January is National Adopt a Bird Month

5 reasons to SPREAD THE LOVE and ADOPT a feathery friend today!

January is national Adopt a Bird Month and the ARL wants to SPREAD THE LOVE! Often overlooked in animal shelters, these beautiful and majestic creatures can make great pets, especially for families with limited living space or allergies.

If you feel like a furry friend may not be quite the pet you’re looking for then consider birds like Pipsqueak and Saphire that promise to make your heart soar! Search adoptables

Here are 5 other reasons why YOU should branch out and adopt a bird this month:

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January is National Adopt a Bird Month and parakeets like Pipsqueak are eager to meet their new family! Click his photo to learn more about him.

1. You’ll have someone to talk to. Because of their above average intelligence, birds are very communicative and love to socialize with humans.

2. You’ll have fun training them. Since birds are relatively small, training them can be less physically demanding than working with larger creatures, making them a good choice for the young, elderly, or disabled.

3. You’ll have more space. A bird’s, food, water, and toys are typically self-contained in their cage, so smaller households will still have plenty of room to move around.

4. You’ll have a loyal friend for the long-run. Many bird species have extraordinarily long life expectancies, some living more than 100 years! This often eases the concerns of people who want to make sure they adopt a pet that they can love and enjoy for a very long time.

5. You’ll save money. Most landlords only charge “pet fees” to tenants with cats or dogs. Additionally, at the ARL, all of this is included in your pet’s adoption fee: health screening and veterinary exam, behavioral screening and evaluation, vaccinations, parasite treatment, and more!

DON’T FORGET… to bring a photo! If you’re interested in adopting a bird or other small animal, the ARL requires that you bring a picture of the cage that your new companion will be living in to ensure it’s adequate.

 

Your Donations Gave Pearce a Chance at a Better Life

5 days and $763,300 left to help animals like him in 2016 – DONATE NOW

Only because of YOUR generous donations are special animals like Pearce able to find a home for the holidays!

In March of this year, 7-month-old Pearce arrived at the ARL’s Boston shelter.

Adorable and playful, the tortoise shell-colored Pittie-mix was adopted quickly despite his jumpy-mouthy behavior. Confident that he would outgrow this puppy-like demeanor, his new family enrolled him in ARL’s training courses. Unfortunately, after a few weeks without improvement, his owners made the difficult decision to return him to the ARL.

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Thanks to your incredible support, Pearce will enjoy many years of nature hikes with his forever family! Click his photo to DONATE to the ARL and help other animals like him.

Two weeks later, Pearce’s beaming smile won the hearts of an optimistic young couple. Up for the challenge, the duo brought the lovable, but over-the-top dog home. Within 48 hours, however, they were forced to return Pearce to the shelter after he mouthed at them so intensely that he caused bruising.

A couple of weeks after that, the strong-willed pup was adopted by a third family. Despite counseling and behavioral training, Pearce was returned within 24 hours for exhibiting the same rough behaviors.

At this point it was clear to ARL’s behavior and enrichment manager, Dot Baisly, that Pearce’s behavior was not that of “typical” puppy, but instead stemmed from a serious underlying issue.

“This poor dog had no stability in his life and displayed the tendencies of dogs that are weaned away from their mother and littermates too young to help them learn mouth control,” explains Dot. “Anytime Pearce changed his surroundings, he experienced feelings of intense anxiety. These nerves manifested into temper tantrums, which made the forceful mouthy behavior more pronounced.”

YOUR generous donations gave Pearce hope for the future… DONATE NOW

Every day for the next 5 months, Pearce underwent intensive training to teach him how to appropriately interact with people and other dogs. Dot in conjunction with ARL’s Behavioral Modification (MOD) Squad, volunteers, staff, and outside professionals dedicated over 100 hours to rehabilitate him.

Pearce’s extensive enrichment and behavioral program consisted of nose work and agility training, social activities with other dogs, such as walks and playgroup, kennel enrichment and obedience training, and office and home fostering to help him decompress from the busy shelter environment. Pearce even attended an off-site 3-week board, train, and daycare program- and did wonderfully!

