WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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and case history. Match this with what you have to offer: an active, sporty lifestyle versus lots of quiet time; a small condominium versus a large home and yard; time home versus long hours away. Some animals offered by local groups will need transport from faraway states like Tennessee or Texas. With each pet's biography and photo, there's a link to the offering agency. An online application asks the basics: the adopter's age, residence, family and household members, and other pets in the home. Local shel- ters like Animal Rescue League of Boston, MSPCA (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Buddy Dog Humane Society, and Baypath Humane Society are included. Rescue groups for purebreds such as Poodles, Boxers, German Shepherds, and Cavaliers participate. There are also local rescue agencies for cats, rabbits, birds, and reptiles. It's worthwhile to browse websites for local rescues like Shultz's Guest House in Dedham, Stray Pets in Need, Inc. of Wellesley, Guardian Angels adoption, or they are the victims of the realities of shelter overcrowding and overpopulation. These numbers fuel the pet rescue movement. Rates of euthanasia in the U. S. have declined dramatically over the past 40 years while pet ownership has grown. However, attitudes toward companion animals and pet-owner practices vary across the U.S. MetroWest Boston is fortunate to have many no-kill shelters, and a lower kitten and puppy birth rate than many other areas. Rescuing one pet saves two: the one who is adopted and the one who takes its place in the shelter. Are you ready to give a dog or cat a new home and a happy, healthy life? Online is one great way to start. Searchable databases like Petfinder and Adopt-A-Pet post profiles of adoptable animals and adoption agencies throughout the U.S. Petfinder, for example, posts 280,000 adoptable pets from 11,000 participating groups. On a typical day there are 450 dogs posted as available within 25 miles of Wellesley and Weston. Reviewing photos and profiles can give a sense of breed, size, Want to show you're an animal lover? Massachusetts Animal Coalition, a statewide nonprofit that brings together professionals and volunteers in animal welfare, raises funds for spaying/neutering through the Registry of Motor Vehicles "I'm Animal Friendly" license plates. Funds raised provide I'm Animal Friendly support statewide for spaying and neutering of dogs, cats, and rabbits. M E D I A B A K E R Y 108 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 A Shelter Dog Rescued Me

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