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long-legged, beige and white hound-mix caught Keller's eye. He was an out-of-state rescue, transported to Massachusetts for placement. Brady was fostered when he arrived, spending time in a volunteer's home for acclimation and evaluation. Keller and Brady looked at each other, and there was the click that began a 14-year love affair. Keller became a trained foster dog specialist with All Dog Rescue, Inc. of Natick, and she and Brady fostered several dogs, guiding them to appropriate homes in the MetroWest area. "Even the best shelters are stressful," she says. "Time in a foster home lets each animal's tempera- ment and behavior come through." Adoption fees typically range from $200 to $500. Fees cover medical care and vaccinations, spaying or neutering, and a microchip for lost pet identification. Massachusetts requires out-of-state pets to have a 48-hour quarantine in a qualified facility to protect the health of in-state ani- mals, so transport and quarantine fees may be included. Hurricanes ravaged Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico last fall, and Massachusetts has responded by accepting many shelter pets. This made room for storm-abandoned animals to be taken in and reunited with their owners. Homeless pets from other states are helping to meet the demand here, according to Dr. Anthony Cosimini, of The Cat's Hospital in Wellesley Hills. Kittens are now routinely spayed here at eight weeks before going to new homes, dramatically reducing the birth rate. Dr. Cosimini says, "We advise people to adopt from a reputable source as other regions have diseases we don't see here. Be wary of some- one who wants to meet in a parking lot across the state line to deliver a cat or kitten." Training can be the key to success. Dogs may need to learn basic com- mands like sit, stay, and heel, and novice owners may need to learn dog "language" like the difference between a low-tail and high-tail wag. Cats don't need to be taken for a walk, but they need companionship and a Shelter Dogs Listen and Learn Shelter dogs occasionally find new life as service partners to people with deafness. NEADS, National Education for Assistance Dog Services, is a 501c(3) organization based in Princeton, Mass. that has more than 400 dogs in service. The dogs bring freedom and autonomy to their human partners, including children and veterans, who are deaf or have a disability. NEADS visits local shelters to find puppies who respond to sound, are curious, and take initiative. Through rigorous training, hearing dogs bring a sounding alarm to their owner's attention. This is the perfect double rescue! M E D I A B A K E R Y 112 A Shelter Dog Rescued Me 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

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