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Thursday, February 05, 2009

MSPCA Closing Three Sites, Cutting 46 Staff

Sad news from today's Boston Globe.

By Globe Staff
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced today that it would close three animal care and adoption centers and cut 46 positions, saying its finances had been hammered by the recession and collapsing stock markets.
The animal welfare agency said it was closing centers in Brockton, Martha's Vineyard, and Springfield. The centers took in a total of more than 11,000 animals last year. The agency said it would also downsize several programs and departments at its Boston offices.
Four care and adoption centers will remain open, as will the organization's hospitals in Boston and Nantucket.
Carter Luke, the MSPCA president, said the organization had seen "devastating" endowment losses of 25.7 percent, or more than $11 million, in 2008.
"This puts us in a position where we must now take action to ensure our long term financial health and stability," Luke said in a statement.
The Springfield center will close March 31, the Martha's Vineyard center will close May 1, and the Brockton center will close Sept. 30, with operations beginning to phase down in March.
The Springfield center took in 6,600 animals last year, the Brockton center 4,200, and the Martha's Vineyard Center 470, said MSPCA spokesman Brian Adams.


Blogger Rebecca said...

I think this is terrible! And someone needs to step in and takeover, or start a campaign, raise money to keep the property running, something!!! Anyone interested in helping feel free to e-mail me at:

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