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)
Yesterday, Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey announced the Norfolk County Grand Jury handed down 12 indictments for animal abuse and one indictment for misleading police in the on-going investigation of the suspect in the Puppy Doe case.
“Today’s indictments move the existing case from the Quincy District Court to the Norfolk Superior Court,” District Attorney Morrissey also reported.
In Massachusetts, a District Court can only impose a maximum sentence of two and a half years in a county House of Correction. Previously, the District Attorney’s Office indicated each count of animal abuse carries a five-year prison term.
“Only a justice of the Superior Court can order longer terms to be served in a State Prison,” District Attorney Morrissey explained.
Morrissey said that the suspect’s arraignment on these indictments in Norfolk Superior Court has not yet been scheduled, but that he expects it to be set before December 20, when the defendant would otherwise return to the Quincy District Court. “At the time of the Superior Court arraignment, the District Court case will be withdrawn as superseded.”
The suspect plead not guilty to multiple counts of animal cruelty and one count of misleading police investigators at his arraignment in late October in Quincy District Court. At the arraignment, Judge Mark S. Coven ordered the suspect held on $500,000 cash bail.
Like you, we will continue to closely follow criminal proceedings against the suspect. To learn more about what you can do to prevent future case of animal abuse, visit arlboston.org/take-action.
On Giving Tuesday Help Families and Their Pets When They Need it Most
Imagine the heartbreak of being unable to afford veterinary care when your cherished pet is hurting. It is a scenario that we all hope never to face, but sadly it is the unfortunate reality for some pet owners who are struggling to make ends meet.
The Phillips family was faced with this exact situation when their beloved 8-month-old black lab mix Riley suddenly became very ill back in February 2012. The family watched helplessly as he went from a playful and rambunctious puppy to a sickly pup that refused to eat or drink.
After calling numerous clinics in the area in hopes of finding someone who could help and being declined due to financial constraints, they started to fear that their only option to stop Riley’s suffering was to put him down. Thankfully, they called Boston Veterinary Care at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, where they were finally able to get the assistance Riley so desperately needed by utilizing the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
The Fund aims to help owners that are suffering from financial hardship by providing the emergency care their animals need at little to no cost.
We hope you’ll make a gift to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on December 3 for Giving Tuesday, so that animals like Riley and owners like the Phillips family can have a second chance together.
Riley was immediately given a thorough examination by the dedicated team at Boston Veterinary Care and it was determined that he had an obstruction in his intestines. Although the family was not entirely sure, they suspected that Riley had gotten a hold of a styrofoam takeout container right before he became ill.
Unfortunately, Riley’s condition had become so severe that in order to save his life, BVC’s veterinarians had to perform emergency exploratory surgery. Once inside, they discovered that Riley did in fact have an obstruction that was causing him extreme pain and required the removal of a portion of his intestines. This complex surgical procedure cost $1,700, which was more than the Phillips family could afford to pay, but thankfully the League’s Alice T. Whitney Fund covered the entire cost of the procedure and saved Riley’s life.
When Riley and his family were finally reunited after his surgery, Riley’s tail wagged furiously and he showered them with kisses. Soon thereafter he was back to being the rambunctious puppy the Phillips family knew and loved.
Please consider giving to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund. You can help families like the Phillips when they need it most.
Check out our blog next Tuesday for another story about a family and their pet, whose life was saved thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
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!
Puppy Doe suffered some of the most sadistic abuse anyone that the Animal Rescue League of Boston has ever seen, yet her case could have just as easily remained concealed were it not for people expressing their concerns to authorities.
When a passerby found Puppy Doe near a park, this private citizen called police.
When the veterinarian who initially treated Puppy Doe had questions about the extent of the injuries and wounds she saw on the dog’s body, she called the ARL to share her suspicions.
Her case has drawn a great deal of attention to the issue of animal cruelty, and many are calling for tougher laws.
While legislation that improves the way we treat and protect animals in Massachusetts will help prevent future cases like Puppy Doe’s, we must all accept our collective responsibility to protect animals like Puppy Doe and have the courage when we see or suspect animal abuse, to report it to our local police.
Because animals have no voice, it’s not surprising that, by some estimates, as many as four out of five casesof animal cruelty go undiscovered.
In spite of the excruciating and unimaginable pain Puppy Doe endured, she did it in silence. She had no choice. We can all be a voice for victims of animal cruelty like her if when we see something, we say something.
Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. GIVING TUESDAY.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is proud to partner with GivingTuesday for the second year in a row!
Our goal is to raise $5,000 for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on December 3. Please save the date!
#GivingTuesday is a special call to action and creates a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season to inspire giving every day.
