Big and Lovable Lovable Dog thriving after surgery
Titan, 6-year-old Mastiff, needed a $2,000 surgery to remove and test a large tumor in his abdomen.
During a routine neuter surgery, our shelter veterinarian discovered shelter dog Titan had a large mass in his abdomen. X-rays confirmed the 6-year-old big and loveable Mastiff had a tumor.
According to ARL shelter veterinarian Dr. Erin Doyle, about 50% of this type of tumor are benign and the other 50% are cancerous. Sadly, dogs with the cancerous-type of tumor have a 6-month life expectancy after the tumor is removed without additional medical intervention.
Titan needed a $2,000 surgery to immediately remove the tumor and test for cancer. The ARL moved quickly to get Titan the medical care and testing he needed.
Titan’s goofy grin and happy-go-lucky personality had quickly warmed the hearts of everyone at the shelter. Everyone was hoping for the best when he underwent surgery a week later.
Thankfully, we got what we were hoping for!
A recovering Titan (Mastiff on the right) post-surgery posing for a photo with his new family on his adoption day!
“Titan’s tumor ended up being a very rare type of benign kidney tumor,” happily reported Dr. Doyle. “Now that the tumor has been removed, Titan should be able to go on to live a normal life.”
With the tumor gone, Titan was cured and medically-cleared for adoption. He went home with a new family shortly after surgery and by all reports is doing better than ever!
Would you like to help Titan and other animals like him?
Only with your support can dogs like Titan get emergency medical assistance when they need it most.
The ARL doesn’t receive any government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters like you to provide veterinary care and treatment for shelter animals who have no one else to turn to for help when they’re sick or injured.
There’s more than just cats and dogs at ARL shelters
Many people assume that animal shelters only have cats and dogs, but here at the ARL we have a knowledgeable staff and are able to accommodate a variety of animals including guinea pigs.
And they are just waiting for to find their perfect match!
Meet BooBoo, an adorable 5-year-old female guinea pig available for adoption at our Boston shelter. She’s a friendly, but shy gal looking for a family to call her own.
Her two favorite activities? Sitting on your lap to get a cheek scratch and snacking on tasty salads.
If you’d like to adopt a guinea pig like BooBoo from the ARL, make sure to bring a photo of the cage that your new pet will live in to make sure it’s a good size and shape for a guinea pig.
Adorable BooBoo strikes a pose during her photo shoot.
Just like any other pet, guinea pigs require special care and attention. Familiarizing yourself with their daily and long-term needs before adding one to your family is also an important step in the adoption process.
Guinea pigs can make great companions for both first-time or experienced pet owners, however they require a bit of patience and a gentle hand.
Once they are comfortable with you and their new surroundings, their personalities really shine through!
For more information on BooBoo or any of the other adoptable animals at our Boston shelter, you can speak with our shelter staff by calling (617) 226-5602. Our shelters are open Tuesday through Sunday 1pm-6:30pm, excluding some holidays.
ADOPT A RESCUE GUINEA PIG MONTH FUN FACT Guinea pigs communicate through a variety of behaviors and sounds. These small animals will make a squealing or whistling sound, for example, to communicate anticipation or excitement–usually before they eat! Meanwhile, a deep sounding purr indicates your guinea pig is comfortable and content.
Ever wonder what goes on in a shelter dog’s mind? You know, aside from the usual, “When is it time to eat? When can I go outside to play? When is it time to eat….?”
Dot Baisly, the ARL’s new shelter enrichment and behavior manager, may not know exactly what shelter dogs are thinking at all times, but what she does know are the best methods to help them adapt to their new environment and get them ready to find a new home.
The ARL Blog sat down with Dot to learn more about how the ARL approaches shelter dog enrichment and giving potential adopters a profile of a dog’s behavior.
ARL Blog: What are some common behavioral issues that you come across related to shelter dogs and how do you work with them?
DB: The most frequent issue in shelter dogs is over-arousal and “jumpy mouthy” behavior. This issue is common for many reasons, such as lack of stimulation, the animal’s adolescent age, and a lack of proper training.
I like to treat the animal holistically by working to enrich their daily experience while teaching impulse control, and by finding ways to help the dog relax and find a quiet space at least three times a week.
Dot Baisly faces every day at the ARL with a positive attitude–and with her party hat (a.k.a. ARL adoptable rooster Leonidas – come meet him at our Dedham shelter!)
ARL Blog: When the ARL does a “behavioral screening” for animals, what exactly does that mean?
DB: Our behavior evaluation process takes in all the information available to us for each animal. When possible, we start with a profile when an owner relinquishes a pet to us. If the animal comes in as a stray, we do everything that we can to gather as much information about an animal’s behavior.
We process all dogs through a systematic behavior evaluation in which the animal is screened for friendliness to humans, excitement levels, fear, aggression, and how well they know cues.
Finally, we gather and report all behavior observed in the shelter and compile this information to best match each individual dog with a new home.
ARL Blog: What is a typical enrichment plan that you give to a shelter dog?
DB: A typical enrichment plan should address the individual needs of each dog. For heavy chewers, for example, we feed them from a toy daily so that food acquisition is a mentally stimulating part of their day.
Basic obedience training is a part of every enrichment plan and quiet time outside of the kennel should happen regularly.
In many cases, we encourage play to learn impulse control and other aspects of interacting with humans. This can be done with fetch, tug, and other games for the young adolescent dogs in need of physical exercise. When possible, I also include agility, appropriate social interactions with other dogs, and handling/massaging from humans.
MORE ABOUT DOT – Dot first came to the ARL as an under-grad looking for a part-time job. She found she loved the work so much, she joined us full-time for several years before going back to school for her master’s degree. She operated her own dog training business, through which she continued to work with shelters.
