Happy Tail: Bruschi is Truly a Part of the Family

Update from Bruschi (Adopted 11/25/13)

Bruschi, his new fam,. staff and volunteers on the day he was adopted.

Bruschi, his new fam, staff ,and volunteers on the day he was adopted.

Happy Mutt Monday! Start your week off with a heartwarming update about a lovable dog named Bruschi.

When Bruschi came in to the Animal Rescue League in October of 2013, we knew he was special. This lovable big boy adored human attention and would do just about anything for a hug. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite and received that attention he so desperately craved!

It took a little over a month for Bruschi to find a home, but when he did, boy did he score big! He was adopted on November 25, 2013 by Lauren and Tom and had a heartfelt send-off. Since his adoption they’ve kept the ARL staff up-to-date with Bruschi’s daily life and progress.

Here’s their latest note:

“Hi ARL staff!

Bruschi is doing great – He’s truly a part of our family.  He is so happy the snow is melting finally, and he loves to play catch with tennis balls! He also loves to cuddle as you see [in the pictures]! He is so gentle and is a big baby. We love him and couldn’t be more grateful that we had the chance to adopt him! We will have to bring him in soon to visit!” - Lauren, Tom & Bruschi

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The family out in the snow.

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Bruschi is all smiles.

We currently have several very friendly Pit Bull-type dogs available for adoption at our Boston shelter. View them online or stop by during adoption hours, Tuesday – Thursdfay 1p.m.-7p.m. and Friday – Sunday 1p.m.-4p.m.).


Pets of the Week: Rio and Sid, Miss Luna and Pebbles

Pets Seeking Human Companions

All of the animals listed below are patiently waiting for loving human companions to call their own. Will you lend them a paw by sharing their information?

Rio & Sid
Rio and Sid are a bonded pair of 4-year-old neutered male ferrets looking for a home with room for two! They are very playful and entertaining to watch! When they’re not running around and playing, you’ll often find them napping together.

They’ve been at our Boston shelter for almost two months and it’s about time they found a fun family!

Read Rio & Sid’s Profile

If Rio and Sid sound like the pets for you, come meet them at our Boston shelter! Or, if you think they’d make the a great match for a friend, please spread the word.

03-28-14 Miss Luna

Miss Luna is a beautiful 6-year old kitty with a shy, but sweet disposition. She warms up to new people quickly, but would probably prefer a quiet home.

We do not know how she would do with other animals, but a slow introduction is best if bringing her home to other animals.

Her previous owner said that once she’s comfortable with you, she’s quite the snuggler.

Read Miss Luna’s profile

Miss Luna is eagerly waiting to meet you today, so come meet her at our Dedham shelter!

03-28-14 PebblesPebbles is one handsome, young bunny! This 7-month-old rabbit is friendly, curious, and likes to be petted. In his previous home Pebbles was used to spending time in and out of his cage, so he’s mostly litter box trained. He is a netherland dwarf mix and is probably going to stay on the smaller side that he is now.

Read Pebbles’ adoption profile

If Pebbles sounds like the bunny for you, visit him at the Brewster shelter!


Pets of the Week: All of the Piggies at ARL Shelters

March is Adopt A Guinea Pig Month

The month of March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month.

Many people don’t realize that our shelter and others adopt out these adorable pets.

Here are three great ways you can support guinea pigs in shelters this month:

  1. Adopt. Guinea pigs make great pets. If you’d like to learn more about them, call our Brewster shelter and speak with one of our adoption agents.
  2. Spread The Word. Tell your friends and family they can adopt guinea pigs at the ARL’s Brewster shelter rather than buying from a pet store.
  3. Foster. Sometimes even guinea pigs need foster parents.

03-13 Guinea Pig Month_ThumbCharlie, pictured left, is one of several guinea pigs as our shelter. He is a smaller sized boy with that spiky abyssinian hair.

Charlie is used to being held, though he can be a little timid when in his cage. He likes to eat his salads and munch on his hay. He will be a great pet for his new family – come meet him at our Brewster shelter on Cape Cod soon!

Read his profile.

View other available guinea pigs: arlboston.org/search-adoptables


Thank You Thursday: Mod Squad Helps Shelter Dogs

Huge Thanks to Our Mod Squad

Halle gets a hug from Mal.

The ARL Mod Squad is a select group of experienced volunteers who specialize with training the ARL’s shelter dogs.

Working together as a team, they provide essential support in the Boston adoption center for dogs with a variety of health and behavioral issues, making sure that, even at the busiest times, every dog gets individual enrichment.

The Mod Squad also helps with adoptions – helping with introductions, offering tips and advice to potential adopters – taking photos and now taking videos!

halleToday we’d like to dedicate “Thank You Thursday” to our Mod Squad. Their latest effort has been working with shelter dog, HALLE BERRY and helping her find a home.

Halle is an active two-year-old dog who knows all her basic cues and is eager to learn. She loves cuddling with people and can be a sweet, couch potato once she has gone out for a nice walk.

