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Come to our open house at the shelter for some pre-Halloween fun.  11 AM to 2 PM.   Bring your pet(s) for a Trick or Treat photo opportunity.  $6 per photo. We can’t wait to see your pets in  creative costumes.

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Steve and Emily are a couple with enormous compassion for the abandoned creatures of the world. Emily in particular had been a missionary in Peru working with homeless children. Now living in New England, they came to the Northeast Animal Shelter hoping to adopt a dog. Although Emily was thinking about taking home an abandoned puppy, it was an older dog named Harley who immediately caught Steve’s eye.

Harley had come to our Shelter tired and hungry. He had spent over a month living on the streets and then another 10 days at the Salem Animal Control Facility before arriving at our Shelter. Although he had a collar with a tag that said “Harley,” no one ever came looking for him. Homeless, he was just waiting for a couple like Steve and Emily to find him.

Steve and Emily took Harley into the Shelter’s outdoor play yard. Harley was energetic and friendly, and more than willing to show off his skills at catch. And just like that, Harley wasn’t homeless anymore.

Thanks to the love, patience and attention of his new owners, Harley loves his new home, his new family, and their frequent guests. In his mind, every visitor is there to see him. He wags his tail, cuddles with newcomers, and is always sad when it’s time for his new friends to go home.

Like many parents, Steve and Emily like to spoil Harley a little bit. To them, it’s their way of helping erase some of the darker moments in their pet’s earlier life. Harley sleeps in the bed at night and always takes the passenger seat in the car – even if someone else is already there!

Everyone who takes the time and energy to adopt a pet is a compassionate person. But to the staff at the Shelter, Steve and Emily’s warmth and spirit stand out as exceptional. Thinking of them always warms their hearts.

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Harley was left at Northeast Animal Shelter when difficult economic times forced her owner to take a second job. This heartbroken cat lover knew that with a demanding new schedule, she would never be home to provide the human companionship and affection that Harley craved.

During her first few months with us, Harley wasn’t able to make a good impression when potential adopters came to visit. This 7 year old cat was understandably set in her ways and was having a hard time adjusting to life at the Shelter. But after some extra attention from our staff – and plenty of time playing in our cat community room – Harley finally came out of her shell. Thankfully, she was ready for a loving home when Sara and David came to visit.

Sara and David, whose cat had recently passed away, had been following Harley’s progress on our website. They wanted a new addition to their family and hoped Harley would be a good fit. When Sara and David came to meet Harley, she purred softly and curled up in David’s lap. They were won over and immediately decided to adopt her.

As Sara and David prepared to bring Harley home, the adoption counselor mentioned that the sweet, long-haired cat had recently become fond of a fellow feline named Jay. The couple looked at each other and made a great decision – they would adopt both Harley and Jay! That way the cats would always have plenty of company. Sara and David knew they had enough love for another cat and they knew Harley would enjoy spending her days with Jay in a loving home.

When we talked to Sara a few weeks later, she told us that Harley and Jay were doing great and that the formerly reclusive Harley is now very chatty! It may have taken Harley a while to find a forever home, but now she’s right where she belongs.

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Abby lay under the limited shade of a car, trying to brace herself against the summer heat. She watched as people, bikes, and cars all passed her by, most without so much as a glance in her direction.

If she had the strength, this five year old cat would have called out with a meow, but the heat and her exhaustion had taken much of the breath and energy from her body. She knew she was near the end of her days, unless she could get some help.

Later that day Abby watched as a man, Melvin, got out of his car and glanced across the street at what looked like an odd shadow underneath a car. When he got a closer look, he realized it was a cat, but thought perhaps it was just a neighborhood pet napping in the shade.

The next day Melvin once again pulled into his driveway from work, and when he got out this time, immediately looked across the street. The cat was gone! Well, no doubt the cat moved on, or went home to a nice dinner with family Melvin thought. But just as he turned to go inside he noticed the same cat, this time sleeping under a different car. Again, Melvin thought this most likely was nothing to be alarmed about.

When day three arrived, Melvin drove faster than usual back to his house to see if he could spot the cat again. This time she lay under the same car. Melvin knew something was amiss. He got out of his car and began to walk toward the cat. Abby watched as Melvin approached, but had not even enough strength to lift her head. She could barely keep her eyes open against the glaring sun. Just as he got close enough to touch her, Melvin turned and ran back into the house. Abby was sure she would never get the help she needed. She couldn’t last more than another day, and Melvin was her last best hope.

