October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Louisa.
Louisa is a gal who knows what she wants – a human to call her very own. She’s a tiny 5-year-old chihuahua who came to the Animal Rescue League from another shelter after having puppies and has been waiting for a home since September 5.
She can be shy with strangers, but once she knows you’re here to stay, she’ll be your shadow. She gets very attached to her person and would be happy to hang out with you all day and snuggle. But, as much as she enjoys staying at home, the moment she sees her leash and you tell her she’s going for a walk, she gets very excited and dances in circles all around you! Watch her video below to see what we mean.
While she is very small, Louisa does have a mighty bark and will sound the alarm when you aren’t by her side, so she’ll need a little help working on her separation anxiety. Because she can be a little nervous, we think she would prefer a quiet home without a lot of visitors and activity, so a home with small kids would not be ideal.
Louisa would make the perfect lap dog for someone who spends a lot of time at home and can give her all the love and attention she needs. She wouldn’t mind being your spoiled little princess!
If Louisa sounds like the perfect dog for you, come meet her at our Boston adoption center and help make this a fantastic Adopt-a-Dog Month for Louisa!
October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Rita.
Rita is an approximately 10-year-old rat terrier mix who came to us after being found as a stray. Don’t let her age fool you – Rita is very active and full of spunk! She is curious about everything and gets very excited when she see squirrels. Despite being very energetic, she also has a cuddly side to her too and will enjoy hanging out with you on the sofa after a long walk.
Rita is a bit overweight, so she’ll need a home where she’ll receive regular exercise along with a proper diet to get back down to a healthier weight.
Rita loves to go for walks and play with her toys. She gets along well with some dogs, but can be a bit choosy. If you have any dogs at home, be sure to bring them along with you to meet Rita.
Thanks to a very generous donor, Rita’s adoption fee is only $100 and includes:
Health screening and behavioral evaluation
Heartworm test and preventative medication
Microchip identification and registration
Collar and leash
If Rita sounds like the perfect dog for you, come meet her at our Boston adoption center and help make this a fantastic Adopt-a-Dog Month for Rita!
Today Maddie, as her new family calls her, is definitely the princess of the house! She is walking well, given her mobility issues, and can climb up and down the stairs in her home.
Maddie’s new-found joy is playing with catnip toys and a fluffy mouse on the end of a string. She plays with both the mouse end and the string end and gets very excited when the string twirls around and she has to grab it.
Her fur is growing back, slowly, but surely. The fur around her face is now very full, and she loves sitting up straight and puffing up a bit to get admiration from anyone looking in her direction! Her adopters say that “Maddie is a wonderful addition to our family and we love her very much!”
Thanks to you, Maddie is clearly getting the royal treatment in her new home!
October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Tater Tot.
Yesterday marked Tater Tot’s 3-month anniversary from when she first entered the Animal Rescue League’s shelter. This great dog came to us from another shelter, and she’s clearly been through a lot, so we can easily say that it’s about time she found a loving home.
This very sweet, senior dog just wants to find a family to call her own. Here are the most important things you need to know about Tater Tot…
If you want canine kisses, she’ll give them.
If you want a companion for leisurely strolls, she’ll waddle by your side.
If you want a snuggle-buddy to watch movies with, she’ll be your couch potato.
Tater Tot will make a great addition to a family with or without children and warms up quickly to new people. Tater Tot would do best as an only dog, because being an older girl, she doesn’t like it when other dogs jump on her.
Please make this a special Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month for a great dog. Consider opening your heart and home to Tater Tot.
The month of October is dedicated to honoring shelter dogs and helping the approximately 4 million dogs who enter animal shelters each year find loving human companions.
If you’re considering adding a dog to your family, look no further than your local shelter. The Animal Rescue League is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality – all waiting for a someone to say “I choose you.“
All month long we’ll be sharing the stories of dogs who could use a little extra help finding the right match, updates on special ARL alums, and special dog-friendly events, so be sure to follow us on social media! Starting Saturday, October 4, anyone who adopts a dog from the ARL will receive a See Something doggie t-shirt (while supplies last).
