September 29, 2009

Today's Happy Tail

On a day with more than its share of bad news, it was so nice to receive this e-mail with two adorable photos.

We had the wonderful experience of adopting another cat through your shelter. We adopted Marlo (who's former name was Cheeto) back in April and he has settled very nicely in with our family. It took a lot of TLC as he was very scared when he first got here but I think Sully has really brought him out of his shell. They even look a like, so much at times its hard to tell them apart - they are two peas in a pod and I am so happy to have both of them in our lives!!

I have attached a few pictures. The one of Sully and Marlo sleeping, Marlo is on the red comforter and Sully is under the blue. The one of them in the living room, Sully is on the right and Marlo is on the left.

I hope you enjoy the pictures!!

September 27, 2009

Donation from the Girl Scouts

On Friday, September 25th, which just happened to be the Shelter's fifth anniversary, Troop 74873 from Medfield brought us tons of donations! They sold so many cookies earlier in the year that not only were they able to make donation to other groups in town, they were also able to buy $150 worth of food, cat litter and dog and cat toys to donate! Caleb, the playful Cocker Spaniel tried out quite a few of the toys during the visit and Mackenzie, a tuxedo cat did, too.

September 26, 2009

Good things happen when people work together

Around 6am on the morning of Saturday, September 26th, an individual set out for a walk with his dog. In a very isolated, quiet wooded area, he spotted a ball of white fluff. When he looked closer, six tiny kittens revealed themselves. Thankfully this person immediately called Animal Control who quickly responded, picked up the babies and brought them to the shelter. Shelter volunteers were eager to welcome these adorable hungry babies and scrambled to provide something enticing for what was undoubtedly their first meal other than mother's milk. The family who found the kittens was so kind that they offered to provide a temporary home for the babies until they are old enough to be adopted. These babies are going to get plenty of tender loving care by the children in the home which will enable them to grow into self-confident, well-adjusted, happy cats.

The story gets even better. No one forgot about Mom. Mom returned to look for her babies and thankfully Animal Control was there to rescue her and bring her to safety. She was wearing a flea collar that was nearly strangling her so we know she once belonged to someone. Mom is super, super sweet. She is absolutely exhausted. You can imagine how difficult it must be for a young, domestic cat to try and protect not only herself but also her 6 white babies out in the wild. By 8:30 pm, Mom and babies were reunited. They are all safe. There is plenty of food for everyone and Mom can get a good night's sleep - something she has probably not had in a very long time. Thank you to all the people who played a role in saving the life of this sweet young new mother and her 6 adorable babies. We sure hope we can find loving forever families for everyone when the time is right for them to be adopted. But for now, we are all just celebrating the joy of this new beginning.

September 21, 2009

Photos from Puppy Mill Awareness Day

We had a gorgeous day for our event Saturday and everyone seemed to have a good time. Here are a few photos from the event.

September 18, 2009

Tomorrow is our dog adoption event!

Tomorrow is Puppy Mill Awareness Day, a national event designed to educate the public about the horrific conditions at the large breeding facilities, also know as puppy mills. According to, documented problems of puppy mills include: unsanitary facilities, overbreeding, inbreeding, disease, minimal veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, lack of human socialization, overcrowded cages and the killing of unwanted animals. Often the puppies are sold directly to the public via the Internet, newspaper ads, or at the mill itself. In other cases they are sold to brokers and pet shops across the country.

Our event aims to combine education with some fun, so we have a number of activities planned including: several local rescue groups attending with dogs currently looking for homes, our adopted dog parade featuring some of the wonderful family dogs adopted from our shelter as well as from other shelters and rescues, and our second annual dog talent contest with many prizes awarded to the dogs with the best tricks. Combine that with our cookie social and our raffle, and we think it will be a fun event for the whole family. Please join us and feel free to bring your dog (on leash, of course).

September 14, 2009

What a difference having a loving family makes!

We received the nicest letter from Boomer's family letting us know they are celebrating his one year anniversary of adopting him today. We took Boomer in through the Massachusetts Animal Coalition's PILOT program last year, and were appalled at his emaciated condition, given he had been at at an animal control facility for 2 months after being picked up as a stray.

Well, look at him now! His owner made a big commitment to him and takes him on two very long walks every day, and he couldn't be a handsomer Lab now.

If you adopted a pet from us and want to make the day of every volunteer at the shelter, feel free to send us notes, photos, e-mail or post on our Facebook page so we can see your "Happy Tail."

September 11, 2009

Puppy Mill Awareness Day is Almost Here

Millions of people unknowingly buy puppy mill puppies each year from pet shops or from Web sites of what appear to be legitimate breeders. Puppy Mill Awareness Day is an annual event designed to educate and inform the public about the neglect, unsanitary conditions, forced confinement and ailments caused by lack of basic vet care common to puppy mill dogs. On Saturday, September 19th, the Medfield Animal Shelter will be taking part in our second Puppy Mill Awareness Day by hosting an event that is designed to be both fun and educational.

Please join us to learn more about puppy mills and what you can do to help stop the mistreatment of dogs caught up in this inhumane industry. The day will feature an adopted dog parade and a dog talent contest open to all dogs. Volunteers will be on hand to provide information about how to adopt the right dog for your family, and representatives from many local rescue groups will be there with some of the adoptable dogs in their care. We will be serving refreshments at 11:00 followed by our Adopted dog parade showcasing many wonderful dogs adopted from shelters and rescues. All people and dog-friendly dogs are welcome to participate in the event. Dogs must be on a leash. Please call (508) 359-8989 or visit our website at if you need more information about the event.

There is a lot of good information on the Web about puppy mills. If you are not familiar with puppy mills and their treatment of dogs and puppies, and want to learn more about why people that care about animals think they should be illegal this is a good place to start learning more.

September 1, 2009

Today's Happy Tail

We wanted to say Hi and let you know that Owen & Oscar are so happy in thier new home. They are wonderful pets!