Dusty and Dexter’s tale began on a blustery New England night five months ago. Their mother — weary, pregnant and homeless — made her way down the snow-dusted streets of Billerica, MA in hopes of finding a warm place to escape the dreadful cold.

She managed to climb through a small opening in a garage door and sought the warmest and safest place she could find: the dark recesses of a street sweeper parked inside. In the weeks ahead, the cat made a home and gave birth to her litter of five kittens.

But when the weather turned warmer, the idle vehicle came to life. The engine let out a deafening roar and the kittens scrambled in fear and confusion. Only after a 25-mile journey did the driver, James, notice his stowaways! James immediately transferred the kittens to his friend’s house where they were fed, cleaned, and nursed back to health.

Eventually, two kittens went to live with James’ brother, and a third went to a friend. Only Dexter and Dusty remained, and that is when they were brought to our family here at Northeast Animal Shelter.

They were vaccinated, neutered and given desperately needed medical attention. These kittens had to be checked for a list of possible diseases that could have been passed to them through their stray mother. Fortunately both turned out to be in remarkably good health considering their ordeal.

The Shelter is able to provide care and comfort to more than 3,500 lost or abandoned dogs and cats each year…and find loving families for each and every one of these deserving animals… just like Dusty and Dexter. Today the two playful kittens find themselves right at home with their adoptive mom Kathy and her son, Brendan.

Although Dusty and Dexter were the only animals to come to us by way of a street sweeper, all of our animals have one thing in common…they rely on the generosity of people like you and the care provided by Northeast Animal Shelter.

Since 1978, our supporters have helped the Northeast Animal Shelter find loving homes for more than 100,000 animals…one incredible story at a time. But we need your help to continue our mission …Please make a gift today.