Give a Gift that Gives to Animals!

Last Minute Gift Ideas for You and the Animal Lovers on Your List

Still looking for that perfect gift for people on your list? There are several companies and organizations donating a portion of their proceeds to the Animal Rescue League of Boston this holiday season. So you can buy a great gift and feel good about where your money is going!

The following gifts will help shelter pets at the ARL:

Signed Country Music Guitars

Guitar CollageIf there’s a country music fan you’re shopping for this holiday season, then hang on to your 10-gallon hats because the ARL has a gift idea for you!Thanks to the generosity of Capitol Records Nashville and Broken Bow Records, the ARL has two very special items up for charity auction:

  • A beautiful Kona acoustic guitar autographed by country music super star and American Idol judge Keith Urban. Bid or buy now
  • A stylish Rogue acoustic guitar autographed by Country Music Artist of the Year Jason Aldean. Bid or buy now

All proceeds benefit the ARL. The auction will close at high noon on December 17, so make your bid now.

Pawblo Picasso’s Desk Calendars

Pawblo_Picasso_CalendarsPawblo Picasso is donating 15% of the proceeds from their 2015 desk calendars directly to the ARL. The 2015 calendar costs $14.99 and comes packaged in a CD jewel case, which opens up into an easel to display each month. Each month is a separate page and features a colorful painted illustration of a cat or dog by Pawblo Picasso. Every animal has a unique and adorable personality that is beautifully captured in the illustrations. It easily fits on your desk to quickly reference the date and fits perfectly in a stocking.

Don’t want to shop online? There’s a list of local retailers who carry the calendars.

Designated Dog T-shirts

Men-Brick-SS-Back_shopify_1024x1024Designated Dog will donate $10 from each shirt to the ARL. Their shirts are made from 6.1 ounce ringspun cotton and are a premium, soft washed garment pigment dyed fabric.  The t-shirts are Made in the U.S.A. and are pre-shrunk.

Harding Lane Hats

Yellow_Dog_front_cropped_ARLHarding Lane creates unique products that look great and give back. The goal of their winter campaign is to help fund-raise and spread awareness for the ARL through the sale of their “black dog” and “yellow dog” hats. During the holiday season 15% of each sale will be donated to the ARL.

Thank you Harding Lane for helping more animals find homes for the holidays by donating to ARL. ‪#‎homefortheholidays‬

ARL_gooseneck_signGooseneck Vineyards Bottles of Wine
Most of us can agree that a bottle of wine often makes for the ideal hostess gift, but a bottle of wine that helps animals in need, well that just hits it out of the park! Now – December 31 Gooseneck Vineyards will donate $1 to the ARL for every bottle of Gooseneck wine purchased in Massachusetts. For store locations and wine selections visit

If none of these items seem like a good fit for the people left on your list, then consider making a gift to the Animal Rescue League of Boston in the name of the person you are giving the present to. When you make a gift in honor of a person, pet, or occasion, we’ll notify the individual with a personalized card. To make a tribute gift, select “I would like to make a tribute” . Call 617.426.9170 x615 or email us for special requests.

Your donation will go directly to helping animals in need. What better gift is there, other than bringing an animal home for the holidays?



A Holiday Gift for the Dog Lover on Your List

Designated Dog Donates $10 from Every Shirt to ARL

Men-Brick-SS-Back_shopify_1024x1024Looking for a stocking-stuffer for the dog lover in your family? How about a fun t-shirt from Designated Dog that benefits animals at the ARL?

The dog lover on your list will love wearing one of these t-shirts and will feel proud to know that this gift supports shelter pets in need!

Designated Dog will donate $10 from each shirt to the Animal Rescue League of Boston. For a rescued animal, each shirt can translate to vaccines, a cozy bed, and even a microchip to help avoid being lost again.

The t-shirts are Made in the U.S.A. and are pre-shrunk.

Watch this video to learn more about Designated Dog and why they chose to donate to the ARL!

Thank you Designated for for choosing to help more animals find homes for the holidays, by donating to the ARL.

View the Designated Dog t-shirts.


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




Live life #UNselfie!

GivingTuesday is Your Chance to Help Animals Like Carrie

All Carrie wants is a home for the holidays and with your help she will have one someday soon!

