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Pet of the Week-Big Puppy


Hi, my name is Big Puppy.  I am a sweet and affectionate girl who loves to play and snuggle.

I like playing with the other pups here at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester.   I weight about 32-pounds, so I will be medium when I am all grown up.   If you would like to know more about me, see photos and learn more about the CAAA please visit: CapeAnnAnimalAid.com

I am looking forward to joining you at obedience class and for adventure outdoors.   I like all the trails and all the wonderful things they have outdoors here at the shelter.  I am so excited about finding a home and a family to love me, well, I get to the point where I can’t even sleep and when I do sleep, I dream about a family spoiling me…I just want my dreams to come true.  Just by looking at me you can tell I am going to be a great dog!


Pet of the Week-Laura Lee

Laura lee

Hello!  My name is Laura Lee, I am a six-month-old female Lab/Hound mix.  I am an active and affectionate girl.   I like making new friends – humans and canines, too.    I am learning on how to walk nicely on the leash and looking forward to getting it down pat.   I weigh about 43 pounds and I think I will be medium to big when I am fully grown.  I am a very sweet, goofy and fun dog.   If you would like to learn more about me, please visit the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, located at Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.

I have been asked to tell you about the Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Receive a behind-the-scene tour of the shelter, meet and great shelter animals, enjoy festive activities that will be fun for the entire family!

I have a wonderful nose to sniff things out – I don’t think I will be much of a hunting dog, I think I will just sniff out toys and treats!

Pet of the Week- Chester


Hello, my name is Chester, I am a five-year-old male Retriever/Golden mix.   I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester.   A few things to know.   I do like to chew a lot so I am learning to practice carrying a toy or ball around so I don’t get tempted to nibble on other things like my leash. I am a very smart and love to learn new things. I am happiest when with humans.  I do not like cats or dogs – kind of scared, so I am looking to be your one and only.  I am a special needs adoption because I have a heart murmur. The staff arranged for a consult with a vet and I even had an echo-cardiogram and ultrasound and the doctors said I will not require any medicine or extra treatment and I should have a normal lifestyle.  But the way, I just turned five, so it isn’t too late to have a birthday party for me!


Pet of the Week-Cutter

Cutter, adopt, dog, cape ann animal aid

Hi!  My name is Cutter and I am handsome yellow lab pup who is one.  I am very sweet and affectionate and can’t wait to be adopted.  I like to walk and play in the back yard with the great staff here at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester.   I am an adult rescue so I am looking for a home with older, calmer children or adults.

I have been asked to tell you about the Blessing of the Animals.   It will be held rain or shine on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. at Millbrook Meadow in Rockport in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.   The Rev. Karin E. Wade, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church invites all Cape Ann pets to this short, ecumenical service.  Animals should be on a leash, lead or in a cage or carrier.  A donation will be taken to benefit the Cape Ann Animal Aid.  Please adopt me and bring me to the blessing!


I hope Cutter is adopted soon! It looks like he needs someone to play football with in the backyard.


Pet of the Week- Margaret


My name is Margaret – the pup in the middle!  I am being held by my good friend Jeff Hobbs who is a volunteer at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester.

I went to “Dog Day” with Jeff, held recently at Stage Fort Park, and we met some new friends – (L to R) Adam Madruga, Rachel Ketchopulos (seated) and Lauren O’Connor, all of Rockport.

I am not ready for adoption yet,  I arrived at CAAA and I am now in foster care. I was born with a birth defect that left me without a paw on my left hind leg.  While I can still bare some weight on it, doing this for too long will cause me pain and chronic infections, so I will soon have my leg amputated to ensure the best possible future for me. After my surgery I will be all set for a long and happy life, but first I need to have my surgery, recuperate and then I will be ready for loving home and family.

If you would like to make a donation to help me and other special needs animals like me, please send your check to Cape Ann Animal Aid, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA and checks payable to Cape Ann Animal Aid and write “Margaret” in the memo.

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation on-line, please visit CapeAnnAnimalAid.com or contact Rebecca at 978-283-6055, ext. 23.
“Dog Day” was so much fun – thank you to the many people who attended! Jeff and I met so many new friends!

I must have given out at least 5,000 kisses!

Pet of the Week- Tuqui


Hello!  My name is Tuqui, I am a happy and outgoing girl.  I love spending time with people and going for walks. I think I am part retriever and Boxer.  As an adult rescue, I am looking for a home with more of an adult slant, like one with children heading into their teens.  I am a large dog and I weight about 55 pounds.  I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester. Check our website at: CapeAnnAnimalAid.com

Do you know we have a “Wish List” and some of the items on it are:

Wet food for cats and dogs, Stainless steel cat litter pans, Stainless steel & ceramic pet dishes Cat cleaning wipes, ‘Like new’ towels and blankets, durable plastic dog toys, rope toys, paper towels bleach, garbage bags (all sizes) and dishwasher tabs and soap are just a few of the items we need.

