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 arlboston.org/spay-neuter.

 

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.

TAKE ACTION NOW…

  1. Show your support for farm animals and attend the public legislative hearing on February 11 at the State House – RSVP here citizensforfarmanimals.com/hearing
  2. Share the hearing’s Facebook event with your family, friends, and social media network – visit http://bit.ly/PreventCrueltyHearing
  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:

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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!

 

ADOPT, Don’t Shop December 18-20

Big things come in small packages, so why not give a shelter pet a home for the holidays!

If you’ve been considering giving a pet as a present this holiday season, then stop by the ARL this weekend and take advantage of our Home for the Holidays adoption special and FREE GIFT!

At the ARL, we know that BIG THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES...

From TODAY Friday, December 18 through Sunday, December 20, ARL’s shelters are offering $20 off the adoption fee of all small animals to help them find a HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Many people think animal shelters only have dogs and cats, but at the ARL we have the capacity and knowledge to take in a variety of small animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, rats, hamsters, and  ferrets.

Small animals like Edgar the Shorthaired rabbit, Fluffy the bling Guinea Pig, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie the hamsters make great companions for pet “newbies”, families with limited space, or people with allergies to cats or dogs.

big things come in small packages

Fluffy is a 3-year-old blind Guinea Pig looking for a special family to bring her home for the holidays! Come visit her at our Brewster shelter!

ADOPT SMALL, SAVE BIG! At the ARL, all of this is included in your pet’s adoption fee:

  • spay or neuter services
  • health screening and veterinary exam
  • behavioral screening and evaluation
  • vaccinations
  • parasite treatment
  • a microchip, when applicable

If you’re interested in adopting a small animal, don’t forget to bring in a photo of the cage that your new furry companion will be living in.

COME EARLY AND JINGLE ALL THE WAY HOME: Receive a “Home for the Holidays” Pet Pack to help your new furry family get settled into their new homewith every animal adoption from December 18-20, while supplies last!

Participating ARL locations include…

December 18, 19, and 20:

ARL Boston Shelter 10 Chandler Street, Boston
Phone: (617) 426-9170
Hours: 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

ARL Brewster Shelter 3981 Main St (Rte 6A), East Brewster

big things come in small packages

Barney (pictured) along with many other rabbits are waiting to meet their new families! Click Barney’s photo to view a complete list of available small animals.

Phone: (508) 255-1030
Hours: 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

December 19 ONLY:

ARL Dedham Mobile Adoptions 163 Highland Ave, Needham Petco
Phone: (781) 326-0729
Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

TWO MORE GIFT IDEAS FOR YOUR FELLOW ANIMAL LOVERS:

1. Donate supplies to ARL’s shelter pets! They made their lists… and checked it twice. View our Boston adoption center wish list, Brewster adoption center wish list, and Dedham adoption center wish list!

2. Give a gift that’s especially furry and bright! Donate $25 or more in honor of animal-friendly colleagues, friends, and family members this holiday season, and you can choose a complimentary card to let them know about the special gift you gave in their name. Click here to select your tribute card!

THANK YOU to Onyx Hotel, Hotel Marlowe, Hotel Nine Zero, I and Love and You, and Boston Veterinary Care for donating to the Home for the Holidays Pet Pack!

…and to Macy’s for helping to spread awareness about the importance of animal adoptions this holiday season!

 

2015 Cape Cod Holiday Happenings

Enjoy these fun family festivities and support ARL’s Brewster shelter!

For staff and volunteers at the ARL’s Brewster shelter, giving animals in need a chance to experience kindness, joy, and companionship are what the holidays are all about.

As part of the ARL’s annual “Home for the Holidays” community outreach campaign, the Brewster Shelter is sharing ideas and special event news to encourage adoption and support for animals in need.

Whether you’re looking to open your heart to a new pet or give a little love to those spending their holidays in the shelter, there are numerous ways to give to animals this holiday season!

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Support ARL’s Brewster shelter by attending one of the 2015 Cape Cod holiday happenings!

