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Carmina, a local rescue worker in Puerto Rico, was walking home from work when something caught her attention from the corner of her eye. Turning to see what it was, she was immediately captivated by the huge, soulful, and deep brown eyes of a little dog. Carmina could see the dog was in pain and she carefully picked him up and took him to a vet.

The news was devastating – although the vet knew that the dog had leg injuries, he was shocked to discover the extent of these injuries. Polito’s leg was broken in three places and it would be impossible to save it…surgical amputation was necessary.

After several hours of surgery, the vet walked out holding Polito. Although he had only three legs, the sweet dog now stood with renewed confidence. From that moment on, Polito became known as “Three Feet Pete”.

Pete went to live with a foster family while he recovered. The plan was that once he had recovered from surgery, Pete would travel to the United States and then to Northeast Animal Shelter.

But things took longer than expected for Pete. He got an infection at the site of his amputation and had to take antibiotics to heal the wound. It was a slow road to recovery, but Pete was strong and determined. He made a full recovery in time to board the plane for the States. Next stop…Northeast Animal Shelter!

Unfortunately, several days after his arrival, Pete developed yet another infection and his forever home was postponed once again. A lump had formed at the site of Pete’s amputation.

After costly tests and a long wait, there were joyful tears as word came that Pete’s lump was not life threatening! Finally, Northeast Animal Shelter could focus entirely on Pete’s recovery and get him ready for adoption. Pete was a fighter and he had endured so much. No one was giving up – not Pete and certainly not us.

Because of everything that Pete had been through, we decided that Pete’s best chance for a healthy recovery was in a foster home. One of the shelter’s employees, Anna, eagerly volunteered to take care of Pete. She had seen the spirit inside Pete and she wanted to help him on his road to recovery.

It would also be a road to recovery for Anna, who had lost her sixteen-year old dog not too long before Pete arrived. Anna had been afraid to open her heart and care for another dog, but she couldn’t resist the longing and yearning she saw in Pete’s eyes.

From the moment that Anna and Pete went home together, the healing began. Minutes, hours, and days passed. Miraculously, Pete started walking on his three legs without a limp or hesitation. No more medications, no more pain…just lots of extra energy. It was finally time for Three Feet Pete to be adopted into a home that would be permanent.

Anna was heartbroken. She felt destiny had brought them together so they could both have a chance at happiness. Anna knew she had no choice but to adopt Pete and she recently told us that he is a wonderful addition to her family. This love and pride was evident in the t-shirt she was wearing that said, “Who rescued who? Proud owner of a shelter dog!”

You, too, can share the love and pride that comes with saving an animal’s life.

By supporting Northeast Animal Shelter today, you help provide medical care, shelter, and the chance to find forever homes for thousands of lost and abandoned animals on the streets.


There are thousands of abandoned, abused and neglected dogs wandering the streets of Puerto Rico — they call them “Sato” in Spanish. Thanks to people like you who support our Sato Rescue Program, dogs like Pete are given a second chance at life. Your gift helps bring these homeless dogs to our shelter where we find them loving forever homes. Please help us continue this program now!

Pete is just one of the many Sato dogs who found their way to Northeast Animal Shelter and their forever homes.

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Originally named Snowy, this adorable beagle mix was renamed Maddy by her first adoptive parents. But as it turned out, Maddy had difficulty adjusting to the family and, sadly, they had to return her to the Shelter. For nearly seven months this sweet dog tried to keep up hope that there was a forever home waiting for her.

Hope finally arrived in the form of the Steensons who adopted Maddy for the second, and final time. Today she is part of a huge new family that includes her adoptive parents, their daughter, a doggy brother named Jesse, two cats, two guinea pigs and a bunch of chickens and rabbits.

She traded the cage she lived in at the shelter for 17 wooded acres in New Hampshire – one half acre is fenced in just for doggy playtime. Inside the comfort of their warm home is a couch by the fire where Maddy curls up for naps… a far cry from the streets where she was rescued.

A wonderful letter from Julie Steenson told us that Maddy has learned to trust her new family… and letting her guard down has revealed an amazingly affectionate dog who jumps onto the bed for what Julie describes as “morning cuddles and kisses” every day.

But what makes this story truly a success is that Maddy was not the only one given a second chance. The Steensons had recently lost their beagle after a long illness, and they so missed having that spirit in their lives. Maddy brought with her a chance for them to love again… filling a void in everyone’s life. She was just who they needed to make their family complete once more.

