December 13, 2011

Update on Handsome

Handsome spent 6 months at the shelter waiting for just the right owner to come along.  He obviously chose wisely, as we received this update today from his new owner.

Just thought you would like to know how "Handsome" is doing. First is that his name is now "Buddy" & he seems to approve. Second, is that you said he is a 'great' cat...I'm sorry, but you were wrong....He's a Fantasticcat!!! The moment Andrea & I let him out of the carrier, he was checking out the whole apartment, which included climbing up to the top of the kitchen cabinets. He handled that very well. He quickly found the litter box & approved it #:-S whew!. I fed him & he ate everything! After about an hour of him walking everywhere, he came over to me in my recliner & jumped up into my lap & began head butting my hand to pet him. There he remained for about an hour...not letting me stop petting & scratching him behind the ears! This is something that I never expected so soon! He was amazing...he follows me everywhere in the apartment...wants constant attention & love...wants to play all day & night! He is running,jumping & seems very happy to be here.  He lets me rub his belly & lets me hold his's so cute when he stretches out on the rug & lies on his back & has his paws folded in the air...this is the sign to me that he wants to play!

This afternoon, I was taking a nap Buddy was sleeping beside me...he then came up onto my pillow & started to run his paws through my hair! He actually laid down on my head & slept there for about an hour...occasionally caressing my cheeks with his paws! This little guy is amazing! He's right here watching me write this email. He says he misses everyone that took care of him for the last 6 months, & he's throwing special kisses to Jackie for loving him being his special friend. I, personally want to thank everyone at the shelter for doing such good things for these unfortunate animals.

November 30, 2011

Matching Challenge Underway

The Medfield Animal Shelter is pleased to announce this year's fundraiser!

A group of longtime shelter supporters have offered to match every dollar that is donated to the Medfield Animal Shelter between November 15, 2011 and January 15, 2012 — up to $15,000! Previous matching challenge fundraisers have helped us raise a significant portion of our operating budget for the year, allowing
our volunteers to spend more time helping pets in need.

This year's challenge grant will help the Shelter to continue meeting the needs of the many cats, dogs and other critters we are asked to help every day. In order to address the cat overpopulation problem in the only way that has proven to be both effective and humane, we have recently created a small surgical suite we are using to host one or two low cost spay/neuter clinics for cats every month. We made a significant investment to do this, but feel it is a crucial part of fulfilling our mission to help end the overpopulation of pets that results in an estimated 5 million 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.

Pets in Massachusetts continue to lose their homes at an unprecedented rate due to the economic downturn, and we want to be able to help as many as possible in 2012, so we need your support. 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, 2012! Please include a note with your donation letting us know that your donation is for the Matching Challenge Grant. 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 a no-kill shelter and every dog, cat and rabbit is spayed or neutered prior to being placed in a new home.

For more information about the shelter, please visit our website: Tax-deductible donations can be made online by clicking on the Donate button, or mailed to:

Medfield Animal Shelter
PO Box 271
Medfield, MA 02052

Here are just a few of the many pets the shelter took in and found homes for in 2011

November 16, 2011

More photos from our Happy Tails files

We can't say it enough times: we love hearing from adopters and seeing photos of the pets living as cherished family members.  Here are a few recent success stories:

Emma spent most of the last year and a half at the shelter.  It was very hard on her, because she doesn't enjoy the company of other cats, and as an older kitty, she just wasn't happy at the shelter.  Her dream family finally came along, and she made herself right at home.  She and her new mom both enjoy watching birds at the bird feeder, and Emma has a nice perch for that now.  She also took over a living room chair.  Seeing her looking so happy after only a few days brings tears to the eyes of the volunteers who cared for her and dreamed of this type of home for her!

 Kalli, formerly Brooke, came to the shelter 3 1/2 years ago.  We will never know what happened to her in her past, but it would be hard to find a more scared dog.  She would curl up on a dog bed and not move.  It was heartbreaking to see.  But she got lucky and found someone to take a chance on her.  She didn't make it easy, especially when she escaped shortly after being adopted and was on the run for 5 days, but she has slowly adjusted and gotten better.  She still has her quirks, but has done better than any of the dog trainers consulted would have ever predicted.

October 10, 2011

New Spay/Neuter clinic up and running!

 Kitties lined up waiting for their turn at the clinic

Our surgical suite isn't big, but it gets the job done!

