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.

 

Dog Training Classes Start November 1

Loose Leash Workshop and more at the ARL!

There are still a few days to register for our November dog training classes. We’ve added a special Loose-Leash Walking Workshop to the list too!

The ARL’s experienced trainers offer beginner and advanced level classes for dogs of all ages. All classes are held at our Boston headquarters and we have free on-site parking.

The following classes are starting on Saturday, November 1.

loose_leash_walk_workshop_graphicPUPPY KINDERGARTEN: A six-week course for puppies 8-20 weeks old.  The first week is for owners only (as we have much more to learn than our puppies).  Classes include: an off leash puppy play period for puppy socialization, training games for the enjoyment of both puppies and owners, basic commands, and discussions about puppy behavior problems, proper nutrition and veterinary care.

ADVANCED PUPPY: A six-week course designed for dogs 4 months to 11 months.  Classes include: an off-leash puppy play period for puppy socialization, training games for the enjoyment of both puppies and owners, continuing basic commands such as sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, coming when called, leave it, and no jumping (with and without distractions). Requirement: must have completed Puppy Kindergarten

ADVANCED GOOD MANNERS: A six-week course designed for dogs 5 months and older.  Your dogs will accompany you to all six classes and they will learn ‘go to your place’, train with distractions, attention and much more.  Requirement: must have completed Puppy Kindergarten or Good Manners class.

SNIFFING FOR FUN: A six-week course designed for dogs who know all of their basic obedience commands with distractions. Great for all ages – even seniors! Dogs have an amazing sense of smell. Why not tap into their natural ability to hunt? This is a fun class for you and your dog, to build their natural ability to hunt and find food, objects and toys. It’s a great way to build your dog’s confidence and burn energy mentally and physically. Requirement: Dogs must attend Good Manners or Puppy Kindergarten class before attending this class.

*NEW* Loose-Leash Walking Workshop:  Requirements: Puppy Kindergarten and Good Manners. Need help getting your dog to walk nicely on a leash? We’ll teach you the techniques and advise on equipment you may need so you can teach your dog to walk nicely on leash. Loose-Leash Walking is three, 1-hour sessions for you and your dog. Please, no leash-reactive, dog-aggressive or people-aggressive dogs.  Ages 6 months & up.

Enroll in a class today! arlboston.org/dog-training/enroll-in-class/

 

 

Dog of the Week: Louisa, Tiny Lap Dog with a Big Personality

 October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Louisa.

Louisa_for_web_1Louisa is a gal who knows what she wants – a human to call her very own. She’s a tiny 5-year-old chihuahua who came to the Animal Rescue League from another shelter after having puppies and has been waiting for a home since September 5.

She can be shy with strangers, but once she knows you’re here to stay, she’ll be your shadow. She gets very attached to her person and would be happy to hang out with you all day and snuggle. But, as much as she enjoys staying at home, the moment she sees her leash and you tell her she’s going for a walk, she gets very excited and dances in circles all around you! Watch her video below to see what we mean.

While she is very small, Louisa does have a mighty bark and will sound the alarm when you aren’t by her side, so she’ll need a little help working on her separation anxiety. Because she can be a little nervous, we think she would prefer a quiet home without a lot of visitors and activity, so a home with small kids would not be ideal.

Louisa would make the perfect lap dog for someone who spends a lot of time at home and can give her all the love and attention she needs. She wouldn’t mind being your spoiled little princess!

If Louisa sounds like the perfect dog for you, come meet her at our Boston adoption center and help make this a fantastic Adopt-a-Dog Month for Louisa!

Read Louisa’s online profile.

 

Thank You Thursday: After 6 Years at ARL, CSD Moves to Tufts

A New Direction for the Center for Shelter Dogs

After six years with the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the Center for Shelter Dogs (CSD) has transitioned to the Shelter Medicine Program and Center for Animals and Public Policy at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

If you’re not familiar with the Center for Shelter Dogs, it started with a simple mission: to improve the welfare and successful placement of homeless dogs. By providing resources, training, and scientifically-validated behavior assessment and modification tools, CSD worked to ensure adoptable dogs found homes that matched the personalities and needs of both dog and owner.

10-16-14 CSD Thank You_Pic 2Thanks to generous funding from the Stanton Foundation, CSD built an impressive body of work, including:

  • an information-rich website viewed by over 49,000 visitors
  • educational seminars and institutes reaching over 3,500 animal welfare practitioners
  • behavioral assessments of over 15,000 dogs
  • ground-breaking research on problem behavior, stress and enrichment, and canine personality

So, why the transition? We recognized that to grow and sustain the program over the long term, it would require greater organizational capacity and reach. This new home for the Center will enrich both CSD and Cummings School programs by building on past research collaborations, and providing new educational platforms for addressing the welfare and adoptability of shelter dogs. It will also allow CSD to have greater impact across the country.