Check out these 2015 Cape Cod Holiday Happenings:

Dogs on Cape Cod Book Signing

Saturday, December 5
1:00pm – 3:00pm
The Brewster Book Store
2648 Main Street, Brewster, MA

Event Details: Meet Dogs on Cape Cod author Kim Roderiques and watch 20% of all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to ARL’s Brewster shelter.

Pet Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 12
3:00pm – 7:00pm
The Cape Cod Dog
3 Main Street, Eastham, MA

Event Details: Bring your four-legged pal to meet Saint Nick! Your $20 donation for two printed photos will benefit ARL’s Brewster shelter!

Pet Photos with Santa by Cold Nose Photography & Exclusive ARL Tree Ornament

Sunday, December 13
Agway of Cape Cod
10:00am – 12:00pm at 20 Lots Hollow Rd, Orleans, MA
1:30pm – 3:30pm at 686 MA-134, South Dennis, MA

Event Details: Have your pet’s photo professionally taken with Kris Kringle at either the Orleans or South Dennis location! Your $10 donation to ARL’s Brewster shelter gets you a digital photo, along with holiday treats and refreshments! While you’re there, be sure to snag an exclusive pet-friendly ARL ornament shaped like the Cape for only $10!

Craft Fair & Bake Sale

Sunday, December 13
1:00pm – 4:00pm
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
1969 Main Street, Brewster, MA

Event Details: Finish your holiday shopping with great local vendors and stock up on delicious holiday goodies- all to benefit ARL’s Brewster shelter!

Can’t make the events? There are other ways to support ARL’s Brewster shelter!

1. ADOPT a shelter pet and give them a loving home for the holidays! Search adoptables

2. DONATE gently used clean blankets and towels; gift cards to Agway, Stop & Shop, and Shaw’s; or supplies from their wish list!

A big THANK YOU The Brewster Book Store, The Cape Cod Dog, Agway of Cape Cod, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, and to the many other individuals and businesses supporting ARL’s Brewster shelter this holiday season!

…and to Macy’s Boston for helping more ARL shelter animals find a Home for the Holidays!

 

Over 133,000 Massachusetts Voters Say “Yes” to STOP Farm Animal Cruelty

ARL hosts rally to celebrate successful signature campaign

Earlier today,  Citizens for Farm Animal Protection announced they had successfully gathered over 130,000 signatures as part of the effort to secure a 2016 ballot measure in Massachusetts to phase out the extreme confinement of animals at industrial-style factory farms, as well as the sale of products produced under those conditions.

The ARL joined the coalition this summer and worked alongside other animal welfare groups, veterinarians, farmers, local businesses, and individuals to collect signatures. Over the last 9 weeks, more than 1,000 volunteers across the state spent countless hours asking Massachusetts voters to sign the petition for farm animals.

Thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers and supporters who were passionate about this issue leaders, the number of signatures collected is double the number of signatures required to qualify for the Massachusetts ballot!

By signing the petition, voters were saying “yes” to allow veal calves, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens the basic right to stand up, lie down, turn around, and extend their limbs.

citizens for farm animal protection

ARL’s adoptable pup, Muneco, showed his support by giving everyone a high paw for their dedicated efforts!

“The outpouring of support from Massachusetts voters who signed the ballot petition clearly reflects the growing consensus that humane and safe food sources benefits animals and people alike,” explained Mary Nee, president of the ARL.

The rainy weather today didn’t stop dozens of local and national animal protection leaders, coalition leaders, and volunteers from gathering at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s headquarters in South End, Boston for a celebratory rally to acknowledge this momentous achievement.

While enjoying well-deserved refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, rally attendees listened to remarks from animal welfare leaders including representatives from the Humane Society of the United States, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Mary also offered remarks of gratitude and inspiration: “Thanks to the dedicated efforts of all the coalition members, volunteers, and supporters, we all moved one step closer to ending the cruel confinement of farm animals.”

After the rally concluded, volunteers delivered and formally filed the  petitions with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

citizens for farm animal protection

ARL’s president, Mary Nee, was thrilled to take the stage and speak about the campaign’s successes thus far.

