Look for the ARL at Fenway Park this Sunday

For the Second Year in a Row, the ARL will be at Futures at Fenway with Adoptable Dogs

07-11-14 Dog at Fenway PicWe’re excited to be invited back to Fenway Park this year for their Futures at Fenway event tomorrow.

It’s great day of baseball action featuring Red Sox prospects and lots of family fun.

The first 25 people to stop by the ARL table and take a photo in front of our ARL Super Pets backdrop using #ARLSuperPets will receive a free ARL doggie poopbag dispenser.

After the success of last year’s event, the dogs will once again be returning to Fenway Park. Designated sections of the seating bowl will be available to owners and their dogs.  All dog owners must print out the waiver, complete it and bring it with them to gain admission to Fenway Park on July 13.

Tickets are $15, $20 if you bring your dog!

After the game, stay for a special 25th Anniversary showing of the iconic classic baseball movie, Field of Dreams. The movie will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.

For more information visit: boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ticketing/futures_at_fenway.jsp

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Lend a Paw on ARL’s Cat Food Bank Day!

One-day cat food drive to help feed homeless cats in Boston

The Animal Rescue League will host Cat Food Bank Day, a one-day cat food drive on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston.  We’ll take donations of unopened wet or dry cat food 8:30 am to 6:30 pm in the lobby of our Boston headquarters located at 10 Chandler Street in the South End.

All donations of cat food will defray the food cost associated with the on-going care of homeless cats in the community.

“Every day, dedicated feral cat community caretakers feed multiple cats living in areas around the city—often at their own expense,” explains Maryann Regan, director of shelter operations at the ARL.

Please stop by and help Boston’s homeless cats. Every can and every bag goes a long way to filling an empty tummy!

All 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.

Circle-of-cats-eatingWHAT:                 Cat Food Bank Day

WHEN:                 July 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:               Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Chandler Street, in the Lobby
Boston, MA 02116


40 Cats are Home Thanks to No Fee Week

This Was a Pawsome Adopt-A-Cat Month!

Teamwork is key to any successful adoption campaign. Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word!

Teamwork is key to any successful adoption campaign. Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word!

The results are in and the ARL adopted out 40 adult cats during our No Fee Week at the end of June! This is great news!

As we wrap-up Adopt-A-Cat Month, we’d like to thank everyone who made this promotion possible. We’re especially grateful to all of the people who came to our shelters and adopted a new feline friend and to those who helped get the word out about our cats! Due to all of the empty cages in our shelter we can accept many new cats, so they can find a family that loves them too.

When you adopt from a shelter, you feel good about giving a cat a chance a better life.  And not just one cat – when you take your new pet home with you, the ARL can bring another cat into our shelter. 

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A Clear Channel billboard promoting our No Fee Week.

Special thank you to our sponsors including Cityside Subaru who provided funding for additional radio advertising to promote adoptions,  and ClearChannel Outdoor, WBOS, WZLX, and the Sports Hub who also helped promote cat adoptions.

Thank you to our No Fee Week cat adoption sponsors including  Scotties Facial Tissue who made a $5,000 donation to cover adoption fees on select adult cats June 22 through June 29 and James Bowen and Bob the Street Cat who donated $2,000 to cover fees for all adult cats on No Fee Caturday at all ARL shelters.


Adopt-A-Cat Month PSA [VIDEO]

Scotties Facial Tissue & ARL Partner for Shelter Cat Public Service Announcement

With less than a week left to adopt a fee-waived cat at the Animal Rescue League, the ARL and Scotties Facial Tissue want to remind everyone about the benefits of adopting a cat from a shelter. Watch our video below:

When you adopt a cat from an animal shelter like the ARL, you give a cat a chance at a better life.  All adoptable cats and kittens at the ARL also receive:

  • Spay/neuter
  • Vaccinations
  • Feline leukemia test
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Microchip identification and registration

Search adoptable cats

We hope you’ll stop by one of our shelters now through June 29 to adopt while all cats one year and up still have no adoption fee.

Remember, the ARL requires the following information as part of the adoption process for cats and kittens:

  •  Proof that adopter is 18 years of age or older
  • A Massachusetts ID with valid current address (No Student IDs)

Special thank you to Scotties Facial Tissues and Great Grand Paws Productions.

