Support the ARL Boston Marathon Runners

After months of training through winter weather, our runners are ready to take on 26.2 for animals in need!

Boston Marathon sponsor JH

Thank you to Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock for including the ARL in the 2016 charity bib program!

You can show your support for the ARL’s Boston Marathon Team

1. Donating to the team to help them reach their goal of $35,000 by visiting

2. Tracking their race progress at using their bib numbers at

Andrea 30899
Jillian 30776
Alexis 30967
Marco 30814

3. Joining us in Coolidge Corner near Marion Street to cheer for our runners at they near the finish line

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the dedicated runners on our 2016 Boston Marathon team!


75 Cats Spayed/Neutered During ARL’s Fix-a-Feral Clinic

THANK YOU to our dedicated volunteers and staff who made this important work possible!

On a very snowy Sunday morning, 34 extremely dedicated ARL volunteers and 11 ARL employees stood ready and waiting to receive 75+ cats during its first Fix-A-Feral Clinic of the year at ARL’s Boston shelter.

During the Fix-a-Feral Clinic, 75 cats were successfully spay/neutered, vaccinated, and received an individual behavioral screening.

Thanks to a generous donor, the ARL was able to offer these trap, neuter, and release (TNR) services to 14 feral cat caretakers in the Greater Boston Area—FREE of charge!

Cheryl Traversi, manager of community veterinary services at the ARL, works very closely with these community cat trappers, feeders, and caretakers.

“Providing spay and neuter services to these community cat trappers is a vital part of feral cat colony management,” explains Dr. Kyle Quigley, lead veterinarian of ARL’s community veterinary services.

In fact, studies have shown that humanely trapping, spaying/neutering, and releasing (TNR) feral cats back to the colonies where they have been living is one of the most effective ways to decrease the number of homeless animals in our community.

Feral cats are cats that have either lived for an extended period of time with little or no human contact. Sometimes these cats have been abandoned by previous owners; other times they are the offspring of stray or other feral cats.

Watch the video below for a brief recap of ARL’s Spring Fix-a-Feral Clinic 

PUT YOUR PAWS TOGETHER FOR our incredible volunteers and staff members who helped with Sunday’s Fix-a-Feral Clinic… and for our donor, without whom this week’s clinic would not have been possible!

Learn more about ARL’s high-quality affordable spay/neuter services at


Strong Showing at Humane Lobby Day 2016!

ARL participates alongside local & national animal welfare organizations

Earlier today, state representatives and citizen animal advocates reinforced to legislators how important the issue of animal welfare is to their constituents by the strong attendance at Humane Lobby Day 2016.


ARL’s director of advocacy, Nadine Pellegrini, takes the podium at Humane Lobby Day.

Volunteers and staff proudly represented the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) at the Massachusetts State House. Attendees who visited the ARL table were impressed by the important work that we’re doing in the community and our continuous efforts to educate the public about animal welfare and safety.

A big piece of that effort is the addition of Nadine Pellegrini, ARL’s director of advocacy. In her new role, Nadine will provide leadership and direction on the organization’s busy animal welfare agenda.

“I’m very proud to be here at my first Lobby Day,” Nadine told the crowd. “You folks are unstoppable!”

This year, Nadine was asked to speak to event attendees about bill S. 1092, An Act Relative to the Tethering of Dogs. After discussing the research behind the “anti-tethering” bill, Nadine closed with the gentle reminder that, “dogs are not only a part of our lives, but also a partner in our lives.”

Key representatives from HSUS, MSPCA, and ASPCA also spoke about the important animal welfare bills that constituents should address with their legislators, such as: (S. 1103) An Act to Protect Puppies and Kittens; (S. 2069) An Act Regulating the Enforcement of Illegal Hunting Practices; (S. 415) An Act Expanding the Powers of the Director of Fisheries and Wildlife; (H. 658) An Act Relative to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Click here to learn why ARL supports or opposes each bill.

ARL staff spoke with state representatives and citizen animal advocates about what makes our local organization unique.

ARL staff and volunteers spoke with citizen animal advocates about the ARL and it’s programs and services.

Awards were also presented to local town and city leaders who were identified as champions for animal protection and welfare.

The Municipal Leadership Award was granted to Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley and to Cambridge City Councilor Marc McGovern. The Humane Legislator Award was presented to Massachusetts State Senator Michael Moore and to Massachusetts State Representative Lori Ehrlich.

CONGRATULATIONS… to this year’s award recipients and thank you for helping to achieve stronger protections for animals in the Commonwealth!

VERY SPECIAL THANKS… to our Humane Lobby Day 2016 partners HSUS, MSPCA, and ASPCA for giving animals a voice and asking state legislators to pass laws that benefit both animals and humans alike!


