Author Archives: Alicia Pensarosa

Coyote Tips and Presentation

Here is the video from 1623 Studios of the Coyote Ecology & Behavior presentation from Dr. Jonathan Way. The presentation was held on February 27th, hosted by the Animal Advisory Committee.


This time of year coyotes will be active, so its important to protect your pets by keeping them indoors or on a leash, and never be left unsupervised.

Coyotes may be denning with small pups near your home or in the woods. They will be extra protective of their pups, so keep your dogs, even large dogs, leashed and close to you. Smaller dogs may be considered prey, while larger dogs could be considered a threat.

Coyotes are attracted to yards with bird feeders, compost, and accessible trash. Not only are some of these things easy meals for coyotes, but they also attract small rodents, which coyotes prefer to eat. You can follow this yard audit to coyote proof your yard, click Here.

We want to keep the coyotes wild, so it is important to be loud and try to scare them away. Bang pots, yell/scream, throw thing in their direction. Ask your neighbors to do the same and report anyone actively feeding them to the police.

Coyote tips card

Pet of the Week- Bucephalus

Do you have a soft spot in your heart for sweet chubby-cheeked fellows like myself?


My name is Bucephalus and I came to Cape Ann Animal Aid after my owner could no longer care for me. Coming from a home, I’m not used to the hustle and bustle of shelter life at all! But I am starting to settle in and warm up to the idea of having to find a new home at this stage of the game.

Change can be scary, but sometimes it is necessary, and I’m trying to face this challenge with a brave face. I would do best in a quieter household without a whole lot of commotion. Now that you know all my baggage, just know I would gladly accept any of yours, too. I’m not the judgmental type at all!

I’m considered a Super Senior which means my adoption fee is waived. We also are assigned super powers, and mine is CHEEKS! I hope you stop by to meet me soon. Until then I’ll be here, waiting. To learn more about me or other animals waiting for homes, please come visit our shelter at 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester or check us out online at

Pet of the Week- Bambi

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Bambi here! I’m a sweet lady looking for a home to call my own.

No one knows everything about my past, but that’s okay because I’m looking forward to a bright future. I made my way here from the south because I know up here I have a much better chance of finding a forever family. There’s just way too much competition down south! I just recently arrived following a very long van ride with many other animals who are also dreaming of their very own homes. Because everything is unfamiliar I’m a little stand-offish at first, but I’m quite easy to win over with a little bit of treats and attention.

I imagine my hair blowing in the breeze as I run through the leaves with my new owner by my side. Do you think you may fit into this vision? Stop on by today and see if we were meant to be together forever.

To learn more about me or other animals waiting for homes, please come visit our shelter at 4 Paws Lane In Gloucester or check us out online at

Coyote Presentation Feb 26th and Feb 27th

If you can’t make the coyote presentation on Monday February 26th, we added another presentation on February 27th! Dr. Jonathan Way will present an additional seminar on Tuesday, February 27th at 10am at the Senior Center.

These talks will discuss Eastern Coyote behavior based on Dr. Jonathan’s Way research and experience. We hope this will help us to learn about coyote behavior and how we can live with our coyote neighbors and avoid conflicts.

I hope to see you there!

Alicia Pensarosa

Coyote Presentation_Feb26 & Feb 27 Poster




Coyote Ecology & Behavior Presentation

Hi All,

The Animal Advisory Committee is hosting a coyote awareness program at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on February 26th at 7pm. Dr. Jonathan Way will be giving a presentation based on his eastern coyote research. We hope the presentation will be educational on how we can peacefully coexist with coyotes. We anticipate this will be a packed event and hope to do more of these events in the future.

Hope to see you there!

You can follow the Animal Advisory Committee on Facebook:

Alicia P.