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“He makes us laugh daily,” exclaims Pearce’s new mom! Oh, and his favorite time of the day? Snuggle time with his dad Jon, of course!

8 long months after he arrived at the ARL, Pearce found a home for the holidays!

The snuggly pup has been in his new home with his mom, dad, and feline brothers for just over a month now and has adjusted very well!

Pearce is also making big strides in his obedience training with a professional trainer and is a favorite at the daycare he attends 4 times a week!

“He makes us laugh daily,” says Pearce’s new mom Katy Hayes. Thank you to the ARL for all of your work with Pearce and giving him a chance to find his forever home. We really appreciate the hours upon hours you gave to him and to us to ensure he transitioned and adjusted in a healthy and productive manner!”

LARGE OR SMALL, YOUR DONATION TODAY MATTERS

The clock is ticking and we still need to raise$763,300 by December 31!

At the ARL, a love for animals inspires us to do more. We receive no government or public funding and rely entirely on the support of people like you to give deserving animals like Pearce the chance at a better life!

Visit arlboston.kintera.org/donate or click on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

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A big THANK YOU to Macy’s for helping to more animals like Pearce find a home for the holidays, and to everyone who has donated to the ARL to help animals in need!

 

ADOPT, Don’t Shop December 18-20

Big things come in small packages, so why not give a shelter pet a home for the holidays!

If you’ve been considering giving a pet as a present this holiday season, then stop by the ARL this weekend and take advantage of our Home for the Holidays adoption special and FREE GIFT!

At the ARL, we know that BIG THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES...

From TODAY Friday, December 18 through Sunday, December 20, ARL’s shelters are offering $20 off the adoption fee of all small animals to help them find a HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Many people think animal shelters only have dogs and cats, but at the ARL we have the capacity and knowledge to take in a variety of small animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, rats, hamsters, and  ferrets.

Small animals like Edgar the Shorthaired rabbit, Fluffy the bling Guinea Pig, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie the hamsters make great companions for pet “newbies”, families with limited space, or people with allergies to cats or dogs.

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Fluffy is a 3-year-old blind Guinea Pig looking for a special family to bring her home for the holidays! Come visit her at our Brewster shelter!

ADOPT SMALL, SAVE BIG! At the ARL, all of this is included in your pet’s adoption fee:

  • spay or neuter services
  • health screening and veterinary exam
  • behavioral screening and evaluation
  • vaccinations
  • parasite treatment
  • a microchip, when applicable

If you’re interested in adopting a small animal, don’t forget to bring in a photo of the cage that your new furry companion will be living in.

COME EARLY AND JINGLE ALL THE WAY HOME: Receive a “Home for the Holidays” Pet Pack to help your new furry family get settled into their new homewith every animal adoption from December 18-20, while supplies last!

Participating ARL locations include…

December 18, 19, and 20:

ARL Boston Shelter 10 Chandler Street, Boston
Phone: (617) 426-9170
Hours: 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

ARL Brewster Shelter 3981 Main St (Rte 6A), East Brewster

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Barney (pictured) along with many other rabbits are waiting to meet their new families! Click Barney’s photo to view a complete list of available small animals.

Phone: (508) 255-1030
Hours: 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

December 19 ONLY:

ARL Dedham Mobile Adoptions 163 Highland Ave, Needham Petco
Phone: (781) 326-0729
Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

TWO MORE GIFT IDEAS FOR YOUR FELLOW ANIMAL LOVERS:

1. Donate supplies to ARL’s shelter pets! They made their lists… and checked it twice. View our Boston adoption center wish list, Brewster adoption center wish list, and Dedham adoption center wish list!

2. Give a gift that’s especially furry and bright! Donate $25 or more in honor of animal-friendly colleagues, friends, and family members this holiday season, and you can choose a complimentary card to let them know about the special gift you gave in their name. Click here to select your tribute card!