Here at the ARL we understand that it can take time for a shelter pet to find the perfect home. Carrie, for example, has been waiting since August. Your donations help provide food, care, and enrichment for shelter pets like Carrie while they wait for a new home, no matter how long it takes.

GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving back to the charities and causes you care about most. Express your commitment to helping animals like Carrie by making a gift to the ARL today.

If you’ve already given to the ARL, thank you!

Please take a picture, tag it #unselfie, #givingtuesday and #arlboston and share it on social media to help spread the word about the ARL and GivingTuesday.

For more information about GivingTuesday, visit and thank you for your support!

To make a donation now, click here.

P.S. Do a GivingTuesday Extra and share Carrie’s profile with friends and family looking to adopt a dog!

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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 for more information.

Shelter locations and hours on Black Friday are as follows:

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

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

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


GivingTuesday is Just 1 Week Away!

‘Tis the Season to be #Unselfie

You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know there is a special day for giving back to causes close to your heart? GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. Next Tuesday, December 2 please make a gift to the Animal Rescue League and help more shelter pets find loving homes during the holidays with your donation.

Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday inspires people to give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support.

unselfie definitionHere are some easy steps for GivingTuesday:

  1. Make an online donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston
  2. Take an #Unselfie that says why you support animals at the Animal Rescue League
  3. Share your #Unselfie on social media and tag @arlboston #arlboston

If you’re wondering how your donations can help our shelter animals, take  a look below:

$10 –Can cover the cost of a shelter pet’s microchip

$25 – Can provide two shelter dogs with breakfast and dinner for a day

$50 – Can help with spay/neuter surgery for an adoptable animal or feral cat

$100 – Can help an animal receive emergency surgery

Please show that you’re #UNselfie on GivingTuesday. Help animals at the Animal Rescue League of Boston with your donation and message of goodwill. No act of kindness is too big or too small!

Don’t want to wait until GivingTuesday to make a difference? You can donate now.

Carrie Giving Tuesday



Leo Leo Concert Benefiting ARL on Nov. 29

Animal-Loving Band Will Play Benefit Show for ARL

On Saturday, November 29 Leo*Leo, a duo producing Bossa Nova inspired Rock and Roll with flavors of Soul and Disco will play a concert benefiting the Animal Rescue League. Band members Vanessa and Sarah are huge animal lovers and have adopted three animals from the ARL’s shelters. 

11-20-14 LeoLeoPetsTheir cockatiel, Meegs, is their band mascot. When Sarah cooks Meegs will often fly over to the stove, land on the pan handle and “communicate” just what needs to happen next in the recipe. Otherwise, he is perched next to Vanessa, as she plays guitar, and he corrects her notes with his own. If a visitor should come to the band loft, Meegs flies over and lands on their head and allows them in. This is why he is afforded the nickname, “The Foreman.”

He is also one of 3 reasons why Leo*Leo is honored to play a show benefiting the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The other two reasons are Sarah Hope’s dutch shepherd mix, named Sophia (pictured with Meegs) and Vanessa’s chihuahua/terrier named Basil (you can see her all over their instagram).


Who: Leo Leo
What: Benefit Concert
When: Saturday, November 29 at 4pm
Where: The Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain

Local Artist & ARL supporter, Jenn Marquez Photography will be at the show giving away $15 gift certificates toward a photo session! Additionally, Neuro drink and Cuppow are both going to be giving away goodies!

1st Show – Doors 4pm-5:45pm.
2nd Show – Doors 6pm-7:45pm.

All ages welcome!

Thank you Leo*Leo for helping more animals find homes for the holidays by donating proceeds from your concert to the Animal Rescue League!


Today! Senior Pet Health Twitter Chat

Dr. Schettino Answers Your Questions About Senior Pet Health

Senior pets require different care than young puppies and kittens. We recognize that knowing what to look for and how to respond as your pet ages can be challenging, that’s why we’re hosting a Twitter Chat this afternoon for anyone interested in learning more about caring for their aging pet. November is Senior Pet Month and ARL’s Director of Veterinary Medical Services, Dr. Edward Schettino, is here to answer your questions.

