Anna Harris Smith: Leader, Humane Advocate, Educator
International Women’s Day is a fitting day to tell you about the woman who made it all happen. Anna Harris Smith, a native of Dorchester was a woman who cared deeply about people and animals and without her, the Animal Rescue League of Boston would not be here today.
Barbara A. Burg, Research Librarian at the Widener Library at Harvard University wrote this compelling biography about Mrs. Smith. We hope it will give you a little insight into who Mrs. Smith was and why we’re celebrating her today!
“Anna Harris Smith, a devoted advocate for the kind and respectful treatment of animals and people, started the Animal Rescue League of Boston in 1899. Distressed at seeing the many stray and abandoned cats and dogs suffering cruelty and starvation in the streets of Boston, Mrs. Smith wrote a letter to the editor of the Boston Evening Transcript in January, 1899, vividly describing acts of cruelty toward animals and the need for a centrally located shelter for the rescue and care of homeless cats and dogs. Her fervent appeal for support received over 60 enthusiastic responses, and on February 9, 1899, 110 people attended the first meeting of the newly formed Animal Rescue League of Boston.
Mrs. Smith wrote and lectured extensively on humane topics, and, was one of the most influential and respected humane leaders in her day.
As President of the Animal Rescue League of Boston from 1901 to 1929, Anna Harris Smith acted upon a wide-range of animal welfare and humane issues of the time, such as abandonment of pets, work horse abuses, inhumane livestock transport methods, and the humane education of children. The League flourished under her leadership and gained a national reputation for excellence in large and small animal rescue and health services, animal welfare advocacy, and humane education programs.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston, to this day remains firmly committed to the humane legacy of their founder, Anna Harris Smith, and guided in all they do by her motto, “Kindness Uplifts the World.’”
The ARL Mod Squad is a select group of experienced volunteers who specialize with training the ARL’s shelter dogs.
Working together as a team, they provide essential support in the Boston adoption center for dogs with a variety of health and behavioral issues, making sure that, even at the busiest times, every dog gets individual enrichment.
The Mod Squad also helps with adoptions – helping with introductions, offering tips and advice to potential adopters – taking photos and now taking videos!
Today we’d like to dedicate “Thank You Thursday” to our Mod Squad. Their latest effort has been working with shelter dog, HALLE BERRY and helping her find a home.
Halle is an active two-year-old dog who knows all her basic cues and is eager to learn. She loves cuddling with people and can be a sweet, couch potato once she has gone out for a nice walk.
Halle has been waiting for a home since November and we hope that someone will choose her soon! The Mod Squad put together this excellent video of Halle, highlighting her knowledge of commands and agility skills. Hopefully, the right person will watch it and fall in love with Halle.
Watch the video below to see Halle’s wonderful personality… and the hard work that the Mod Squad has put in to train her!
Boston Dog Licensing & Low-Cost Rabies Clinic at the ARL
CLYDE is currently available for adoption at our Boston shelter. Come by and meet him!
The ARL is kicking off the 2014 City of Boston dog licensing and low cost rabies vaccine clinics this weekend at our Boston shelter!
Organized by the city of Boston, the dog licensing and rabies clinics will be traveling across the city from Saturday, March 8 through Saturday, May 31.
As part of our long standing relationship with the city of Boston and Boston Animal Control, the ARL provides veterinary services and ARL volunteers for several of the clinics and we are excited that the first clinic will be held at our Boston headquarters located at 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116.
If your dog needs a dog license please come on by on Saturday between 10a.m.-2p.m. The only thing you need to bring with you is an up-to-date rabies certificate for your pet(s).
The low-cost rabies clinic is open to both cats and dogs.
All pets must be brought by a person 18 years of older. Please DO NOT bring cats in a cardboard box or pet adoption box. Cats must be in a Vari-kennel or similar pet carrier. Please DO NOT bring your pet(s) to the rabies clinic on a retractable leash. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled.
You can view the pricing below and additional information below.
Boston Dog License Fees
$6 per spayed/neutered dog
$17 per intact male/female dog
Rabies Vaccine Fees
Boston Residents (with ID) $5 per dog/cat or $2 for seniors
Non-Boston Residents $10 per dog/cat
Can’t make it to the clinic this Saturday? Our veterinarians will also be at the clinics listed below:
DORCHESTER Saturday, March 15, 10a.m.-2p.m.
BCYF Leahy Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell Street
JAMAICA PLAIN Saturday, April 19, 10a.m.-2p.m. BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street
HYDE PARK Saturday, April 26, 10a.m.-2p.m. BCYF Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River Street
SOUTH BOSTON Saturday, May 17, 10a.m.-2p.m.
BCYF Condon Community Center, 200 D Street
In their prior circumstances, the animals did not have adequate shelter and their previous owner has been charged with 36 alleged counts of animal cruelty. The ARL’s rescue services team assisted the MSPCA in providing emergency transport and care for 12 of the 35 animals involved in this case.
