We adopted Max in the summer of 2002 from QAS when he was 6 months old and he was with us until right before his 12th birthday. When we brought him home from QAS Max quickly became integrated within our family and our hearts. He was a curious and playful puppy who was always looking for someone to run around with. He loved going on walks, playing with his stuffed babies, and getting a good belly rub. He was always there to greet us at the door with one of his stuffed babies or bones when we would come home, even if we had just left for 5 minutes. He had a serious obsession with cantaloupe, peanut butter, cheese, and popcorn, and would do whatever trick he could to just get a bite. Even as he grew older his playful and goofy attitude always shone through while playing with his friends or hanging out at home. He was the best dog for our family and we are so happy that we were able to provide him a good home to live out his life.
Rest in peace our sweetest Maxxie, we will love you and miss you always.
The Flores/Panzner Family
My sister Clare adopted Moxie from Quincy Animal Shelter in (or around) 2002 I believe. She went in for a cat and…well…Moxie had her at “Hello.” 🙂 They shared a wonderful life together until my sister Clare died from Cancer at age 52 on January 20, 2012.
I moved into my sister’s home (as I did not want to upset Moxie’s life any further) and WE have been taking care of EACH OTHER every day since my sister’s death. Moxie was the greatest blessing of my life. Although in the end she was walking with stiff geriatric joints (assisted by lots of medication), she still at age 14 managed to play quietly at night on her bed with her “baby bear,” do “hall flips” when we go to go outside, and the old girl could flirt with every man in the condominium complex! I love her with ALL OF MY HEART, and my only solace with her passing is knowing she is only leaving me to go and be with Clare again…and that I will be with them both again some day.
Thank you, Suzy Neuner
Eleven hours ago we lost our Gracie, a beloved sweet girl who left behind a large hole in our hearts. She was a gentle, loving, shy girl who’d nest beside my wife and I and purr her warm purr whenever she was noticed.
She was first adopted out of QAS as a kitten, but those people tired of her after a few years and brought her to another shelter to be put down. That shelter, noting QAS’ no-kill and surrender policies, returned Gracie to QAS. We went to QAS after my wife’s cat had died to find another pet, and I loved Gracie at first sight.
It was quickly plain that her previous owners had abused her. It took a long time for her to recover from the trauma; she hid in a closet for the better part of six months, and it was years before she trusted men. But she came out of her shell, with a lot of love, and repaid us that love with compound interest: the gentlest cat I’ve ever known. Even in her last hours, she still purred for us and showed us she loved us. We live a hundred miles away now, but will always be grateful to QAS for the ten years we had our Gracie girl.
Bob and Amanda Traynor
In 2001 I was was looking for a new puppy to bring home and be part of our family. At the time, I had been searching for our new family member and came across a photo of “Jake”, who was born in 2000 and in need of a new home – I fell in love before I ever met him. I quickly inquired about his availability and with happiness he was there raced to Quincy from Wilmington, MA. At the time, he was new to the shelter, surrendered by his family that was going through a divorce. Neglected and dirty, I had to have him. Fun loving, friendly and as your staff coined him, an escape artist! There was an immediate bond that evolved to be unbreakable. We became best friends, an old soul that I was truly blessed to have in my life. We were meant to find each other, we delivered each other a type of unconditional love rarely found – but we found it and he made my worst days good and my best days even better.
Unfortunately today I had to say my last goodbye to Jake as I embraced him in my arms down to his last breath. Safe, secure, comforted and loved – all I ever wanted him to feel his entire life. I wanted to share this with you because he was the best gift of life any human could ever dream to have. He truly is irreplaceable and the sadness I feel today will be sure to carry on for a long time in my life.
I want to thank the Quincy Animal Shelter for providing me with such a gift almost 14 years ago, it will never be forgotten.
Best, Eric Anderson
On April 25, 2014 our sweet Lilly went to Doggie Heaven. We adopted Lilly from the Shelter in December of 2002. My son had finally convinced me to go to the Shelter “just to look” and as soon as we saw Lilly, we fell in love. We were told that Lilly was a stray and that she was about a year old. She was such a sweet, gentle and loving member of our family and we thank you for all you did to bring Lilly into our lives. We miss her so much but we know we will get to go on walks with her again some day.
With immense gratitude,
The McGarty Family
I first met Shea in 2004 when I was a volunteer at QAS (the orange tabby in the picture). He had been returned to the shelter (he was previously adopted out as a kitten back in 2002). He was quite scared at the shelter and as a result was being passed over for adoption. I volunteered to foster him to see if he would come out of his shell, but sadly after 5 months of fostering him he still hadn’t been adopted. At that point I made the decision to adopt him myself and he has been with my family for the last 12 years. He never fully came out of his shell, however, he has been a welcomed part of our family over the years. This past year he has suffered through a myriad of health problems as a result of aging, one of which is renal failure. Sadly, we had to make the decision to put him to rest today as we felt his quality of life had greatly diminished and we did not want him to suffer. My family will forever remember all of the years we had with him and are greatly for QAS for rescuing him, not once, but twice and allowing me the opportunity to bring him into our family.
– Jill McGrath
In 2005, we met Oliver, who came home with us, the first cat to be rescued.
For 10 years, he was our constant companion and sentinel during times of illness, always close by.
He tried valiantly to stay with us, however, in 2015, those who loved him most, set him free to cross the Rainbow Bridge.
He left us a legacy of unconditional love and his paw prints will be forever etched on our broken hearts.
– Maura Peterson
In January, 2006, we adopted a sweet, yet feisty, tiger cat, named Nala, as a companion for Oliver, who was adopted in July, 2005. Itty Bitty Pretty Kitty, as she was called, wasted no time in letting Oliver know who was in charge. She claimed the entire downstairs as “hers” when two further felines joined the household in 2007. For nine years, she greeted us when we returned home, basked in the sunlight that streamed in through the open front door, snuggled under the covers with us and in later years, settled on our laps. She was taken from us suddenly, we barely had time to say goodbye. She let us know it was time for her to go, resting her little head in my hand, she crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
She will ever be our Itty Bitty Pretty Kitty, we will always miss her…
– The Peterson Family