ARL Recognizes Supporters at Whiskers & Wine

ARL staff, donors, Board members, and President’s Council members celebrate achievements in animal welfare

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A big thank you to Cha-Chi Loprete for being our guest speaker!

Earlier this month, over 100 of the ARL’s biggest supporters came together at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston for the much-anticipated Whiskers & Wine Annual Meeting and President’s Council Spring Social.  The group included corporate sponsors, as well as members of our Board of Directors and our President’s Council, individuals who donate $1000 or more to help animals in need.

The event was held to celebrate the achievements in rescuing animals from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect,  all made possible thanks to the support of our generous donors.

Thanks to the wonderful staff at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, guests enjoyed delicious passed hors d’oeuvres, sipped sparkling wine, and chatted with fellow animal-lovers.

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Congratulations to Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore for recieveing the ARL Anna Harris Smith award!

During the speaking portion of the casual cocktail event, special guest host Cha-Chi Loprete, animal welfare supporter and marketing director at WZLX, and speakers including ARL President Mary Nee, ARL Board chair Malcolm McDonald, ARL vice president of animal welfare Dr. Smith-Blackmore, and ARL director of marketing and development Ami Bowen talked about the impact of their donations on the thousands of animals who received care through ARL programs and services each year.

The speaking program concluded with an emotional video illustrating how ARL donors’ generous contributions help the animals who come to our three shelters get the care they need to find a new home.

THANK YOU once again to our generous donors for expressing your love of animals, compassion, and kindness through your support of the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

And a special thank you to our special guest host and corporate supporters of the Whiskers & Wine event…

Cha-Chi Loprete

Hingham Savings Bank

Robert Paul Properties

Unit Realty

ProPrint

Polkadog Bakery

Russo’s

Brookline Bank

Halliday Construction

Winthrop Wealth Management

Zipcar

Fairmont Copley Plaza

 

Bark-off Your Calendar: 9 Days ’til Paws in the Park

Delicious local food vendors to join the fun

Only 9 days to go! Bring your family– and your appetite– to ARL’s Paws in the Park on May 30th at Drummer Boy Park in Brewster! This popular dog-friendly pet festival on Cape Cod has tons of activities, entertainment, and prizes for humans and dogs of all ages.

DETAILS
Saturday, May 30
11AM – 3PM
Drummer Boy Park, Brewster

Rain or shine!

$5 admission fee for adults, FREE for children under 12 years old and dogs. All proceeds from the event benefit the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster Shelter.

Dog frisbee show

Don’t miss the Frisbee Dog Show!

Here is a sneak peek of the fun to expect: *NEW for 2015

A special swag bag for the first 500 entrants

Paws Pool Pavillion*

Paws Raffle Prize Pavillion*

“Sniff it Out” Scavenger Hunt*

David Louis, animal communicator*

Photo “Doggie” Kissing Booth

Frisbee Dog Show

K9-unit demo

Pupcasso art activity for dogs

Fleece tug toy activity for dogs*

Face painting and temporary tattoos

Contests

Book signings*

DJ music

And much more!

Thank you to the following local businesses who will join Paws in the Park 2015 as food vendors!

Laurino’s Restaurant & Tavern

The Local Scoop

John’s Dogs

Find more announcements about activities, food, and entertainment at arlboston.org/paws-in-park

 

Mobile Spay Waggin’ Assists Martha’s Vineyard

ARL’s Spay Waggin’, Martha’s Vineyard ACOs, and dog owners working together

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ARL shelter veterinarian Dr. Kyle Quigley, getting ready to assist patient Mabel, a Shetland Sheepdog

Earlier this month, ARL’s mobile Spay Waggin’ made a special trip to Falmouth to assist Edgartown, Oakbluffs, and Vineyard Haven Animal Control Officers (ACOs) in a first-of-its-kind effort to provide island residents with high-quality, affordable spay and neuter services.

Read all about this special event, as covered by The Vineyard Gazette.

