Bunnies and Easter go hand-in-hand, but when deciding on giving a rabbit as an Easter gift, consider the chocolate, candy and stuffed animal toy kind first, and if you’re really serious, then think about ADOPTing a rabbit. Adding a real, live rabbit to your family should be a well thought-out decision.
SUNSHINE is currently available at the ARL’s Boston shelter.
Here’s what you should know about rabbits:
They should live indoors.
They have a lifespan of about 10 years.
Rabbits are sensitive and can be stressed out by small children.
They like to chew on cords and furniture, so your home must be bunny-proofed.
Rabbits should be neutered or spayed or they will mark your house.
Marianne G., Manager of our Boston shelter, has the following advice “if you are thinking about adopting a rabbit this Easter remember to ask yourself the question, ‘Was I interested in a rabbit before Spring or am I getting caught up by the holiday fever?’” She also notes that “rabbits make fun and entertaining pets. It can be an exciting surprise to add one to your family at Easter time as long as you have considered the commitment and the care that will last long after you’ve devoured your last Cadbury Crème Egg!”
Bruschi, his new fam, staff ,and volunteers on the day he was adopted.
Happy Mutt Monday! Start your week off with a heartwarming update about a lovable dog named Bruschi.
When Bruschi came in to the Animal Rescue League in October of 2013, we knew he was special. This lovable big boy adored human attention and would do just about anything for a hug. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite and received that attention he so desperately craved!
It took a little over a month for Bruschi to find a home, but when he did, boy did he score big! He was adopted on November 25, 2013 by Lauren and Tom and had a heartfelt send-off. Since his adoption they’ve kept the ARL staff up-to-date with Bruschi’s daily life and progress.
Here’s their latest note:
“Hi ARL staff!
Bruschi is doing great – He’s truly a part of our family. He is so happy the snow is melting finally, and he loves to play catch with tennis balls! He also loves to cuddle as you see [in the pictures]! He is so gentle and is a big baby. We love him and couldn’t be more grateful that we had the chance to adopt him! We will have to bring him in soon to visit!” - Lauren, Tom & Bruschi
The family out in the snow.
Bruschi is all smiles.
We currently have several very friendly Pit Bull-type dogs available for adoption at our Boston shelter. View them online or stop by during adoption hours, Tuesday – Thursdfay 1p.m.-7p.m. and Friday – Sunday 1p.m.-4p.m.).
All of the animals listed below are patiently waiting for loving human companions to call their own. Will you lend them a paw by sharing their information?
Rio and Sid are a bonded pair of 4-year-old neutered male ferrets looking for a home with room for two! They are very playful and entertaining to watch! When they’re not running around and playing, you’ll often find them napping together.
They’ve been at our Boston shelter for almost two months and it’s about time they found a fun family!
Miss Luna is eagerly waiting to meet you today, so come meet her at our Dedham shelter!
Pebbles is one handsome, young bunny! This 7-month-old rabbit is friendly, curious, and likes to be petted. In his previous home Pebbles was used to spending time in and out of his cage, so he’s mostly litter box trained. He is a netherland dwarf mix and is probably going to stay on the smaller side that he is now.
The 6 month mark is always an exciting time after any pet adoption. By this point a family has had the opportunity to get to know their new pet and they will have made some significant observations about their new buddy.
This is ARL alum Harry Truman, now known as Jackson to his new human companions. He was adopted in September 2013 and his family can’t praise him enough! Here’s what they had to say:
“We love him! He’s so smart, loving and absolutely perfect for us. He does well on and off leash, he passed a dog training boot camp we took him to with flying colors, he’s great with people and other dogs. We couldn’t have been luckier to have found him. We have more pictures of him in 6months than we do together after 2 years!
Jackson is doing great and loving his new home. He’s gotten very comfortable in the car, finally, and is obsessed with Kick Fetch toys, so we play often…and have to keep buying them because he chews them up. Fortunately, that’s the only thing he chews. He still has some separation anxiety when we bring him to day care once a week, but once he’s in the play room he runs around like crazy and forgets all about us.
Thanks again for helping us to take him home!”
To Jackson’s family thank you for choosing to adopt a shelter dog and for keeping us up-to-date on Jackson’s progress. We’re wishing you guys many more years of happiness!
This week we’re switching things up a little and instead of choosing just one pet of the week, we’re choosing one pet from each of our three shelters. Mama, Minnie and Blu all need a little extra help in finding their new human companions. Will you lend them a paw by sharing their information? If it helps, Mama’s fee has been waived by a generous donor and Minnie’s fee has been reduced!
Meet 9-year-old Mama, an absolute sweetheart who is easy to please.
She is happy to snuggle in her bed, enjoy long petting sessions, or just lay in the sun by herself. Mama is a low-maintenance cat and is just an all around cutie. She has quickly become a staff and volunteer favorite.
Thanks to a generous donor, her adoption fee is waived, so Mama is ready to go home with you, as soon as you say the word!
The month of March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month.
Many people don’t realize that our shelter and others adopt out these adorable pets.
Here are three great ways you can support guinea pigs in shelters this month:
Adopt.Guinea pigs make great pets. If you’d like to learn more about them, call our Brewster shelter and speak with one of our adoption agents.
Spread The Word. Tell your friends and family they can adopt guinea pigs at the ARL’s Brewster shelter rather than buying from a pet store.
Foster.Sometimes even guinea pigs need foster parents.
Charlie, pictured left, is one of several guinea pigs as our shelter. He is a smaller sized boy with that spiky abyssinian hair.
Charlie is used to being held, though he can be a little timid when in his cage. He likes to eat his salads and munch on his hay. He will be a great pet for his new family – come meet him at our Brewster shelter on Cape Cod soon!
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!
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.
One of the most exciting moments for any animal shelter agent is when they receive that email update from a new adopter, sharing photos, progress and of course explaining how much they love their new pet. We all love updates!
Our Boston shelter recently received an email from Rico’s (f.k.a. Garth) new family. They adopted him back in April of 2013 and he quickly made a lasting impression on his new pet parents… literally! His new dad got a tattoo of his favorite pup not long ago, memorializing his love for Ricco forever.
Along with a handful of awesome pictures included below, his dad, Louis, also shared an update stating that “Rico is great. He is so full of love. We couldn’t have been blessed more by finding Rico. It’s been fun having him around. He’s a great boy.”
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but here at the ARL we get to see stories of love every day.
Siskel and Ebert are best buds who have been at the ARL’s Boston shelter since November. They are two very friendly guinea pigs who would make great pets!
These two boys are very attached to each other and we would love for them to go home together this Valentine’s Day weekend!
Siskel and Ebert are charming and talkative little animals and their unique personalities will provide you with hours of joy and love.
Guinea pigs can make great companions for both first-time or experienced pet owners. Given that they are prey animals, guinea pigs require time, patience and a gentle hand. Once they are comfortable with you and their new surroundings, their personalities really shine. Just like any other pet, guinea pigs require a lot of care and attention. It is important to familiarize yourself with their daily and long term needs before adding one to your family.
If you or your friends or family members are considering getting a guinea pig (or two) please consider adoption first. Throughout the year our shelters have many small animals including guinea pigs just waiting for their perfect match.