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Mariana is the best dog ever. She is so sweet. She has adjusted very fast. She sleeps in my bed under the blankets. I just love her so much.

She loves her walks and seeing the other dogs in the neighborhood. I can’t say enough about how good she is and how much I love her.

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We came home with Saoirse (formerly Sasha) on December 27, 2017 – a bundle of love wrapped in a blanket from NEAS, carried to the car by our beaming daughters.

We may not know her breed (pit bull/lab/who-knows-what-else) or much about her life before NEAS (she came from Georgia with a sibling), but we do know that someone sure took care of her before she came to us…because she is a love bug.

She loves to curl up on any lap that’s available, greets strangers with kisses and a windmill tail, and wants to play with every canine she spots from near or afar. We’re filled with gratitude for NEAS for bringing Saoirse into our lives. Julie, thank you for your kindness introducing her to us and sharing so much wisdom and helpful information in the adoption process.

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We adopted Zoey (formerly Anna) and are loving every minute with her. She is the best! She cuddles on our laps and is loving long walks at a nearby trail. We just love her so much. Thank you, Northeast Animal Shelter!

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Sniper has been re-named Zombie by my 3 year old and has totally adjusted.😀His first vet visit was perfect and he and our other kitty Humphrey are best buds now. It was touch and go the first couple of weeks but now they wrestle, groom each other and talk to each other a lot.

Zombie is very vocal! He also loves playing in water and jumps in the toilets and plays in the faucets. 😳 He also likes to knock the sheepskins and goat skins that I have draped on various pieces of furniture off into the floor so he can snuggle in them. Definitely a love connection. ❤️

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I am so pleased to write about our newest family member, Mia. We are all full of love and so overjoyed to have found one another. She has breathed new life into our home and we are so grateful for her affection. She showers us with kisses and full body wiggles and we feel that she just might love us as much as we love her.

From her first day here, she has been eating twice a day and saw the Vet who gave her a gold star after her many surgeries.  She will have to endure another surgery in the future for her luxating patella, but we all knew about it from the beginning and luckily that day is not today. We talk about how we don’t know how WE got to be the lucky ones who got to be her family.

We know we were meant to be forever together. The adoption has been a reminder of how life will always go on and so will our love as long as we are willing to be open to new experiences. Mia is so welcome here. She fits in just right in this family. We all have each other and couldn’t be happier.

In addition, we had a truly warm experience at your shelter. Mia was not able to come home right away. I visited her every day for more than a week until she was well enough for adoption, and the staff was welcoming and accommodating at each visit. In particular, Susan, our adoption counselor, was most empathetic to Mia and us throughout this time.  It turns out, Susan had also worked with us in past adoptions over the last couple of decades. It is clear she loves animals, families and her job/life’s work.

I was so moved by the climate and culture at NEAS that I felt a pull to apply for a position within the organization. I too, feel that this work is beneficial for animals, individuals, and their communities. My impression of the organization, the people, and the mission is that this important work must continue moving forward and I would like to be a part of it.

Your continued outreach, post adoption, from Susan and Brooke, is further reinforcement that you are doing exceptional work.  We are pleased to have had such experiences and are grateful for that. 

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We are so in love with our girl Nellie. We adopted her on December 21st, and were able to bring her everywhere with us for the holidays. She had already made 8 dog friends by the end of our first week together, and she was loving it. My boyfriend and I were visiting the shelter on a daily basis, and waiting in those 7 degree temperature lines when new shipments of pups were coming in. We made friends with many of the dogs at the shelter and continue to keep tabs on who has been adopted. Our experience at NEAS was really wonderful. We already want to adopt another dog!

Nellie was selected on a very cold morning while I myself was at work. Mike, my boyfriend, waited in line for an hour and when he got inside and saw Nellie he was immediately certain that she was our girl. I got some photos while at work and thought she was beautiful! Later that day we were able to spend some time with her together. She was (and is) amazing!

P.S. We hope to find her litter mate Pippy who was there with her at the shelter when we adopted. On our records of Nellie’s (formerly Jessie) time at the shelter, there were many notes written about how much she loves her sister Pippy.  They would play and snuggle all the time. Reuniting them would be a truly wonderful experience for her!

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Back in early November, we adopted Rey – formerly Domino. She has been an absolute joy to the family. She loves bones and every toy!

Surprisingly, she eats almost everything. Including fruits and veggies. Rey is not a big fan of the cold, so we bought her a cute sweater to keep warm. She is still getting used to it.

She loves to snuggle and be your buddy when you’re alone. She has so far been an amazing dog and we hope she will stay with us for many years to come!

Love, The Shepards 🙂

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Beans (formerly known as Butterscotch) entered our home as if it were his own right away. He jumped out of his carrier, roamed throughout the house, and played with his new toys. It didn’t take him long to fall asleep next to us on the bed for a very long nap.

3 months later, Beans greets us every morning when we wake up, loves to be held, and of course loves kisses. He is our only “child,” so he is extremely spoiled and loved. We can’t wait to watch him grow up, and give him so much more love.

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Toulouse (the cat who was called “Tom at the shelter”) has been with us for a few weeks now. He is a sweet, adorable, cuddly, and very active little guy. It only took him and his canine brother Theo a couple of days to get used to each other. These days they act as if they’ve known each other forever – hard to believe it’s only been a few weeks.