Barbara Prada, an animal control officer in Edgartown for 32 years, explained that for some pet owners on Martha’s Vineyard, “getting their animals spayed or neutered was so out of reach for them financially,” and they have no options for assistance.

Currently, there are no veterinary clinics on the island that accept Massachusetts Animal Fund vouchers, which cover all the costs of spay or neuter surgery for state residents in financial need.

The Spay Waggin’ does accepted Massachusetts Animal Fund vouchers and regularly travels to Cape Cod.  All of the spay and neuter surgeries were paid for using the vouchers.

The ACOs accompanied 9 dogs on the ferry from the Vineyard to the host site in Falmouth, courtesy of Falmouth ACO Al Turner and the Friends of Falmouth Dogs.

With the help of the ACOs, Spay Waggin’ staff evaluated all the animals and prepared them for surgery.  All the animals received a post-operative evaluation and went home with instructions for their owners for care at home.

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ARL vet tech Bonnie Morrissey and community and shelter vet outreach coordinator Cheryl Traversi prepping for surgery.

Of the many dogs that were spayed/neutered, the most notable were mother and father Pit Bull-type dogs who had parented 22 puppies in the last 7 months!

The ARL’s Spay Waggin’ and Vineyard ACOs hope to arrange another visit in the coming weeks to help more pet owners in financial need.

For a schedule of the Spay Waggin’s upcoming stops on the South Shore and Cape Cod, visit arlboston.org/spay-waggin

DID YOU KNOW? Animal control officers in Massachusetts may request Massachusetts Animal Fund vouchers for homeless animals being cared for in  a municipal animal control shelter, for pets owned by residents who have demonstrated financial need, or for feral cats in your community.

Up to five vouchers may be requested on one form, and the requests must be made for specific identified animals – no general requests accepted.  Visit massanimalfund.com/assistance for more information about the spay/neuter voucher program.

 

 

 

Impressive Turnout for Humane Lobby Day 2015!

ARL participated alongside notable local and national animal welfare organizations

On May 13, 2015, staff and volunteers proudly represented the Animal Rescue League of Boston at Humane Lobby Day held at the Massachusetts State House. Strong attendance of both state representatives and citizen animal advocates reinforced to legislators how important animal welfare is to their constituents.

ARL staff standing behind table

ARL staff and volunteers participated in Humane Lobby Day 2015 at the Massachusetts State House to show support for the cause of animal welfare and to thank legislators who have helped push through important laws impacting animal rights.

ARL staff and volunteers welcomed all Humane Lobby Day participants to speak with us about who we are and the important work that we do in the community. All were impressed by ARL’s courageous Rescue Services team, our awesome adoptable shelter pets, and our continuous efforts to educate the public about animal welfare and safety.

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

A big THANK YOU to our fellow Humane Lobby Day partners- The Humane Society of The United States, MSPCA, and ASPCA for giving animals a voice and asking state legislators to pass laws that benefit both animals and humans alike!

Lincoln, a rescue dog

MSPCA rescue, Lincoln, stole the show. He was adopted by Massachusetts State Senator Karen Spilka after meeting one another at last year’s Lobby Day!

The Animal Rescue League of Boston will continue to support legislation that enhances and improves protections for animals, and to oppose reforms that endanger the welfare of animals in Massachusetts. Continue to check our website for updates on the status of legislation impacting animal welfare in Massachusetts.

 

Humane Lobby Day is Tomorrow, May 13

ARL participating alongside other local & national animal welfare organizations

Humane Lobby Day will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the State House in Boston.

Mary Nee speaking at Lobby Day 2014

ARL’s President, Mary Nee, speaking at Lobby Day 2014

Follow ARL on Twitter for photos and live updates from the event.

Sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, this special day is a great way for the ARL to show legislators how important animal welfare is to their constituents and to thank them for helping to pass important laws, such as An Act Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety (PAWS), that will significantly impact animals in Massachusetts.

View ARL’s current legislative agenda

Show your support for improving animal welfare in Massachusetts on Lobby Day. We hope to see all who have registered there!

