On Tuesday, May 16, the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston played host for more than 200 of ARL’s biggest supporters during the third annual Whiskers & Wine President’s Council Spring Reception.
The annual event gives ARL’s corporate sponsors, Board of Directors, Leadership Council, President’s Council (those who donate $1K or more annually), volunteers, and staff the opportunity to toast and celebrate its most committed supporters, who make our important work possible.
Throughout the evening, the historic Oval Room was alive with conversations containing a common thread — ARL’s continued excellence and stand-alone innovation in being an unwavering champion for animals in need. Click here to see photos.
During the speaking program portion of the evening, key ARL stakeholders discussed the impact that our donors’ generosity has on the thousands of animals who receive care through ARL’s programs and services each year. ARL served 17,884 animals in 2016 alone!
Malcolm McDonald, ARL’s Board Chair, kicked off the speaking program in grand style, with a big thank you to everyone who made the event, and the organization’s important work possible. He spoke emotionally about the bond we all share with animals, and with excitement about the innovative vision for ARL’s future.
ARL President Mary Nee also shared the successes of 2016, and the progress that has been made during Year 1 of ARL’s new mission statement of being an unwavering champion for animals in need, committed to keeping them safe and healthy in habitats and homes.
“Our new mission and vision will guide our work in the years to come by providing community based service, getting to the root cause of problems, helping both people and animals, supporting accessible community-based veterinary services, and advocating for permanent changer to law and policy protecting animals,” Nee said.
To demonstrate ARL’s new mission in action, guests enjoyed a film highlighting the organization’s “Community Cat Initiative” which is the first of its kind in Massachusetts. Click here to see an in-house produced video about this exciting initiative!
Walter Kenyon, ARL’s Leadership Council Chair, closed out the evening by sharing his thoughts and excitement about ARL’s future, and once again thanked those in the audience who are truly committed to making a difference in the lives of animals in need.
VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO… Our generous donors for expressing your love for animals, compassion, and kindness through your support of the Animal Rescue League of Boston!
…and to our corporate supporters of Whiskers & Wine 2017…
BEST IN SHOW SPONSORS
TOP DOG SPONSORS
City Side Subaru
Malcolm McDonald & Susan Passoni
TOP CAT SPONSORS
Fish & Bone
Hounds About Town
Grossman Marketing Group
Blue Hills Bank
Dedham Savings Bank
Boston Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa
Lee Ann & Michael Leahy
Marsh & McLennan Agency
ANIMAL ADVOCATE SPONSORS
Bowditch & Dewey
D’Tails Pet Boutique
East Boston Savings Bank
Kirkiles & Associates Commercial Insurance
Mark J. Lanza, Esq.
Sullivan & Worcester, LLP.
Tufts Associated Health Plans, Inc.
A Special Thanks to the Donors of our 2017 Raffle Prizes:
Boston Red Dog Resort & Spa
Boston Veterinary Care
D’Tails Pet Boutique
Kim Roderiques, Photographer
Paula Ogier, Artist
Unleashed by Petco
ARL Co-Hosts Event with Local and National Animal Welfare Organizations
Hundreds of animal advocates descended upon the Great Hall at the Massachusetts State House in Boston this week during Humane Lobby Day, to meet with and ask elected officials to join the fight for animals in need by passing stronger animal protection laws.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) co-sponsored the event with several local and national animal welfare organizations, and with several big legislative wins in the past couple of years, the event is a reflection that there is strength in numbers.
“There is absolutely strength in numbers,” said Jean Bresciani, an advocate and veterinarian. “It’s good to meet with people from all walks of life and coming together for a common and very important cause.”
“I see a whole room of champions for animals,” said Mary Nee, ARL’s President. “It takes strength and courage to push forward the agenda for animals, and every person here is truly an unwavering champion.”
The annual Lobby Day event included a handful of legislative speakers, as well as comments from every participating organization, including ARL. Additionally, ARL awarded its first annual “Unwavering Champion for Animals” award to Senator Mark C. Montigny and his staff for their continued and collective efforts in bringing animal welfare laws to the legislative forefront.
