Give a Gift that Gives to Animals!

Last Minute Gift Ideas for You and the Animal Lovers on Your List

Still looking for that perfect gift for people on your list? There are several companies and organizations donating a portion of their proceeds to the Animal Rescue League of Boston this holiday season. So you can buy a great gift and feel good about where your money is going!

The following gifts will help shelter pets at the ARL:

Signed Country Music Guitars

Guitar CollageIf there’s a country music fan you’re shopping for this holiday season, then hang on to your 10-gallon hats because the ARL has a gift idea for you!Thanks to the generosity of Capitol Records Nashville and Broken Bow Records, the ARL has two very special items up for charity auction:

  • A beautiful Kona acoustic guitar autographed by country music super star and American Idol judge Keith Urban. Bid or buy now
  • A stylish Rogue acoustic guitar autographed by Country Music Artist of the Year Jason Aldean. Bid or buy now

All proceeds benefit the ARL. The auction will close at high noon on December 17, so make your bid now.

Pawblo Picasso’s Desk Calendars

Pawblo_Picasso_CalendarsPawblo Picasso is donating 15% of the proceeds from their 2015 desk calendars directly to the ARL. The 2015 calendar costs $14.99 and comes packaged in a CD jewel case, which opens up into an easel to display each month. Each month is a separate page and features a colorful painted illustration of a cat or dog by Pawblo Picasso. Every animal has a unique and adorable personality that is beautifully captured in the illustrations. It easily fits on your desk to quickly reference the date and fits perfectly in a stocking.

Don’t want to shop online? There’s a list of local retailers who carry the calendars.

Designated Dog T-shirts

Men-Brick-SS-Back_shopify_1024x1024Designated Dog will donate $10 from each shirt to the ARL. Their shirts are made from 6.1 ounce ringspun cotton and are a premium, soft washed garment pigment dyed fabric.  The t-shirts are Made in the U.S.A. and are pre-shrunk.

Harding Lane Hats

Yellow_Dog_front_cropped_ARLHarding Lane creates unique products that look great and give back. The goal of their winter campaign is to help fund-raise and spread awareness for the ARL through the sale of their “black dog” and “yellow dog” hats. During the holiday season 15% of each sale will be donated to the ARL.

Thank you Harding Lane for helping more animals find homes for the holidays by donating to ARL. ‪#‎homefortheholidays‬

ARL_gooseneck_signGooseneck Vineyards Bottles of Wine
Most of us can agree that a bottle of wine often makes for the ideal hostess gift, but a bottle of wine that helps animals in need, well that just hits it out of the park! Now – December 31 Gooseneck Vineyards will donate $1 to the ARL for every bottle of Gooseneck wine purchased in Massachusetts. For store locations and wine selections visit

If none of these items seem like a good fit for the people left on your list, then consider making a gift to the Animal Rescue League of Boston in the name of the person you are giving the present to. When you make a gift in honor of a person, pet, or occasion, we’ll notify the individual with a personalized card. To make a tribute gift, select “I would like to make a tribute” . Call 617.426.9170 x615 or email us for special requests.

Your donation will go directly to helping animals in need. What better gift is there, other than bringing an animal home for the holidays?



A Holiday Gift for the Dog Lover on Your List

Designated Dog Donates $10 from Every Shirt to ARL

Men-Brick-SS-Back_shopify_1024x1024Looking for a stocking-stuffer for the dog lover in your family? How about a fun t-shirt from Designated Dog that benefits animals at the ARL?

The dog lover on your list will love wearing one of these t-shirts and will feel proud to know that this gift supports shelter pets in need!

Designated Dog will donate $10 from each shirt to the Animal Rescue League of Boston. For a rescued animal, each shirt can translate to vaccines, a cozy bed, and even a microchip to help avoid being lost again.

The t-shirts are Made in the U.S.A. and are pre-shrunk.

Watch this video to learn more about Designated Dog and why they chose to donate to the ARL!

Thank you Designated for for choosing to help more animals find homes for the holidays, by donating to the ARL.

View the Designated Dog t-shirts.


Bring Greg Home for the Holidays

Pet of the Week: Greg has been waiting since October

12-12-14 Greg_PicGreg is a goofy and active 2-year-old pup who loves a good squeaky toy! He’s been patiently waiting for a home since October and would like nothing more than to go home with you for the holidays!

He was a long-term stray before being transferred to us from a local animal control facility, so he is thrilled to have recently discovered squeaky toys. Because he is so playful, he can sometimes become overexcited and grab for his toys, so he would do best in a home without small children.

He’s a very clean dog and doesn’t make a mess in his kennel in between walks.

Greg’s ideal home would have a large fenced yard where he can run around during supervised time outside and play fetch or catch a Frisbee

After enough exercise, Greg likes to be a couch potato and settle down inside. He is also treat motivated and would be a great candidate for obedience classes, which are offered here at ARL, which are discounted for adopters. 

Greg is a fast learner and a pro at playing fetch. Watch the video below to see his skills!

View his online profile to see more videos of Greg.

Will you bring Greg home for the holidays? If you’re interested in meeting this playful pup, please stop by ARL’s Boston shelter during our open hours.

Not able to adopt, but still want to help? Please share Greg’s story with your friends and family!

Greg trying catch snowflakes.

Greg trying to catch snowflakes.




Piper the Kitten Getting Special Care at the ARL

“She’s like our very own Tiny Tim”

ARL_Piper_Vet_1_emailThe Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) newest addition, little Piper the kitten, is recovering from delicate surgery performed on Monday to repair her broken back leg.

Just as the cold weather hit, kind Samaritans discovered the 6-8 week-old brown tabby all alone and struggling to walk near an ice cream shop in Orleans, MA. After police brought her to the ARL’s Brewster shelter, ARL veterinarian Dr. Kyle Quigley recommended bringing Piper up to Boston to explore all the options for repairing her leg.

“Piper was anemic, dehydrated, and clearly in some discomfort because of her broken leg,” Dr. Quigley explained. “Because she was so little, we wanted to make sure we helped her heal with minimal pain.”

An x-ray of Piper's leg with the pins and steel plate post surgery.

An x-ray of Piper’s leg with the pins and steel plate post surgery.

The ARL funded Piper’s surgery at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties in Walpole, MA, where veterinary surgeons inserted a steel plate and pins to repair the serious fracture in her thigh. The organization will continue to help Piper rehabilitate over the next 6-8 weeks and begin the process of finding her a permanent home.

“She’s like our very own Tiny Tim,” said Marianne Gasbarro, the ARL’s Boston shelter manager. “She got the treatment she needed just in time and will have a much better life in the new year ahead.”

The ARL expects Piper’s medical costs will top $2,000 with surgery and after care. The organization does not receive any government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help stray animals like Piper recover.

To make a donation to help Piper and other animals just like her, visit




Give a Gift that Lasts All Year Long

Join the ARL’s Monthly Giving Group – Champions Circle

What’s better than a gift that gives back…? A gift that gives all year long!

The time for year-end donations is upon us and when you make your donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, please consider selecting “I would like to make a recurring gift and join the Champions Circle!

Champs_PhotoChampions Circle donors make an immediate impact on the lives of animals in need by providing critical funding year-round for ARL services including, rescue, spay/neuter, rabies clinics and of course our animals shelters.

Active Champions Circle members receive:

  • A monthly letter with special updates on the animals in our care and ARL events
  • Our Four Footed Friends, our bi-annual magazine, highlighting the work you make possible
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of any of our shelters to see your gift in action

Signing up online is easy!  Prefer to receive monthly reminders and pay by check?  Please contact Jacquelyn Smith at or 617-226-5608.

Learn more about Champions Circle.

Give a gifts that lasts all year long! Becoming a monthly donor means that you have an immediate impact on shelter pets. Please join today!

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Pet Stories from 2014 to Warm Your Heart

Read the 2014 Fall/Winter Edition of ARL’s Magazine

Though it seemed impossible when he first arrived at the ARL in the spring with a severe leg deformity, today Rugby can run, jump, and play, just like every puppy should.

His “Happy Tail” is the cover story of the Fall/Winter edition of the ARL’s magazine Our Four-Footed Friends, and one of the many amazing successes made possible this year thanks to supporters like you.