When you adopt a dog from the ARL, you give a dog a chance at a better life. All adoptable dogs and puppies at the ARL receive:
If you’re looking for a particular breed that isn’t currently available at one of our shelters we are happy to put you on a waiting list or encourage you to find a breed-specific rescue group.
The best way to honor Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month is, of course, to adopt a shelter dog, but if adding a dog to your family is not a possibility you can always donate, volunteer, or share the stories of our shelter dogs on social media to help them find homes.
It’s been a busy summer here at the Animal Rescue League. With new litters of kittens flooding our shelters every week, we now have many pawsome adult cats patiently awaiting their chance at a loving home. For one day only, all cats one year and older cost only $9 to adopt, so stop by an ARL shelter this Saturday, September 6 and adopt a fantastic feline!
Some of the adoptable adult cats at our Boston shelter.
Why adopt an adult cat? Because they’re super! For the most part, adult pets have passed their critical development stages, meaning the personality you see is the personality you get!
When you adopt a cat from the ARL, you can rest assured that your cat receives the following before you take him or her home:
Feline leukemia test
Flea, tick and mite treatment
Microchip identification and registration
*NEW* Trupanion pet insurance
We’ve got you covered! All adopters get a 30-day free trial of pet insurance with no further obligation. No money or credit card required and adopters must actively opt in after the 30 days if you want to continue. Trupanion will cover all non- pre-existing conditions or injuries should something happen within the first 30 days after you adopt. Ask a shelter agent for more details!
Meet Our Super Pets of the Week from Each of Our Shelters
Dixie is a one-year-old dainty, little cat who came to us from Boston Animal Control after the crisis at their Roslindale facility. She has proved to be high-spirited, and affectionate. She enjoys climbing -riding around on your shoulder is a real treat for her.
Dixie is a high-energy cat and needs an experienced cat owner. She would do best in a home where she’s be the only feline pet.
If Dixie sounds like the cat for you, come meet her at our Boston shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make the purr-fect match, forward this email or share her information via social media.
Henry is a 6-year-old Saint Bernard. This handsome guy is 130 lbs of love!
Henry enjoys back scratches and cuddles, as well as going for walks and playing with small dogs. He wouldn’t mind going to a home with kids and cats, but definitely can’t go to a home with another large dog. Henry didn’t have a lot of training in the early part of his life, but he is very smart and eager to learn!
If Henry sounds like the dog for you, come meet him at our Dedham shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make a great match, forward this email or share his information.
Zippy and Tony are a pair of adult male chinchillas. These two are brothers and are looking for a home together! They were used to living with kids, three cats, and a retriever, so they will do well in a busy household again. Zippy is a little more timid than his brother Tony, but they are both fairly outgoing for chinchillas.
A little more about chinchillas: They eat timothy hay, chinchilla pellets, and a few bites of fruit for a treat. They’re active, fast little critters and require a spacious cage. They don’t like to be held, despite the super soft coat. However, they enjoy getting treats and head scratches. Their species originated from a cooler environment, so they need to be kept cool during the hot summer months.
So many reasons to adopt from the Animal Rescue League of Boston
Bringing an animal into your home and making them a part of your family is a very special event indeed. In fact, some of the happiest work we do at the Animal Rescue League of Boston is helping you find a super pet!
The ARL finds homes for about 3,000 animals every year, including cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, ferrets, cows, sheep, horses, snakes, and lizards. We take in animals from a variety of circumstances, but a large portion are responsibly surrendered to us because of “people-related” reasons—their owners were moving, had no time because of a job or life change, or suddenly became sick or financially unable to care for their pets.
Animals like Pringle (pictured upper right), Cupid (pictured middle right), and Peach and Rosalina (pictured bottom center), all have big hearts with lots of love, loyalty, and good company to give to human companions—day and night!
