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Massachusetts Animal Coalition Awards $185K in “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate Spay/Neuter Grants

25 programs across Massachusetts will receive support thanks to animal friendly drivers

The Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) is pleased to announce 25 spay/neuter programs will receive 2018 “I’m Animal Friendly” license plate grants.

This year, MAC, a non-profit organization leading efforts to care for and protect homeless animals across the state, was able to distribute a total of $185,0000 in grants to support spay/neuter programs for shelter animals, community and feral cats, and animals owned by Massachusetts residents in financial need.

2018 “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate Grant Recipients


Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue House Rabbit Network Merrimack Valley Spay/Neuter Initiative
Animal Rescue League of Boston, Community Cats Initiative HubCats/Feral Cat Fund of Boston PitteLove Rescue
Belchertown Animal Control Humane Coalition for Animals of Greater New Bedford Second Chance Animal Shelter
Berkshire Humane Society It’s All About the Animals South Shore Humane Society
Charles River Alley Cats Medfield Animal Shelter Thomas J. O’Connor
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society Town of Dartmouth Animal Control
Dakin Humane Society MSPCA, Pit Pals Program Town of Westport Animal Contril
Friends of the Scituate Shelter MSPCA, Boston Adoption Center
Here Today Adopted Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary MSPCA, Cape Cod

What Is The “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate Program?

MAC launched the “I’m Animal Friendly” license plate program in 2003 to raise money for spay/neuter efforts at shelters, rescues, and municipal animal control agencies.  Past grant recipients have also included coalitions of animal welfare groups targeting specific communities or geographic areas with very limited access to affordable spay/neuter surgery.

Thanks to individuals who purchase and renew the Massachusetts “I’m Animal Friendly” license plate, MAC is able to award grants on an annual basis.  Thousands of cats, dogs, and rabbits receive spay and neuter services every year through funds provided by the program.

MAC’s founder and president Anne Lindsay notes that this year once again, the funding requests MAC received for help were far greater than what the organization can currently provide from the funds raised by the “I’m Animal Friendly” license plate.

She encourages every animal lover to order the plate from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

“The more people who purchase and renew the ‘I’m Animal Friendly’ plate, the bigger the difference we can make for local animals,” says Lindsay.

READY TO GET THE PLATE? Visit petplate.org to order the “I’m Animal Friendly” plate or sign up for a reminder to purchase when it’s time to renew your registration.

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Thank You 2017 “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate Grant Recipients

31 organizations made a difference with spay/neuter programs supported by the Massachusetts Animal Coalition’s license plate program 

In 2017, the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) awarded 31 organizations over $177,000 to implement a variety of spay/neuter programs in cities and towns from the Berkshires to Cape Cod.  With plans to announce the 2018 “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate Grant Recipients in September, we wanted to recognize the incredible work the 2017 grantees did to spay and neuter thousands of cats, dogs, and rabbits over the past year.

Thank you to the dedicated animal welfare advocates, employees, and volunteers at…


Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue All Dog Rescue Berkshire Humane Society Boston Homeless Cats Coalition
Charles River Alley Cats Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts Dakin Humane Society Fall River Animal Control
Friends of Beverly Animals Friends of the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter Friends of the Scituate Shelter Halfway Home Cat Rescue
Here Today Adopted Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary Humane Coalition for Animals of Greater New Bedford It’s All About the Animals Kitty Connection
Lowell TNR Coalition Marty’s Cat Rescue Medfield Animal Shelter Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society
Merrimack Valley Spay Neuter Initiative MSPCA Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals New England Society for Abandoned Animals
PittieLove Rescue PoundHounds Second Chance Animal Shelter South Shore Humane Society
Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center Town of Westport Animal Control

…MAC was proud to support your efforts to reduce the number of homeless cats, dogs, and rabbits in Massachusetts!

What Is An “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate Grant?

Every June, MAC distributes funds raised through sales of the “I’m Animal Friendly” specialty license plate to non-profit animal shelters, rescue groups, and municipal animal control agencies across the Commonwealth to provide much needed spay and neuter services.

Grants help support spay/neuter surgeries for shelter animals, community and feral cats, and animals owned by Massachusetts residents in financial need.

Past grant recipients include shelters and rescues, as well as coalitions of animal welfare groups and municipal animal control agencies targeting specific communities or geographic areas with very limited access to affordable spay/neuter surgery.

“We are incredibly lucky in Massachusetts to have a resource such as MAC’s ‘I’m Animal Friendly’ license plate grant program that provides funding for spays and neuters,” says Maryann Regan, the executive director of Scituate Animal Shelter, a 2017 grant recipient.

Regan explains that shelters like Scituate and community spay/neuter efforts need support, “not only to help our shelter animals, but also to subsidize the cost of the surgery for people who otherwise might not be financially able to provide it for their pets. In some instances, getting help with the cost of spay/neuter probably also prevents pet owners from having to surrender their beloved pet to shelters.”

Stay Tuned For September 2018 Grant Recipient Announcement!

We’re very excited to share the list of 2018 “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate Grant Recipients in September!

Are you a municipal agency or non-profit 501(c)(3) organization?  You may be eligible to can apply to receive funds for spay and neuter programs!  For more on grant application process, visit massanimalcoalition.org/programs/license-plate/license-plate-grants/

5-Point “I’m Animal Friendly” Checklist for Summer Drivers

The Massachusetts Animal Coalition’s “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate Offers 5 Pet Friendly Summer Travel Tips to Help You Drive Like An Animal (Lover) 

With summer vacation season in full-swing, more and more drivers will hit the road in the coming weeks to get to their holiday destinations of choice.  Traveling by car is a top choice for many families, especially when pets are coming along on the trip.

To make your summer road trip a good one for all your two- and four-legged passengers, the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC), the non-profit organization behind the “I’m Animal Friendly” special license plate, has developed a five-point pet-friendly travel checklist.

As the roads get crowded, drivers will have a hard time avoiding bumper-to-bumper traffic and unexpected delays on their way to and from popular vacation spots like the Berkshires, Cape Ann, Cape Cod, and the South Shore.

“We’re often so focused on packing our suitcases and getting on the road to beat the traffic, we forget to consider how to keep our pets comfortable, relaxed, quiet, and occupied during what could easily turn into a long car ride during the summer,” explains Anne Lindsay, founder and president of MAC.

5 Pet-Friendly Road Trip Tips

Following MAC’s “I’m Animal Friendly” Five-Point Pet Friendly Checklist will help you drive like an animal (lover) when you hit the road:

  1. Familiarize your pet with the car. Many cats and dogs are not big fans of automotive travel – often because the only time they are in the car is to go to the vet’s office!  Put some treats or toys in your cat’s carrier or make your dog comfortable in the backseat in a crate or other restraint and take short drives to get them used to the car ride.
  2. Prepare snacks and activities. If your pet is likely to need something to keep them busy on a long road trip, consider bringing a food puzzle such as a treat ball or a stuffed Kong, or another favorite special treat. Think ahead on the treats though – anything with a fishy smell is traveling with you, too!
  3. Plan for potty breaks. Mapping ahead of time where the animal-friendly rest stops or places a dog can get out to stretch his legs minimizes the time you have to drive around searching for one. Especially if you get stuck in traffic, knowing where you can stop when he/she needs to go makes a big difference!
  4. Pack the H20. Make sure you have a bowl and water bottle easily accessible in the car so you can offer water to your pet as needed along the way.
  5. Arrange your pit stops. Pets don’t sweat and the temperature in a car can quickly rise to dangerous levels – even in cooler temperatures in the shade with the windows open.  A Stanford University School of Medicine study showed a car’s interior can heat up by an average of 40 degrees within an hour, even on a mild 60-degree sunny day. Make a plan for how to handle your pit stops so you never leave a pet in a hot car!

Watch The Road For The “I’m Animal Friendly” License Plate!

When you’re on the road this summer, keep an eye out for the “I’m Animal Friendly” Massachusetts special license plate!  Animal-friendly drivers can support statewide spay and neuter efforts at shelters, rescue groups, and municipal agencies by purchasing the special license plate.

READY TO DRIVE LIKE AN ANIMAL(LOVER)? Visit petplate.org to sign up for a reminder to order the “I’m Animal Friendly” plate when it’s time to renew your registration online with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.