Today at the BCA!
We’ll be at the South End Holiday Tree Lighting this afternoon from 3:30-5:30pm. Stop by and say “hi!” Several adoptable dogs will be with us spreading joy and holiday cheer! We love getting out into the community and sharing what the ARL is all about.
The afternoon will be filled with family-friendly entertainment and art-making culminating in the holiday tree lighting with Mayor Menino!
Enjoy live performances, holiday printmaking, festive music, refreshments and…Macy’s enchanted trolley with special guests from the north pole!
Featuring Animals Who Need a Home & Those Who’ve Already Found One
This is the time of year when everyone at the ARL especially wants to give the animals in our care the opportunity to experience joy and companionship. After all, it’s what the holidays are all about.
With that in mind, today we kick off “Home for the Holidays,” a month-long community outreach campaign to encourage adoption and support for our shelter animals.
We’ll feature stories on our blog about animals rescued from cruel conditions, now recovered and living happy and healthy lives.
Mike a 1-year-old guinea pig.
We will also share the stories of the many deserving animals available for adoption at our adoption centers in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster. Animals like Mike, a cute as can be guinea pig who’s been at the ARL since October 15. He’s great with kids and just an all-around stand-out guinea pig!
Our biggest holiday wish is to help the animals in our care and individuals and families willing to open their hearts to an animal in need find each other now.
Each of our adoption centers also has a holiday wish list of items and supplies that help make our furry, feathered and hoofed friends in our adoption centers feel comfortable and loved during their stay with us. You can download and share the holiday wish list for each shelter at:
The happiest part of the work we do all year is bringing animals like Mike and people together. Every year the organization unites over 3,000 deserving animals with loving human companions. Another 1,100 find foster homes with dedicated ARL volunteers, too.
We look forward to sharing stories, pictures, and videos this month to help the animals in our care find a home for the holidays!
Organization pledges to raise $5K for Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on annual day of giving
Boston, MA – The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) hopes to raise $5,000 for the organization’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund this #GivingTuesday, December 3. The ARL is one of the 10,000 charities, companies, families, and individuals participating in GivingTuesday 2013 to encourage generosity and charitable activities in support of non-profit organizations.
The ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund provides financial assistance to families with limited economic means in veterinary emergencies. According to Mary Nee, president of the ARL, more than 360 pets have received critical care that their owners could not afford without support from the Helping Hand Fund. The need continues to grow, she says.
“Unexpected veterinary care—particularly in emergency situations—can come at a cost that’s out of reach for an increasing number of families in this economy,” explains Mary Nee, president of the ARL.
Foxy received life-saving veterinary care thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
After her beloved family dog Foxy accidentally got hit by a car, for example, Candace Rivera rushed her petite 4-year-old Chihuahua to the veterinarian. Her family had fallen on hard times financially and she couldn’t afford the surgery and rehabilitation Foxy needed to survive.
For the Johnsons, news about their indoor cat Fred wasn’t much better. After sneaking out of the house, Fred was somehow seriously injured. X-rays done by their local veterinarian revealed Fred had a broken jaw. Unfortunately, Mrs. Johnson had just lost her job and the family did not have the resources for the further treatment he needed.
Luckily for these families and their pets, friends directed them to the ARL and the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
“The Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund was established to ensure limited economic means didn’t prevent caring owners like the Riveras and Johnsons from providing vital care for their pets in treatable medical emergencies,” says Nee.
To learn more about and give to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on GivingTuesday, visit arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013.
About the Animal Rescue League
Founded in 1899, the Animal Rescue League of Boston 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.
Leave These Foods Off Your Pet’s Holiday Menu
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, eat great food and enjoy the company of our family and friends, which often includes our pets. While it’s wonderful to include your pets in your holiday traditions, it’s important to limit the amount and types of food that your pets consume on Thanksgiving. Foods that are fine for humans (and would seem okay for dogs) can actually be very dangerous for your pet.
The following foods should be avoided on Thanksgiving, no bones about it!
- Turkey Bones
Turkey bones are small and can become lodged in your dog’s throat, stomach, or intestinal tract. They may also splinter and cause severe damage to the stomach or puncture the small intestine.
- Fat Trimmings
Fatty foods like turkey skin and gravy are difficult for dogs to digest, and consuming turkey skin can result in pancreatitis. Symptoms for this serious disease include vomiting, extreme depression, reluctance to move, and abdominal pain.
- Dough/Cake Batter
Since dough and cake batter contain raw eggs, the first concern for people and pets is salmonella bacteria. What’s more, dough may actually rise in your dog’s belly, which can lead to vomiting, severe abdominal pain, and bloating.
Though the causes of their toxicity are unknown, ingesting grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs.
- Garlic, Mushrooms, and Onions
All three of these foods can damage your dog’s internal organs, including kidneys, liver, and the central nervous system. Symptoms can include seizures, coma, vomiting, and possibly death.
Photo: BBC News
Keep your vet’s number handy.
Should your pet become ill and show any of the above symptoms, be sure to have your veterinarian’s phone number and the local animal emergency hospital’s number on hand. A quick call to either of them can give you life-saving advice or even help you avoid a trip to the ER. You can reach Boston Veterinary Care at (617) 226-5605.
For a comprehensive list of all foods that dogs should avoid visit: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/people-foods.aspx
Make Fashion a Force For Good
Introducing Gilt City and Fashion Project, our newest partners who are offering a $50 Gilt City credit when you clean out your closet for the animals at the ARL. Register on Gilt City for a free, in-home or in-office donation pick-up by Fashion Project and receive your credit when you donate.
