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Massachusetts Animal Friendly License Plate
from Massachusetts Animal Coalition
Tell your community
you care about animals! By purchasing this license plate, you will be
contributing to a statewide program that will directly benefit Massachusetts
The initial cost of this Animal Friendly license plate is $40, $28 of
which will be used to help fund this statewide program. The remaining
$12 is a one time only cost to cover the manufacturing of the plate.
Upon renewal, the entire $40 will go to this spay/neuter program. (The
standard registration fee is due every two years upon renewal in addition
to the Animal Friendly license plate fee).
Funds received from the sale of these special license plates will be dispersed
annually by the Massachusetts Animal Coalition - MAC through a grant process.
These fund will be awarded to non-profit humane organizations and municipal
animal control agencies in the Commonwealth that provide spaying and neutering
services to cats and dogs.
MAC is comprised of animal welfare professionals and volunteers who work
together to decrease the number of homeless, neglected, displaced and
abused animals across Massachusetts.To purchase an Animal Friendly license
plate go to: GO TO: http://www.mass.gov/rmv/express/plates.htm
Massachusetts Animal Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
PO Box 766, Westborough, MA 01581-0766 www.massachusettsanimalcoalition.org
Dispelling six common myths about neutering cats
A cat re-couperates from
a spaying procedure
- My cat will become fat
and lazy after being neutered.
Your cat will not become
fat or lazy after being neutered. As an animal ages, the metabolism
naturally slows down. Overfeeding and lack of exercise are the main
causes of obesity.
- My female cat will be
a better pet if I let her go through at least one heat before I get
No evidence exists
to support the belief that female animals should go through a heat or
have one litter before being spayed. Unfortunately, letting a female
animal go through its first heat greatly increases her chances of developing
mammary cancer later in life.
- My male cat will develop
feline urologic syndrome if I neuter him.
Castrating a young
male cat will not predispose him to urethral obstruction when he is
older. There is no medical evidence to support this theory.
- Only owners of female
cats are responsible for controlling the problem of pet over-population.
No, animal population
control is the responsibility of all pet owners, not just the owners
of females. One male cat can sire more litters in the same amount of
time that one female cat can produce offspring.
- My cat will become depressed
if it cannot breed.
Eliminating a cat's
ability to breed will not cause depression or reduce its quality of
life. Some cat owners equate their cat's sexuality with human sexuality.
However, a cat's sexuality does not have the same emotional or physiological
- Keeping my cat indoors
all the time is an effective alternative to neutering.
Keeping a cat indoors
is not an effective means of "birth control." A female cat "in heat"
or a male detecting a female in heat will use any tactic possible to
escape and find a mate.
By Diane East
If anyone has witnessed a cat
stretching its body, arching its back and extending its claws to have
a good stretch on a tree trunk, a scratching post, or an arm of a chair,
they cannot help but observe the sheer pleasure a cat derives from this
ritual. Stretching and sharpening claws are very essential parts of being
a cat. Unfortunately, in the United States, today, declawing has become
as acceptable a procedure as spaying or neutering. Fortunately, there
are some veterinarians who will refuse to declaw a cat unless the only
alternative is euthanasia. One veterinarian who has spoken out strongly
against declawing is Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Director of the Animal Behavior
Clinic at Tufts University School of
Medicine, and the author of
two books entitled: "The Cat Who Cried for Help" and "The Dog Who Loved
Too Much." Dr. Dodman has written passionately on the subject of declawing.
His book describes the surgery as "actual amputation of the tips of the
digits, bones and all:' He notes that recovery from surgery is excruciatingly
painful and not only doss it leave a cat physically vulnerable but psychologically
vulnerable as well. Some cats become biters or will become overly anxious
and nervous as a result of declawing. Dr. Dodman writes there are alternatives
to declawing that should work if applied properly.
- Provide scratching posts,
tall enough for the cat to stretch full length.
Position one of them close to the cat's usual sleeping area as cats
like to stretch and scratch after they first wake up. The other posts
should be positioned in high traffic areas of the house.
- The posts must be extremely
secure. Cats do not like to scratch something that wobbles or falls
down a lot.
- The scratching posts must
be covered in any material that is easily shredded like burlap. Cats
love to be able to shred the material. The fabric used should preferably
have vertical fibers.
- Sometimes a large, solid
log makes a great scratching post.
- Lacing the posts with catnip
will make them even more attractive to the cat.
- To deter scratching inappropriate
sites, e.g. stereo speakers, arms of chairs/sofas, etc., wrap aluminum
foil or plastic wrap around the site. If a site is impossible to wrap,
spray perfume or citrus scent on to the site. Cats hate the smell of
perfume and citrus.
- If the cat continues to
scratch inappropriate places, go to the Veterinarian and purchase Soft
Paws, which are soft plastic caps he glues on to the cat's nails. They
come in designer colors. They are not permanent and will have to be
Beware also of cats that scratch to get your attention. My friend has
a cat who will scratch her oriental carpet early every morning just because
he knows it will propel her out of bed and into the kitchen to open a
can of cat food. My friend's first thought was to distract the cat from
scratching, but the cat now associates scratching her carpet with food.
Ignore scratching behavior if you think it is done to get your attention,
and certainly don't reward the cat with food.
I look forward to the day when declawing cat is regarded as an act of
abuse and is forbidden by law in every country in the world.
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics
LOCAL LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS
606 State Rd.
N. Dartmouth, MA.
Pet Partners Inc.
139 Shaw St.
Fall River, MA.
Sylvan Animal Clinic
474 Durfee St.
Fall River, MA.
OTHER AREA LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS.
RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC
235 Elm St.,
Warwick, Rhode Island 02888
(401) 369- PAWS (7297) www.ricsnc.org
ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF BOSTON-
To have a cat (friendly or feral) spayed/neutered at low cost, contact
the Spay Waggin at 1-877-590-SPAY or via their web site at
For a suggested donation of $75, an appointment can be made with the Mobile
Unit (Spay Waggin)for spay/neuter including vaccinations, microchip and
wellness check-ups.at for your appointment. Arrange for an appointment
when the Waggin comes to greater New Bedford area.
Concerned Citizens For Animals
PO Box 80073
Springfield, MA 01138-0073
A non-profit Spay/Neuter program for the financially needy.
350 South Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130-4803
Reduced cost spay/neuter for low income pet owners.
Merwin Memorial Free Clinic For Animals
542 Cambridge Street
Allston, MA 02134-2403
Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society
91 Bridge Road
spay/neuter for ferals. TNR program.
North Shore Feline Rescue
PO Box 1263
Middleton, MA 01949
Assistance with TNR.
Northeast Animal Shelter
204 Highland Ave.
Salem, MA 01970
Paw Safe Animal Rescue
281 High Street
Medford, MA 02155-3717
781 396 3585
Standish Humane Society
PO Box 1467
Duxbury, MA 02066-0824
Feral Neutering Program
Stray Pets In Need of Massachusettes, Inc.
PO Box 812143
Wellesley, MA 02182
spay neuter assistance for low income pet owners.
The links below offer expanded
information on feline topics.