ARL Shares Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Adopt an Adult Dog
If you’ve considered adding a canine companion to your family, there’s no better time than NOW to ADOPT! October is National Adopt-a-Dog Month and the ARL has many adult dogs looking for their forever homes!
Meet Coretta, an extra sweet 3-year-young mixed breed who would love an active home to call her own! Click her photo to learn more about her.
Many potential adopters visit animal shelters looking for a puppy. While puppies are absolutely adorable, they are also very energetic and their personalities, likes, and dislikes are still emerging.
That’s why adopting an adult dog can be a great decision for you and your family! (Hint: At ARL shelters, adult dogs are 1 year and older.)
When you come into ARL’s shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, our knowledgeable adoption agents will ask you about what you’re looking for in a dog in terms of energy level, personality, and compatibility with children and other pets.
It won’t take long for you to realize that one of the biggest perks of adopting an adult dog is that what you see, is what you get.
Adult dogs have passed their critical development stages, so you’ll get a good idea of whether or not their personality and energy level is the right fit for your home. They may also be an easier introduction info the family, as puppies can be fragile and act quite timid in an already active household.
Not yet convinced? The ARL’s shares top 5 reasons why you should adopt an adult dog this October:
You’ll save a life. When you adopt, you actually save two lives: the life of the dog that you adopted, and the life of the dog that is going to take its place at the shelter. Your new pet will thank you again and again for being their hero with slobbery kisses!
You’ll meet your perfect canine companion. At the ARL, each dog is thoroughly evaluated to assess their medical history and overall temperament. They are then given a customized behavioral and enrichment plan to prepare them for life in their future home. All this information will be presented to you at the time of the potential adoption so that you and your family members can decide if the dog you’re interested in is the right match for you.
You’ll find variety. If you have your mind set on a dog of a particular breed or temperament, chances are that one of ARL’s shelters will have what you’re looking for! Various purebreds and mixed breeds come into our shelter at any given time, so we always have new dogs available! Don’t see a canine that catches your eye? Keep checking our list of current adoptables, as it changes every day!
You’ll save money. Every adoptable dog at the ARL receives the following included in their adoption fee: health screening and veterinary examination; spay or neuter services; vaccinations; heartworm test and preventative; flea and tick treatment; intestinal parasite scan; microchip identification and registration; tag and collar.
You’ll be doing something especially kind for animals in need. Adult dogs usually stay at our shelters much longer than puppies do. That’s why shelters usually charge a smaller adoption fee for adult dogs- to incentivize people to adopt them!
To meet our adoptable dogs, stop by our adoption centers in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham on Tuesdays – Sundays from 1pm – 6:30pm. If you meet the dog of your dreams, in most cases you can take him or her home with you the same day!
Receive 20% OFF all weight-loss formula food for cats and dogs
As humans, we’re reminded daily about the short and long-term health benefits of proper nutrition and exercise. To keep our weight in check, we can pretty easily monitor our weight loss or gain by stepping on our bathroom scale, trying on those “skinny jeans”, or observing our overall energy level. And, if we don’t like what we see or how we feel, we can make a conscious effort to get our health back on track.
When it comes to our pets, the same rules about a proper diet and maintaining a healthy weight apply, except that our pets cannot regulate it themselves; we must do it for them!
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 52.6% of dogs and 57.6% of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. These statistics are concerning since there are many health risks for overweight pets, which include: diabetes, joint stress, arthritis, an increase in blood pressure, heart disease, lethargy, and overall poor quality of life. These worrisome negative health implications are why obesity in our pets is not only important to recognize, but also to control and prevent.
Let BVC help you achieve your pet’s weight-loss goal! Now through October 31st, *BVC is offering 20% OFF all weight-loss formula for cats and dogs.
Keep track of your pet’s weight, just as you would your own, so that any gains or losses can be easily detected. A 5-pound weight gain may not have a significant effect on a 160lb human, but it will on a 15lb dog. To determine if your pet may be overweight, stand directly over your pet and look down at them; if you do not see a waistline, then your pet may be too heavy.
Monitor your pet’s eating habits. This includes snacks too! Proper calorie intake varies by animal, so consult your veterinarian to determine your pet’s ideal weight and a proper diet. If your pet seems hungrier than normal after mealtime, try to figure out if their eagerness to eat is from actual hunger or simply the desire to taste those yummy table scraps.
