You & Your Dog Can Make a Difference!
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and yesterday marked the beginning of Animal Cruelty and Human Violence Awareness Week.
Your dog can raise awareness about animal cruelty by wearing one of the ARL’s doggy t-shirts!
Starting this weekend when you make a $25 donation at any of the ARL’s shelters in Boston, Brewster, or Dedham you’ll receive a limited release “See Something, Say Something” doggie t-shirt.
We have many sizes available!
Learn more at arlboston.org/take-action
Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny!
FIVER is one of the bunnies who’ll be at the event. His adoption fee has been waived thanks to a generous sponsor.
Please join Boston Veterinary Care for a special Easter event celebrating their dedicated clients and welcoming new faces.
Bring the whole family (pets too) today, Saturday, April 12 from noon-3pm for photos with the Easter Bunny, refreshments, and Easter egg hunt and YES live, adoptable bunnies from the ARL!
Learn more at bostonvetcare.com
Special thank you to the Berkeley Perk Cafe for donating refreshments for the event!
Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!
This week is volunteer appreciation week and we’re dedicating today’s “Thank You Thursday” to all of our outstanding volunteers, without whom we could fulfill our mission! They are such a vital part of our organization.
We’ve been celebrating them all week with special events at all three of our shelter locations. Dedham’s volunteer event was held on Tuesday, Boston’s was yesterday and Brewster’s is tonight – the winners are still a secret!
Thank you all for your commitment to animals and the ARL We truly appreciate everything that you for us and animals in need!
Several volunteers particularly stood out this year and we’d like to give them an extra shout-out below:
Kate Hanson one of the Best of Boston winners.
[Photo: Maria Uribe]
Best of Boston – Jane Urban and Kate Hanson
Cape’d Crusader – Will be announced tonight!
Dedham’s Most Dignified – Rachel Sisson
Medicine’s Most Marvelous – Maryanne Hertel
Boston’s Unsung Hero – Laurie Gail
Admin’s Above and Beyond – Marilyn Wales (Dedham) and Margaret Wirth (Boston)
Four Footed Friends Best Foster – Will be announced tonight!
Marathon Monday is 2 Weeks Away!
The Boston Marathon is two weeks away and our runners could not be more prepared!
After months of training through extreme winter weather conditions, the runners are relieved to finally enter into the taper portion of their training. This means that they run less and rest more for the last 3 weeks before race day, giving their bodies time to recover from the intense training that they have been doing.
They’ve been working hard and deserve some love! Please show your support for the ARL’s Boston Marathon Team, by donating to them on their Crowdrise page and cheering for them on Marathon Monday. For information on how to track the progress of our runners using the AT&T Athlete Alert visit: http://bit.ly/1e9LjEZ
To receive alerts for our runners, you’ll need their bib numbers which are listed below:
Donate to the team today: crowdrise.com/arl2014bostonmarathon
Microchip Your Pet!
It’s that time of year again, so please join us!
The ARL’s Dedham shelter will host their annual Rabies and Microchip Clinic on Saturday, April 5 from 10A.M.-2P.M.
Rabies vaccines are $10 each ($7 for seniors citizens)
Microchips are $15 each ($12 for senior citizens)
For everyone’s safety, all dogs must be on leash and cats in carriers.
For more information or if you have questions please call (781) 326-0729 or email email@example.com.
April Spay Waggin’ Schedule is Now Available
Due to popular demand, the Animal Rescue League’s Spay Waggin’ now has two scheduled dates in Hyannis - April 1 for cats and April 28 for dogs.
The mobile spay/neuter unit provides spay/neuter surgeries and other preventive healthcare for dog and cat parents in financial need on the South Shore and Cape Cod.
“Many people can not afford to spay/neuter their pets,” explained Cheryl T., shelter and community medicine program coordinator at the ARL.
“They love their pets and want to do what’s best for them, but need the kind of help provided by the Spay Waggin’ to keep them happy and healthy.”
Learn more about the Spay Waggin’
The April Spay Waggin’ schedule is now available online. Please call 1-877-590-SPAY(7729) or book online (cats only) and make an appointment for your pet today!
To see the benefits of spay and neuter visit: arlboston.org/spay-neuter
Donate on Line 32f of Your Massachusetts Tax Form!
