Koosa (Maverick) gives and gets love!

Koosa (Maverick) gives and gets love!

Frankie Was Adopted!

Frankie, a 4-month-old puppy, was found abandoned next to a dumpster in Fitchburg. The Fitchburg Animal Control Officer contacted PoundHounds for help funding the surgery Frankie needed to fix his leg. PoundHounds was happy to help and payed $2073.48 for Frankie's surgery.

Frankie recovered well, but it was soon discovered that he needed another surgery for a luxating patella. PoundHounds payed $2621.03 for this surgery -- we just couldn't let Frankie suffer more.  

Frankie has now recovered fully, after much TLC from his foster mother, Amy Egeland, the Fitchburg Shelter Manager.  A family had been interested in Frankie prior to his second surgery, and has now adopted Frankie.

The following is a message from Amy Egeland, the Shelter Manager at the Fitchburg Shelter:

"Thank you Pound Hounds for helping save Frankies life! After many months of recovery he has finally reached the point of adoption. April 17th I held his broken body in my arms. Now I have opened up my arms to release him to his forever Mom and Dad, plus 2 sisters.....8 month old long haired Shepherd and a 2 yr old Pittie mix.

Now he lives in the country, big safe yard, warm wood stove to nap the cold days away in front of.

It is a bitter sweet moment as Frankie has been with me for many months. I will miss him but what he taught me will be in my heart forever. To continue to love and trust even after being beaten.

Thank You!!!!"

The Story of Maverick (now Koosa) - Love heals

Found by a good samaritan in a poverty riddled neighborhood in Springfield and brought to the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, Koosa was severely matted, highly defensive and limping on a hind leg. He clearly had a very troubled past but with each day that passed, he began to trust us more and show a soft, endearing spirit. Hidden under all the layers of dirt, fur and worry was a beautiful, charming best friend in waiting.

Fast forward through grooming, vaccinations, veterinary exams, x-rays, orthopedic consultation and then surgery, Koosa was adopted by an amazing couple. As soon as they laid eyes on him, they knew he was the one. They fostered him for one week prior to the surgery and finalized his adoption once he was ready to go back home.

When we asked his family if we could share his story and their photos, his ‘mom’ said of course but asked us to be certain to tell everyone that Koosa rescued them as well as they have not felt this light hearted in years. She said life feels perfect now with him in their family.

Thanks to all of our wonderul donors for yet another happy ending.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us continue to help dogs. We asked, you responded. Our donors rock! 


Cheech Found His Forever Home!

Cheech, also known as Chicarone, is a 4-year old Am Staff mix (or possibly purebred). This handsome boy lives up to the reputation of being intelligent and eager to please. Before he was taken by animal control, he used to wander loose in the neighborhood but he never bothered anyone. He is very food-oriented, but not food aggressive. He will, however, swallow a bone whole if he thinks you’re going to take it away from him! He has been in the pound for a long time, but he is remarkably good-natured. He is reserved around new people, but mostly seems to ignore them. He keeps his kennel neat, and has never had an accident inside. When Maureen told him to “go pee,” he happily trotted off to find a spot to lift his leg. Good Cheech!

Cheech is a dog with great potential, but he needed training.  Fortunately, Nancy Fantom, a well-known trainer in New Hampshire, was willing to take Cheech on and work with him.  After an extended stay with Nancy, a family decided to adopt Cheech.  He's now living the high life and going to work every day with his doggie dad, where he greets customers with his big smile.

Thanks Nancy for all your help and congratulations, Cheech!


Baron & Dutchess Found Their Forever Home

Baron and Dutchess have found their forever home together!  A very nice man adopted them, and the first weekend at home he spent hours bathing and grooming them.

Approximately 6 years old, Dutchess and Baron came into the Taunton Animal together.  The shelter assumed that they were sister and brother, and named them "Baron and Dutchess" because they were just so stunning and "regal" in their appearance.  They were very affectionate and loving at the shelter -- enjoying giving "doggie kisses" and "doggie hugs."

The shelter wished to keep them together and wanted to adopt them to the same home.  This was a tall task -- it is often hard to adopt out one large adult dog, let alone two!  But the shelter's dream came true for these wonderful dogs.  

Baron & Dutchess

Dasher Has Been Adopted

 Dasher, a sweet German Shepherd mix puppy, has found his forever home! Dasher’s story has a sad beginning—he was abandoned as a 4-month-old puppy and left to fend for himself. He was hit by a car and his leg was badly broken. A Good Samaritan found Dasher by the side of the road and brought him to the Fitchburg Animal Control Officer.

Dasher needed surgery to repair his broken leg, and the ACO asked PoundHounds for help. Surgery to fix Dasher's leg cost $911.60. We also paid to have Dasher brought up to date on his shots, and we covered his neutering costs ($283.86) under a grant from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition's Animal-Friendly License Plate (please click here for more information on how to get your animal-friendly license plate, so we can continue to help dogs like Dasher).

Thanks to PoundHounds and Fitchburg Animal Control, Dasher has healed and is now in his forever home.

