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MSPCA-Angell to Drop Adoption Fees for its Smallest Pets on One Day Only

Over 200 “small guys”—pets that include rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, birds and more—have filled the MSPCA-Angell’s three animal care and adoption centers in Massachusetts to the brim, and now adopters are set to benefit with a one-day fee-waived adoptathon that aims to put all of them into new homes.

Adoption fees for all small pets will be waived on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the MSPCA’s three adoption centers in Boston, Methuen and Centerville.  Qualifying pets include rabbits, small birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice and chinchillas. 

Depending on the pet they bring home, adopters can save between $10 and $75 on adoption fees.

Hundreds of Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Birds to Choose From!

“Few people know this but more rabbits than puppies are surrendered to our adoption centers, and they tend to stay with us longer because there are more homes for dogs and cats than there have traditionally been for rabbits—even though rabbits are amazing pets that can use a litter box, make friends with other pets in the home and bond with their human family members,” said Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA-Angell. 

The MSPCA has taken in 336 rabbits so far in 2018, with over 60 still in its adoption centers.  And, as of this writing, dozens of other small pets are vying for attention as the adoptathon draws near.  Adopting on Nov. 10 means bypassing the $75 rabbit adoption fee and still bringing home a pet that has been spayed or neutered and given a thorough behavior evaluation.

Bunny Bennies: Making the Case for the Smallest Pets

“Some people—especially first time adopters—may be wary of rabbits because they have little experience with them,” said Keiley.  “But this is an opportunity to get to know a bunny—and for us to reinforce why they’re such great pets.” 

Rabbits are quiet pets so they are ideal for apartment dwellers for whom barking dogs can be a problem.  Rabbits have distinct personalities—one is just as likely to be social and gregarious as another is to be aloof—just like more familiar pets like cats and dogs.  Many rabbits also recognize their owners by voice and sound, and will even come on command.

Rabbits also need less space than many other pets and can be easily trained.  The MSPCA has more informationabout rabbits on its Website, which can be helpful in determining whether to adopt.


The MSPCA’s three adoption centers are also home to dozens of small birds—such as parakeets, cockatiels, doves and finches—as well as guinea pigs, whose $25 fees will be waived on Nov. 10. 


“Birds and guinea pigs make wonderful first-time pets for young families and they’re an especially great way to introduce kids to the wonders and responsibilities associated with pet keeping,” added Keiley.  “And since we have so many to choose from we’re confident we’ve got the right pet for every person who comes in on Saturday.”


When and Where

The adoptathon takes place on Saturday, Nov. 10 and all three adoption centers will waive adoption fees for small pets.  Visit for more information and for hours and directions.


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