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.
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!
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!”
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. Testthe 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.”
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!
Morisot & Manet: Beautiful Cats. Artists at Heart?
Manet (Photo: Amelia Hughes)
Morisot and Manet are sister and brother and have been together their whole lives. They first came to the ARL as kittens with several other litter mates and were named by their foster mom after the French Impressionist painters, Berthe Morisot and Edourd Manet. You can see a photo of them from when they were kittens below. Weren’t they just so cute?!
Once they were old enough, they were brought to the shelter and adopted by a wonderful family. That family ended up moving to New York, but during their most recent move they were unfortunately unable to bring Morisot and Manet with them, so they drove all the way up from New York to bring them here, because they knew the ARL would find them a loving home once more.
Morisot and Manet deserve a forever home that will love them both! Thanks to a generous donor, we are waiving one of their adoption fees and making it easier for you to welcome them both into your life.
These four-year-old cats make an exquisite pair. Most of all, they love to spend time with one another, but they also enjoy getting attention from their human friends, looking out the window, playing with toys, especially laser pointers- see the video at the bottom of this post!
Morisot and Manet are getting an extra dose of TLC by staying in one of our feline suites. They hope you’ll stop by to say hi!
Please consider giving a home to these sweet and very loving cats. Learn more about Morisot and Manet by visiting our Boston Shelter or calling (617) 426-9170.
Morisot (L) & Manet (R) as kittens. (Photo: Amelia Hughes)
Cuddles has quickly become a favorite of the volunteers at the ARL’s Boston shelter! She’s been with us since September, so we’ve really had a chance to get to know her.
This four-year-old kitty came to us after having a litter of kittens in her foster home. Cuddles was very shy when she first arrived at her foster home, but she quickly warmed up. Now she’s back at the shelter and ready for her furever home!
We think this sweet kitty would do best in a quiet, small home such as a studio apartment, with an someone who is understanding of her need to be comfortable in the space.
Cuddles loves to burrow under the bed or covers, but once you start petting her, well, that’s a different story! This kitty love attention and will sit by your side.
We’ve found that when someone approaches her cage she immediately starts to purr. She also likes to eat when her humans are nearby too!
Please consider adopting this very sweet cat. She needs someone with a little patience and a lot of love! If you’d like to meet with her, stop by our Boston shelter!
If one of the “to-do” items on your Columbus Day Weekend list of activities is adopt a new pet, all three of our adoption centers in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham have cats, dogs, bunnies, and more just waiting to meet you.
Some helpful tips from the ARL’s Center for Shelter Dogs for Adopt-A-Dog Month about taking your newly adopted pup to the dog park.
Reblogged from the Center for Shelter Dogs
OWEN loves to play and is available for adoption at our Brewster Adoption Center!
Many adopters want to be able to enjoy dog parks with their new companion. Dog parks can be a great opportunity for dogs to play off leash (especially in a city environment) and to enjoy some social time with their own species. Dog parks can also help high energy dogs to burn off some energy so they can be more relaxed in the home.
Here are some carefully crafted tips from the Center for Shelter Dogs that might help you when you visit dog parks with your dog.
Recognize that not all dogs like dog parks! Learn your dog’s preferences for doggy companions and respect his or her space, if needed. Like humans, mature dogs often don’t enjoy rambunctious, adolescent play. Many dogs, especially adult dogs, prefer to have just two or three good dog friends that have similar play styles for structured play dates. Going to the park at off-peak hours can also help a new dog to adjust and not be overwhelmed by large crowds of dogs.
Stay in tune with your dog during dog park visits. Just because your dog is off leash doesn’t mean that you don’t have to pay attention to your dog. Recalls and time outs can keep your dog connected to you and paying attention. Time outs, away from rough play, can also help to keep play from escalating into over-arousal. Don’t use this time to catch up on your reading or chat on your cell phone. And be sure to work with your dog on a good recall command before visiting dog parks.
Keep your dog vaccinated and on a regular de-worming schedule. Just like highly populated human areas, dog parks can harbor transmissible diseases from the wide variety of dogs who frequent them. Keeping your dog up to date on vaccinations, including Bordetella, can help reduce their risk of getting sick. Worms can also be prevalent at dog parks so speak to your veterinarian about getting on a de-worming schedule along with monthly heartworm preventative.
