Today: Rabies & Microchip Clinic in Dedham

Microchip Your Pet!

It’s that time of year again, so please join us!

The ARL’s Dedham shelter will host their annual Rabies and Microchip Clinic on Saturday, April 5 from 10A.M.-2P.M.

Rabies vaccines are $10 each ($7 for seniors citizens)
Microchips are $15 each ($12 for senior citizens)
For everyone’s safety, all dogs must be on leash and cats in carriers.

For more information or if you have questions please call (781) 326-0729 or email

kitten in pet carrier


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.

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199 Animals Removed From Lynnfield Home

Animal Rescue League of Boston and MSPCA-Angell partner in response to large-scale hoarding situation

MEDIA AVAIL: Monday, March 10, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, ARLBoston’s Boston Shelter, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA

Boston, MA – At the end of February, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) partnered with MSPCA-Angell to remove 199 animals from a home in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

In one of the largest hoarding situations the ARL has responded to in recent years, a wide range of species including dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles lived in unsanitary conditions, stacked in cages and crates in different areas of the home.  All of the animals were voluntarily surrendered to the ARL and MSPCA-Angell.

After the ARL’s Rescue Services team removed animals from the home, 60 came to the organization’s Boston shelter.  According to Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of animal welfare at the ARL and a member of the veterinary response team that provided medical care to the animals as they arrived at the shelter, many had serious health issues resulting from neglect.


Danielle Genter, senior rescue technician at the ARL, comforts one of the dogs removed from a hoarding situation in Lynnfield, MA, at the end of February.

“When people suffer from the complex psychological conditions that lead to animal hoarding, they become overwhelmed with caring for all the animals they accumulate,” explains Dr. Smith-Blackmore.

“In hoarding situations, both the owner and the animals need help.  If you see something that suggests an animal hoarding situation, say something to your local authorities.”

The ARL’s veterinary and shelter staff mobilized a temporary isolation area for the cats requiring long-term medical treatment and found places for them at the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats in Lunenburg, where they will continue to receive rehabilitative care.  The ARL also asked Jabberwock Reptiles in Winchester for assistance taking in the reptiles rescued from the home, including sickly blue-tongued skinks and snakes.

The 6 dogs and 13 birds remaining at the ARL’s shelters continue to make progress in their recovery.  The Boston shelter has already begun to identify potential adopters for the shy, but very sweet dogs.

The ARL encourages anyone looking to help these animals and others like them recover from neglect to visit for more information.

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.

Media Avail
Monday, March 10
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Animal Rescue League of Boston
Boston Animal Shelter
10 Chandler Street
Boston, MA





35 Farm Animals Rescued from Unlicensed Traveling Petting Zoo

Animal Rescue League of Boston and MSPCA-Angell Work Together to Rescue Sickly Animals from the Cold

MEDIA AVAIL: Tuesday, February 11, 11 am – 12: 30 pm, ARLBoston’s Dedham Shelter, 55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA

Boston, MA – Over the weekend, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and MSPCA-Angell worked together to rescue 35 cold and emaciated animals from an unlicensed petting zoo in Ludlow, Massachusetts.

02-10-14 Ludlow Rescue Goat & Brian

ARL Rescue Services Manager Brian O’Connor carries one of 12 animals rescued from an unlicensed traveling petting zoo in Ludlow, MA, on Friday evening.

The ARL’s Rescue Services team brought 12 of the rescued animals, including mini-donkeys, donkeys, ponies, sheep, and goats, to the organization’s Dedham Shelter for immediate care. The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department transported the more severely emaciated and sickly animals including pigs and alpacas to the organization’s Nevins Farm facility.

On Monday, the MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department charged the animal’s owner Dean Manual of Ludlow with multiple counts of animal cruelty. Manual, 43, faces up to 36 counts of animal cruelty with additional pending charges for assaulting a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

As the ARL and MSPCA-Angell tended to the animals on Friday evening in Ludlow, many neighbors expressed concern for the health of the animals and asked for information about contributing to their care.

The organizations encourage anyone looking to help these animals and others like them recover from cruel living conditions to visit or for more information.

Since their arrival, the animals at the ARL’s Dedham facility have received proper hydration, nutrition, and veterinary care.   Shelter staff report all 12 continue to rest and recover from living in cruel conditions.

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.

About the MSPCA-Angell

The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions from individuals who care about animals.

Media Avail
Tuesday, February 11
11 am – 12: 30 pm
Animal Rescue League of Boston
Dedham Animal Shelter
55 Anna’s Place
Dedham, MA



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 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.



Dedham Shelter News: Last Nail Trim Weekend

See Listing of Nearby Convenient Alternatives

This weekend, January 25-26, our Dedham shelter will hold its final nail trimming weekend.

The shelter originally began offering the complimentary service as part of the ARL’s commitment to supporting a healthy relationship between our adopters and their pets.  In recent months, the popularity of the service has grown to a level the staff at the shelter had not anticipated and can no longer accommodate safely or quickly for clients.

To help our clients with future needs, the Dedham staff has found many convenient local alternatives that provide nail trimming at all times of the month for a minimal fee:

  • Twickenton Groomer in Dedham – $10 for a nail trim
  • Petco in Needham and Dedham – $10 (need proof of rabies vaccine)
  • Dr. Wolf’s in Dedham – $18 (need proof of rabies vaccine)

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!


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



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!


Thank You Thursday: 5th Graders from Brooke Charter School

19 5th Grade Animal Lovers Making a Difference

This year for the holiday season, the 5th grade class at Brooke Charter School in East Boston, MA, made a decision to run a coin drive for a charity of their choice. This public school prides itself on high expectations and preparing all their students to be model citizens as well as scholars – and they’re doing an awesome job at it, too!

For this class of 19 animal lovers, the Animal Rescue League of Boston was the most obvious choice and their teacher, Jenny, has only the best things to say about our Dedham shelter.

The students, many of whom have pets of their own, were ecstatic! They made posters to hang around school and handed out flyers out to all the other classes. In the words of their teacher, “I expected them to bring in what they had and for us to raise a little bit of money, but instead I was absolutely blown away and amazingly touched by the commitment I saw.”

Some students brought in their entire year’s savings in a piggy bank; others their birthday money or allowance.

After two weeks of collecting, they had filled a large water cooler jug full of coins and bills and come up with a grand total of $283. The kids then decided to write thank you notes to the staff at the Dedham shelter thanking them for all they do for the animals. Jenny delivered the money and the letters to the Dedham shelter at the end of December, and picked up some copies of our flyers and wish lists so she could share with the kids where their donations would go. The kids were absolutely thrilled!

Thank you to these truly remarkable kids and their teacher for their commitment to helping animals in need.

Keep it up! You’re role models for us all!

01-09-14 Thank You Thursday Kids Photo