Much to her surprise, Melvin emerged again, this time with a can of tuna. Abby ate voraciously from the tiny can, and when finished, she let Melvin carry her inside. He put her down on the cool tile in the bathroom and gave her plenty of water, and went into the living room to call a friend of his, one of the staff at Northeast Animal Shelter.

Laurie from the shelter examined Abby and found she had a terrible infestation of fleas, crawling all around her delicate eyes, and parched lips. In addition, it looked like some of her teeth were missing and the few remaining were cracked, indications she may have even been kicked. Abby weighed just five pounds. It would take a lot to bring Abby back to health. Laurie combed out all the mats in her fur, and bathed her in flea treatment, and fed her plenty of food. It was a long road uphill, after which Abby had gained two pounds and was free of the mats and fleas that infested her body. She was healthy enough to take to the veterinarian.

At the office, the veterinarian told Laurie at least one of Abby’s teeth was missing and the three around it were definitely cracked. A cruel individual had indeed kicked her. Now healthy enough to withstand anesthesia, Laurie allowed the veterinarian to do his important work. Several hours passed. Laurie began to get impatient, hoping to see Abby well again. Just then the door opened and the veterinarian emerged with Abby in hand. Abby’s wounds had been tended to, and she had almost completed her journey to full health, all she needed now was a forever family.

Laurie brought Abby to the Shelter, where the staff smiled at her near miraculous recovery from an emaciated feline living on the streets with a flea infestation to a healthy, happy cat ready to be adopted. Just a short time passed before Ellen Casey and her two children, Kevin and Emily, came into the shelter. They spotted a beautiful black and white cat sitting patiently in her crate…it was Abby!

That day the Casey family took Abby home. They now tell us that Abby is very happy in her new environment, and can be found almost always on one of the windowsills of their sunny home, or in the laps of her new family.

Happy endings like this are made possible by the people who support Northeast Animal Shelter. You really can save the lives of more pets…please donate now.

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Dusty and Dexter’s tale began on a blustery New England night five months ago. Their mother — weary, pregnant and homeless — made her way down the snow-dusted streets of Billerica, MA in hopes of finding a warm place to escape the dreadful cold.

She managed to climb through a small opening in a garage door and sought the warmest and safest place she could find: the dark recesses of a street sweeper parked inside. In the weeks ahead, the cat made a home and gave birth to her litter of five kittens.

But when the weather turned warmer, the idle vehicle came to life. The engine let out a deafening roar and the kittens scrambled in fear and confusion. Only after a 25-mile journey did the driver, James, notice his stowaways! James immediately transferred the kittens to his friend’s house where they were fed, cleaned, and nursed back to health.

Eventually, two kittens went to live with James’ brother, and a third went to a friend. Only Dexter and Dusty remained, and that is when they were brought to our family here at Northeast Animal Shelter.

They were vaccinated, neutered and given desperately needed medical attention. These kittens had to be checked for a list of possible diseases that could have been passed to them through their stray mother. Fortunately both turned out to be in remarkably good health considering their ordeal.

The Shelter is able to provide care and comfort to more than 3,500 lost or abandoned dogs and cats each year…and find loving families for each and every one of these deserving animals… just like Dusty and Dexter. Today the two playful kittens find themselves right at home with their adoptive mom Kathy and her son, Brendan.

Although Dusty and Dexter were the only animals to come to us by way of a street sweeper, all of our animals have one thing in common…they rely on the generosity of people like you and the care provided by Northeast Animal Shelter.

Since 1978, our supporters have helped the Northeast Animal Shelter find loving homes for more than 100,000 animals…one incredible story at a time. But we need your help to continue our mission …Please make a gift today.

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One Sunday evening, Mary, the owner of the “Cantina del Sol” restaurant in Puerto Rico, stepped outside to escape the bustling kitchen for a moment. Out of the corner of her eye, she spotted an outline of something leaning against a pile of garbage. Thinking it was probably just part of the garbage, she was surprised when the “something” began to move. But before Mary could step closer to see what it was, it began to cautiously walk towards her.

Mary was shocked to see that there was a small dog coming towards her . . . barely able to take each step, the dog looked gravely ill! Mary immediately noticed there was blood on the dog’s chest, and leaning down to take a closer look, her heart broke when she realized that there was wire embedded in the helpless dog’s chest.

Mary quickly left work and took the small dog home so she could decide what to do. On her way, she named the dog Beautiful to echo the sentiment of the movie “Life is Beautiful” — because the little dog was proving that no matter how terrible the world was around her, she still chose to have faith and trust in the good of humanity.

