we can't do it alone in our Greater Boston North communities. The need
is too great. The animals need all of us and more. Our sincere
thanks to our humane veterinarians who are invaluable partners in
animal welfare who have helped us throughout the years.
Dr. Olga Iglikova and Revere Pet
Dr. David Dunn and North Shore Animal
Arthur Freedman and Hawthorne Animal Health Care
Dr. Deborah Brady, MRFRS Catmobile
to the humane organizations who have helped us and the animals in need
in our communities; and to all of you, supporters who believe in our
Without the help of our Partners; the following rescues may not have
was found by good Samaritan Maria in East Boston who alerted us to a
thin, badly wounded cat who had come to her house to eat. Rumor
had it that this cat came from Suffolk Downs Race Track in Revere and
was wandering to eat between Suffolk Downs, Maria's house and the Orient
Heights Dunkin Donuts. We didn't know if he was a stray or a feral cat
and was wearing a collar with ID. Maria's dad called the number listed
and the people who showed up could not afford to care for him.
This little guy's head and both shoulders were sliced in shreds.
didn't know whether it was from a barbed wire fence, a hawk, a coyote or
how it happened. We knew he needed our help and would have to be
quarantined for 6 months (state law).
After he was trapped, MassPAWS brought him to their vet at the Revere
Pet Clinic where
he received over 60 sutures to close his wounds. The day after his
initial surgery, his paw blew up with an unseen wound that had abscessed
. . .
he had surgery again.
The staff called him
After 2 surgeries, drains for his wounds, TLC and lots of antibiotics,
Scarface showed his gratitude by head-butting staff and using his
paws to reach out and to play. He was named "Pacino", after the
legendary character in the movie Scarface. Pacino is now recuperating,
resting, playing, grooming himself, and eating up a storm regaining
weight. He is very handsome with a shiny coat and has a great playful
demeanor. . .
we thought him worthy of the name.
are thrilled that Bryson has been adopted! Many thanks to Ocean View
Kennel for boarding Bryson and providing extra special care and play
After being unclaimed
for 10 days, MassPAWS rescued Lulu from the local pound. A victim of
breed discrimination, "Pit Bulls" aren't even a breed, often identified
with DNA testing as being a mix of several breeds. Breed
specific legislation was deemed illegal in Massachusetts in 1998. Lulu,
like many of the unclaimed
MassPAWS has rescued from pounds, was a very sweet dog who got along
well with children, people, and other dogs. She did not know
how to play, was not
leash trained, was not spayed and was confused & frightened (we can only
guess at how she lived before being picked up from the street).
Lulu received veterinary attention, training, re-socialization and was a
great ambassador for mixed breed rescue dogs.
In November, Lulu was featured in the Boston Herald at the 'Alpo Chop
House Grill' event in Boston which MassPAWS participated in. Lulu is
now living in New Hampshire with people who care for her and who love
her very much.
This little dog was not the typical candidate for most shelters
to put the seal of approval on as an ADOPTABLE dog. We
saw the diamond in the rough and the potential for him to be in
a loving home; we are committed to these dogs! After all he
must have been in a home for the years prior to his impoundment?
We often wonder the circumstances that lead a dog of Cyrus’ age
10/12 to end up in the pound. Did his owner die, go into a
nursing home? We may never know the answer to that question.
In addition to the neglect of his coat and
grooming, Cyrus also had severe dental issues and was NOT
neutered. It was determined that he really did still have his
testicles but they were in the abdomen! Complicated surgery,
indeed. These are two things that are remedied more easily at a
younger age, but a senior animal must be determined, via blood
work, to be healthy enough to survive anesthesia and a long
Cyrus was cleared and Dr. Dunn of North Shore
Animal Hospital w/the assistance of a Veterinary student,
performed the surgeries on Cyrus. Eight of his teeth needed
extraction and he would have abdominal sutures.
thinking how painful that must be, but what a relief to be rid
of the damaged and rotting teeth that can lead to major
infection! He must have been in pain for some time. One of the
staff at the pound was kind enough to give him his haircut/shave
and his foster mom barely recognized him when she went to pick
him up. His recovery was nothing less than remarkable and he
came into his foster home with a wagging tail and happy gait.
The word was put out that Cyrus was a sensational senior and
would make a fabulous companion.
Cyrus’ before and after photos pretty much
tell the tale of rags
to riches when it comes to his journey from the pound to foster care and
received information from another volunteer that there was a senior that
wanted to adopt Cyrus. Her nephew arranged all the necessary paperwork
and they were cleared for adoption. The happy human senior and Cyrus
are a match and they are loving life together. Seniors helping seniors . . . what could be better! Take a
moment and reflect on the fact that many of our senior shelter animals
are overlooked and the fact of the matter is many are healthy and only
need the minimal care of feeding and housing and yearly vet visits.
The love that is returned is priceless .