THANK YOU to Onyx Hotel, Hotel Marlowe, Hotel Nine Zero, I and Love and You, and Boston Veterinary Care for donating to the Home for the Holidays Pet Pack!

…and to Macy’s for helping to spread awareness about the importance of animal adoptions this holiday season!

 

Pets As Gifts… CAN Be a Good Idea!

5 factors to consider before you give pets as gifts this season

It seems like a no-brainer… Giving a pet as a present can be a win-win situation for everyone involved: the animal has a cozy home to call its own, the recipient is in a state of awe, and the giver (you!) has made your loved one’s holiday.

While this is the gift-giving scenario that every animal lover dreams of, make sure it really is the purrfect present for the person on your list.

If giving your loved one a new pet as a present is on your mind, here are 5 things to consider:

  1. Manage the surprise. Even at the risk of spoiling the surprise, make sure that the intended recipient wants a new pet. Verify with parents that they are willing to help a child care for an animal both physically and financially. Check in with someone who currently has pets or has recently lost one to make sure they are ready.
  2. Don’t make them sneeze. That’s not a twinkle in their eye; it’s allergies. Confirm any allergies among all household members. No one wants to go get an allergy shot after opening what’s supposed to be an extra special gift, after all.
  3. Know where they live. Even if you know your intended recipient really wants a pet, ensure that their building and development allows them. If their home is pet-friendly, be sure to confirm any weight or breed restrictions.
  4. Find out what they can handle. You want to know that the animal you are getting matches the lifestyle, physical limitation, ages, and personalities in the household.
  5. Adopt from a shelter.  When you adopt, you give an animal a chance at a better life.  Adopting from a reputable animal shelter like the ARL’s locations in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham also has many practical benefits. All our adoptable animals, for example, receive spay/neuter services, vaccines, and a health and behavioral screening.
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5-year-old rabbit sisters Loppy and Jasmine are hoping to go home together for the holidays and are available for adoption at our Brewster shelter! Click on their photo above for more details.

Keep in mind… It never hurts to run the idea by your loved one beforehand or take them along to pick out their new pet. They and their new furry friend will be thanking you for many holidays to come!

The ARL has many deserving animals looking for a home for the holidays!

It’s not just snowing cats and dogs here at ARL’s shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham. We have many special small shelter pets like Legend the hamster, Douglas the rabbit, and Sunshine and Moon the parakeets, looking for loving homes!

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THANK YOU to Macy’s Boston for helping more ARL shelter animals find a Home for the Holidays!

 

2015 Cape Cod Holiday Happenings

Enjoy these fun family festivities and support ARL’s Brewster shelter!

For staff and volunteers at the ARL’s Brewster shelter, giving animals in need a chance to experience kindness, joy, and companionship are what the holidays are all about.

As part of the ARL’s annual “Home for the Holidays” community outreach campaign, the Brewster Shelter is sharing ideas and special event news to encourage adoption and support for animals in need.

Whether you’re looking to open your heart to a new pet or give a little love to those spending their holidays in the shelter, there are numerous ways to give to animals this holiday season!

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Support ARL’s Brewster shelter by attending one of the 2015 Cape Cod holiday happenings!

Check out these 2015 Cape Cod Holiday Happenings:

Dogs on Cape Cod Book Signing

Saturday, December 5
1:00pm – 3:00pm
The Brewster Book Store
2648 Main Street, Brewster, MA

Event Details: Meet Dogs on Cape Cod author Kim Roderiques and watch 20% of all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to ARL’s Brewster shelter.

Pet Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 12
3:00pm – 7:00pm
The Cape Cod Dog
3 Main Street, Eastham, MA

Event Details: Bring your four-legged pal to meet Saint Nick! Your $20 donation for two printed photos will benefit ARL’s Brewster shelter!

