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You wouldn’t know it by looking at her sweet, beautiful face, but Letty was once in very bad shape.

 

Found walking down a back road in Georgia all alone, she was completely bald and her skin was swollen and infected. Poor Letty must have been in terrible pain from the mange that covered her entire body.

Yet she trusted the woman who found her and went willingly to the vet – as if Letty knew she was finally being helped. This kind person also paid for the medication needed to treat her mange and brought Letty to her home to recover. But that didn’t last long because Letty didn’t like cats … and the woman’s house was full of them.

Letty was then moved into a foster home in Tennessee. With time and love, she healed and was ready to find her forever family. But year after year, she was overlooked by potential adopters. Her foster mom told us, “This once ugly duckling breaks my heart. She is beautiful and sweet. She loves her people and is eager to please. All my other dogs have been adopted, but not Letty.”

After spending three long years in foster care, Letty was one of the first pets transported north by NEAS’s new Southeast Transport Hub, in the hope that we could find her a permanent home. And that’s exactly what happened! Once at our Shelter, Letty’s days of waiting to be adopted quickly came to an end. According to her forever mom, “We fall in love with Letty more every day. She loves belly rubs, snuggles, and kisses. She enjoys the backyard and exploring nature. She’s the best addition to our small family!”

Although it took a long time, Letty is finally home for good.

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Don’t let Sasha’s grumpy face fool you.

 

She’s actually a sweetheart! Which is why we were puzzled when the family who adopted her in April, returned her in May. They just couldn’t understand why Sasha kept urinating on the rug, even though they kept her litter box clean and tried different types of litter.

As far as we knew, this hadn’t been an issue before she was surrendered to Northeast Animal Shelter. You see Sasha’s first seven years were spent in the loving arms of her elderly parents, but when they passed, she needed a new home. And we were not surprised when this affectionate “funny face” was quickly adopted by a new family. But when Sasha was returned soon thereafter, it was clear that something was going on.

In addition to the litter box dilemma, Sasha was also struggling to maintain her weight. An extensive medical exam and lab work confirmed she had kidney disease. No wonder Sasha was urinating outside her box – she couldn’t help herself!

To treat her condition, Sasha needs weekly injections and prescription medication – and her cute little face folds require regular cleaning. Sasha’s foster mom was there to help her out with that at first, administering her medicine, monitoring her health and keeping her content and comfortable. And now, Sasha has a forever family to keep her healthy and happy! Since being adopted, her “smile” says it all – no misunderstanding that.

If you’re interested in adopting a special needs pet like Sasha, please contact petsinfoster@neas.org

 

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Yeti is settling in beautifully!  She follows us from room to room, has found her sunny spot to sleep in every afternoon, and is eating well. As soon as I make my way to the kitchen she eagerly follows me and sits by her feeding station waiting for me to put down fresh food!  We love her like crazy! Here is one if our favorite pictures of her in her favorite sun spot!

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Bentley is now Sadie, and she is the love of our lives! She has settled in so easy, she is so funny, cute and super snuggly. At first she was shy with other dogs, but is now starting to gain confidence when she meets new furry animals. Sadie loves to play fetch and tug of war. She is very popular at my son’s kindergarten when she comes to drop off and pick up. All our friends and family find her to be “very sweet and laid back”. She can sit and give paw. Come is still a challenge since she loves to stay outside. Thank you NEAS!

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We adopted Goose (formerly known as Porterhouse) ten years ago this October. He is a beloved member of our family with 3 human sisters, 1 human brother, and 1 fur brother. He loves lounging on our deck and looking for squirrels. He is the best companion to our family and we couldn’t imagine life without him!!

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The USDA just finalized a new rule to address its longstanding practice of ‘rubber stamping’ licenses, which has allowed facilities that violate the law – like puppy mills – to stay in business with little to no oversight. But in reality, this new rule fails to enact any meaningful changes. And this lack of enforcement continues to perpetuate heinous, illegal animal abuses.

 

For example, breeding facilities are not required to demonstrate Animal Welfare Act (AWA) compliance when applying for a license renewal. And even when a USDA inspector finds a violation – including animals in need of veterinary care, cages that are too small, or a lack of clean water or food – the agency most often looks the other way and chooses to take no action at all. Breeders with a long list of egregious violations remain licensed year after year.

 

Sign our petition now and join Northeast Animal Shelter in urging the USDA to enforce its breeder rules and shut down repeat offenders.

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Formerly named “Midnight”, Ernie, who had come up from Mississippi, became an Official Black Salem Cat this month. He lives with two furry siblings, a small dog named Oliver, and a 5 month old tortoiseshell kitten, Rosie. He is enjoying playing with Rosie, curling up with Oliver, and watching birds from the feeder that’s right in the window. Since I work from home now, my lap is also a great spot for a snooze. He lives in a really big, old house, so there are plenty of places to run around and explore, too. Thank you NEAS!

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Joe came into our life a week ago, and his tail hasn’t stopped wagging since! In this short period of time we have seen him blossom from a shy, timid boy to a playful, cuddly, and confident companion with the help of his older doggy sister and devoted family. He loves playing in the sand at the beach and frolicking through the forest. Peanut butter and cheese are his favorite snacks! He cuddles his plushy and goes crazy with his rope toys. He’s super friendly with the children and strangers he meets, as well as, neighbors and other four legged friends. Joe is the happiest pup, and everyday we are more proud of the strides he’s making. We love him and can’t wait to see him grow, thank you NEAS for everything. We are so lucky, and so is Java Joe.

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Just about one year ago I came to NEAS. This love bug with beautiful eyes looked at me and I was done for. I was her human from the moment we met. From that day on, we have gone on SO many adventures it was hard to choose pictures! Savannah loves hiking and going everywhere she can with me, but her true love is the beach! She is a water and beach baby through and through! Doggie beach is literally her favorite place to be! She LOVES other dog friends — the more the better (and cats even if she doesn’t admit it). I don’t exist when my niece and nephew are over though! She turned one on the 4th of July and enjoyed every minute of her doggie cake and cupcakes! She can’t go one day without getting her kisses and lovies from Nana! This girl has brought so much happiness that I didn’t know I needed to my life and I can’t thank her enough for rescuing me! My Savannah, beautiful beast, lovie, schmoopie whoopie baby or any other silly name I call her is the best part of my world. I read this somewhere and I quote, “A dog may break some of your stuff, but they will never break your heart.” It couldn’t be more true! Thank you NEAS!

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We are so happy! Dopey is now named Roz (short for Rosalind). She is the best dog! She’s been going to doggy daycare at Bark n’ Roll in North Reading for socialization and we just finished training with them as well! She LOVES kids and people in general. She is up to 52 pounds at 9 months old and is healthy, happy, and super smart. Her favorite activities are playing hide and seek with my kids, chasing squirrels, going on walks, and sleeping in my bed. Thank you to everyone at Northeast Animal Shelter. I feel like we hit the lottery with Roz. 🙂