When you adopt from a shelter, you’ll feel good about giving an animal a chance at a better life. And not just one animal – when you take your new pet home with you, the ARL can take in another at one of our shelters.
In addition to those fantastic feelings of helping a fellow living thing in need, you can also rest assured that, before they go to a new home, every adoptable animal at the ARL receives:
Health screening and veterinary examination
Behavior screening and evaluations
Flea, tick and mite treatment
Feline Leukemia test for cats/Heartworm test and preventive medication for dogs
Microchip identification and registration
With the help of the dedicated staff at our animal shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, you can learn more about whether a particular animal you meet at our shelter is a good pet-match for you before you bring them home.
Sugar – A Young Horse at our Dedham Shelter Finally Found a Home this Weekend!
After 399 days at the Animal Rescue League’s shelter in Dedham, Sugar, a playful three-year-old filly, went home with a wonderful new family over the weekend. She’ll be living on beautiful Cape Cod with a family that’s excited to take on the feat of starting her under a saddle and treating her like a family pet.
Sugar first came to us with her mother back in July of 2013 after we rescued her from a small tenant farm in Southeastern, MA. She was severely neglected – left on a muddy paddock with no food or water – and had never been trained to interact with humans.
“Cases like hers are the reason that many of us got into the business of rescuing animals: there is nothing more rewarding than seeing an animal that was previously neglected transform with some TLC.” – Dr. Kate Gollon, shelter veterinarian at the Animal Rescue League of Boston
Almost two months ago, a very kind person brought Madeline to our Dedham shelter after discovering the 8-year-old cat unable to move in the backyard of her home where someone had left her. Shelter staff instantly observed the fur on Madeline’s hind quarters appeared thickly matted and that she couldn’t move her back legs.
Her sweet temperament and soft, steady purr touched the hearts of shelter veterinarian Dr. Kate Gollon and all the Dedham staff as they worked to make her comfortable with pain medications and by shaving off the mass of tangles on her lower body.
Dr. Gollon determined Madeline had nearly 4 inches of mats over 70% of her body. The bag of her shaved matted fur tipped the scales at over a pound. The twisted condition of her coat had clearly forced her to go to the bathroom on herself and likely prevented her from walking for some time. Even after shelter staff shaved her fur, she couldn’t walk on her very weak back legs.
When diagnostic tests including x-rays and bloodwork did not provide a more definitive reason for the weakness in her back legs, Dr. Gollon prescribed a regimen of daily physical therapy to help Madeline recover her strength and mobility. Staff gave Madeline time post-shave to recuperate and get to know them before carefully and caringly beginning to work with her to get her walking.
At first, staff gently moved her back legs for her, three times a day. Gradually, they helped her stand by placing her in a sling to support her weight while getting her up on all fours. Once her ability to support herself improved, staff worked with her on walking across the floor and maneuvering changes in elevation. To give her some added traction on the polished cement floors at the shelter, staff would place a touch of Vaseline on her paw pads.
Everyone at the Dedham shelter felt as proud as mamma cats watching Madeline’s amazing progress as she confidently strolled to them and maneuvered up carpeted steps for the first time!
A dedicated ARL foster volunteer brought Madeline to her home to help her re-acclimate to living with people. Though the determined kitty remains a bit unsteady on her hind legs, she shows no signs they are holding her back. According to her foster mom, Madeline loves to explore and happily curls up on the couch for a good snooze afterwards.
We’re very happy to report Madeline is ready for adoption! Scotties Facial Tissue will cover her adoption fee this weekend, so come visit the ARL’s Dedham shelter and read her adoption profile to learn more about her.
Because of her unsteady legs, she would do best in a home with carpet. A one-story house or apartment, or a home where she would spend most of her time in one big room or have access to her litter box and food without having to climb stairs would make for the ideal situation for Madeline.
In the words of Dr. Gollon: “Madeline is a special cat and quite a survivor! The family who adopts her will most definitely fall in love with her as much as we have at ARL.”