Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center (MSPCA-Angell)

The MSPCA-Angell is national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, we are the second-oldest humane society in the United States. The MSPCA comprises Animal Care and Adoption Centers, the Advocacy Department, and the Law Enforcement Department, all within the Animal Protection Division (APD). Angell Animal Medical Center is the nonprofit veterinary hospital. The mission of the MSPCA-Angell is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society. Kara Holmquist and Lynsey Legier are both attorneys in the Advocacy Department, which focuses on legislative and public policy work that is essential to bringing about long-term change for all animals. They work alongside other APD areas, including the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement Department, to help to interpret the animal cruelty laws and to work for change when laws do not provide adequate protection. The MSPCA also focuses on animal well-being across the state to prevent animal cruelty, neglect, and homelessness by breaking down barriers to resources and services in communities where animals are at the highest risk.

We have joined as an organizational member in order to learn and collaborate, especially when it comes to discussions relating to animal protection and the impact that animals have on other areas of the law and vice versa. We hope to offer guidance and resources to other WBA members where necessary.