Pet Photos with Santa by Cold Nose Photography & Exclusive ARL Tree Ornament

Sunday, December 13
Agway of Cape Cod
10:00am – 12:00pm at 20 Lots Hollow Rd, Orleans, MA
1:30pm – 3:30pm at 686 MA-134, South Dennis, MA

Event Details: Have your pet’s photo professionally taken with Kris Kringle at either the Orleans or South Dennis location! Your $10 donation to ARL’s Brewster shelter gets you a digital photo, along with holiday treats and refreshments! While you’re there, be sure to snag an exclusive pet-friendly ARL ornament shaped like the Cape for only $10!

Craft Fair & Bake Sale

Sunday, December 13
1:00pm – 4:00pm
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
1969 Main Street, Brewster, MA

Event Details: Finish your holiday shopping with great local vendors and stock up on delicious holiday goodies- all to benefit ARL’s Brewster shelter!

Can’t make the events? There are other ways to support ARL’s Brewster shelter!

1. ADOPT a shelter pet and give them a loving home for the holidays! Search adoptables

2. DONATE gently used clean blankets and towels; gift cards to Agway, Stop & Shop, and Shaw’s; or supplies from their wish list!

A big THANK YOU The Brewster Book Store, The Cape Cod Dog, Agway of Cape Cod, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, and to the many other individuals and businesses supporting ARL’s Brewster shelter this holiday season!

…and to Macy’s Boston for helping more ARL shelter animals find a Home for the Holidays!

 

Nina is Home for the Holidays!

Give a shelter pet the perfect holiday gift, a home

At the ARL, our biggest holiday wish is for the animals in our care and the individuals willing to open their hearts to find one another! Every year, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) unites over 3,000 deserving animals with families and places another 850 with dedicated ARL foster volunteers.

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ARL shelter veterinarians discovered large mast cell tumors all over Nina’s body during a routine spay surgery. Thanks to their thorough medical attention, the tumors were removed and Nina was able to go home for the holidays!

Special animals like Nina will have a season that’s merry and bright now that she’s home for the holidays!

Nina, a gorgeous 3-year-old boxer mixer, came into ARL’s Boston shelter earlier this fall when her family was forced to give her up due to landlord restrictions. Up until that point, she had been living with her family, including one child, her entire life.

When Nina arrived at the ARL’s Boston shelter, she instantly became a staff favorite! Anyone who glanced into her big round chocolate brown eyes instantly fell in love and came in closer for a snuggle.

Nina couldn’t get enough attention from her human friends and was was always eager to show off her basic commands for some tasty treats and a generous scratch in her favorite spot- right behind her floppy ears!

It was clear that Nina was ready for a permanent home, but first she would need to be spayed in order to meet potential adopters.

Unfortunately for Nina, things took an unexpected turn. During the routine spay surgery, ARL shelter veterinarians Dr. Quigley and Dr. Doyle came across several large mast cell tumors that were unknowing growing inside of Nina’s legs, back, shoulders, and stomach.

ARL’s veterinarians carefully scanned her body to locate and remove all the tumors and immediately send them out to be biopsied. Several hours and $1,500 worth of procedures later, Nina was awoke from surgery.

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Nina happy and settling into her new waterfront home. Something tells us she’ll become a beach bunny in no time at all!

Tired and weak, Nina patiently waited for the results of her biopsy while resting alongside ARL’s wonderful volunteers and staff. Everyone knew that she was one tough cookie, so there was no doubt that Nina would be back on her feet in no time!

A couple of weeks later, Nina received the good news she’d be hoping for! Her tumors were benign and she was medically cleared for adoption!

Shortly thereafter, Nina got her holiday wish and went home with her forever family. By all accounts, she is doing great and hasn’t let her surgery hold her back one bit!

Nina’s new dad was happy to report that, “everything has been so much fun thus far! Nina is adjusting well and is already excited to go running on the beach!”

YOU can help deserving shelter pets like Nina find a home for the holidays by…

  1. ADOPTING from the ARL! Search adoptables
  2. Checking out the wishlists at our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham
  3. Using Amazon Smile when you shop and select the Animal Rescue League of Boston as the charity you support
  4. Giving a donation to the ARL in honor of an animal-friendly friend or family member.  With a donation of $25 or more, you can select a special card, too!  Learn more

THANK YOU to Macy’s Boston for helping more ARL shelter animals find a Home for the Holidays!

