ARL Joins City of Boston Animal Control Commission

Maryann Regan to serve on important animal welfare group

Late last week, Maryann Regan, the ARL’s director of shelter operations, received a letter announcing her appointment by the Mayor to the City of Boston’s Animal Control Commission. The Mayor convened the commission to ensure continued forward progress on animal care and control in the City.

After bringing concerning conditions at the Boston Animal Control facility in Roslindale to the attention of Mayor Walsh this summer, the ARL has continued to support the City’s reform efforts.

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Maryann Regan signing after taking the Oath of Office

Yesterday, we followed Maryann to Boston City Hall where she completed the swearing in process. We’re happy to announce Maryann along with eight others are now officially members of the Animal Control Commission!

Members of the Animal Control Commission will meet at least once a month to coordinate the work of public and private agencies concerned with animal care, protection, and control. They will also establish and maintain a spay and neuter clinic within the city. For more information on the Animal Control Commission please visit cityofboston.gov/boardsandcommissions

A special thank you to City Clerk Maureen Feeney and everyone at the Boston City Hall for graciously welcoming the ARL!

Maryann Regan and Maureen Feeny

Maryann Regan and Maureen Feeney share a hug at the end of the oath process.

 

 

New shelter hours starting this week!

Starting tomorrow, new adoption center hours at all ARL shelters

valentines day pet dogPlanning a visit to an ARL shelter during February school vacation week?  Be sure to check out the new hours at our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham!

PLEASE NOTE: Our adoption centers are closed to the public today in honor of the President’s Day Holidays!

Beginning Tuesday, February 17, all shelters will be open 1 pm – 6:30 pm, Tuesday – Sunday, to allow for extended adoption hours.  Our shelters will accept adoption applications until 6 pm to allow us time to send home your new pet.

Our Boston shelter will begin extended weekend hours on February 27 – Boston adoption center hours ONLY will remain the same, 1 pm -4 pm, Friday, February 20 – Sunday, February 22.

When you adopt, you give an animal a chance at a better life.  All adoptable animals at the ARL also received:

  • Spay or neuter services
  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Behavior screening and evaluations
  • Vaccinations and flea/tick/mite treatment
  • Microchip identification and registration

Search adoptables now

Come find your pawsitively purr-fect match at an ARL shelter soon!

 

Winter Weather Closing Info

Staff providing care as the snow flies today

Once again, due to the snow storm, our adoption centers in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham will be closed today.  Shelter and facilities maintenance staff, however, stayed at our shelters last night to make sure the animals remain safe, warm, and in good spirits during yet another major snow event!

winter shelter ferl cats

The ASPCA says an elevated foam bin filled with straw provides warm shelter for feral cats.

Our rescue and law enforcement teams will also stay off the roads today for safety.

With all this snow, we have received an increasing number of calls from concerned citizens with questions about feral cats.  Our rescue team suggests trying to coax a feral cat indoors to a garage or basement if possible for shelter during snowstorms.

If that’s not possible, the ASPCA has put together a  “how to” guide for making an inexpensive cat shelter.  You can line the inside with straw and use cinder blocks or boards to get the cat shelter off the ground.

For more winter weather pet safety tips, visit arlboston.org/winter-pet-health.

 

Valentine’s Day and Your Pet

Chocolate, flowers, and pets are not a purr-fect match!

Now that you’ve managed to dig your way out after the snow earlier this week, you can finally turn your attention to Valentine’s Day! [hint: it's this Saturday, February 14]

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Spread the love this Valentine’s Day and adopt! Looking for your purr-fect match? Consider adopting a pet from the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Many of us purchase tokens of love for the special people  in our lives.  While these gifts may be good for our relationship with our Valentines, many of the  common items people give or get to celebrate the romantic holiday can pose pet health concerns.

Here are three things your pet definitely DOES NOT want for Valentine’s Day:

1. Chocolate and candies.  Chocolate, especially darker chocolates, are highly toxic to cats and dogs. Many candies and gums contain Xylitol. This sugarless sweetener is highly toxic to pets. Always keep chocolate and candies out of your pets reach.