My only item on my own “Wish List” is a family to love me just like my Cape Ann Animal Aid family does!


Pet of the Week-Lamb Chop!

Lamb Chop

Hi, my name is Lamb Chop, a one-year-old Terrier/Chihuahua mix boy pup.   I am residing at the beautiful Cape Ann Animal Aid here in Gloucester until I am adopted. I am fully grown and would make an ideal traveling companion! 

The 10th Annual Dog Day will be held on Sunday, September 15th, 2013 at Stage Fort Park from 11 a.m. to     3 p.m.  Craft and vendor fair, raffles, food and refreshments, activities, photo opportunities, doggy nail trimming, giant bouncy house for the kids, doggy agility course, animal tarot card readings, demonstrations, and more!

Dog Day is free to attend and licensed and vaccinated dogs are welcome. There is a $10 participation fee per dog for activities. The first 50 participants receive a free Dog Day t-shirt. All proceeds benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid. For more information, visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com[CapeAnnAnimalAid.com] or call 978-283-6055.

My only flaw is my coat – I experience a bad hair day on most days!

Willow Still In Need-URGENT

Willow is still looking for her fur-ever home. If you think you may be a good fit for this beautiful girl, reach out and take her home!


Update from Mary Lou:

Thank you everyone who posted and cross posted.  It resulted in one very good lead and that is all it takes.  We were oh so close. Willow had met the interested party, they fell in love, Willow and his dog played non stop and we thought this is it. But it wasn’t to be for Willow and she now sits in the kennel waiting yet again. Everyone was heartbroken.  The physical environment of the house was just not right for Willow.  In addition to meeting the requirements of this special adopter, the physical environment has to be conducive to minimal stimulation.  Willow requires a completely fenced in back yard in a quiet setting since the home will be where she is most happy and will spend the vast majority of her time.  And so the search is still on. Here is her link again:

And Here is Willow’s very own Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Willows-Way-Home/535032713213099?hc_location=stream

Pet of the Week- Nala


My name is Nala, a three-month-old female Great Pyrenees/Retriever mix.  I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), located at the Christopher Cuter Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester.  My brother and I are both here and eager to find forever homes.  We will be large dogs and already have our fluffy cream-and-white coats.  I keep telling my brother that our dream of having a wonderful home, like our CAAA family will come true; he just needs to believe!

I have been asked to tell you about the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament to take place on Monday, September 23rd at Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester, MA. The tournament features a day of golf followed by a celebration dinner with awards, prizes, and live auction. Players will receive a take-home gift and compete for top prizes and a special hole-in-one contest for a new car. For more information or to register to play, visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com[CapeAnnAnimalAid.com] or call 978-283-6055,  ext. 23.

Oh! Remember that “Dog Day” is Sunday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester.   If you adopt me, we can go together and my dreams will come true!



Urgent: Special Needs Dog needs Forever Home


Willow-Female, pit bull mix


This little bundle of wiggles was found wondering the streets of Boxford. The kennel staff in the pound were quickly drawn to her happy nature. She weighs in at 39 pounds and is around 1-2 years old. She needs a special owner. She is frightened of new people. She does warm up nicely once she gets to know them but she is not good with strangers. She has been in intensive training for 2 months accessing her needs. She knows all her commands and is extremely bright. Willow’s options for adoption are limited. She needs an experienced handler and a structured environment- calm and quiet. No wild parties for this girl. She is happy simply spending time with her people and doggie friends. And she thrives on affection. She needs an adult loving home that will be patient and keep up her training. Her ideal home would have another dog and fenced-in yard where they could play together. If you are an experienced dog handler that enjoys a quiet environment and could fulfill a need to help a dog with limited options please consider Willow. She loves walks, cuddles, car rides and playing with other dogs. Willow spends her time between the kennel and her foster Mom in Gloucester. She has wonderful eye contact and seems to have lots to say when she looks at you. Willow is trying to find her place and wants nothing more than a human companion who will spend time with her showing her a safe, quiet new life in this world. She is waiting patiently for that special someone. For that she will give you undivided love, affection and tons of smiles

Note from Mary Lou, her Foster Mom:

This is a dog that needs a very special owner.  She is a fabulous dog. All the attributes you would hope to have in your animal companion. Loyal, fun-loving, mild temperament, loves dogs, smart as a whip, cute as a button, loves car rides, housetrained, crate trained, requires little exercise, affectionate…

So why does she need a Special owner?  She is afraid of new people. Once she warms up to them she is their friend for life. But she needs someone who will keep her safe and someone who enjoys a quiet lifestyle preferably with another dog and a fenced in yard.  

