As a Warm Bellies grant recipient, the Quincy Animal Shelter received a set of Chill Pads to help their dogs and cats keep warm in the concrete & steel environment of the shelter. The dogs sleep on Kurunda beds, which are plastic, so the Chill Pads give them a cozy feel that is especially helpful in the chilly winter months. Meet Jasmine, one pup currently waiting for her forever home.

Jasmine is a three-year-old Lab Mix. She arrived at Quincy Animal Shelter on January 31, 2013 as an owner surrender. Her surrendering owner had Jasmine for just a few months, prior to that she was being kept by a backyard breeder who bred her at least three times in her first three years of life. While she was at a normal weight when she got to us, she was said to be severely underweight when leaving the backyard breeder. Jasmine has a big bark to match her large 65-lb frame, but inside she has a soft marshmallow streak. A cat in her previous home had kittens, and Jasmine was a nurturing second mom to them, cleaning them as if they were her own.

Jasmine is very playful and has a signature "kangaroo hop" that she displays whenever she's taken to the outdoor pens for play time. "Jasmine bounces around the exercise pen like she is wearing springs!" according to Christina, a dog-walking volunteer.

The Quincy Animal Shelter is a volunteer-run organization. The Shelter relies completely on volunteers and the community for support. Since 1999 the Quincy Animal Shelter has placed more than 5,000 cats and dogs into loving and forever homes through out MA and New England.

  • As a "no kill" shelter, they make every effort to find the right home for every animal in our care. This means they  exercise the same ethical and humane treatment of animals in the facility that you would for your own family feline or canine friend. Every animal receives age-appropriate vaccinations and, if old enough, is spayed or neutered before finding its forever family.
  • The shelter is limited to a maximum of 12 dogs and 15 to 25 cats, depending on ages and condition of the cats. The Quincy Animal Shelter's dream is to eventually find a larger facility so that they can continue their mission on a larger scale and serve the continuous needs of the community and the animals. Please visit their Volunteer and Wish List pages to find out about ways you can help.

Visit the Quincy Animal Shelter's website and Facebook page for more information about how they are helping less fortunate animals. To learn more about P.L.A.Y.'s Warm Bellies Initiative with the Petfinder Foundation, visit

By Play Admin on Mar 05, 2013 at 2:23 pm 0 Comments

For over a year now, P.L.A.Y. has been helping less fortunate pets through our Warm Bellies Initiative with the Petfinder Foundation. To help raise more awareness for these lovable pups, we're highlighting our past grant recipients and adoptable pets on our blog. Meet Isis.

Isis, an 11 year old spunky senior female, found herself at Hello Bully because her owner was battling cancer and wanted to be sure that she would have a safe place to go when the time came. She has just lost everything she's ever known, but just looking into her eyes, you fall in love. A sweet, old soul, Hello Bully quickly saw that Isis was going to be just fine.

Isis is an amazing dog who is completely house trained and knows all of her basic commands such as sit, lay down, and stay; not to mention she walks fantastic on leash! Other than snuggling up with her humans, playing with tennis balls may be her favorite activity! Isis doesn’t get along very well with other dogs, and this has been her biggest adversity to overcome. However, being in a part time foster house and participating in Hello Bully’s classes with other dogs, has helped her progress and she has come really far. Even so, Isis would be happiest as an only pet.

"Isis is a timeless beauty with big, brown soulful eyes. I love to watch as she sits quietly, looking out the window. I believe she is thinking about her own home. In my eyes she is the perfect dog and the absolute meaning of a best friend,” said her foster mom Gretchen Sturm.

A couple months ago, Hello Bully won our Warm Bellies Voters' Choice and received two sets of Chill Pads for their pets! "The Warm Bellies Chill Pad has helped our dogs tremendously. Having a nice warm pet bed to lay on is imperative for the well being of dogs in the rescue," said Adoptions Coordinator, Ashley Phelps. "Having that sense of comfort and relaxation allows them to feel more at home which creates them to be more adoptable. It also lets the adopters see them in their relaxation state, and a non-stressed comfy dog, is a happy dog. This makes the best for adoptions!"

Hello Bully's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and repair the reputation of the American Pit Bull Terrier. A non-profit 501c3 corporation, volunteers and fosters support the organization out of the kindness of their hearts, and their passion to help Pit Bulls. Hello Bully's Halfway House has the capability to hold and care for up to 5 dogs. Being a smaller rescue facility, an average adoption can take 6 months to a year, and as soon as one dog is adopted, they rescue another. In additional to adoptions and rescues, they also hold monthly events to educate the public on the amazing breed. For more information about Hello Bully and their adoptable pets, visit their website and Facebook page.

By Play Admin on Feb 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm 0 Comments

For over a year now, P.L.A.Y. has been helping less fortunate pets through our Warm Bellies Initiative with the Petfinder Foundation. We're proud to say that we've donated dog mats to over 350 homeless pets, giving them warmer bellies. To help raise more awareness for these lovable pups, we're highlighting our past grant recipients and adoptable pets on our blog. For our first in this series, meet Smiley.

Smiley is a blind 8 year old neutered male pit bull. When his elderly owner could no longer care for him, Smiley found himself without a home at the Animal Protection Center of Southeast Massachusetts. Shortly after arriving at the shelter, they discovered that he was positive for heartworm. While he has had some challenges, he doesn't let anything stop him from loving life! Everyone that meets Smiley is amazed by his loving nature.

"Smiley has such a happy personality, his name truly fits him! He’s such a cuddle-bug," says APCSM shelter manager Kim Heise.

Despite being blind, Smiley gets around very well and learns his surroundings quickly. Since his successful heartworm treatment and recovery, he's been doing well and is ready for adoption. To learn more about Smiley, click here.

About the Animal Protection Center of Souteast Massachusetts

The Animal Protection Center has been serving the pets and people of Southeast Massachusetts since the fall of 2009 when they took over operations of a shelter being closed by a large humane organization in the area. A small organization, they receive no federal or local funding and rely solely on the donations and support received from from individuals who believe in the work they are doing. Since opening in October 2009, they have found homes for nearly 4,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals. On an average day, they are typically caring for around 80 cats, 15 dogs, 10 rabbits and other various small animals awaiting adoption. Visit their Facebook page or Petfinder page for more information and to view their current adoptable pets.

Thanks to the Warm Bellies Initiative, the Animal Protection Center has been able to keep their dogs comfortable while they are waiting for adoption. When the dogs have a cozy spot to relax, it allows their true personalities to shine through to potential adopters. Instead of seeing a dog stressed in a kennel, folks can see them for what they actually are - loving pets who happen to be in need of a home. To learn more about the Warm Bellies Initiative, visit

By Play Admin on Feb 07, 2013 at 1:09 pm 1 Comments