March 28, 2009

What Happens to Imperfect Pets in the Pet Trade?

Precious little Russell was almost put into the drawer labeled "Feeders" at a pet store. Russell was initially in the "Pet Rats for Sale" tank. But then store personnel realized one of his paws is deformed. He was being transferred to the "Feeders" Bin when a kind-hearted person saved his life. Russell is now at the Medfield Animal Shelter. He has touched our volunteers with his cuteness and his sweet, gentle demeanor and we are hopeful that this little cutie pie will soon find a rat-friendly family to love him. Many of us don't have an opinion about pet rats, or at least not a positive opinion. But once you've gotten to know one, you realize that they are sentient beings with feelings of their own and it would be nice if they could be treated humanely. Russell's story reminds us that pets for profit is rarely a good idea since guys like Russell have no value in that world, and that is very sad indeed.

Leo back home!

Leo the orange tabby, this week's pet of the week in the Hometown Weekly, was returned to his family yesterday! His family saw him in the paper and came to see if he was their cat. Thanks to some very distinctive markings on his legs and face, we were able to verify he matched their photos of him. Leo escaped out a window when he was being cared for while his family was away 8 months ago. Hurray for happy endings!

March 25, 2009

Update on Adorable Little Meg

Meg was adopted on Saturday and we are happy to have already heard from her family that she is settling in and they love her!

I wanted to thank you again for taking the time to meet us on Saturday. We have been smiling ever since we left you. Your Meg is now our "Mollly". I call her "Molly" with the dolly face. She is so precious and so very special, we could not love her any more than we do right now. You were certainly right when you said she was a lap kitty, WOW, we love that! She jumps up as soon as any one of us sits down. It is hilarious and we are so charmed by her attentiveness that we reciprocate always. She slept with us the very first night and we are all very snug as bugs in that bed. She loves racing from one window to the next watching the many birds and chipmunks we have in our yard. She can watch all she wants but she will never have to worry about surviving outdoors ever again. I will send you some pictures as soon as I figure out how to download them, my daughter usually does it for me. But be reassured that Molly is happy and that we are even happier to have her here, hopefully for many many years to come.

March 23, 2009

Another Banner Day for Donations

Yesterday Jackie, Elizabeth and Lauren, all from Westwood, came to the Shelter with a huge box of donations they collected for us. They used the Wish List on our Web site to make sure they collected the items we use the most. They brought everything from fresh basil for our bunny and guinea pigs to paper for our printer. We are so grateful they chose the Medfield Animal Shelter for their project and we are already putting many of the items to use!

March 19, 2009

Spay/Neuter Truly Saves Lives

Here is Shelter resident Missy deep in thought calculating some statistics. Let's see . . . Thanks to responsible cat owners, partnering veterinarians, adopters, Medfield Shelter supporters and volunteers, the Medfield Animal Shelter spayed/neutered 51 cats in ONE week. That saves the lives of countless cats and that's great news for cats and for people who care about cats! Did you know that a cat can get pregnant as early as 4 months of age? And did you also know that one male and one female cat and their offspring can produce nearly 12,000 cats in 5 years? Spay/neuter is important. Each time a cat is spayed or neutered, it makes it easier for a cat in a shelter to find a home. Thank you to all the responsible pet owners who spay/neuter their pets. Spay/neuter truly saves lives.

March 14, 2009

Lots of New Cats and a Pair of Guinea Pigs

Following a great adoption week last week with 5 of our kitties finding new homes, we were hoping to have time to take a little break and get things organized, but that was not to be. We took in 4 new cats, and had 2 cats return from foster care, so we are once again at capacity. We also took in a pair of adorable Guinea Pigs that would have otherwise been fed to a snake. Here are photos of some of this week's additions:

March 11, 2009

Pomeranian returned to owner, Clifford off to his new home

Clifford the handsome Golden, left for his new home this morning. His new family has 3 kids, so he should get plenty of attention.

The Pomeranian picked up by Medfield Animal Control was claimed by her owner this morning. We were concerned when no one called last night that she might have been dumped, so we were very glad when they came to get her today.

March 8, 2009

More Birthday Donations

There doesn't seem to be a week that goes by without a generous kid bringing us the donations they collected in lieu of birthday gifts. Eleven year old Dani Goldaber recently came by with two huge bags full of donations for the critters at the shelter that she received at her birthday party.

March 6, 2009

New faces and 3 cats adopted

We took in 4 new dogs today and placed 3 cats! We feel lucky when one cat gets adopted, so imagine how happy we were when Homer, Rosie and Molly all went to new homes.

Here are some photos of the new pups in the snow.