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I adopted Lola, formerly known as Coco, in July 2019. My childhood cat of 17 years had passed away two years beforehand, and I couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger and adopt a new furry friend. I didn’t think I could ever love another cat as much, but boy did Lola prove me wrong! Not only is Lola a snuggle bug, but she is a total goofball full of personality. She loves head massages, chasing hair ties, and playing with toy mice. She especially loves her stuffed snail toy that she came home from the shelter with. Beyond just being a cat, Lola is an excellent companion and regularly acts as a “sous chef” in the kitchen where she sits on the kitchen stools like a human and “helps” us make dinner in exchange for pieces of chicken. I love her so much, and I am furr-ever grateful to NEAS for bringing her into my life!

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We adopted our little girl Willow, previously Latte, in October. Thank you NEAS for providing us with the most beautiful pup we could have asked for! She is so intelligent, curious about the world around her, and loving. She is a determined little pup too and reminds us of that daily, especially while out on her walks with her nose to the grindstone picking up scents. She loves exploring anywhere we take her and is so excited to get in the car knowing she is usually going somewhere fun. She sheds all over our home, runs around squeaking her toys, and keeps us smiling all day long with her funny antics. She has, in five short months, captured our hearts, and we can’t imagine life without her!! We just love her so much!

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Please join us for an hour of feline fun, complete with some adorable kittens currently in our foster program! What’s a kitten shower you ask? All the fun of a baby shower, but with kittens instead! As we prepare for kitten season at Northeast Animal Shelter, we’re asking for supply donations to help care for the many kitties that will come through our doors. You can donate goods off our “registry” and  tune in for a live kitten cam, quizzes, games and prizes. And we’ll be opening donated presents for our furry feline pals! Proceeds from the event will go directly to the care of the felines in foster care; including kitten food, formula, toys, kitten warming blankets, and much more! 


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Rex is the best dog we could ask for! He loves to cuddle and is always making us smile. He rarely sleeps in his bed, but instead on our laps. I must already have 500 photos of him. I don’t know what we would do without him. Thank you NEAS!

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Astro is now named, HENRY, and is doing wonderful! We adore him and I think the feeling is mutual. For the first 2 weeks, he slept on his bed on the floor next to my bed. Now he is pretty much in one of our beds every night. I often wake up and find him lying on his back with front paws in the air. Such a silly boy. He loves his belly rubs and toys, he greets me at the door whenever I come home with a big kiss and tucks his head into my neck️. We go to the beach or state park every day and he is doing great with loose leash walking, sit and down commands, and he has several new puppy friends in the neighborhood. He has a crate that he will take a toy or treat into but mostly just for comfort. I could go on and on but, rest assured we are all very happy! Also, thank you so much for all of your hard work. You made the process so easy. We took Henry home with full hearts, and with a wealth of information to help him and us with the transition.  I am confident that you and the rest of the staff are there if we need anything. Sending love and puppy kisses!

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From the moment Beetle (formerly Lynnda) reached her paw through the bars to gently catch one of our hands at the shelter, we knew we’d been chosen! Though she’d been passed over before for being “shy,” very underweight & sick with a cold, she clearly knew we were the right people to take her home and we fell in love instantly. Her transformation here has been so incredible that she barely looks like the same cat! She’s now healthy, energetic, super playful & a total lovebug who falls asleep in our laps or cuddled up against our chests. She loves belly rubs & kisses, her favorite thing in the world is string, and she has an incredible knack for problem-solving (which helps her get up to all kinds of mischief). We’re deep in love & have been so happy to see her thrive now that she’s found her forever family. Thank you NEAS for bringing us together!

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I have been wanting a dog for as long as I can remember and figured that because I am currently working from home, it would be a great time to raise a puppy! She is the snuggliest little girl who loves to play with her toys and eat treats alll day! She is loving the snow so far but loves to snuggle up and watch dog TV! She is working on learning all her commands and is loving her forever home! We love her so much! Thank you NEAS so much!

