ARL and Boston Fire Department team up for public service video
A few weeks ago, the ARL teamed up with our private veterinary clinic Boston Veterinary Care and the Boston Fire Department to create a public service video to warn pet owners of the dangers of leaving a dog in a parked car during the summer.
With temperatures approaching 90 degrees around Greater Boston, today seemed like the perfect day to re-share the video.
Watch it now:
Remember: dogs don’t sweat the way people do.
Even when it’s only 80 degrees outside, the inside of a car can heat up to more than 120 degrees in just minutes – even with the windows cracked. When the temperature rises, leave your dog at home.
Join the Animal Rescue League this evening for our Summer Social to celebrate our newly renovated K-9 play yard and reception area! The festivities start at 5:30PM and the first 100 people will receive a Boston Veterinary Care swag bag stuffed with special items for you and your pet.
Tuesday, August 19
5:30PM – 7:30PM
10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116
S.2345 Passed Both Chambers! On its way to the Governor’s Desk!
Thanks to you, S.2345 passed the State House and Senate! The bill takes effect in 90 days once it’s signed into law by Governor Patrick.
S. 2345 (formerly called H.4328/ H.4244) increases maximum penalties for animal abuse from 5 years to 7 years in prison and $2,500 to $5,000 in fines.
In addition, the bill requires veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse. Also included in the new law is the creation of a task force comprised of experts in law enforcement, animal protection, veterinary medicine and the law to systematically and comprehensively evaluate the state’s cruelty statutes to ensure continued progress.
“Today is a historic day for this legislative body, for the citizens of Massachusetts and—most especially—for animals,” said State Representative Lou Kafka, who was key in moving the bill through the House.
Phone calls to legislators from animal lovers across the state made the critical difference in creating a sense of urgency to getting the bill through.
“Thanks to the hard work of legislators and animal welfare supporters throughout Massachusetts, we will now have a law in place that strengthens our ability to prevent cruelty and will dramatically improve the welfare of animals in Massachusetts,” praised ARL president, Mary Nee.
Thank you to everyone who took action and gave a voice to the victims of animal cruelty!
Animal Welfare Advocates Commend Lawmakers for New Measures, Stiffened Penalties for Animal Cruelty
BOSTON, MA – Animal protection groups including the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and MSPCA-Angell today lauded the passage of Senate Bill 2345 (formerly known as H4328/H4244) that establishes harsher punishments and financial penalties for animal cruelty and aims to prevent abuse from happening in Massachusetts.
The measures take effect in 90 days once S2345 is signed into law by Governor Patrick.
The ARL credits citizen animal advocates who called legislators in the final weeks of the 2014 session to urge passage of S2345 (formerly known as H4328/H4244).
The bill raises maximum penalties for animal cruelty convictions from five to seven years and increases the maximum fine from $2,500 to $5,000. S2345 also allows a penalty of up to 10 years and/or a fine of $10,000 for repeat convictions. In addition, the bill requires veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse. Also included in the new law is the creation of a task force comprised of experts in law enforcement, animal protection, veterinary medicine and the law to systematically and comprehensively evaluate the state’s cruelty statutes to ensure continued progress.
“Today is a historic day for this legislative body, for the citizens of Massachusetts and—most especially—for animals,” said State Representative Lou Kafka, who was key in moving the bill through the House. “This law is an urgently needed update to outdated penalties and ensures that legislators continually receive the best advice on how to combat animal cruelty in our Commonwealth, directly from the experts who deal with it most frequently.”
“Thanks to the hard work of legislators and animal welfare supporters throughout Massachusetts, we will now have a law in place that strengthens our ability to prevent cruelty and will dramatically improve the welfare of animals in Massachusetts,” praised Mary Nee, president of the ARL.
Prior to the passage of S2345, Massachusetts maintained some of the most lenient fines in the nation for animal abuse, with a maximum of $2,500. Many other states have higher prison sentences as well. The new law marks the first update of these penalties in nearly ten years and reflects broad public consensus that animal cruelty must never be tolerated.
Representative Bruce Ayers stated, “The passage of the bill is evidence that lawmakers are listening to their constituents, who—especially in the wake of the horrific Puppy Doe animal abuse case in Quincy, my district, last year —are demanding stricter penalties for those who abuse or kill animals. As the sponsor of this animal welfare bill, I am pleased with this outcome.”
