Exploring the Issue of Animal Cruelty with Phil Arkow

Focusing on the link between animal abuse and human violence

ARL President Mary Nee welcomed President's Council members and introduced the feature presenter, Phil Arkow.

ARL President Mary Nee welcomed President’s Council members and introduced the feature presenter, Phil Arkow.

Making animal cruelty prevention a priority for the entire community is a major part of the community outreach work the ARL has done in 2014.  Our “See Something, Say Something – Report Animal Cruelty” campaign, for example, is all about getting the public’s help in reporting suspicions of abuse to local authorities.

We also recently hosted a lecture event for our President’s Council donor group and other special guests featuring guest presenter Phil Arkow, a noted speaker with the animal welfare field on the connection between animal abuse and human violence.  Arkow co-founded The National Link Coalition in an effort to bring attention to what many believe is a critical public safety issue.

Phil Arkow discussed the connection between cruelty to animals and other forms of human violence.

Phil Arkow discussed the connection between cruelty to animals and human violence.

“We can prevent animal abuse and other forms of family violence by paying more attention to animal abuse as a potential indicator and predictor of crime,” Arkow said in the opening minutes of his presentation.  “What we do to prevent, prosecute, and punish animal cruelty are just as beneficial to Man – and Woman – as they are to Man’s best friend.”

To download the slides or see more pictures of the event, visit:  arlboston.org/pc-14-lecture

Inspired by the many decades of research and examples of domestic violence awareness campaigns that include pets in the message, Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of animal welfare  at the ARL, conclude the event suggesting to the audience, “we all need to think about how to share the message that helping animals is really helping people and helping improve society.”

Thank you to the Susannah A. Knight Law Enforcement Fund for sponsoring the ARL’s Fall Lecture event.  Your generous support made an evening of meaningful and important discussion possible.

And of course, thank you to all of our President’s Council members who attended this event.

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Wally Says Look at Meow!

Home for the Holidays Happy Tail

Then: Wally needed over $3,000 in emergency surgery to repair wounds to his face, legs, and tail.

Then: Wally needed over $3,000 in emergency surgery to repair wounds to his face, legs, and tail.

Earlier this Fall, we shared the story of Wally.  The small grey and white cat had seriously injured himself after somehow scaling the 30-40 foot wall at Bridgewater State Prison and getting stuck in the razor wire.

Read Wally’s story

Soon after returning to the ARL’s Boston shelter to complete his recovery following surgery to repair his wounds, Wally found a wonderful new home.

Today, Wally is now known as Silvio (aka Mr. Sil).

His family reports that he continues to be a spunky little guy! He and his big sister Cleo, a Siamese mix and ARL Dedham alum (’09) became fast friends and are really enjoying having a kindred playful spirit around.

During the day, Silvio and Cleo love looking out windows together to watch the birds and squirrels. And at night, both cats snuggle up with their human companions after a long day of play.

Say Silvio’s parents, “We are so happy to have Silvio in our lives. Such a wonderful, resilient and loving animal!”

Stories like Silvio’s are truly like a holiday wish come true.  Thank you to our supporters who donated over $7,000 for medical assistance for Wally and other animals like him.



Bring Greg Home for the Holidays

Pet of the Week: Greg has been waiting since October

12-12-14 Greg_PicGreg is a goofy and active 2-year-old pup who loves a good squeaky toy! He’s been patiently waiting for a home since October and would like nothing more than to go home with you for the holidays!

He was a long-term stray before being transferred to us from a local animal control facility, so he is thrilled to have recently discovered squeaky toys. Because he is so playful, he can sometimes become overexcited and grab for his toys, so he would do best in a home without small children.

He’s a very clean dog and doesn’t make a mess in his kennel in between walks.

Greg’s ideal home would have a large fenced yard where he can run around during supervised time outside and play fetch or catch a Frisbee

After enough exercise, Greg likes to be a couch potato and settle down inside. He is also treat motivated and would be a great candidate for obedience classes, which are offered here at ARL, which are discounted for adopters. 

Greg is a fast learner and a pro at playing fetch. Watch the video below to see his skills!

View his online profile to see more videos of Greg.

Will you bring Greg home for the holidays? If you’re interested in meeting this playful pup, please stop by ARL’s Boston shelter during our open hours.

Not able to adopt, but still want to help? Please share Greg’s story with your friends and family!

Greg trying catch snowflakes.

Greg trying to catch snowflakes.




Piper the Kitten Getting Special Care at the ARL

“She’s like our very own Tiny Tim”

ARL_Piper_Vet_1_emailThe Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) newest addition, little Piper the kitten, is recovering from delicate surgery performed on Monday to repair her broken back leg.

Just as the cold weather hit, kind Samaritans discovered the 6-8 week-old brown tabby all alone and struggling to walk near an ice cream shop in Orleans, MA. After police brought her to the ARL’s Brewster shelter, ARL veterinarian Dr. Kyle Quigley recommended bringing Piper up to Boston to explore all the options for repairing her leg.

“Piper was anemic, dehydrated, and clearly in some discomfort because of her broken leg,” Dr. Quigley explained. “Because she was so little, we wanted to make sure we helped her heal with minimal pain.”

An x-ray of Piper's leg with the pins and steel plate post surgery.

An x-ray of Piper’s leg with the pins and steel plate post surgery.