Coyote Presentation_Feb26 Poster

Pet of the Week- Mr. Tiffany & Champ

1.22.2018 Pet of the Week--Mr. Tiffany and Champ

My buddy Champ and I are here together looking for our second chance at love.  We are a bonded pair and adore spending time playing, grooming, napping and investigating side-by-side.  Are you ready for two?  Our owner had to make a difficult choice after the hurricanes that hit the Virgin Islands and they were unable to keep us but wanted to make sure that we stayed together.  We were lucky enough to get a flight out to safety and new possibilities here at the shelter. I am a special needs kitty because I have the early stages of gingivitis and will need extra dental care in the future. But don’t let that scare you! I promise the extra care I need will only make me more grateful resulting in more nights snuggling on the couch together! Are you ready to open up your heart and home to two adorable transplants?  Come in to visit today!  To find out more about Mr. Tiffany and Champ and all of the available animals at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please visit our

Pet of the Week-Cleo

Do you know any crotchety older ladies who are a bit stubborn and set in their ways?

1.8.2018 Pet of the Week--Cleo

Well, that’s me. But who can blame me? I’ve been living my life my way for many years now, and have every right to be a bit persnickety. I made my way here to the shelter when my owner passed away. I was a well loved and cared for gal, who lived a quieter lifestyle without a lot of commotion or activity. Needless to say, being here at the shelter is a very different way of life, with lots of activity, noises, and new people coming in and out. This environmental change has not been easy on me, and so I don’t show well when folks come to visit me. But I just know that once someone with a slower paced lifestyle finds it in their heart to give me a chance, my true personality will really shine. I’m just a mellow older gal looking to live out her later years in a home once again. Please consider giving this senior gal a chance. I promise I’ll make a great companion. I don’t ask for much other than a little space, patience, and peace and quiet.  To see all of the available cats and dogs at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:

Pet of the Week- Trilon

11.13.2017 Pet of the Week-Trilon

Hi my name is Trilon! I am a bit over two years old. I am a long hair guy with a beautiful grey coat and green eyes. I have quite the affectionate personality and I love to have attention from my people. I will snuggle in close and give plenty of headbutts when I am comfortable. I was lucky enough to make my way to CAAA from the MA Feline Rescuer Transfer and I seem to really be enjoying indoor life. I am sure to be happy with a loving companion, tasty treats and a warm bed. I am considered a special needs adoption because I have FIV, which means I could have more health problems in the future because my immune system is compromised but I could also be as healthy as my fur friends. I should be kept indoors and visit with the vet on a regular schedule to make sure I stay healthy. If you’re looking for a mellow kitty ,someone over the crazy kitten phase stop by the shelter to meet me and see if I might be a good addition to your family.  To see all of the available dogs and cats at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:





Pet of the week-Lulu

10.30.2017 Pet of the Week-Lulu

Hello!  Beautiful Lulu here.  Pleased to meet you! I found myself at CAAA when my family had to move and could not keep me. I may be larger in size but don’t let that steer you away, we all know dieting is tricky and I am currently working on my shape with a low fat low calorie food. I can’t help it I am just an older mellow girl who likes to just nap and relax so if you are looking for a companion to share your days lounging around with pick me! I am considered a super senior at 11 years old and my super power is “Zen” because I am so relaxed. I really don’t mind being pet or brushed but I am not a huge fan of being picked up.

I previously lived in a home with another cat and didn’t mind sharing my space. If you’re interested in giving an older girl another shot at a loving forever home stop by and meet me. To see all of the available dogs and cats at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:



Pet of the Week- Shiloh

10.23.2017 Pet of the Week--Shiloh

Hi my name is Shiloh. The folks here are guessing I have some hound or cattle dog in my mix. I am a happy go lucky kind of guy always  have my tail wagging and pleased to see you. I am 3 years old and medium size so I would be perfect for car rides or outdoor adventures. I am over the young puppy phase and looking for a family to show me the ropes of home living. I have met a few other dogs and I seem to enjoy their company so I wouldn’t mind sharing my space.

Please stop by the shelter to meet me to see if I might be your match!  To see all of the available dogs and cats at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:

Pet of the week-Toby


10.9.2017 Pet of the Week--Toby

Toby here and ready to move on!  I am a transplant from Texas and lucky for me I arrived here ahead of Hurricane Harvey.

