We adopted Khaleesi (formerly Jane) on 12/1/15.
On 10/15/16, my wife had a life threatening medical emergency. She was in the ICU for 5 weeks and had 3 separate crises when she was not expected to live. If it were not for the love of our fur daughter, Khaleesi, I would not have been able to get through those horrific days.
Since then, I have been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Khaleesi is my rock, my constant companion, and one of the loves of my life. I thought we were rescuing her when we adopted her. In fact, she rescued us. We love her more than words can say. She is my strength.
Anacapri (formerly Tiana) is amazing. We couldn’t be happier with her and the entire process at NEAS. We are from Long Island and fell in love with her on a trip to Boston.
We had to make our way back to get her and the staff was kind enough to keep us updated on her status as she was on antibiotics, making sure we were there the minute she became available for adoption.
We adore her and are giving her all of the love and care she deserves.
Gus (formerly Dallas) is doing great! We noticed he really wasn’t responding to Dallas, so we changed his name to Gus, and he loves it. He is really settling in and seems very happy and well adjusted to our home. He is doing great! He loves running around on the beach and in the woods daily, leaping over logs and scaling walls on the hunt.
If you have made the decision that you can no longer keep your pet, finding a new home and family for your pet is the best thing you can do for them. Your pet will be less stressed staying in familiar surroundings until he/she is in a new home. Here are some helpful tips to get you started on a search for the best new place for your pet to call home. With careful consideration, time, and effort you may be able to find a great home for your pet.
Before You Start
- Make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and is spayed or neutered. Animals that are spayed or neutered are much more likely to be adopted. Fixed animals are also less likely to be desired by people looking to adopt an animal for the wrong reasons an will help stop irresponsible breeding.
- Evaluate your pet’s adoption potential. You will need to be realistic in your own expectations. Older, larger animals are more difficult to find homes for. If your pet has a medical or behavioral problem that you are not willing to address, you must consider that a potential adopter is not likely to want to take on that responsibility either.
- Fill out a profile/animal history form to let interested people know more about your pet. Be honest – creating realistic expectations is the best way to ensure a new home is a forever home. Dog Profile Cat Profile
- Ask your vet to print out your pet’s medical history.
- Take your pet to a groomer. A pretty and clean pet is a more adoptable pet!
- Take a great photo of your pet.
Spreading the Word
- Start with your circle: Friends, family and people that you work with are the best way to start. Ask them to ask ten friends as well.
- Contact the breeder/individual/shelter/rescue group where you acquired your pet. They may be willing to take your pet back or assist you in finding him/her a new home.
- Got a purebred? Try breed rescues. If you have a purebred dog or cat you may be able to find a rescue organization that specializes in helping dogs or cats of that breed. You can search for breed rescues in your area by visiting http://www.petfinder.com/ and looking for dogs of a certain breed near your zip code. NetPets has a webpage with a list of rescue organizations by breed and state, visit http://www.netpets.com/dogs/dogresc/doggrp.html. The American Kennel Club also has a list of parent breed rescue organizations which may be able to refer you to a local breed rescue group – http://www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm. Be sure to screen the rescue before giving up your pet – make sure the current animals they care for look well cared for and ask about their adoption policies and how they place pets in their care.
- Place signs at the Veterinarian’s Office, Pet Supply Store, Grooming Shops, Grocery Stores, Churches, Gym, School etc. Include a color photo in the advertisement and description of your pet along with contact information. If your pet is spayed or neutered, be sure to mention this. Give copies to your friends and family and ask them to do the same.
- Place a free classified ad. Pay for an ad in the local paper. Include a color photo in the advertisement and description of your pet along with contact information. If your pet is spayed or neutered, be sure to mention this.
- Shelters and rescue organizations. You can contact adoption centers in your area and ask about their intake policies. Some shelters and rescue organizations will only take an animal if they know they can find it a home. Many shelters are filled to capacity and have long waiting lists. They receive a large amount of calls each day, especially for surrendering older cats. Time, politeness and patience is key. To find a list of shelters to call, go http://www.petfinder.com/ and type in the type of animal you have and zip code. It is a good idea to check an organizations facilities before surrendering your pet to any organization.
Screening Potential Adopters
- Charge a small adoption fee. Free to a good home ads often attract people looking to turn a profit from your pet instead of providing them with a good home. For example, “bunchers” are people who make a living by gathering animals and selling them to research laboratories.
- Make a list of what you feel is important for your dog or cat. Review the list and be realistic – no home will be perfect but you should come up with an idea of what you are looking for and why. A good home is one in which your pet will receive love, attention, veterinary care, and proper access to food and water. The potential owner should be looking to make your pet part of their family.