“Like Senator Montigny, his staff is committed to humane protection and follow-through, being patient and tenacious,” said Nadine Pellegrini, ARL’s Director of Advocacy. “They are open to new ideas, and very generous with their time and assistance.”
ARL Legislative Agenda
ARL supports five pieces of legislation that were filed for this legislative session, while opposing two others. As these bills move through the committee and hearing process, ARL will keep you posted on their progress, so check back often for updates!
Celebrations Mark Volunteer Appreciation Week
It’s Thank You Thursday, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) would like to extend a very special thank you to the nearly 550 volunteers that allow the organization to fulfill its mission of being an unwavering champion for animals in need.
ARL volunteers give thousands of hours of kindness every year, performing a variety of duties with one goal in mind – keeping our animals happy and healthy. Each and every one of ARL’s volunteers are dedicated, caring, and inspiring.
“I’m so lucky to have my job revolve around such amazing people,” said Debby Vogel, ARL’s Associate Director of Volunteer Services. “I’m so thankful for all those who donate their time and their hearts to ARL!”
To show our appreciation, this past week ARL held special volunteer events at its Boston, Dedham, and Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Centers.
A number of volunteers stood out this past year, earning special honors:
Best of Boston – Betsy Jones
Best of Boston – Liz Watson
Dedham’s Most Dignified – Desiree Artu
Cape’d Crusader – Lesley Roberts
Mobile’s Most Marvelous – Kim Cochrane
ARL’s Unsung Hero – Esther Mastrangelo
Admin’s Above and Beyond – Debbie Owen
Our Four Footed Friends Favorite Foster Parent – Molly Montgomery
Rookie’s Magic – Jamal Effee
Additionally, for the first time, ARL staff were also honored by volunteers:
Boston Volunteers Choice – Michelle Polin
Brewster Volunteers Choice – Dawn Lee Laub
Dedham Volunteers Choice – Alicia Muller
If you love animals and are looking to lend your hand and heart to helping animals in need, visit our volunteer page for more information and opportunities.
After months of training our runners are ready to take on 26.2 miles for animals in need!
You can show your support for ARL’s Boston Marathon Team by:
1. Donating to the team to help them reach their goal of $30,000 by visiting https://www.crowdrise.com/ARLBoston2017
2. Tracking their race progress by using their bib numbers at http://raceday.baa.org/individual.html
Erin – 29857
Jonathan – 29840
Brianna – 30302
Max – 29722
Venkat – 28822
3. Joining us in Coolidge Corner near Marion Street to cheer for our runners as they near the finish line
Thanks to the generosity of the John Hancock Marathon Nonprofit Program, five compassionate runners – Dr. Erin Doyle, Jonathan Harlow, Brianna Roche, Max Shapiro, and Venkat Vedam– trained all winter long to prepare for the 121st running of the Boston Marathon.
The 2017 ARL Boston Marathon team has two very big goals – to raise over $30,000 and finish the grueling 26.2 mile course!
Learn more about why our team members chose to run for the ARL and how you can support them below….
“Having worked as a veterinarian for the Animal Rescue League of Boston for over nine years, I can’t imagine a better cause to raise money for as I pursue my marathon goal.”
Support Erin at https://www.crowdrise.com/arlboston2017/fundraiser/erindoyle7
“I’ve been associated with ARL as a volunteer, patron, and dog owner for about 15 years, and am thankful for the opportunity to support their mission. I want to say thank you to all of the veterinarians, vet techs, administration and volunteers for all of the work they do and for making sure that dogs like my ARL alum Boo Radley have safe homes and veterinary care.”
Support Jonathan athttps://www.crowdrise.com/arlboston2017/fundraiser/jonathanharlow1
“I’ve fostered kittens for the last three years with the ARL. I love running and I am passionate about animals. I’ve always wanted to run a marathon, and this accomplishment is extra special because I am raising money for a cause I love.”