 

 

Bark-off Your Calendar: 23 Days ‘til Paws in the Park

New in 2015! ARL is excited to announce new and unique entertainment and prizes

Join the fun on May 30, 11am-3pm at Drummer Boy Park in Brewster for one of Cape Cod’s most popular dog-friendly pet festivals – the ARL’s Paws in the Park!  This year, we’ve lined up awesome activities, entertainment, and prizes for the whole family – pets and people included – to enjoy!

DETAILS
Saturday, May 30
11AM – 3PM
Drummer Boy Park, Brewster

Rain or shine!

$5 admission fee for adults, FREE for children under 12 years old and dogs. All proceeds from the event benefit the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster Shelter.

ENTERTAINMENT OPTION #1: David Louis, animal communication specialist – sure to impress kids, adults, and dogs alike!

Check David out in our show ring as he dazzles the crowd with a dog demo reading and shares stories from his experience as an animal communicator.

After the show, kids can sit in on a fun and educational workshop where they’ll learn exercises to start reading their pets.  Don’t forget, children 12 and under receive FREE ADMISSION! Families will also have the opportunity to meet with David for a private session at his booth to read their pets, both past and present.

ENTERTAINMENT OPTION #2: Track clues in our “Sniff-it-Out” Scavenger Hunt, thanks to our sponsor Derby Field Kennel

Every Paws in the Park vendor will have an ARL “Fun Fact” scavenger hunt clue for folks to find. The first 50 lucky people to collect five clues and race them over to the scavenger hunt headquarters will win special prizes!

ENTERTAINMENT OPTION #3: Win, win, win at the Paws Prize Pavilion, thanks to our sponsor oldCape Sotheby’s International Realty

Check out all the prizes you can win and purchase opportunity drawing tickets in the Paws Prize Pavilion.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the many terrific prizes:

  • Overnight stay with breakfast at The Chatham Wayside Inn
  • $500 doggie gift basket from Agway
  • 1 free session with animal communicator David Louis
  • A Cape Cod beach chair
  • Jewelry items
  • Gift cards to local restaurants

For more activities, food, and entertainment happening at Paws in the Park 2015, check out arlboston.org/paws-in-park

 

Bark-off Your Calendar: 30 Days ’til Paws in the Park

Even more local exhibitors to join the fun

Just one month to go until ARL’s signature annual event! Mark your calendar for May 30, 11am-3pm for Paws in the Park, one of the most popular pet festivals on Cape Cod. We’re pawsitive your family will enjoy a fun-filled day of activities, entertainment, and exhibitors. This is an event not to miss!

SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, May 30
11AM – 3PM
Drummer Boy Park, Brewster
Rain or shine!

$5 admission fee for adults, FREE for children under 12 years old and dogs. All proceeds from the event benefit the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster Shelter.

Here is a sneak peek of the fun to expect: *NEW for 2015

k9 demo

Don’t miss the exciting K9-unit demo!

A special swag bag for the first 500 entrants

Paws Pool Pavillion*

Paws Raffle Prize Pavillion*

“Sniff it Out” Scavenger Hunt*

Photo “Doggie” Kissing Booth

Frisbee Dog Show

K9-unit demo

Pupcasso art activity for dogs

Fleece tug toy activity for dogs*

Face painting and temporary tattoos

Contests

Book signings*

DJ music

And much more!

Paws in the Park exhibitors

2015 Paws in the Park exhibitors

Thank you to the following local businesses who will join Paws in the Park 2015 as exhibitors!

Nauset Pet Services – Photo “Doggie” Kissing Booth

Lower Cape Veterinary Service

Veterinary Association of Cape Cod

Find more announcements about activities, food, and entertainment at arlboston.org/paws-in-park

ARL ON CAPE COD QUICK FACT #4: Anna Harris Smith founded the ARL in 1899 with plans to open shelters across the state. Her motto: “Kindness uplifts the world.”

 

Bark-off Your Calendar: 37 Days ’til Paws in the Park

Don’t miss out! A few sponsorship opportunities left

Join the fun on May 30, 11am-3pm for Paws in the Park, one of the most popular dog-friendly pet festivals on Cape Cod featuring activities, entertainment, and exhibitors for the whole family to enjoy.

