November 30, 2009

Our Biggest Fundraiser of the Year Starts Tomorrow

We are so happy to announce this year's matching challenge fundraiser is for even more money than last year! A small group of longtime shelter supporters has once again offered to match every dollar that is donated to the Medfield Animal Shelter between December 1, 2009 and January 15, 2010 — up to $20,000! Previous matching challenge fundraisers have helped us raise most of our operating budget for the year, allowing our volunteers to spend more time helping pets in need.

This year's fundraiser is very important to the Shelter, as we have experienced a significant increase in the number of pets needing shelter due to the economy. As always, we are trying to help as many as we possibly can. In the last year we have taken in many adoptable dogs from local Animal Control Officers and dog pounds where they would otherwise have been euthanized. We also sponsored a veterinarian who has provided low cost spay and neuter services at the Shelter for over 500 cats in the last 11 months. These services are a crucial part of our ongoing commitment to help end the overpopulation of pets that results in approximately 5 million (many people think the number is much higher) 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, 2010. 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 organization. The Shelter is a no-kill and 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.

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to:

Medfield Animal Shelter
PO Box 271
Medfield, MA 02052

November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving


Wasn't it nice of Carmen and Cora to come to the Medfield Animal Shelter and help to make it a Happy Thanksgiving for the shelter pets. They brought fresh greens for the bunnies and food for the cats and dogs. And best of all, they took some time to visit with the animals and help them have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We know Purry, the kitty here, is very thankful. Purry had a rough time before he arrived at the Shelter. But he is safe and loved now and always thankful when someone makes a lap and lets him climb into it. Thanks to all of you who remember the companion animals this Thanksgiving. They have no choice but to rely on us to meet all their needs.

November 25, 2009

A Week to be Thankful

This past week several of the pets in our care found homes, so we are feeling very thankful. Elvis the Beagle and Mika the Scottish Terrier went to their new homes today. Skooch the gorgeous white cat is in his new home as is Rupert the guinea pig and Moses the parakeet. But the best news of all came in a phone call today from Tiana's foster family letting us know they had fallen in love with her and wanted to adopt her!

Tiana was abandoned at our door back in August and had spent much of September and October hissing at our volunteers or hiding, because she was so scared. She finally started to trust a few of our volunteers and would come out of hiding for lap time. It turns out she is a very different cat in a home environment and sits on her new mom's lap and sleeps with her at night and has since the first day they brought her home. She is also very playful. This is just one more example of why the families that agree to foster pets are so important to us. Good job turning your family into foster failures, Tiana!

November 19, 2009

Birthday Donations


How fortunate are we to be part of a community where 7 year old children are so thoughtful and generous that they give up birthday presents for themselves and ask family and friends to help homeless animals instead. That's just what 7 year old Sarah (right) did. Instead of accepting birthday gifts for herself, Sarah asked everyone to bring a gift for the shelter. We are so thankful to her for all the "presents" she brought for the animals. Sarah and her sisters visited the shelter and are in the photo along with Missy, one lucky cat who will benefit from Sarah's kindness and generosity.

November 18, 2009

Kanga

We were so sad to hear that Kanga, a really fun and loving dog adopted from our shelter 7 years ago, recently died due to Leukemia. Her illness came on quickly and she was gone before her family even had time to come to terms with the thought of losing her. Kanga was at our old shelter, which was really just a shack that didn't even have running water, for 7 months. In spite of appearing as our Pet of the Week in the Hometown Weekly newspaper three times, hardly anyone even expressed interest in meeting her, due to her energy level and lack of obedience training.



The couple that adopted her proved to be extremely dedicated and caring dog owners who invested the time and energy in making sure she received the exercise and training she needed to be a great pet and she thrived under their care. They are devastated by their loss of this loved member of their family, and those of us that knew and loved Kanga are too.

November 16, 2009

This Feral Kitty Has Learned the Joy of Having a Home

One of our volunteers received this wonderful note and update from a family in Dover that she helped with a stray cat that had been hanging out near their home for a long time. The best results always seem to come from people who care about the welfare of companion animals working together, since this cat wouldn't be considered adoptable by too many people.

Just a quick "thank you" and update on the feral cat you helped us with. As you'll remember, the gray cat we caught and brought to you in August had been hanging around our house over the prior winter (and perhaps the winter before). You guys cared for her for the weekend, and on Monday you got her all tested, vaccinated, generally cleaned up, and pronounced her an already spayed female, likely from a previous catch-neuter-release program (one ear slightly tipped).

Anyway, she is happy and healthy and slowly gaining confidence. After a few weeks of hiding behind a toilet, she moved into a living room. She has been eating kitty treats from hand for a couple of months, and is now starting to let us pat her! She is full of purring and really seems to like contact with us.

Having come so far in the three short months she's been inside, I am excited to see what the future holds for her. She gets on great with our other cat, and it is so satisfying on these cold rainy November days to see her sitting on a couch, not sheltering under a bush.

Thank you again for your great help with her in August!


November 11, 2009

Lots of new faces at the shelter

Every time a pet gets adopted from the shelter, a new pet comes in. Here are some of the pets that have recently come to the shelter in order to find a new home.

Hope

Honey

Elvis


Darby

Rupert

November 2, 2009

More birthday donations

Just as our supplies of frequently used items such as canned cat food, paper towels and dish detergent were running low, Andy Cochran came to our rescue. Andy recently turned 7 and asked his friends to bring donations for the Medfield Animal Shelter, rather than gifts for him. In addition to this generous gesture, Andy and his family also help the Shelter on a daily basis by fostering cats and kittens in need.