Thank You Thursday: Donations Pour in from ARL Wishlist

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:

donations compositeSenders:

  • Deborah H.
  • Amanda C.
  • Pamela Joy B.
  • A.Cole
  • 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

 

 

 

Help Pass H.4328 Before It’s Too Late!

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.

Bill Dog GraphicPlease 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.

 

Super Pets Are Here!

So many reasons to adopt from the Animal Rescue League of Boston

PringleBringing an animal into your home and making them a part of your family is a very special event indeed. In fact, some of the happiest work we do at the Animal Rescue League of Boston is helping you find a super pet!

The ARL finds homes for about 3,000 animals every year, including cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, ferrets, cows, sheep, horses, snakes, and lizards. We take in animals from a variety of circumstances, but a large portion are responsibly surrendered to us because of “people-related” reasons—their owners were moving, had no time because of a job or life change, or suddenly became sick or financially unable to care for their pets.

Animals like Pringle (pictured upper right), Cupid (pictured middle right), and Peach and Rosalina (pictured bottom center), all have big hearts with lots of love, loyalty, and good company to give to human companions—day and night!

When you adopt from a shelter, you’ll feel good about giving an animal a chance at a better life. And not just one animal – when you take your new pet home with you, the ARL can take in another at one of our shelters.

cupidIn addition to those fantastic feelings of helping a fellow living thing in need, you can also rest assured that, before they go to a new home, every adoptable animal at the ARL receives:

  • Spay/neuter services
  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Behavior screening and evaluations
  • Vaccinations
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Feline Leukemia test for cats/Heartworm test and preventive medication for dogs
  • Microchip identification and registration

With the help of the dedicated staff at our animal shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, you can learn more about whether a particular animal you meet at our shelter is a good pet-match for you before you bring them home.

Search adoptable animals at our shelters

Already adopted a super pet from the ARL or another animal rescue group?  We want to hear from you!

Post a picture and share the story of your super rescue pet on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #ARLSuperpets. Once a week, we’ll pick a winner from all the entries to receive a super pet prize.

Every picture and story you share helps spread the word about just how super rescue pets can be.

Stay tuned for more super pets stories, news, and pets of the week this summer!

peach & rosalina

 

 

Two Critical Calls for Your “To Do” List

Add Two Calls to Your “To Do” List This Week

As you work on your “to do” list for this week, please remember that in less than two weeks, the legislative session at the Massachusetts State House comes to an end. If H.4328, an important bill that would increase penalties for animal cruelty, doesn’t pass before July 31, it gets thrown out.

We will have to start all over again to make progress on updating animal cruelty penalties during the 2015-2016 session.Bill H4328 Kitten Graphic

Please make two critical phone calls this week.

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 Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Dempsey’s Office, 617.722.2990
“Hello, please ask Representative Dempsey to help pass H.4328 before July 31. This is the bill that would protect animals against animal cruelty in Massachusetts. Thank you.”

Don’t worry about having a conversation with anyone. These offices have interns that answer the phone and log in calls like these in support of the bill. They do it all day long!

Only with your help do we have a chance at getting H.4328 passed.

Make your voice louder: Ask your friends to make the same two phone calls. Forward this email and post on social media.

Thank you for taking action and giving a voice to the victims of animal cruelty.

Visit bit.ly/h4244post for more on H.4328 and what you can do to prevent animal cruelty.

 

Vote for the ARL and BVC on Boston A-List

Animal Rescue League & Boston Veterinary Care are Boston A-List Nominees

As the defending champions of last year’s “BEST Local Charity” award on the Boston A-List, we’re asking you to vote for us and tell your friends to do the same!

The Boston A-List is a contest featuring more than 4,712 local businesses competing to be named best. YOUR votes determine the outcome. If you are passionate about the Animal Rescue League and the work that we do, please cast your vote. Voting ends Friday, August 1st. 

Vote for ARL Now

Additionally, Boston Veterinary Care is a contender for “BEST Veterinarian,” so if you’re a BVC client and you love your vet, or if you love that BVC helps our shelter pets please vote for them.

Vote for BVC Now

Please help the Animal Rescue League and Boston Veterinary Care take first place on the Boston A-List today! Thank you for your support.

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Cat Food Drive at ARL Today

One-day cat food drive to help feed homeless cats in Boston

Today is Cat Food Bank Day, a one-day cat food drive to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston. We’re taking donations of unopened wet or dry cat food 8:30 am to 6:30 pm in the lobby of our Boston headquarters located at 10 Chandler Street in the South End.

All donations of cat food will defray the food cost associated with the on-going care of homeless cats in the community.

“Every day, dedicated feral cat community caretakers feed multiple cats living in areas around the city—often at their own expense,” explains Maryann Regan, director of shelter operations at the ARL.

Please stop by and help Boston’s homeless cats. Every can and every bag goes a long way to filling an empty tummy!

ARL Cat Food Bank Day Graphic WebAll 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.

WHAT:                 Cat Food Bank Day

WHEN:                 July 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:              Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Chandler Street, in the Lobby
Boston, MA 02116

 

Look for the ARL at Fenway Park this Sunday

For the Second Year in a Row, the ARL will be at Futures at Fenway with Adoptable Dogs

07-11-14 Dog at Fenway PicWe’re excited to be invited back to Fenway Park this year for their Futures at Fenway event tomorrow.