Seeing how critical the situation was, she knew she needed help if she was going to save Beautiful. Mary called a friend, Linda, who was a local rescuer and asked her to come over. Linda took one look at Beautiful, and knew they both had to fight for the little dog’s life. Thinking quickly, Linda called a vet friend of hers and asked him to come to the house to see Beautiful. He agreed, and arrived shortly with antibiotics and vitamins. He carefully clipped the wire around Beautiful’s chest.

The next two weeks of recovery were difficult. Beautiful struggled, but made steady progress. She was nearly all better, but still suffered from a limp due to serious problems with her knees. It was time to find Beautiful a forever family . . . it was time to call Northeast Animal Shelter.

When Beautiful arrived at the Shelter after her long journey, she was remarkably bright-eyed — wagging her tail and giving the staff kisses — a testament to Mary’s loving care. And miraculously, as if fulfilling Mary’s very wish for Beautiful, the next day a warm-hearted woman named Beatrice walked into our shelter looking to adopt a dog.

Beatrice had never owned a pet but something told her that it was the right time to become a devoted pet owner. Walking through the shelter and looking at all the animals, her attention was drawn to Beautiful. Beatrice decided she would go to lunch and think about it, but as she drove away she knew she couldn’t leave Beautiful, that they were somehow meant to be together.

Beatrice never went to lunch — she drove to the local pet store and picked up all the supplies she would need to make Beautiful’s forever home a comfortable one.

Since Beautiful’s adoption, she has been renamed “Amber.” Beatrice keeps us updated on Amber’s progress and we’re happy to report that, after three knee surgeries, Amber now walks normally and is living a life of unconditional love and joy. Without Beatrice and Northeast Animal Shelter, Amber would never have progressed from a victim to a survivor.

Happy endings like Beautiful’s are what motivate us at Northeast Animal Shelter to rescue dogs from as far away as Puerto Rico. And it is this hope that pushes us to accept all animals . . . and to never give up on them. With your gift, we will continue to find forever homes for all our special dogs and cats.

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 Beautiful 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!

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

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Gordon arrived at Northeast Animal Shelter in August only a few days after “retirement.” He had been a racing greyhound — his life measured by his speed. When he could no longer win races, he became meaningless to his owners. But to us, Gordon was a sweet affectionate dog who deserved a second chance and a loving forever home.

During the first few days, he had trouble adjusting to the meals we fed him, so he was placed on medication to help him digest his food better. Once he was able to eat we thought the worst was behind him, but several weeks later, Gordon was in trouble.

He became very weak and couldn’t control his bladder. He was immediately put on medication, but his condition only worsened…he was in renal failure. We contacted the hospital, but the staff had left for the weekend. Fearing we might lose him, we called the vet at home and, thankfully, she agreed to make a house call. After examining the gravely ill dog, she found that Gordon had a severe kidney infection.

The only chance of survival would be to “flush” his system out . . . but even then, the vet wasn’t sure Gordon would pull through. Over that weekend, Shelter volunteers monitored Gordon’s condition 24 hours a day, working in shifts to keep Gordon on IV medication. With all this dog had been through at the track, there was no way we were going to give up on him now.

After five days and plenty of special care, Gordon finally began to recover. He regained his strength and then his appetite. The day we had hoped for finally arrived — Gordon was once again a healthy, sweet and loving greyhound ready for adoption! And just recently, after all he went through, Gordon was successfully adopted into a new home.

Each year, hundreds of animals like Gordon come to us in dire need of life-saving medical attention. Regardless of their condition we invest our hearts, our time and whatever medical procedures are necessary to return these animals to good health whenever possible.

Successful and happy endings like Gordon’s are what we strive for at Northeast Animal Shelter. Won’t you be part of the next happy ending?

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Max thought he was nothing special. At just seven weeks old, this German Shepherd mix had been taken from his mother and placed with his brothers and sisters in a cardboard box on the steps of a local church in New Mexico.

Northeast Animal Shelter heard about Max and his siblings…and through our Saving Pets Across America program, we were able to rescue these needy puppies from certain death.

Shortly after arriving at the Shelter, Scott adopted Max . . .and the two became inseparable from the moment Max was brought home. Scott loved taking Max on long walks. But when Scott got very busy with work, he hired Ed, a local dog-walker.

One winter afternoon, Max jumped into the back of Ed’s van — he and several other dogs were headed to the local park. Once inside the safe boundaries of the park, Ed let the dogs wander free, confident they would stay close.

But as the group approached a frozen pond, one of the smaller dogs wandered out onto the glassy surface. The ice beneath his tiny paws began to crack . . . a hole was opened, and the dog fell into the freezing cold water!