2. Flowers.  Certain flowers and plants can be harmful or even deadly to cats and dogs. Flowers such as lilies are highly toxic if ingested by pets. Make sure to keep a special eye  on cats, their excellent climbing skills can give them easy access to flowers and plants.  And indoor cats especially are prone to nibble on greenery!

3. Decorations. Discarded ribbons and packaging can be toxic and even deadly to pets if they are ingested. Balloons also pose a big risk to our furry friends. If swallowed, balloons can cause chocking or blocked airways. Clean up after you’ve opened presents and make sure balloons are resting some where away from your pets.

Need a gift suggestion for your pet this Valentine’s Day? Give them what they really want, of course – extra love and attention, cheek scratches and tummy rubs!

SPREAD THE LOVE and make your valentine smile by helping animals in need!  Make a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and select “I would like to make a tribute” at the bottom of the donation form.  Your loved one will receive a personalized card.

Or purchase a gift certificate from an ARL shelter in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham so your special someone can make the purr-fect match with an adoptable animal.

 

Winter Weather Schedule Updates

Check here for weather-related closures and delays at the ARL

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ARL adoptable dog MILO may be the only Bostonian left who still loves the snow! He’s pictured above after a snowy pleasure roll.

Planning a trip to one of the ARL’s shelters or programs today?  Please check the schedule below for information about closures and delayed openings.

SHELTERS

Boston – Our adoption center is closed to the public on Tuesday, February 10, so staff can focus on animal care.

Dedham – Our adoption center is closer to the public on Tuesday, February 10, so staff can focus on animal care.

Brewster – Open as scheduled, 10 am – 4 pm.

BOSTON VETERINARY CARE

Delayed opening – BVC will open at 12 pm today to allow staff additional travel time.

SPAY WAGGIN’

Closed – please contact the Spay Waggin’s scheduling office at for rescheduling information, at (877) 590-7729 or spaywaggin@arlboston.org

SPECIAL THANKS to our shelter and facilities management staff for working through the storm to care for the animals!

For helpful winter weather pet health and safety information, please visit arlboston.org/winter-pet-health

 

Puppy Transports: What You Need to Know

ARL’s Dr. Smith-Blackmore comments to CBS News

CBS News paid a visit to the Animal Rescue League of Boston to interview Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, the ARL’s vice president of animal welfare, about the rising trend of “puppy transports” – when animals are relocated from one community to another state or region for adoption.

Watch the CBS Evening News story

Often because of socioeconomic or cultural, animal control facilities and shelters in many regions of the country find themselves with far more stray or abandoned puppies and young dogs than they can find homes for locally.

Since the practice of puppy transports began, many veterinarians have expressed concern about the health, welfare, and safety of animals traveling on a transport, as well as the risks that transported dogs may pose to dogs in the receiving communities.  Veterinarians  want to ensure steps are taken to control the spread and transmission of disease.

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore offers her insights on the rising trend of puppy transports.

As the chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Animal Welfare Committee, Dr. Smith helped craft the AVMA’s policy on the relocation of animals for adoption.  Ahead of her interview with CBS News, we sat down with her to talk more about what people should know about puppy transports.

ARL Blog: What are the major concerns veterinarians have about puppy transports?

Dr. Smith: The biggest concern veterinarians have is for animal and public health – that animals with mostly unknown medical backgrounds and lacking much preventive care would spread large amounts of infectious disease from the place they were leaving to the place they were headed.  The health, welfare, and safety of animals during the transport–how they are treated and cared for during travel–is also something veterinarians care about very much.

They also care about their clients, who may end up heartbroken if the unwittingly adopt a sick puppy.

ARL Blog: If someone is considering adopting from a puppy transport, what do they need to know?

Dr. Smith: Learning more about the shelter or rescue group you’re adopting from to find out how the health and safety of animals and people are addressed before and during transport is very important!

One of the major goals of the AVMA policy was to provide organizations with guidance on doing transports safely and humanely.  The public can also use the AVMA policy as a point of reference for the standards of care they should expect from any group transporting animals for local adoption.

