Bay State Animal Cooperative
A Safe, Loving, No Kill Rescue for Animals
To practice a no-kill philosophy while providing humane resources and services aimed at reducing animal overpopulation and unnecessary suffering for companion, stray, relinquished and feral animals.
We work cooperatively with other humane organizations, local municipalities and the community to develop and implement programs including but not limited to:
We are funded entirely by donations and operate completely by volunteers.
BSAC is a 501(c)3 charitable/non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
Your tax-deductible gift to the Bay State Animal Cooperative helps ensure animals in distress receive the care they need, as well as a chance to be adopted into a caring home.
We gratefully accept any amount. If you would like to pay by check, please make checks payable to Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc. and mail to:
Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc.
47 Windsor Road
Norwood, MA 02062
Board of Directors
Founder and President
I founded the Bay State Animal Cooperative, a 501(c)3 animal rescue organization in 2009 and proudly serve as the volunteer President, foster caregiver, treasurer and trapper. As an animal advocate since childhood, I am proud to stand by other passionate volunteers and directors that help mold this organization. I have supported a no-kill philosophy since I can remember and it is the back-bone of my everyday life with animals.
Animal rescue, advocacy, support and welfare has been my destiny and I have actively pursued this passion since the early 1980’s. Though it all began in 1964 a small town in NH where I raised with an array of rodents, rabbits, dogs, reptiles and great “human” family support.
I currently share my home with my husband, college attending son, his adopted cat, Jasmine, my cat Talia, many long and short-term foster cats. I have two grown independent daughters and a son who all share their lives with adopted cats.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Emmanuel College. I have completed many animal science and veterinary technician courses. In 2017, I passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam and am a certified veterinary technician. Additionally, I have held many roles over the years involving animals including; TNR specialist, executive director of another no-kill rescue group, member of the mass animal coalition, and partner with animal control officers, rescues, businesses and schools to educate and assist with feline rescue and adoption.
As a professional pet sitter and dog walker I feel lucky to be able to share every day with animals while assisting pet owners. The coordination of many past and present part-time professions has allowed me to rescue, care for, adopt and spay/neuter thousands of felines over the past 20 years of my life while experiencing many memories with my friends and family.
Though life is hectic and a bit overwhelming at times, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I am a retired high school Science Department Director with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters degree. I taught for 30 years and have had various volunteer experiences throughout that time.
My experience with BSAC has grown by stages. BSAC was the group that I first encountered as a result of kitten visitors in my yard. I needed help and BSAC had suggestions and advice. After a short time, my interest in cats, the attitude of the public towards cats, and how I could help to make the lives of cats and kittens better sent me in a new direction. Educating individuals to help themselves and the cats in their neighborhoods are important to me. BSAC provided the framework for my interests and a way to move forward to provide that help. The goals of the organization are core values that I can support. As a result I became the BSAC shelter manager at a place where myself, and many volunteers would house and care for cats and kittens that were waiting for forever homes.
I am an ardent supporter of animal rights using various internet petition sites, including paid memberships to many animal support groups
My present position at BSAC is vice president. I perform various volunteer functions in the group:
Maintain the pictures and bios on Petfinder of our available cats and kittens
Track of all trapping equipment (including pickup and delivery)
I am the volunteer coordinator with the Bay State Animal Cooperative and could not be happier with my choice of volunteer work. I was first introduced to Bay State approximately 18 years ago when I was looking for a companion for my adult cat. I was introduced to a friendly feral cat named Cinnamon, and while my family thought my cat was too attached to me to share his home, it could not have been a better fit. They were best friends, and Cinnamon is still with me today at 20 years old!
I started out volunteering with fundraising and administration and was happy to expand my services to volunteer coordinator and working with the cats within our adoption center. I am proud to be a member of BSAC not only because of their no-kill philosophy, but also with its dedication to providing valuable resources to reduce animal overpopulation, assisting pet owners who would otherwise have not humane alternative and educating young and old about rescuing and caring for animals. I also attracted to BSAC as the organization takes in special needs and older cats and will care for them until the exact fit if found...as long as it take. There is no better feeling than finding the purrfect forever home for our beloved felines and brightening the lives of their new families.
I currently have three cats, all adopted through BSAC. I am a Realtor with Keller Williams and love the fact that I not only help find homes for people but for cats who, without BSAC, might not benefit from a second chance to be part of a loving family.
