Animal Shelter Bursting at the Seams Due to Abandoned Pets

Yana Bostongirl

Boston: The pandemic may have seen a pet adoption boom but the sad news is that it also witnessed a huge increase (think 66%) in rabbit and guinea pig surrenders. As a result, MSPCA-Angell and Northeast Animal Shelter(NEAS) are experiencing severe overcrowding and eagerly looking to find these abandoned pets forever homes.

The MSPCA and NEAS had announced a special fee-waived adoptathon for small pets including mice, hamsters, gerbils, and birds) in July. This is what Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA-Angell, and interim executive director at Northeast Animal Shelter, had to say about the initiative "Many people we talk to don’t realize we work to find homes for more than just dogs and cats.  Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and birds make wonderful pets. He goes on to explain why they make a good choice for those with busy lifestyles " Rabbits and other small pets are also great co-workers for people working at home and a good choice for those concerned about returning to the office and spending less time at home.”

According to the MSPCA, savings based on taking advantage of this special fee waiver are as follows: Rabbit adopters - $85, Guinea pigs-$35, Hamsters/Mice/Gerbils - $10, Finches - $10 and Parrots - $150.

166 small pets were placed in loving homes as a result of this initiative held on July 31 and August 1st. Even then the MSPCA-Angell's adoption centers at Boston, Methuen, and Centerville as well as the NEAS shelter in Salem continue to be overwhelmed which led to another small pet fee waived adoptathon in November.

Those who would like more information about upcoming small pet adoptathons hosted by MSPCA can visit their website

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