Download the AVMA’s Best Practices for the Relocation of Animals for Adoption

Find out if and how the organization that is bringing the puppies in for adoption is helping the community where they came from.  Are they giving back to the sending community to improve access to spay/neuter and other veterinary services?  Organizations involved in puppy transports run the gamut from responsible, welfare-oriented groups, to uncaring individuals motivated by financial profit.

puppy transport group shot

The ARL works with rescue partners to bring puppies from the South to our Brewster shelter several times a year. Our Boston shelter also receives occasional transports of chihuahuas from California.

ARL Blog: Has the increased interest in puppy transports had an impact on local animals who need homes ?

Dr. Smith: The AVMA policy encourages communities to assess their local animal population first to figure out if there’s a real shortage of adoptable animals.  Because of higher spay/neuter rates of dogs in New England, for example, there aren’t as many stray or abandoned puppies as there are in other parts of the country.

There are dogs in many communities in Massachusetts that need help getting to a shelter where they stand a better chance of getting adopted.  To address this issue, the ARL collaborates with the Massachusetts Animal Coalition’s AniMatch program.

The idea is for organizations to pursue their passion for helping animals find homes in a healthy, safe, and responsible way for all animals, people, and communities.

 

 

 

Donate to animals today!

Make it a happy new year for animals in our community

donate to animals like Rugby

Rugby came to the ARL with a severe deformity in his front legs. With help from shelter veterinarians and staff, he learned to walk and today can run, jump, and play like every puppy should.

Your donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston today will help thousands of animals like Sadie, the 8-year-old adoptable pup in the photo above, get a chance at a better life in 2015!

We rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters to help thousands of animals every year….

….Animals like Rugby and Madeline who recovered from neglect and found happy homes in 2014.

….Like Wally and Piper who got the medical assistance they needed after sustaining serious injuries.

donate to animals like piper

Piper was found all alone with a broken leg. The ARL paid for the $3,000 surgery to repair the serious fracture in her thigh. She continues her recovery with an ARL foster volunteer.

….Like the wide variety of domestic animals and wildlife our rescue services team and law enforcement officers save and protect.

….Like the animals in the City of Boston who will be cared for by a reforming Boston Animal Care and Control department.

….Like the cats and dogs who receive high-quality, affordable spay/neuter and other veterinary services from our Spay Waggin’.

You make all of this work possible!

Here are a few ways your donations to the Animal Rescue League of Boston help animals in need:

  • $25   Can help feed a shelter dog for a week
  • $35   Can provide nutrient-rich formula and feeding supplies for a litter of kittens
  • $50   Can help cover spay/neuter surgery for a feral cat or adoptable animal
  • $250 Can provide training for an unruly puppy so he can become a lovable family pet
  • $500 Can help a stray dog or cat receive emergency surgery after a serious injury

Only with your support can we provide high-quality, compassionate care for animals when they need it most.

Donate to animals now

Thank you for your kindness and compassion for animals in need.  And happy New Year from everyone at the ARL!

 

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

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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:

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

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

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

 

Arnold’s in Eastham Helps Animals in Need

Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar to Donate Proceeds to ARL and Wild Care on September 19

On Friday, September 19, the iconic Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar in Eastham will donate all proceeds from the sales of food, ice cream and mini-golf to the ARL’s Brewster animal shelter and Wild Care of Cape Cod. Thanks to the generosity of Arnold’s, you can feel especially good about dining out on the 19th!

arnolds mini golfArnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar has built a reputation for the highest quality seafood with “white glove” cleanliness. Large portions, friendly customer service and affordable prices continue bring visitors and locals alike to this classic Cape Cod spot.

Arnold’s is located at 3580 Route 6 in Eastham.  Hours on Friday, September 19 are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All-day festivities will include:

  • Pet-friendly swag from the ARL (while supplies last)
  • Photo fun with the ARL’s “Super Pets” photo backdrop
  • Temporary tattoos and stickers for kids and fun-loving adults
  • Treats for dogs and door prizes
  • Information about adoptable dogs at the ARL’s Brewster shelter

Have a canine family member who’d like to join you?  Well-behaved dogs can join their families on the patio!

We’re very grateful to Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar for organizing and hosting this  generous fundraising event for our Brewster shelter.

Remember: it may be your last clam bake of the summer, but proceeds from the event will help animals on Cape Cod all year long!