Recovered from Cruel Conditions & Home for the Holidays
Tuukka, Franny, Grunt, Moose, Honey, Seamus, Bleu, Cheddar, Colby, Brie, and Babybel all have a home for the holidays. They will have the chance to romp in the snow for the first time and snuggle up next to their human companions when they come in from the cold.
Tuukka with his new family.
Life is looking very merry and bright indeed for these happy pups.
Found jammed into a crate during a SWAT team raid at a home in Middleboro earlier in October, the 5-week old puppies were covered in filth, emaciated, and dehydrated. According to the director of the ARL’s Center for Animal Protection, they had clearly been living in cruel conditions.
The local veterinarian who provided urgent care after their rescue described them as “little bone racks,” and reported they each weighed in at 2 pounds or less. He believed the littlest one, tiny Babybel wouldn’t have made it through another night if authorities hadn’t found her.
Within 24 hours of their discovery, all but Babybel had checked into the three ARL adoption centers in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster. Too sick to travel, she remained under the care of the local veterinarian until she could join her siblings a few days later.
At our adoption centers, each puppy received a thorough medical exam, vaccinations, and lab work. They curled up with blankets and stuffed animals to rest, all warm and snug.
Bleu with his hew family.
Because they needed more one-on-one care to heal and develop physically and socially, the puppies went to dedicated ARL foster volunteers to get the special attention and training they needed. For the first time in their lives, they experienced love, compassion, and a positive bond with the people caring for them.
In just a few short weeks, the puppies had grown by leaps and bounds. Their foster parents provided details on their personalities and habits so the adoption centers could match them with the right families.
All are now enjoying life with their families, looking forward to romping in the snow for the first time.
Tuukka’s family, for example, reports that “his days are filled with lots of snuggles, walks, car rides, and love and affection.” Spoiled rotten (in a good way) with lots of toys and treats, he loves to sleep with his head on a pillow and the blanket over him.
Meanwhile, Tuukka’s sister Franny has a new big brother in her adoptive home to play with. Her new mom says Franny is learning new things every day and adjusting to her new home wonderfully.
“We are so blessed to have the opportunity to give Franny a loving, forever home and have her be a part of our family/pack!!” -Franny’s new mom
Moose (with Mark Pirruccio of Brewster ), Seamus (with Marie of Orleans), Grunt (with Jayne of Brewster) and Honey Pot (with Lisa of Provincetown)
Even After His Death Tony Lopes Continues to Support Animals & Art
Sculptor David Phillips (l) and Tony Lopes (r) at the artist reception following the May sculpture unveiling.
We are saddened to report that Tony Lopes passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer.
Tony, a Brookline artist and resident and animal lover, was a great friend of the ARL. He generously commissioned “Dancing with Spheres” – the sculpture which now adorns the dog play-yard at our Boston headquarters. The piece combines two of his greatest passions: his love of animals and the importance of public art.
ARL Chairman of the Board, Malcolm McDonald had a chance to get to know Tony and said, “I had the pleasure of spending time with Tony over the last two years as we worked to see his gift to the ARL of the sculpture become a reality. He had a deep appreciation for the passion, integrity, and commitment the ARL brings to animal welfare and very much wanted to spread the word.”
At Tony’s request mourners were asked to omit flowers and instead to make a donation in his memory to the Animal Rescue League of Boston or to the Museum of Fine Arts. Arrangements by the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, TAUNTON, MA. To light a candle or to access the memorial register go to www.hathawayfunerals.com.
Tony will be missed, but his artistic soul and love of animals will live on.
“‘Dancing with Spheres’ would not have been possible without Tony Lopes, who represents the best of our many wonderful supporters” – Mary Nee, president of the ARL.
Mandy is Dreaming of Home for the Holidays
Mandy is an ARL Alum who hopes that the second time is the charm. She is 4 years-old and has been at our Boston adoption center since October 29, which is a little long in our opinion. It’s time she found a family for the holidays!
