ARL Summer Social is Today!

Today: ARL Summer Social!

08--4-14 Summer Social_ThumbJoin the Animal Rescue League this evening for our Summer Social to celebrate our newly renovated K-9 play yard and reception area! The festivities start at 5:30PM and the first 100 people will receive a Boston Veterinary Care swag bag stuffed with special items for you and your pet.

Event Details
Tuesday, August 19
5:30PM – 7:30PM
10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116

This is a free event! Bring your family and your pup. Please RSVP:

Find more information about sponsors, food, and entertainment at

See you later!

Thank you to our sponsors for their contributions to our summer social event. Special thanks to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams for generously furnishing our reception area.

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2.5 Years and Still Waiting…

Pringle, Tater Tot and Porkchop Have Been Waiting Long Enough. Help Them Find Love!

“These three dogs are all very sweet and thoroughly enjoy the company of people – but who can blame them after having to spend 2.5 years in a kennel waiting for their chance at a home!  It’s time to give them a loving family that they deserve!” – Marianne Gasbarro, ARL’s Boston Shelter Manager

If you’ve been following the story behind the crisis at Boston Animal Control’s Roslindale facility, then you’ve surely heard of Camilla, the dog brought our attention to the situation. Thankfully, Camilla was adopted and is finally experiencing what it means to have a loving home. However, Camilla is only one of four dogs who spent two and a half years at the BAC’s Roslindale pound and those dogs are patiently waiting for their chance to go home.

08-13-14 BAC PringlePringle, Tater Tot and Porkchop came to the Animal Rescue League with Camilla on July 2 from Boston Animal Control. It’s clear that all of them crave human attention and love. There’s no reason for these dogs to be in shelters any longer. They deserve a true home.

Pringle is an adorable 4-year-old pup. She’s small and sweet and will love to sit on your lap. She’s done a couple sleepovers with a volunteer and did well crated for the car ride and for little bits of time when the volunteer left her. She loves to cuddle in bed and will wake you up with kisses and a thumping tail. Pringle loves meeting new human friends. Meet her at our Boston shelter!

Check out Pringle’s video below.

08-08-14 BAC PorkchopPorkchop is an easy going gal who just wants to be by your side! She can occaisonally be shy at first when meeting new people, but often times warms up right away. She’s very playful and will literally do anything you ask as long as it means she can spend time with you! She can be a bit pushy with other dogs, and will likely do best as the only dog in the house or potentially could do well with a compatible male dog.  Meet her at our Brewster shelter on Cape Cod.

08-14-14 BAC Tater TotTater Tot is 8-years-old and is hoping to spend her golden years with you. She is a sweet, easy going girl who loves to go for city walks and will want to say hello to every person she passes. Tater Tot loves people but would do best as an only dog. Being an older girl she does not like it when other dogs jump at her. Come in to our Boston shelter and meet this super cute girl today!

Isn’t two and a half years long enough to be homeless? Please help Pringle, Tater Tot and Porkchop find homes. Share their story with your friends and family.



Bring Your Family AND Your Dog to a Movie

Join the ARL & Petco Unleashed Friday, 8/8, at the Hatch Shell

The Animal Rescue League of Boston and Petco Unleashed have teamed up with WBZ Free Friday Flicks to bring you the Lego Movie at the Hatch Shell along the Charles River Esplanade in Boston on Friday, August 8. Our street team will be there with our Super Pets photo banner and other super fun things including giveaways, temp tattoos, stickers, dog treats, face painting and more! 

We hope to see you and your dog there!

Free Friday Flicks is a summertime tradition in Boston, attracting thousands of movie-goers to enjoy family-oriented feature length movies under the stars all summer long at DCR’s Hatch Shell in Boston! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and watch a movie with family and friends on Friday night for free! Movies begin at sundown, but arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and enjoy free food samples, games, and giveaways with WBZ NewsRadio 1030 – the fun starts at 6pm with WBZ’s Morgan White Jr!

Free Friday Flicks Flyer Pic for Web


ARL Invites You to Our Community Summer Social!

Bring your dog and enjoy our new K-9 play yard!

Join us Tuesday, August 19, 5:30 pm -7:30 pm at our 10 Chandler Street location in the South End as we welcome the community back to our newly renovated K-9 Play Yard and reception area.

Summer Social Postard Web ImageBring your dog and enjoy music by pop violinist and YouTube sensation Rhett Price along with a complimentary summer tasting menu for people and pets catered by local establishments. The ARL’s Boston Veterinary Care will give out pet-oriented swag bags and we’ll also have ARL summer merchandise including soft-plush beach towels available for purchase (all proceeds benefit the animals at our shelters).

This free, fun, casual event is a great way to reconnect with the Animal Rescue League, learn more about us, and mingle with pet-friendly people from the neighborhood.

Let us know if you are coming by RSVP’ing at!

IN CASE OF RAIN: The summer social event will take place on August 26.

Special thanks to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, who generously donated our new reception furniture, as well as Earth Rated, Fish and Bone, Polar Beverages, Polkadog Bakery, Petco Unleashed, Rhett Price, The Barkery and Whole Life Pet for contributions to our reception area and summer social event.

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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:

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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

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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.

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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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