December 31, 2008

Puppy Update

We received this nice update from a family that adopted Tedy, formerly Malcolm from the shelter right after Christmas last year.  It just goes to show you never really know how big a puppy is going to grow when you don't know what the parents looked like!

Well, 1 year ago tomorrow, we adopted tedy (Malcolm) from your care.  He is doing quite well, and is big as a horse.   He's over 100lbs now, a little bit better with behavior, but still a VERY large puppy.  28 inches at the shoulder, and a 26 inch neck !!!  I've attached a picture from early December.
We still have no idea what breed he may be mixed with, as you can see from the picture, it's a mystery.  So, we have submitted a DNA test - will let you know when we find out.  Someone has said, maybe part Great Dane, Newfie,  very large lab,  but who knows.  Will keep you updated.

This is Tedy as a puppy

And here's a recent photo of him weighing in at 100 lbs.

December 28, 2008

Too much holiday cheer?

This is Dora, a Terrier mix who was adopted from the Medfield Shelter 1 1/2 years ago.  She is a well loved and very spoiled pup who looks like she may have overindulged on chicken jerky treats she received for Christmas.  Of course she could just be tired from playing in the snow with her doggie siblings.

December 24, 2008

Lovey and Coco get homes for Christmas

Bothe Lovey and Coco were adopted today.  We are particularly excited for Coco since she spent almost 8 months at the shelter waiting ever so patiently for a home.  She is such a sweet and cuddly rabbit and while we will miss having her sit in our laps, we couldn't be happier for her.

December 20, 2008

'Tis the season to be jolly

It's been a good week for the Medfield Shelter dogs and here's why they are all so jolly:

Buddy is jolly because he spent less than 24 hours at the shelter before finding his next family.  We think the third time's the charm for him.  Big thanks to Christina from Alpha Dog K9 Training and Caryl, for making the connections for him.

Teddy is jolly because after 8 months in a shelter he now has a great home!  He is settling in well and enjoying his one acre fenced yard.

And Billy is the jolliest of all because his foster home is keeping him!  Having done rescue for years they more than understand what Billy needs to stay healthy and happy.  He had a check up this week and his skin and ears are looking great!

December 15, 2008

Our favorite time of the year

We love opening the mail this time of year to see all the great photos and read the updates on how the pets adopted from the shelter are doing in their new homes.  This card from Rocco (formerly Schroeder) arrived by e-mail and is particularly cute.  The gorgeous all gray cat is Rocco's kitty sibling, Shadow.

December 13, 2008

Teddy's outing

Teddy had a very busy first full day at the shelter.  One of our volunteers took him for a 5 mile hike with her own dogs and he met lots of dogs and even some horses!  He also reluctantly posed for some Santa hat photos before settling in for a much-needed nap.

December 12, 2008

Our First Greyhound

Teddy is the first Greyhound to come to the shelter to find a home.  Well, he's actually a Greyhound mix, but he came to us from Greyhound Friends, who rescued him back in April when he was an emaciated, sickly guy in dire circumstances.  They got him nice and healthy, but he was overlooked by adopters because he was a mix and they always have so many Greyhounds looking for homes.  We are hopeful Teddy will find a home for the holidays, and in the meantime our faithful dog-walking volunteers are lining up to walk him.

December 10, 2008

Sad News

Last fall one of our volunteers matched a lovely senior from a nearby town looking for a walking companion, with a senior dog who had been heartlessly abandoned.  It was a great match, and the pair visited the shelter from time to time, which always made our day.  Sadly, Curly, the senior dog, died suddenly yesterday.  We are all grateful that his caretaker was able to give him such a great last year, and only wish they had more time together.  

December 5, 2008

Four new dogs arrived today

We took in 4 new dogs from the Indiana group that has been driving dogs to New England monthly for the last 4 years.  What a fun and adorable group they are!  Cosmo, the Chinese Crested is going to Save a Dog rescue after his quarantine and we are placing the other 3.

December 2, 2008

Matching Challlenge Fundraiser is back!

New Matching Challenge Grant Announced To Benefit The Medfield Animal Shelter

The Medfield Animal Shelter is pleased to announce that our matching challenge fundraiser is back!  A small group of longtime shelter supporters, who wish to remain anonymous, have once again offered to match every dollar that is donated to the Medfield Animal Shelter between December 1, 2008 and January 15, 2009 up to $10,000!  Previous matching challenge fundraisers have been a huge success and helped us raise most of our operating budget for the year, allowing our volunteers to spend more time caring for the pets. 