ARL Debuts Christine Barton Feline Suite

ARL’s newly constructed Feline Suite has been named in memory of longtime volunteer, Christine Barton

Earlier this week, volunteers and staff gathered together at ARL’s Boston shelter to celebrate the life of the caring, committed, and longtime volunteer, Christine Barton.

Click here to read the North End Waterfront article.

During the naming ceremony, ARL’s volunteer and educational programs manager, Debra Vogel, gave a heartfelt speech about why the Feline Suite was dedicated in Christine’s name:

feline suite

On Monday, ARL’s new Feline Suite was dedicated to longtime volunteer, Christine Barton! Funding for the Feline Suite was generously donated by the Gelnaw family!

Shy and fractious cats, like Frisky, surrendered to the ARL’s Boston shelter sometimes struggle in the traditional kennel environment. The newly renovated Feline Suite gives these cats a more home-like setting to rehabilitate and ultimately find a permanent home.

In the summer of 2015, the ARL lost a treasured member of their volunteer team, Christine Barton, after a battle with cancer.
Christine was a feline friend, a photographer, and a mentor. She spent countless hours patiently caring for the animals at the ARL.  Her devotion spanned from sitting for long periods of time with a shy cat to waiting for the perfect photo of a rambunctious puppy.
While her love for animals was obvious, her concern for children was just as strong. Christine frequently said, ‘I just want to do good’.
Feline Suite

ARL president, Mary Nee, and Feline Suite donor, Michelle Gelnaw unveil Christine’s plaque at the dedication ceremony.

Christine’s final wish was to have one more chance to visit the ARL’s Boston shelter. The Feline Suite that is being dedicated in her name, gives challenging cats a second chance. In this space, current volunteers can carry on Christine’s work to care for the cats in residence there. Nothing made Christine happier than to see once challenging cats flourish and find a new home.

Funding for the Christine Barton Feline Suite was generously donated by the Gelnaw family. They requested that the Feline Suite be named in Christine’s memory to help her legacy live on!

THANK YOU to Christine Barton for her many years of dedicated service to animals in need at the ARL!

…And to the Gelnaw family for their generous donation to help give struggling cats a chance to find a loving home!


Spring Cat Food Drive for Boston’s Homeless Cats

Start spring off on the right paw by giving to animals in need!

On Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, April 3, the ARL will host a Cat Food Drive, to provide food for the homeless cats of

cat food drive

All donations of cat food will help feed hundreds of homeless cats in the community.

Boston. We’ll accept donations of unopened wet or dry cat food from 9:00am – 3:30pm both days in the lobby of our headquarters located in Boston’s South End:

Animal Rescue League of Boston

Boston Adoption Center lobby

10 Chandler Street

Boston, MA 02116

All donations of cat food will defray the food cost associated with the on-going care of homeless cats in the community.

Cat food donations will go to community cat caretakers in Boston, as well as ARL foster volunteers who provide one-on-one care to cats recovering from surgery or re-acclimating to life in a home prior to adoption.

SPRING CLEANING…The ARL is also accepting gently used clean sheets, towels, and blankets for our animals at our adoption centers. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of our Boston headquarters.

Sharing is caring! Click here to view/download a PDF of our flyer.



Take Action for Animals on Humane Lobby Day 2016

ARL participating in Massachusetts lobby day for animals on April 6

Want to show support for improving animal welfare in the Commonwealth- and meet other animal advocates just like you?

Join the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and other local and national animal welfare organizations for Humane Lobby Day 2016 on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Massachusetts State House!

Every spring, hundreds of supporters across the Commonwealth gather at the State House to ask their legislators to push for stronger animal-protection laws. On Humane Lobby Day, citizen animal advocates like you are invited to learn and practice lobbying for relevant animal welfare bills in the Massachusetts state legislature.


Register today for Humane Lobby Day on April 6, 2016 and help us ask our Massachusetts state legislators to push for stronger animal-protection laws!

The ARL will focus on informing legislators about how they can help increase awareness about important animal welfare, safety, and health issues among their constituents.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
The Great Hall at the Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Attendance Fee: Please note that there is a $9 fee per attendee, which offsets the cost of lunch and materials.

A formal speaking program, catered lunch, and special awards ceremony recognizing legislators for their work to help animals are also on the day’s agenda.

Visit the website for the ASPCA to get involved. March 30 is the last day to register. We hope to see you there!


Happening Now: ARL Hosts Free Spay-Neuter-A-Thon

ARL spays/neuters 52 Cape Cod animals in need on World Spay Day

Early this morning, ARL’s Spay Waggin’ pulled into Falmouth, MA to host it’s very first Free Hip to Snip Free Spay-Neuter-A-Thon on the 22nd annual World Spay Day.

The last Tuesday of every February, National World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible spay/neuter to prevent pet overpopulation.