If it weren't for PoundHounds and our ability to fund this kind of urgent medical care to dogs in ACO custody, Dasher would most likely have been euthanized. Thank you for continuing to help us provide medical care, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, training and Kuranda beds so desperately needed by local town pounds. If you would like to contribute to our medical fund to help other pups like Dasher, please click here.

Jake's Journey

In August 2002 Jake was adopted through a posting from PoundHounds. He was listed as a gorden setter cross.  Nine years later, Jake's human mom reached back to share their journey.

 "It has been 9 years and quite a journey. Jake even as a puppy was super dominant, intelligent, full of energy and thus very challenging. I thought I was good at training dogs but I had never had one like Jake before. I had to become a better trainer so that I could earn his respect.

I started him Agility when he was about 18 months old as an outlet for his energy and to build a better relationship with him and we have been a team ever since. He now competes in the some of the highest levels of competition.  Last year at an Agility Trial a professional photographer, Lesley Mattuchio took his photo and it will be on the cover of the Sept/Oct Dog Sport magazine. I thought you would appreciate it. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to know this dog. It has been life changing.".

In addition to agility, Jake enjoys hiking with family, food, and spending time with his "doggie sister" Maddie.   Thank you Linda, for taking such great care of Jake and for reaching back to his to share in his success! 


From Rescue to Agility Star

Watch Jake do agility!

Marvin's story

PoundHounds pays to train a little pound dog with big problems

Small dogs don’t have to worry about landing in town pounds, right? Sadly, no. Small dogs can have BIG behavior issues, and the cutest dog on the planet can still end up being euthanized because most ACOs have no money for training. PoundHounds recently received a desperate request from the East Longmeadow ACO about a 17-pound dog called Marvin. Adorable Marvin was also considered unadoptable.

Marvin had been adopted out and returned at least three times due to his behavior issues. A local shelter even took Marvin, but the foster home had no luck with rehabilitation. Marvin didn’t know it, but he was running out of options and time.

Marvin was described to us as: “so high strung, he screams and screeches and jumps on people .. and the way he jumps and screams .. it makes people think he is going to attack. And when on his walks (which he loves) he is sooo rambunctious!! Screaming out of control, pulling … but he is also a love bug.”

PoundHounds found one of the best trainers in New England to take Marvin. Nancy worked with him and even found him a home with another rescue dog.

BizKit's tale

BizKit is an 11-year old love bug. Actually, he’s probably a German Short-Haired Pointer (GSP) mix, but he acts like a love bug. He still has the spirit and energy of a dog with a job to do. Just point him toward someone who wants to take him for a walk, and he’s right there by your side, wagging and prancing. He loves to be petted. He is not possessive with his food or toys.

BizKit’s former owner had brought him to the vet to be euthanized, but the vet convinced the owner to surrender BizKit instead. This gentle, lively dog has a lot more living to do.

Even though cataracts limit his vision, when BizKit can see that someone is approaching, he does this long-strided prancing walk – that prance is his body language for “Take me out for a walk, please, please!” Maureen calls it his “puppy dance.”

More than anything, BizKit would love to be out walking, and running in the safety of a fenced yard. He can walk the perimeter of the pound fence forever, and then he takes himself back inside for a long nap. He is a neat boy, and has never messed inside his run. Other than his bursts of energy, he’s a quiet dog who is happy to sleep in the sun when he can find a spot of sun in the pound.

BizKit weighs about 45 pounds, and he is neutered and up to date on his shots. We think he has thyroid issues, so he may need some medication. He would probably be happier in a home without stairs. Because of his somewhat limited sight, we also recommend an adults-only home.

BizKit was adopted by a loving family and is in a great home!

Curley's Story

Curley was found as a stray in Templeton, MA, which has no pound. He was brought to Gardner Animal Control, where he was adopted to a family who loved him and took him hiking often. They reached a point for personal reasons, however, where they could no longer keep him. They returned him to Gardner, from whence issued an email to a list of dog lovers, including PoundHounds. It said that Curley loved to hike and came with his own backpack.

Judith, founder of PoundHounds, told Marcia, board member, in a half-kidding way that she should adopt Curley because she too likes to hike. What Judith did not know was that Marcia's dog Grendel had just died from a brain tumor. Marcia contacted Gardner asking them not to publicize this hiking dog until she could get up there to meet him. The rest is history. Curley continues to climb mountains and to be obsessed with sticks. At home in Jamaica Plain he goes to Jamaica Pond every afternoon, where he performs his ritual and often attracts a crowd. Does he think of the stick as prey? Only Curley knows for sure.

One happy PoundHound

Pacey's Success Story!

You would think that a 1 and 1/2 year old energetic Pointer mix would find a home easily, but Pacey's boundless energy made him hard to adopt. The Taunton Animal Shelter asked PoundHounds to cross-post him, and, thankfully, the perfect owner found him through our site. Click here to read more about Pacey's new life on our Happy Tails page.

Pacey at Home