 

TODAY is Giving Tuesday

DONATE NOW and give animals like Beauty a chance at a better life

Today is Giving Tuesday!

Remember – a generous donor will match your donation to the ARL today dollar for dollar to help even more animals like Beauty get the veterinary care, behavioral services, love, and attention they need to start their new life!

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Beauty’s fun loving personality quickly made her a staff and volunteer favorite!

Here’s Beauty’s story….

In early September, 8-year-old Beauty, a female Shepard-mix, was surrendered to the ARL by her family due to landlord restrictions. At our Boston shelter, she received a thorough medical and behavioral evaluation to determine her eligibility for adoption.

The great news? Beauty proved herself to be a sweet, affectionate, house-trained, and very intelligent dog!

The not-so-good news? During a routine exam, ARL veterinarians discovered that Beauty had several medical hurdles to overcome before she could find a new home.

Beauty had a tear in her cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), a ligament that stabilizes the knee while turning or planting, which was especially strained underneath her 70-pound frame.

“Repairing the CCL is very delicate and, as a result, also very expensive,” explains ARL shelter veterinarian Dr. Kyle Quigley. “Beauty’s surgery cost over $2,000.”

Beauty was also diagnosed with hypothyroidism, an under-active thyroid gland that can cause weight gain, exhaustion, and digestion tract issues. This type of condition requires life-long management including medication and lab work, which can run approximately $300-400 per year.

The ARL provided the surgery and medical treatment she needed. After her surgery, Beauty went to stay with a dedicated ARL foster volunteer to allow her the time and quiet environment she needed to recover.

Dr. Quigley was pleased to report that, “Beauty was an excellent patient and did outstanding during her recovery in foster care. In fact, her recent blood work indicates that her hypothyroidism has been well controlled since she started the medication!”

Two months later, Beauty returned to the ARL’s Boston shelter ready to find her new family!

She is currently available for adoption and staff has been keeping her busy at the shelter, going for long walks and playing with her favorite stuffed toys.

Beauty also enjoys hanging out with her canine friends, who are as laid-back as she is.

“We call her ‘the nanny’ during our dog playgroup because she loves to supervise the smaller dogs running around the shelter’s obstacle course,” shares Brittany Monterio, ARL’s Boston shelter supervisor. “She assumes a very lady-like stance when she watches them with her front paws crossed just so.”

Give Beauty her Happy Tail ending….

If you or someone you know is looking to bring a gorgeous pup home for the holidays, contact our adoption center at (617) 226-5602 or adoption@arlboston.org.

NOT READY TO ADOPT? YOU CAN STILL HELP BEAUTY AND OTHER ANIMALS LIKE HER!

giving tuesdayInspired by the memory of her beloved 17-year-old Cairn Terrier Poppy, a very special donor will match your donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston dollar for dollar.

Our goal is raise $25,000 in JUST ONE DAY—matched dollar-for-dollar by the anonymous donor for a grand total of $50,000—to help even more animals find loving homes during the holidays!

AS SPECIAL THANKS when you give to the ARL today, Tuesday, December 1…

  • DONATE $25 or more and share a photo on social media – that says why you support animals at the ARL with the tags #unselfie, #givingtuesday, #arlboston, @arlboston– and be entered to win an ARL “Home for the Holidays” Pet Pack.
  • DONATE $50 or more in honor or in memory of your pet and their name will automatically be featured on ARL’s Giving Tuesday online Honor Wall on arlboston.org, available for viewing on December 3! Note: Please type your pet’s name in the “additional comments” section of the donation form.
  • DONATE $100 or more and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to D’Tails Pet Boutique!
  • DONATE $250 or more and be entered to win a one night stay at the Fairmont Copley Plaza located in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood!

Click here or on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the ARL on Giving Tuesday!