While we never gave up hope that Maddy would one day find this kind of happiness, many shelters might have euthanized a dog with her circumstances. Thanks to people like you, we are able to give all our animals the time they need to find the perfect adoptive family.

You helped make happily ever after possible for this loving dog – donate now and help us work on the next fairy tale ending.

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By Carla Chadwick

From raising the funds needed to care for this sweet girl’s heart, to finding her a forever home, Cupcake’s story proves what is possible when loving people come together to save a life. And I learned this first hand as both a writer for Northeast Animal Shelter and as Cupcake’s new mom.

You see, as you were falling in love with her, so was I. Each time I wrote about Cupcake, I felt more and more compelled to do something. And when I learned that we live near the cardiologist, I went home and asked my husband if we could foster her until she was well enough to be adopted…he eagerly agreed.

Obviously our first job was to get Cupcake to the cardiologist…and a few hours later we received wonderful news. While the doctor confirmed Cupcake’s condition, she believed that we could off on the surgery. She explained that, for the time being, the pulmonic stenosis is not severe enough to outweigh the risks of the procedure.

Of course I was overjoyed that she does not need the operation right now, but she will need extensive testing twice a year to make sure her condition doesn’t worsen. And with a plan for her continued care in place, it was time to bring Cupcake home to meet my other two dogs. They seemed to get along, but Cupcake preferred to be alone upstairs, far from all of us. She was painfully timid and sad…obvious emotional scars from the horrors she experienced in her life. And this gave me something new to worry about. I knew we could care for her heart, but could I help her overcome her other problems? I decided the best thing was to give her time, patience and plenty of unconditional love.

My reward has been almost immeasurable. Yes, the first few days were hard, but now each new day I witness a miracle. Cupcake has let more and more of her true self shine through…she snuggles, gives kisses, and even plays with her new sisters. She prances happily around the house as if to say, “This is my home!”

In honor of her “amazing” spirit and resiliency we have decided to rename her Grace. This week we went from foster parents to forever parents…and with this, we have promised to care for both her heart and soul for the rest of her life. She will always be proof of what’s possible when loving people come together…and a reminder of why I love working for Northeast Animal Shelter!

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During a wintery snowstorm, a kind neighbor discovered Charlotte wandering the street, barely alive and begging for food and shelter. It was obvious the dark gray, long-haired cat needed care immediately.

She arrived at Northeast Animal Shelter soaking wet, matted and starving. Despite her condition, Charlotte began purring when we examined her. It warmed our hearts to see such a beautiful, loving animal show such joy over being rescued even while suffering.

Our veterinarian determined that Charlotte had an ear infection, abscessed teeth, trauma to her right eye and borderline hypothyroidism. It took several costly surgeries to save her life, but were determined to do whatever it took to restore her to good health.

Thanks to supporters who feel every animal’s life is worth saving, Charlotte is doing exceptionally well because we were able to fund Charlotte’s medical care. Now Charlotte has a chance to find a forever home!

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Like discarded trash, their crates lay upside down in a parking lot only a few miles from our Shelter. Inside, Butch and Sundance were found cowering… bodies battered and bruised.

When these two frightened cats arrived at the Shelter, our vet quickly determined that Butch’s injuries were not life-threatening… but, tragically, Sundance had a fractured pelvis and his badly crushed leg needed to be amputated immediately.

Even though the initial surgery to remove his leg was a success, Sundance still required extensive medical care, follow-up treatments and many weeks of recuperation.

Northeast Animal Shelter is committed to providing vital medical care to each and every injured animal that comes through our door… without question or hesitation. We know loyal friends like you feel the same way!

Because of the generous support from our friends, we were able to pay for the surgery he needed. We are thrilled that he responded so amazingly well to treatment. After his stitches were removed, he started playing with his friend Butch again. And, the best news of all is that both Butch and Sundance were adopted!

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After a long journey from Indiana, Hazel was ready to give birth to her puppies! Knowing there can often be problems during delivery, our Shelter Director, Betty, and the staff took turns staying with the sweet Collie/Chow mix around the clock

Early the next morning Hazel gave birth to her first two pups without any problems. The next six pups needed some help because Hazel was exhausted. Hazel instantly loved being a mom and took great care of her new babies. But she had another surprise for us – an x-ray revealed a ninth puppy was still waiting to be born.

