Focusing on the link between animal abuse and human violence
ARL President Mary Nee welcomed President’s Council members and introduced the feature presenter, Phil Arkow.
Making animal cruelty prevention a priority for the entire community is a major part of the community outreach work the ARL has done in 2014. Our “See Something, Say Something – Report Animal Cruelty” campaign, for example, is all about getting the public’s help in reporting suspicions of abuse to local authorities.
We also recently hosted a lecture event for our President’s Council donor group and other special guests featuring guest presenter Phil Arkow, a noted speaker with the animal welfare field on the connection between animal abuse and human violence. Arkow co-founded The National Link Coalition in an effort to bring attention to what many believe is a critical public safety issue.
Phil Arkow discussed the connection between cruelty to animals and human violence.
“We can prevent animal abuse and other forms of family violence by paying more attention to animal abuse as a potential indicator and predictor of crime,” Arkow said in the opening minutes of his presentation. “What we do to prevent, prosecute, and punish animal cruelty are just as beneficial to Man – and Woman – as they are to Man’s best friend.”
Inspired by the many decades of research and examples of domestic violence awareness campaigns that include pets in the message, Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of animal welfare at the ARL, conclude the event suggesting to the audience, “we all need to think about how to share the message that helping animals is really helping people and helping improve society.”
Thank you to the Susannah A. Knight Law Enforcement Fund for sponsoring the ARL’s Fall Lecture event. Your generous support made an evening of meaningful and important discussion possible.
And of course, thank you to all of our President’s Council members who attended this event.
Then: Wally needed over $3,000 in emergency surgery to repair wounds to his face, legs, and tail.
Earlier this Fall, we shared the story of Wally. The small grey and white cat had seriously injured himself after somehow scaling the 30-40 foot wall at Bridgewater State Prison and getting stuck in the razor wire.
Soon after returning to the ARL’s Boston shelter to complete his recovery following surgery to repair his wounds, Wally found a wonderful new home.
Today, Wally is now known as Silvio (aka Mr. Sil).
His family reports that he continues to be a spunky little guy! He and his big sister Cleo, a Siamese mix and ARL Dedham alum (’09) became fast friends and are really enjoying having a kindred playful spirit around.
During the day, Silvio and Cleo love looking out windows together to watch the birds and squirrels. And at night, both cats snuggle up with their human companions after a long day of play.
Say Silvio’s parents, “We are so happy to have Silvio in our lives. Such a wonderful, resilient and loving animal!”
Stories like Silvio’s are truly like a holiday wish come true. Thank you to our supporters who donated over $7,000 for medical assistance for Wally and other animals like him.
Last Minute Gift Ideas for You and the Animal Lovers on Your List
Still looking for that perfect gift for people on your list? There are several companies and organizations donating a portion of their proceeds to the Animal Rescue League of Boston this holiday season. So you can buy a great gift and feel good about where your money is going!
The following gifts will help shelter pets at the ARL:
Signed Country Music Guitars
If there’s a country music fan you’re shopping for this holiday season, then hang on to your 10-gallon hats because the ARL has a gift idea for you!Thanks to the generosity of Capitol Records Nashville and Broken Bow Records, the ARL has two very special items up for charity auction:
A beautiful Kona acoustic guitar autographed by country music super star and American Idol judge Keith Urban. Bid or buy now
A stylish Rogue acoustic guitar autographed by Country Music Artist of the Year Jason Aldean. Bid or buy now
All proceeds benefit the ARL. The auction will close at high noon on December 17, so make your bid now.
Pawblo Picasso’s Desk Calendars
Pawblo Picasso is donating 15% of the proceeds from their 2015 desk calendars directly to the ARL. The 2015 calendar costs $14.99 and comes packaged in a CD jewel case, which opens up into an easel to display each month. Each month is a separate page and features a colorful painted illustration of a cat or dog by Pawblo Picasso. Every animal has a unique and adorable personality that is beautifully captured in the illustrations. It easily fits on your desk to quickly reference the date and fits perfectly in a stocking.
Designated Dog will donate $10 from each shirt to the ARL. Their shirts are made from 6.1 ounce ringspun cotton and are a premium, soft washed garment pigment dyed fabric. The t-shirts are Made in the U.S.A. and are pre-shrunk.
Harding Lane creates unique products that look great and give back. The goal of their winter campaign is to help fund-raise and spread awareness for the ARL through the sale of their “black dog” and “yellow dog” hats. During the holiday season 15% of each sale will be donated to the ARL.
Thank you Harding Lane for helping more animals find homes for the holidays by donating to ARL. #homefortheholidays
Gooseneck Vineyards Bottles of Wine Most of us can agree that a bottle of wine often makes for the ideal hostess gift, but a bottle of wine that helps animals in need, well that just hits it out of the park! Now – December 31 Gooseneck Vineyards will donate $1 to the ARL for every bottle of Gooseneck wine purchased in Massachusetts. For store locations and wine selections visit gooseneckvineyards.com.
If none of these items seem like a good fit for the people left on your list, then consider making a gift to the Animal Rescue League of Boston in the name of the person you are giving the present to. When you make a gift in honor of a person, pet, or occasion, we’ll notify the individual with a personalized card. To make a tribute gift, select “I would like to make a tribute” . Call 617.426.9170 x615 or email us for special requests.
Your donation will go directly to helping animals in need. What better gift is there, other than bringing an animal home for the holidays?
