Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets is an unfunded, all-volunteer network of people who care about animals--and act on our compassion. We are pet guardians, rescue and shelter workers, humane veterinarians and others who believe animals deserve the same things we do: a secure home; protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation; and love.
Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets formed in Massachusetts in 2007. Since then, our network has expanded to Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Rhode Island, with partners nationwide.
WHAT WE DO Our mission is in our name. However, our circle of compassion and concern extends beyond companion animals to include all sentient beings. Here's what we do: Advocate for humane legislation to protect animals from abuse and exploitation. Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets sponsored and mobilized the support that passed the landmark 2010 Massachusetts law banning devocalization of dogs and cats and in 2014, a similar state law in Maryland. Working without any external funding, we succeeded against monied lobbies that profit from devocalization of dogs and cats, an act of extreme cruelty even in the hands of veterinarians.
In 2008, we filed and passed a Massachusetts state law prohibiting the inhumane pet rental trade ahead of a new business with its sight set on Boston, effectively shutting down an emerging trend before it could take hold.
Consult with lawmakers and animal advocatesnationallyabout the devocalization issue and support the efforts of other advocacy groups for a range of animal protection issues.
Facilitate the rescue and rehoming of dogs and cats. Some were taken off the mean streets by individuals who cannot give them a permanent home. Others are animals whose beloved humans have developed a debilitating or terminal illness, entered a nursing home—or have passed away. Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets works with rescuers, conducting outreach and assisting with the screening of prospective adopters to ensure animals are placed in secure, loving homes. DON'T SHOW US THE MONEY! Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets doesn't seek or accept financial contributions for our advocacy and humane education initiatives; we ask that donations be directed to the all-volunteer animal shelter or rescue groups in your community instead. (Make sure the group isn't run by breeders.)
However, we greatly appreciate donated services--such as videography, PR and printing--that make our work for animals more effective.
YOUR ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER Whether it's animals or vulnerable humans, the best thing you can do to prevent and ease suffering is take action. Signing online petitions doesn't pass laws, and posting sympathetic comments to Facebook ("awww, poor kitty") doesn't ease animal suffering. If you really want to make a difference, roll up your sleeves and get involved.
Even actions you think are small, like walking an elderly neighbor's dog, posting a flyer for a homeless pet--because there really is a world beyond Facebook--or calling your elected officials to voice concern for animals, can make a large and lasting difference.
Don't wait for an organized effort. You have the power, and there is the need, right now.