2nd Annual Holiday Helper Ornament Campaign 2014

Our 2014 – 2nd Annual Holiday Helpers
Ornament Campaign
Make your 2014 Holiday Donation for the animals…

We’ve got the perfect gift for the hard to satisfy family, friend, co-worker, or even YOURSELF! Donate the ornament value of your choice and 100% of your donation will go to help our homeless animals have a better stay while in our care, grow the many programs we offer for people and pets, heal the victims of cruelty and neglect and provide top quality medical care for all the animals that come through our doors looking for a better life.

Skip the lines and crowded stores and give an easy holiday gift that shows you care — for your beloved friends, family, pets, and for animals in need around the world — with a gift donation to The Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling! All ornaments will be personalized with your name – your pet/s name – OR another person or pet you wish to honor or memorialize.  For as little as $10, we’ll decorate and hang an ornament with your special pet’s/person’s name for all our shelter visitors to admire. Our holiday ornaments are also a wonderful way to celebrate the memory of a beloved pet/person whose has passed on. These adorable ornaments will be displayed for all our shelter visitors to see – outside on our main kennel over the next months! We’ll even post photos on our Facebook site and shelter website for you to see your donation in action!

Check out our generous Holiday Donors

First NameLast NameNote Dedication / In Memory Of / In Donation OfOrnament Donated
The Grady FamilyHappy HowlidaysIn honor of all the hard work the shelter staff does on behalf of the animals!
COhristo In honor of all rescue pets In Honor of all rescue dogs
adopted and loved by their
forever families.
Moseley FamilyHappy HolidaysTo Everyone at the shelter
FordFamilyin memory of George Hart
StrandFamilyIn memory of Sharon O'Day
HartFamilyin memory of George Hart
TibertFamilyDonation for animal care
International CeramicEngineeringHappy Holidays
PGuimond Family
BMidwoodIn memory of Nik proud shelter supporter!
BTestagrossaproud shelter supporter!
SListzwanproud shelter supporter!
PSchaferproud shelter supporter!
MMolloy Jrproud shelter supporter!
DBoettcherproud shelter supporter!
LBreaultproud shelter supporter!
JHeckproud shelter supporter!
LHugoproud shelter supporter!

Foster Family he
KPhilbladewith love from BOOTS! he
WPowersproud shelter supporter!
BSaundersproud shelter supporter!
SBrunelliproud shelter supporter!
DMillerproud shelter supporter!

PWymanIn honor of Fran CameronMerry Xmas and a Happy Happy New Year 2015
Village CongregationalChurch WhitinsvilleA donation from ourBlessing of the animals
KShieblerTo Tucker and SadieLove Nino and Izzi
LYantzproud shelter supporter!
MPerrierproud shelter supporter!
JHawesA donation has been made
in your name to help
support the people that
gave us the greatest dog
in the world.
In honor of Katie Hawes
JBeckwithIn memory of Peeka & BooBoth adopted from Sterling
RTrockiHappy Holidays
LitchfieldFamilyHappy Holidays
Rescue RascalsHappy Holidays fundraiser
from START :)

LegerFamilyWarm and happy holidays
Especially for PetsFor their continued supportand sponsorship throughout
the year/s!
RDwyerproud shelter supporter!
SLawlessproud shelter supporter!
MKilianproud shelter supporter!
VVanSomeranproud shelter supporter!
KHeatleyproud shelter supporter!
CohenFamilyIn memory of our dearest
Sweetpea, whom we still
miss terribly.

LSpinney In loving memory of "Sparky" Spinney Kristen, I've made a donation
to the Shelter in memory of
Sparky. A special ornament
will be hung up at the
shelter during the holiday
season to remember him!
We'll have to stop over
there in the near future to
see Sparky's ornament on
display and drop off some
treats/toys for the dogs and
cats. Love, Aunts

DLandryIn memory of Milton Cooper
JGrushIn memory of Nancy Young
KimballFamilyIn memory of Nancy Young
DaileyFamilyIn honor of Riley - shelter alumni

AHackley Cara Hackley Merry Christmas Cara!
Love, The Pa Hackley's

Armstrong/SchreckFamilyAnd our traveling RV'ing
canine PACO :)

Millbury Family DentistryIn memory Milton Cooper
Horton FamilyIn loving memory of Black
RIP - April
Atkins/Shepherd FamilyWith love from BaileySterling Alumni
Ballentine FamilyIn loving memory of "Highway"Sterling alumni

Quist FamilyGiven & ShirleyShelter alumni
Clough/KazmierFamilyFor all the pets you help

DemerjianFamilyIn memory of Carole
Henneberry & her beloved

Jim & CindyPlaceIn memory of Nancy Young
CoatesFamilyIn memory of David Hodgkins
ChewFamily To our grandson Quentin ChewWho loves dogs! Merry Xmas Q
Love Nana & Grandpa Jim

MJohnsonIn memory of Harold Johnson
FCollinsPedro & Doby
DPiethe In memory of Nancy Young
Anonymous Donorproud shelter supporter!Henry and Bella
PCannIn honor of all the joy Lucy
has brought many.

