We’ve all heard some form of the adage, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Although this may hold true for many, at Cape Ann Animal Aid we believe it’s ALL about the destination. For the 1,300 plus animals that typically arrive at our Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter each year, the destination means a chance at a better life filled with love and a family of their own.
Things are bad right now in Texas for animals - maybe the worst we have ever seen them. Shelters are closed and euthanizing due to lack of space. Rescues are overflowing. Dogs are being dumped by the litter in parks, roadways, and cemeteries. Craigslist and Walmart parking lots are full of ‘free puppies.’ Gas stations and convenience stores routinely have hungry adult dogs looking for food. It is heartbreaking and overwhelming."
Soon after her foster care provider started nursing her to better health, she received a call about Kaiser, another dog who was going to need special help. Kaiser originally came from a breeder and was abandoned at a vet's office once it was confirmed he was blind.
Because bonded pairs like Kona and Kaiser may require extra medical attention, shelter resources, and animal care hours, it can be difficult to find a shelter that can help.
Cape Ann Animal Aid’s Safe Harbor Program allows us to commit to saving as many homeless animals as we possibly can while allowing us to help our partners in areas of the country who are overwhelmed and stressed.
Jazz arrived from our partners in Georgia in early spring. He was found by himself at a very young age. He needed medical attention for an upper respiratory infection and a good amount of socialization help.
Animals can form bonds naturally in a previous home or while in foster care. They can also have friendship bonds strategically created to help reduce stress and/or correct behaviors.
Rat was transported to our shelter from a local Massachusetts rescue group and was diagnosed by our veterinary medical team with a heart murmur. Like humans, cats and dogs can live long healthy lives with heart murmurs but getting adopted is not always easy. Lucky for Rat, he now had Jazz to keep him company.
"Philip and Thomas, are a delight and best friends. Philip (Rat) is very kind and patient with Thomas’ (Jazz) shenanigans. My husband Bill died last year, and these two characters are wonderfully comforting companions. I am so grateful they were recognized as buddies at the shelter, as they helped each other adapt to their new home."
Your compassion and support for homeless animals like Kona, Kaiser, Jazz, and Rat mean the world to us and the many other animals who benefit from our life-saving programs.
Please give so homeless animals near and far, who rely on Cape Ann Animal Aid's Safe Harbor Program, can be guaranteed a second chance at a better life.
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