Not so lucky for me I had an old trauma to my left hip, most likely from an accident involving a car but no one can know for sure.  The wonderful folks here took great care of me and got me the femoral head ostecetomy surgery I needed to ensure I could lead a much more comfortable and active life in the future.  I have had my staples removed and am healing well.  I still have to take things a little easy so they won’t let me run and play like I want to yet but they keep telling me I can slowly start to increase my exercise and some day soon I will be able to run and play like I want to.

I am a handsome and lovable fellow.  I adore tennis balls, rope toys and am much more of a fan of keep away than fetch but I will trade my toys for a tasty treat.  Did I mention I adore piles of comforters to lay on. I get along well with most other dogs, big and small although I can’t really play much (the vet says I need to take it easy for a little while longer).  I did get a chance to swim a little at the pool at Camp Spindrift and swimming is great exercise for me and it will help to strengthen my muscles and help me heal faster.

I keep my kennel clean so house-training should be a piece of cake.  I am an adult rescue looking for a more adult kind of home, one with older kids maybe 10 years and up who can respect my desire to not share a tennis ball sometimes. If you are looking for a loyal companion than I am your man.

Please come on down, spend some time with me and I am sure you will fall in love just like most of the staff and volunteers have already.  To see all of the available cats and dogs at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:

Animal Advisory Committee

I wanted to share some information on the City of Gloucester Animal Advisory Committee. We are a great group of volunteers who are helping to advise the city on all matters pertaining to domestic and wild animals in the city of Gloucester. We hope to share animal related information with the public and help to make positive improvements.


Since we are in the off-season and the pups now have their beaches back, we want everyone to have fun and stay safe.  We have posted some information on our website pertaining to dogs on the beaches, you can also find this on the City of Gloucester’s website.

Dogs shall be allowed on public beaches from October 1 to April 30.

Unleashed dogs shall be allowed on the beaches as follows:

  • Good Harbor Beach:  off leash even days of the week
  • Wingaersheek Beach:  off leash odd days of the week
  • Plum Cove Beach and Cressy’s Beach:  off leash any day of the week

Currently we are collecting data on any coyote sightings in the city. We are collecting this information so that we can document areas where coyotes are frequently seen and identify any conflict hotspots, in order to assist with any education or mitigation efforts.

If you have any experiences please submit them via our website:

We have a yard audit on the site that you can follow to coyote (and other animal) proof your yard.


We have monthly committee meetings that are open to the public for any comments, our meeting schedules will be posted on the City of Gloucester’s calendar.

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Pet of The week – Toby

10.2.2017 Pet of the Week--Toby

Hello my name is Toby and I am a gorgeous older fella with a very mellow personality. I am what you would call an introvert.  It takes me a while to warm up to new people and environments so a quiet home would be best for me.  I don’t think I would like a home with lots of visitors and kids around but I really wouldn’t mind another cat or two as long as they accept me. I have lived with Nix who already got adopted from here but we were not super bonded however we co-existed just fine. I was a little more shy so it took me a little longer to adjust. I will need lots of time to feel secure in my new environment so my new family would need to be up for a challenge.

The love I give in return is worth the wait but it will not happen overnight.  My first reaction is to hiss and hide when I am scared.  If you feel I would be a great addition to your home please stop on by. As a member of the Super Senior club I get assigned a Super Power and mine is “loving”.

I am a very soft, gentle, big  guy that will fill your heart with love if you have the time and patience to let me settle in.  To see all of the available cats and dogs at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:

Pet of the Week-Rose

9.25.2017 Pet of the Week--Rose

My brother Axel and I traveled all the way from Texas.  We braved hurricane Harvey with our loving foster family who kept us safe and made sure we could get here as soon as possible to find a loving forever home.