Designated Dog Donates $10 from Every Shirt to ARL
Looking for a stocking-stuffer for the dog lover in your family? How about a fun t-shirt from Designated Dog that benefits animals at the ARL?
The dog lover on your list will love wearing one of these t-shirts and will feel proud to know that this gift supports shelter pets in need!
Designated Dog will donate $10 from each shirt to the Animal Rescue League of Boston. For a rescued animal, each shirt can translate to vaccines, a cozy bed, and even a microchip to help avoid being lost again.
The t-shirts are Made in the U.S.A. and are pre-shrunk.
Watch this video to learn more about Designated Dog and why they chose to donate to the ARL!
Thank you Designated for for choosing to help more animals find homes for the holidays, by donating to the ARL.
Pet of the Week: Greg has been waiting since October
Greg is a goofy and active 2-year-old pup who loves a good squeaky toy! He’s been patiently waiting for a home since October and would like nothing more than to go home with you for the holidays!
He was a long-term stray before being transferred to us from a local animal control facility, so he is thrilled to have recently discovered squeaky toys. Because he is so playful, he can sometimes become overexcited and grab for his toys, so he would do best in a home without small children.
He’s a very clean dog and doesn’t make a mess in his kennel in between walks.
Greg’s ideal home would have a large fenced yard where he can run around during supervised time outside and play fetch or catch a Frisbee
After enough exercise, Greg likes to be a couch potato and settle down inside. He is also treat motivated and would be a great candidate for obedience classes, which are offered here at ARL, which are discounted for adopters.
Greg is a fast learner and a pro at playing fetch. Watch the video below to see his skills!
The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) newest addition, little Piper the kitten, is recovering from delicate surgery performed on Monday to repair her broken back leg.
Just as the cold weather hit, kind Samaritans discovered the 6-8 week-old brown tabby all alone and struggling to walk near an ice cream shop in Orleans, MA. After police brought her to the ARL’s Brewster shelter, ARL veterinarian Dr. Kyle Quigley recommended bringing Piper up to Boston to explore all the options for repairing her leg.
“Piper was anemic, dehydrated, and clearly in some discomfort because of her broken leg,” Dr. Quigley explained. “Because she was so little, we wanted to make sure we helped her heal with minimal pain.”
An x-ray of Piper’s leg with the pins and steel plate post surgery.
The ARL funded Piper’s surgery at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties in Walpole, MA, where veterinary surgeons inserted a steel plate and pins to repair the serious fracture in her thigh. The organization will continue to help Piper rehabilitate over the next 6-8 weeks and begin the process of finding her a permanent home.
“She’s like our very own Tiny Tim,” said Marianne Gasbarro, the ARL’s Boston shelter manager. “She got the treatment she needed just in time and will have a much better life in the new year ahead.”
The ARL expects Piper’s medical costs will top $2,000 with surgery and after care. The organization does not receive any government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help stray animals like Piper recover.
Join the ARL’s Monthly Giving Group – Champions Circle
What’s better than a gift that gives back…? A gift that gives all year long!
The time for year-end donations is upon us and when you make your donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, please consider selecting “I would like to make a recurring gift and join the Champions Circle!“
Champions Circle donors make an immediate impact on the lives of animals in need by providing critical funding year-round for ARL services including, rescue, spay/neuter, rabies clinics and of course our animals shelters.
Active Champions Circle members receive:
A monthly letter with special updates on the animals in our care and ARL events
Our Four Footed Friends, our bi-annual magazine, highlighting the work you make possible
A behind-the-scenes tour of any of our shelters to see your gift in action
Meet Prince! This handsome 1-year-old pup has been at our Boston shelter since October 2 and would love to come home with you for the holidays.
Prince is a sweet boy who loves people and playing with toys. He’s eager to please and wants to learn as much as you’re willing to teach him.
He is very intelligent and responds to his name, as well as come basic commands – “sit”, “look”, and “touch.” Prince can be a lot for another dog to handle, as he is quite pushy and will get in their face; therefore, he will need to go to an experienced owner who will be able to manage his dog-to-dog interactions well.
Prince is still a young boy and he needs lots of exercise, play time, and training. If you’re interested in meeting him, please stop by our Boston shelter!
GivingTuesday might be over, but Eventbrite is helping raise money for charities until December 12. Eventbrite is getting into the giving spirit with a friendly competition and your vote can help the ARL win $2500 for shelter pets.
It’s simple: register now to cast a vote for the Animal Rescue League of Boston. On Friday, December 12, Eventbrite will tally up the votes and donate to each organization based on your votes. 1st place: $2,500, 2nd place: $1,500, 3rd place: $1,000, 4th place: $750, 5th place: $500.
GivingTuesday is Your Chance to Help Animals Like Carrie
All Carrie wants is a home for the holidays and with your help she will have one someday soon!
Here at the ARL we understand that it can take time for a shelter pet to find the perfect home. Carrie, for example, has been waiting since August. Your donations help provide food, care, and enrichment for shelter pets like Carrie while they wait for a new home, no matter how long it takes.
GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving back to the charities and causes you care about most. Express your commitment to helping animals like Carrie by making a gift to the ARL today.
If you’ve already given to the ARL, thank you!
Please take a picture, tag it #unselfie, #givingtuesday and #arlboston and share it on social media to help spread the word about the ARL and GivingTuesday.
For more information about GivingTuesday, visit givingtuesday.org and thank you for your support!