10-16-14 CSD Thank You_Pic 1Here at the Animal Rescue League we feel truly honored to have served as the incubating organization for such a tremendous asset to the field of animal welfare.  Thank you to the Center for Shelter Dogs for 6 years of incredible work that has helped more homeless dogs get a chance at a better life. This work will not only continue, but will also have an even greater impact on the well-being of dogs in the future.

The ARL will continue to support its ground-breaking behavior evaluation program, the Match-Up II Shelter Dog Rehoming Program and the online portal Match-Up II Online.  Match-Up II Online can still be reached at, matchupiionline.centerforshelterdogs.org.  For Match-Up II support, please contact csdtechsupport@arlboston.org.

The Center for Shelter Dogs can be found at the same web site, centerforshelterdogs.org. To contact CSD at Cummings, please email centerforshelterdogs@tufts.edu.

 

 

Run for ARL in the 2015 Boston Marathon

Ready. Set. Run.

Every year nearly 30,000 runners come together to participate in the world’s oldest marathon right here in Boston. Want to join them and help your favorite charity? Apply to be a part of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s 2015 Boston Marathon team!

John Hancock has once again graciously offered the ARL four marathon bibs. This year we’re challenging the 2015 ARL Boston Marathon team to match or top the 2014 team and raise $30,000+ to support animals in need. The individual minimum is $7.500, all of which benefits the Animal Rescue League.

Run_guinea_pig_web_logoIf you run the 2015 Boston Marathon with the ARL Team, not only are you helping shelter pets, but you’ll also enjoy:

  • An opportunity to tour the Animal Rescue League’s Boston animal shelter
  • Team training opportunities
  • Your own cheering section for friends and family to cheer you along
  • Custom singlet and ARL swag
  • Hands-on help with fundraising, online fundraising and social media promotion

If you’re a social media savvy runner with a passion for animal welfare, this is your chance to run for ARL in the 2015 Boston Marathon and make a difference!

Learn more and apply for the ARL’s Boston Marathon team by visiting: arlboston.org/boston-marathon.

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Dog of the Week: Rita Has a Reduced Adoption Fee

October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Rita.

Rita is an approximately 10-year-old rat terrier mix who came to us after being found as a stray. Don’t let her age fool you – Rita is very active and full of spunk! She is curious about everything and gets very excited when she see squirrels. Despite being very energetic, she also has a cuddly side to her too and will enjoy hanging out with you on the sofa after a long walk.

Rita is a bit overweight, so she’ll need a home where she’ll receive regular exercise along with a proper diet to get back down to a healthier weight.

Rita_Close_upRita loves to go for walks and play with her toys. She gets along well with some dogs, but can be a bit choosy. If you have any dogs at home, be sure to bring them along with you to meet Rita. 

Thanks to a very generous donor, Rita’s adoption fee is only $100 and includes:

  • Spay services
  • Health screening and behavioral evaluation
  • Vaccinations
  • Heartworm test and preventative medication
  • Microchip identification and registration
  • Collar and leash

If Rita sounds like the perfect dog for you, come meet her at our Boston adoption center and help make this a fantastic Adopt-a-Dog Month for Rita!

Read Rita’s online profile.

 

 

Dog of the Week: Tater Tot, A Sweet, Senior Dog Waits 3 Months

October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Tater Tot.

Yesterday marked Tater Tot’s 3-month anniversary from when she first entered the Animal Rescue League’s shelter. This great dog came to us from another shelter, and she’s clearly been through a lot, so we can easily say that it’s about time she found a loving home.

10-2-14-Tater-PicThis very sweet, senior dog just wants to find a family to call her own. Here are the most important things you need to know about Tater Tot…

  • If you want canine kisses, she’ll give them.
  • If you want a companion for leisurely strolls, she’ll waddle by your side.
  • If you want a snuggle-buddy to watch movies with, she’ll be your couch potato.

Tater Tot will make a great addition to a family with or without children and warms up quickly to new people.  Tater Tot would do best as an only dog, because being an older girl, she doesn’t like it when other dogs jump on her.

Please make this a special Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month for a great dog. Consider opening your heart and home to Tater Tot.

Watch Tater Tot’s video below.

If Tater Tot sounds like the dog for you, come meet her at our Boston shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make a great match, forward this email or share via social media..

Read Tater Tot’s profile

 

Unite in the Fight Against Rabies

On 28th September every year, the world unites in the fight against rabies.

World Rabies Day is a day of activism and awareness. It’s an opportunity to for you to join the global movement to put an end to suffering rabies causes by organizing or taking part in a World Rabies Day event.

world-rabies-day-logoRabies is a viral disease that can affect all mammals, including humans. The virus attacks the central nervous system and can be secreted in saliva. Infected animals show no fear of humans, drool and act in an agitated fashion.

In Massachusetts, outdoor cats are the “bridge” species, who are most likely to encounter a rabid animal, become exposed to rabies and bring it home.  The most common rabid animal is the bat, and bats can come into your home.  For this reason, all dogs, cats and ferrets, whether indoor only or not, are mandated by law to be vaccinated against rabies.

