On the heels of a hugely successful inaugural event last year, the second annual Fast and Furriest 5K: Run. Walk. Wag was held on Sunday, May 21. Once again, we were proud sponsors of this great event! We had a really special morning with old and new friends at Sylvester Baxter Park at Assembly Row in Somerville and truly enjoyed the dog and family-friendly community event. Over 1,500 participants enjoyed a beautiful run and walk route along the Mystic river with over 750 dogs in a festival-like atmosphere. Best of all $185,000 was raised to benefit the animals served by the MSPCA-Angell in their adoption centers, hospitals and programs.
Did you recently rescue a dog and need help in adjusting him to his new family and home? Rescued dogs often come with certain stresses associated with abandonment, neglect, living in multiple homes and being lost or strayed. Our personalized, in-home service aims to help establish a foundation for a positive relationship and to guide you to help your dog adjust and transition.
On April 30, Kathy Hinds completed her final term as Massachusetts Vest–A-Dog's President to focus on family needs, especially her 10 month old grandson, Lucas! Hinds started the non-profit in 2000 when her then 11 year old daughter Lisa brought home an “American Girl” magazine featuring an 11 year old who had founded the national Vest-A-Dog program in San Diego. Lisa told her mom “I want to vest a dog!” and so, Hinds founded Massachusetts Vest a Dog.
Volunteer puppy raisers provide specially-bred puppies a safe and loving home, take them to obedience classes, provide them with a healthy diet and socialization opportunities, and give them lots of love for the first 18 months of their lives. Ultimately these puppies will learn how to retrieve items from the floor, open doors, turn light switches on and off, open and close drawers and pull a wheelchair.
Leslie Zelamsky is not only our full time director of Dog Training at Especially for Pets but also a longtime puppy raiser and advocate for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). She recently spoke to The MetroWest Daily News about her rewarding experiences working with future assistance dogs.