Halle has been waiting for a home since November and we hope that someone will choose her soon! The Mod Squad put together this excellent video of Halle, highlighting her knowledge of commands and agility skills. Hopefully, the right person will watch it and fall in love with Halle.

Watch the video below to see Halle’s wonderful personality… and the hard work that the Mod Squad has put in to train her!

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Thank you, Mod Squad!


Thank You Thursday: Boston Globe Subscribers and GRANT Vouchers

ARL Currently in Globe GRANT Top 15

Thank you to everyone who has mailed in their Boston Globe GRANT voucher and selected the Animal Rescue League of Boston as the non-profit recipient!

A new program, GRANT enables Globe readers to show their support for non-profits by choosing which organizations get free advertising space in The Boston Globe.

Over the past few weeks, Globe subscribers received a voucher in a stylish silver envelope in their regular mail.   The enclosed instructions asked recipients to fill in a charity’s name and mailing address, and return the voucher to the Globe in the pre-paid envelope by March 1.

Very importantly, only the top five organizations with the highest voucher donations will receive free ad space.

The ARL currently stands in 15th place out of 952 non-profits… Not bad, but we need your help to jump into a top position.

View the leaderboard

Submitting your voucher is an easy yet meaningful way to help animals like MARGIE (pictured below) find permanent, loving homes!

With free advertising space in the Globe, we can reach more people with information about our adoptable animals and services that help animals suffering from cruelty, abandonment, and neglect.

So if you haven’t sent in your Boston Globe GRANT voucher yet, please mail it in before March 1 and write in the “Animal Rescue League of Boston” as your non-profit choice.

SPECIAL NOTE: Our mailing address for the voucher is 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA  02116.

Margie Globe Voucher

Margie hopes you’ll mail in your Boston Globe GRANT voucher and choose the ARL!


Meet Gus the Degu. What’s a Degu?

Degu 101

Our Boston shelter has a very special and very tiny guest who’s waiting for someone who wants a unique and spunky small pet like him. His name is Gus and he’s a degu. Never heard of a degu? Neither have most people, so here’s a little introduction to the species!

Relative newcomers as pets, full-grown degus are about the size of a pet rat, but with a long fluffy tail, large eyes and mouse-like ears.

Most degus are social and like to live with others of their kind BUT not our GUS! The reason he was brought to the ARL in the first place is because he didn’t get along with his Degu buddy. In essence he’s the exception to that rule.

Another important note, degus don’t like to be handled, but do enjoy human companionship. Their antics, often accompanied by excited chattering or gentle coos, can keep you entertained for hours. Their average life span is five to ten years.

Here’s a random fact about degus: they have yellow teeth. Unlike humans, if their teeth turn white it typically means they’re not healthy.

Before adopting a degu, consider the following:

  • Degus need nutritious food, fresh water and a clean habitat.
  • Degus clean themselves by rolling in dust, so you’ll need to provide a dust bath.
  • Degus need daily exercise and play.
  • While they are excellent companions, most degus do not like to be handled, but Gus loves getting his cheeks scratched. Watch the video below.
  • Degus require a larger habitat than most rodents.

Now that you have some basic info about degus. We hope you’ll be that special someone Gus is waiting for!



Hop to It! Adopt a Rabbit.

February is Adopt-A-Rescued-Rabbit Month

If you’re trying to decide on a new pet consider this: rabbits make perfect household pets for the right people, especially for apartment dwellers.

You won’t have to rush home from work to let a rabbit out. They need some time outside of their cage every day, but they require less attention than dogs or cats. Rabbits eat salad and hay, and love carrots as treats – in moderation.

Rabbits are curious and friendly by nature. They’ll entertain you with their silly antics, and love to cuddle next to you on the sofa. They’re also quiet and clean – they can easily be trained to use a litterbox (huge plus).

Right now all three of our shelters have more rabbits available for adoption than usual including shorthaired, albino mini-lops, mini rexes and several others.

View our adoptable rabbits online, or come to one of our shelters to meet them, and possibly adopt one of these furry loves into your home.

If you don’t have room in your home for any more of these lil’ guys, you can spread the love by sponsoring an adoption fee and helping a deserving bunny hop on home this Valentine’s Day.

Sponsor an Adoption Fee


Baba Ganoush: How a Rescue Dog Became a Soul Mate

Heartfelt Update from Baba Ganoush’s New Family

One of 162 animals rescued by the ARL from a home in Plymouth, MA, Baba Ganoush (formerly known as P1) must have had a pretty rough life. When he came to our Dedham shelter, this handsome bulldog suffered from numerous skin conditions and allergies, as well as depression.

He spent almost a year in foster care before he began the long search for that perfect family. A dog who may have seemed hard to love due to his many medical issues and tragic past would need to find the right family and with much patience, he did. Now after almost six months in his new home, Baba Ganoush, aka Hoobie, is sharing his love with everyone he meets.

Read the update from his new mom to see why the love of a rescue dog is all you need:

IMG_1318“When I walked in [to the Dedham shelter] and turned that corner (P1 was the last kennel to the left on the right side), there he was and I was instantly in love. At that moment I just knew. It sounds crazy but I just knew he was meant to be a part of our family. I didn’t care that he had warts, smelly ears, allergies and was old. He was it.