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A BIG THANK YOU to our anonymous challenge donor for giving a generous gift in Poppy’s memory to help animals in need …and to the Fairmont Copley Plaza, D’Tails Pet Boutique, and everyone who donated to the ARL on Giving Tuesday!

 

TODAY: Adopt, Don’t Shop on Black Friday

WE’RE OPEN! Receive $20 off, plus a FREE GIFT

Start a new holiday tradition this year and ADOPT, DON’T SHOP on BLACK FRIDAY!

If you’ve been thinking about adding a furry family member to your clan this holiday season, than HURRY IN to ARL shelters and take advantage of our special HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ADOPTION EVENT offer TODAY, Friday, November 27.

  • $20 off the adoption fee for all small animals at ARL’s shelters in Boston and Brewster from 1-6:30pm, and Dedham 1-4pm!
  • A “Home for the Holidays” Pet Pack with every animal adoption, while supplies last!
  • All of this included in your pet’s adoption fee: spay or neuter services, health screening and veterinary exam, behavioral screening and evaluation, vaccinations, parasite treatment, and a microchip.

Boston and Brewster shelters are open during normal operating hours from 1-6:30pm. The Dedham shelter is open 1-4pm by appointment only, so please call ahead at 617-293-6392.

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black fridayAn extra day to SAVE: On Super Saturday, November 28, you can also visit the ARL at our mobile adoption location at Petco in Needham, 163 Highland Avenue from 11am-5pm! Staff will have adoptable bunnies on site and offer $20 off the adoption fee

Not ready to adopt? Donate supplies instead!

Boston adoption center wish list

Brewster adoption center wish list

Dedham adoption center wish list

THANK YOU to Onyx Hotel, Hotel Marlowe, Hotel Nine Zero, Macy’s Downtown Crossing, I and Love and You, and Boston Veterinary Care for donating to the Home for the Holidays Pet Pack!

 

ADOPT on Black Friday, November 27

Home for the Holidays Adoption Event special offer, plus a FREE GIFT!

Thinking about adding a furry family member to your home this holiday season? If so, HURRY IN to any of ARL’s shelter locations on BLACK FRIDAY! DOORS OPEN AT 1PM!

At the ARL, we know that BIG THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES. On Friday, November 27, ARL’s shelters in Boston and Brewster are offering $20 off the adoption fee for all small animals to help them find a HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

An extra day to SAVE: On Super Saturday, November 28, you can also visit the ARL at our mobile adoption location at Petco in Needham, 163 Highland Avenue!  Staff will have adoptable bunnies and offer$20 off the adoption fee

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Help 1-year-old MILLIE find her Home for the Holidays! Click the photo to learn more about her.

Many people think animal shelters only have dogs and cats, but at the ARL we have the capacity and knowledge to take in a variety of small animals, including birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, rats, hamsters, ferrets, degus, and chinchillas.

Small animals like Dewey, the hamster, Fluffy, the guinea pig, and Hubert, the rabbit make great companions for pet “newbies”, families with limited space, or people with allergies to cats or dogs.

ADOPT SMALL, SAVE BIG! At the ARL, all of this is included in your pet’s adoption fee:

  • spay or neuter services
  • health screening and veterinary exam
  • behavioral screening and evaluation
  • vaccinations
  • parasite treatment
  • a microchip, when applicable

If you’re interested in adopting a small animal, don’t forget to bring in a photo of the cage that your new furry companion will be living in.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Receive a “Home for the Holidays” Pet Pack to help your new furry family get settled into their new homewith every animal adoption on Black Friday, while supplies last!

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Participating ARL locations include:

Friday, November 27

ARL Boston Shelter 10 Chandler Street, Boston
Phone: (617) 426-9170
Hours: 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

ARL Brewster Shelter 3981 Main St (Rte 6A), East Brewster
Phone: (508) 255-1030
Hours: 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Saturday, November 28

ARL Dedham Mobile Adoptions 163 Highland Ave, Needham Petco
Phone: (781) 326-0729
Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

ARL’s shelter pets made a HOLIDAY WISH LIST too! Not ready to adopt? Donate supplies to ARL’s adoption centers:

Boston adoption center wish list

Brewster adoption center wish list

Dedham adoption center wish list

THANK YOU to Onyx Hotel, Hotel Marlowe, Hotel Nine Zero, Macy’s Downtown Crossing, I and Love and You, and Boston Veterinary Care for donating to the Home for the Holidays Pet Pack!

