Massachusetts animal shelter takes in over 100 homeless cats and dogs

Salem, Mass. (WWLP) – MSPCA-Angell and Northeast Animal Shelter have teamed up to save more animals affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida.

On Wednesday, 31 cats and nine dogs were recovered from Windsor Locks Bradley International Airport. Animals are taken to the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem for a 48-hour state-mandated quarantine. The flight was funded by the Bissell Pet Foundation.

“The need in Florida is great right now,” said Mike Keiley, director of MSPCA-Angell Adoption Centers and Programs and executive director of NEAS. “We evacuated the cats before the storm, and we will continue to transport animals [to Massachusetts] as long as we can, in order to open up much-needed space in Florida shelters.

The two organizations have rescued nearly 100 cats in recent weeks and are sending staff to Lee County, Florida to help the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Adoption and donations are needed to offset the cost of care for all animals rescued from Florida. For more information, visit mspca.org/ian.

“Our first team deployed to Florida this week,” Keiley explained. “We plan to have teams there at least until the beginning of next month. Shelters hit hard by the hurricane were already at capacity, and they were inundated with more animals. We are committed to doing whatever we can to help them, and that includes sending people to help with operations on the ground, as well as sending animals to Massachusetts to help open a shelter space. desperately needed.

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