On October 4th the Medfield Animal Shelter held our second low cost spay/neuter clinic for cats in our new surgical suite.  Twenty four more cats have now joined the ranks of those that can no longer reproduce and add to the pet overpopulation problem.  Our next clinic, scheduled for October 18th will be for feral cats.  Thanks to a grant we received from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition, every cat that is coming to the clinic will be spay or neutered and vaccinated at no cost!  Our volunteers are very excited about the new clinic and are very actively helping care for the cats that attend to make sure they are warm and comfortable while they recover from their sugery.  If you are interested in volunteering at a spay/neuter clinic, please contact  We are hoping that in 2011 we might be able to do clinics for dogs and are working on some grants to help fund that initiative.

September 16, 2011

National Feral Cat Day

Alley Cat Allies has designated October 16th as National Feral Cat day.  Organizations and people that care about the stray and feral cats in their community will be hosting a wide variety of events to show their support for the humane treatment of all cats.  The Medfield Animal Shelter will be hosting a spay/neuter clinic just for feral cats on October 18th, in support of National Feral Cat Day.  Spaying and neutering addresses the cat overpopulation the in the only way that has proven to be both effective and humane. The clinic is free for feral cats thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition!  Space is limited, and you must make an appointment in advance by calling 508.359.8989.

Ginger was a feral cat that the Medfield Shelter fed and looked out for for many years before she suddenly decided she might want to live indoors.  We were never sure what caused her change of heart, but were thrilled to no longer worry about her out in cold and other bad weather conditions.

Alley Cat Allies is a wonderful organization that supports the efforts of individuals and organizations providing care to stray and feral cats. They promote programs that are mutually beneficial for cats and the community, including Trap-Neuter-Return and accessible, affordable spay and neuter services.

August 11, 2011

Adorable pair needs a home together

This adorable pair is at the Animal Rescue League in Boston.  They are so cute, that we wanted to help spread the word and try to find them a home together.  Please spread the word.

We are a super cool, handsome, and amazingly affectionate pair! William is a handsome Maine Coon type. He is, of course, neutered and up-to-date on his vet care. Henry is a 4-year-old male Chihuahua mix. He is also neutered. The pair were transferred to the Animal Rescue League in Boston from another shelter that had too many animals. 
Hello friends! Our names are William (kitty) and Henry (dog)! Although cats and dogs often get along and coexist just fine in their homes, it's uncommon to find a pair that is attached at the hip like us! We have been together since William was just a wee kitten, and we plan on staying together for the long haul. Luckily, our friends here at the Animal Rescue League's Boston branch appreciate our strong bond and are very dedicated to helping us find a home where we can stay together, since we would both be devastated if separated.

We'd like to tell you a little bit more about ourselves:
  • We both love our human friends and are super snuggly! 
  • William's a lap cat and Henry's a lap dog
  • As you know, we LOVE each other, and you can typically find us curled up in a little ball together! 
  • We're also both pretty playful with our human friends and each other! 
  • Henry loves long walks & enjoys being outdoors in the sunshine, while William should remain an indoor-only kitty. 

Please contact the Animal Rescue League in Boston if you would like to be our next owner.


Animal Rescue League of Boston - Adoption Center and Headquarters
10 Chandler Street

Boston, MA 02116

PHONE: (617) 426-9170
FAX: (617) 426-3028

August 1, 2011

Another Happy Tail

We received this nice note and two adorable pictures over the weekend!  Gracie (in the second photo) was adopted from MAS as an adult cat six years ago.

We adopted Melvin, formerly known as Joey, two months ago. Rai has a new best friend for play and wrestling. Melvin loves watching Rai, who even shares his mice with Melvin.

Three out of three cats agree that watching nuthatches intimidate a chipmunk is one of the greatest shows on earth.

June 6, 2011

Drivers Wanted

We are very fortunate that Tufts Vet School in Grafton offers a low cost spay/neuter  clinic for shelters every Friday.  Using the Luke and Lily Lerner Clinic saves us a lot of money when we take pets there, which means we can afford to rescue more of them.  We are looking for people that can either drive the pets there in the morning (they need to be there by 8:00 am) or pick them up at the end of the day (they are usually ready at 5:00 pm). It is a 45 minute drive from the Shelter to Tufts.

If you can help one Friday a month, or even once every now and then, we would love to hear from you.  The Shelter will supply the crates for transporting the pets. The clinic is located on the gorgeous Tufts Vet School campus in Grafton, just over the Westboro line.  Please e-mail or call the Shelter at 508.359.8989 if you are interested in helping out.

June 3, 2011

Sad news about a special dog adopted from the shelter a few years ago

We were very touched when we received this e-mail yesterday from the wonderful person who gave Marie, a very senior Dachshund that came into the Shelter's care in October 2008, a better life than any dog could ever hope for.  Marie was quite old back in 2008, so the fact that she lived so long is a true testament to Marie's mom.  One of our volunteers named her Marie in honor of a dear friend that had just lost a long battle with cancer.

It is with terrible sadness that I'm letting you know my precious little Marie lost her long and courageous battle with cancer the morning of May 22. Thanks to the very risky surgery her wonderful veterinarian and friend Larry Venezia performed in April 2010, and an additional surgery in July, this brave and beautiful little girl enjoyed over 13 happy extra months of life. Each and every day spent with her was a precious gift. With lots of love and the very best of care, she went from fearing that hands were going to hurt her to believing that every hand held a treat for her, and she would nibble your fingers in anticipation. She went from emaciated former stray to a solid 12.2 pounds. She also went from being terrified of riding in cars to being the first one at the door whenever she heard the keys jingling. Watching her complete turnaround was one of the most incredibly heartwarming experiences of my life.
I've attached one of my favorite photos of Marie, taken last November. I think it captures her spunky personality beautifully.

Marie touched the hearts of everyone she met, with her precious frosty face and huge dark brown eyes. I would often catch her gazing lovingly at me even when she didn't know I saw her doing so. She approached each new adventure (and everything from taking her daily medication to getting an ultrasound exam was an adventure to her) with the enthusiasm of a puppy.

I am heartbroken, and miss my little girl so much, but I know her spirit is still with me and still touching the lives of all who knew and loved her. I will forever be grateful that you contacted Joni from Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue when Marie was at your shelter. She was truly a precious gift.

May 11, 2011

Lemonade Stand Benefits the Shelter

Samantha Howard and her brother Jackson from Medfield, recently had a lemonade stand at the Wheelock School soccer field to benefit the Medfield Animal Shelter.  The kids sold 52 cups of lemonade!  They came by the shelter recently with a donation $52, which will help buy lots of food for the dogs, cats and bunnies!  They had a shelter tour, and are pictured standing between longtime shelter resident Missy the cat and new addition Chubby the bunny.  Samantha is five years old and Jackson is three.

May 9, 2011

Spring Clean Up Scheduled for May 14th

This Magnolia was planted in memory of Kerry Sheeran, father of dedicated volunteer Mark Sheeran

Spring is here and the tulips and flowering shrubs at the shelter look gorgeous.  Every year we organize a spring clean up and this year's clean up is scheduled for May 14th from 8:00 - 1:00.  If you are a high school student in need of some community service hours, this is an good way to earn 5 of those hours.  We need people to rake out the beds and the vegetable garden, weed, trim and put down mulch.  Call the shelter at 508.359.8989 or e-mail if you want to help.  We do ask that you sign up in advance so we can notify you of any changes, and let you know what gardening implements you should bring.  Please plan to bring work gloves.

April 30, 2011

Charles River School Visit

Second-graders from the Charles River School in Dover came by on April 27th for a visit and brought lots of donations including laundry detergent, cat food, pillows, dog toys, dog beds and trash bags!  They had a exciting visit and were lucky to be visited by Fancy the Puggle who joined them outside to enjoy the sunny spring day.  Needless to say, Fancy loved the attention!

April 16, 2011

Friends Helping Friends

On April 8th, a group called Friends Helping Friends comprised of ten 5th grade girls from Medfield came for a visit and to drop off donations.  The had a coin drive at the Dale Street School and raised $200!

April 3, 2011

Midnight, Cher, Precious and Snoopy adopted this weekend!


Cher and Midnight


Cutie pie sister kitties Cher and Midnight were adopted together, and both Snoopy and Precious were adopted into homes where they will have a canine sibling.  We've already heard that Snoopy, now named Timber, had a great first day that included running around her new fenced yard and going to the pet store to get some new toys.

April 2, 2011

More Kids Donating

Megan and Kaitlyn Whelan of Medfield collected $370 and donated items for the animals.  They are twins and just turned 9 years old.  They recently came by the shelter with their donations and met some of the shelter pets, including Snoopy the Beagle.  We are so happy to have kids like these generous girls supporting the Medfield Animal Shelter!

