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We lost our 10 year old cat to lymphoma and we were so nervous getting another. But when we met our little 3.5 month old, Kiki, now named Pixel, she came right up to her cage door! She was meowing and wanting to play with us (even though she was listed as a ‘shy cat’)! We knew she was the one. She chose us, really. She brings so much love and joy into our lives every day, and definitely keeps us on our toes. Thank you NEAS for our little Pixel girl!

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The very best friendships are those that deepen with age and last forever.










Such is the case with Jack and Benny, who came to Northeast Animal Shelter from Georgia after their human sadly passed away.

Seeing these bonded seniors together, it was clear that they wanted to spend every day in each other’s company. After all, they had been together from the time they were pups, filled with energy and curiosity, into their adult years, when they cuddled and napped after an energetic outdoor walk.

Now in their golden years, we knew we had to find them an adoptive home who would take the pair – because their bond wasn’t just based on friendship,it was also based on need. Jack is vision-impaired and dependent on Benny to guide the way and help build his confidence in new surroundings. 

All too often, bonded senior dogs are passed up in favor of younger pups. But we knew that with determination and effort, we would find compassionate people who understand there is no age limit on love. These days, Jack and Benny are enjoying life in their new home, together, as they were meant to be.

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We may be biased, but we think cats are pretty special!












That’s particularly true of sisters Sunny and Flower. Diagnosed with cerebellar hypoplasia while just bottle babies, the pair arrived at NEAS from our partner in Mississippi and quickly began winning the hearts of our staff with their friendly and funny personalities.

Cerebellar hypoplasia occurs when part of a kitten’s brain – responsible for coordination and fine motor skills – doesn’t develop properly in the womb. The most common symptoms are swaying from side to side and a wobbly, uncoordinated gait. Thankfully the condition isn’t painful or contagious, and since most kittens adapt as they grow older, they’re able to live happy and healthy lives. 

Despite some mobility limitations, these fun-loving sweeties had no trouble at all wobbling their way around our community cat room and into the home of special adopters who wanted to keep them together.

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For Ighvee, a Kelpie/Shepherd mix, life had never been easy.












For her and her owner, home was nothing more than a tent alongside a rural road in Georgia. Eventually, Ighvee’s owner realized he couldn’t provide for his companion and — with her best interest in mind — surrendered her to one of Northeast Animal Shelter’s lifesaving partners. Recognizing that Ighvee had clearly sustained significant trauma at some point, they reached out to NEAS for help, and we arranged to transport her to our Shelter.

Our veterinary team carefully examined Ighvee and after reviewing her xrays, confirmed that the old fractures in her front leg hadn’t healed properly, and the fractures in her skull resulted in permanent eye damage. Although these injuries could not be repaired with reconstructive surgery, Ighvee would still be able to enjoy a good quality of life. She was ready to find a loving home and start her exciting next chapter!

Described as a playful, spunky girl who has a lot of love to give, we were not surprised that Ighvee was quickly adopted. After all, who could resist her sweet face and friendly personality?

They say that home is where the heart is, and for Ighvee, home is now a warm, safe place with a comfy bed, lots of toys, healthy food, and a caring human who gives her all the love she deserves. 

Each year, thousands of innocent pets come through our doors looking for a place to call home, and thanks to your support, we’re able to make their dreams a reality.

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“Hi, I’m Wags. I’ve had a very eventful year. In Feb. 2020, I was hit by a car in Georgia. I had 2 broken hind legs and a broken pelvis, which required surgery. In March 2020, I came to NEAS. While still recovering from surgery, I was diagnosed with heartworm. The great doctors at NEAS worked hard to help me also recover from heartworm. In June 2020, Celia at NEAS matched me with my new mom and it was love at 1st sight. I am so happy to have a forever home and I am living my best life. I love my new mom and my extended family and friends. They all love me, bring me toys, and tell me how handsome I am. I’ve also made lots of dog friends. I love going for walks with them and playing with them. My mom says I’m a funny guy and that I make her laugh at least once a day. I am forever grateful to the great people at NEAS for bringing me from Georgia and helping me find my forever home. I also want to thank the foster family who cared for me while I was recuperating.”

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My partner and I adopted Luffy in early February and we are already absolutely in love with him! He is such a calm & sweet boy. He loves cuddling on the couch and playing fetch, although we are still trying to teach him how to bring the ball back! He goes on jogs with his dad and sleeps on his mommy’s feet when she’s working from home. Luffy is a bit nervous of people, but he warms up quickly and just needs some time to process. He has really made our family complete. We are so grateful to have done this process with NEAS!