In the coming weeks, the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office will review the coalition’s submission and verify that it will qualify as the first phase toward getting it onto the 2016 ballot.

The next step… Volunteers are needed to collect additional signatures in Spring 2016 to guarantee a spot on next year’s ballot. Sign up to volunteer at citizensforfarmanimals.com/volunteer and keep checking back at arlboston.org for more information.

A big THANK YOU to all of the dedicated volunteers who collected signatures for the farm ballot initiative and to all those who supported this momentous effort to end the extreme confinement of farm animals!

 

TODAY: Adopt, Don’t Shop on Black Friday

WE’RE OPEN! Receive $20 off, plus a FREE GIFT

Start a new holiday tradition this year and ADOPT, DON’T SHOP on BLACK FRIDAY!

If you’ve been thinking about adding a furry family member to your clan this holiday season, than HURRY IN to ARL shelters and take advantage of our special HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ADOPTION EVENT offer TODAY, Friday, November 27.

  • $20 off the adoption fee for all small animals at ARL’s shelters in Boston and Brewster from 1-6:30pm, and Dedham 1-4pm!
  • A “Home for the Holidays” Pet Pack with every animal adoption, while supplies last!
  • All of this included in your pet’s adoption fee: spay or neuter services, health screening and veterinary exam, behavioral screening and evaluation, vaccinations, parasite treatment, and a microchip.

Boston and Brewster shelters are open during normal operating hours from 1-6:30pm. The Dedham shelter is open 1-4pm by appointment only, so please call ahead at 617-293-6392.

Search adoptables

black fridayAn extra day to SAVE: On Super Saturday, November 28, you can also visit the ARL at our mobile adoption location at Petco in Needham, 163 Highland Avenue from 11am-5pm! Staff will have adoptable bunnies on site and offer $20 off the adoption fee

Not ready to adopt? Donate supplies instead!

Boston adoption center wish list

Brewster adoption center wish list

Dedham adoption center wish list

THANK YOU to Onyx Hotel, Hotel Marlowe, Hotel Nine Zero, Macy’s Downtown Crossing, I and Love and You, and Boston Veterinary Care for donating to the Home for the Holidays Pet Pack!

 

Save the Date: December 1 is Giving Tuesday

Anonymous donor will match your donation on national day of giving

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, this Giving Tuesday, December 1 promises to be very merry and bright!

Giving Tuesday is an international movement created to encourage giving back during the busy holiday season. On the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year, people across the world are encouraged to help the charities and causes nearest and dearest to their hearts.

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The memory of her beloved dog Poppy has inspired a generous donor to help animals in need on Giving Tuesday 2015.

Inspired by the memory of her beloved 17-year-old Cairn Terrier Poppy, a very special donor will match your donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston dollar for dollar.

Our goal is raise $25,000 in JUST ONE DAY—matched dollar-for-dollar by the anonymous donor for a grand total of $50,000—to help even more animals find loving homes during the holidays!

Your donations to the ARL assist animals in need in many ways….

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

$25 – Can help provide food, toys, and treats for shelter cats

$50 – Can help provide nutrient-rich formula and feeding supplies for an orphaned litter of kittens

$75 – Can help cover spay/neuter surgery and vaccines for an adoptable cat

$100 – Can help cover the cost of emergency surgery after a serious injury for a stray dog or cat

$250 – Can help provide training for unruly puppies so they can become lovable family members

Animals Can’t Say Thank You, But We Can!

Just like our anonymous donor, many of our supporters want to help animals in need in honor or in memory of their love for their pets…

When you express your love for animals, compassion and kindness with a gift of $50 or more to the ARL on Giving Tuesday, we will include your pet’s name on our Giving Tuesday Wall of Honor* online at arlboston.org! The Honor Wall will be open for viewing on December 3.

Tis’ the season to be #UNselfie! giving tuesday

When you donate $25 or more and show us why you support the ARL by taking a photo using our UNselfie sign, you will automatically be entered to win an ARL Pet Pack filled with ARL swag and goodies! Don’t forget to tag your UNselfie photos with #ARLBOSTON, #unselfie, and #GivingTuesday.

