Category Archives: Loving our dogs

Maddie WARL Dog Adoption Happy Ending

Adopting a pet is a great way to add to your pet family! Worcester Animal  recently shared the story of Maddie who was adopted after spending time in the shelter.  

Here is Maddie’s story

 This six year old  rottweiler girl was brought into the shelter when her owner was suddenly relocated and unable to bring her. Maddie is used to living alone with one person. Besides her beautiful look, Maddie has an adorable and playful personality. When She arrived at the shelter it was clear that she was a little “different.” When she walks she has very exaggerated steps, sometimes she looses her balance and sometimes she falls down. Our veterinary’s here think Maddie has been experiencing this for a long time and may have sort of neurological disorder. This does not slow her down from enjoying life to the fullest! The best home for his sweetheart will be a quiet and relaxed home with no other animals and no small children. If you think Maddie may be a good fit for your family, come down and meet this beauty.

Maddie, Rotti   mix   did find her new home recently and is adjusting

We had a good first night!! She is eating and seems comfortable. Trouble with the hard wood floor but she’ll adjust I think. She def has her own personality and will growl if you are too touchy feely but that’s her way!! Love her

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About Worcester Animal Rescue League

Since our founding in 1912, the Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL) has been dedicated to the care of the animals who provide so much for their human companions.

Founded initially by a group of women determined to save overworked and abused farm horses, WARL’s services have expanded and changed to protect, care, and love our cats and dogs throughout Central Massachusetts. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated champions to this cause and act as caretakers for the animals and educators to their human counterparts. We also work with foster homes, rescue groups, and other shelters nationwide to place animals in the best possible environment.

Without your support, however, nothing we do would be possible. WARL is a non-profit organization and your donations of money, time, supplies, homes, and love are vital to our cause and the lives of the animals in our care. Our sincerest thanks.

Worcester Animal Rescue League is committed to making adoption a success for both the adopter and the animal.Your safety and the safety, happiness and well-being of our shelter animals are our top priority.

When you are ready to adopt, you will receive your adoption folder, where we’ve enclosed tips, tricks and solutions to the most common issues people face with new pets. Feel free to call the shelter at 508-853-0030 or email us with any questions!

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Peggy Terrier Mix Finds Her Forever Home

Many times shelters go  above and beyond helping dogs get ready for their forever homes. When brought to this Texas  shelter,

Peggy’s fluffy hair was matted and a part of a leg was missing and trying to heal itself.   She needed to have surgery the local shelter worked with the the animal hospital to  get the best care.

Peggy is now healthy and living with her new adopted family.

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Here is Peggy’s story

Peggy is just one example of the lengths shelters will go to save the life of an animal.
“What makes me happy is knowing that we have the ability to make a difference for them,” the Texas Shelter volunteer shared.

Interested in adopting a dog?  There are ,many Boston area   animal shelter or rescue group where you can l earn about volunteering with dogs and cats and what it means to foster a pet.

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Bandit Australian Cattle Mix Puppy Adoption Happy Ending

When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life.   We love sharing happy stories of owners and their rescued dogs.  Katy  shared her pet adoption story of  of 1.5 year old Bandit an  Australian cattle dog mix who she adopted from Humane Society  of Greater Nashua.    Katy was  looking to adopt  a new pet after her  old dog went over the rainbow bridge.   Once you are a dog owner, you will probably always be a dog owner.   

She is the most affectionate dog I have ever met – in fact, on the day I went to the shelter to look at her, she only wanted to be held and allowed to give those wonderful sharp-toothed puppy “kisses.” She’s the friendliest dog I’ve ever known, unless you’re wearing work boots or a hat. Then she needs to size you up a bit. Eager to please and be loved, and always up for a good game of fetch, whether it’s a ball or a stick or whatever she finds in the yard for you to toss. Our old dog will forever have a place in our hearts, but Bandit has filled the rest of the space very well.

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The Humane Society for Greater Nashua advocates for and enhances the lives of animals entrusted to our care while educating our community to strengthen the human animal bond.
We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been supporting Greater Nashua since our inception in 1900. Our volunteer Board of Trustees provide leadership and guidance and along with our staff our volunteers, help us care for and raise needed funds for the over 2,000 pets we take in each year. We hope you will stop by our shelter to visit our pets and learn more about what we do and the services we provide to the community.

If you are looking to adopt from Humane Society for Greater Nashua

To help us make the adoption process go smoothly, please fill out and bring one of the following adoption applications with you. Once here, you will meet with a trained adoption counselor who will talk with you about your expectations for a new pet. Our job is to match the right pet to your family and lifestyle.

Check out all the pets available for adoption at Humane Society  of Greater Nashua.

Herbie Pit Bull Mix Dog Success Story

A  local family from Deer  Park Texas   found themselves with a new addition to their household: Herbie, a seven-week-old Pit Bull mix puppy.

Before Herbie, the Q Family   had another dog named Buster who was recently put to sleep. Soon after, their other dog, Tamara, seemed to be depressed and missing her former housemate, so they decided to search out a new partner for her.

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A search on the Deer Park Animal Shelter’s Facebook page led them to Herbie’s picture, where they read his story of being malnourished.

