Thank You Thursday: Stop to Smell the Roses at our Brewster Shelter

Volunteer Donates Garden to Brewster Shelter

Things are looking a lot more vibrant around the ARL’s Brewster shelter, thanks to one very talented volunteer and some generous Cape Cod businesses and individuals.

Donelle Denery, a master gardener and ARL volunteer, orchestrated a new garden outside our Brewster shelter.  This Orleans resident has been volunteering with us for almost two years and we really appreciate all of her dedication.

She coordinated with local businesses about donating supplies including, plants, flowers, mulch, compost and fertilizer and then she went to work to create this beautiful outdoor masterpiece! We are all enjoying this lovely addition to the landscaping around the shelter and even the pups are stopping to smell the flowers!

Thank you to Donelle and everyone who donated supplies including:

  • Daniels Recycling Co. –  Flip
  • TruValue Hardware – Jim Moran
  • Orleans Agway- Justin and Jennifer
  • The Farm – Sassy Richardson
  • Snow`s – Susan Snow
  • Irene Cooper

07-09-14 Thank You Brewster Flower Pic

 

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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No Fee Week Begins Today!

Scotties Facial Tissue covers adoption fees on ALL cats 1 year-old and up!

During the last full week of National Adopt-a-Cat Month, our partner Scotties Facial Tissue will cover the adoption fees on cats 1 year-old and up!

How could you say no to that face! Scotties Facial Tissue will cover the adoption fees on 5+ old cats like Care Bear this week, June 22-29.

How could you say no to that face! Scotties Facial Tissue will cover the adoption fees on 5+ old cats like Care Bear, June 22-29.

Starting today through June 29, the ARL hopes to find homes for a variety of fuzzy and fluffy, playful and peaceful cats and kittens.

Cats like Care Bear (pictured right) who love a good cheek scratch and to chase the laser pointer a bit before curling up on the couch for a snooze would make the purr-fect feline companion!

“Our goal for this partnership is to help a great organization do what they do best – finding good homes for these loving animals,” said John Robertson, director of marketing for Scotties Facial Tissues. “We hope that our donation will act as an incentive for caring people to come forward and open up their homes.”

When you adopt a cat from an animal shelter like the ARL, you give a cat a chance at a better life.  All adoptable cats and kittens at the ARL also receive:

  • Spay/neuter
  • Vaccinations
  • Feline leukemia test
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Microchip identification and registration

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Remember, the ARL requires the following information as part of the adoption process for cats and kittens:

  •  Proof that adopter is 18 years of age or older
  • A Massachusetts ID with valid current address (No Student IDs)

Sunday shelter hours:

Thank you to Scotties Facial Tissue for helping to find more deserving cats homes!

 

TODAY: No Fee Caturday!

Bob the Street Cat covers adoption fees on cats 7+ and “picks of the litter”

Visit any ARL shelter in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham today, Saturday, June 21, and you’ll see some very special goings-on!

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Bob the Street Cat, seen here on the shoulder of his owner James Bowen, will cover adoption fees on cats 7 and older and other special picks of the litter at all ARL shelters today!

In honor of the release of “his” second book, The World According to Bob, Bob the Street Cat will cover the adoption fees on cats 7 years and older and on a few of his “picks of the litter.”

While supplies last, everyone adopting a cat or kitten today will also receive a complete set of Bob’s books for some inspiring, feline-friendly summer reading.

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Bob the Street Cat is the real-life central character in the best-selling two-book series by James Bowen, a street musician and recovering drug addict.  Bowen found the injured and sickly ginger cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, and discovered nursing the injured cat back to good health gave his life meaning and purpose.

Bob’s personality and antics continue to entertain and inspire Bowen everyday.

The ARL is one of many organizations benefiting from Bob the Street Cat’s generosity and support for finding new homes for deserving cats today.

Thank you Bob for including cats at the ARL in your National Bob’s Buds Day celebration!

As a reminder, the ARL requires the following information as part of the adoption process for cats and kittens:

  • Proof that adopter is 18 years of age or older
  • A Massachusetts ID with valid current address (No Student IDs)

No Fee Caturday 7 plus BetsyShelter hours today:

Come meet all the wonderful cats available for adoption today!

 

Thank You Thursday: Paws in the Park, a Huge Success

Thank You To Everyone Who Made Paws in the Park 2014 Possible!

This past Saturday over 1,000 people and hundreds of dogs joined the ARL in Brewster, MA for Paws in the Park. The day was beautiful. The venue, Drummer Boy Park, was fabulous. The vendors, contests, performers and DJs were all awesome. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.

A great time was had by all and we hope this will be a new “thing to do” to kick off the summer with your dog on the Cape.

Many thanks to the ARL staff and Marci Tyldesley who organized the event and worked so hard to make everything run smoothly.

Supporting our team was a great crew of Cape volunteers including, Jeanie Handren, Rich Tyldesley, Paul Kelleher, “Sully” Sullivan, David Chandler, Jack Bakker, Joyce Bakker, Diane Cullen, Lorraine Janusas, Mary Utt, Dorothy Becker, Liz Hines, Diane Johnson, Donelle Donnery, Diane Foster, Bradley Fowler, Justine Pitt and Stacey Hedman of Cold Nose Photography.

Thanks again to everyone who joined us for a great cause with a terrific outcome.

One more round of thanks for our event sponsors who are listed below!

Paws in Park Logo Combo

 

One Week Until Paws in the Park!

Kick-off the Summer with the ARL & Your Pup!

There’s just one more week until Paws in the Park! We hope you’ll join us for one of the largest pet festivals on Cape Cod. The event, which takes place on Saturday, May 31 from 11am-2pm will benefit the ARL’s Brewster shelter and promises fun for your whole family, including your pup!

The first 400 people will receive a free swag bag filled with goodies for you and your pet, so don’t forget to set your alarm!

We’d like to extend a big thank you to presenting sponsor Nauset Pet Services, who is the title sponsor for the 4th consecutive year.

$3 admission fee for adults, FREE for children 12 years and under.

Thanks to very gracious donors we have some fantastic raffle prizes for you. Tickets are $2 per raffle ticket and winners will be drawn at 1:45pm. If you have to leave early, don’t worry, you don’t need to be present to win! See what you could win below:

  • One night stay at the Seaport Hotel in Boston
  • Photo 7$100 Gift Certificate to Ark Angel Animal Hospital
  • $100 Gift Card to Addison Art Gallery
  • Two $50 Gift Cards to Arnold’s Clam Shack with mini golf passes (2 separate prizes)
  • $50 Gift Card to Laurino’s Tavern
  • $25 Gift Card to Zia Pizzeria
  • Gift Certificate to Brax Landing
  • Gift certificate for a Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch and a canvas whale tote from The Brewster Stitch
  • Dinner for two at Pisces of Chatham
  • Dinner for four at The Chatham Squire
  • Wine Lover’s Package  – Case of Joseph Carr Wines, 4 custom wine glasses from Cape Cod Glass Designs and a $25 gift card to Main Street Wine & Gourmet 
  • A Year’s Supply of Treats from Blue Dog Bakery
  • Photo Session for your dog with Cold Nose Photo
  • Framed autographed photo, used stick shaft and net from Boston Bruins player Brad Marchand
  • Gift basket from The Honest Kitchen
  • Gift basket from Lower Cape Veterinary Services
  • Gift Basket from The Cape Cod Dog
  • Small Dog Gift Basket from Agway of Cape Cod
  • Large Dog Gift Basket from Agway of Cape Cod
  • 5 Blow-n-Bubbles Self-Serve Dog Washes at Hot Diggity Dog Wash (5 winners)
  • Stroller for small dog
  • “Paws in the Park” cornhole set by Cape Cod Cornholes donated by Agway
  • ARL Emergency Backpack Kit for Dog
  • ARL Emergency Backpack Kit for Cat
 

Registration Now Open for New Balance Falmouth Road Race 2014

Falmouth Road Race Logo croppedRun for the ARL on this Beautiful Cape Cod Course!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2014 ARL Falmouth Road Race Team! Will you run with us on August 17?

The New Balance Falmouth Road Race celebrates its 42nd running this year and the spirit which made the first Falmouth so special is still present today. More than 12,000 runners will gather in Woods Hole for the 2014 renewal, including many of the world’s elite, though the essence of the event remains a fun run. Back-of-the-pack joggers share the road with the best, forming a tapestry of colors from the start on Water Street to the finish at the beach in Falmouth Heights.

We are very grateful to organizers for granting the ARL charity bibs for the second year in a row.

Our number of bibs is limited, so runners interested in participating in this classic summer road race should submit applications no later than Thursday, June 12. Applicants will be notified by our Advancement team via email on June 16.

Before your submit your application please note that runners on the ARL team pledge to raise a minimum of $1250 to help
rescue animals from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect.

For more information and to register visit: arlboston.org/falmouth-road-race

05-21-14 Falmouth Start Line

 

Save the Date for Paws in the Park!

Saturday, May 31 from 11am-2pm in Brewster, MA

One of the largest dog-friendly pet festivals on Cape Cod, the ARL’s Paws in the Park* 2014 promises fun for you and your pets!

The ARL’s signature annual event will feature family and dog-friendly activities, entertainment, and vendors. The event benefits the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster animal shelter.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Nauset Pet Services!

$3 admission fee for adults, FREE for children 12 years and under

 

Here’s some of what to expect at Paws in the Park:

• Climb aboard the ARL’s mobile Spay Waggin’
• Kids – try on the ARL rescue team’s ice suits and watch a mock cat-in-tree rescue
• Flying High Frisbee Dog Show
• Police K-9 Demonstration
• Caricature artist doing caricatures of people and dogs
• Photo “Doggie” Kissing Booth
• Food vendors (come for lunch and ice cream!)
• A DJ playing tunes
• Free giveaways
• Joe Rossetti & Stephanie Viva from Cool 102 and WCOD as emcees
• AND MUCH MORE! CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

Find more announcements about activities, food, and entertainment at arlboston.org/paws-in-park.

*Previously called Paws for Celebration.

 

Spay Waggin’ Adds Date for Dogs in Hyannis

April Spay Waggin’ Schedule is Now Available

Mickey

Due to popular demand, the Animal Rescue League’s Spay Waggin’ now has two scheduled dates in Hyannis - April 1 for cats and April 28 for dogs.

The mobile spay/neuter unit provides spay/neuter surgeries and other preventive healthcare for dog and cat parents in financial need on the South Shore and Cape Cod.

“Many people can not afford to spay/neuter their pets,” explained Cheryl T., shelter and community medicine program coordinator at the ARL.

“They love their pets and want to do what’s best for them, but need the kind of help provided by the Spay Waggin’ to keep them happy and healthy.”

Learn more about the Spay Waggin’

The April Spay Waggin’ schedule is now available online. Please call 1-877-590-SPAY(7729) or book online (cats only) and make an appointment for your pet today!

April Spay Waggin Schedule

To see the benefits of spay and neuter visit: arlboston.org/spay-neuter

 

Pets of the Week: Rio and Sid, Miss Luna and Pebbles

Pets Seeking Human Companions

All of the animals listed below are patiently waiting for loving human companions to call their own. Will you lend them a paw by sharing their information?

Rio & Sid
Rio and Sid are a bonded pair of 4-year-old neutered male ferrets looking for a home with room for two! They are very playful and entertaining to watch! When they’re not running around and playing, you’ll often find them napping together.

They’ve been at our Boston shelter for almost two months and it’s about time they found a fun family!

Read Rio & Sid’s Profile

If Rio and Sid sound like the pets for you, come meet them at our Boston shelter! Or, if you think they’d make the a great match for a friend, please spread the word.

03-28-14 Miss Luna

Miss Luna is a beautiful 6-year old kitty with a shy, but sweet disposition. She warms up to new people quickly, but would probably prefer a quiet home.

We do not know how she would do with other animals, but a slow introduction is best if bringing her home to other animals.

Her previous owner said that once she’s comfortable with you, she’s quite the snuggler.

Read Miss Luna’s profile

Miss Luna is eagerly waiting to meet you today, so come meet her at our Dedham shelter!

03-28-14 PebblesPebbles is one handsome, young bunny! This 7-month-old rabbit is friendly, curious, and likes to be petted. In his previous home Pebbles was used to spending time in and out of his cage, so he’s mostly litter box trained. He is a netherland dwarf mix and is probably going to stay on the smaller side that he is now.

Read Pebbles’ adoption profile

If Pebbles sounds like the bunny for you, visit him at the Brewster shelter!