Thanks to a generous grant from Cold Noses Foundation, the ARL’s Spay Waggin’ is providing free spay and neuter services to animals in need on Cape Cod. The mobile surgical unit will be stationed outside of the Petco in Falmouth today and tomorrow.

Dr. Kyle Quigley, lead veterinarian at the ARL, helped spay and neuter over xxx animals on the Spay Waggin' in 2015!

DID YOU KNOW… that the ARL’s Spay Waggin’ provides high-quality, affordable spay and neuter services to cats and dogs on Cape Cod and the South Shore? Dr. Kyle Quigley, lead veterinarian at the ARL, spayed and neutered over 260 animals on the Cape in 2015!

During the event, Dr. Kyle Quigley, lead veterinarian for community veterinary services at the ARL, will welcome a total of 52 cat and dog patients aboard the Spay Waggin’.

“Spaying or neutering your cat or dog offers very important health benefits, yet finding affordable options can pose a challenge for many pet owners on Cape Cod,” says Dr. Quigley.

He explains that one of the ARL’s goals for the Hip to Snip Free Spay-Neuter-A-Thon is to help Cape Cod residents looking for an affordable option to learn more about the exceptional care pets receive on the Spay Waggin’.

In 2016, the Spay Waggin’ will visit Cape Cod on the third Tuesday of every month. Visits will rotate between Petco in Falmouth and The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Yarmouth. To view the schedule, visit


The Ellen B. Gray Memorial Fund has challenged us to turn a generous $5,000 donation into $20,000 before the end of February to bring spay and neuter services to more animals in need!

All funds donated during the It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive now through February 29 will benefit the ARL’s community spay and neuter programs including the Spay Waggin’.

The ARL receives no government or public funding to provide spay and neuter services to animals in need  — ONLY YOU can make this important work possible!


AS A SPECIAL THANK YOU… DONATE $35 or more by midnight TODAY, February 23 and you will automatically be entered to win a chef’s tasting for two (a $170 value) at Da Vinci Ristorante in Boston*!

Click here or on the green button below to make a donation to the ARL’s It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive!


VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our challenge donor, The Ellen B. Gray Memorial Fund; Da Vinci Ristorante; our media sponsors and partners Friends of Jake and Liam, WBZ, WEEI, WRKO, WZLX, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and WBOS; and everyone who made a donation to support ARL’s spay and neuter programs during the It’s Hip to Snip Fund Drive!

For more spay and neuter resources, visit

*Click here for official rules.


Affordable Spay/Neuter is Pulling into Cape Cod

Only a few openings left for eligible pets during It’s Hip to Snip Free Spay-Neuter-A-Thon!

Attention pet owners: affordable spay and neuter is pulling into Falmouth this February!

February 23 is National World Spay Day and the ARL wants to let the cool cats and dogs on the Cape know that IT’S HIP TO SNIP! In addition to being awesome for your community, there are many other benefits to spaying or neutering your pet.

Thanks to a generous grant from Cold Noses Foundation, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Spay Waggin’ will offer FREE spay/neuter services to qualified Cape Cod residents* at Falmouth Petco located at 35 Davis Straits, Falmouth, MA on February 23 and 24. Openings are available first come, first serve and by appointment only.

Click here to listen to an interview on Newsradio 95 WXTK with Dr. Kyle Quigley, ARL’s lead veterinarian on the Spay Waggin’.

There are still openings available for the following:

  • Tuesday, February 23ALL APPOINTMENTS BOOKED
  • Wednesday, February 24less than 15 cat openings remaining

All dog appointments have been filled.

Appointments must be made in advance by calling 1-877-590-SPAY(7729), so contact ARL’s Spay Waggin’ today.

SPECIAL THANKS to Cold Noses Foundation for the It’s Hip to Snip Free Spay-Neuter-A-Thon possible!

*Open to Cape Cod residents only. Limit 2 cats per household. Spaces are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more spay and neuter resources, visit


Take Action for Farm Animals on February 11

Join The Citizens for Farm Animal Protection at farm ballot hearing

This fall, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) helped gather over 133,000 signatures (more than double of what was required!) as part of the effort to secure a November 2016 ballot measure to end the extreme confinement of farm animals in Massachusetts.

the citizens for farm animal protection

This Fall, The Citizens for Farm Animal Protection successfully collected over 133,000 signatures as the first step in securing a November 2016 ballot measure that would put an end to the extreme confinement of farm animals in Massachusetts.

The ballot measure would require that farm animals in Massachusetts — specifically egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and veal calves — have enough room to turn around, lay down, and stretch their limbs. It would also ensure that shell eggs, and whole, uncooked cuts of pork and veal sold in the Commonwealth are compliant with these modest standards.

With the first major hurdle cleared, the  initiative now goes before Massachusetts State legislature as House Bill 3930 and is scheduled for a hearing one week from today…..

