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Hi! We’re the Mitchell family, and we would like to share our love story of our precious pooch, Oliver. We never knew that we could share our story, so we’re about 9 years late!

We adopted Oliver 9 years ago from Northeast Animal Shelter, and we all love him to death. From running up and down the hallways in our house when he has the late-night zoomies (what we call it when he gets really excited at night) to snuggling with everyone within fifteen feet of him, he has become the 6th member of our family, and we couldn’t be happier.

We all couldn’t imagine our lives without our Oliver, so thank you NEAS for giving us the opportunity to welcome another member to our family.

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ZuZu (formerly Jayson) came into our lives and hearts last month. From the moment we saw her at the shelter, we knew she was “the one”. She has wiggled her way right into our family perfectly.

She is an incredibly smart little girl, with a huge personality. She loves walks, long cuddles on the couch with her humans, and belly rubs. ZuZu loves her new feline family members as well, and just wants to play!!

She is the hit of the street with all the little girls and boys wanting to pet her and get kisses from her. Walking around Newburyport, she was the center of attention and everyone flocked to see her… and when it got hot, only the best vanilla gelato would do ;). It seems longer than a month that she has been a part of our family and maybe that is because she was always destined to be here.

We want to give a big THANK YOU and HUG to the staff of Northeast Animal Shelter, particularly Laurie, who found ZuZu for us!! Our experience was nothing but wonderful!

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Our family finally made the decision to adopt a dog, so on Mother’s Day we visited the Northeast Animal Shelter. This was our first time even looking at dogs. My husband told us, “Now this is our first day looking. You can’t fall in love with the first dog you meet.” Too bad for him, because Lansky (formerly Rascal) was the first dog we asked to visit with. We clicked right away!

Now after almost two months, it’s like he’s always been part of the family. He sleeps cuddled with my son. During the day, he likes to curl up next to me as a I work. He’s not a barker… unless there’s a chipmunk nearby or he smells someone eating meat.

Lansky LOVES food, and will look at you with those big eyes as you eat, begging for a piece of whatever you’re eating. He loves running around doing everything he can to escape his leash (we need to keep a close eye on him, as he’s been successful in escaping his harness on a few occasions), sticking his snout into holes looking for chipmunks, and sleeping next to one of us.

Not sure how we lived so long without him! He’s absolutely part of the family now.

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When my family and I came to Northeast Animal Shelter on June 8, 2019 we were overwhelmed. So many wonderful dogs and we wanted to take them all home! After many laps around trying to decide which card to pull, we saw “James”. A very large (his paws are almost as big as my hands) 6 month old Lab Mix. He looks a lot like Scooby Doo so we wondered if he may be part Great Dane as well!

He was calmly sitting in his crate with his soulful eyes following everyone that walked by. When we got to spend a little time with him, we could see he was playful, curious and very affectionate. He is also so smart. While we were sitting with him, he figured out how to turn the doorknob and open the door to the room we were sitting in! On the car ride home, he sat so well and looked so happy. I’d like to think he knew he finally found his pack!

Although it’s only been a month, I can’t imagine our family without him. He loves everyone he meets, loves his pile of toys, and really enjoys time with his dog friends. He is also very protective of his family. We were told that he came from an outdoor shelter in Georgia and likely has never lived indoors. He seems to have settled in quite well and has learned the comforts of sitting on couches very quickly!

He’s training really well, too – he’s now fully house and crate trained, and has learned lots of basic commands. He is balancing that with his adolescent energy, which I am grateful that our adoption counselor fully prepared us for! He has his share of shenanigans (like counter “surfing” and finding enjoyment in tipping his water bowl), but with time, training, and patience he is doing fantastically well. He’s a wonderful dog who is very loved, and we could not have had a better experience adopting him.

Thank you Northeast Animal Shelter! We are so happy that Henry is home!

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My girlfriend and I adopted Jax (formerly Heath) a little over 2 weeks ago and he has completely stolen our hearts!

He is the biggest cuddle-bug ever and loves snuggling with us and laying in our laps while on the couch. He’s even showing his older sister how to play with toys and other dogs!

He is everything we wanted as well as way more, and we couldn’t be happier!

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I adopted Belle (formerly Gabby) on 6/16. I could just tell there was something special about her, and loved her immediately. I knew she was the one as soon as she came into the meet and greet room and jumped right into my lap.

She is such a snuggle bug! She’s made herself right at home, demanding cuddles every morning and night. When she’s not asleep, she’s extremely high energy and LOVES people and other pups! She’s a total social butterfly and wants to play with everyone she passes.

She sleeps through the night, asks to go out to do her business by sitting by the front door and staring at her leash, and is such a little lady! Oh! She’s also an extremely fast runner who loves hitting top speed at the dog park.

We could not be more thrilled that Belle is part of our family, and even though it’s only been two weeks, I couldn’t imagine life without her.

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We adopted Twyla (formally Matilda) on June 8th, 2019. Since then she has been a shining source of light and happiness in our lives. You can’t help but smile and laugh when she is around or when she is giving you kisses. She has the sweetest personality that is coming through more brightly everyday.

She has definitely made herself at home and it has been amazing to watch the process of seeing her realize that our place is her home now. She loves everyone she meets, dogs and humans alike and she will happily give plenty of kisses to those who will let her.

Twyla loves peanut butter, her bed, looking at her reflection in the mirror, belly rubs, walks in the Harvard Arboretum, her lobster dog toy, chasing after the laser pointer and running and playing with our neighbor’s dogs. She is a wonderful cuddle buddy and the “teacher’s pet” in puppy class.

We absolutely love and adore her and feel so lucky to have met her with your guidance. We cannot help but smile when she is around and can’t imagine our lives without her.

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We are so happy to have adopted Pirogi (now Cleo) and Calixa (now Phoebe) and have the chance to see them bond.

Whether snuggling together or eating together, it is clear they are both enjoying each other’s company and their forever home.

Thank you NEAS!

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Have Fun in the Sun with Your Dog this Summer

Join Our Dog Training Workshop!



Summer is here, and that means more outdoor activities.


But can your dog join in the fun?


Is he reliable on off-leash hikes? Can he focus on you in distracting environments? Can you call him away from that picnic table with tasty BBQ food?


Join us on Sunday, July 14 at 9 AM OR 10 AM at Northeast Animal Shelter for a dog training workshop with positive reinforcement trainers Dan and Yana Carlson. They’ll work on reliable responses, attention games, stays and recalls to help your dog build critical focus skills. So you can feel more confident about including him in all of your activities this summer … and all year-round!


Workshop fee: $10 (to be paid at time of attendance)


All proceeds will support Northeast Animal Shelter’s “Saving Homeless Pets Across America” program.


Space is limited and fills up quickly.


To register, email, and let us know if you’d like to attend the 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. session.


*IMPORTANT: Dogs must be at least six months old, current on all vaccinations and should be comfortable in the presence of unfamiliar people and other dogs.