Success Stories

Read some of our success stories with the Stray Animal Program.


Waltham, MA

“Shorty” was found running around and was picked up by Waltham Animal Control as a stray. No one claimed him and he was examined and treated for issues with his prostate, dental disease, and a hernia. While he was receiving care he was neutered as well.

Tewksbury, MA

Billerica & Tewksbury Animal Control took in these sweet puppies who had lesions and needed immediate veterinary care.

Everett, MA

This pup needed emergency care after being hit by a car. She will continue to go to the vet every 2 days for 2 weeks to have her cast changed and wound rebandaged but she has already found a forever home!

Worcester, MA

This cat was brought to a clinic for examination, and the veterinarian found several injuries and head trauma (broken jaw and face). X-rays revealed even more internal injuries, and she recommended the cat be brought to Tufts immediately or be euthanized. I was faced with the decision of euthanasia or having the City be responsible for the extensive jaw and facial surgical repairs Noodles needed to survive. I was able to reach out to the MVMA Charities, and because of their charity, I was able to approve Noodles’ surgery where his jaw was wired and a feeding tube put in for 6 weeks. Noodles were discharged the day after his surgery and are recovering in the home of one of the Tufts Techs.

North Adams, MA

Mary Jane and her 4 puppies were surrendered to animal control. She was in distress and 2 of the puppies had already died. At age 6, she had never been to the vet and she had extremely long nails and 2 tick-borne diseases. Her calcium was so low and her temperature was over 105. When taken in, she couldn’t even stand up on her own.

Plymouth, MA

“Lemmy,” as we’ve been calling him, presented with vomiting, diarrhea, low blood glucose, and dehydration. Such a sick puppy was a sad sight. We were able to get him to CCVS quickly where they gave him fluids and medications to get him feeling much better. Now Lemmy is in his foster home with proper care and nutrients.

Auburn, MA

Roxanne came to Auburn Animal Control VERY pregnant and in need of an emergency c-section. Our friends at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University Foster Hospital helped save her life as well as an unborn kitten.

Dracut, MA

Dracut police were dispatched to a boarded-up house that allegedly had dogs living inside. The responding officers located three emaciated dogs living in unsanitary conditions with no food or water. All three dogs were taken to Wignall Animal Hospital. One of the dogs named Gibbs was determined to have an obstruction and needed emergency surgery. Gibbs was brought to Northwood Veterinary Hospital in New Hampshire. The surgery was successful, and the vets removed two PPE paper masks from his stomach. Without this surgery, Gibbs would have died. Gibbs is described as a seven-year-old mini schnauzer. He was transferred to ARL Boston and pending adoption.

Kingston, MA

This sweet girl (Ginger) was surrendered when her elderly owner realized he could no longer care for her. Upon surrender, we found her to be severely obese (60 pounds over her ideal weight). After an examination by our vet, it was determined that in order to save her life, she would require not only dietary restrictions but regular exercise to prevent any further damage to her joints, as well as heart problems and diabetes.

Gardner, MA

Xena (now Daisy) was found horribly underweight and wandering the woods suffering multiple seizures. Westford Veterinary Emergency & Referral Center, LLC treated her, and she was adopted following her recovery. She has found the best home and is loved and cared for as she deserves!

Auburn, MA

Chiquito is a Holland Lop whose matting was so severe that a local groomer was not able to successfully clip off all of his mats as their clippers couldn’t cut through the thickest portion of them. Chiquito’s back, in essence, required a shearing, and his matted fur was clipped off like a rug. Chiquito required grooming under sedation in order to carefully clip and clean him. His skin was red and irritated under the matting, but he was able to be released back into our care. He required daily pain medication, antibiotics, topical ointment, and monitoring for GastroIntestinal Stasis, but he was able to make a full recovery.

Fall River, MA

Soldier Girl (now Phoenix) came in with a strange story. She came in with bleeding during urination and was clearly traumatized. Although many tests were run, nothing came back showing any abnormalities. She will be monitored and be put up for adoption when her bleeding stops.

Kingston, MA

“Sunny,” a golden retriever/chow mix, came into the shelter and was positive for Lyme, Ehrlichia, and severe Heartworm disease. A treatment plan was put into place, and despite this long ordeal, Sunny has remained good-natured and a happy-go-lucky dog. Everyone at the shelter has grown to love him and is rooting for him.

Kingston, MA

Pippi, a long hair Chihuahua, was found wandering the streets in a rainstorm by a Good Samaritan. She arrived cold, wet, dirty, matted, and underweight (3 ½ pounds). Due to the severe length of her nails, she had difficulty walking. She also had a very pungent odor coming from her mouth and had difficulty eating even softened food. The shelter staff was able to make her somewhat comfortable by trimming her nails, bathing her, and giving her a professional grooming treatment. She was found to have serious dental disease with severe infection and in need of immediate treatment. Dentistry was performed, and all her remaining teeth were extracted. A small mammary gland cyst was also discovered, and cytology was performed. The results were inconclusive.

Foxboro, MA

Rose, an 8-year-old Havanese, and Daisy, an 11-year-old Bichon, had not been groomed in 18 months. Their coats were matted to the skin, and their nails were almost 2 inches long. The groomer said it was the worst case of neglect she’d ever seen. Their teeth and gums were so horrendous it’s a wonder they could eat. They were much happier after dentistry, which included numerous extractions. Rose and Daisy were amazingly resilient during their custody. Every morning when I entered the kennel, Rose greeted me with a “woo, woo, woo” and then ran in happy circles, waiting to go on her walk. Daisy was more sedate but still clearly enjoyed going on walks.

Framingham, MA

A young intact male pit bull-type dog was found by a good Samaritan. The dog was severely emaciated, weighing only 24 pounds. He was unable to keep any food or water down, vomiting immediately after consuming even a small amount. X-rays revealed a foreign object in the intestines. Emergency surgery was performed at Tufts VETS in Walpole. A nipple from a baby bottle had become lodged in the dog’s intestines and was removed. Fortunately, the intestines were still healthy, and no resection was needed. He is currently on a re-feeding program and has already shown marked improvement.