March 24, 2011

Brownie Troop 72288 from Sherborn Visited on March 23rd

A Troop of 3rd grade Brownies from Sherborn visited the shelter yesterday.  They are pictured here with a Beagle that was brought in as a stray on 3/22 who clearly loves children!

March 20, 2011

Troop 74676 Visits the Shelter

Girls Scout troop 74676 from Walpole visited the shelter on March 15th.  They brought in donations of supplies and $73 in cash which we are grateful for!  Thanks girls! 

March 14, 2011

Our own Sycamore on

We nominated Sycamore for Adopt the Internet Day, and she is one of 11 pets featured on  She is so deserving of this special honor.

March 13, 2011

More Birthday Donations

For her 10th birthday, Sara Schildwachter of Millis had a birthday party and asked for her friends to bring donations for the shelter instead of gifts.  She also told her school  class what she was doing and her class donated an additional $120!  She is pictured here with her sister, some of the donations she brought, and longtime shelter resident, Missy.

Low Cost Rabies Clinic Scheduled for April 9th

The Medfield Animal Shelter will be holding a low cost rabies clinic on Saturday April 9, 2011 at the shelter. The rabies clinic is open to all pet owners and the cost is $10 per pet. To receive a three year vaccination you must bring your certificate of last rabies vaccination, or the vaccination will only be good for one year. Dog licenses will also be available at the clinic. Dr. Heather Cochran, DVMwill be vaccinating cats from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and dogs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. The Shelter is located at 101 Old Bridge Street (off of West St.) in Medfield. Pets from all towns are welcome.

Rabies is an infectious and contagious disease that can be transmitted to humans. If untreated, rabies is considered 100 percent fatal. Keeping your pets up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations is not only the law; it is also in the best interest of your pets and your family. All dogs, cats and ferrets living in Massachusetts are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies.

February 20, 2011

Valentine's Sweethearts

These adorable girls are Quinn and Payton Maley of Medfield.  The girls each received $5 as Valentine's gifts and generously decided to donate it to the Medfield Animal Shelter to help homeless pets!  

February 16, 2011

Deerfield Student Raises $2,000 for the Medfield Animal Shelter

Westwood resident and Deerfield Elementary School student, Dylan Perkins, used his 9th birthday as a reason to help the animals at the Medfield Animal Shelter by raising money to help pay for their care.  Instead of gifts, Dylan asked his friends to help him celebrate his birthday by donating money to the shelter to help feed the guinea pigs, cats, bunnies and especially the dogs.  "The dogs are my favorite," said Dylan. "I'm so happy that we could help them to have good food."

Dylan has been volunteering at the shelter with his mom for over two years, helping her feed and care for the dogs on Sunday nights.  Through the generosity of his friends, their parents, and Dylan's own family, Dylan raised over $500 which through a series of "matches" resulted in the shelter receiving over $2,000!  "We're thrilled", said Shelter manager Jane Burchesky.  "We get donations of all kinds but this might be the largest donation we've ever received from someone of that age."

February 9, 2011

Another Before and After Adoption Tale

Tedy, formerly Malcolm, came to the shelter just before Christmas in 2007.  He was a good size puppy,  but not extraordinarily large
Six months after he was adopted, his family sent us this adorable picture.  Clearly he was growing like a weed!  
Here he is at his one year adoption anniversary.

And finally the handsome guy 3 years after being adopted!  He's 110 lbs. and still thinks he is a lap dog. 

Hope everyone enjoys seeing these as much as we enjoy receiving these updates from his family and all the other families that adopt from the shelter.

January 6, 2011

Ranger Hosts Girl Scout Troop 77464

Yesterday 12 members of Girl Scout Troop 77464 came to the shelter for a visit and to drop off donations they had collected for the pets.  The girls are 4th graders from Sherborn.  To earn their community service badge they hosted a skating party for other troops and collected donations for the shelter!  

The girls enjoyed their visit and especially loved the attention from Ranger, an adorable Bassett / Beagle mix available for adoption (he's in the pictures, but you can barely see him since he was surrounded by the girls).  Ranger loved all the attention from them, so it was a perfect match!

January 1, 2011

New Year, More Great Kids Donating!

David Blowers from Norfolk attends Tri-County High School.  He did a donation drive for the shelter and came by today to drop off all the items he collected for the animals! David is planning to do the community service hours he needs for school by volunteering at the shelter.  Thanks, David!