Senior pet for BVC PageHere are a few of the many questions Dr. Schettino will be answering this afternoon.

1) When is a pet considered to be a senior?

2) What kinds of health problems can affect older pets?

3) How do you know if a senior dog needs hip and joint supplements? Will glucosamine help?

4) Is all the testing veterinarians recommend necessary? What tests should be done and how often?

5) Should senior pets see a veterinarian more often?

If you’re worried about your pet getting old, just keep this in mind: Due to improved veterinary care and dietary habits, pets are living longer now than they ever have before. We hope you’ll join us for the conversation!

What: Senior Pet Health Twitter Chat

When: Wednesday, November 12, noon – 1pm

Where: Twitter

To participate in the conversation, follow the ARL on Twitter (@arlboston) and submit your questions using the hashtag #ARLAskaVet. Questions may be submitted on Twitter real time or in advance.


FREE Spay/Neuter Day for Pit Bulls

Free Spay/Neuter Services for Pit Bulls in Brockton on November 13

On Thursday, November 13, 2014 the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Spay Waggin’ will be in Brockton offering free spay/neuter services to pit bull type dogs. Please note that this is by appointment only and is restricted for low-inclose residents of Brockton.

2014_Brockton_Pit_Spay_Social_Pic_2The spay/neuter day services include:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Microchip
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Distemper vaccine
  • Flea treatment

This is a great opportunity for pit bull owners, so if you live in Brockton or know anyone who does, please help get the word out about our FREE spay/neuter day for pit bulls and pit bull type dogs.

To make an appointment please call 877-590-7729.

Questions? Email

Download and print the event flyer.

Special thank you to the Massachusetts Animal Coalition for sponsoring this event.


Spay or Neuter Your Cat for Only $25

Boston Spay/Neuter Day for Cats is this Thursday, October 2

There’s still time to make an appointment for Boston Spay/Neuter Day. On October 2, pet owners in financial need can have their cats spayed or neutered for the low cost of just $25 per feline. Priority will be given to residents of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.

09-12-14 SpayNeuterDayCatCall 617.226.5685 to book an appointment for your cat today!

Event Details
Boston Spay/Neuter Day for Cats
October 2, 2014
9AM – 4PM
United House of Prayer for All People
206 Seaver Street Dorchester, MA 02121

If your cat is already spayed/neutered please help spread the word about Boston Spay/Neuter Day for Cats, by sharing this blog post with your friends!

Can’t make it to Boston Spay/Neuter Day? Don’t worry. The Animal Rescue League and our Spay Waggin’ offer a variety of low-cost spay/neuter options for pet owners across Eastern Massachusetts. On Wednesday, September 9 we joined the Massachusetts Animal Fund for the kick-off of their Spay/Neuter  Voucher Program. The Program offers free spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccinations to homeless dogs and cats, as well as dogs and cats owned by low-income families in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Animal Fund has partnered with municipal animal control officers to identify the state’s most vulnerable animals, and veterinary practices that are committed to providing surgery and vaccination at a reduced rate.

DAR Commissioner Greg Watson, Dr. David Dunn of North Shore Animal Hospital, Animal Rescue League of Boston Vice President Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, Massachusetts Animal Fund Coordinator Lauren Gilfeather and two of the Hospital’s patients (Photo Credit: Amy Mahler)

DAR Commissioner Greg Watson, Dr. David Dunn of North Shore Animal Hospital, Animal Rescue League of Boston Vice President Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, Massachusetts Animal Fund Coordinator Lauren Gilfeather and two of the Hospital’s patients (Photo Credit: Amy Mahler)

The Animal Rescue League’s Vice President of Animal Welfare, Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore was at the event and said, “It is fantastic that the taxpayers of Massachusetts, who voluntarily choose to donate to this fund by checking the box at line32f on their state tax return, have given a mechanism that makes it easy for every private practice veterinarian and local animal hospital to join the fight.”

The ARL’s Spay Waggin’ is one of the first animal welfare organizations to accept the Massachusetts Animal Fund’s vouchers and you can use them when you make an appointment with our Spay Waggin’. If you know someone who could benefit from a spay/neuter voucher please visit for more information.