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Paws in the Park is a fun event for the whole family! Bring the kids and your pup to ARL’s popular annual festival.

SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, May 30
11AM – 3PM
Drummer Boy Park, Brewster
Rain or shine!

$5 admission fee for adults, FREE for children under 12 years old and dogs. All proceeds from the event benefit the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster Shelter.

Here is a sneak peek of the fun to expect: *NEW for 2015

A special swag bag for the first 500 entrants

Paws Pool Pavillion*

Paws Raffle Prize Pavillion*

“Sniff it Out” Scavenger Hunt*

Photo “Doggie” Kissing Booth

Frisbee Dog Show

K9-unit demo

Pupcasso art activity for dogs

Fleece tug toy activity for dogs*

Face painting and temporary tattoos

Contests

Book signings*

DJ music

And much more!

We’re pleased to announce the following local businesses who will join the fun as a 2015 exhibitors!

Animal Hospital of Orleans

DogWatch of Cape Cod

The Black Leash

Cabo Cado

Find more announcements about activities, food, and entertainment at arlboston.org/paws-in-park

ARL ON CAPE COD QUICK FACT #3: The original shelter in Provincetown was relocated to Brewster in 1967 in order to care for more animals.

 

 

Track the ARL Boston Marathon Runners

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

team photo with bib numbersYou can show your support for the ARL’s Boston Marathon Team by:

1. Donating to the team to help them reach their stretch goal of $40,000 by visiting crowdrise.com/arl2014bostonmarathon

2. Tracking their race progress at http://bit.ly/1e9LjEZ using their bib numbers

Chris    30015
Mal       29782
Scott    30005
Alexis  30083

3. Joining us in Coolidge Corner near the 7- Eleven to cheer for our runners at they near the finish line

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the dedicated runners on our 2015 Boston Marathon team!

Boston Marathon sponsor JH

Thank you to Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock for including the ARL in the 2015 charity bib program!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bark-off Your Calendar: 44 Days ‘til Paws in the Park

Local Cape Cod businesses joining the fun as Naming Sponsor

Join us on May 30, 11 am – 3pm for ARL’s largest community event at Drummer Boy Park, a beautiful location overlooking Cape Cod Bay in Brewster, MA!

boy playing with dog

Join us on May 30, 11am-3pm for Paws in the Park!

Paws in the Park is one of the most popular dog-friendly pet festivals on Cape Cod and features activities, entertainment, and exhibitors for the whole family to enjoy.

SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, May 30
11AM – 3PM
Drummer Boy Park, Brewster
Rain or shine!

$5 admission fee for adults, FREE for children under 12 years old and dogs. All proceeds from the event benefit the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster Shelter.

Here is a sneak peek of the fun to expect: *NEW for 2015

A special swag bag for the first 500 entrants

Paws Pool Pavillion*

Paws Raffle Prize Pavillion*

“Sniff it Out” Scavenger Hunt*

Photo “Doggie” Kissing Booth

Frisbee Dog Show

K9-unit demo

Pupcasso art activity for dogs

Fleece tug toy activity for dogs*

Face painting and temporary tattoos

Contests

Book signings*

DJ music

And much more!

We’re pleased to announce the following local businesses who will join the fun as a 2015 naming sponsor! 2015 Paws in the Park Naming Sponsors

PAWS Pool Pavilion Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Orleans

PAWS Prize Pavilion Sponsor: oldCape Sotheby’s International Realty

“Sniff it Out” Scavenger Hunt Sponsor: Derbyfield Kennel

Fleece Tug Toy Activity Sponsor: The Cape Cod Dog

Find more announcements about activities, food, and entertainment at arlboston.org/paws-in-park

ARL ON CAPE COD QUICK FACT #2: In 2014, the ARL’s mobile Spay Waggin’ spay/neutered over 4,000 cats and dogs on South Shore and Cape Cod.