Watch for 7 Warning Signs of Animal Cruelty, Says Animal Rescue League of Boston

As part of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, ARL encourages public to report concerns to local authorities

 Boston, MA – During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month this April, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) wants to help the public better understand the importance of reporting suspected animal cruelty to local authorities.

“All too often, animal cruelty remains undiscovered,” explains Mary Nee, president of ARL. “By many estimates, four out of five cases remain concealed from authorities. Public awareness and reporting suspicions of animal cruelty play a critical role in prevention.”

According to the National Link Coalition, a strong connection exists between animal abuse and other forms of family and community violence. Law enforcement agencies including the International Association of Chiefs of Police have also expressed concern about the relationship between animal cruelty, domestic violence, child and elder abuse, and other violent crimes.

“Breaking the self-perpetuating cycle of violence, protecting animals, and creating safe, humane communities has to be a priority for us all,” adds Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of animal welfare at the ARL.

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During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, pick up an emergency contact card from an ARL animal shelter in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham.

While most members of the public recognize that punching, kicking, burning, choking, or hitting an animal with an object are acts of animal cruelty, there are also more subtle signs to watch for that could indicate mistreatment, neglect, or abuse. 

To help the public better understand the issue, the ARL offers 7 warning signs of animal cruelty:

1.                Howling or barking for a sustained period of time or hearing an animal cry in pain with higher pitched, more persistent vocal sounds than usual.

2.                Singed, matted, chronically or excessively dirty hair or fur.

3.                Wounds, unusual scars, hair loss, frequent limping often on different legs, or signs of improper nutrition such as weight loss or prominent visible ribs.

4.                Animals kept caged or tied with little room to move for long periods of time or without regular interaction with people.

5.                Lack of protection from the weather or fece- or debris-strewn living areas for animals.

6.                Collars, leashes, or halters so tight they visibly dig into the animal’s face or neck.

7.                A large number of animals coming or going from a property.

If you know or suspect animal cruelty, Nee says contact your local authorities as quickly as possible: “We can all give a voice to victims of animal cruelty if, when we see something, we say something to local law enforcement.”

 Visit an ARL animal shelter in Boston, Brewster or Dedham in April to pick-up a “See Something, Say Something” emergency contact card. Learn more about preventing animal cruelty at arlboston.org/take-action.

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the ARL is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In 2013, the ARL served over 14,000 individual animals through our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, and our law enforcement, rescue, and veterinary services. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.

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Thank You Thursday: 60 Cats Spayed/Neutered at Fix A Feral Clinic

First Feral Cat Clinic of 2014

Clinic organizer and Boston shelter Manager, Marianne, was simply thrilled with the outcome of the clinic!

Clinic organizer and Boston shelter manager, Marianne, was simply thrilled with the outcome of the clinic!

We’d like to thank all of the volunteers and staff who helped with Sunday’s Feral Cat Clinic at our Boston shelter.

A total of 60 cats were spayed or neutered. It turned out that two of the cats were friendly strays and we were able to take them in to our Boston shelter. They should be available for adoption soon.

Our group of volunteers included 6 surgeons and a Tuft’s student and an additional 23 volunteers! Without all of them, our Feral Cat Clinics would not be possible.

We’d also like to thank Cask n’ Flagon for generously donating lunch for our volunteers to help get them through the long day!

Our Feral Cat Clinics are in their 5th year and are gaining momentum with each clinic. Great job everyone!

If you’re interested in becoming a trapper and helping TNR (trap/neuter/release) a feral cat community near you, please email feralcatinfo@arlboston.org today. We are always in need of more feral cat trappers.

Learn more about feral cats: arlboston.org/fix-a-feral

One of the cats at the clinic.

One of the cats at the clinic.

Lunch delivery!

Lunch delivery from Cask n’ Flagon !

 

Turtle’s Story: From Bait Dog to Therapy Dog and Lobbyist

National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month Starts Today

Turtle in the place where she was discovered.

Turtle in the place where she was discovered.

April is National Prevention to Cruelty to Animals Month and we’d like to share with you the story of a dog who exemplifies how much reporting concerns of animal abuse, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect to local authorities truly impacts the lives of animals in our communities.

On the night of December 14, 2009, the Animal Rescue League of Boston responded to a call about an injured dog in Hyde Park. Had someone not called, Turtle probably would not have made it through the night.

The ARL found an emaciated and gravely wounded female pit bull dog – who we named Turtle because she was discovered near Turtle Pond Parkway – lying curled up and motionless in the cold. She was extremely weak and covered with scars and open sores.

Our rescue team immediately determined that Turtle’s injuries were consistent with her being used as a “bait dog” to train fighting dogs. Bait dogs are commonly discarded after a life of cruel and inhumane treatment, and she had obviously been left for dead.

Turtle at Tufts

Turtle at Tufts

Turtle was transported to Tufts Veterinary Emergency Hospital where veterinarians were able to stabilize her condition. She successfully underwent surgery to close numerous bite wounds and she received treatment for broken teeth, intestinal parasites, fleas and nutritional deficiencies. Once she recovered from her surgery she faced a long and arduous period of physical and behavioral rehabilitation at the ARL.

After months spent in the care of the ARL’s foster program, Turtle became a completely different dog. She was soon after adopted by her attending veterinarian from the evening she was found, Dr. April Paul. from Tufts who helped save her life.

Today, Turtle lives a happy, healthy life, spending much of her time visiting schools and hospitals as a therapy dog and lobbying for animals and encouraging people to give a voice to victims of animal cruelty at the Massachusetts State House.

