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Thank You for Being a Friend

Rue McClanahan always wanted to act, and she persevered until her dream came true. After college, she worked as a part-time file clerk while trying to find any job in the theater. Her first job, in 1957, was off Broadway, and she finally hit Broadway in 1969. In the ’70s she found television success on Maude, and went on to play the funny and endearing Blanche Devereaux in TheGolden Girls, a role that earned her an Emmy Award. Everyone loved Rue, and we were saddened to hear of her death a few years ago.

Rue was also an animal lover and animal welfare advocate. We are very grateful that Rue included Northeast Animal Shelter as one of her charitable beneficiaries. Her kindness will live on by benefiting the many pets we are able to care for through her bequest. The Golden Girls’ theme song was the popular “Thank You for Being a Friend,” and now it’s our turn to thank Rue for being our friend.

If, like Rue, you want to ensure that your love of animals continues in the future, we encourage you to include Northeast Animal Shelter in your estate plans. This is one of the easiest, most meaningful ways to perpetuate your support of the thousands of dogs and cats we save each year.

If you have already named the Shelter in your will, please let us know so that we may thank you and welcome you into our Forever Friends Legacy Society. 

For more information on how your legacy can live on through a bequest, please contact Laurie McCannon at the Shelter.  Her telephone number is 978-745-9888, extension 303. Or, you can reach Laurie by email at