Every dog, cat and ferret adopted from the Animal Rescue League of Boston is vaccinated against rabies. Every dog or cat that we spay or neuter on the Spay Waggin’ or at our Fix A Feral clinics is vaccinated against rabies. We offer rabies clinics in the spring in Boston, Dedham and Brewster to help provide easy access to rabies vaccination.  We are doing our part to help prevent the spread of rabies in Massachusetts.   Please do your part and make sure your pets are vaccinated!

If your cat is not vaccinated against rabies, make an appointment for a vet exam at Boston Spay/Neuter Day for Cats on Thursday, October 2. For just $10 an Animal Rescue League of Boston veterinarian will be on-site to see your cat and your cat can receive a vet exam, vaccinations (including rabies vaccine), flea treatment and a microchip. Boston Spay/Neuter Day is sponsored by the Massachusetts Animal Coalition License Plate Fund.

More about Boston Spay/Neuter Day: http://bit.ly/spaybos

 

Remembering Puppy Doe

Momentum growing in efforts to prevent animal cruelty

One year ago today, the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston, Quincy Police Department, and Norfolk County District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey issued a public appeal for help identifying the person responsible for abusing Puppy Doe, a young adult dog found tortured, starved, and left for dead near a park in Quincy.

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Moved by her story, people created a temporary memorial for Puppy Doe near the park where she was found in Quincy.

Her case captured the attention of animal welfare advocates and concerned citizens around the world as investigators diligently worked through the hundreds of leads brought forward to police.

Within a few weeks, the police arrested a suspect and the district attorney formally charged him with 11 counts of animal cruelty.  The prosecution of the case continues as we speak.

Puppy Doe and the extreme level of abuse she suffered also inspired new conversation on the topic of animal cruelty and how to prevent it.

Massachusetts lawmakers began to consider ways to update and evaluate existing laws relating to the protection of animals in the state.

One year later, S2345 - a bill passed by both the Massachusetts House and Senate at the end of the 2014 session – will become law within a few weeks.

The bill increases penalties for animal cruelty substantially, requires veterinarians to report abuse, and creates a task force to comprehensively review all animal-related laws in Massachusetts.

The ARL is especially pleased about the impact S2345 makes on the issue of animal cruelty:

  • Massachusetts has gone from a state with one of the most lenient fines for animal cruelty to one more in line with – and in many cases stricter – than other states.
  •  The law establishes a legal obligation for veterinarians to bring suspicions of abuse to authorities for further investigation.
    Consider this: If the veterinarian who initially treated Puppy Doe had not taken the initiative to report concerns to the ARL, the world might never have known about her case.
  • The formation of a task force of experts in law enforcement, animal protection, veterinary medicine, and the legal profession holds promise for more progress on the issue.

Outside the state on a national level, the National Sherriffs’ Association (NSA) and the Animal Legal Defense Fund launched the National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse in August.  The Center provides resources to the law enforcement community to assist with animal cruelty prevention and investigation strategies.

Inspired by Puppy Doe's case, the ARL has issued a public call-to-action to report concerns about animal cruelty to local authorities.

Inspired by Puppy Doe’s case, the ARL has issued a public call-to-action to report concerns about animal cruelty to local authorities.

And as of earlier this week, the FBI will begin tracking animal cruelty cases as a separate category of crimes.  Law enforcement for the first time will have a way to track the number of reported incidents of animal cruelty cases each year to better channel resources and violence prevention programs.

Perhaps most importantly, public awareness of the role we can all play in preventing horrific cases like Puppy Doe’s is growing.

The fact remains that 4 out 5 cases of animal cruelty remain undiscovered by authorities, so public awareness and action will play a critical role in making our community a safer, more humane place for animals and people.

One year on, Puppy Doe’s case continues to inspire conversation and activity.   At the ARL, we look forward to pushing for progress and change.

We remain ever-grateful to our supporters and animal-lovers everywhere who are speaking up and out about the importance of preventing cruelty to animals!

Visit arlboston.org/take-action to learn more about how you can prevent animal cruelty.

 

 

Boston Spay Neuter Day for Cats is Coming Up!

Spay/Neuter & Exams for Cat Owners with Financial Need on October 2

The Animal Rescue League of Boston, Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society and MSPCA are teaming up to provide spay/neuter services for Boston cats. During the “Boston Spay-Neuter Day for Cats,” pet owners in financial need can have their cats spayed or neutered for the low cost of just $25 per feline. Priority will be given to residents of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.

09-12-14 SpayNeuterDayCatCall 617.226.5685 to book an appointment for your cat today! 


Event Details
Boston Spay/Neuter Day for Cats
October 2, 2014
9AM – 4PM
United House of Prayer for All People
206 Seaver Street Dorchester, MA 02121
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

If your cat is already spayed/neutered please help spread the word about Boston Spay/Neuter Day for Cats, by sharing this blog post with your friends!

10-2-14 Boston Spay Neuter Day Flyer