Find a well-set-up and appropriately-sized dog park. Try to find a dog park with ample room for the number of dogs in attendance. There should be areas where your dog can move away from the group and go off on his own if he chooses. Bringing leashed dogs into dog parks can cause trouble. Good dog parks should have double gates that prevent escapes and allow owners to take off their dog’s leash before entering the park. Some dog parks have a trail system which allows dogs and owners to keep moving, cutting down on altercations and tense greetings.
Avoid carrying food or other high-value items in parks. Food and treats can cause dogs to fight during times that they might otherwise not. If your dog is highly toy-motivated, toys can also become a source of competition and lead to resource guarding in the park.
Watching dogs play can be a great source of joy for many dog owners. Owners can find play opportunities in dog parks, dog daycares, or in small playgroups. Taking the steps above can ensure that the dog park experience is right for the dog and enjoyable for all involved. If your dog is not a fan of dog parks, enjoying a nice walk on a summer evening can be wonderful too!
Once alone and starving, Sandy’s story has a very happy ending
On Day 2 of Adopt-a-Dog-Month, we wanted to share the very special story of Sandy and Bill.
Sandy, a stray 7-year-old Chow mix dog, who roamed an industrial park south of Boston for over a year was an animal in desperate need of rescue.
Through all four seasons, she endured the harsh New England weather just barely surviving before the ARL Rescue Team received a call about her this past January. The team successfully rescued her just in time on one of the coldest days of the year.
Because of the prolonged exposure to rain and snow, Sandy had lost a majority of her fur. Her skin red and raw, her body exhausted and emaciated, she spent most of her first few days at our Boston adoption center cowering behind her bed.
With intensive medical and behavioral care, along with plenty of love and attention from staff and volunteers, Sandy slowly began to heal. In the video below shot several weeks into her stay with us, though the fur on her tail had yet to grow back, you can see that Sandy was already a different dog!
After several months in Boston without finding a permanent home, the Brewster adoption center brought Sandy down to the Cape. Almost six months to the day when she was rescued from the cold, Sandy met Bill.
Sandy and Bill enjoying time together at home.
Like Sandy, Bill had come to the Brewster shelter in the hopes of finding a companion. He recently lost his wife and best friend, Helen. In a further crushing blow, his beloved dog, Haven, passed away the day after Helen’s funeral. With so much loss in his life, Bill had become very lonely.
After hearing her story and realizing that she was also looking for someone to love, Bill decided to take her home.
In the short time they have been together, Sandy and Bill’s bond has only gotten stronger. The two have become an inseparable pair – sometimes it’s hard to recognize who rescued who!
Sandy wakes Bill up every morning for their daily routine of a walk and a visit with Helen
at the cemetery.
“We are great buddies,” Bill says of Sandy, his face beaming. “I love her.”
Together, Sandy and Bill remind us that sometimes one rescue means two lives saved.
Homeless dogs need your help. If you’re thinking about getting a dog, then please consider adopting. There are numerous benefits to adopting a dog, but most importantly, when you adopt you’re saving two lives, the life of the animal that you adopted and the life of the animal that’s going to take its place at the shelter.
Here at the Animal Rescue League of Boston we’re going to spend this month honoring all of our wonderful, adoptable shelter dogs and offering canine tips throughout the month. Stay tuned for important information regarding canine health, grooming, exercise, training and nutrition. In addition to sharing helpful tips, we’ll also be tweeting some incredibly touching quotes and photos.
If you’re currently not in a position to adopt a dog, but would still like to help, there are plenty of ways that you can help shelter dogs.
Spread the word. Talk with your family and friends about the importance of supporting local animals shelters and adopting pets.
Follow your local animal shelter on Twitter and retweet stories by them.Use the hashtag #SaveDogs. You can share the stories of shelter animals on Facebook and dedicate your Facebook status to an adoptable dog. Social media is a powerful tool and you can use it to help homeless animals.
If you’ve adopted a dog, write an op-ed about your experience and share your story with your local newspaper.
Become a volunteer or foster parent. We’re currently in need of volunteers at our Dedham location.
Donate to your local animal shelter. Every dollar makes a difference and no contribution is ever too small.