Animal Rescue League of Boston and MSPCA-Angell partner in response to large-scale hoarding situation
MEDIA AVAIL: Monday, March 10, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, ARLBoston’s Boston Shelter, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA
Boston, MA – At the end of February, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) partnered with MSPCA-Angell to remove 199 animals from a home in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.
In one of the largest hoarding situations the ARL has responded to in recent years, a wide range of species including dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles lived in unsanitary conditions, stacked in cages and crates in different areas of the home. All of the animals were voluntarily surrendered to the ARL and MSPCA-Angell.
After the ARL’s Rescue Services team removed animals from the home, 60 came to the organization’s Boston shelter. According to Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of animal welfare at the ARL and a member of the veterinary response team that provided medical care to the animals as they arrived at the shelter, many had serious health issues resulting from neglect.
Danielle Genter, senior rescue technician at the ARL, comforts one of the dogs removed from a hoarding situation in Lynnfield, MA, at the end of February.
“When people suffer from the complex psychological conditions that lead to animal hoarding, they become overwhelmed with caring for all the animals they accumulate,” explains Dr. Smith-Blackmore.
“In hoarding situations, both the owner and the animals need help. If you see something that suggests an animal hoarding situation, say something to your local authorities.”
The ARL’s veterinary and shelter staff mobilized a temporary isolation area for the cats requiring long-term medical treatment and found places for them at the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats in Lunenburg, where they will continue to receive rehabilitative care. The ARL also asked Jabberwock Reptiles in Winchester for assistance taking in the reptiles rescued from the home, including sickly blue-tongued skinks and snakes.
The 6 dogs and 13 birds remaining at the ARL’s shelters continue to make progress in their recovery. The Boston shelter has already begun to identify potential adopters for the shy, but very sweet dogs.
The ARL encourages anyone looking to help these animals and others like them recover from neglect to visit arlboston.org for more information.
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.
Media Avail Monday, March 10
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Animal Rescue League of Boston
Boston Animal Shelter
10 Chandler Street
Boston Dog Licensing & Low-Cost Rabies Clinic at the ARL
CLYDE is currently available for adoption at our Boston shelter. Come by and meet him!
The ARL is kicking off the 2014 City of Boston dog licensing and low cost rabies vaccine clinics this weekend at our Boston shelter!
Organized by the city of Boston, the dog licensing and rabies clinics will be traveling across the city from Saturday, March 8 through Saturday, May 31.
As part of our long standing relationship with the city of Boston and Boston Animal Control, the ARL provides veterinary services and ARL volunteers for several of the clinics and we are excited that the first clinic will be held at our Boston headquarters located at 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116.
If your dog needs a dog license please come on by on Saturday between 10a.m.-2p.m. The only thing you need to bring with you is an up-to-date rabies certificate for your pet(s).
The low-cost rabies clinic is open to both cats and dogs.
All pets must be brought by a person 18 years of older. Please DO NOT bring cats in a cardboard box or pet adoption box. Cats must be in a Vari-kennel or similar pet carrier. Please DO NOT bring your pet(s) to the rabies clinic on a retractable leash. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled.
You can view the pricing below and additional information below.
Boston Dog License Fees
$6 per spayed/neutered dog
$17 per intact male/female dog
Rabies Vaccine Fees
Boston Residents (with ID) $5 per dog/cat or $2 for seniors
Non-Boston Residents $10 per dog/cat
Can’t make it to the clinic this Saturday? Our veterinarians will also be at the clinics listed below:
DORCHESTER Saturday, March 15, 10a.m.-2p.m.
BCYF Leahy Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell Street
JAMAICA PLAIN Saturday, April 19, 10a.m.-2p.m. BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street
HYDE PARK Saturday, April 26, 10a.m.-2p.m. BCYF Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River Street
SOUTH BOSTON Saturday, May 17, 10a.m.-2p.m.