 

Lend a Paw to Oliver Twist!

LEND A PAW and give animals like Oliver Twist the gift of love

It’s Day 4 of our Lend a Paw Match-a-thon!

There’s just two days left to make DOUBLE the difference for animals in need!

A generous anonymous donor will automatically match every dollar you donate to the ARL through November 10 — your donation will go even farther when you DONATE NOW!

Every day during our Match-a-thon, we’re featuring the stories of special animals who got a chance at a better life thanks to your support.

Yesterday, we share the story of Big B and today we would like you to….

Meet Oliver Twist

This is what poor little Oliver Twist looked like when our Senior Rescue Technician, Danielle, first brought him in.

This photo was taken on the first day Oliver came to our Boston Shelter. This poor guy was clearly emaciated and needed immediate medical attention.

On a cold winter day, a FedEx driver named Jeff called the ARL after spotting a severely emaciated 6-month-old puppy shivering and wandering the streets along his delivery route.

The ARL’s Rescue Services Team immediately responded to the call, and worked to track down the puppy.   They were stunned by what they found.

“We could see his bones jutting through his skin,” describes Danielle Genter, senior rescue technician at the ARL. “When we found him, he just stumbled over to us.”

At the ARL’s Boston shelter, the frail little pup received immediate medical attention along with the name Oliver Twist. On the Purina body condition scale a score of “9” is considered obese and “1” is extremely lean; Oliver scored less than 1. He was also diagnosed with a bacterial infection.

Over the next few weeks, Oliver’s condition stabilized. He was placed on a progressive re-feeding schedule and soon began to eat on his own. ARL veterinarians checked him daily to ensure that he was gaining the expected amount of weight and treated his infection. He also received lots of love and attention from shelter staff.

With special care and attention, Oliver was ready for a home just a few weeks after his rescue.   After seeing Oliver’ story on the news, Billie Jean Nebesky and her daughter felt an instant connection with him. “We knew he needed us and we needed him,” said Nebesky.

They adopted him were happy to report that he has made himself completely at home and his favorite activity is to fetch big sticks in the woods near his home.

“If we sit down in a chair, Oliver will immediately join you and cuddle,” smiles his new mom. “He clearly knows he is part of our family.”

The ARL is the only animal welfare organization in the state with a rescue team trained to help animals in distress.  The ARL does not receive any government or public funding for rescue services and relies entirely on supporters like you to provide animals like Oliver Twist with immediate assistance.

LEND A PAW TO HELP ANIMALS IN NEED!

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On the left, Oliver during his initial medical exam at our Boston Shelter. On the right, Oliver and his new mom enjoying some snuggle time together!

 

Inspired by her cherished lab and goldens who offered many years of comfort and unconditional love to family and friends, an anonymous donor wants to lend a paw and will double every dollar donated to the Animal Rescue League of Boston during our Lend a Paw Match-a-Thon, November 5-10.

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DOUBLE the difference you make for animals in need by making a donation during our Lend a Paw Match-a-thon! Click the photo to donate now.

Our goal is raise $6000 in six days—matched dollar-for-dollar by the anonymous donor for grand total of $12,000—to provide care and assistance to animals, when and where they need it most.

DONATE NOW

As a special thanks from Sephora… Donate $100 or more by midnight TOMORROW November 9, and you will automatically be entered to win a gift box from Sephora valued at over $300!

Click here or on the DONATE button below to make a donation to ARL’s Lend a Paw Match-a-thon!

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THANK YOU to Sephora and everyone who has donated to the Lend A Paw Match-a-thon to help animals in need!