Observe any changes in energy level. If your pet seems to be tired or less active than normal, weight gain or improper nutrition may be to blame. If the lethargy lasts more than a few days, contact your veterinarian.
Create a lifestyle that encourages exercise. Most pets like to play, so find an activity that you both enjoy. If your dog likes to run, try jogging with them a few times a week. If they like to fetch, throw a ball around with them in the park after work. If you have a cat, find a toy that they like to chase. Remember, you’ll reap the benefits of the daily exercise too without even realizing it!
Schedule vet appointments regularly. In addition to your pet’s annual wellness exam, you should take your pet to their veterinarian if you observe any significant weight gain (or loss!), or a change in eating habits or energy level. If your veterinarian determines that your pet needs to lose a few pounds, it’s important to help them slim down to a healthy weight- and to help them maintain it afterward.
Take advantage of Boston Veterinary Care’s special October offer!
Pet obesity is the #1 health problem for pets in the United States. Is your pet overweight? If so, then let BVC help you achieve your pet’s weight-loss goals through our October offer!
Now through October 31st, *BVC is offering 20% OFF all weight-loss formula for cats and dogs. Call BVC at 617-226-5605 or email us at email@example.com for details!
*Offer good for Boston Veterinary Care (BVC) patients who have had an exam within the last 12 months. May not be combined with any other offer.
New regulations allow cats and dogs to find loving homes 2 months sooner
On October 10, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore joined the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) to highlight significant changes in Massachusetts state regulations.
One of these changes in regulation included an adjustment to the rabies quarantine period for shelter animals. Under the new law, the quarantine period has been reduced from six to four months, allowing cats and dogs to find loving homes sooner. This decision will improve the lives of animal in need and increase space and flexibility for animal shelters like the ARL.
“We applaud Governor Baker and his team for taking swift action ensuring the humane treatment of animals and providing greater access to shelter space for more animals in need,” said Mary Nee, President of the ARL. “These newly revised regulations prove that Massachusetts takes animal welfare standards seriously and is willing to lead the country in adopting the National Association of Veterinary and Public Health recommendations.”
Earlier this year, the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians issued new recommendations in the 2016 Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention advising reducing quarantine periods to four months due to evidence animals in isolation for an extended period of six months can become stressed and depressed, even with regular human socialization.
“Our shelter staff and veterinarians are eager to comply with these new common sense regulations. While rabies is a serious public health concern, science proves that excessive quarantine for animals is not necessary and is potentially harmful to otherwise healthy animals,” said Dr. Edward Schettino, VP of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services at the ARL.
Governor Charlie Baker greets ARL staff and volunteers.
ARL’s President Mary Nee takes the podium at Monday’s press conference.
Governor Charlie Baker stops to take a selfie with adoptable rabbit, Nikki. Click the photo to learn more about her.
THANK YOU to Governor Charlie Baker and his administration for taking this important step for shelter animals!
Animal owners in the Dorchester Neighborhood notified to be cautious while walking their dogs
Today, the ARL will send 15 birds to Tufts Wildlife Center in Grafton, MA for additional treatment.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) responded to 33 Bakersfield Street in Dorchester, MA on September 8, 2016 in response to a resident who called regarding her sick cat and the observation of birds falling from trees.
The ARL immediately gave emergency treatment to one cat, but unfortunately the cat could not be saved.
Additionally, 47 Grackle-type birds were either falling to the ground, sick, thrashing and unable to fly, or were found unresponsive.
It was determined that the birds should be isolated and neighbors notified to keep dogs and other animals from the area.
Current update on the 47 Grackles:
12 birds found deceased on scene
8 birds passed away shortly after rescue on their way to the shelter
12 birds were humanely euthanized due to their poor condition
15 birds remain in good condition in the custody of the Animal Rescue League of Boston Veterinary Team. Today, these animals will be sent to Tufts Wildlife Center in Grafton, MA.
The ARL continues to work with the State Department of Agriculture, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, City of Boston Inspectional Services Department, and Boston Public Health Commission to determine the cause of this unusual incident.
DONATE NOWto ensure that animals in need, like the many Grackles involved in this case, receive the critical veterinary care that they need.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) hosts rally to celebrate successful signature campaign
We’re thrilled to be a part of the Citizens for Farm Animal Protection campaign, where over 170,000 signatures have been collected to phase out the extreme confinement of animals at industrial-style factory farms, as well as the sale of products produced under those conditions. Last week, fifteen boxes containing the #StopCrueltyMA signatures made their way to the Secretary of the Commonwealth for certification and to secure a spot on the November ballot.
