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After losing our first NEAS dog at 12 years old early this year, we were heartbroken but knew we were ready to open our hearts and home to another furry family member. We instantly fell in love with Archie (who was called Frosty at the time) as soon as we saw his photo on the shelter site, and when we met him in person we knew the feeling was mutual! He settled in right away and already knows what time to wake his dad up in the morning to go out for a walk. We love his goofy personality and how snuggly he is despite being 70 lbs. He truly rescued us. We love him so much and we can’t wait to make plenty of memories with him!

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I adopted Bella in February of 2020 and she was such a shy, quiet girl. It took her a couple weeks to fully open up to my family and I, and she now has a huge personality! She is super talkative and is vocal when she wants attention, which is very often! She loves to sit in the sun on her cat hammock that’s attached to the window in my bedroom. She loves snuggles, especially at 2am when she wakes me up for some. She loves her cat tunnel to both play and sleep in, as well as her many other toys. My whole family absolutely adores her and loves her so much. Bella shows her love by giving kissing, or even trying to shove her butt in my face while cuddling. I am so grateful for my baby Bella, and excited for the many more years to spend with her. Thank you NEAS!

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We adopted Elmer in April. Elmer loves to snuggle and has a knack for squeezing into the sofa. He’s a big fan of squeaky toys. Elmer loves walks along the ocean and thinks that seaweed is particularly interesting. Overall, he’s a curious, inquisitive, and athletic dog. We’ve had him less than two months, but we feel like he’s been a part of the family furever.

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Northeast Animal Shelter and MSPCA-Angell Ready the New Arrivals for Homes, Double Down on Post-COVID Adoption Protocols

 

SALEM, MA, June 16, 2021 – To the delight of adopters across Massachusetts, 60 newly arrived kittens are resting at the Northeast Animal Shelter’s Salem, Mass. location and the MSPCA-Cape Cod in Centerville after they arrived yesterday via air from Tennessee, where they were in the care of the McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga.

 

The kittens—described as “adorable and friendly” by adoption center staff helping to relocate them to Massachusetts—are all about eight weeks old and healthy, and should be ready for adoption on June 18, after their mandatory 48-hour quarantine period has expired.

 

Twenty-eight of the kittens will remain at NEAS and 32 will be made available for adoption from the MSPCA-Cape Cod.

 

Post-COVID Adoption Protocols
In anticipation of the post-pandemic future, Northeast Animal Shelter and the MSPCA have made permanent the innovations established during the lockdowns which, many months later, have proven more effective at matching animals with adopters who want them while reducing crowding in the adoption centers.

 

“Our appointment-based adoption strategy has replicated the magic of coming into the shelter to meet adoptable animals without fully opening to walk-through traffic that too often doesn’t result in animals going home, said Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA-Angell and interim executive director of NEAS.

 

Anyone interested in adopting one of the Tennessee cats can contact NEAS to schedule an appointment here, and reach the MSPCA’s adoption center here.

 

“We anticipate that these cats will go quickly as interest in adoption remains historically high, and these are young and really friendly cats,” said Keiley.

Relocation on the Rise
According to Keiley, efforts to relocate pets to Massachusetts have assumed greater urgency with the pandemic winding down but interest in adoption at an all-time high, underscoring just how critical the affiliation between the MSPCA and NEAS has become.

“What we saw in the last year was a significant reduction in pet surrender and animal control services, combined with temporary closures of shelters due to the risk of COVID-19 to shelter staffers,” said Keiley.

 

“This reality, combined with a reduction in spay and neuter services in some areas, produced a sharp rise in animal populations across large swaths of the U.S.—and now many shelters need to relocate animals to the Northeast to make more space for new arrivals,” added Keiley.

 

Keiley said that both the MSPCA and NEAS are in the process of building back their volunteer, staff and foster home networks in anticipation of even more pets needing relocation to the Northeast.    

 

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4 years ago Tucker came into our lives and we have been inseparable ever since. Our little guy loves hiking in the woods, running by our bikes on mountain bike rides and hogging the whole couch! Tucker is so popular in the neighborhood on his daily walks and is best friends with all humans. Thank you for our angel!

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We rescued Sonny from NEAS back in April 2010. At that time, his name was Bopper and he was about 1 year old and came from Indiana. He had been at the shelter for almost a week and they were surprised it took so long for someone to pick him. Next month will be 11 years since we took him home. He is the biggest lovebug/snugglebug, though is still very protective of us and our home. He has been with us for 2 moves and 2 babies. We can’t imagine our lives without him and love him to pieces. Thank you, NEAS!

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We adopted Felix (formerly Dorito) as a kitten from NEAS last July. After our eldest cat passed away last December, we decided that Felix needed another brother to keep him company. Last month we came back to NEAS, and the moment we met Moose we immediately felt he would be the perfect fit. After just a couple of weeks, they are already the best of friends. We couldn’t imagine our lives without either one of them! Thank you NEAS!

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Gravely Ill Homeless Puppy Needs “Moonshot” Surgery for a Chance at Survival

 

Northeast Animal Shelter Pulling out All the Stops, Raising Funds to Save Adorable Georgia Transplant, “Bradley”

 

 

SALEM and Boston, Mass., April 7, 2021 – In many ways, three-month-old Pit Bull mix puppy “Bradley” has come so far—traveling more than 1,100 miles from rural Georgia to Massachusetts, and the promise of a new and loving home—but his most dangerous journey is still ahead of him.

