4 Days Left to Help Protect Animals from Abuse in Massachusetts
There are less than 4 days left to get H.4328 to the Massachusetts Senate before it’s too late! This is the final push to get this important bill to the floor.
H. 4328 (formerly called H.4244) increases penalties for animal abuse from 5 years to 7 years and $2,500 to $5,000. The bill also would require veterinarians to report animal cruelty and create a task force to recommend future protections for animals in our state.
Please make two critical phone calls today.
1. To Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo’s Office, 617.722.2500
All you have to do is say this: “Hello, please ask Speaker DeLeo to help pass H.4328 before July 31. This is the bill that would protect animals against animal cruelty in Massachusetts. Thank you.”
2. To the President of the Senate, Senator Murray’s Office, 617.722.1500
“Hello, please ask Senate President, Therese Murray to help pass H.4328. This is the bill that would protect animals against animal cruelty in Massachusetts. Thank you.”
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Why is passing H.4328 so important?
- Massachusetts currently has one of the lowest fines in the nation for animal abuse.
- The penalties for animal abuse have not been updated in almost 10 years.
- 4 out of 5 cases of animal abuse remain undiscovered – requiring veterinarians to report abuse helps prevent cruelty and neglect.
- Studies indicate that 48-87% of veterinarians will encounter cases of animal abuse – some remain unsure about reporting it to authorities.
- The task force included in H. 4328 will make recommendations to improve reporting of animal abuse and increase protections for animals.
Visit arlboston.org/take-action for more on H.328 and what you can do to prevent animal cruelty.
So many reasons to adopt from the Animal Rescue League of Boston
Bringing an animal into your home and making them a part of your family is a very special event indeed. In fact, some of the happiest work we do at the Animal Rescue League of Boston is helping you find a super pet!
The ARL finds homes for about 3,000 animals every year, including cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, ferrets, cows, sheep, horses, snakes, and lizards. We take in animals from a variety of circumstances, but a large portion are responsibly surrendered to us because of “people-related” reasons—their owners were moving, had no time because of a job or life change, or suddenly became sick or financially unable to care for their pets.
Animals like Pringle (pictured upper right), Cupid (pictured middle right), and Peach and Rosalina (pictured bottom center), all have big hearts with lots of love, loyalty, and good company to give to human companions—day and night!
When you adopt from a shelter, you’ll feel good about giving an animal a chance at a better life. And not just one animal – when you take your new pet home with you, the ARL can take in another at one of our shelters.
In addition to those fantastic feelings of helping a fellow living thing in need, you can also rest assured that, before they go to a new home, every adoptable animal at the ARL receives:
- Spay/neuter services
- Health screening and veterinary examination
- Behavior screening and evaluations
- Flea, tick and mite treatment
- Feline Leukemia test for cats/Heartworm test and preventive medication for dogs
- Microchip identification and registration
With the help of the dedicated staff at our animal shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, you can learn more about whether a particular animal you meet at our shelter is a good pet-match for you before you bring them home.
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Already adopted a super pet from the ARL or another animal rescue group? We want to hear from you!
Post a picture and share the story of your super rescue pet on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #ARLSuperpets. Once a week, we’ll pick a winner from all the entries to receive a super pet prize.
Every picture and story you share helps spread the word about just how super rescue pets can be.
Stay tuned for more super pets stories, news, and pets of the week this summer!
Too Hot for Spot: Beach Safety Tips for You and Your Dog
Beach days can be a blast when you bring along a canine buddy, but taking a dog to the beach requires some preparation, know-how and a little common sense.
Whether your dog’s running around, jumping through waves, or just laying in the sun, it’s important to remember that anything that can harm you can harm Fido too including, sunburns, riptides, jellyfish, broken glass, sharp shells and aggressive dogs.
Here are some very important tips that will help your dog stay safe at the beach:
- Provide a shady retreat under a beach umbrella, tree or a make-shift tent.
- Bring plenty of fresh, cool water and a dog bowl.
- The sand can be scorching on sensitive paws, so offer a blanket or towel for your dog.
- Take caution with short-muzzled breeds, like pugs, Boston terriers, and shih tzus. They can overheat very quickly.
- Watch for signs of overheating. Symptoms may include: rapid panting and drooling, coordination problems, vomiting and/or diarrhea, collapse and loss of consciousness .
- Avoid Sunburns: Short-coated dogs, light-colored dogs and those with pink noses can sunburn the same way that we do.
- Keep a collar and ID tags on your dog at all times.
- Check with your vet to make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations and licenses.
Lastly, follow beach rules! Many beaches don’t allow dogs in season or during peak hours. Remember that beach rules are actually laws, and can be punishable by a fine. Check online to make sure your beach allows dogs before you go and take notice of any rules posted near the beach.
Supervise your pet as you would a child, this will ensure that he’s safe and not bothering anyone who might not enjoy the company of a dog as much as you do.
Now that you’re prepared for a beach day, go have some fun in the sun with your canine pal!
For more information about summer pet safety visit arlboston.org/summer-safety.
Sugar – A Young Horse at our Dedham Shelter Finally Found a Home this Weekend!