Don’t let her droopy eyes fool you, Mandy has a delightful personality! She is a mellow girl who loves to be petted and spending time with you. She is very friendly and has lived with other cats, so she’d be fine in a house full of kitties or a place of her own.
Her favorite things include human touch and companionship, and a cozy bed!
As much as she loves to cuddle, she also enjoys some playtime here and there. Check out the photos below to see what we mean.
If you’re looking for a lovable cat to add to your family this holiday season, please consider adopting Mandy. You can meet her at our Boston adoption center or give us a call at (617) 426-9170.
Today at the BCA!
We’ll be at the South End Holiday Tree Lighting this afternoon from 3:30-5:30pm. Stop by and say “hi!” Several adoptable dogs will be with us spreading joy and holiday cheer! We love getting out into the community and sharing what the ARL is all about.
The afternoon will be filled with family-friendly entertainment and art-making culminating in the holiday tree lighting with Mayor Menino!
Enjoy live performances, holiday printmaking, festive music, refreshments and…Macy’s enchanted trolley with special guests from the north pole!
Featuring Animals Who Need a Home & Those Who’ve Already Found One
This is the time of year when everyone at the ARL especially wants to give the animals in our care the opportunity to experience joy and companionship. After all, it’s what the holidays are all about.
With that in mind, today we kick off “Home for the Holidays,” a month-long community outreach campaign to encourage adoption and support for our shelter animals.
We’ll feature stories on our blog about animals rescued from cruel conditions, now recovered and living happy and healthy lives.
Mike a 1-year-old guinea pig.
We will also share the stories of the many deserving animals available for adoption at our adoption centers in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster. Animals like Mike, a cute as can be guinea pig who’s been at the ARL since October 15. He’s great with kids and just an all-around stand-out guinea pig!
Our biggest holiday wish is to help the animals in our care and individuals and families willing to open their hearts to an animal in need find each other now.
Each of our adoption centers also has a holiday wish list of items and supplies that help make our furry, feathered and hoofed friends in our adoption centers feel comfortable and loved during their stay with us. You can download and share the holiday wish list for each shelter at:
The happiest part of the work we do all year is bringing animals like Mike and people together. Every year the organization unites over 3,000 deserving animals with loving human companions. Another 1,100 find foster homes with dedicated ARL volunteers, too.
We look forward to sharing stories, pictures, and videos this month to help the animals in our care find a home for the holidays!
Give the Gift of Love, Joy and Cuddles
You may be surprised by this, but giving a pet as a gift is not a terrible thing. We can say that our shelter animals would love nothing more than a home for the holidays.
According to our friends at the ASPCA, there’s no significant relationship between the love or attachment the pet parents had for their animals and receiving a dog or cat as a gift, whether they received the pet as a present or not.
Very importantly the ASPCA discovered that pets given as gifts were not more likely to be returned or surrendered!
Involvement in the decision did not impact love or attachment, said the ASPCA: “In fact, a higher percentage of those who were surprised reported that how the pet was obtained increased their love and attachment!”
You can read the peer-reviewed study, published in Animals, here.
The ASPCA study is not the first to challenge the conventional wisdom that pets given as gifts were more likely to be returned or surrendered. Dr. Gary Patronek, now a research consultant for the ARL’s Center for Shelter dogs and our former vice president of animal welfare, and colleagues Doctors Glickman, Beck, McCabe and Ecker, examined risk factors for dog relinquishment at one shelter and concluded that dogs received as a gift were at significantly decreased risk of being relinquished, compared to dogs who were purchased or adopted.
Dr. Jan Scarlett et al found that “unwanted gift” was rarely a reason for relinquishment of dogs and cats to the shelters surveyed.
Now that you’ve taken all of this to heart and decided to give your loved one a pet for the holidays, please keep the following things in mind.