Hazel needed our help. Medication was given to induce labor and an emergency C-Section was a possibility. After eight hours – and against all odds – the ninth puppy arrived alive and eager to nurse!

Hazel and the puppies received some extra special love and attention in the home of a volunteer foster care family. As you can imagine, when they returned to us, ready for adoption, we were able to find these adorable puppies forever homes in just a few days.

Today Hazel is still one special dog; just ask her new family who renamed her Scotty because of her beautiful red coat. They report that the only problem is deciding whose bed she’ll sleep on at night! If Hazel and her puppies could speak, I know they would thank our generous friends who helped us find safe and loving homes for them.

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Some animals are so downright loveable that it’s hard to understand how anyone could part with them. That’s just the kind of little kitten M.B. is. Yet not only did his original owners part with him, they abandoned him in a Dunkin Donuts box in a grocery store parking lot.

That’s where Wendy and her sister found him meowing with all his might. The sisters were on their way into the grocery store when Wendy heard something that sounded like an animal’s cry. She spotted a cardboard box a few spaces over – and a moment later the box moved! Wendy lifted the top off, and a small, fur-covered head popped up. It was a hungry and terrified little kitten.

Wendy picked the kitten up and brought him back to her car while her sister went into the store to buy food for the starving cat. As soon as her sister returned, the kitten devoured every bite, licking Wendy’s hand clean.

Wendy freely admits that she fell head over heels in love. But she already had a cat at home and her landlord wouldn’t allow another. Her sister was in the same situation. Neither of them could adopt the helpless kitten.

This rescue took place right down the street from Northeast Animal Shelter, so the sisters decided to bring the cat to us. It broke Wendy’s heart to hand him over, but we assured her that we would find him the perfect home.

Meanwhile, just a few miles away, Lisa was mourning the loss of her cat, Alfie, who had died unexpectedly just a few weeks earlier. Both she and her other cat, Cheerio, needed a new feline friend. Lisa called a few shelters near her home looking for a young male cat to adopt, but she had no luck.

Then one day, Lisa got a call from a friend who had read about M.B’s rescue in the Salem News. Lisa took one look at the kitten’s picture and knew she’d found her cat.

At the Shelter, we named the kitten, “M.B.” – for Market Basket, the name of the grocery store lot where he was found. When Lisa came to the shelter and saw this precious kitten, she knew this match was meant to be.

“He’s just such a sweetheart,” Lisa tells everyone. She’s grateful to Wendy for rescuing him from harm’s way. And we at Northeast Animal Shelter are equally grateful to our committed supporters so we can be here to make this perfect match.

Your support helps us match homeless kittens like M.B. with the families that will love them. Please donate to Northeast Animal Shelter today!

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Noah is a gem. I love him. He had his first physical with Dr. Jawitz (Stoneham Animal Hospital) on June 21st and got a clean bill of health, as well as a Lyme and Flu vaccinations. He is eating well and now weighs 30 pounds. I also ordered a DNA kit. I can see both Black Lab and Walker Hound in him, and I am curious what else makes up his personality.

He loves living in a home. He lounges on the back of the couch and watches out the window at the chickens across the street. At night, he cuddles up beside me for a good night’s sleep. He was very easy to house break. I did not use a crate. I did two things: first, I regularly take him to his “special places” in the back yard, and he knows that I want him to take care of business; second, I made sure we ate and played in every room in the house and kept his toys in every room. Dogs never ” go” where they eat and play.

He loves meeting other humans and dogs when we go on our walks. He is incredibly affectionate. He is slowly adjusting to human society. After six months as a stray and shelter dog, he had to get used to television. He barked like crazy at the camel on the Geico ad. On one of our walks, he stopped dead and started barking at two concrete lions guarding the front steps of a house. After five minutes of encouragement, he finally gave them a good sniff and realized they were not living creatures.

Noah is the second dog I have adopted from NEAS. Galahad was my first adoption in 1999. Both experiences were outstanding. Most other dog lovers that I know adopt from NEAS. I have a story about Galahad’s passing and Noah’s adoption that I am going to send to NEAS with a donation in Galahad’s memory.

Here is a picture of Noah snoozing in a recliner.
Thank you, Jenna, for your help in the adoption process. You made it a pleasant and reassuring process.

Pat N.