Sassy, a young female Pit Bull dog, was picked up by Haverhill Animal Control as a stray in September 2006. After a 21-day hold, the ACO brought Sassy to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm to be adopted. She was spayed at a local vet hospital, but when she returned to the MSPCA she was so stressed in her kennel that she kept pulling her stiches out. Sassy was given an e-collar to wear, to protect her incision, but the staff knew she wasn’t happy.
At the time, we had a fantastic group of adults with special needs who volunteered five days a week at the adoption center – washing dishes and laundry, and sorting donations. Their job coach, Meaghan, had met Sassy and was interested in adopting a Pit Bull. When Sassy started displaying her stress-related behaviors, Meaghan knew she had to take her home.
A lot has changed in the last five years, but Sassy is still a big love. She lives with two other dogs (a Chihuahua and another Pit Bull), four cats, and an 11-year-old boy. Her owners say she’s great with the other animals, and loves to visit the relatives’ houses at the holidays (where she’s showered with treats – hence her potbellied pig belly!). And Sassy’s mom, Meaghan, now works at the MSPCA!