Most recently, Dot worked at the SPCA of Westchester, New York, designing and implementing a volunteer-based dog walking and training program and fulfilling all behavior needs of that shelter.
October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Louisa.
Louisa is a gal who knows what she wants – a human to call her very own. She’s a tiny 5-year-old chihuahua who came to the Animal Rescue League from another shelter after having puppies and has been waiting for a home since September 5.
She can be shy with strangers, but once she knows you’re here to stay, she’ll be your shadow. She gets very attached to her person and would be happy to hang out with you all day and snuggle. But, as much as she enjoys staying at home, the moment she sees her leash and you tell her she’s going for a walk, she gets very excited and dances in circles all around you! Watch her video below to see what we mean.
While she is very small, Louisa does have a mighty bark and will sound the alarm when you aren’t by her side, so she’ll need a little help working on her separation anxiety. Because she can be a little nervous, we think she would prefer a quiet home without a lot of visitors and activity, so a home with small kids would not be ideal.
Louisa would make the perfect lap dog for someone who spends a lot of time at home and can give her all the love and attention she needs. She wouldn’t mind being your spoiled little princess!
If Louisa sounds like the perfect dog for you, come meet her at our Boston adoption center and help make this a fantastic Adopt-a-Dog Month for Louisa!
October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Tater Tot.
Yesterday marked Tater Tot’s 3-month anniversary from when she first entered the Animal Rescue League’s shelter. This great dog came to us from another shelter, and she’s clearly been through a lot, so we can easily say that it’s about time she found a loving home.
This very sweet, senior dog just wants to find a family to call her own. Here are the most important things you need to know about Tater Tot…
If you want canine kisses, she’ll give them.
If you want a companion for leisurely strolls, she’ll waddle by your side.
If you want a snuggle-buddy to watch movies with, she’ll be your couch potato.
Tater Tot will make a great addition to a family with or without children and warms up quickly to new people. Tater Tot would do best as an only dog, because being an older girl, she doesn’t like it when other dogs jump on her.
Please make this a special Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month for a great dog. Consider opening your heart and home to Tater Tot.
Here at the Animal Rescue League our staff have all sorts of pets and among them is a deaf dog named Tippy. What better time to share her story with you than during Deaf Pet Awareness Week? Read on to learn about Tippy.
A little over 8 years ago, Maryann Regan, director of shelter operations at the ARL, was managing the animal intake office of our Boston adoption center when a local animal control officer brought in an extremely wiggly and happy white dog.
The officer explained that the municipal shelter had no room and wanted to know if we had kennel space to house this stray dog. “Almost the moment the officer handed the leash over to me,” says Maryann, “this dog was tugging at my heart strings. She immediately began to give me kisses and her wiggles were out of control- she seemed like a very happy, sweet girl!”
Maryann found herself spending extra time with her, –going for long walks, giving her extra play time in the play yard, and sharing a few extra treats. Something told her that this dog was meant for her family.
“I introduced her to my husband and it was love at first site. We decided, after her medical exam and behavior evaluation, we would adopt her as long as she and the other family members got along. The other family members are two senior cats that also have a very special place in our hearts.”
During her behavior evaluation, the wiggly white dog performed true to form–high energy, playful, happy, and sweet!
As affectionate and people-oriented as she behaved, however, she also tended to ignore us when we called for her.
Maryann explains: “It wasn’t consistent with what she was typically displaying in her personality because she was usually very concerned or interested in being near every person she met. She loved people! Then, why was she ignoring us?”
The pre-adoption medical evaluation identified the issue: this dog was deaf.
“It’s not uncommon for white animals to be deaf. This dog was all white, with the exception of a few, adorable black dots here and there bounced around on her body,” says Maryann. “All the times we called for her attention that she did not respond to was not her ignoring us, she simply couldn’t hear us.”
Neither Maryann or her husband had experience with a deaf dog, but Maryann felt confident that they could educate themselves on how to handle her appropriately. “I had such a strong bond with this dog, I had no reservations about doing all the homework necessary to make this a successful adoption for us, the cats and for her.”
So, if you’re considering adding a pet to your family, don’t overlook deaf pets in your search.
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.
Pringle, 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.
Porkchop 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.
Tater 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.
Meet Our Super Pets of the Week from Each of Our Shelters
Dixie is a one-year-old dainty, little cat who came to us from Boston Animal Control after the crisis at their Roslindale facility. She has proved to be high-spirited, and affectionate. She enjoys climbing -riding around on your shoulder is a real treat for her.
Dixie is a high-energy cat and needs an experienced cat owner. She would do best in a home where she’s be the only feline pet.
If Dixie sounds like the cat for you, come meet her at our Boston shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make the purr-fect match, forward this email or share her information via social media.
Henry is a 6-year-old Saint Bernard. This handsome guy is 130 lbs of love!
Henry enjoys back scratches and cuddles, as well as going for walks and playing with small dogs. He wouldn’t mind going to a home with kids and cats, but definitely can’t go to a home with another large dog. Henry didn’t have a lot of training in the early part of his life, but he is very smart and eager to learn!
If Henry sounds like the dog for you, come meet him at our Dedham shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make a great match, forward this email or share his information.
Zippy and Tony are a pair of adult male chinchillas. These two are brothers and are looking for a home together! They were used to living with kids, three cats, and a retriever, so they will do well in a busy household again. Zippy is a little more timid than his brother Tony, but they are both fairly outgoing for chinchillas.
A little more about chinchillas: They eat timothy hay, chinchilla pellets, and a few bites of fruit for a treat. They’re active, fast little critters and require a spacious cage. They don’t like to be held, despite the super soft coat. However, they enjoy getting treats and head scratches. Their species originated from a cooler environment, so they need to be kept cool during the hot summer months.
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:
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.
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: