Spay Waggin’ Adds Date for Dogs in Hyannis

April Spay Waggin’ Schedule is Now Available

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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!

 

Winter Weather Closure at ARL Brewster

Due to the impending storm, the ARL’s Brewster shelter will be closed to the public tomorrow, Wednesday, March 26.

The snowy scene from our Brewster shelter.

A snowy scene from the ARL’s Brewster shelter earlier this winter.

A very special thank you to the members of our dedicated staff in Brewster who will keep the animals in our care company as the winter winds blow!

Our Boston and Dedham shelters currently plan to open as scheduled.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for real-time updates on storm-related closures and activities!

 

Foster Parents Needed at Brewster Shelter

Kitten Season is Coming. Please Help the Brewster Shelter Prepare!

NapoleonKittenKitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding the ARL’s shelters across Eastern, MA with litters.

Foster parents are a vital component of kitten season. They expand our reach outside of the animal shelter walls and help us take-in many more litters than would otherwise be possible.

The ARL’s Brewster animal shelter on Cape Cod is growing their foster program and needs more foster parents.

If you have room in your heart and home, you can help us expand our services and save more animals!

Becoming a foster parent is great for people who:

  • Have pets and have the capacity to care for other animals in their home
  • Don’t have pets, but love animals and want to have them in their home temporarily

To become a foster parent complete an application online and submit a one-time, non-refundable application fee. This is a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and helps us with the processing of the applications.  We review all foster care applications to match people with the appropriate animal cases since there are animals with various foster care needs.

Click this link to apply today and join the ARL family: arlboston.org/foster

 

Attention Pet Owners and Animals Lovers: Spread the Love this Valentine’s Day!

4 purrfect gift ideas from the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Boston, MA—Looking for something especially meaningful for the companion pets and people in your life this Valentine’s Day?

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) has four purrfect gift ideas that spread the love and help find homes for shelter pets:

  1. Give your special dog a heart-shaped treat.  Nothing says “I love you” to the canine companion in your life like a tasty treat or dog cookie.  Now through February 14, Polka Dog Bakery will donate 50% of proceeds from all Valentine’s Day treats to the ARL.
  2. Present your sweetheart with an ARL gift certificate.  The devotion of a shelter pet knows no bounds.  You can purchase a gift certificate to ARL shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham and help your sweetheart bring a bird, bunny, dog, or cat home to love.
  3. Sponsor an adoption.  Show your Valentine how much you appreciate that soft spot he or she has for the stray animals in the neighborhood by sponsoring the adoption fees for a shelter pet in his or her name.  An animal having a harder time finding a home may just find that special someone with the extra help.
  4. Deliver a gift donation.  Sometimes flowers and chocolates don’t convey the special message you want a Valentine’s Day present to have.  By making a gift donation to the ARL or another animal welfare organization in your Valentine’s name, you show your support for a cause about which he or she cares deeply.

“The happiest part of the work we do at the ARL is uniting shelter pets with loving human companions,” explains ARL president Mary Nee.  “Supporting these efforts through your Valentine’s Day gift truly reflects the thoughtful kindness of both the gift-giver and receiver.”

Every year, the ARL’s shelters unite over 3,000 deserving animals with families and place 850 in foster homes with dedicated ARL volunteers.  Visit arlboston.org/spreadthelove to learn more about the shelter pets available for adoption.

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. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.

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February Spay Waggin’ Schedule is Posted

February is Spay/Neuter Month, Book An Appointment Today

01-02-14 Spay Waggin Vet Photo“Millions of cats and dogs are brought to U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them” – Humane Society of the United States.

Worried about the costs? You CAN afford to spay or neuter your pet. Spay Waggin’ is a subsidized spay/neuter program created by the Animal Rescue League of Boston to assist clients with financial need.

Staffed by an ARL veterinarian and two trained veterinary technicians, the Spay Waggin’ features a preparation area, a fully equipped surgical suite and a recovery ward, so your pet is comfortable and safe while in our care.

The Spay Waggin’ makes monthly scheduled stops throughout the South Shore and the Cape to perform surgeries on an appointment-only basis.

The February Spay Waggin’ Schedule is listed below. Please call please call 1-877-590-SPAY(7729) or book online (cats only) and make an appointment for your pet today!

02-02-14 Spay Waggin' Schedule

 

 

For more information visit arlboston.org/spay-waggin/.

 

ARL Winter Storm Update: Shelter Hours Today

Thanks to our dedicated staff members, we’re happy to report all of the animals in our care got plenty of attention and company during the winter storm!

The snowy scene from our Brewster shelter earlier today.

The snowy scene from our Brewster shelter earlier today.

Our Boston and Dedham adoption centers will be open for business as usual this afternoon.

Our Brewster shelter will open with a delayed start today, at 1 pm.

If you’re feeling a little tired of shoveling already, remember that nothing beats the winter blues like watching your dog run around in the fresh powder!

Read our winter play time tips for you and your dog at arlboston.org/wintertime-playtime-tips-for-you-and-your-dog

 

 

ARL’s Winter Storm Prep and Cancellations

Winter storm preparations under way at all three ARL shelters!

The snowflakes have already started to fly and preparations at the ARL have been underway all day ahead of this evening’s snowstorm.

Due to the impending winter storm, the ARL’s dog training classes scheduled for Tuesday evening, January 21, have been cancelled.

Also for clients of the ARL’s Boston Veterinary Care, the clinic will open tomorrow, Wednesday, January 22 at 12 PM.

Meanwhile, our dedicated shelter staff at our locations in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham will stay overnight at the shelter or nearby to make sure the animals in our care get plenty of love and attention while the winter winds are blowing.

We will continue to post updates, pictures, and other helpful winter pet health and safety information on our social media channels this evening.  Use #ARLwinterstorm to join the conversation!

 

New Year’s Resolution: Spay/Neuter Your Pet

Spay Waggin’: Subsidized Pet Spay/Neuter for Clients with Financial Need

If your beloved pet is not spayed or neutered please make it your new year’s resolution to have your pet “fixed” this year.

01-02-14 Spay Waggin Vet Photo“Millions of cats and dogs are brought to U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them” – Humane Society of the United States.

Worried about the costs? You CAN afford to spay or neuter your pet. Spay Waggin’ is a subsidized spay/neuter program created by the Animal Rescue League of Boston to assist clients with financial need.

Staffed by an ARL veterinarian and two trained veterinary technicians, the Spay Waggin’ features a preparation area, a fully equipped surgical suite and a recovery ward, so your pet is comfortable and safe while in our care.

The Spay Waggin’ makes monthly scheduled stops throughout the South Shore and the Cape to perform surgeries on an appointment-only basis.

The January Spay Waggin’ Schedule is listed below. Please call please call 1-877-590-SPAY(7729) or book online (cats only) and make an appointment for your pet today!

For more information visit arlboston.org/spay-waggin/.

01-02-14 Jan Spay Waggin' Schedule

 

Give Jemma the Best Gift of All, A Home

Reduced Adoption Fee!

Jemma is ready to find her new home! She has been at our Brewster adoption center since June watching all the other kitties be adopted into their new homes, and she is ready for that special someone to come in and choose her!

One of our wonderful volunteers has sponsored part of her adoption fee to help her find her way home for the holidays! You’ll be able to take $100 off of her adoption fee.

Beautiful Jemma has taken up residence in our offices, where she can oversee daily shelter activities. She thinks that her job is to assist you with your office work and she makes a lovely assistant.

This beautiful 18 month-old girl has unique orange splotched markings – even on her legs!

She is well behaved and never makes a mess or knocks things off the desks. She does, however, like to play – she loves paperclips and other similar little things that she can bat around. Be ready for her spicy play style! Jemma is food motivated and would be a lot of fun if you wanted to teach her some tricks.

12-21 Jemma Photo
She would be thrilled to find herself in a low-traffic home where she can be the Princess. She does not want to be friends with other kitties, although she has done well with quiet, small dogs who respect her as the boss.

Please open your heart and home to Jemma for the holidays and give her the best gift of all!

To learn more about Jemma visit our Brewster adoption center on Cape Cod or give them a call at (508) 255-1030.