After 399 days at the Animal Rescue League’s shelter in Dedham, Sugar, a playful three-year-old filly, went home with a wonderful new family over the weekend. She’ll be living on beautiful Cape Cod with a family that’s excited to take on the feat of starting her under a saddle and treating her like a family pet.
Sugar first came to us with her mother back in July of 2013 after we rescued her from a small tenant farm in Southeastern, MA. She was severely neglected – left on a muddy paddock with no food or water – and had never been trained to interact with humans.
Read her story.
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our Dedham staff who worked with Sugar regularly to teach her to trust humans again, this great horse will make a great companion for her new family.
On Saturday, Sugar walked onto the trailer carefree and ready for her next adventure!
We’re so happy that this fantastic family has brought Sugar into their lives and are giving her the chance to be a beloved pet and best friend to their 16-year-old daughter!
Add Two Calls to Your “To Do” List This Week
As you work on your “to do” list for this week, please remember that in less than two weeks, the legislative session at the Massachusetts State House comes to an end. If H.4328, an important bill that would increase penalties for animal cruelty, doesn’t pass before July 31, it gets thrown out.
We will have to start all over again to make progress on updating animal cruelty penalties during the 2015-2016 session.
Please make two critical phone calls this week.
1. To Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo’s Office, 617.722.2500 All you have to do is say this: “Hello, please ask Speaker DeLeo to help pass H.4328 before July 31. This is the bill that would protect animals against animal cruelty in Massachusetts. Thank you.”
2. To the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Dempsey’s Office, 617.722.2990
“Hello, please ask Representative Dempsey to help pass H.4328 before July 31. This is the bill that would protect animals against animal cruelty in Massachusetts. Thank you.”
Don’t worry about having a conversation with anyone. These offices have interns that answer the phone and log in calls like these in support of the bill. They do it all day long!
Only with your help do we have a chance at getting H.4328 passed.
Make your voice louder: Ask your friends to make the same two phone calls. Forward this email and post on social media.
Thank you for taking action and giving a voice to the victims of animal cruelty.
Visit bit.ly/h4244post for more on H.4328 and what you can do to prevent animal cruelty.
Animal Rescue League & Boston Veterinary Care are Boston A-List Nominees
As the defending champions of last year’s “BEST Local Charity” award on the Boston A-List, we’re asking you to vote for us and tell your friends to do the same!
The Boston A-List is a contest featuring more than 4,712 local businesses competing to be named best. YOUR votes determine the outcome. If you are passionate about the Animal Rescue League and the work that we do, please cast your vote. Voting ends Friday, August 1st.
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Additionally, Boston Veterinary Care is a contender for “BEST Veterinarian,” so if you’re a BVC client and you love your vet, or if you love that BVC helps our shelter pets please vote for them.
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Please help the Animal Rescue League and Boston Veterinary Care take first place on the Boston A-List today! Thank you for your support.
Our Shelter Pets Received Great Donations this Week Thanks to Some Very Caring Folks
A kitten hangs out on some of Janice’s new beds.
Our shelter pets have had some nifty new bedding, treats, toys and other accessories thanks to several awesome donations earlier this week!
Janice Caporrella of Everett, MA who has been making a variety of cat and dog beds for us from scrap fabric and materials provided by:
- North Parish Quilters
- Yankee Quilters
- Emma’s Quilt Cupboard
- Quilter’s Common
Over the last 6 or 7 months we have been provided with more than 100 beds thanks to Janice her quilting friends!
On Saturday, Lisa and her mother (Barbara, pictured on the right) came in to our Boston shelter and made a large donation of treats, toys, bedding, bowls, etc. They’re members of a group called Blankets & Bowls which collects donations for local animal shelters.
We’d like to extend a big thank you to Janice, Lisa and Barbara for their generous donations to the ARL’s shelter pets. Comfort and enrichment are so important to animals during their stay at any animal shelter and we’re very grateful for donations like these.
If you’d like to donate supplies to our Boston shelter view our Amazon wishlist.
Barbara (r) with one of our shelter agents and volunteers on Saturday.
One-day cat food drive to help feed homeless cats in Boston
Today is Cat Food Bank Day, a one-day cat food drive to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston. We’re taking 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.
WHAT: 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
Too Hot for Spot: “National Pet Fire Safety Day” Tips to Keep Pets Safe
RITZ (pictured here) is available for adoption.
July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day and it reminds us that pets are often vulnerable victims of home fires. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by house fires, according to a data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.
Planning for unexpected emergencies like home fires and taking these precautions are an integral part of responsible pet ownership.The following tips are suggestions for pet owners on how to prevent your beloved pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep your pets safe.
What you can do to keep your pets safe:
- Keep Pets Near Entrances When Away From Home – Keep collars on pets and leashes ready-to-go in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
- Secure Young Pets - Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
- Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
- Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling Like Ours – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed. Pick up one of our “Pet Rescue” window clings at an ARL shelter today!
Special thanks to all of the firefighters out there who put their own lives at risk every day to help people and their pets.
For more information about summer pet safety visit arlboston.org/summer-safety.
For the Second Year in a Row, the ARL will be at Futures at Fenway with Adoptable Dogs
We’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