No Fee Cats FB Montage


Got Cats on Your Mind? Adopt from the ARL!

Bob the Street Cat and Scotties Facial Tissue will cover adoption fees on select adult cats

Have you been day dreaming about finding a feline companion for yourself, a friend, family member, or your current pet? Then now is the time to visit the Animal Rescue League of Boston to meet your purr-fect match!

During the final full week of Adopt-a-Cat Month, June 21-29, our partners Bob the Street Cat and Scotties Facial Tissue will cover the adoption fees on select adult cats at our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham:

June 21 – No Fee Caturday on adult cats 7 years and older and special “picks of the litter”, courtesy of Bob the Street Cat

June 22 – 29—No Fee on adult cats 5 years and older and special “picks of the litter,” courtesy of Scotties Facial Tissue

Daisey 7yo

With so many kittens available at this time of year, adult cats like Daisey (pictured right) often have a longer wait at animal shelters before they find a home.

In fact, the American Humane Association established National Adopt-a-Cat Month 1975 to help bring awareness to the large number of cats and kittens coming into shelters in the spring and summer, and to promote adult cat adoptions.

Search Adoptable Cats

A quick word about our sponsors….

Street Cat Named Bob, ABob the Street Cat is the real-life central character in the best-selling two-book series by James Bowen.

Bowen, a street musician and recovering drug addict, found the injured and sickly ginger cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building.  He discovered nursing the injured cat back to good health and keeping him as a companion gave his life meaning and purpose—and inspired the continuing series of books.

To celebrate the release of the second book in the series, The World According to Bob, Bob the Street Cat will sponsor adoptions at shelters in other cities across the country, including ours.

He also will give everyone who adopts at cat on June 21 at our shelters a free set of “his” books, while supplies last!

Scotties New Logo

Scotties Facial Tissue will give a $5,000 donation to the ARL to encourage families to add some softness to their home by adopting a cat June 22-29.

“Our goal for this partnership is to help a great organization do what they do best – finding good homes for these loving animals,” said John Robertson, director of marketing for Scotties Facial Tissues. “We hope that our donation will act as an incentive for caring people to come forward and open up their homes.”

Thank you to Bob the Street Cat and Scotties for encouraging the public to adopt from animal shelters and helping find more cats safe and loving homes!


Canines & Cocktails Returns to the Seaport Hotel on Wednesday, June 25th

A Chance for Dog Lovers to Support the Animal Rescue League!


The Seaport Hotel’s TAMO Terrace has once again invited the Animal Rescue League to come and kick-off the summer’s first weekly Canines & Cocktails event on Wednesday, June 25th.

Seaport and TAMO will be donating $10 to the Animal Rescue League of Boston for every guest who attends the kick-off, so please bring your friends!

Dogs need to unwind with their buddies, too, so don’t miss this opportunity to bring your pooch to mingle with some four legged friends while you enjoy the scene of TAMO’s terrace and outdoor bar.

Awaiting our furry friends, organic, homemade dog treats by Seaport’s Executive Chef Richard Rayment, special “doggie bags” with treats to take home and plenty of water.  For their human companions, a chance to relax and socialize over a cocktail with fellow doggie devotees.

Canines & Cocktails will run all summer on Wednesday evenings.  Dogs of all sizes are welcome and the event is weather dependent.

WHO: Dog owners, dog lovers and their furry friends!

WHERE: Seaport Hotel, TAMO Terrace, 1 Seaport Ln. in Boston, right on the water.

WHEN: Wednesday evenings from 5:30 -7:30 PM, beginning June 25th

Thank you for our friends at the Seaport Hotel for supporting the ARL for the second year in a row!

This event is open to the public, but we especially encourage you to attend if you’re interested in joining the ARL’s Young Professional Group! Once your membership is processed we will send you a link to the official Facebook Group where all upcoming events and news are featured. If you’d like to join the YP group now, you can sign-up below.


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Happy Pride Day! Boston Shelter Closed Today

Boston Shelter Closed 6/14

Pride ShepherdHappy Boston Pride Day! The Animal Rescue League of Boston will be marching in this year’s Boston Pride Day parade. We hope to see some friendly faces cheering us on along the route. The parade starts at 11am. See you there!