Support Brianna at https://www.crowdrise.com/arlboston2017/fundraiser/briannaroche
“I love animals – especially dogs – and am very excited about this opportunity to help my community while also doing something that is fun and personally rewarding. I am also a runner and have wanted to run the Boston Marathon for several years. I think it is a beautiful coincidence that this opportunity arises just as I am beginning to volunteer for ARL.”
“Running a Marathon requires commitment, discipline, stamina to some extent, practice, but most importantly motivation. My motivation is the animals that will be helped as a result of your donation, and the city that inspires so many of us to be the best we can be, and some more!”
Support Venkat at https://www.crowdrise.com/arlboston2017/fundraiser/venkatvedam1
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the dedicated runners on our 2017 Boston Marathon team! Our team members have trained hard and worked tirelessly to raise money for animals in our community.
Show your support for team members by making a donation to an individual runner or on the ARL Boston Marathon Team fundraising page at https://www.crowdrise.com/arlboston2017
WBZ NewsRadio 1030 … tune-in all month long!
WBZ NewsRadio 1030 is proud to support the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), an unwavering champion for animals in need, committed to keeping them safe and healthy in their habitats and homes.
In 2016, ARL served more than 17,800 animals throughout Massachusetts.
WBZ Cares, a public service initiative that showcases the hard work and dedication of local nonprofits, will feature ARL during the entire month of March.
Learn more about ARL on WBZ NewsRadio 1030:
- Every Wednesday this month, ARL staff will discuss important programs and services related to our mission, such as law enforcement, special community initiatives, shelter operations, volunteering, fostering a shelter pet, and more!
- 3/1/17 UPDATE – listen to ARL’s President Mary Nee talk about our history and mission.
- 3/8/17 UPDATE – listen to ARL’s Associate Director of Shelter Operations, Caitlin Tomlinson talk about caring for animals, both in and out of the shelter environment.
- 3/15/17 UPDATE – listen to ARL Veterinarian, Dr. Kyle Quigley, and ARL’s Associate Director of Community Services, Cheryl Traversi, who talk about community pet services.
- 3/17/17 UPDATE – listen to ARL’s President, Mary Nee, and ARL’s Vice President of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services, Dr. Edward Schettino, who were live in studio as special guests on NightSide with Dan Rea!
- 3/22/17 UPDATE – listen to ARL’s Associate Director of Law Enforcement, Lt. Alan Borgal talk about ARL’s role in keeping animals safe and ensuring that those who harm animals are brought to justice
- 3/29/17 UPDATE – listen to ARL’s Associate Director of Volunteer Services, Debby Vogel and Volunteer Betsy Jones, who talk about the important work that’s being done by the organization’s 500+ volunteers
THANK YOU to WBZ NewsRadio 1030 for selecting ARL as charity-of-the-month for March 2017!
Funding Provided Through Line 33F Campaign
It’s the height of tax season, and Massachusetts residents once again have the opportunity to donate to the Massachusetts Animal Fund (MAF); an organization dedicated to eradicating animal homelessness through spay and neuter programs. This week the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and MAF officials gathered at ARL’s Dedham Shelter to discuss the importance of expanding this highly successful program.
“Right now there are 256 municipalities and about 30 veterinarians participating in the program statewide,” said Lauren Gilfeather, Coordinator for MAF. “It’s a safety net for people who are enrolled in state-funded assistance programs, and who may not be able to afford to have their pet spayed or neutered.”
The MAF was created in 2012, is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and funded through the voluntary tax check-off (Line 33f) on the Massachusetts resident income tax form as well as monetary donations. With current funding levels, MAF can provide vouchers for about 1,100 surgeries annually. However, with just a minimal donation amount, that number could increase dramatically.
“If every Massachusetts taxpayer donated just $1, we could help up to 40,000 animals a year,” Gilfeather said.
Local animal control officers may request vouchers for dogs and cats held in their respective municipal shelters, or on behalf of low-income residents or feral trappers who request them. Since the first vouchers were disseminated in July 2014, more than 7,500 surgeries have been performed state-wide, nearly 800 by ARL alone.
“The Animal Rescue League of Boston was one of the first providers to sign on and through the Spay Waggin’ has been able to get to areas on the South Shore where we don’t have providers,” Gilfeather said. “ARL has been always been supportive and is a big reason for the program’s success.”