Since arriving at the barn at our Dedham shelter, the Ludlow 12 – including standard donkeys, miniature donkeys, goats, sheep, and Shetland ponies – received medical attention, proper nutrition, and a visit from the farrier, a specialist in equine hoof care.
All have made terrific progress in their recovery. Those with overgrown hooves learned to walk properly again and all began going out into the livestock paddock on sunny days.
Thanks to special TLC from shelter staff, the personalities of these gentle creatures started to shine through as they relaxed in their new environment. With their friendly and cuddly ways, the standard donkeys, FORREST (pictured below) and JENNY, in particular have endeared themselves to all their visitors!
Late last month, their previous owner officially surrendered them to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and potential adopters began asking about them almost immediately.
These Girl Scouts from the Learning Project Elementary School in Boston have been working hard at earning their bronze award. For their service project they’ve chosen to help the animals at the ARL and they keep stopping by our shelter with lots of new goodies for the animals here.
Over the past few months they’ve donated handmade cat toys, dog food, peanut butter, treats and towels for the animals at our Boston shelter.
We’re always so thrilled to see kids getting involved with animal welfare from a young age! Thank you for all that you do to help shelter pets! Keep it up girls!
If you’d like to donate items to the ARL’s shelter pets view our shelter wishlist.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day. Originally created by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995 it became a program of the Humane Society of the United States when they combined operations in 2006. World Spay Day is the first and only international day of action to promote spaying and neutering of pets.
If you don’t have a pet you might be wondering why you should care about spay and neuter. Here are a few factors to consider:
All of us are affected by animal overpopulation
Millions of tax dollars are spent annually to shelter and care for stray, abandoned and unwanted pets (the ARL is privately funded and does not receive any of those tax dollars)
Property damaged and livestock killed when pets roam
There are numerous reasons to spay/neuter your pet. Here are just a few of the most important ones:
Curb pet overpopulation and make your pet healthier
Reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized - In the U.S. estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year
A USA Today (May 2013) article cites that pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spay/neutering also live the longest
Neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs
Spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs
Increased longevity of altered pets involves the reduced risk of certain type of cancers including uterine cancer and cancers of reproductive tract
Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer (decreases the chance by over 98%) and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer
Reduce unruly behavior
It is good for the community
If you’re concerned about the cost of of spay/neuter surgery, low-cost options are available in most areas. The ARL established the Spay Waggin’ in 2000, in recognition that basic veterinary services, including spay/neuter, were financially out of reach for many pet owners who wanted to do the responsible thing, but could not afford to. Keep in mind that the cost associated with providing adequate care for just one litter of puppies or kittens is often more than the cost of spaying or neutering
Our Spay Waggin’ offers spay-neuter to pets of low-income families and our shelters spay/neuter all of our animals before adoption. Since 2000 the Spay Waggin’ has performed 25,280 spay/neuter surgeries and in 2013 both the ARL Dedham and Boston Shelters spayed and neutered a total of 1,385 dogs and cats. - Dr. Edward Schettino, director of veterinary medical services at the Animal Rescue League of Boston
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day, a day that allows us to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter.
Spay/neuter represents one of the most humane ways to lessen the number of homeless animals in our communities.
To celebrate the occasion we’re hosting an Ask the Vet Twitter Chat on February 25,12pm -1pm. You can join fellow supporters of animal welfare and Dr. Edward Schettino, our director of veterinary services to discuss this important issue.
Conversation topics include:
How to encourage more people to spay/neuter their pets
Common myths about spay/neuter
Health benefits and cost savings
To participate in the conversation, follow the ARL on Twitter (@arlboston) and submit your questions using the hashtag #ARLAskaVet. Questions may be submitted real time or in advance.
If Toppsie sounds like the feline friend for you, come meet her at our Boston shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make the perfect match, please forward this email or share her information via social media.
Boxes of Pup-Peroni & Blankets All the Way from Jersey
A few weeks ago we put out a call for Pup-Peroni (great for dog training) and our usual request of towels, blankets and poop bags and were completely overwhelmed by the generosity of one person in particular.
Rachel, an ARL volunteers, shared the Boston shelter’s Facebook status requesting these items. Out of nowhere, all of these boxes, pictured right, showed up at her office. They were filled with goodies for the shelter, completely unexpected. Sami, a former co-worker of hers who now lives in New Jersey, had seen the ARL’s request on Rachel’s timeline and surprised her by shipping several boxes of much needed items for our shelter.
According to Rachel, Sami had a dog many years ago, but because he travels a lot for work, he’s not in a position to have one right now. It’s obvious to us all that he’s a huge animal lover and is making a difference for animals in need.
Rachel said “he’s a pretty great guy, so genuine and obviously very, very generous. I’m so thankful to him for this gift. It’s simply amazing.”
Even when you can’t make a donation, simply by sharing the ARL’s status or photo, you could help animals just like Rachel and her friend did. You never know, who will see and feel moved to make a donation.
Thank you Rachel and Sami for being such fantastic supporters of shelter animals!