This year's fundraiser is more important to the Shelter than ever before, as we have experienced a significant drop-off in donations over the last few months as a result of the recession.  At the same time we have experienced a large spike in the number of pets needing help, and are trying to help as many as we possibly can.  In the last few months we have taken in many adoptable dogs from local Animal Control Officers and dog pounds where they would otherwise have been euthanized.  We have also sponsored a veterinarian who has provided low cost spay and neuter services at the Shelter for over 500 cats this year.  These services are a crucial part of our ongoing commitment to help end the overpopulation of pets that results in an estimated 5 million companion pets being euthanized at shelters in the U.S. every year. All of our work is possible thanks to our wonderful volunteers and supporters. 

You can make your donation to this worthy cause go twice as far by making a donation to the Medfield Animal Shelter by January 15, 2009!  Please include a note with your donation letting us know that your donation is for the Matching Challenge Grant.  The Matching Challenge Grant is open to anyone wishing to support the Medfield Animal Shelter, so please spread the word and make a donation today! 

The Medfield Animal Shelter is an all-volunteer, nonprofit facility.  The Shelter is a no-kill facility and in order to help reduce the population of homeless and unwanted pets, every pet is spayed or neutered prior to being placed in a new home.  The Animal Control Officers from both the towns of Dover and Medfield bring all of their stray pets to the Medfield Animal Shelter, and we take in pets from the surrounding area as space permits.

For more information about the shelter, please visit our website:

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to:

Medfield Animal Shelter
PO Box 271
Medfield, MA 02052



November 30, 2008

Allie and Rose adopted, Sasha arrived

Allie and Rose were adopted together today!  It will be so nice for the two friends to have each other for company. We also took in Sasha, a beautiful Husky today.  She already has a home lined up and will only be at the shelter until Thursday.  She loves to go for walks and is a very playful dog.

November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

It probably sounds silly, but we always feel sad about the pets spending the holidays at the shelter.  Of course they don't know it is Thanksgiving day, but they do notice when there are very few volunteers there to take care of them and keep them company.  Nevertheless, I think I speak for everyone at the shelter when I say we are thankful for all of the shelter supporters who donate money, food and other necessities that make the shelter possible.  And we are particularly thankful for our volunteers who selflessly give so much of their time to caring for and finding homes for the the shelter residents.  

November 25, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

And Onyx is all set to play Santa

November 22, 2008


Sarah McLafferty asked her friends for donations to the Medfield Animal Shelter instead of gifts for her recent 11th birthday.  She looked at our wish list so she knew what we needed which means we are already putting many of the donated items to good use.  She also brought some very fun cat toys that she tested out on a few of the cats currently at the shelter.  Sarah and her family came by today with the donations and was kind enough to brave the bitter cold to pose by the sign.  Thank you, Sarah!

November 21, 2008

Not surprisingly, pet store puppies are found to come from puppy mills

It is good to see the media finally doing their part to help the public understand where all those cute puppies at pet stores come from.  Those of us doing dog rescue are so tired of people telling us their new puppy was not from a puppy mill and they have the AKC papers to prove it.

Here's the MSNBC story with more details and a video clip.

November 17, 2008

Billy is on the mend

Billy went to the vet today to have his teeth cleaned and did very well!  They were impressed by how much his skin and ears had improved under the shelter's care and think if we find an owner willing to clean his ears daily he won't need to undergo surgery.  We love this little dog and our volunteers have all worked hard to make sure he gets the meds and special food he needs, so it is nice to know our hard work is starting to pay off.

November 13, 2008

Before and After

This adorable Cocker Spaniel was found as a stray and never claimed by his owner, so he is coming to the shelter on Friday, 11/14.  He was horribly matted and it took the wonderful Wrentham ACO and her friend many hours to create his "after" look.



He needs a name.  Feel free to post name suggestions by clicking on Comments

November 12, 2008

File this under too cute not to share

Onyx was adopted from us 3 months ago and has really made himself at home.  After he chewed through one of his owner's Crocs, they bought him his own pair to chew.  Apparently he also occasionally wears them for photos.

November 8, 2008

Jordan and 4 cats adopted today

Jordan had a rather brief stay at the shelter thanks to a Jack Russell experienced family who saw him online and drove an hour with their female Jack Russell to meet him.  It looked like a good match, and Jordan is going to have all the fun, exercise and training he needs to thrive.  

Judy placed Nigel, Elle and two beautiful orange cats she had taken in an hour before, all this afternoon!  A record breaking day for sure.  We sure will miss our lobby cat, Nigel, and it won't be as much fun working at the desk without him.