We adore each-other so are looking for a family willing to take two!  We are mixed small breed pups, maybe some poodle, chihuahua or terrier tossed in but lots and lots of adorable is the only breed we can guarantee!  We are affectionate and outgoing and the most frequent word used to describe us by the staff here, “cute” said with a huge smile.  We both love soft beds, toys, blankets to burrow under and treats.  We get along with other small dogs and are being room mates with Bianca, a scruffy little terrier rescue gal from Puerto Rico who is also looking for a home.

If you love small dogs, have the space and time to devote to us we promise to be loyal and loving to the end of our days.   To see Axel and all of the dogs and cats at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website

Pet of the Week- Fred

9.4.2017 Pet of the Week--Fred

Hi there Super Senior Fred the Cat here! My Super Power is “Zen” because I have a calm manor about me. I take whatever comes my way and go with the flow! I am around 12 years young as I’d like to say. I was found abandoned outside the shelter one day and well I am so very thankful for second chances. The Folks here cleaned me up and helped me get vet checked now I am on my hunt for a loving home and someone share the rest of my days with. I am considered a “Special Needs” adoption because I may need dental work in the future. I don’t have much in my wish list but I do like sunny windows and a warm cozy bed.

If you would open up your home and heart to a Senior Kitty like me stop by the shelter to meet me to see if I am a good match.   To see Fred and all of the other available dogs and cats at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:

Pet of the Week- Lola

8.28.2017 Pet of the Week--Lola

Are you looking for a partner in adventure?  Someone  wiggly, fast to make you laugh and full of enthusiasm?  Lola at your service! I am a sweet and affectionate 1 year old. I love learning new things and I am a huge fan of getting love and attention from my human friends. I have been to some obedience classes and I know sit, lay down, and paw and I am working on more ! Sometimes when I get excited I don’t realize how big and strong I am so I am looking for a family that can handle a larger dog .

I like toys or all kinds, playing with other pooches and spending time outdoors. I have been known to chase squirrels or outdoor cats but hey that could be the hound in me. I was originally rescued in Puerto Rico and I have lived in a home with children and did well, I am also crate trained. I can be nervous around new men but if they are patient we can become good friends. I am eager to please and looking for a family. I am a very sweet girl ready and waiting for a second chance.

To see all of the dogs and cats at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our



Pet of the Week-Gracie

8.21.2017 Pet of the Week--Gracie

Gracie here! I’m a bit of a chubby gal with an absolutely stunning face, as you can see. Some things I enjoy include being brushed and getting pet. I love sitting next to my people, preferably while looking out the window and watching the day go by. I’m not a huge fan of being picked up (which is probably easier on your back anyway!) but I can be very affectionate when I want to be. Basically, I like to choose the time and place for some attention. I’m considered a Super Senior and my Superpower is lounging, because I love to find comfy spots to relax in. If you think your lifestyle would be a good match for mine, come on over and meet me!  To see all of the available dogs and cats at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our

Pet of the Week Hooper

Hi! My name is Hooper and I am what you call a friendly feral. Although I’ve lived outdoors for part of my life I’ve become very fond of humans and now am looking for my own to share their home with me. Because I’m so friendly the folks here don’t think I’ll have a hard time transitioning to the indoor life .I like warm cozy beds, snacks to share and a sunny spot to lounge in. I don’t mind a good scratching behind my ear from time to time. If your into helping out with second chances stop in and meet me and maybe I’ll be the lucky one ! To see all of the available cats and dogs at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:

Pet of the Week-Fancy

Hello my name is Fancy and I a sweet older girl with a loving personality. I enjoy the company of people and love to have my chin scratched. I was transferred in from another rescue that pulls from high kill shelters so I am fortunate to be here at Cape Ann Animal Aid and happy to meet all the new people here. I am a little cranky around the other cats so it might be best is if I were the only cat. If you are looking for a more mature cat to keep you company than I am the one for you. I am a bigger girl weighing in at close to 15 lbs so I could stand to lose a little weight but I am quite happy the way I am. Please stop by and visit and maybe we will be a perfect match. To see all of the available animals at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:

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