1. Test the waters. Before you give someone a pet as a gift, make sure to establish they are open to bringing an animal into their lives. Maybe they’ve hinted at the fact that they’ve been thinking about getting a pet. Maybe you’ve hinted at the idea and they seemed enthusiastic. Both are good signs.
2. Confirm any allergies in the household or residency restrictions. If your intended recipient has expressed an interest in adopting an animal, the next step is to confirm he or she can have a pet. If anyone has an allergy to cats in the household, for example, a kitten or adult cat is probably not a good idea.
3. Match to lifestyle. If the recipient you have in mind leads a busy lifestyle or has physical limitations, make sure to ask about an animal’s exercise requirements and personality. Grandma’s been lonely ever since Grandpa has passed and she’s hinted at wanting a pet. She has arthritis and trouble walking for extensive periods of time. A wiggly Lab puppy is not the best fit for her. Perhaps she’d do better with an older and small adult lapdog.
Maryann Regan, the ARL’s director of shelter operations, summed up our thoughts pretty well. “We feel that our shelter visitors who come in looking for a pet to give as a gift to a friend or family usually know their loved ones and what they are looking for.”
Maryann went on to say “we believe that most individuals are not going to get a pet for a friend or family member without the knowledge that their loved one wants a pet. We have had successful adoption experiences with this process.”
We’re “not suggesting that you bring the gift of a new kitten to the host of the next dinner party… but instead allow your husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners and parents to bring love, joy and…yes…a pet home for the holidays.”
Looking to Give Back After All of That Holiday Shopping?
Then please try Giving Tuesday on for size! Tomorrow is the biggest giving day of the year! Join the world in celebrating Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving by donating to the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund which provides financial assistance to families with limited economic means so they don’t have to make the agonizing choice between everyday necessities and caring for their pet at the time of an emergency.
By giving to the Alice T. Whitney Fund, you are helping a family just like yours keep their beloved pet alive. We can’t think of a more rewarding way to give during the holiday season!
On December 3, 2013 please donate to the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
Visit arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013 for more information about the Fund and how to donate on Giving Tuesday.
Read more stories of people and pets whose lives were touched by the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Fund:
May the Joys of Hanukkah be Yours All the Year
My Story, by Heinz the Cat
My name is Heinz57. As you can see, I’m a cat.
They named me Heinz 57 ’cause I was the 57th cat at the Feral Cat Clinic.
It happens all too often with pets sometimes—one minute we’re curled up—all happy and warm—in our family’s house, but out on street and homeless the next. And that’s what happened to me.
I’m a social guy and managed to make some acquaintances with a few feral cats in Boston, but let’s face it, life for a homeless animal is still pretty rough even when you have friends. There’s not enough to eat or drink; you never know what the weather is going to throw at you; and the streets can be a rough place for a house cat like me.
Just when I had given up all hope, I walked into a humane trap that had been set up by ARL volunteers as part of its Fix-a-Feral clinic, a humane approach to managing the size and health of urban feral colonies.
Luckily for me, the ARL’s Fix-a-Feral program assesses every cat that comes in to find the “friendlies,” cats like me who have adoption potential. Talk about dedication—I came in with over 60 other cats that day and they spent time with each of us!
While I can’t say the same for everyone in my group, I turned on the charm and moved into the adoption center that same day. A warm clean bed, good meals and a lot of love and attention…now this was the life! Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I went to stay at the Brewster adoption center in a group housing area just for cats where I had plenty of room to explore and make friends.
Best news yet, I quickly found a home where they totally love me. That’s me up there with my mom!
My mom’s name is Elizabeth. The day she went to go submit her application to become a volunteer at the Brewster shelter, is the day she adopted me. It was fate! Now a live with two other cats (who are pretty cool) and my mom and dad. They’re the best. They feed me SO well and I’ve discovered that I have a love for lasagna… it’s basically my favorite food!
That’s all from me, but you can learn more about how the ARL treats every animal like an individual on their website: arlboston.org/heinz57/#AnimalsAreIndividuals
Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for my morning yoga!