PLEASE, Willow has been in shelters and rescues for nearly a year now. She so needs someplace to relax and decompress from the stress of it all. 

Will you please post on your FB site, ask others to share it  and keep posting weekly?

We need a massive campaign going to get this sweet girl into the right home.

Thank you,

Mary Lou


Pet of the Week-Tuqui


Hello!  My name is Tuqui, on the left, I am a Retriever/Boxer mix, 6 year old happy and outgoing girl.  I am an active girl who enjoys people. I am large in size, about 55 pounds.  As an adult rescue I am looking for a home with more of an adult slant, such as children heading into their teens.  I am looking for a family to love me.  I am now at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.  If you would like to see other photos of me, please visit: CapeAnnAnimalAid.com 

Our Sunset Cruise will take place on Sat., August 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. aboard Captain Bill’s Whale Watch from Harbor Loop in Gloucester.  Enjoy the Sunset Cruise with raffles, prizes and complimentary refreshments and return to shore for the Gloucester Block Party!  Tickets are $20 and on sale now at the CAAA, Animal Krackers, Cape Ann Vet Hospital, Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply and North Shore Vet Hospital  For more information, please call 978-283-6055 x 23 or visit our website. I would be happy to join you on the cruise, I saw the word “refreshment” and I think that is something I would be interested in!



Pet of the Week- Chenzy


Hello, my name is Chenzy, I am a one-year-old girl pup who is Australian Kelpie/mix.   I am so happy to be on GoodMorningGloucester!   I am staying at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester until I am adopted.    I love to walk, romp in the park and I just love company.   Like most pups, I am eager to learn and I love treats and toys.  I am a perfect apartment size pup, I think I am fully grown at 24-pounds.

The Cape Ann Animal Aid has so many things going on.  “Dog Day” will be held on September 15 at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. Craft & Vendor Fair, doggy games, children’s activities, raffles, prizes, doggy agility course, nail trimming, micro-chipping, photo opportunities, food, refreshments and lots of fun!  The Third Annual Christopher Cutler Rich Golf Tournament will be held on September 23 at Bass Rocks Golf Club and don’t forget that during the months of July and August (Sundays 1-3 p.m.), we are accepting returnable bottles and cans for our Transportation Fund.

Oh! I should tell you – it is perfectly okay to bring in cat and dog toys for shelter pets.  If you call ahead, I will meet you at the front door with open paws!


Pet of the Week- Moe


My name is Moe, I am a friendly five-month-old girl pup who is Hound/Australian cattle dog.   I have lots of energy and personality.

I love the outdoors and looking forward to finding a loving home – just like my Cape Ann Animal Aid family.   That is where I am right now.  The shelter is located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester.  Please check out our website at: CapeAnnAnimalAid.com and learn about our upcoming event.   Our third Christopher Cutler Rich Golf Tournament will be held on September 23at Bass Rocks Golf Club. Dog Day will be held Saturday, September 15 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Stage Fort Park.   We will continue to accept returnable bottles and cans on Sundays from 1-3 p.m. for our Transportation Fund.

Now back to me, I am very pretty with my lovely features and markings on my face.  If you would like to visit me, please stop on by. I like being in the kiddie pool, but I will get out as soon as I see you – or you are welcome to join me in the pool!


Pet of the Week-Chiqui


Oh my goodness, here I am on Good Morning Gloucester and my future family might be looking right at me. My name is Chiqui and I am an affectionate three-year-old short coat Chihuahua girl pup.  I am very smart and always ready to learn.

I am perfect apartment size dog.  I like meeting new people and receiving attention.  If you might like to meet me, I am staying at the shelter at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester.

I have so many good friends here – a variety of little and big dogs and many cats – we all are different in size, shapes, but we are all looking for loving homes.

On Sundays from 1-3 p.m., we are collecting returnable cans and bottles for our Transportation Fund.   If you might like to stop by some Sunday with your cans and bottles, you are welcome to do so.   I hope if you are looking for a dog, you might consider me!    My needs are few – I like a attention, I would love to have you carry me around in a basket or big pocketbook that has my initial on it – hopefully a pink collar with pretty stones!  As you can see, I even know how to smile!

Pet of the Week-Lily!