Turtle after her recovery, bringing joy to children.

Turtle after her recovery, bringing joy to children.

See Something, Say Something:
3 Signs a Dog May Be Being Used for Dog Fighting
Source: Pets for Patriots

  1. Obvious signs of trauma, such as scars, open wounds, infections,
  2. Missing body parts, such as ears, eyes and partial tails.
  3. Training equipment on a property, such as treadmills or spring poles.

Learn more about how you can give a voice to the victims of animal cruelty: arlboston.org/take-action

Turtle on the steps of the Massachusetts State House.

Turtle on the steps of the Massachusetts State House.

 

Happy Tail: Bruschi is Truly a Part of the Family

Update from Bruschi (Adopted 11/25/13)

Bruschi, his new fam,. staff and volunteers on the day he was adopted.

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

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The family out in the snow.

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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.).

 

Pets of the Week: Rio and Sid, Miss Luna and Pebbles

Pets Seeking Human Companions

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 & Sid
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!

Read Rio & Sid’s Profile

If Rio and Sid sound like the pets for you, come meet them at our Boston shelter! Or, if you think they’d make the a great match for a friend, please spread the word.

03-28-14 Miss Luna

Miss Luna is a beautiful 6-year old kitty with a shy, but sweet disposition. She warms up to new people quickly, but would probably prefer a quiet home.

We do not know how she would do with other animals, but a slow introduction is best if bringing her home to other animals.

Her previous owner said that once she’s comfortable with you, she’s quite the snuggler.

Read Miss Luna’s profile

Miss Luna is eagerly waiting to meet you today, so come meet her at our Dedham shelter!

03-28-14 PebblesPebbles 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.

Read Pebbles’ adoption profile

If Pebbles sounds like the bunny for you, visit him at the Brewster shelter!

 

Thank You Thursday: Dog Treat Bakeries Donate to ARL

Thank You to PolkaDog Bakery & The Barkery

Last week’s Lobby Day was made a little sweeter (for the dogs that is) thanks to ARL supporters Polka Dog Bakery and The Barkery.

We distributed their generously donated, custom dog treats throughout the Massachusetts State House to legislators and Lobby Day participants.

Thank you to both PolkaDog Bakery and The Barkery for helping to get the word out about the ARL and for providing us with such awesome items to hand out. We really appreciate your generous donations!

The Barkery's custom treats looked good enough for human to eat!

The Barkery’s custom treats looked good enough for human to eat!

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Little Oscar couldn’t get enough of these treats from PolkaDog Bakery.

 

Happy Tail: Harry Truman Passes Dog Training Boot Camp

Update on Harry Truman nka Jackson

photo7The 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!

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Winter Weather Closure at ARL Brewster

Due to the impending storm, the ARL’s Brewster shelter will be closed to the public tomorrow, Wednesday, March 26.

The snowy scene from our Brewster shelter.

A snowy scene from the ARL’s Brewster shelter earlier this winter.

A very special thank you to the members of our dedicated staff in Brewster who will keep the animals in our care company as the winter winds blow!

Our Boston and Dedham shelters currently plan to open as scheduled.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for real-time updates on storm-related closures and activities!

 

Tips for Tails at Centre Street Cafe in JP

Fundraiser in Jamaica Plain this Weekend

Throughout the weekend of March 21st through March 23rd, Marc, from Centre Street Cafe in Jamaica Plain is donating all of his tips from his shifts to the ARL!

The ARL’s director of development, Julie Ann McNary will be at Centre Street Cafe on Saturday to answer questions about the organization and share information about the ARL’s important work.

03-22-14 Photo Marc with DogLearn more about Marc’s event or support his cause by visiting his donation page: crowdrise.com/MarcAnimalRescueLeague

The fundraiser will take place during the following times:

  • 03/21 Friday night dinner: 5p.m.-9:30p.m.
  • 03/22 Saturday brunch: 9a.m.-3p.m.
  • 03/22 Saturday dinner: 5p.m.-9:30p.m.
  • 03/23 Sunday brunch: 9a.m.-3p.m.

We’d like to say thank you to Marc for choosing to raise funds for the ARL and for caring so much about shelter animals! Your support is much appreciated!

 

Thank You Thursday: The Broadway Dog Spa Donates Grooming Services for Lynnfield Dogs

Thank You Broadway Dog Spa!

The six dogs that the ARL’s Rescue Team removed from the Lynnfield hoarding house a few weeks ago underwent a dramatic transformation thanks to The Broadway Dog Spa in South Boston. The ARL doesn’t have professional groomers on staff, so whenever we take in a dog with a dire need for grooming, we rely on support from local businesses to help the dog look his or her best.

From the moment we took in the Lynnfield dogs we knew that they needed to see a groomer as soon as possible! All of their coats were overgrown and some were caked in feces and urine. Not only was a good grooming important to the dogs getting adopted, it was important to their overall health and self esteem.

The Broadway Dog Spa generously agreed to donate their grooming services to help. Take a look through our before and after photos and you’ll see the dramatic transformation. They look like entirely different dogs!

Most importantly, the grooming seemed to change their dispositions. They were clearly happier after their grooming. The dog with the most obvious shift was Zorro. Initially, very timid, he would hide in the back of his kennel and cower. Immediately after his grooming it was as though a huge weight had been lifted off of him. His tail wouldn’t stop wagging and he would run to the front of his kennel, eager for attention.

Today’s Thank You Thursday is dedicated to Michelle at The Broadway Dog Spa for coming to the aid of these dogs and generously donating grooming services to the ARL. Thank you!

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Georgina Before-After