If you need something to look forward to this tax season, consider this:
By donating on line 32f of your Massachusetts tax form, you are making a difference in the lives of animals in our state.
Your donation to the Massachusetts Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund will help the state’s most vulnerable animals: those who are homeless and those who are owned by families unable to afford to spay/neuter their pets.
Created by Chapter 193 of the Acts of 2012, the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund will help animals by reducing the number of homeless cats and dogs and will provide training to animal control officers.
So, please invest in the responsible care of animals by giving on line 32f!
All photos courtesy of Massachusetts Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund
Fundraiser in Jamaica Plain this Weekend
Throughout the weekend of March 21st through March 23rd, Marc, from Centre Street Cafe in Jamaica Plain is donating all of his tips from his shifts to the ARL!
The ARL’s director of development, Julie Ann McNary will be at Centre Street Cafe on Saturday to answer questions about the organization and share information about the ARL’s important work.
Learn more about Marc’s event or support his cause by visiting his donation page: crowdrise.com/MarcAnimalRescueLeague
The fundraiser will take place during the following times:
- 03/21 Friday night dinner: 5p.m.-9:30p.m.
- 03/22 Saturday brunch: 9a.m.-3p.m.
- 03/22 Saturday dinner: 5p.m.-9:30p.m.
- 03/23 Sunday brunch: 9a.m.-3p.m.
We’d like to say thank you to Marc for choosing to raise funds for the ARL and for caring so much about shelter animals! Your support is much appreciated!
President Mary Nee Spoke About Animal Cruelty Awareness & Prevention
Volunteer programs manager, Debby Vogel and ARL president, Mary Nee with Turtle .
Yesterday was Humane Lobby Day for animals and our staff, volunteers and our canine advocate, Turtle, hit the steps of the Massachusetts State House running!
This year’s Humane Lobby Day boasted record high attendance and we were proud to be able to help show legislators how deeply voters feel about animal welfare.
Our team of over 20 staff and volunteers made sure everyone at the event knew exactly who the Animal Rescue League of Boston is and what type of work we do in Massachusetts.
ARL president Mary Nee was one of the key speakers at the event. Her speech emphasized the importance of legislation that protects animals like Puppy Doe, and countless others, from cruelty and suffering.
Our canine advocate, Turtle, enjoyed the spotlight at Humane Lobby Day. With her red “SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING” t-shirt, TURTLE, a former bait dog who was found barely clinging to life almost 4 years ago, shared our important message about animal cruelty awareness! If you see or suspect animal abuse, say something by calling your local authorities.
She mingled with everyone from ARL president Mary Nee, to animal welfare advocates to state representatives, including Rep. David Linsky of Natick, sharing her story with everyone she met.
We’d like to extend our thanks to our volunteers, without whom we would never have been able to get our message and legislative agenda out to all 160 representatives and 40 senators! The ARL has the best volunteers in the world and we are so grateful for all they do!
ARL president, Mary Nee speaking at Humane Lobby Day.
Turtle in front of our table.
Turtle was the best canine advocate anyone could ask for!
Volunteers ready to get to work!
Some volunteers came all the way from Cape Cod!
ARL president, Mary Nee with a volunteer.
Humane Lobby Day is Tomorrow, 3/18
We’re doing this for shelter pets like, Meryl Davis. She’s pretty excited about Lobby Day!
Humane Lobby Day is an event sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States in the Massachusetts state capital. Citizen animal advocates like you gather to learn and practice lobbying for animal protection laws at the state level. This full-day event includes a lobbying workshop and an overview of relevant bills in the MA state legislature.
Local animal welfare organizations including the Animal Rescue League of Boston also participate in this exciting day! We’ll have representatives (volunteers and staff) from our organization at the Massachusetts Humane Lobby Day tomorrow.
The ARL’s approach this year is to focus on making sure that legislators have an awareness of who we are, and what we do for animals in the Commonwealth. We have assembled a team of volunteers to help with distribution of information packets, which include general information about our organization and our legislative agenda.
We will be visiting every single legislator’s office in the state house (160 representatives and 40 senators)!
We hope to see you there! Follow the ARL on Twitter for photos and live updates from the event.
Visit the website for the Humane Society of the United States to learn how you can be involved.