Day 5…The North Shore Animal League…

These are my dogs.  As you can see…Sadie hates taking Christmas pictures and she was traumatized for about an hour after this little photo shoot.  Sofie, however, posed nicely with the promise that she’d get a cookie after.  That dog is all about her belly and she’ll do anything for a snack.

Finding these dogs and adopting them and making them a part of our lives is the best thing we’ve ever done.  They chew on the furniture and they throw up on the rug and they pee on the bed and their fur is always all over the floor no matter how many times I sweep…and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  I love them more than I ever thought it would be possible to love dogs.  They have made my life so much richer and I can’t imagine what life would be like without them.

Both of my dogs were rescued…Sadie from a family in Staten Island who was fostering a pregnant dog and unexpectedly ended up with nine puppies they couldn’t handle and Sofie from a kill shelter in Mississippi where, if we hadn’t rescued her, she would have been euthanized.

When I started planning this project, I knew I wanted to include an organization that helped rescue pets…and what better one that the North Shore Animal League.  They are the world’s largest no-kill adoption and rescue organization and since they opened their doors in 1944, they’ve saved over 1,000,000 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.

North Shore Animal League always needs help from the public to continue doing their amazing work, but this year, they need it more than ever.  See…they are currently operating an emergency shelter for over 400 animals affected by Hurricane Sandy.  They are doing emergency rescue and providing temporary shelter, food, water and medical care for animals that had to be separated from their families.  They also have mobile units traveling to the hardest hit areas and providing free dog and cat food to people who might not have access to it otherwise.  It’s a huge relief for families that have been displaced and are living in hotels and temporary housing to know that their pets are safe and well cared for while they get back on their feet.  If not for this amazing service the Animal League is providing, so many dogs and cats might be out on the streets…or worse, they could have died in the storm.

If you can help, please go to  You can make a financial donation.  If you are local and you have the time and the space, you can foster an animal.  If you are looking to adopt a pet, you can find listings of the pets they have who are looking for forever homes.  Or you can simply spread the word and encourage others to help.

Dogs like Sofie and Sadie wouldn’t be here without incredible organizations like this…and my puppies thank you for your support from the bottom of the hearts and the tips of their wagging tails.


UPDATE:  Go check out this video from the Animal League about all the great work they do.  Those little puppy and kitten faces make me want to adopt all the homeless animals.


  1. I love your dogs. They look so regal. Except the one on the left (Sadie I’m guessing) looks so pitiful in that picture. But I assume she’s normally a happy dog! My dog is the same way; she hates getting her picture taken and immediately starts to look pitiful as soon as the camera comes out.

  2. Your Sadie is my Clover. You’ll see when you get my Christmas card.

  3. Nothing is better than rescued or adopted pups, especially mutts. Thank you for posting this!! If I had more room/ the ability to not get evicted by my landlord I’d foster and adopt many more pups and kittens! :)

    June isn’t exactly a rescue – well she is. A woman found June and her brothers and sisters on the side of a road in a ditch with their mother. She took all the puppies and mom home, cleaned them up, got them vaccinated and got the mother fixed and adopted them all out, for free. June was a free pup, but cost us about $100+ in doctors bills on her first visit. Mange, and other issues were the causes but now she’s happy, healthy and thriving years later. I adore her and wouldn’t have had it any other way.

  4. Your pups are wonderful (especially since you torture them every year by making them sit still in fron tof the Christmas tree while you take their picture).
    Both Maya and Maverick were rescues too – I just understand waiting months and paying thousands of dollars to a breeder when there are so many beautiful animals that already need homes.

  5. Your dogs are so cute. I love that picture of them!

    I have such a soft spot for animals, dogs especially. And I just fell in love with about 20 of them at the website. What a wonderful organization North Shore Animal League is; and they do so many great things for our four-legged friends!

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