Too Hot for Spot Tuesday: Tips for Safely Running with your Dog in the Summer
Exercising with your dog can be fun, but it’s important to adjust your running schedule in the summer to accommodate your pup. Running in the summer heat with your dog can be dangerous. We humans sweat in the summer, while our dog only has the ability to cool down with the pads of his feet and through panting. Your canine runner may be in excellent condition but over-heating and heatstroke can be fatal for even the most fit canines.
Here are some tips to help keep your pup safe while you train:
- Adjust your running schedule to the early morning or late evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
- Check the weather: It’s no fun to exercise on a 95 degree day with 80 percent humidity — for either one of you. Check the weather the night before and be flexible with your workout time, choosing cooler times of the day to get your run in. Your dog may be really sad and whine when you shut the door, but if it’s way too hot, it’s best to leave him at home where it’s cool.
- Know your breed’s special health concerns: Short-muzzled breeds, like boxers can overheat quickly.
- Watch for signs of dehydration: Bring along a water bottle and a collapsible bowl, periodically giving your dog water breaks
- Consider the surface: Asphalt and concrete can be too hot for furry feet, and rocks and gravel may cause cuts, so stick to dirt roads or sandy trails. After the run, check your dog’s pads for cracking or other injuries.
Remember, your dog can’t tell you when he’s tired, or thirsty. Keep a watchful eye on your dog, and notice whether he’s struggling to keep up, panting excessively, or limping. Take breaks throughout your workout to give him a chance to catch his breath, rest his muscles, and grab a few laps of water.
For more summer pet safety tips visit arlboston.org/summer-safety
Jobs at the Animal Rescue League
Join the ARL team! Animal welfare has many rewarding career paths. Here at the ARL, whether you work in marketing, HR direct animal care and everything in between, you have the chance to interact with our shelter pets at different levels and know that you’re helping to make a difference in the lives of animals in need.
We’re seeking motivated and compassionate individuals with a passion for helping animals to join the Animal Rescue League’s team.
Some of our administrative job openings include:
If you’re looking to work with animals directly, don’t worry, there are jobs here for you too. Both our Boston shelter and Brewster shelter are hiring full time animal care staff.
Stay tuned for more job openings!
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is an equal opportunity employer, and we make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or any other protected characteristic.
For more career information visit arlboston.org/careers
Get Your New Pet Spayed
Did you get a new kitten or puppy this summer? Make sure he or she is neutered/spayed.
The ARL’s mobile spay/neuter unit provides spay/neuter surgeries and other preventive healthcare for dog and cat owners in financial need on the South Shore and Cape Cod.
There are numerous benefits to spaying or neutering your pet. Spay/neuter reduces the cost of pet ownership, diminishes nuisance behaviors, helps prevent aggressive behaviors, increases longevity and improves your pet’s health outlook. Spaying female cats and dogs before their first heat offers protection from uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering male cats and dogs prevents testicular cancer.
Learn more about the Spay Waggin’
Booking an appointment for your cat online is easy or if you prefer, you can also call 1-877-590-SPAY(7729)!
Bring your dog and enjoy our new K-9 play yard!
Join us Tuesday, August 19, 5:30 pm -7:30 pm at our 10 Chandler Street location in the South End as we welcome the community back to our newly renovated K-9 Play Yard and reception area.
Bring your dog and enjoy music by pop violinist and YouTube sensation Rhett Price along with a complimentary summer tasting menu for people and pets catered by local establishments. The ARL’s Boston Veterinary Care will give out pet-oriented swag bags and we’ll also have ARL summer merchandise including soft-plush beach towels available for purchase (all proceeds benefit the animals at our shelters).
This free, fun, casual event is a great way to reconnect with the Animal Rescue League, learn more about us, and mingle with pet-friendly people from the neighborhood.
Let us know if you are coming by RSVP’ing at arlsummersoc.eventbrite.com!
IN CASE OF RAIN: The summer social event will take place on August 26.
Special thanks to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, who generously donated our new reception furniture, as well as Earth Rated, Fish and Bone, Polar Beverages, Polkadog Bakery, Petco Unleashed, Rhett Price, The Barkery and Whole Life Pet for contributions to our reception area and summer social event.
