May 31, 2008

Where have all the adopters gone?

We have had several very slow adoption weeks and are chock full of pets in need of homes. Hopefully people are just too busy with end of the the school year activities to think about adding a new pet to their home and things will return to normal soon.

The Rat Terrier (that's her in the photo) picked up by Dover Animal Control on Wednesday still hasn't been claimed by an owner, much to our surprise. She is a cute and sweet dog, but she is a barker and is driving the poor conures crazy.

Coco was adopted yesterday and we are now hoping to find someone good enough for little Sammy

May 27, 2008

You never know what you'll find

Much to the surprise of one of our volunteers, there was a cage with two parrots left at the front door of the shelter this morning. The note with them told us their names and ages and asked us to take good care of them. The cage they were in was much too small, so today's unexpected purchases included a large cage, parrot food and toys. A little research determined that Fran and Paco are gold-capped conures, a type of small parrot, and probably cost their owner $350 - $400 each. Things are never dull at the shelter. Know anyone looking to adopt some gorgeous birds?

May 22, 2008

New dogs

We took in two adorable small dogs yesterday and are having a lot of fun with them. Coco is a 1.5 year old female Beagle who is very playful and loves children, and Sammy is a 2 year old Min Pin who loves to go for long walks.

May 21, 2008

What a great kid

For her 10th birthday, Abigail Darmofal requested that friends and relatives donate money or items from the Medfield Animal Shelter's wish list instead of buying her gifts. Abigail stopped by recently to drop off the money and items she collected. What a great kid!

May 19, 2008

Brooke and Shelby Adopted

We placed 8 dogs in new homes in the last 10 days! Brooke went to her new home on Saturday and we have already heard from her new owner she is settling in well. Shelby, the Australian Cattle dog (in the photo) had a very short stay before she was adopted by someone that drove all the way from Albany, NY to meet her. We think Shelby is going to have fun with her older and wiser canine sibling who is also a Cattle Dog.
We all wish for a day when it is as easy to find loving homes for adult cats as it is finding homes for adult dogs

May 17, 2008

Buttercup adopted!

Little Buttercup won the hearts of our volunteers in her one week stay with us, and yesterday she hit the jackpot and got the best family a dog could ever hope for.
Back in January she was rescued from 8 years of living an atrocious life as a puppy mill dog, having litter after litter of puppies while living in deplorable conditions and suffering from ear infections, eye infections, lice and all sorts of intestinal worms. Yes, folks, that's the life the dogs that produce all the adorable puppies for pet stores suffer through. Why puppy mills are allowed to exist and the AKC continues to register the dogs giving them an air of legitimacy, is something those of us that do rescue will never understand.
Buttercup's new name will be Sylvia, in honor of a beloved aunt, and she went to an incredible home that loves and cherishes their pets! We were giddy all afternoon after she left knowing that her life from now on will be something she could never have even dreamed of having, but nothing less than she deserves.

May 15, 2008

A good adoption day!

Yesterday we placed Jack, the chinchilla mix bunny, Becky the little Affenpinscher and Kay, the Maine Coon mix, in new homes! Jack came to us a few weeks ago after spending almost a year at a large city shelter, so we are really happy to see him finally have a home again.

We also took in a new dog, Brooke (that's her in the photo). She is very sweet and beautiful, but also very skittish, so she will need a special home.

May 14, 2008

Happy Buttercup

Little Buttercup the Pekingese was rescued from a puppy mill in Indiana several months ago and recently came to our shelter to find her forever home. She was very skittish and scared her first two days, but has settled in and is having such fun with the other little dogs at the shelter. Everyone who has seen her transformation is amazed. Hopefully she will adapt as quickly to a new home.

At the puppy mill she was kept in an outside pen regardless of weather. She was out there in heavy snow and rain and the pen was full of mud up to her belly. Her only shelter was a plastic dog house with no bedding. We are committed to making sure her life is one of love and good care from now on.

May 6, 2008

Things that make you smile

Can you tell which of these gorgeous black Labs is the one that was just adopted?

May 2, 2008

Cage-free cat room

Thanks to Sam Dickinson who chose the shelter for his eagle scout project, we now have a cage-free cat room! The cats already seem to love the cozy boxes, and the new setup has also been receiving rave reviews from our volunteers and visitors!

May 1, 2008

Planting a garden this spring?

We have a daily need for fresh greens such as romaine lettuce, parsley, basil, kale and green peppers, since they are an essential part of a healthful diet for our bunnies and guinea pigs. So, if you have a little extra garden space this year, please consider planting some food for our small furry critters.