November 7, 2008

New Jack Russell at the Shelter

This is Jordan, an 18 month old neutered male Jack Russell.  He is very cute and very bouncy. We've been told he doesn't have much training.  He is looking forward to going on lots of walks with our dedicated group of volunteer dog walkers.

November 5, 2008

Snap and all the rest of the Greyhounds say thank you

Our friend Snap the Greyhound had been wearing her Vote Yes on 3 coat on her daily walk, but today she was sporting a new coat!  That's because Massachusetts voters have overwhelmingly passed Question 3, the Greyhound Protect Act, by a margin of 56% to 44%!!! This is the first time in history that dog tracks have been closed down by citizens vote.  

This is a fantastic win for dogs in Massachusetts and it marks the demise of an industry that exploits dogs for entertainment and profit.  Moving forward, GREY2K USA will work to place any and all available greyhounds from Wonderland and Raynham Parks. Stay tuned to learn how you can support this effort as the tracks begin winding down their operations.

November 4, 2008

Today's the day

Please vote Yes on 3 to help the Greyhounds.  

November 3, 2008

Labbie boy looking for a home

Dale arrived at the shelter on Saturday and has been making up for lack of exercise in his old home by persuading as many volunteers as possible to take him for a walk.  On Sunday he went on a 5 mile hike and met many dogs, horses and people and was great with all of them.  Please spread the word to anyone you know that might be looking to add a Lab to their family.

November 2, 2008

Vote for the dogs

Snap, an adopted Greyhound who belongs to one of the Shelter's foster families, has been out every morning spreading the word about the upcoming Greyhound Protection Act vote.  Please vote Yes on 3 and stop Greyhound racing in Massachusetts.  These graceful, sweet, lovely dogs deserve so much better.  There has been a lot of misinformation spread by the opposition, so if you are not familiar with the ballot question, please take a look at the facts before going to the polls on Tuesday.

October 29, 2008

Book, Bottle and a Bone

This cute photo sent to us by the owners of Tipper, formerly Tippy, was titled Book, bottle and a bone.  The very nice note accompanying the photo said "Just wanted to let you know that Tipper is doing great. We love love love love love her. She has a lot of energy that is for sure and she gets herself into some trouble/mischief on occassion :)  But she is great with our son Liam and a part of our family."

October 26, 2008

New face at the shelter

Has there ever been a sweeter face than this?  Reese (as in Reese's Peanut butter cup) is in need of a loving lifetime home.  She was heartlessly abandoned as a pup and spent several days tied to a lamp post before someone rescued her.  She just lost her second home due to her family going through a divorce.  She is a sweet and sensitive dog who is understandably a bit scared to find herself at the shelter and we are hoping a good home comes along soon.

October 24, 2008

Brady, formerly Linus, settles right in

Apparently Linus, who now goes by the name Brady, doesn't miss his friends at the shelter as much as we all miss him.  We received this cute photo of him relaxing in his new dad's office on his first day (he moved in last night) at home.  He was never this relaxed at the shelter.  Lucky dog!  And as his new family already knows, they are lucky to have such a nice pup.

October 22, 2008


Today Chico the little Min Pin was adopted, and Luna went home with a friend of her former owner (the owner is in a nursing home and can no longer care for Luna herself).  Our newest canine arrival, Petey the Rat Terrier, is settling in and seems like a very nice and active little dog, true to the breed standard.

Our new feline arrivals, Nigel and Ember, are settling in nicely, especially Nigel who is temporarily living in our lobby while he waits for a space to open up.  That's him in the first photo snoozing on a giant dog bed that is normally used by our Animal Control Officer's dog in the lobby.

October 16, 2008

More about Linus

Linus is the biggest (he's very tall), goofiest Lab we have had at the shelter in a long time.  He is very lovable when he gets enough exercise, and is going to be a great dog for an active family.  He would be a great friend for another active dog since he loves to run and play.

October 14, 2008

Yellow Lab

Linus the yellow Lab is the newest face at the shelter.  He was picked up by Animal Control as a stray, so not much is known about his past.  We've been told he is high energy, and we are looking forward to getting to know him so we can find him the perfect family.

October 10, 2008

Landmark Puppy Mill Reform Bill Passes!

Victory in PA—Landmark Puppy Mill Reform Bill Passes!

PuppyTrying to shed its reputation as “The Puppy Mill Capital of the East,” the Pennsylvania Legislature on Wednesday night passed HB 2525, a bill that will improve the lives of tens of thousands of dogs living in Pennsylvania’s puppy mills.