Thinking it was a game, the rest of the dogs ran out and began falling through the ice as well . . . all except Max who stayed safely on shore. Ed knew he had no choice but to jump in after the dogs trapped in the freezing water. But just as Ed plunged in and hoisted the last dog safely onto land, his muscles gave out . . . with the only strength he had left, he cried out: “Max! Help!” That’s when Max went from being “nothing special” to being nothing short of a holiday miracle . . .

Remarkably, Max knew just what to do! He carefully inched onto the ice, lowered his body, and let Ed grab his collar. Once he knew Ed was holding on, Max slowly backed his way off the ice, pulling Ed to safety. The “nothing special” dog, who was once rescued by Northeast Animal Shelter, had somehow returned the favor.

This year, remember to celebrate all the miracles that are possible when we save the lives of homeless animals. Help give more animals like Max a second chance at life.

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Nathaniel, a one-year-old tabby, sat unsteadily on the cracked pavement of a parking lot just off a busy highway. He swayed back and forth, listening to the fast moving cars beside him. He was tired, and very hungry, but more than anything his jaw was in terrible pain.

He had been walking near the edge of the road, looking for scraps when — SLAM! — a car swiped him with a tremendous force that sent him reeling. A cat in his position would not last long without help…but luckily, that’s when Jean drove by in her van.

Spotting Nathaniel alone and clearly disoriented, she quickly turned the car around and pulled into the parking lot. Jean knew exactly what to do because she had taken in many cats before and nursed them back to health with love and tender care.

She grabbed some cat food from her van and walked over to Nathaniel, placing the open can down in front of him. He began to eat, but much of the food fell out of his mouth to the ground because some of his teeth were missing. That’s when Jean realized how serious the situation was and immediately took him to the veterinarian.

The doctor examined Nathaniel and determined that his jaw was broken from the impact of the car. In addition, his eye had been seriously damaged as well. While his injuries were indeed severe, thankfully, Nathaniel would heal with time. But the doctor suggested that Nathaniel be constantly monitored to make sure his condition didn’t worsen. An infection or other complication could easily kill a cat in this weakened state.

Jean gladly agreed to care for Nathaniel until he healed. Each day she watched as his condition improved and more of his loving personality shone through. But soon it was time to find Nathaniel a home. Although Jean had grown very attached to him, she had taken in so many cats in need that she no longer had room for another.

Fortunately, she knew just who to call — Northeast Animal Shelter! Jean knew that we would help find this deserving cat a wonderful loving family.

And we are happy to report that she was right — her little miracle has already been adopted into a forever family!

Many animals like Nathaniel arrive at our doorstep having led rough and painful lives. For this reason, we work extra hard to make sure that they find a better life in a loving home. No matter how long it takes, with your support, each and every animal in our care will be given a precious second chance.

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Buddy, a sweet Shepherd mix, was born in Puerto Rico with the odds stacked against him. He had a congenital bone problem with his leg. When he walked, Buddy was grinding bone against bone.

He needed help, fast.

It was then that our rescue partner, the Save-A-Sato Foundation, found Buddy and took him in. Following an operation to correct the problem, Buddy underwent extensive water therapy. With much effort, and always in good spirits, Buddy prevailed!  Ready for a forever home, the staff at Save-A-Sato put Buddy on a plane to Northeast Animal Shelter.

Tail wagging with vigor, Buddy was simply one of the happiest, most loving dogs we’d ever met. We knew we’d have no trouble at all finding him a loving home.  There was a hitch in our plans, however, when we discovered there were still a few problems with Buddy’s leg. It turned out that he might have to undergo another surgery in a few years.

Several families came into the Shelter, met Buddy, and fell in love with his happy and playful spirit. But when we told them about his medical issues, none were willing to take on the responsibility. Buddy had many visitors, but no family to call his own.

It was then, the Truesdales stopped in to look around. They fell in love with Buddy immediately, just like so many others before them.  We told them about Buddy’s history and possible future. The Truesdales decided to give it some thought.  They wanted to be sure that if they committed themselves to Buddy, that it would be fully and forever.

Two days later they returned with great news! “We’re ready and would love to have Buddy in our home. We’re happy to continue his physical therapy and will give him anything and everything he needs.” Finally, a loving home for our adoring Buddy!

The Truesdales have remained true to their word. They tell us that each and every morning they take Buddy out for long walks. He’s even been swimming a few times to exercise his leg, and is fed only the best all-natural food.

With your generous support, Northeast Animal Shelter will help so many dogs and cats find the love, attention, and commitment they deserve.


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 Buddy 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!

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