55% of the net proceeds from the sale of these goods will go directly to benefit animals in need at our shelters. Join us in making fashion a force for good.
What is Gilt City?
Gilt City is the local lifestyle site from the Gilt Groupe. Experience the very best restaurants, spas, salons, exclusive events and shows in your city – all at insider prices. Gilt City will help you to Love Your City More.
What is Fashion Project?
Fashion Project is the luxury clothing donation service that turns your gently-used designer clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories into support for the charity of your choice, which in this case is the ARL!
Learn more here: www.gilt.com/fashionprojectbos
Shelters Closed for Small Animal Training on 11/20
All three of our shelters (Boston, Brewster, and Dedham) will be closed on Wednesday, November 20 for a staff small animal training. Please know that even though we are closed to the public, a group of dedicated staff and volunteers are here to care for the animals.
If you’re interested in adopting, we hope you’ll come back on Thursday!
Save the Date for Giving Tuesday & Help Families like the Johnsons
Our goal is to raise $5,000 for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on December 3 to help families like the Johnsons when they and their pets need it the most. Please save the date!
Fred was an indoor cat who had escaped from his house in a phenomenon known as “door dashing.” His family, the Johnsons, searched frantically for Fred for two days. When they finally found their beloved cat, it was clear that Fred had somehow been seriously injured and was in extreme pain.
The family rushed Fred to their local veterinarian who was able to x-ray him and treat him with pain medication. It turned out that Fred had a broken jaw, but sadly the family couldn’t afford the further treatment he needed. Times were tough and Mrs. Johnson had just lost her job.
Thankfully, the Johnson Family turned to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and brought Fred to Boston Veterinary Care (BVC). Thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund, the Johnson family was able to afford the complicated repair surgery for their dear pet. The surgery went well and Fred recovered from his injuries and was reunited with his family!
Stories like the Johnson’s would not be possible without your support for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
Start the Giving Season off right and mark your calendar for Giving Tuesday on December 3. On Giving Tuesday please donate to this fund and give families and their pets the gift of love and time when they desperately need it!
Learn more about Giving Tuesday and the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund: arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013/
Check out our blog next Tuesday for another story about a family and their pet, whose life was saved thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
Photo: Pet MD
Happy Veteran’s Day to Both Human and Canine Veterans
We were touched by this story from the Washington Post about canine veterans and how even after their tours over seas, they continue to serve their country. What better way to observe Veteran’s Day than to celebrate the bond between human and canine veterans? Thank you to the Washington Post for featuring such an insightful story.
By Clarence Williams, Published: November 9
Reblogged from the Washington Post
Outside the U.S. Capitol, Gus impatiently sat at the ready in the Senate parking lot, eyeing the tennis ball in his handler’s right hand.The chance to play with K-9 Tech Charles McGuire enticed the 5-year-old black Labrador retriever, but work comes before play for this member of the U.S. Capitol Police canine unit.
“You ready? I’ve got the ball, you have to get ready,” McGuire scolded before he launched Gus into action one recent afternoon.
(Prince George’s County Police Department) – Zeva is a retired war veteran who served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps. Zeva’s handler is Cpl. Geoff Brown.
In a matter of minutes, the pair swept around a row of parked cars — a red Ford Focus, a silver Saab sedan and a black Ford Explorer among them — with Gus eagerly sniffing tires, trunks and hoods. The dog kept moving, a sign that he had not found explosives.
Sniffing cars and abandoned purses, along with inspecting the Capitol’s busy hallways and offices, is part of a new life for Gus. But these are tasks he learned well in his former job with the Marine Corps.
Many men and women who serve in the military find second careers with police forces back home — and so do some of the canine veterans who served alongside them.
In war zones, Gus and other dogs hunted for makeshift bombs, facing serious danger as they worked off-leash, sniffing as far as a half mile ahead of patrol units. In Washington, they bring their skills to ensuring the safety of events planned for politicians, dignitaries and the public — assignments that take on new significance in the wake of this year’s Boston Marathon bombings.
“Much of what they did overseas is classified, so we don’t know the details,” said Prince George’s County Police Cpl. Scott Allen, who has partnered with a black Lab named Slick since February.
Allen knows that Slick served two deployments in Afghanistan and that the dog’s medical chart shows he suffered eye damage from a makeshift bomb. He also knows that Slick is good at his job.
The canine veterans, mainly German shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Labradors, arrive back in the states with a knowledge of what to sniff, a willingness to bond with officers in uniform and a heavy drive to work in all sorts of environments.
Most of the dogs have shown no awareness of the dangers they faced, officials said, although one dog washed out of the Capitol Police program because of post-traumatic stress disorder.About a year ago, Klieah showed great promise as a friendly, eager worker, said Technician Charles Hill, a Capitol Police training instructor. But when Klieah was faced with large trucks, she tucked her tail in fear and became skittish. Hill worked with her for weeks, but something during her tour of duty left her spooked around semis.
“Dogs are affected just like people are,” Hill said. ‘There’s a connection there’Read the rest of the story on the Washington Post’s website.
Your Vote Helps Animals Win $2,500
The Somerville Dog Festival will donate $2,500 to one of five animal-related charities, including the ARL. The festival’s organizers have asked the public to cast their vote and help pick a winner from among the five.
Every dollar makes a difference in the work that we do and this $2,500 would go to helping our shelter animals.
Voting ends on Monday, November 11, so please vote daily and tell your friends to do the same.
We’re in second place, but have a ways to go to get to the top!
Voting is easy! Just click the link below, “Like” the Somerville Dog Festival page and cast your vote for us.
Vote here: http://on.fb.me/HFtn5m