Also, please note that our Boston shelter will be closed today, Saturday, June 14. We apologize for any inconvenience.


All About Cats Twitter Chat June 10, Noon-1pm

Chat with Us Tomorrow

Got CATS on your mind?  The ARL sure does during national Adopt-a-Cat Month this June!

01-11-14 Dr SchettinoJoin us tomorrow for this month’s ALL ABOUT CATS twitter chat, where Dr. Edward Schettino, director of veterinary medical services, will take your questions and offer veterinary advice to help you maintain your cat’s good health.

How often should you trim your cat’s claws?  Does your cat need to eat wet food?  What’s the best remedy for hairballs? What should you do if you see a feral cat?  Is non-prescription flea and tick treatment safe for cats? Find out answers to these questions and ask Dr. Schettino your own!

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.

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Happy Adopt-a-Cat Month!

Got Cats on Your Mind?

Everyone at the Animal Rescue League sure has cats on our minds this June during national Adopt-a-Cat Month!

During the spring and summer, new litters of kittens flood our shelters, along with a steady stream of adult cats who also need care and shelter.

Because we have so many cats and kittens coming in at this time of year, the feline areas of our shelters fill up fast.  When we have no room left, we place cats on a waiting list for admission to our shelters or try to find space at another shelter or rescue group.

You can see how important finding safe and loving homes for cats and kittens as quickly as possible becomes during the busy month of June!

When you adopt from a shelter, you will feel good about giving a cat a chance a better life.  And not just one cat – when you take your new pet home with you, the ARL can bring another cat into our shelter.

Miss Cookie 2yoBefore your new pet goes home, every adoptable cat at the ARL receives:

  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Behavior screening and evaluations
  • Vaccinations
  • Feline leukemia test
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Microchip identification and registration
  • Spay/neuter services

ARL staff find plenty of opportunities to give the cats and kittens in our shelters one-on-one attention to get to know their personalities and likes/dislikes.  Our shelter staff is ready to answer questions and help you find the perfect feline match for your lifestyle and household.

Read more about adopting from the ARL

Our care and support for cats in our shelters continues after you take your pet home, too.  Have a question about your new pet?  You can call the shelter and ask!

Search adoptable cats.

Brewster & BuddyYou can also join us on Tuesday, June 10, at 12 pm, for a cat health and wellness lunchtime ARL Ask a Vet Twitter Chat hosted by Dr. Edward Schettino, director of veterinary medical services at the ARL.

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

Happy Adopt-a-Cat Month!

Adopt-a-Cat Month Historical Fact:  The American Humane Association started Adopt-a-Cat Month in 1975 to help bring awareness to the large number of cats and kittens coming into shelters in the spring and summer, and to promote cat adoptions.




ARL at State House Today!

Special thanks to lawmakers for passage of Senate Bill 1172

Today, the ARL will join together with other animal welfare organizations, state legislators, and disaster protection agencies on the steps of the Massachusetts State House to celebrate the signing of Senate Bill 1172, “An act ensuring the safety of people with pets in disasters.”

Signed into law in March, the bill requires cities and towns to have a plan in place to address the evacuation and sheltering needs of household pets and service animals before, during, and after an emergency or natural disaster.

ARL Pet Disaster Dog Backpack 2

The ARL recommends having a sturdy backpack packed with pet feeding and care supplies ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation.

Mary Nee, president of the ARL, will speak at the event, and staff will distribute ARL pet emergency backpacks to legislators.

While having disaster plans in place for people and animals at the municipal level represents a major step forward in Statewide disaster preparedness, individual pet owners should to develop a plan to shelter and care for their animals in the event of an emergency evacuation.

Along with a crate or carrier to transport a pet, the ARL suggests getting a pet emergency backpack ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation.  For a list of supplies to include in a pet emergency bag, visit arlboston.org/packing-list.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also recommends:

  • Getting a sturdy and comfy crate or carrier to transport your pet
  • Finding a shelter alternative that works for both you and your pet
  • Having a picture of you and your pet together in case you get separated during an emergency

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or Instagram for pictures from today’s event!

SPECIAL THANKS to Senator Karen Spilka (D – 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk Districts) for sponsoring Senate Bill 1172 and to all the legislators in the Massachusetts House and Senate for supporting its passage.