- Have a conversation. Explain that you love your pet and want to find a permanent and happy place for him/her. Talk with the prospective adopter over the phone about their other or old pets – this is a good way to gauge what kind of pet owner they are. For ideas on what to ask people interested in your pet – click here to see our adoption application.
- Pay a visit. Whenever possible, bring your pet to their home. It is a good idea to have prospective owners meet your pet and also for you to see their apartment or home in order to see the environment your pet will be living in and how he/she reacts.
- Get ID information. Ask for a potential adopters name, address, phone number and make sure they can verify this information with a valid ID.
- Check references. If they have a pet or have had one recently in the past – ask the name of their veterinarian and contact them.
- Make a contract. Create a mutually agreed upon contract.
- Be willing to take your pet back if the placement does not work out.
- Trust your instincts.
Please don’t abandon your pet. They are not better off fending for themselves. Companion animals are dependent on you to make a responsible decision if you can no longer care for them.
If you are interested in surrendering your pet to NEAS, click here.
Marjorie is doing great. She is now comfortable in our home.
She is making progress every day. She is now more playful and curious and less shy. She loves to cuddle.
Justine, now known as Luisa, a.k.a Lulu bear, is doing very well at our home in Swampscott. Lulu has a healthy appetite both for food and love… she loves treats and and lots of attention alike. Lulu has adjusted to sleeping in a crate; however she prefers to sleep with my oldest daughter at the foot of a comfy bed.
Lulu is great with young children. She also loves to run around in circles inside the house and in the backyard. Initially, Lulu was very quiet and low energy but as she started to feel connected to our home she started to be protective towards new people who visited us. This was a new behavior that surfaced, so we connected with a wonderful trainer, Scott Williams, from Beyond the Leash. Scott visited us at home and gave us some tips on how to train Lulu.
Lulu has been making major improvements and she is able to socialize with family visiting from out of town and friends who stop by.
We are happy that Lulu picked us! We are very lucky to have her in our family.
I started working at NEAS a couple of months ago. I was assigned to work with cats a few times and grew very fond of Wolfie and her sisters. Though they weren’t the cuddly loving cats you would look for, I knew they were special.
My mom and I decided if they were still there in a few weeks we would take one. As a person who always goes for the underdog, I noticed that Wolfie wasn’t coming out of her hide-away as much as the other two, and that’s when I decided I would take her.
I worked with her for many weeks and on a warm September day we went to the shelter to take our baby home. Fast forward a few weeks and we have a cat who comes out of hiding, plays with the laser pointer, and explores the house. She is my best friend and I know with a little time she will be a normal and more social cat. Until then I’m going to enjoy the ride and work with her to bring her out of her shell. I am so thankful I met her when I did and I love her more than words can describe.
We just adore Aspen! He has a very easy and mellow temperament around our three children, sleeps well in his crate at night and is enjoying our yard space for playtime. We’ve been taking him on short outings, walks and to the playground where he is interacting with other dogs, children and unfamiliar adults. He’s enjoyed meeting most people and has remained fairly calm even during busy periods.
Sometimes he takes a few minutes to warm up to a stranger or another dog, but he has not shown any aggressive behavior. Aspen really enjoys the attention of children and loves to play!
He has learned to sit and not to jump on visitors. Our Maltese gets a little angry when he tries to play with her, but he respects her place fairly quickly. We plan to enroll in puppy school soon to reinforce our at-home training.
He’s been a fantastic addition to our family! We look forward to our future with him!
Hogan is settling in nicely, and fits our family like a glove! He is a GEM!
He and our 8 year old Tuxedo cat took a few days to warm up, but are now getting along handsomely.
We have worked hard to keep our new 13 month old Chesapeake exercising and worn out! It has been my anecdotal experience with 2 prior Chesapeakes, that a TIRED DOG is a GOOD DOG.
Every muscle in my body hurts!
We have been walking 2-4 miles most every day. In addition, Hogan LOVES to chase Tennis Balls thrown with a “chucker.” He thinks he’s a tennis pro, and LOVES to swim! However, this exercise program is only 50% for him.
Northeast was a delight to work with! First I spoke via phone with your receptionist to verify availability, and later with Sharon. I made the 2 hour drive from Maine, and was met promptly and courteously. A nice introduction was made between Hogan & myself, and I was later left alone to visit and interact in a generous sized room with toys.
It was pretty close to love at first sight, and immediately apparent Hogan was a dear, sweet, boy.
The adoption process was straight forward and expedient. Sharon made it very smooth and efficient.
We had a great 2 hour drive home and Hogan has made a pretty steady and impressive transition. He has made such amazing progress in 2 short weeks!
Thank you all so much for all you do each and every day. The work you do is enormously enriching and valuable to so many lives, human and companions, on both sides of those windows.
You people do such important work! You have my utmost respect and admiration!
Thank you again for all your help!