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Northeast Animal Shelter, Inc.

Rating: 3.5 stars   2 reviews 617

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204 Highland Ave. Salem MA 01970 USA


Northeast Animal Shelter was founded in 1976 by Cindi Shapiro to provide a no-kill animal shelter which houses, provides care for, and places thousands of dogs and cats each year.


The Shelter addresses the issues the over-population of animals and homeless animals. NAS maintains the animal shelter and facilitates adoption of animals ($305,052). NAS also provides education to the general public about the over-population of animals and homeless animals ($146,759). Among NAS recent accomplishments were finding homes for more than 3,500 animals in 1994, and establishing a growing national network of homeless animals flown into Boston for adoption at the Shelter.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The staff is always friendly and helpful - even for those of us who are just wishing. The facility is very clean as well; in a good location. Their mission is very important - no kill shelter!

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I appreciate the no kill mission of the shelter, and they do take wonderful care of the animals within the shelter environment. This is a clean shelter! However, they seem to be somewhat lacking in staff and volunteer development - I think they could be doing a LOT more to evaluate dogs' suitability as pets *before* they import them from the south and, especially from Puerto Rico. Dogs from the islands are often terrier mixes, many of which can be more challenging for first time pet owners or families with children, yet they are adopted out to them anyway. When adopters do need help, referrals need to be made according to AVSAB guidelines, NOT to practitioners who use the dominance model for training. This has been disproven as a valid construct for use in training and behavior modification, yet this shelter is still sending clientele to some trainers who use it as a basis. The public should not be expected to know that they have to ASK if a trainer uses dominance, or what harsh equipment may be used on their dog.

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my capacity as a pet professional

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Improve the quality of continuing education for staff and volunteers

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

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A lot

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What is unique about this organization?

It does have a great following of people who want to support the no kill movement

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