Meet Our Super Pets of the Week from Each of Our Shelters
Dixie is a one-year-old dainty, little cat who came to us from Boston Animal Control after the crisis at their Roslindale facility. She has proved to be high-spirited, and affectionate. She enjoys climbing -riding around on your shoulder is a real treat for her.
Dixie is a high-energy cat and needs an experienced cat owner. She would do best in a home where she’s be the only feline pet.
Read Dixie’s Profile
If Dixie sounds like the cat for you, come meet her at our Boston shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make the purr-fect match, forward this email or share her information via social media.
Henry is a 6-year-old Saint Bernard. This handsome guy is 130 lbs of love!
Henry enjoys back scratches and cuddles, as well as going for walks and playing with small dogs. He wouldn’t mind going to a home with kids and cats, but definitely can’t go to a home with another large dog. Henry didn’t have a lot of training in the early part of his life, but he is very smart and eager to learn!
Read Henry’s Profile
If Henry sounds like the dog for you, come meet him at our Dedham shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make a great match, forward this email or share his information.
Zippy and Tony are a pair of adult male chinchillas. These two are brothers and are looking for a home together! They were used to living with kids, three cats, and a retriever, so they will do well in a busy household again. Zippy is a little more timid than his brother Tony, but they are both fairly outgoing for chinchillas.
A little more about chinchillas: They eat timothy hay, chinchilla pellets, and a few bites of fruit for a treat. They’re active, fast little critters and require a spacious cage. They don’t like to be held, despite the super soft coat. However, they enjoy getting treats and head scratches. Their species originated from a cooler environment, so they need to be kept cool during the hot summer months.
Read Zippy and Tony’s Profile
If Zippy and Zappy sounds like pets for you, come meet them at our Brewster shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make a great match, forward this email or share their information.
To see all of our super pets, view the ARL’s adoptable animals page.
WOW! Thank You to Everyone Who Donated Much Needed Supplies
Earlier this week, we were absolutely astounded when over 30 boxes from Amazon arrived on the steps of our Boston shelter. They came from ARL supporters like you, who saw our request for donations on our Facebook page and purchased much needed supplies through our Amazon wishlist. We are so grateful for your generosity.
Boston shelter manager, Marianne Gasbarro said, “Seeing all those packages arrive made me feel like a kid at Christmas! It was so heartwarming to see such a great response & so fun to open all the surprises. Staff and volunteers kept gathering to see what we and the animals had received! It makes you feel so good to know people care about the shelter’s needs!”
Thank you so much to the following people who made donations for our shelter pets through the Amazon wishlist last week:
- Deborah H.
- Amanda C.
- Pamela Joy B.
- Peter H.
- Jessica D.
- Annette P.
- Samantha S.
- Mary D.
- Elizabeth W.
- Katherine O.
- Erin G.
- Glen & Carol L.
- Lisa K.
- Ashley F.
We’re always in need of new supplies, so if you’d like to make a donation to our shelter, please view our Amazon wishlist: http://bit.ly/arlwishlist
4 Days Left to Help Protect Animals from Abuse in Massachusetts
There are less than 4 days left to get H.4328 to the Massachusetts Senate before it’s too late! This is the final push to get this important bill to the floor.
H. 4328 (formerly called H.4244) increases penalties for animal abuse from 5 years to 7 years and $2,500 to $5,000. The bill also would require veterinarians to report animal cruelty and create a task force to recommend future protections for animals in our state.
Please make two critical phone calls today.
1. To Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo’s Office, 617.722.2500
All you have to do is say this: “Hello, please ask Speaker DeLeo to help pass H.4328 before July 31. This is the bill that would protect animals against animal cruelty in Massachusetts. Thank you.”
2. To the President of the Senate, Senator Murray’s Office, 617.722.1500
“Hello, please ask Senate President, Therese Murray to help pass H.4328. This is the bill that would protect animals against animal cruelty in Massachusetts. Thank you.”
Download an instructional flyer
Why is passing H.4328 so important?
- Massachusetts currently has one of the lowest fines in the nation for animal abuse.
- The penalties for animal abuse have not been updated in almost 10 years.
- 4 out of 5 cases of animal abuse remain undiscovered – requiring veterinarians to report abuse helps prevent cruelty and neglect.
- Studies indicate that 48-87% of veterinarians will encounter cases of animal abuse – some remain unsure about reporting it to authorities.
- The task force included in H. 4328 will make recommendations to improve reporting of animal abuse and increase protections for animals.
Visit arlboston.org/take-action for more on H.328 and what you can do to prevent animal cruelty.
Animal Rescue League of Boston, Boston Veterinary Care, and Boston Fire Department Demonstrate Dangers of Leaving Pets in Parked Cars During Summer
When: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
What: The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Rescue Service Team will demonstrate how quickly temperatures rise to dangerous levels in a parked car in the summer heat–even when parked in the shade. Boston Veterinary Care (BVC) and Boston Fire Department representatives will speak to signs of heat stroke and emergency response. Q&A to follow.
Where: Outside on street at the ARL’s Boston shelter, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116
Why: To raise public awareness about and decrease incidences of pets left in hot cars. Leaving a pet inside a parked car is the most common cause of heat stroke.
- ARL Rescue Services Team in action
- B-roll and photos of Boston Fire Department rescue
- SOT of BVC describing heat stroke signs and treatment
Visit arlboston.org/summer-safety for tips about treating heatstroke, keeping your pet calm during a thunderstorm or safe during a house fire, and other advice from the ARL and BVC.
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. Visit arlboston.org for more information.
About Boston Veterinary Care
BVC is a clinic with a purpose: providing high quality veterinary care to Boston pet owners while supporting the services of the ARL. The friendly and caring staff at BVC provide a full range of outpatient veterinary services to pet owners at the clinic’s location in Boston’s historic South End. All profits support the care and rehabilitation of homeless animals at ARL shelters. Visit bostonvetcare.com for clinic hours and appointment information.
Too Hot for Spot: Beach Safety Tips for You and Your Dog
Beach days can be a blast when you bring along a canine buddy, but taking a dog to the beach requires some preparation, know-how and a little common sense.
Whether your dog’s running around, jumping through waves, or just laying in the sun, it’s important to remember that anything that can harm you can harm Fido too including, sunburns, riptides, jellyfish, broken glass, sharp shells and aggressive dogs.
Here are some very important tips that will help your dog stay safe at the beach:
- Provide a shady retreat under a beach umbrella, tree or a make-shift tent.
- Bring plenty of fresh, cool water and a dog bowl.
- The sand can be scorching on sensitive paws, so offer a blanket or towel for your dog.
- Take caution with short-muzzled breeds, like pugs, Boston terriers, and shih tzus. They can overheat very quickly.
- Watch for signs of overheating. Symptoms may include: rapid panting and drooling, coordination problems, vomiting and/or diarrhea, collapse and loss of consciousness .
- Avoid Sunburns: Short-coated dogs, light-colored dogs and those with pink noses can sunburn the same way that we do.
- Keep a collar and ID tags on your dog at all times.
- Check with your vet to make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations and licenses.
Lastly, follow beach rules! Many beaches don’t allow dogs in season or during peak hours. Remember that beach rules are actually laws, and can be punishable by a fine. Check online to make sure your beach allows dogs before you go and take notice of any rules posted near the beach.
Supervise your pet as you would a child, this will ensure that he’s safe and not bothering anyone who might not enjoy the company of a dog as much as you do.
Now that you’re prepared for a beach day, go have some fun in the sun with your canine pal!
For more information about summer pet safety visit arlboston.org/summer-safety.
Sugar – A Young Horse at our Dedham Shelter Finally Found a Home this Weekend!
After 399 days at the Animal Rescue League’s shelter in Dedham, Sugar, a playful three-year-old filly, went home with a wonderful new family over the weekend. She’ll be living on beautiful Cape Cod with a family that’s excited to take on the feat of starting her under a saddle and treating her like a family pet.
Sugar first came to us with her mother back in July of 2013 after we rescued her from a small tenant farm in Southeastern, MA. She was severely neglected – left on a muddy paddock with no food or water – and had never been trained to interact with humans.
Read her story.
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our Dedham staff who worked with Sugar regularly to teach her to trust humans again, this great horse will make a great companion for her new family.
On Saturday, Sugar walked onto the trailer carefree and ready for her next adventure!
We’re so happy that this fantastic family has brought Sugar into their lives and are giving her the chance to be a beloved pet and best friend to their 16-year-old daughter!