I started volunteering at Bay State Animal Cooperative in 2012 cleaning cages and socializing the cats in the shelter and then became an adoption counselor and foster mother for cats and kittens in need of a temporary home. When the BSAC website needed a complete redesign, I volunteered to do the work. I now maintain the website and the BSAC Facebook page. I work with a great volunteer photographer who maintains all our Twitter and Instagram posts. I hold a Bachelor of Science in English Literature.
Thank you for your interest in applying for a new pet. Please know that priority will be given to applications less than an hour from our corporate address as we reserve the right to visit our adopted pets at any time. Additionally, we support adopting close to home where you can get follow up support for the animal you adopt. If you reside a long distance from us, we encourage you to seek your local resources and opt not to apply through Bay State Animal Cooperative but if you still choose to apply understand we may not be able to accept your application.
You can visit any of our cats by appointment to see them in their foster homes. Please note this can only be done by making an appointment so that we may have one of our volunteers assist you. For an appointment, contact us via email at email@example.com.
Bring all members of your household.
Try not to get attached to a particular cat. Our adoption counselors are trained to work with you to find the best match for your household.
When submitting an adoption application, include information about your past and current pets, veterinarian, your housing situation, etc.
Sponsor Our Long Term Foster Cats.....
These semi-feral cats live a comfortable life together, but they need your sponsorship. Please consider a monthly contribution to sponsor one of these cats so we can continue to keep them safe! We need special food, medication and veterinary care for these beautiful cats and your help is needed!
To sponsor, please pledge any denomination through the website or send a monthly check to:
(BSAC, Inc. -Sponsor, 42 Windsor Drive, Norwood, MA 02062) to support these long term fosters expenses.
Where does his story begin? Pete was rescued from the great outdoors like so many other kittens. He and his siblings were on the older side of kittenhood and slightly harder to socialize. Ideally 8 - 12 weeks of age is an ideal guideline for easier socialization leading to adoption. Pete and his siblings were 3 to 4 months and needless to say, their socializing was a bit longer. However they were ready for new homes and he and his 2 siblings were all adopted to the same fabulous family. Pete, however, did not transition well and cowed in the corners, slithered from place to place, (unlike how he acted at his fosters) and it was agreed by the new parents and BSAC that he should return to the only home he'd ever known - his foster. Pete loved being back in what is now his "long-term" foster where he demonstrates common behaviours of outdoor kitties. As such, he is considered "un-adoptable". He marks his territory, bullies the new foster cats, but has grown to love his humans and select roommates.Controlling his environment has curbed his need to express bad behaviours. That's just what we do!
How can you help Pete? Consider sponsoring him with a monthly donation in his name through our website or send a check to BSAC 47 Windsor Road, Norwood, MA 02062
Swansea is a long-term foster cat that has been in our care since the mid 2000’s. Like most of our long-term foster cats, she was trapped after a tragedy hit her family. As a feral cat, she lived outside on a porch cared for by a wonderful man. He provided her with a shelter (heated) and food. She had not been spayed and had kittens in the shelter. One cold winter night, Swansea’s 4 kittens became victims to a hungry raccoon. There was a fight as Swansea fended forever her kittens. One was killed and sadly Swansea was severely injured. Her rear leg was torn from her body.
Her caretaker contacted Bay State Animal Cooperative and we went into action. We worked several days to trap her and her 3 remaining kittens. Luckily the kittens were safe and later adopted. Swansea had to have emergency surgery and her rear limb was amputated. It was evident that going back to her previous existence was not in her best interest. As a true feral, Swansea was placed with existing ferals in a sanctuary where she adjusted fabulously. She is getting older, and has slowed down a bit but is happy. Swansea and all of our long-term fosters, are fed a grain-free canned and dry food diet. We expect more medical expenses as she grows older along with her friends and your help and support is appreciated.
Consider monthly recurring donations through our website http://www.baystateanimals.org or send monthly checks to 47 Windsor Rd., Norwood, MA. 02062 to help support Swansea and the other long term foster cats that are cared for daily by Bay State Animal Cooperative.
Amy, Swansea and JR
Meemee, Paul and JR
Snuggle time! Its important we all share the same bed.
Indoor/Outdoor cat sanctuary
WHAT WE NEED:
Adoption Counselors (we will train you)
Animal Transport- to and from vet appointments
Pick up and transport of donated food-in your car or truck (mileage is tax-deductible!)
and more...new ideas are always welcome!
Please fill out a volunteer application form on-line.
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