The ARL funded Piper’s surgery at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties in Walpole, MA, where veterinary surgeons inserted a steel plate and pins to repair the serious fracture in her thigh. The organization will continue to help Piper rehabilitate over the next 6-8 weeks and begin the process of finding her a permanent home.

“She’s like our very own Tiny Tim,” said Marianne Gasbarro, the ARL’s Boston shelter manager. “She got the treatment she needed just in time and will have a much better life in the new year ahead.”

The ARL expects Piper’s medical costs will top $2,000 with surgery and after care. The organization does not receive any government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help stray animals like Piper recover.

To make a donation to help Piper and other animals just like her, visit arlboston.kintera.org/piper




Pet Stories from 2014 to Warm Your Heart

Read the 2014 Fall/Winter Edition of ARL’s Magazine

Though it seemed impossible when he first arrived at the ARL in the spring with a severe leg deformity, today Rugby can run, jump, and play, just like every puppy should.

His “Happy Tail” is the cover story of the Fall/Winter edition of the ARL’s magazine Our Four-Footed Friends, and one of the many amazing successes made possible this year thanks to supporters like you.

Read Our Four-Footed Friends

2014FW_OFFF_CoverAs you read the magazine, you will see the impact of your donations on animals in need.

…On the 199 dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles the ARL helped rescue from a hoarding house (page 4).

…On Madeline, a cat who, like Rugby, came to our shelters unable to walk (page 11).

…On the frightened cats who escaped from a five-alarm fire and our rescue team helped bring back to safety (page 14).

So enjoy the magazine and feel good about your contribution to the positive outcomes described in this edition.

If you have made a donation this year, thank you! It’s also not too late to make your year-end gift!

The ARL has to raise over $500,000 before December 31 to make our budget goal.  Express your love of animals, compassion, and kindness by giving to the Animal Rescue League of Boston today.

Want to receive a print edition of Our Four-Footed Friends? Make a donation of $50 or more to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and we’ll mail our next issue to you.

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


Bring Prince Home for the Holidays

Pet of the Week: 1-Year-Old Prince

Prince Buny earsMeet Prince! This handsome 1-year-old pup has been at our Boston shelter since October 2 and would love to come home with you for the holidays.

Prince is a sweet boy who loves people and playing with toys. He’s eager to please and wants to learn as much as you’re willing to teach him.

He is very intelligent and responds to his name, as well as come basic commands – “sit”, “look”, and “touch.” Prince can be a lot for another dog to handle, as he is quite pushy and will get in their face; therefore, he will need to go to an experienced owner who will be able to manage his dog-to-dog interactions well.

Prince is still a young boy and he needs lots of exercise, play time, and training. If you’re interested in meeting him, please stop by our Boston shelter!

Read Prince’s profile.




Do Right. Be Brite. Vote for ARL.

You Can Help ARL Win $2500

GivingTuesday might be over, but Eventbrite is helping raise money for charities until December 12. Eventbrite is getting into the giving spirit with a friendly competition and your vote can help the ARL win $2500 for shelter pets.

boston_instagramIt’s simple: register now to cast a vote for the Animal Rescue League of Boston. On Friday, December 12, Eventbrite will tally up the votes and donate to each organization based on your votes. 1st place: $2,500, 2nd place: $1,500, 3rd place: $1,000, 4th place: $750, 5th place: $500.

Vote for ARL now.

Want to see the ARL rise to the top of the ranks? Sharing is caring! Share this campaign with friends to stuff the digital ballot box and help more ARL shelter pets find homes for the holidays.

Thank you for your support!

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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:

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

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

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


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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Leo Leo Concert Benefiting ARL on Nov. 29

Animal-Loving Band Will Play Benefit Show for ARL

On Saturday, November 29 Leo*Leo, a duo producing Bossa Nova inspired Rock and Roll with flavors of Soul and Disco will play a concert benefiting the Animal Rescue League. Band members Vanessa and Sarah are huge animal lovers and have adopted three animals from the ARL’s shelters. 

11-20-14 LeoLeoPetsTheir cockatiel, Meegs, is their band mascot. When Sarah cooks Meegs will often fly over to the stove, land on the pan handle and “communicate” just what needs to happen next in the recipe. Otherwise, he is perched next to Vanessa, as she plays guitar, and he corrects her notes with his own. If a visitor should come to the band loft, Meegs flies over and lands on their head and allows them in. This is why he is afforded the nickname, “The Foreman.”

He is also one of 3 reasons why Leo*Leo is honored to play a show benefiting the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The other two reasons are Sarah Hope’s dutch shepherd mix, named Sophia (pictured with Meegs) and Vanessa’s chihuahua/terrier named Basil (you can see her all over their instagram).


Who: Leo Leo
What: Benefit Concert
When: Saturday, November 29 at 4pm
Where: The Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain

Local Artist & ARL supporter, Jenn Marquez Photography will be at the show giving away $15 gift certificates toward a photo session! Additionally, Neuro drink and Cuppow are both going to be giving away goodies!

1st Show – Doors 4pm-5:45pm.
2nd Show – Doors 6pm-7:45pm.

All ages welcome!

Thank you Leo*Leo for helping more animals find homes for the holidays by donating proceeds from your concert to the Animal Rescue League!