How You Can Help
Support MAC's mission, project, and activities by becoming a member. MAC has two types of membership, organizational and individual. All members should be willing to join meetings and pay annual dues. Click here to get more information on becoming a member or renewing your membership.
Monetary Gift: By giving to a shelter or an animal welfare organization, you are helping to promote the kind treatment of animals. Some shelters will use your funds for the direct care of the animals in their kennel. Other organizations will use your donation money to generate public awareness campaigns that will promote animal welfare. In either case, you will be making a difference for animals. If you would like more information about giving opportunities to help MAC, Inc. to continue its work for animals, feel free to contact us at PO Box 766, Westborough MA 01581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can make a donation via paypal by clicking on the top left button above.
In-Kind Gift: Often things that you might discard can benefit the animals. Almost all animal care facilities are always looking for materials and supplies. Most use towels, sheets and blankets to help make animals comfortable. Many use newspaper to line the bottoms of cages. Often there are other needs, like cat litter or dog toys. Some shelters use donated cat and dog foods. Paper towels are often needed, as are laundry supplies to wash those linens. Contact your shelter or animal control facility to see what's needed in your area.
When you're ready to add an animal companion to your household, don't buy from a pet store whose animals come from hideously cruel and unhealthy situations. Visit your local animal shelter or animal control facility instead. If you're looking for a specific breed that may not be immediately available in the shelter, check for a breed rescue group that works with that breed. For links to these and other sources, visit our Adoption Resources page or Petfinder.com
Volunteer for MAC! The Massachusetts Animal Coalition offers several volunteer opportunities:
• AniMatch is a Massachusetts-based program, created by members of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) that enables animal welfare organizations to work together to successfully transfer dogs that are in need of placement. Learn about volunteering for AniMatch
• The "I'm Animal Friendly" license plates support spay/neuter efforts in Massachusetts and help to reduce the number of homeless animals in the state. Learn about volunteering to promote the “I’m Animal Friendly” plates.
• Other MAC volunteer opportunities: Complete the general MAC volunteer application
• Volunteer for an animal welfare organization in your area! One of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have is waiting for you. You may be able to participate with as little as a couple of hours a month. Contact your local shelter or animal control facility to get details of the opportunities available. You may want to help in a kennel, participating in direct care - feeding, cleaning, walking and helping to socialize the animals. You may want to help with office tasks, answering telephones, filing and computer work. You may want to work with potential adopters, helping people to find the right animals. Often there are opportunities to help when you're at home during evening hours. However you choose to become involved, you'll know that you are personally and directly helping individual animals - and that's a very nice feeling indeed! Find a local animal welfare organization at www.petfinder.com.
Foster homes are needed for a variety of situations. Sometimes an animal may be too young to be immediately adopted. Sometimes an animal may have minor health problems, like colds, or other special situations that need to be resolved before the animal can be adopted. Sometimes a shelter may just get too full, and a foster home provides temporary shelter until there's room for the animal. Contact your local shelter, animal control facility, breed rescue group or MAC for information about foster opportunities
Support Those Who Support MAC
Wellesley-based jewelry designer, Sarah Barnes, has made a special animal-themed bracelet and earrings. She is donating 25% of each sale to MAC. They each sell for $20, so MAC will get $5 for each one (or pair) sold. More information.
Learn about issues affecting animals in your community, and help to make others aware of those issues. Check out the information available elsewhere on our site, as well as through our links to other sites. So much animal suffering is the result of simple ignorance - you can make a real difference by helping to inform your friends and neighbors.
Find out about sponsoring a MAC meeting here.
MAC has created some postal stamps through Zazzle. Now you can show you are "I'm Animal Friendly" on your envelopes as well as your car! Proceeds benefit MAC -- and therefore the animals! eting