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.

September 23, 2008

Puppy Mill Awareness Day Gets Mention in USA Today!

USA Today ran an article about Puppy Mill Awareness Day and mentioned the event our shelter hosted on Saturday!  It is nice to see this issue getting some publicity since so many people don't understand what the breeding dogs endure at these large scale operations.

September 20, 2008

Puppy Mill Awareness Day a Huge Success

What a fabulous day we had at the shelter today! Over 150 people showed up for our Puppy Mill Awareness Day event and so many dogs adopted from our shelter over the last few years came for the adopted dog parade. Kudos to volunteers Elaine Ficcardi and Judy Ambrose who spent so many hours planning this successful event.  Many of our other dedicated volunteers also helped out and it was both a fun and educational day.  We know the first step in eliminating the puppy mill industry is to educate people on what a puppy mill dog is and the hideous conditions these breeding dogs live in for their whole lives.  Please don't buy a puppy when millions of dogs in shelters are euthanized every year.

September 19, 2008

New Chihuahua

Buddy the Chihuahua came to the shelter on 9/18. He was relinquished because his owners are moving out of state and can't take him with them. He was very scared the first night, but is coming around quickly and is going to be a great dog for someone.

September 17, 2008


Poor Lucky, a senior dog who lost her home when her owner moved into senior housing, is so sad at the shelter. She lies in her kennel whimpering for her family and it is heartbreaking for everyone that hears her. Lucky desperately needs either a new home or a foster home. We are hoping her appearance in the Hometown Weekly tomorrow will find her a kind-hearted family ready to give her a loving home.

September 15, 2008

Dominic Adopted!

Adorable and playful Dominic went to his new home today! Boomer the Lab was adopted on Sunday. We are getting two new kitties to take Dominic's space in the cage-free cat room tomorrow, so be sure to look for them on

September 12, 2008

Adorable Pooch Parade

We now have 3 dogs at the shelter. Boomer, a 1- 2 year old Black Lab. He was neutered yesterday, vaccinated today and is ready to go. Juno, an adorable little Jack Russell mix, and Lucky, a not-so-lucky, but very sweet senior dog.

September 11, 2008

Mark your calendar for Puppy Mill Awareness Day

The Medfield Animal Shelter is hosting PUPPY MILL AWARENESS DAY on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Puppy mills are a national disgrace and we all need to work together to end the suffering. Raising awareness is our only hope for these poor sweet dogs victimized by greed.



Volunteers will be on hand to provide information about dogs in rescue, how to find your perfect canine companion and why not to buy from a pet store or the internet. Learn about the horrors secretly hidden behind most internet and puppy store dogs.


Celebrate the joy of saving a life by adopting rather than buying a dog. The parade will feature wonderful dogs of all breeds who have come into rescue proving that you do NOT have to buy a dog in order to get a perfect companion. Please bring your people/dog-friendly dog on a leash and join the parade.


A very special award will be presented to puppy mill survivors who have known first-hand the neglect (or worse), unsanitary conditions, forced confinement and painful ailments caused by lack of basic vet care common to puppy mill dogs.


Awards will be given for best parade walker and many other categories. If you have a dog with a special talent, this will be the perfect opportunity to show the world.



September 9, 2008

New dogs!

We are once again working with the Massachusetts Animal Coalition's PILOT program to take in a few dogs that were picked up as strays and never claimed. Tomorrow Boomer, a young Lab found as a stray in Everett, is coming to the shelter. On Friday we will be getting a Jack Russell mix from Brockton. We will post more information about the dogs once they arrive, but wanted to post Boomer's photo right away.