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!
Today 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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
“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?
“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
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.
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]
Phoenix at home with the feline and canine members of her new family.
Just before Christmas, we shared the story of Phoenix, a beautiful, sweet softie of a dog who came to our Dedham adoption center in July. She was a total staff favorite – she was always so happy and full of playful energy.
Since arriving at the adoption center, Phoenix had waited patiently for a family. We all wanted her to find a home for the holidays, so feel especially excited to share the news that after more than 160 days of waiting, she has!
After seeing Phoenix’s video, a very nice family from Weymouth adopted her. She will ring in 2014 with her new people and their other pets, a cat and a one-year-old mastiff mix named Dozer.
A very special thank you to everyone who helped Phoenix find her new home and of course to her new family for welcoming her into their hearts!
Jemma is ready to find her new home! She has been at our Brewster adoption center since June watching all the other kitties be adopted into their new homes, and she is ready for that special someone to come in and choose her!
One of our wonderful volunteers has sponsored part of her adoption fee to help her find her way home for the holidays! You’ll be able to take $100 off of her adoption fee.
Beautiful Jemma has taken up residence in our offices, where she can oversee daily shelter activities. She thinks that her job is to assist you with your office work and she makes a lovely assistant.
This beautiful 18 month-old girl has unique orange splotched markings – even on her legs!
She is well behaved and never makes a mess or knocks things off the desks. She does, however, like to play – she loves paperclips and other similar little things that she can bat around. Be ready for her spicy play style! Jemma is food motivated and would be a lot of fun if you wanted to teach her some tricks.
She would be thrilled to find herself in a low-traffic home where she can be the Princess. She does not want to be friends with other kitties, although she has done well with quiet, small dogs who respect her as the boss.
Please open your heart and home to Jemma for the holidays and give her the best gift of all!
Will You Help Phoenix Find a Home for the Holidays?
Phoenix would love to come home with you!
Don’t let this girl’s tough looks fool you, Phoenix is a big softy! This very friendly three-year-old dog has been at our Dedham adoption center since July (about 160 days).
In order to help her find a home in time for the holidays, a generous donor has sponsored her adoption fee!
Phoenix is a very playful and energetic dog and can chase tennis balls for hours, so she needs to go to an active home where she will get plenty of exercise. She is pretty powerful, so she’ll needs someone who is prepared for some leash training.
She enjoys affection and the company of loving people and is very ready for the perfect family to take her into their home.
To fall in love with Phoenix watch the video below.
Phoenix has been given a clean bill of of health, vaccinated, and spayed by our shelter veterinarians. If you are interested in meeting this gorgeous lady, please visit her at the Dedham adoption center or call them at (781) 326-0729 with any questions.