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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.

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Isa, a shy spaniel mix from Puerto Rico, got away from her caretaker and disappeared for a day.  This set off a massive search by dozens of vounteers and staff.  Posters went up, and  she was spotted.  In minutes, a team of rescurers rushed to the area.  They found her hiding in the rocks on a Lynn beach.  She is now back safe and sound, and our goal will be to make her a confident girl who trusts people. View Isa on Patch