MSPCA-Angell to divert some emergency cases amidst high patient volume, veterinary shortage

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An “unprecedented” number of new patients, in addition to a nationwide veterinary shortage, will cause Angell Animal Medical Center to divert some of the incoming cases to other animal care facilities, the hospital said on Wednesday.

On some evenings between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., the Angell emergency and intensive care service sends new patients to other treatment centers. This excludes animals with life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest.

The hospital encourages people admitting new patients to call 617-522-7282 prior to arrival to see if the animal can be admitted.

MSPCA-Angell, one of the oldest animal welfare organizations in the country, has operated a veterinary clinic in Boston since 1915. The organization also runs an animal adoption service.