BCYF Condon Community Center, 200 D Street
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day, a day that allows us to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter.
Spay/neuter represents one of the most humane ways to lessen the number of homeless animals in our communities.
To celebrate the occasion we’re hosting an Ask the Vet Twitter Chat on February 25,12pm -1pm. You can join fellow supporters of animal welfare and Dr. Edward Schettino, our director of veterinary services to discuss this important issue.
Conversation topics include:
How to encourage more people to spay/neuter their pets
Common myths about spay/neuter
Health benefits and cost savings
To participate in the conversation, follow the ARL on Twitter (@arlboston) and submit your questions using the hashtag #ARLAskaVet. Questions may be submitted real time or in advance.
Animal Rescue League of Boston to host #ARLAskaVet twitter chat on World Spay Day
Boston, MA – According to the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), a large portion of the companion animals coming into the organization’s shelters comes from unplanned litters of kittens and puppies. National studies have also found that among pet owners who indicate their pets had at least one litter, 59% of cat owners and 38% of dog owners described the litter as “unintentional” or “accidental.”
“Spay/neuter represents one of the most humane ways to lessen the number of homeless animals in our communities,” explains Dr. Edward Schettino, director of veterinary medical services at the ARL. “The surgery comes with low risks and offers a variety of benefits to pets and the people who love them.”
Dr. Edward Schettino, director of veterinary medical services at the ARL, will participate in a World Spay Day #ARLAskaVet twitter chat, on February 25, beginning at 12 PM (EST).
In recognition of Spay/Neuter Awareness Month this February, the ARL encourages pet owners to consider the following five reasons to spay/neuter companion animals:
Reduce the cost of pet ownership.Particularly given the number of low-cost options available in Massachusetts, the cost of caring for an unplanned litter far outweighs the cost of having a pet spayed/neutered.
Diminish nuisance behaviors.Neutering resolves the vast majority of marking behaviors—even when a cat has a long-standing habit.Howling in cats and excessive barking in dogs eases and even disappears after surgery.
Prevent aggressive behaviors.According to the National Canine Research Foundation, approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered.Neutering male dogs and cats reduces their urge to roam and fight with other males.
Increase longevity.The USA Today reports neutered male dogs live 18% longer than unneutered males, and spayed females live 23% longer than unspayed females.
Improve health outlook.Neutering males cats and dogs before six months of age prevents testicular cancer.Spaying female cats and dogs before their first heat offers protection from uterine infections and breast cancer.
The ARL will also host an #ARLAskaVet twitter chat on World Spay Day, February 25, 12pm-1pm. Join Dr. Schettino and fellow animal welfare supporters to talk about:
Ways to encourage more people to spay/neuter their pets
Common myths about spay/neuter
Health benefits and cost savings
To participate in the conversation, follow the ARL on Twitter @arlboston and submit your questions using the hashtag #ARLAskaVet. Find more spay/neuter resources at arlboston.org/spay-neuter.
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. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need. To learn more about the ARL, visit arlboston.org.
If Toppsie sounds like the feline friend for you, come meet her at our Boston shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make the perfect match, please forward this email or share her information via social media.
Boxes of Pup-Peroni & Blankets All the Way from Jersey
A few weeks ago we put out a call for Pup-Peroni (great for dog training) and our usual request of towels, blankets and poop bags and were completely overwhelmed by the generosity of one person in particular.
Rachel, an ARL volunteers, shared the Boston shelter’s Facebook status requesting these items. Out of nowhere, all of these boxes, pictured right, showed up at her office. They were filled with goodies for the shelter, completely unexpected. Sami, a former co-worker of hers who now lives in New Jersey, had seen the ARL’s request on Rachel’s timeline and surprised her by shipping several boxes of much needed items for our shelter.
According to Rachel, Sami had a dog many years ago, but because he travels a lot for work, he’s not in a position to have one right now. It’s obvious to us all that he’s a huge animal lover and is making a difference for animals in need.
Rachel said “he’s a pretty great guy, so genuine and obviously very, very generous. I’m so thankful to him for this gift. It’s simply amazing.”
Even when you can’t make a donation, simply by sharing the ARL’s status or photo, you could help animals just like Rachel and her friend did. You never know, who will see and feel moved to make a donation.
Thank you Rachel and Sami for being such fantastic supporters of shelter animals!
One of the most exciting moments for any animal shelter agent is when they receive that email update from a new adopter, sharing photos, progress and of course explaining how much they love their new pet. We all love updates!
Our Boston shelter recently received an email from Rico’s (f.k.a. Garth) new family. They adopted him back in April of 2013 and he quickly made a lasting impression on his new pet parents… literally! His new dad got a tattoo of his favorite pup not long ago, memorializing his love for Ricco forever.
Along with a handful of awesome pictures included below, his dad, Louis, also shared an update stating that “Rico is great. He is so full of love. We couldn’t have been blessed more by finding Rico. It’s been fun having him around. He’s a great boy.”
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but here at the ARL we get to see stories of love every day.
Siskel and Ebert are best buds who have been at the ARL’s Boston shelter since November. They are two very friendly guinea pigs who would make great pets!
These two boys are very attached to each other and we would love for them to go home together this Valentine’s Day weekend!
Siskel and Ebert are charming and talkative little animals and their unique personalities will provide you with hours of joy and love.
Guinea pigs can make great companions for both first-time or experienced pet owners. Given that they are prey animals, guinea pigs require time, patience and a gentle hand. Once they are comfortable with you and their new surroundings, their personalities really shine. Just like any other pet, guinea pigs require a lot of care and attention. It is important to familiarize yourself with their daily and long term needs before adding one to your family.
If you or your friends or family members are considering getting a guinea pig (or two) please consider adoption first. Throughout the year our shelters have many small animals including guinea pigs just waiting for their perfect match.
Thank you to everyone who has mailed in their Boston Globe GRANT voucher and selected the Animal Rescue League of Boston as the non-profit recipient!
A new program, GRANT enables Globe readers to show their support for non-profits by choosing which organizations get free advertising space in The Boston Globe.
Over the past few weeks, Globe subscribers received a voucher in a stylish silver envelope in their regular mail. The enclosed instructions asked recipients to fill in a charity’s name and mailing address, and return the voucher to the Globe in the pre-paid envelope by March 1.
Very importantly, only the top five organizations with the highest voucher donations will receive free ad space.
The ARL currently stands in 15th place out of 952 non-profits… Not bad, but we need your help to jump into a top position.
Our Boston shelter has a very special and very tiny guest who’s waiting for someone who wants a unique and spunky small pet like him. His name is Gus and he’s a degu. Never heard of a degu? Neither have most people, so here’s a little introduction to the species!
Relative newcomers as pets, full-grown degus are about the size of a pet rat, but with a long fluffy tail, large eyes and mouse-like ears.
Most degus are social and like to live with others of their kind BUT not our GUS! The reason he was brought to the ARL in the first place is because he didn’t get along with his Degu buddy. In essence he’s the exception to that rule.
Another important note, degus don’t like to be handled, but do enjoy human companionship. Their antics, often accompanied by excited chattering or gentle coos, can keep you entertained for hours. Their average life span is five to ten years.
Here’s a random fact about degus: they have yellow teeth. Unlike humans, if their teeth turn white it typically means they’re not healthy.
Before adopting a degu, consider the following:
Degus need nutritious food, fresh water and a clean habitat.
Degus clean themselves by rolling in dust, so you’ll need to provide a dust bath.
Degus need daily exercise and play.
While they are excellent companions, most degus do not like to be handled, but Gus loves getting his cheeks scratched. Watch the video below.
Degus require a larger habitat than most rodents.
Now that you have some basic info about degus. We hope you’ll be that special someone Gus is waiting for!