Introduced in May, HB 2525 doubles the cage space required for dogs in Pennsylvania’s commercial breeding facilities, prohibits wire flooring and the stacking of cages, mandates exercise and twice-yearly veterinary exams for all dogs, and requires that animals be humanely euthanized by licensed veterinarians.

The ASPCA has been working with the Governor’s Office and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for over three years to increase enforcement and standards of care for dogs in the state’s commercial kennels. We lobbied for passage of HB 2525 by activating the Pennsylvania members of the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade and by spending much of the past several months in Harrisburg, the state capital, promoting the bill to legislators. Governor Ed Rendell signed HB 2525 into law the day after it was passed.

October 8, 2008

Milo is looking for a home

Much to our surprise, adorable Milo does not have a home yet.  This great little dog is only 20 lbs., is very friendly, sweet and lived with young kids.  He loves toys, running and playing with other dogs and fetching.  He's the size, age and temperament everyone tells us they want, so where is his new family?

October 5, 2008

One Click A Day

Now you can help our shelter to receive a grant by voting for us in the Animal Rescue Site's $100,000 challenge.  You can cast one vote every day for the Medfield Animal Shelter, and also get your friends to vote. The shelter with the most votes could receive one of the grants below! 

 Click here to vote for us

Grand Prize:  One $25,000 grant! 
Runner Up:  One $10,000 grant! 
State Winners*:  Fifty-four $1,000 state grants 
Weekly Winners**:  Eleven $1,000 weekly grants 

Voting began on September 29th and ends at midnight (PST) on December 14th, 2008. The more friends we can rally to vote for the Medfield Animal Shelter, the better our chances of winning. Tell a friend!

October 2, 2008

A Star is Born

Rocco came to us as a very sick kitty who needed months of meds and had to spend his days in one of our isolation rooms. His mom fell in love with him snotty nose and all and he has been living like a king ever since. Today we learned he is also an award winner, after entering the Pet Life Radio "Cool Cat Contest" and ending up in the top five. The picture shows Rocco enjoying his winnings.

October 1, 2008

New Beagle

Today we took in Snoopy, an adorable Beagle. He is quiet, affectionate and an all-around nice dog.

September 30, 2008

Animal Planet Hero of the Year

Please vote for Cathi Eagan, the woman who has brought us so many great dogs from Indiana over the last 4 years for Animal Planet Hero of the Year. Cathi is one of a kind and is truly a hero to the thousands of Indiana dogs who would have been euthanized if Cathi hadn't organized volunteers to drive them to shelters all over New England every month. She was nominated by the shelter manager at Brown County Humane where she volunteers. Here is what was written about her:

Cathi Eagan is truly an inspiration to many people who work and volunteer in the animal community. She pioneered the "CanINE Express" transport project in December 2004 that provides animal transportation services to rural animal shelters. Since its inception, Cathi has saved the lives of over 3,400 shelter dogs from south central Indiana. This collaborative effort involves many Indiana and New England shelters and has caused all groups to form beneficial relationships with each other, sharing information to help us care for our animals in the best ways possible.

Cathi was nominated by Jamie Robbins who says, "Cathi has donated countless hours organizing the transport each month, in addition to driving one of the transport vans on the long haul north (2,225 miles round trip) each and every month. Cathi is amazing and has inspired others to work harder to end animal overpopulation in our area. Our shelter alone now boasts a 90% out alive rate for dogs when, prior to the transport, 30-40% of our dogs were being euthanized. Her efforts have given us all hope that we CAN find homes for all of the animals in our care. Our in-house adoption numbers on dogs have increased 15% and in-house cat adoptions have increased 12.5% simply because we are not as overwhelmed as we were in the past and can now put our focus on adopting our animals into permanent loving homes. Cathi never gives up and she inspires us all to do the same. Learn more at"

September 29, 2008

New cats and dogs

Lots of new faces at the shelter this week! Juno, Buddy, and Ruben all went off to new homes this weekend. Today Nathan and Marie, the Dachshunds arrived, as did Sweetie, Newman, Lady Cat, and Colby, our 4 new kitties.

September 25, 2008

One of the most rewarding aspects of volunteering at the shelter is seeing the transformation of the pets in our care, especially after they are adopted by loving families. Bella the Saint Bernard's transformation has to be one of the most dramatic. Bella was extremely neglected and was only 48 lbs. when she came to us, even though she was a 1.5 year old Saint Bernard. She attended our event on Saturday and couldn't be more gorgeous or well cared for now, thanks to her wonderful owners. The before and after photos speak for themselves.