The Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) was formed in February 2000 by animal welfare professionals and volunteers who are dedicated to the welfare of animals. They wanted to make a difference by collectively helping those animals that needed them the most. MAC members have initiated task forces on a number of fronts including: reshaping the image of shelters in Massachusetts, helping to improve communication among groups working to place animals, compiling a list of animal services in Massachusetts, and promoting animal-friendly legislation. In addition, the Coalition decided one of the key ways to accomplish their mission was to start a spay/neuter program for shelters and rescue organizations.
By Pamela H. Sacks
Telegram & Gazette Staff
Aileen D'Angelo became a convert to Reiki when she found it eased her severe joint pain. For Ms. D'Angelo, who suffers from systemic lupus erythmetosis, pain medications had proved ineffective. She was in the middle of a bad flare-up, and a friend who is a practitioner of Reiki, a type of energy healing, suggested that she give Ms. D'Angelo a treatment.
Especially for Pets is proud to announce the opening of our sixth store in Medway in July! Located on Route 109 in Medway Commons, this is our largest store to date at 6,000 square feet. The newly constructed building boasts an in-store training facility, a state of the art groomery, and a sales floor personalized with photographs of employee and customer pets on the walls. We’re well stocked with premium pet foods and unique pet supplies and in addition to our products, we offer training, grooming and free educational seminars.
Last spring, Especially for Pets partnered with the MSPCA for a special ‘Think Spring — Think Relationships in Bloom’ in-store promotion. In each store we posted a ‘wish list’ from the MSPCA’s Phinney’s Friends, a program that helps pet owners who are living with HIV/AIDS to stay together with their beloved companion animals. Especially for Pets’ customers responded generously, donating $761 in pet supplies and toys — everything from a talking octopus to catnip toys to dog beds — and $241 in cash contributions.
Each quarter, the staff at Especially for Pets volunteers their time to clip the nails of customers’ pets in exchange for a donation to a local shelter.
The recipient for the third quarter of 2004 was Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling who recently received a donation for $2,632 – thank you Especially for Pets’ customers!
Executive Director Leigh Grady said "Our shelter is proud to be affiliated with Especially for Pets and it’s wonderful to see a pet store that is SO rescue and shelter friendly – a pet store with a conscience.