In the last seven years, for example, the organization has increased its adoption rates for bigger dogs from 77 percent to 92 percent.
That's a startling success considering the organization runs an open shelter.
"We take in every single dog someone gives us," Bright says. "They might bring us a dog who's 15 years old and literally on the last days of life. They might bring us a dog who has bitten someone in their family. We'll take both of those dogs because we don't turn any dog away."
The longest stretch a dog has spent at MSPCA-Angell?
That dog didn't develop symptoms of prolonged shelter life, and was eventually adopted.
"When she left here," Bright recalls, "she was a better dog than when she came in. She had been to two or three obedience classes. She knew lots of great behaviors."