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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Cat Rescue of Wayland, and PAWS New England in Connecticut. Each website features adoptable dogs or cats along with the requirements for adoption and resources for pet owners. Many rescue organizations function as middlemen. Without facilities of their own, they house pets in transition in volunteers' homes and partner with veterinarians and transport providers. "A rescue dog can turn your life around," says Dr. Liz Hartman of Wellesley Animal Hospital, by enriching a child's life, filling a void for someone divorced or widowed, giving purpose to older people, or pro- viding companionship when the last child goes off to college. Many res- cue pets fit easily into their new homes. However, some show the effects of previous abuse or neglect or weren't socialized as puppies or kittens. Coming from a rural environment, it may take several months to adapt to the bustle of suburbia or to being indoors after roaming free or living in a kennel. "Be prepared to stand with your dog at the end of the drive- way with a pocketful of treats and watch the traffic go by," Hartman notes. "As you would with a shy child, be patient; give these animals the benefit of the doubt." One can go in person to local shelters to find an adoptable animal. Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston has facilities in Boston, Cape Cod, and Dedham. Founded in 1899 by Anna Harris Smith, ARL's Dedham center is located on 27 acres that were Smith's summer retreat. Kitty in the Window Pet World, a family-owned pet store on Route 9 in Natick, is home to "Kitty City," a multi-tiered enclosure for cats and kittens that is the adoption center for Stray Pets in Need, Inc. (SPIN). Kitty City is staffed by volunteers most afternoons. Prospective owners can watch cats and kittens at play, complete an application, and be interviewed. The kitten enclosure is in the store's front window, so 24 hours a day, people drive up to watch the kittens. Sue Webb, Wellesley's Animal Control Officer, is founder and executive director. "Many rescue pets fit easily into their new homes. However, some show the effects of previous abuse or neglect or weren't socialized as puppies or kittens." M E D I A B A K E R Y 110 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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