In conjunction with MAF, ARL is currently operating a Community Surgical Clinic at its Dedham location every Friday. The clinic offers low-cost spay and neuter services for pet owners who have received an MAF voucher from their local animal control officer and area animal shelters that need assistance for animals in their care. In addition, the clinic will soon be able to offer other services as well, including dental procedures. Appointments can be made online, and you MUST have an MAF voucher to receive services.
“The Dedham Community Surgical Clinic will provide much needed surgery space for clients with MAF vouchers that are not able to schedule elsewhere for their pet’s surgery,” said Cheryl Traversi, ARL Associate Director of Community Services. “By operating this clinic, ARL is ensuring that we are providing even more spay and neuter surgeries to the pets and pet owners in the greatest need.”
Your Donations Matter
Homeless Animal Prevention and Care is one of six causes listed on Line 33 of the Massachusetts resident income tax form, and taxpayers can contribute any amount they choose. ARL encourages any Massachusetts taxpayer who has a compassion for helping animals in need to contribute to the cause, and help us ensure that animals are safe and healthy living in communities and out of shelters.
Caretaker, ARL’s Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Mike Thomas.
For over 46 years, Mike was a tireless advocate, champion, and compassionate Caretaker of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery in Dedham, Massachusetts.
Starting at the age of 19-years-old it had been the only full-time job Mike ever had, and he took great care and pride in helping all families as they came to need his services. As he used to say, “Nobody wants to have to see me, but when they do they’re glad I’m here.”
Mike was a kind-hearted soul who went above and beyond his duties to help all of the staff, volunteers, and members of the ARL family. There have been a tremendous amount of letters and notes of remembrance of Mike’s work pouring into the ARL.
We know the love Mike had for people, animals, and his work can never be put to words, but today we try to remember him and enjoy fondly the great sense of kindness and compassion that he showed to all who met him.
Please click here to read an interview with Mike Thomas about celebrating 45 years of service at ARL in 2015.
Donate on #GivingTuesday and make 2x the impact for animals like Mayfield
Your unwavering support helps prevent the cruelty, suffering, and neglect of over 14,000 animals every year. Without you, ARL would be unable to provide the special police investigation necessary to protect animals across the Commonwealth.
All thanks to friends like YOU, animals like Mayfield now have a bright future ahead of them…
Earlier this year, a concerned citizen noticed something odd with the trash put out around Norfolk Street in Dorchester, MA. In the middle of the garbage to be collected was a birdcage filled with maggots and cockroaches– and an Umbrella Cockatoo.
ARL quickly responded to the call to help the discarded bird, later named Mayfield, and brought her in for immediate veterinary care. Weak and emaciated, it was determined that Mayfield had a serious medical condition and would require emergency surgery.
Despite all she’d been through, Mayfield maintained an upbeat attitude while she recovered in foster care post-surgery. Several weeks later, Mayfield was healthy enough for adoption.
Today, we’re happy to share that Mayfield is doing well by all accounts. “We took her to see the veterinarian for a check-up and received uplifting news,” says Mayfield’s owner. “Her incision is healing incredibly well and she’s finally gaining weight.”
Sadly, Mayfield is not the first animal we’ve seen abandoned in the trash or on the streets. Your donations today allow us to continue our important work so that we can prevent cases of animal neglect from happening in the future.
Because ARL is an essential resource for animals in need and the people who care about them, ARL’s Board Chair Malcolm McDonald and an anonymous donor have teamed up to offer this exciting challenge:
That means your donation for #GivingTuesday 2016 can go twice as far.
WE’RE HONORED BY YOUR GENEROSITY: When you express your love for animals, compassion, and kindness with a gift of $100 or more for #GivingTuesday, we’ll feature your and/or your pet’s name on our Wall of Honor online at arlboston.org, available for viewing on December 6; just type your pet’s name into the ‘Additional Comments’ section of our online donation form.
*All money raised will go toward direct animal care; however the match will apply to the first $25,000 to be donated.