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After scouring Petfinder and shelter websites for months and dozens of applications with no luck, I was beginning to get a little discouraged about the prospects of adding a young furry friend. NEAS had one cat in particular I *really* wanted, but I had no luck booking an appointment due the crazy high demand during the pandemic. I woke up one Saturday and hit that refresh button a couple more times just for the heck of it and all of a sudden an appointment for later that day popped up! Someone must have cancelled! I was beyond excited. I immediately grabbed the appointment slot and spent the next several hours refreshing the shelter cat listing to see if the cat I was interested in was still there. Unfortunately one lucky adopter took home the cat I had my heart set on right before my appointment. There were a few other cute kittens that were adopted that morning as well.

I figured I’d keep the appointment anyway and maybe I could reschedule if I didn’t find a kitty I liked.

The first guy I met at NEAS was Mocha. As soon as we opened the cage he started purring SO LOUD and started kneading and rubbing all over me. He was incredibly friendly and curious right from the get go and I knew immediately this was my guy!

We haven’t even been home 48 hours and this little bean is the king of the apartment! His transition from shelter life has been seamless so far. He’s got the perfect mix of energy and affection that I was looking for. He loves to play, but is also an absolute snuggle bug! I ended up renaming him Rambo because he is a little rambunctious and his purr sounds like a machine gun! Safe to say I’ve got a new bestie!

Many thanks to the staff at NEAS for making the process so awesome – clearly a top notch operation!

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I adopted a kitten, Halloween, in early December and renamed him Maestro, though he is still telling me his other names! He has been an absolute delight and joy! My house was feeling like an empty place since I lost my beloved previous kitty, Clawedyus, to cancer last June. With the pandemic, it was a long wait to get an adoption appointment anywhere, but NEAS came through for me just in time for the holidays and we both couldn’t be happier. The fast-growing Maestro loves playing and makes some extraordinary vocal noises, little grunt-yells and half-meows, that are most entertaining! Thank you NEAS, keep up the good work!

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Northeast Animal Shelter and the MSPCA-Angell Relocate Over 100 Animals from Storm-Ravaged Texas to Massachusetts

Teams Transport Pets from Austin Pets Alive! to New England in the Wake of Historic Winter Storm 


SALEM, Feb. 25, 2021 – In the wake of deadly storms that brought record low temperatures, ice and snow to Texas — with millions of people still without power — Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) and the MSPCA-Angell have turned their attention to the Lone Star state’s other vulnerable constituents: animals.


Thousands of dogs, cats and other animals have flooded Texas animal shelters in the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri, pushing the state’s animal welfare organizations — many of who have been without power or suffered infrastructure damage as a result of the storm — to the breaking point.


Operation: Rescue – NEAS/the MSPCA Cavalry

Two teams from NEAS and the MSPCA — consisting of eight staff members, four vans and dozens of pet carriers — set off for Texas at the crack of dawn on Feb. 23 to arrive at Austin Pets Alive! where they readied more than 100 dogs and cats for safe transport back to Massachusetts. 


The teams are set to arrive in Massachusetts late tomorrow evening, with the animals immediately brought inside the two organization’s facilities to begin their mandatory 48-hour quarantine.  


Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA — and interim director of NEAS — said the stakes could not be higher for the animals involved. 


“This situation is as critical as it gets for animals because even though shelters like Austin Pets Alive! are doing everything humanly possible to respond to the crisis, there are just too many homeless animals, too little space to house them, and too few resources available to meet their needs — and when disasters strike, the animal welfare community comes together to help animals in need,” said Keiley.


“NEAS’ affiliation with the MSPCA means we can help more animals than either organization can alone,” he added.


A Call for Donations

The arrival of so many animals at once will place enormous strain on the already limited resources that both organizations have for the animals in their care. The MSPCA and NEAS have asked that anyone able to donate toward the cost of their care do so by clicking


“We’re going to do all we can for these animals, for as long as it takes to get them into loving homes,” said Keiley.  “Any help that the public can provide will help ensure they receive veterinary care and other essentials, so that they all get the second chance they deserve.”


Adopters Wanted!

Owing to intense, historic demand for adoptable pets, both NEAS and the MSPCA have asked would-be adopters to visit their adoptable animal pages here and here, for more information about the animals, and when they will be ready for adoption.