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Northeast Animal Shelter and the MSPCA-Angell Continue Relief Efforts by Relocating 42 Dogs from Storm-Struck Texas to Massachusetts


The Organizations Arranged Two Additional Transports amidst Fallout from Winter Storm Uri


SALEM – March 19, 2021 – Earlier this week, Northeast Animal Shelter and the MSPCA-Angell welcomed 42 dogs from the Lone Star state—where Uri’s icy temperatures created a strain on already overpopulated animal shelters—to Massachusetts, where the demand for adoptable pets continues to soar.


In coordination with St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, the first transport of dogs arrived on Monday, March 15, and the second, originating from Chances Dog Rescue and Relocation, arrived the next day. Today, most of the dogs have completed the required 48-hour quarantine, received medical care, and are headed home with their adoptive families.


NEAS/MSPCA Relief Efforts

In the aftermath of what may ultimately be the costliest storm in state history, animal welfare organizations throughout Texas—many of whom suffered power outages, infrastructure damage, and are still without water—continue to find themselves with too few resources and not enough space to care for the thousands of cats and dogs entering shelters.


Last month, two teams from NEAS and the MSPCA, consisting of four vans and eight staff members, traveled nearly 4,000 miles in four days to safely transport nearly 100 cats and dogs from Austin, Texas to Massachusetts. This week, in an effort to offer ongoing relief to the area, the organizations coordinated two additional transports— spanning over 2,700 miles—from shelters in and around Houston, ultimately relocating 42 dogs to Massachusetts to find loving homes.


Mike Keiley, interim executive director at NEAS and director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA-Angell, said the organizations are committed to Texas.


“In the wake of a disaster like Uri, it’s incredibly important to offer sustained support to the many shelters and communities who are experiencing the ripple effects—which we expect to resume for some time. NEAS and the MSPCA are very fortunate to have transport vehicles and adoption center capacity, as well as adopters eager to give pets homes. We will continue to be a resource for animal welfare organizations, including those in Texas that aim to create more space in shelters to help as many animals, and people, as possible,” said Keiley.


Up Close and Personal: Andy and Amos


Surrendered to a shelter when their family’s home was destroyed by the storm, Andy and Amos are among the dogs travelling from Texas to Massachusetts this week. With nowhere to turn, and unable to afford long-term housing, their family was forced to take up residency at a local hotel indefinitely—making it nearly impossible to care for Andy and Amos. Like so many in the aftermath of a natural disaster, they were faced with a difficult choice. After exhausting all options, and with no visibility into when or if a future reunification would be possible, Andy and Amos’ family decided it was in the dogs’ best interest to find them a new home.


And that’s where NEAS and the MSPCA stepped in. NEAS’ new affiliation with the MSPCA means the organization can help more animals than either could alone. On the heels of the recent arrival of 91 cats and dogs from Austin, NEAS and the MSPCA sprang into action to ready their teams to care for even more dogs.


NEAS and the MSPCA have asked that anyone able to donate toward the cost of their care do so by clicking


For more information about the dogs, including Andy and Amos, potential adopters are asked to visit the organizations’ adoptable animal pages here and here.



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My family visited NEAS in search of a cat to add to our home. We came across Goose (formerly Dewey) and we all fell in love. He’s curious, mischievous, wonderfully chatty, can never get enough ear scratches, and spends most evenings curled up with me on the couch (unless he’s curled up with my 5yo in her bed). This boy came at the perfect time as we sadly said goodbye to our senior cat, Ringo (also adopted from NEAS over 10yrs ago), soon after Goose’s arrival. He’s helped ease the loss of Ringo and we look forward to many more years with our Goosey-Goo!

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We waited almost three years to bring a new family member home after our Lab Bailey passed at the ripe old age of 14. “Lucy” was definitely worth the wait! In July of 2020 lightning struck again and we met and adopted “Fifi”. She became Lucy before we made it to the truck for the ride home. She is so smart, lovable and now big! Lucy loves our walks and exploring on the beach which is just minutes from our front door. Last Summer she took to swimming in the ocean after playing fetch with my son. Her ball drive has been amazing since Day 1. She loves her treats and looks forward to having a carrot, celery or cucumber to devour.

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We picked her up as a little shy girl on December 28th, and almost 2 months later she is loving her forever home, her brother, Fenway, and her new parents and siblings. She likes to be outside, although she was not a big fan of the snow. Her favorite activity is sleeping, of course and watching Dad work! Thank you NEAS for helping us find our baby girl!