This is Herbie. He is a Pit Bull mix. He came to us almost starved to death. He is very shy and needs a special person to take their time with him. We have worked hard to get him to gain weight but he is still thin. I love his little heart nose.Herbie Pit Bull Mix Dog Success Story rescue dog pet adoption



A quick drive to the shelter the next day resulted in them taking ownership of Herbie. Once in his new house, Herbie and Tamara hit it off, leading to eventual end of Tamara’s sadness.
“We love this little puppy,”  the new  dog mom  said. “He has brought so much joy to my husband and I and our older dog Tamara. Thank you Deer Park Animal Shelter!”
According  to a local volunteer  with the Deer Park Animal Shelter, Herbie – like many other animals received at the shelter – was in pretty bad shape when he arrived, but he was checked over and given time to get his strength back before being adopted by the Q family.
“Animals that are adopted from the shelter all come from different environments prior to their adoption, which is a consideration new pet owners should consider prior to adoption,” she said. “We are very grateful that the Q Family   home was a good fit for both Herbie and their previous dog.”

Look at local shelters for their pets if you are considering adoption, we also add pet adoption events to our the dog calendar.

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Cash Lab Mix Pet Adoption Success

During on our Share your dog post, Christine shared a picture of her rescued dog   Cash  and gave us permission to share their story .  Cash was adopted from Survivor Tails Animal Rescue.

Christine adopted from local rescue Survivor Tails and here is their story

Survivor Tails Shared info about Neptune on their facebook page

In  2016,  Survivor Tails spotted Neptune(now Cash) on the Bartow County GA euthanasia list. When  we saw this two-year-old Lab-mix, we knew we had to save his life! We quickly appealed to the Survivor Tails Family to help us save Neptune‘s life and the lives of three other dogs.

Neptune’s struggle wasn’t over yet. We soon found out that Neptune had parvo, a highly contagious viral illness. Although parvo can be prevented with a vaccine, it is difficult to treat and very often fatal. Once again, donors and friends responded with good vibes, warm thoughts and prayers. It was a difficult time for Neptune, but he eventually made a full recovery.

Neptune made it.
Today, he joined his forever family. He’s sitting by the pool, soaking in the sun, knowing that he’s safe and loved. That’s the power of Hope. That’s the power of rescue.

Here is Christine’s Story

Cash, my rescue heart dog. I found Survivor Tail Animal Rescue by chance. They had an event at one of stores I frequent in town and I decided to go over and check them out even though I wasn’t ready for another dog. I kept my heart open and checked their Facebook page regularly for new dogs that they were rescuing from the South. This is how I first saw Cash (Neptune).

His posted photos were horrible as he looked sad, confused and very sick. I decided to check out his profile page and learned that he was a last minute pull from the euthanasia list as the rescue has raised money through a fundraiser to help save some dogs. He was the last one that they were able to pull, and at that time he was not yet sick. One the rescue pulled him here came down with Parvo, which can be deadly to dogs and is highly contagious. The rescue remained vigilant and kept posting updates as this boy was once again fighting for his life. They were able to again raise money to help offset the medical costs and slowly Cash (Neptune) began to feel better. When he was strong enough he was able to make the transport trip from Georgia  to Massachusetts where I was eager to adopt him.

You see, it was love at first sight, something in those sad eyes in the photo where he looked so sick and sad, that tugged on my heart strings. I knew that he was supposed to be part of my family from that photo. When I finally got to meet him he was a very submissive boy and it took a couple of weeks for him to learn what toys were. Today, he LOVES playing ball and running around the backyard. Though I will never know what he went through down in the south, I am so very grateful to STAR (Survivor Tails Animal Rescue) for taking a chance on this boy. STAR is a wonderful rescue that saves dogs but also is working to educate and put a Spay and Neuter program together. Without Spaying and Neutering there will also be unwanted animals that need to be saved.

About Survivor Tails Animal Rescue 

We are a 501(c)3-approved, fully volunteer and foster-based cat and dog rescue in Boston, MA. We pull dogs and cats from high-kill shelters, often in the south, where overpopulation is a major issue due to the lack of spay/neuter laws. We also help locally with dogs in shelters, animal control facilities,
and owner surrenders. We are not a shelter facility and rely wholly on a devoted foster family network to do our life-saving work.

Once we commit to pulling an animal from the euthanasia list of a high-kill shelter, the animal must be fully vetted, fixed, and fostered locally for two weeks before getting a health certificate and allowed to cross state lines.

We then pay for the transport of the animal from said state to New England where it goes directly into a mandatory 48-hour quarantine facility, in accordance with state law.

From that point on, we rely on wonderful foster families to love and care for the animal until we find them their forever home.

Which brings us to our next point: we are ALWAYS looking for wonderful foster families and volunteers to help us run our rescue. Without you, THERE WOULD BE NO SURVIVOR TAILS.

Additionally, as an all-volunteer-based rescue, we rely WHOLLY on the donations of our generous supporters. Rescuing animals isn’t as simple as picking them up from a shelter and dropping them into a home. Rescuing costs money, and sometimes, a lot of money. After pull fee, transport, vetting, fixing, quarantining, training (if applicable), and other expenses, there is little to no money left over from the adoption fees we receive. This is why donations are so critical. The more funds we receive, the more survivor tales we can create.


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Adopting A Friend

Our adoption process consist of an application, personal, vet and landlord references, and a home visit. The adoption process can take anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks. We ask that you have your references waiting for our call, to expedite the process!

Our adoption fees are $500 for dogs and $200 for cats
We can only adopt in the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire