Tomorrow’s the Big Day to Give. Make it Count!

Tomorrow is GivingTuesday

watson UNselfieWe have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. On GivingTuesday, we have a day for charity and goodwill.

Tomorrow, December 2, 2014, is GivingTuesday, when people around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and giving back.

Listen to an NPR story about GivingTuesday.

Express your kindness and compassion by donating to animals in need on GivingTuesday!

Here’s how your gift can help animals at ARL shelters and in the community:

  • $10 - Can cover the cost of a shelter pet’s microchip
  • $25 – Can provide two shelter dogs with breakfast and dinner
  • $50 – Can help with spay/neuter surgery for an adoptable animal
  • $100 – Can help an animal receive emergency surgery
  • $500 – Can spay or neuter an entire feral cat colony to prevent over population

If you have already given to the ARL, thank you! Please take a picture, tag it #unselfie, #givingtuesday and #arlboston and share it on social media.

For more information about Giving Tuesday, visit givingtuesday.org and thank you for your support!

To make a donation now, click the green “donate” button at the top right of our website or click here.

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It’s Black Friday at the ARL!

Special things in store for everyone who adopts today

All ARL shelters are open for business on Black Friday with a special “deal” of our own!  Everyone who adopts from one of our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham on November 28 will receive:

  • The unwavering love and loyalty of a shelter pet (no limit on supply!)
  • An ARL pet emergency backpack (cat or dog version, while supplies last)
  • Free first wellness visit at Boston Veterinary Care vet clinic
  • Free pet toothbrush and toothpaste (while supplies last)
  • Only in Boston and Dedham – Coupon for 20% off your entire purchase with PALS reward from Petco Unleashed
  • Only in Boston – Coupon for 20% off your entire purchase at D’Tails (73 Berkeley Street, Boston)
  • Only in Brewster – Coupon for $10 off your pet supply purchase of $40 or more at Agway
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Maverick loves to play and sing. Come meet him on Black Friday at the ARL’s Boston shelter.

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Carrie loves being the center of attention. Come meet her on Black Friday at the ARL’s Boston shelter.

Generous supporters of the ARL have also pre-paid the adoption fees on select shelter animals, including the  bear-huggable Carrie and the ever-spunky Maverick.

Our Black Friday specials are part of our “Home for the Holidays” community outreach campaign to encourage adoption and support for animals in need in our community.  Visit arlboston.org/homeforholidays for more information.

Shelter locations and hours on Black Friday are as follows:

Boston
10 Chandler Street, Boston
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Brewster
3981 Main St. (Route 6A), East Brewster
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Dedham
55 Anna’s Pl, Dedham
1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Leave These 5 Foods Off Your Pet’s Holiday Menu

Ideas for Keeping Your Pets Healthy and Happy this Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, eat great food and enjoy the company of our family and friends, which often includes our pets. While it’s wonderful to include your pets in your holiday traditions, it’s important to limit the amount and types of food that your pets consume on Thanksgiving. Foods that are fine for humans (and would seem okay for dogs) can actually be very dangerous for your pet.

The following foods should be avoided on Thanksgiving, no bones about it!

  1. 11-25 Thanksgiving Foods Photo 3Turkey Bones
    Turkey bones are small and can become lodged in your dog’s throat, stomach, or intestinal tract. They may also splinter and cause severe damage to the stomach or puncture the small intestine.
  2. Fat Trimmings
    Fatty foods like turkey skin and gravy are difficult for dogs to digest, and consuming turkey skin can result in pancreatitis. Symptoms for this serious disease include vomiting, extreme depression, reluctance to move, and abdominal pain.
  3. Dough/Cake Batter
    Since dough and cake batter contain raw eggs, the first concern for people and pets is salmonella bacteria. What’s more, dough may actually rise in your dog’s belly, which can lead to vomiting, severe abdominal pain, and bloating.
  4. Raisins/Grapes
    Though the causes of their toxicity are unknown, ingesting grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  5. Garlic, Mushrooms, and Onions
    All three of these foods can damage your dog’s internal organs, including kidneys, liver, and the central nervous system. Symptoms can include seizures, coma, vomiting, and possibly death.

Need to keep your canine pal busy while you’re busy in the kitchen or entertaining?

“Food puzzles and interactive toys like Kongs or Buster Cubes are a great way to entertain your dog when you’re busy and distracted getting the turkey in and out of the oven,” says Kim Melanson, CPDT-KA.

Remember to keep your vet’s number handy.

Should your pet become ill and show any of the above symptoms, be sure to have your veterinarian’s phone number and the local animal emergency hospital’s number on hand. A quick call to either of them can give you life-saving advice or even help you avoid a trip to the ER. You can reach Boston Veterinary Care at (617) 226-5605.

For more helpful tips about dog and cat health and behavior, visit arlboston.org/helpfultips

 

GivingTuesday is Just 1 Week Away!

‘Tis the Season to be #Unselfie

You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know there is a special day for giving back to causes close to your heart? GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. Next Tuesday, December 2 please make a gift to the Animal Rescue League and help more shelter pets find loving homes during the holidays with your donation.

Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday inspires people to give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support.

unselfie definitionHere are some easy steps for GivingTuesday:

  1. Make an online donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston
  2. Take an #Unselfie that says why you support animals at the Animal Rescue League
  3. Share your #Unselfie on social media and tag @arlboston #arlboston

If you’re wondering how your donations can help our shelter animals, take  a look below:

$10 –Can cover the cost of a shelter pet’s microchip

$25 – Can provide two shelter dogs with breakfast and dinner for a day

$50 – Can help with spay/neuter surgery for an adoptable animal or feral cat

$100 – Can help an animal receive emergency surgery

Please show that you’re #UNselfie on GivingTuesday. Help animals at the Animal Rescue League of Boston with your donation and message of goodwill. No act of kindness is too big or too small!

Don’t want to wait until GivingTuesday to make a difference? You can donate now.

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Senior Pet of the Week: Rudy, a 10 Year-Young Chi

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month. Open Your Heart to Rudy!

11-21-14 Rudy_pic1Rudy is a 10-year young chihuahua. This senior dog is really just a friendly, silly little boy.

Don’t let his senior age fool you, he has lots of spunk in his tiny body and enjoys playing and running around. He’ll wiggle around on the rug and put a show on for you.

He does pretty well on crate training but could use some reminders when going home.

This sweet dog has been at the ARL since October 24. Rudy doesn’t ask for much, he just wants a human to love and a little fleece blanket to burrow in and he’ll be one happy man. He would like nothing more than to have a caring home for the holidays! 

Watch his adorable video below and you’ll fall in love with him!

Read Rudy’s profile.

If Rudy sounds like the pup for you, come meet him at our Boston shelter this weekend. He’s waiting for you!

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ARL’s Black Friday Deal to Help Get Animals Home for the Holidays

Boston, MA –For staff and volunteers at the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), giving animals in need a chance to experience joy and companionship are what the holidays are all about. To encourage adoption and support for animals in need, the ARL will launch the “Home for the Holidays” community outreach campaign, featuring special events and stories all aimed at helping animals in the community.

Black Friday Deal“The happiest part of the work we do all year is bringing animals and people together,” explains Mary Nee, president of the ARL. “Our biggest holiday wish is for the animals in our care and individuals willing to open their hearts to find each other.”

On Black Friday, all ARL shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham will open for business with a special “Black Friday deal” of its own. Everyone who adopts from the ARL on Black Friday will receive:

  • The unwavering love and loyalty of a shelter pet (no limit on supply!)
  • An ARL pet emergency backpack (cat or dog version, while supplies last)
  • Free first wellness visit at Boston Veterinary Care vet clinic
  • Free pet toothbrush and toothpaste (while supplies last)
  • Coupon for 20% off your entire purchase with PALS reward from Petco Unleashed
  • Coupon for 20% off your entire purchase at D’Tails (73 Berkeley Street, Boston)

Generous supporters of the ARL have also pre-paid the adoption fees on select shelter animals. Visit arlboston.org for shelter hours on Black Friday and to search adoptable animals.

Every year, the ARL unites over 3,000 deserving animals with families and places 850 in foster homes with dedicated ARL volunteers.

For more information about the ARL’s “Home for the Holidays” campaign and how you can help animals in need this holiday season, visit arlboston.org/homeforholidays

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.

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4 Years Lost and a Long Way from Home

Billy is Home for the Holidays After 4 Years Thanks to the ARL & His Microchip!

11-20-14 BillyPicWhen Billy first arrived at our Boston shelter from an animal control facility in Western Massachusetts, we could tell he was special. This handsome Bull Terrier was very friendly and seemed like he had an interesting story to tell.

After doing a quick scan, we discovered that he had a microchip… that traced back to Australia! Our intake liaison called several microchip companies, but none of them had a record for him. With only one more company on her list, were hopeful that this would be Billy’s chance for reconnecting with his family, and it was. The Canadian microchip company confirmed that Billy had been microchipped in Australia.

When Alana called his family they couldn’t believe that their Billy had been found and that he was all the way in Boston. He had been stolen from them fours years ago and they had searched for him far and near. His owner drove over from Western Massachusetts to our Boston shelter the following day and the connection was undeniable.

Billy was thrilled to see his dad! That day we learned a few things about Billy. He had been a show-dog since he was a puppy and now has 8 show-stopping grand kids who were waiting for him at home.

Watch the video of his happy reunion with his owner, below.

52% of dogs who enter a shelter with a microchip are successfully returned to their owners and Billy’s story serves as an important reminder to microchip your pets.

We’re so thrilled that Billy will be home for the holidays after all these years!

Your support makes stories like Billy’s possible.

Please help more animals find a home for the holidays this season by making your year-end donation today! Donate online.

 

Cat Food Drive for Boston’s Homeless Cats

Prepping for Thanksgiving? Save some for Boston’s Homeless Cats!

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23, the ARL is hosting a Cat Food Drive, to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston. We’ll accept donations of unopened wet or dry cat food from 9am – 3:30pm both days in the lobby of our Boston headquarters in Boston’s South End.

ARL of Boston Lobby
10 Chandler Street
Boston, MA 02118

What better way to get in the holiday spirit than by giving to those in need?

The cat food bank drive marks the start of the ARL’s “Home for the Holidays” community outreach campaign to encourage adoption and support for animals in need during the holidays. All donations of cat food will defray the food cost associated with the on-going care of homeless cats in the community.

Cat food donations will go to feral cat caretakers in Boston, as well as ARL foster volunteers who provide one-on-one care to cats recovering from surgery or re-acclimating to life in a home prior to adoption.

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Pawblo Picasso 2015 Pet Calendars Benefit ARL

Thank You Thursday: Proceeds from Pawblo Picasso’s 2015 Pet Calendars Go to ARL Shelter Pets

The holidays are just around the corner and Pawblo Picasso is donating 15% of the proceeds from their 2015 desk calendars directly to the ARL, so you can give a great gift AND give to animals in need at the same time.

11-13-14 2015cdcasecalendargraphic_dogThe 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.

View or buy the 2015 Dog Desk Calendar

View or buy the 2015 Cat Desk Calendar

Don’t want to shop online? There’s a list of local retailers who carry the calendars.

Thank you Pawblo Picasso for helping ARL’s shelter pets find a Home for the Holidays by donating a portion of the proceeds from your calendars to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

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Pawblo Picasso 2015 Pet Calendars Benefit ARL

 

Dog of the Week: Carrie, a Whole Lot of Love Here

It’s the last day of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Open your heart to Carrie!

10-31-14 Carrie PicCarrie is a fun 2-year-old dog, who loves to play and will do anything for a treats. She was surrendered to the ARL when her previous owner’s work schedule changed and she was too active for the household. She’s been at our Boston shelter since August 14 and we hope she finds the loving home she deserves, very soon.

Carrie enjoys going for walks and spending time with her human friends. She is very playful and loves to chew on stuffed toys.

Carrie can be picky of her dog friends, but has made a few in her time here at the shelter. Her best bud, Tyson, just went home last week, so she’s hoping it’s her turn now.

One of Carrie’s favorite things is to be at the center of attention, and she would prefer being the only dog in the home.

10-31-14 Carrie Pic 2You’ll notice that Carrie is a bit on the tubby side, and while she looks adorable as she is, she would benefit from a diet. Luckily, she loves to run and play so helping her trim down will be a breeze for someone who has the time to dedicate to her.

A generous adopter has paid part of Carrie’s adoption fee forward to help her find a home during Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, so her fee is discounted by $125.

If Carrie sounds like the dog for you, please visit the ARL’s Boston shelter to meet her! She’d love to be your new best friend!

Read Carrie’s profile.

Carrie being a goofy girl with shelter agent, Laura.

Carrie being a goofy girl with shelter agent, Laura.