He is so loveable and kind and everyone who meets him just gravitates to him.

People will stop me everywhere to ask to pet him and ask questions about him. He truly has a healing soul.  I have many friends who just ask to sit with him for a little bit to make them feel better. He’s also so good with all the small kids in my life.

We call him “Hoobie” as a nick name, I don’t know why.  All my pets have their “real” name and then a nickname, so those are his.

He has become a little bit of a hoarder. He steals my clothes and puts them in his bed.  He doesn’t eat them of chew on them, I guess he just wants something of mine.  If I’m ever missing my favorite sweater or a shoe, it usually is in Hoobie’s bed.

He is very good to his “little” sister, Rory. She gets jealous a lot that he gets a lot of attention especially from guests and he just moves over and makes room for her.  He has also taught her how to play again – she stopped playing with toys when she was around two.  Now she is right back into it which is really nice. They motivate each other.

We go to this off-leash dog park a lot and he walks right by my side, doesn’t wander at all.

He is truly my buddy. He follows me everywhere, and whimpers for me when he can’t find me.  No offense to my husband, but I feel like he is my soul mate, and I think you’d feel a kindred spirit with him too.” – Aimee

If Baba Ganoush makes you want to “spread the love” this Valentines day, visit arlboston.org/spreadthelove to see how you can help shelter pets find this kind of love. After all, doesn’t each and every animal deserve to find a soul mate?



Happy Change a Pet’s Life Day

Adopt a Pet and Change a Life

“Saving one pet won’t change the world, but for that one pet the world will change forever.”

If you’re the parent of a rescue pet, you know the advantages of adopting from a shelter are infinite.  For those of you considering adopting from a shelter, we’d like to give you some more food for thought!

When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you’re saving two lives: the life of the animal that you adopted and the life of the animal that’s going to take its place at the shelter.  Search the adoptable animals at all three of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) locations at arlboston.org/search-adoptables.

A 7-year-old neutered Poodle/Pekingnese mix, lil’ Max loves to sit in laps, play fetch, and spend time with human friends. Gotta love his smile!

Interestingly, you don’t always have to go to a breeder for a purebred pet.  Studies have shown that over 25% of pets available for adoption at shelters are purebred.  There are also numerous rescue groups that focus on a specific dog or cat breed.

At the ARL shelters, we have a variety of breeds, mixes, hair-lengths, and colors – every day we have a little something different!  Our furry canine friend Max (photo at top right), for instance, is a Poodle/Pekingnese mix currently staying at our Boston shelter. Fond of orange cats?  Tommy (photo at bottom right) could be your perfect match.

Our investment in the animals in our care includes learning their personalities and preferences, so that we can help you find the perfect match for your home and lifestyle.  For our dogs, we use the ARL’s Center for Shelter Dogs Match-Up II Shelter Rehoming program to thoroughly evaluate each dog and provide a fuller description of behavior.

A 4-year-old neutered male, Tommy is oh so handsome and oh so full of energy!

All adoptable animals at the ARL receive the following:

  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Vaccinations
  • Rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets
  • Microchip identification and registration
  • Heartworm test and preventative medication for dogs
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Deworming for intestinal parasites
  • Tag, collar, and leash or carrier

When you buy from a pet store or a breeder these cost are all additional expenses on top of the cost of the pet.

If you’re not looking to adopt a pet at this moment in time, you can help change a pet’s life by becoming a champion for animals.


3 Reasons to Adopt a Bird

January is Adopt-A-Bird Month

BALSAM available for adoption at our Boston shelter. Photo: Christine Barton

BALSAM available for adoption at our Boston shelter.
Photo: Christine Barton

This month is dedicated to celebrating birds – those beautiful, feathery, majestic creatures. Birds can make great pets, especially for people who are looking for a dedicated companion who won’t require daily walks and doesn’t take up too much room.

Most people aren’t aware that many shelters, including the ARL, often have adoptable birds. At this time, Balsam, Ricky and Lucy are all waiting to for a home at our Boston shelter.

Aside from the fact that you’re saving the life of an animal when you adopt, there are three other good reasons to adopt a bird:

Birds are Communicative

Because of their above average intelligence, birds can be a joy to train and are typically eager to learn new things from their owners. Since birds are relatively small, training them can be less physically demanding than working with larger creatures, making them a good choice for the young, elderly, or disabled.

They’re Easy to Train

Owners of rental property often impose monthly “pet fees” on tenents that have cats and dogs. Most landlords, however, do not consider birds to be pets, effectively relieving bird owners of the extra charges. For this reason, a bird can be a very economical choice for renters who wish to adopt a pet.

They’re In it for the Long Haul

Those who have experienced the heartbreak of losing a long time pet are often not eager to repeat the process any time soon. Many bird species live extraordinarily long lives, some living more than 100 years! This often eases the concerns of people who want to make sure they adopt a pet that they can love and enjoy for a very long time. It also means that you must remember to plan ahead for your bird in case anything were to happen to you. [source: About.com]