Hearing on an Act to Prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 1 pm
Massachusetts State House in Room A-2
24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 01233

citizens for farm animal protection

The most commonly used battery cages hold 5-10 birds per cage. Hens kept in these cages are unable to even spread a wing.

During the hearing, industry experts and members of The Citizen’s for Farm Animal Protection Coalition will testify in front of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, and encourage state officials to work on legislation to make the reforms proposed in the ballot initiative law.

If the legislature decides NOT to take up the bill by early May, the next step is to gather a second round of signatures from Massachusetts voters to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.


  1. Show your support for farm animals and attend the public legislative hearing on February 11 at the State House – RSVP here
  2. Share the hearing’s Facebook event with your family, friends, and social media network – visit
  3. Contact legislators on the committee and urge them to take up action on the bill.

Happy Holidays from the ARL!

7 holiday pet safety tips to ensure that your season is furry and bright

From everyone at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, we wanted to take a moment to wish you, your family and friends, and all of the special animals in your life a happy and healthy holiday season!

We’re so very grateful to all of our amazing supporters who gave thousands of animals the chance at a better life in 2015!

In the coming week, we hope to see many more of our deserving shelter pets find a home for the holidays! Dogs like Tiger, rabbits like Millie, and cats like Susy are still looking for their purrfect match! Search adoptables.

If a visit to one of the ARL’s adoption centers is on your list of things to do during the holiday break, please keep our special holiday schedule in mind:

Deserving cats like 3-year-old Susy are still looking for a home for the holidays! To learn more, click Susy's photo above or come meet her at our Boston adoption center!

Deserving cats like 3-year-old Susy are still looking for a home for the holidays! To learn more, click Susy’s photo above or come meet her at our Boston adoption center!

Boston Adoption Center

Holiday schedule
Closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1

Regular hours

Closed Monday
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 1pm – 6:30pm

Brewster Adoption Center

Holiday schedule
Closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1

Regular hours
Closed Monday
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 1pm  – 6:30pm

Dedham Mobile Adoptions at Needham Petco, 163 Highland Ave

Holiday schedule
At Needham Petco December 26 and January 2, 11am – 5pm (rabbits only)
Offices Closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1

Regular office hours
The Dedham adoption center is currently closed for renovations, however, rabbit adoptions can be made by appointment only by calling our office at (781) 326-0729 Tuesday – Friday between 9am - 2pm.

DON’T FORGET… to help your pet have a furry and bright holiday too!

7 holiday pet safety tips to guarantee a celebratory season for everyone in your family:

holiday pet safety

Ditch the tinsel. Our feline friends often think this eye-catching decoration is a toy. Ingestion of this seemingly harmless material can lead to a obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery.

1. Decorate with care. Ribbons and tinsel are especially attractive and hazardous to cats, as they can end up their intestinal tract, causing string foreign body blockage. Holiday plants like mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias can cause vomiting, upset stomach, and blisters in your pet’s mouth.

2. Secure your Christmas tree. Your frisky feline won’t be the first to topple over a 6-foot fir! Support your tree with a sturdy stand and wires to prevent tipping, should they decide to make a leap for it. For your canine companions, consider surrounding the base with a baby gate and hanging fragile ornaments higher on your tree.

3. Watch out for wires. Chewing on electrical cords can cause severe oral burns and even fatal shocks for cats and dogs. Secure cords with plastic casing you can find at a hardware store, or cover with a bitter-tasting, non-toxic product from your local pet supply shop.

4. Toss out table scraps. Although it’s tempting, avoid giving  your dog any meat bones that can become lodged in their throat, stomach, or intestinal tract. Also steer clear of sugary or alcoholic beverages, fat trimmings, raw dough and cake batter, onions, mushrooms, and grapes, which can cause severe abdominal issues, organ failure, toxicity, and even death. Allow your furry friend  to indulge with extra tasty pet treats instead!

5. Travel safely. If your entire family is making the trip to grandma’s house, securing your pet in a crate or seatbelt harness may save their life should you get into an accident. If your pet isn’t used to being on the road, place treats and toys in and around your parked car a few days before your travels to let them sniff around. Then take a spin around the block to get them comfortable in the moving vehicle. You don’t want to begin a two hour trek only to find out that they become easily carsick!

6. Keep your pet stress-free. The holidays can be a stressful time of year for everyone- including your pets!  If your pet is timid around new people or those they rarely see, it may be best to keep them in a separate quiet room with toys and treats to keep them occupied.

7. Check the (micro)chip. Many animal shelters report increases of “stray” animals during the holidays when pets are more likely to escape as visitors go in and out of the front door. Be sure your microchip contact information is current and that your pet’s collar is always on to ensure an easy reunion.

Have a very happy holiday!