Read Our Four-Footed Friends

2014FW_OFFF_CoverAs you read the magazine, you will see the impact of your donations on animals in need.

…On the 199 dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles the ARL helped rescue from a hoarding house (page 4).

…On Madeline, a cat who, like Rugby, came to our shelters unable to walk (page 11).

…On the frightened cats who escaped from a five-alarm fire and our rescue team helped bring back to safety (page 14).

So enjoy the magazine and feel good about your contribution to the positive outcomes described in this edition.

If you have made a donation this year, thank you! It’s also not too late to make your year-end gift!

The ARL has to raise over $500,000 before December 31 to make our budget goal.  Express your love of animals, compassion, and kindness by giving to the Animal Rescue League of Boston today.

Want to receive a print edition of Our Four-Footed Friends? Make a donation of $50 or more to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and we’ll mail our next issue to you.

To make a donation, click the green “donate” button in the top right corner of our website or click here.


Robi on the Road with ARL’s Rescue Team

David Robichaud from CBS Boston Spends a Day with Our Rescue Team

WBZ-TV reporter David Robichaud dedicated his regular news feature story Robi on the Road to describing the work of the ARL’s rescue team.  The story aired twice on the CBS stations morning news and also later in the evening.

Watch the full story:

A huge thanks to WBZ-TV going along for the ride and showing everyone the great work that our rescue team does every day!

Please share the link via email and social media with friends and family to show more people the great work that happens at the ARL.  If you’re sharing the story on social, a good hashtag to use is #WBZ and please tag rescue on twitter–@ARLBostonRescue–and the Animal Rescue League of Boston on Facebook if you can.

You can make a donation to the Animal Rescue League’s rescue efforts by clicking the green donate button at the top right of  our email.


Bring Prince Home for the Holidays

Pet of the Week: 1-Year-Old Prince

Prince Buny earsMeet Prince! This handsome 1-year-old pup has been at our Boston shelter since October 2 and would love to come home with you for the holidays.

Prince is a sweet boy who loves people and playing with toys. He’s eager to please and wants to learn as much as you’re willing to teach him.

He is very intelligent and responds to his name, as well as come basic commands – “sit”, “look”, and “touch.” Prince can be a lot for another dog to handle, as he is quite pushy and will get in their face; therefore, he will need to go to an experienced owner who will be able to manage his dog-to-dog interactions well.

Prince is still a young boy and he needs lots of exercise, play time, and training. If you’re interested in meeting him, please stop by our Boston shelter!

Read Prince’s profile.




Do Right. Be Brite. Vote for ARL.

You Can Help ARL Win $2500

GivingTuesday might be over, but Eventbrite is helping raise money for charities until December 12. Eventbrite is getting into the giving spirit with a friendly competition and your vote can help the ARL win $2500 for shelter pets.

boston_instagramIt’s simple: register now to cast a vote for the Animal Rescue League of Boston. On Friday, December 12, Eventbrite will tally up the votes and donate to each organization based on your votes. 1st place: $2,500, 2nd place: $1,500, 3rd place: $1,000, 4th place: $750, 5th place: $500.

Vote for ARL now.

Want to see the ARL rise to the top of the ranks? Sharing is caring! Share this campaign with friends to stuff the digital ballot box and help more ARL shelter pets find homes for the holidays.

Thank you for your support!

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Live life #UNselfie!

GivingTuesday is Your Chance to Help Animals Like Carrie

All Carrie wants is a home for the holidays and with your help she will have one someday soon!

Here at the ARL we understand that it can take time for a shelter pet to find the perfect home. Carrie, for example, has been waiting since August. Your donations help provide food, care, and enrichment for shelter pets like Carrie while they wait for a new home, no matter how long it takes.

GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving back to the charities and causes you care about most. Express your commitment to helping animals like Carrie by making a gift to the ARL today.

If you’ve already given to the ARL, thank you!

Please take a picture, tag it #unselfie, #givingtuesday and #arlboston and share it on social media to help spread the word about the ARL and GivingTuesday.

For more information about GivingTuesday, visit and thank you for your support!

To make a donation now, click here.

P.S. Do a GivingTuesday Extra and share Carrie’s profile with friends and family looking to adopt a dog!

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