EMcDonaldIn Honor of the Rehrig Family
of Sterling, MA
Merry Xmas
YoungFamilyIn memory of Nancy Young

JSantaguidaThank you for taking care of
the animals!
Merry Xmas
SRoyand Lunita!
DoremusFamilyTitus & Samantha
MMackenzieIn memory of Sharon O'Daywith all the love she had for cats
BHellebergIn memory of Nancy Young
PerryFamilySmiley adopted 8/1/09
JBermann In memory of Wesley Bermann
BPaisner in honor of/in memory of Amy-Jo's pets love you-love your dog(s) and cats hugs Barb
MHAMBLETT To Karen and Doug Pettingell
In memory of Sammy Pettingell
I was so sorry to hear that
Sammy passed away in
November. This donation
has been made to the
Sterling Shelter in memory
of Sammy. The void left
by the loss of a cherished
pet is enormous and
certainly difficult to fill, but
I hope you will find some
comfort in knowing that
this meaningful remembrance
of Sammy will benefit many
kittens and cats at the shelter.
In sympathy and friendship,

Daigle/HernandezFamilyIn honor of Katie - Sterling
Alumni of 7 years
Katies makes coming home
every day a joy!

SNorrisIn memory of Shadow

MFusiIn memory of Nancy Young

Reifler/MessengerFamilyThank you for your work
JSchererIn loving memorySabrina/Ben/Molly
ScanlanFamilyIn memory of Nancy YoungA remarkable woman with a
soft spot for felines...

CohenFamilyIn memory of our dearest Sweetpea
MMacdonald In memory of Fox Macdonald Elspeth Macdonald
So very sorry for the loss
of a good companion, friend
and family member. May
you smile remembering
his "singing". Love, Megan and Alistair

DDumais In honor of Dr. Joel & Barbara Abraham

OR stop down at the shelter – DONATE YOUR ORNAMENT TODAY - write your Holiday Sentiments and we’ll hang it on our Kennel fencing!

As a bonus…All ornaments are mailed out in the weeks after January 1st – Each year – proudly hang your holiday ornament in your home and remember – YOU’VE HELPED SAVE MORE LIVES!

If you’ve donated in honor or memory of a special person or pet – be sure to include their information so we can mail the ornament to them – Want the ornament mailed BEFORE Xmas so your recipient/s can appreciate them? please  make sure to indicate that in the notes section at the bottom of the DONATION PAGE

Choose YOUR Holiday Ornament from the Samples Below:






Dog with Catyellow dog and cat 10



25 red cat




50 blue dog



Treegreen tree 100



Round Ornament

150 orange ornament



Bonesilver bone 250



Heart500 pink heart




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Your generous holiday donation will help us to continue helping thousands of animals that come through our shelter each year! We are proud to have an adoption rate of over 99% annually – and all animals are spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated PRIOR to adoption!

All of our adopted animals were rescued on one of transport programs – or come to us from local Animal Control officers, other shelters/rescues that are full and the pet/s face euthanasia, or families that can no longer keep them – and many of you have adopted one of our sweet, innocent souls through these life saving programs…Can you imagine that in 2014 most of them were ALL facing a horrific ending in a gas chamber??? Or the many litters of tiny, abandoned kittens, afflicted with serious upper respiratory infections after being hoarded in a filthy house that would have been euthanized in many other shelters were lovingly cared for and rehabilitated by our staff and volunteers….

We certainly couldn’t do all we do without the support of people like YOU :) 

(Please note, if you don’t want to create an ornament, you can still become a Holiday Helper for our shelter.)

So please donate today. It’s a life saving gift – 100% tax deductible – and we’ll be sure to mail a receipt along with your ornament just after the holiday/s! It’s a wonderful way to help US help THEM  – and there ARE ALWAYS so many others desperately in need all of our help! You can also Make a donation for a friend, family member (2 legs or 4), or a co-worker and we’ll also mail them an acknowledgement!

 Since you ARE they KEY to our success… All Donations over $100 will receive a special token of thanks…Get your Sterling Shelter Supporter Swag AND help the critters!

We’d love for you to choose one of our Sterling Shelter Swag below:

  1. Key-ring with split ring, chrome finish and a flip top photo frame with our Proud Supporter Logo 447
  2. 5 x 5 inch Shelter Supporter Window Cling shelter supporter window decal clings 5x5
  3. Shelter Supporter t-shirtsupporter shirt back

CLICK HERE for other ways to help our shelter critters!



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Due to weather the shelter is closing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday 11/26 – have a safe and happy Thanksgiving…

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Raise Funds for our Shelter by Playing FREE Games
Please Help Us Raise Funds for our Shelter by Playing these FREE Games 10 -15 Minutes Each Day and Donating the Points you Earn to Sterling Shelter!

Help Us get as Many People Playing and Donating so we can  Help Our Furry Friends!  Please Share…


Important things to know:

  1. IT’S FREE – Just click and set up your account
  2. Play 10-15 Minutes Each Day
  3. DONATE their Points – we only raise money when they Donate!
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Pet (and People) Photos with Santa – Saturday November 8th! Book Now!

dog-cat-christmas-e1291506867503Santa is coming back to town and wants photos with YOUR PET(S)! Family members are welcome to pose with their pet(s) in the photos, too. Who can believe the holidays are right around the corner? We can! That’s why we’re already planning for Santa Pet Portraits and Holiday Cards; they make great holiday presents and family photos.

Sniffin’ for more information, pricing packages and to book your family photo shoot?
Contact and/or or call us at 978-422-8585.

We are THRILLED to have professional photographers, Patricia and Robert Petit as our OFFICIAL photographers! Patricia and Robert are amazing volunteers who are here each week to photograph our shelter pets for the website and they do amazing work capturing the personalities or our pets waiting for homes. Please check out their website

Package Pricing
There will be something for everyone and packages start at $14 and up. Our photographers are working on a few more photo products to offer and are testing samples with the lab. Examples are a cute but simple photo ornament coming, magnets, and 4×5 size set of four as well as a few more fun options!


2014 santa pet photo pricing

Frequently Asked Questions

  • My pet doesn’t sit still – can you really photograph him/her? Photographing animals is a very difficult art. We pride ourselves on our patience and experience in this specialty. Most pets we photograph are not obedience trained, nor do they just “sit & pose”. It is most important that you remain calm and relaxed throughout the session. Don’t get frustrated! It just takes a little time, your cooperation, and lots of patience for great results!
  • What age should my pet be for a session? Is my pet too young/old? Any age is the right age but please don’t delay! Young pets have adventure, whimsy and wonder, and “senior” pets have loyalty, character and a lifetime of unconditional love worthy of being treasured.
  • How much does it cost? We will have various packages available (see the table above) including prints and holiday cards. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, ATM payment, and cash.
    We do not accept checks or American Express.
  • Should I bring a helper with me? If your session involves more than one pet, we suggest you bring along a helper who is personally familiar with your animals. Make sure that person is patient and will not upset or make your pet (or you) nervous or tense. For the benefit of your pet’s well-being, and the successful outcome of the session, we reserve the right to ask disruptive, impatient, negative, or uncooperative people to wait outside the studio during the session time.
  • Does my pet need to be washed or groomed before the session? If your pet is regularly groomed, you can plan a visit to the groomer at least one or two days before the session. You pet’s well-being is our concern; therefore, we do not photograph a pet that has been to a groomer on the same day as their session. Often, signs of stress may not be obvious to you, but a visit to the groomer can be extremely stressful for most animals. If your pet does not require regular grooming, then a good brushing before the session is sufficient. Please bring your pet’s own brush or comb. You can also bring a bandanna, a different collar, or a favorite toy as nice accessories in some of the poses!
  • How long is the actual session? Very short! We are booking in 10 minutes slots depending on how many pets and/or people you wish to include – we will also need to know that when you book your appointment so we don’t over/under book other families.
  • Can I bring treats for my pet? We do not recommend using food during the session, with very rare exceptions (obedience trained pets). Treats and food usually overexcite most pets, making them far more difficult (or even impossible) to work with. When a pet becomes focused on food, a variety of expressions is nearly impossible to achieve. If your pet is stressed, they will usually reject food. We do suggest bringing your pet’s favorite treat(s) in a sealed bag or plastic container for a reward after the session is completed.
  • Do you photograph animals other than dogs & cats? Yes, we can also accommodate small pets such as rabbits, cats, and ferrets.100% of the proceeds from our Pictures with Santa benefit our pets and programs!


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