Don’t want to wait until Giving Tuesday?  You can DONATE NOW and have it count on Giving Tuesday!

Click here or on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the ARL on Giving Tuesday!

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A BIG THANK YOU to our anonymous challenge donor for giving a generous gift in Poppy’s memory to help animals in need!

*To have your pet’s name added to ARL’s Giving Tuesday Wall of Honor on arlboston.org, type your pet’s name into the “additional comments” section of our online donation form.
 

TODAY: ARL Boston’s Cat Food Drive

Give a little, get a little – make a donation and receive ARL SWAG in return!

There’s no better way to show gratitude for all that you’re thankful for than to give to those who are less fortunate. While you’re running those Thanksgiving errands this weekend, consider making one extra stop to help animals in need.

TODAY, Saturday, November 21 through tomorrow Sunday, November 22, the ARL’s Boston shelter is hosting a Cat Food Drive to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston.

cat food drive

Photo source: http://www.pethelpers.org

From 9:00am – 3:30pm on both days we will be accepting donations of unopened wet or dry cat food 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 02118

As a special thank you, the first 50 people who make a donation during the Cat Food Drive will receive an ARL SWAG Bag, while supplies last!

The winter Cat Food Drive marks the start of the ARL’s “Home for the Holidays” community outreach campaign to encourage adoption and support for animals in need during the holidays. 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 feral 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.

For more information, please contact our Boston Adoption Center at (617) 426-9170.

 

ADOPT on Black Friday, November 27

Home for the Holidays Adoption Event special offer, plus a FREE GIFT!

Thinking about adding a furry family member to your home this holiday season? If so, HURRY IN to any of ARL’s shelter locations on BLACK FRIDAY! DOORS OPEN AT 1PM!

At the ARL, we know that BIG THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES. On Friday, November 27, ARL’s shelters in Boston and Brewster are offering $20 off the adoption fee for all small animals to help them find a HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

An extra day to SAVE: On Super Saturday, November 28, you can also visit the ARL at our mobile adoption location at Petco in Needham, 163 Highland Avenue!  Staff will have adoptable bunnies and offer$20 off the adoption fee

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Help 1-year-old MILLIE find her Home for the Holidays! Click the photo to learn more about her.

Many people think animal shelters only have dogs and cats, but at the ARL we have the capacity and knowledge to take in a variety of small animals, including birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, rats, hamsters, ferrets, degus, and chinchillas.

Small animals like Dewey, the hamster, Fluffy, the guinea pig, and Hubert, the rabbit make great companions for pet “newbies”, families with limited space, or people with allergies to cats or dogs.

ADOPT SMALL, SAVE BIG! At the ARL, all of this is included in your pet’s adoption fee:

  • spay or neuter services
  • health screening and veterinary exam
  • behavioral screening and evaluation
  • vaccinations
  • parasite treatment
  • a microchip, when applicable

If you’re interested in adopting a small animal, don’t forget to bring in a photo of the cage that your new furry companion will be living in.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Receive a “Home for the Holidays” Pet Pack to help your new furry family get settled into their new homewith every animal adoption on Black Friday, while supplies last!

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Participating ARL locations include:

Friday, November 27

ARL Boston Shelter 10 Chandler Street, Boston
Phone: (617) 426-9170
Hours: 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

ARL Brewster Shelter 3981 Main St (Rte 6A), East Brewster
Phone: (508) 255-1030
Hours: 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Saturday, November 28

ARL Dedham Mobile Adoptions 163 Highland Ave, Needham Petco
Phone: (781) 326-0729
Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

ARL’s shelter pets made a HOLIDAY WISH LIST too! Not ready to adopt? Donate supplies to ARL’s adoption centers:

Boston adoption center wish list

Brewster adoption center wish list

Dedham adoption center wish list

THANK YOU to Onyx Hotel, Hotel Marlowe, Hotel Nine Zero, Macy’s Downtown Crossing, I and Love and You, and Boston Veterinary Care for donating to the Home for the Holidays Pet Pack!