Hello!  My name is Lilly!  I am a sweet, cuddly and playful three-month-old female Lab/Retriever/Chow Newfoundland mix. My siblings and I are at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester. We have beautiful silky and wavy black coats.  We love to play and we are all very eager to be adopted.  Please stop by and visit us.  We love meeting new people.   I can’t believe my photo is on Good Morning Gloucester – this is my favorite blog – I must! be famous now!

I love it when the nice volunteer takes me outside to swim in the kiddy pool, then I get to play in play yard and run, then we play ball and then I need a nap and I think the nice volunteer needs one more than I do!   Check our website at: CapeAnnAnimalAid.com to learn more about our upcoming events.  We also have a “wish list” of items we need such as large trash bags, paper towels, bleach, etc.  It is ok to bring toys over for shelter cats and dogs…I will greet you with open paws!!

Pet of the Week-Aisha

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I am looking really carefully, my new owner could be looking for me here at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paw Lane,  Gloucester.

My name is Aisha, I am Basset or Corgi mix, I am four-month-old and I weigh about 25 pounds.  I have a short light brown-and-black coat.  If you check our website at CapeAnnAnimalAid.com you will be able to see other photos of me.

I have been asked to tell you about the Recycle for Rover program – please consider saving your returnable cans and bottles this summer and donating them the CAAA to benefit our Transportation Fund.  We will ask friends to drop-off cans and bottles on Sundays from 12 Noon – 3 p.m. June through August.

Sorry, I have to run…I see some visitors and it might be my new family – I am smiling now!



Pet of the Week-Diva!


Oh my goodness….this might be my new owner coming to find me!

My name is Diva, I am a five-month-old Retriever mix female pup.  I have a lovely white coat and a great personality to match.  I am residing at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester.

I don’t know how to use a computer, but if you do, check out:  CapeAnnAnimalAid.com and you can see photos of me and other members of my family. When you come to visit me, remember, my name is Diva – and I will be the one with the diamonds on!

Grand Opening of The Gloucester Dog Park


Patiently waiting for the gates to open.



The unleashing with Mayor Kirk.


The first belly rub.


The Gloucester Dog Park at Stage Fort Park opened officially on Saturday. Many 2 legged and 4 legged friends came out to play in the park for the first time. I was surprised by how many people came out.

Congrats to the Friends of the Gloucester Dog Park for making it a huge success!

The Dog park has three sections, one for Large dogs, one for smaller dogs, and another for dogs who may not be completely ready to romp with their friends. At the entrance to each play area are park rules. Make sure you and your dog(s) follow those rules for everyone’s safety. You can read them HERE.

It was nice to see the dogs chasing each other, playing with their humans and relaxing in the sun. I would say it’s dog approved!


BSL Awareness Walk This Sunday at 11am

Walk with BSL Awareness Walks in Gloucester on Sunday, May 19th at 11am. They will start at Stage Fort Park, walking down the promenade and up Main Street and back down via Rogers. The walk will take up to two hours and they will congregate at the end to talk and say hello to one another and our pups! All responsible owners of any and all breeds are welcome to join the walk.

Gloucester Bully walk

Nancy Julian,  the coordinator of BSL Awareness Walks, reached out to me to let me know about the event in Gloucester this weekend.

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(Nancy’s Dog, Frankie)

“BSL is made up of responsible bully breed owners and our well-behaved dogs challenging stereotypes one step at a time; changing minds one walk at a time.”

They walk in towns and cities of Massachusetts and surrounding states that ban or banned ‘pit bulls’ or have or had BSL.  So far they have walked in 7 towns in Massachusetts and one town in Rhode Island. BSL is breed specific legislation – laws which are targeted towards all dangerous dogs (supposedly), but ‘pit bulls’ primarily. Nancy started the walks in January in response to Mayor Menino and Councilman Consalvo wanting to repeal the new Animal Control law that came into effect on October 31, 2013. This law prohibits BSL in Massachusetts.

Here are two links for the BSL and the Facebook Event Page:

I love pit bulls and they definitely get an unfair rap. The pit bulls I have know have been the most loving dogs and great with kids. I don’t know why we are still dealing with these stereotypes. 100 years ago they were known as “Nanny dogs” because they were so loyal, kind and great with children.

A good example of their demeanor is something I witnessed a month ago in Boston. I was walking down Newbury Street and I noticed two pit bulls, well behaved on leash, get snipped at by two little toy dogs. The pit bulls did nothing, they ignored the tiny dogs as they continued to snap at them. We have to remember that it’s not just the dog breed that factors into a dog’s behavior, but also how they are raised and trained.

I hope you can come out to the walk and meet these amazing dogs.


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