It’s great day of baseball action featuring Red Sox prospects and lots of family fun.

The first 25 people to stop by the ARL table and take a photo in front of our ARL Super Pets backdrop using #ARLSuperPets will receive a free ARL doggie poopbag dispenser.

After the success of last year’s event, the dogs will once again be returning to Fenway Park. Designated sections of the seating bowl will be available to owners and their dogs.  All dog owners must print out the waiver, complete it and bring it with them to gain admission to Fenway Park on July 13.

Tickets are $15, $20 if you bring your dog!

After the game, stay for a special 25th Anniversary showing of the iconic classic baseball movie, Field of Dreams. The movie will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.

For more information visit: boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ticketing/futures_at_fenway.jsp

07-11-14 Dog at Fenway Pic 2

 

 

 

Change Underway at BAC Shelter Facility

Mayor Walsh taking action, ARL supporting efforts

Camilla upon arriving at the ARL.

Camilla seen here soon after arriving at the ARL’s Boston shelter.

As reported in the Boston Globe this morning, Mayor Walsh is taking action to address the situation at the Boston Animal Control (BAC) shelter facility in Roslindale.

At the end of June, the ARL visited the BAC facility to meet four dogs connected to a law enforcement case that had just concluded. We hoped to help the dogs find new homes now that the case was over.

When our staff arrived, one of the dogs from the case, Camilla (pictured right), appeared very emaciated with sores on her body. Her condition and other observations made by our staff while at the facility raised so many concerns, we brought them to the immediate attention of Mayor Walsh.

Camilla, seen here after her first bath at our Boston shelter, has become a staff-favorite.

Camilla, seen here after her first bath at our Boston shelter, has become a staff-favorite.

We have continued to support the Mayor’s efforts to help the animals currently at the BAC facility and evaluate all areas of the shelter’s operations.

The ARL has taken in 35 animals from the BAC facility at our shelters in Boston and Dedham.  At the Mayor’s request, a team of ARL veterinarians and shelter operations staff also did a comprehensive on-site assessment. We plan to provide a full report of findings to the Mayor next week.

Thanks to Mayor Walsh and the supporting efforts of our colleagues, we truly believe a change is underway at the BAC facility—a change which will have an immediate positive effect for the animals there now and for many years to come.

hanks to proper care, nutrition, and extra attention, Camilla has gained 9 pounds.

Thanks to proper care, nutrition, and extra attention, Camilla has already gained 9 pounds.

Everyone at the ARL is honored to be part of making a difference for animals and the City of Boston today.

 

 

Lend a Paw on ARL’s Cat Food Bank Day!

One-day cat food drive to help feed homeless cats in Boston

The Animal Rescue League will host Cat Food Bank Day, a one-day cat food drive on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston.  We’ll take donations of unopened wet or dry cat food 8:30 am to 6:30 pm in the lobby of our Boston headquarters located at 10 Chandler Street in the South End.

All donations of cat food will defray the food cost associated with the on-going care of homeless cats in the community.

“Every day, dedicated feral cat community caretakers feed multiple cats living in areas around the city—often at their own expense,” explains Maryann Regan, director of shelter operations at the ARL.

Please stop by and help Boston’s homeless cats. Every can and every bag goes a long way to filling an empty tummy!

All 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.

Circle-of-cats-eatingWHAT:                 Cat Food Bank Day

WHEN:                 July 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:               Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Chandler Street, in the Lobby
Boston, MA 02116

 

Fireworks, BBQs, and Cars Can Be Too Hot for Spot!

The Animal Rescue League of Boston and Boston Veterinary Care Offer Pet-riotic Advice For July 4

Boston, MA – As temperatures start to sizzle, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and Boston Veterinary Care (BVC) want to help dog owners keep their canine companions healthy and safe in the summer heat and bustle of activity this July 4.

“We live for the summers in New England. We want to be outside and do more things, and we want our dogs to be part of the fun,” explains Mary Nee, president of the ARL. “We need to keep in mind what’s fun for us, might actually cause discomfort and injury to our much-loved pet.”

She points to firework displays as a good example of where people and dogs may not agree.

The loud popping and banging noises and fiery flashes of light easily startle and alarm dogs. Animal control officers receive a large volume of calls about pets who broke loose from their families or escaped from yards after getting frightened by the noise of parades and fireworks.

Another popular Fourth of July activity, backyard barbeques can also pose problems for dogs. The smell of food, a large group of adults, playing kids, and other excited pets can easily overstimulate a dog, increasing the potential for poor behavior and bites.

“Leaving your dog at home as you head out for holiday activities and events is the best thing for you and your pet,” adds Nee. “Prevention is responsible pet ownership.”

Allowing your dog to wait for you at home and not in your hot car is another pet-friendly summer habit.

“On an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can top one hundred degrees in less than 10 minutes – even with all the windows cracked,” explains BVC veterinarian Dr. Rashel Shophet-Ratner. “That’s why leaving a pet inside a parked car is the most common cause of potentially deadly heat stroke.”

As part of their “Too Hot for Spot” campaign, the ARL and BVC will continue to offer pet safety tips throughout the summer. Visit arlboston.org for more campaign information and updates in July and August.

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 arlboston.org/bvc for clinic hours and appointment information.

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