Kara Holmquist, director of advocacy for the MSPCA-Angell states, “We’re very pleased that this crucial legislation has passed, and we extend our thanks to all of the bill’s sponsors and supporters who championed these reforms. We also thank every caring citizen who contacted state legislators to urge for stronger laws to both punish animal abusers and, importantly, work to prevent cruelty from happening the first place. Animal lovers around the state can today celebrate these efforts and hopefully can find some peace knowing that from such tragic incidents, like Puppy Doe and others, awareness has been generated that will now prevent harm to other helpless animals.”
“Abusive acts toward animals are unacceptable, and all too often can lead to violence toward people. Our laws need to strongly and clearly penalize those who commit the kinds of brutal acts we’ve seen in the Puppy Doe case and others, and this legislation makes major progress in achieving that goal,” said Senator Bruce Tarr. “It couldn’t have been accomplished without organizations like the MSPCA and ARL the thousands of individuals who have driven this effort from the drafting of the bill to its arrival on the Governor’s desk.”
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 the MSPCA-Angell
The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization.
Pringle, Tater Tot and Porkchop Have Been Waiting Long Enough. Help Them Find Love!
“These three dogs are all very sweet and thoroughly enjoy the company of people – but who can blame them after having to spend 2.5 years in a kennel waiting for their chance at a home! It’s time to give them a loving family that they deserve!” – Marianne Gasbarro, ARL’s Boston Shelter Manager
If you’ve been following the story behind the crisis at Boston Animal Control’s Roslindale facility, then you’ve surely heard of Camilla, the dog brought our attention to the situation. Thankfully, Camilla was adopted and is finally experiencing what it means to have a loving home. However, Camilla is only one of four dogs who spent two and a half years at the BAC’s Roslindale pound and those dogs are patiently waiting for their chance to go home.
Pringle, Tater Tot and Porkchop came to the Animal Rescue League with Camilla on July 2 from Boston Animal Control. It’s clear that all of them crave human attention and love. There’s no reason for these dogs to be in shelters any longer. They deserve a true home.
Pringle is an adorable 4-year-old pup. She’s small and sweet and will love to sit on your lap. She’s done a couple sleepovers with a volunteer and did well crated for the car ride and for little bits of time when the volunteer left her. She loves to cuddle in bed and will wake you up with kisses and a thumping tail. Pringle loves meeting new human friends. Meet her at our Boston shelter!
Check out Pringle’s video below.
Porkchop is an easy going gal who just wants to be by your side! She can occaisonally be shy at first when meeting new people, but often times warms up right away. She’s very playful and will literally do anything you ask as long as it means she can spend time with you! She can be a bit pushy with other dogs, and will likely do best as the only dog in the house or potentially could do well with a compatible male dog. Meet her at our Brewster shelter on Cape Cod.
Tater Tot is 8-years-old and is hoping to spend her golden years with you. She is a sweet, easy going girl who loves to go for city walks and will want to say hello to every person she passes. Tater Tot loves people but would do best as an only dog. Being an older girl she does not like it when other dogs jump at her. Come in to our Boston shelter and meet this super cute girl today!
Isn’t two and a half years long enough to be homeless? Please help Pringle, Tater Tot and Porkchop find homes. Share their story with your friends and family.
Join the ARL & Petco Unleashed Friday, 8/8, at the Hatch Shell
The Animal Rescue League of Boston and Petco Unleashed have teamed up with WBZ Free Friday Flicks to bring you the Lego Movie at the Hatch Shell along the Charles River Esplanade in Boston on Friday, August 8. Our street team will be there with our Super Pets photo banner and other super fun things including giveaways, temp tattoos, stickers, dog treats, face painting and more!
We hope to see you and your dog there!
Free Friday Flicks is a summertime tradition in Boston, attracting thousands of movie-goers to enjoy family-oriented feature length movies under the stars all summer long at DCR’s Hatch Shell in Boston! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and watch a movie with family and friends on Friday night for free! Movies begin at sundown, but arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and enjoy free food samples, games, and giveaways with WBZ NewsRadio 1030 – the fun starts at 6pm with WBZ’s Morgan White Jr!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
Pamela Joy B.
Glen & Carol L.
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.”