 

Little did anyone know that Bradley—the shy, playful pup with a heart-shaped nose, relocated to Salem’s Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS) with 37 other dogs and cats on March 20th—was gravely ill.

 

A health check performed upon arrival at NEAS revealed a congenital heart condition called Pulmonic Stenosis (PS), a grave diagnosis that put Bradley at risk of sudden death after just 90 days of life. For the NEAS team, the discovery was devastating.

 

“His condition is so severe that we had to determine if surgery would even be an option for him,” said Dr. Lindsey Rynk of the Northeast Animal Shelter. “None of us were prepared to give up, however, so we turned to the MSPCA-Angell for help.”

 

Angell Animal Medical Center Offers (Guarded) Hope
The NEAS team booked an appointment with Dr. Katie Hogan of Angell’s Cardiology service, who has treated PS at least 60 times in her career—and who made clear that, while surgery may offer Bradley a second chance, there are no guarantees.

 

“PS is a challenging diagnosis for any dog and without surgical intervention may prove a fatal condition within a couple of years, and Bradley’s case is very severe, but we’re hopeful that surgery will save him from immediate danger and prolong his life,” said Dr. Hogan.

 

Armed with this information, the NEAS team decided the risk is worth taking, and Bradley’s surgery is now scheduled for April 13th. Bradley is staying in a foster home with one of Angell’s cardiology nurses until then to ease his stress and provide as normal a life as possible before his operation.

 

The minimally invasive procedure that Dr. Hogan will perform is called a balloon valvuloplasty. Bradley will be anesthetized, and then intravenous catheters will be placed in his jugular vein, with larger catheters, and wires, passed through the right side of his heart.   A balloon will then be passed through his heart and inflated multiple times to open his abnormal valves, after which the value will be removed.

 

Dr. Hogan has made clear that even with a successful surgery, Bradley will never be out of the woods. “Even if the operation is a success—and we’ll do everything in our power to ensure the best outcome—it is still possible that this condition will shorten Bradley’s lifespan,” she said.

 

“But given all he’s been through, he deserves every chance we can give him, and he’s going to be in very good hands,” said Dr. Hogan.

 

Help Bradley!

Bradley’s surgery and aftercare are likely to exceed $7,500 and NEAS and the MSPCA are asking that anyone able to offset the costs donate at neas.org/bradleysheart.

 

The Road Ahead

According to Dr. Hogan, most dogs who undergo the procedure are discharged the same day—and her hope is that Bradley will be, too. “Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days, and we believe he may be cleared for adoption after 10 to 15 days,” said Dr. Hogan. She added that Bradley will require a checkup at Angell four to six weeks after his surgery.

 

NEAS and the MSPCA will provide updates on Bradley’s condition, and more details on the kind of adoptive home he will require. “He’s shy and will do best in a quieter home, and we’ll need to ensure his new owner is committed to his ongoing cardiology care,” said Dr. Rynk.”

 

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This is Bailey! She has been my best friend and side kick for three months and she is amazing! She loves being trained and going on new adventures every day. In these short three months she has gained thirty pounds and made so many puppy friends and human friends alike! She loves to do zoomies everywhere she goes and then plop down on Mommy for a nap 🙂 Thank you Northeast Animal Shelter for introducing me to my best friend and perfect match!!

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I decided to go check out the new puppies that had just come in on Saturday afternoon, but I wasn’t the only one with that idea. When I arrived at NEAS, there was a line of eager soon to be pet owners around the corner of the building.

When we were finally allowed inside, there was a rush to see all the new puppies. I walked from kennel to kennel looking at all the adorable puppies just waiting to be adopted. Left and right, people snatched up the cards off the gates to adopt their new best friend. But as cute as all these pups were…none of them were mine.

I then started to leave and entered the large dog room. I past older dogs, and puppies 5+ months old until I saw Sadie (now Sydney). I knew from the minute I saw her snoozing in her kennel that she was my pup. It was love at first site. I sat down at the kennel and waited for her to come over to greet me.

She eventually got up, walked over to the door to her kennel and stretched her long legs out to me, so I could pet her paw. As I sat there, tears welled up in my eyes because I knew I had found my dog.

A kind volunteer came over and asked if I was ok and I told her, “I think I found my dog”. She looked at me and informed me that unfortunately since she had a pink card on her gate, she couldn’t be adopted yet. My heart began to break and I asked her if she knew when I could adopt her. She informed me that she had to be fixed before anyone could adopt her.

I then asked if I could reserve her, pay the fee, fill out the application, anything but I was told that was not the policy at the shelter. I would have to wait for her to be spay and then come back after and hope I was the first one there to adopt her.

I told the volunteer I’d be back because I knew I had to have this dog. She was my dog and I’d be crushed if someone else adopted her.

I called to check in on her the next day and then again another day and I found out she was due to be spayed the next day. I then called on that Monday to make sure she was ok post surgery and they told me she was fine and would be available for adoption the next day.

Right then and there, I emailed my boss to let him know I’d be late to work and the very next day I got to the shelter 15 min before it opened and there were already 3 other people in line. I had to be the first one to her kennel. As soon as they opened the doors, I walked quickly to her kennel and saw that the pink card was now blue, which meant she was eligible for adoption!

7 years later, the rest is history and I’m so grateful I was able to find my girl that day!