While you start your holiday shopping, please keep in mind that there are families who are sometimes forced to choose between paying their rent or getting Fido lifesaving surgery after he was accidentally hit by a car. On GivingTuesday we ask that you help those families by donating to the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
The Fund provides financial assistance to families with limited economic means so they don’t have to make the agonizing choice between everyday necessities and caring for their pet at the time of an emergency.
Every Tuesday throughout the month of November we’ll share with you the story of a family and their pet, whose life was saved thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Fund.
You can give the gift of love and time to a family and their pet in their time of need.
Dressing your pet for Halloween can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to remember that the safety and comfort of your pet should be your number one priority.
A super creative & smart CHIA PET costume idea! This costume kept this pup warm on a chilly day, but didn’t impede his ability to walk around or see what’s around him.
When searching for the perfect pet costume make sure to find something that fits your dog properly and does not restrict your dog’s movement. The last thing you want is for your pooch to turn into a stone statue for Halloween, because he won’t move in his costume. You’re likely to find the largest selection of costumes online, but be sure to purchase far enough in advance of any Halloween events, so that you have time to return the costume. If the costume doesn’t fit, return it. Pet costumes are available at a number of shops including Petco (both in store and online), and at your local neighborhood shops such as, The Fish & Bone and Polka Dog Bakery. When possible try a costume on in store, so that you can make sure it fits.
Avoid costumes with masks that cover eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. These could make it hard for your pup to breathe and your dog could suffocate. A number of costumes feature hoods that cover your pet’s ears. If you find a costume that you like, but it has a hood, hat or headpiece, remove the headpiece or don’t pull the hood over your pet’s head. Most people will grasp the idea of the costume, even without the cowboy hat. It’s important for your pet to have access to all of his senses and he’ll be much happier if his ears are uncovered.
If your pet is not accustomed to wearing clothing, try the costume on several times before the big event, so that you pet can get acclimated to wearing it. Be sure to have plenty of treats in hand and praise your pet for taking his first steps in the costume.
Know that some pets just won’t wear costumes. If after several attempts your pet won’t keep the costume on, don’t force it and instead try going with a festive Halloween collar or bandana.
From the very beginning of the investigation into Puppy Doe’s abuse, we wanted the person responsible for this heinous crime to be found and brought to justice as quickly as possible. The Quincy Police Department and the District Attorney shared our sense of urgency in identifying the perpetrator, and we want to thank both organizations for their diligence and continuous hard work in pursuit of justice for Puppy Doe.
For the safety of people and animals in our community, we feel a tremendous sense of relief that a suspect is now in custody.
The arrest comes after many weeks of dedicated and intensive investigation by the Quincy Police Department. We look forward to attending the press conference tomorrow morning at Quincy Police Department headquarters following the arraignment of the suspect to share more details of the investigation.
Black Jack is Back with His Family Thanks to the ARL & His Microchip
Black Jack back with him mom.
On October 16 a women called our Dedham shelter looking to surrender a stray cat that she had found in her yard. She described that cat as very thin, stating that he seemed like he had been outside for a while. When she brought the cat into the ARL, he was immediately examined by our veterinarian and scanned for a microchip. We were happy to find that this stray kitty did have a microchip, but unfortunately the number was never registered.
After a little more investigating, our Dedham shelter staff discovered where the microchip had been shipped to and we were able to obtain the owners information that way.
Armed with the owner’s name and phone number we braced themselves for a dead end, but much to our surprise when the person picked up the phone, it turned out to be a match for the name of the person who had purchased the micro chip!
We explained that we are calling from the Animal Rescue League of Boston in Dedham, in regards to her cat, Black Jack. The owner was so caught off guard she dropped her phone. As soon as she picked it back up, she asked us to repeat what we had said. Again our shelter team member said, “we are calling in regards to your cat Black Jack.”
Before we could go on, the woman became emotional and asked if he was alive and okay. Apparently, when she had moved to her new place in Canton, Black Jack who was an indoor cat, had somehow escaped.
The best part of the story?! Black Jack is 16 years old and has been missing for two years!
Somehow in those two years, he managed to travel 25 miles from Canton, Ma to South Weymouth. We will never know what sorts of adventures Black Jack experienced in those two years, but we do know that thanks to his microchip and the investigative work of the ARL’s Dedham staff, Black Jack is back with his family!
When Black Jack’s mom came in to pick him up, she was overjoyed and a little worried that Black Jack wouldn’t recognize her, but Black Jack did not disappoint. When we brought Black Jack out she immediately embraced him in her arms and gave him kisses. She took one look at him and he put his head on her chest as if to say “Hi mom, I missed you.“
If your pet is not microchipped, we can’t urge you enough to go to your local veterinarian and have him/her microchipped as soon as possible! Without the microchip, Black Jack would probably have never been reunited with his family.