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Featured Adoptable Dog: Jacqui

February 25, 2013

Update: Jacqui has found her new home!

As we told you last month, Jacqui’s owner made the heartbreaking but loving decision to put her beloved dog up for adoption since she was entering an assisted living facility. Fortunately, Jacqui had been enrolled in our Safe Haven Surviving Pet Care Program, which ensures that pets are safe at Animal League America in the event that their owners can no longer care for them.

Jacqui is now in a wonderful home with the Mancuso family. Janice, Jacqui’s new adoptive mom, shares the story:

Gino, our family’s 13-year-old Bichon Frise, passed away on December 14, 2012. It also happened to be the same day as the Connecticut Newtown School Shooting. It was a day never to be forgotten. Our family—including our seven-year-old German Shepherd Ziggy and our three-year-old pot-bellied pig “Miss Piggy” (Ms. Smarty Pants for short)—was bereft and heartbroken.

Our home has always been one of unconditional love, and so my daughter decided we needed a “girl’s day out.” She told me, “We have to stop at North Shore and just take a quick look.” Jacqui, a nine-year-old toy poodle, was waiting for me along the wall in the first corridor. She looked at me, and I looked at her. As I looked up, I saw a friend who happened to be volunteering that day. I pointed to Jacqui. My friend nodded back. My daughter saw my face and said, “I’m going shopping for her at the pet shop, and I’ll be back to pick you both up." The rest is history.

It’s been a few weeks, and Jacqui has made herself at home. She is cared for and loved and has adjusted to her new family. She is only nine pounds, but she carries Ziggy’s huge bones around proudly. She goes nose to nose with her animal friends and gives wet kisses to her humans. In the spring, Jacqui will join us at our other home, a farm in the Catskills. She will be a weekend commuter along with her whole family, dividing her time from the city to the country. She has a lot of friends waiting to meet her!

She is pure joy, and we are all very lucky to have each other. It’s grand when life and our pets teach us every day about being present and in the moment.

Janice, who is also a certified dog trainer, says that she and Jacqui start each day together, sharing their morning routine: “I put her on a pillow on my countertop in her sweater every morning, and we have a ‘conversation’ while I’m having my coffee. She’s so adorable; she claps her hands. People who come over just love her. She’s so joyful, like an angel.”

Congratulations to the entire Mancuso family, and thank you for making Jacqui a part of your home!

Are you ready to add an angel like Jacqui to your life? Please click here to search for an adoptable pet in your area.


Jacqui's Story

January 17, 2013

Sweet Adult Poodle Seeking Her Perfect New Home

Since she was just a pup, Jacqui—the beautiful adult poodle pictured here—has had a wonderful life. Her adoptive mother is a true dog lover whose precious animals have always meant the world to her.

Jacqui has had everything a dog could want: a loving owner who gives her long walks, lots of belly rubs, and even the occasional home-cooked chicken dinner. It’s the kind of life that every animal deserves.

But in the last few weeks, Jacqui’s owner, who lives alone, made a difficult but very loving decision. Now in her elderly years, Jacqui’s mom has experienced a significant decline in her health, making the treasured walks with Jacqui a thing of the past.

With a heavy heart, she realized that she can no longer give Jacqui the care her precious dog needs.

The good news: Several years ago, Jacqui’s owner made a very smart decision. Realizing that, sometime in the future, the day might come when she was unable to care for Jacqui because of health reasons, she enrolled her in North Shore Animal League America’s Safe Haven Surviving Pet Care Program, which is open to pet owners all across the country.

With the Safe Haven Program, pet owners can be assured that their animals will be cared for at Animal League America’s state-of-the-art facilities, given food, shelter, medical attention and affection until we can find them a new, loving family.

Jacqui is ready to find her new home. If you are interested in adopting this sweetheart, please contact Lauraine Merlini at or call (516) 883-7900, ext. 258. You can also search for more adoptable animals here.

North Shore Animal League America’s Safe Haven Program is a great way to give you peace of mind in the event that you can no longer care for your pets. To find out more, visit You can also talk with a Safe Haven Program representative at (516) 883-7900 or by email at