By Kathleen McGinty

As an open-admission animal shelter and adoption agency, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) at Nevins Farm takes in every animal that comes through its doors. With approximately 8,000 passing through the shelter every year, the supplies that the shelter staff uses to care for the animals are in constant demand.  That’s why the AHS Interact Club has decided to hold a fund-raiser for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, Mass., from Monday, Nov. 7 to Thursday, Nov. 10.

The AHS Interact Club, as the high school chapter of the Rotary Club of Andover, engages in community service and fund-raising projects for local, regional, and international causes.  After discussing possible organizations to raise funds for, the group agreed to support the local chapter of the MSCPA in Methuen.

“We took a vote in the club,” said Sam Stettiner, organizer of the fund-raiser.  “[The MSPCA] was a cause we were all really passionate about.”

Receiving no state funding, the MSPCA is a non-profit organization that relies on the community to donate the supplies needed to aid helpless animals.

“Anything the shelter doesn’t have to purchase means that we have more money to spend on the animals that are here,” said Danielle Wordell, an adoption counselor at the MSPCA. “For almost 100 years, the MSPCA in Methuen has supported the Merrimack Valley and beyond when they needed help with their animals, and we hope to continue to do this for many years to come.”

For the next three days, large boxes will be located in the foyer for students and faculty to drop off their donations.  Many of the items the MSPCA needs are common household items such as hand and dish soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, blankets, and sheets.  For a full list of items that can be donated, check the flyers that are hanging in the foyer.

“Without help from the community, either by people donating their time as volunteers, or donating money or supplies, we would not be able to take care of so many animals and help them all to find new homes,” said Wordell.  “Every donation, whether it’s people’s time, money, or supplies is needed, and we appreciate every gift, no matter how big or how small.”