SPECIAL THANKS…to all of the wonderful organizations involved including the HSUS, ASPCA, MSPCA Animal Action Team, Franklin Park Zoo, The Humane League – Boston, Mercy For Animals, Farm Forward, Compassion in World Farming (USA), Animal Equality, Farm Sanctuary, the Mass Sierra Club and all of the dedicated volunteers who collected signatures and to all those who supported this momentous effort to end the extreme confinement of farm animals!
ARL & Westport Police Seeking Public’s Help with Information
DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS DOG? Contact the Westport Police Department at (508) 636-1122 or the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Law Enforcement Department at (617) 226-5610.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and the Westport Police Department need the public’s assistance with information about a severely matted dog found roaming the area of Sanford Road and Milk Avenue in Westport, Massachusetts on Sunday, June 5.
Severely matted dog “Jersey” was found wandering the area of Sanford Road and Milk Avenue on Sunday, June 5.
The ARL was called to assist local authorities with the care and investigation of the animal. The severely matted dog, now known as “Jersey”, had no collar, markings or identification. She is estimated to be an 8-year-old female Brussels Griffin mix. Scroll to the bottom to watch her video.
Jersey is in severe condition and will undergo enucleation surgery on Friday, June 10, rendering her permanently blind. She will also have bladder stones removed and some significant dental treatments.
She is being cared for at the ARL’s Boston shelter. Jersey’s extensive medical treatments will cost between $3,000-$4,000.
While there may be many circumstances that led to the animal being lost or abandoned, the Westport Police is seeking any information that helps to find her owner(s) or other individuals that have a connection to this animal.
The public is encouraged to contact the Westport Police Department directly at (508) 636-1122 or the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Law Enforcement Department at (617) 226-5610.
Start spring off on the right paw by giving to animals in need!
On Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, April 3, the ARL will host a Cat Food Drive, to provide food for the homeless cats of
All donations of cat food will help feed hundreds of homeless cats in the community.
Boston. We’ll accept donations of unopened wet or dry cat food from 9:00am – 3:30pm both days in the lobby of our headquarters located in Boston’s South End:
Animal Rescue League of Boston
Boston Adoption Center lobby
10 Chandler Street
Boston, MA 02116
All donations of cat food will defray the food cost associated with the on-going care of homeless cats in the community.
Cat food donations will go to community 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.
SPRING CLEANING…The ARL is also accepting gently used clean sheets, towels, and blankets for our animals at our adoption centers. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of our Boston headquarters.
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Our 6th Run as a John Hancock Boston Marathon Charity Team
Special thanks to the John Hancock Marathon Nonprofit Program for their generosity!
Thanks to the generosity of the John Hancock Marathon Nonprofit Program, four compassionate runners – Andrea Fondulas, Jillian Reig, Alexis Sheehan, and Marco Tropeano – trained through bitter cold this winter to get ready for the 120th running of the Boston Marathon.
The 2016 ARL Boston Marathon team has two very big goals – to raise over $30,000 and finish the grueling 26.2 mile course!
Learn more about why our team members chose to run for the ARL and how you can support them below….
“To be running my very first marathon for a cause I am so incredibly passionate about is honestly a dream come true for me. I know there is a long road ahead of me (quite literally) but I am so excited to embark on this adventure.”
“This will be my first ever marathon and the only cause that would motivate me to train all winter and run a marathon is helping animals in need. I am running in memory of my first foster dog, a pit bull named Penny and my childhood dog, a black lab named Quig.”
“I’ve ran many races in the past 8 years, but I’m happy to say that this year’s Boston Marathon will be most meaningful. Being able to run for the Animal Rescue League of Boston is a tremendous opportunity to give back to the innocent lives of fellow animals that are our friends.”
“I am honored to be running for team ARL for the second consecutive year in a row! My experience last year on team ARL Boston instilled a deep passion and appreciation for how the Animal Rescue League of Boston seeks to save animal lives, raise the standards of animal advocacy, change animal legislation and inspire our community.”
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the dedicated runners on our 2016 Boston Marathon team! Our four team members have trained hard and worked tirelessly to raise money for animals in our community.
Show your support for team members by making a donation to an individual runner or on the ARL Boston Marathon Team fundraising page at https://www.crowdrise.com/ARLBoston2016 or spread the word on social media using #RunBold.
Your donation will go even further because ARL’s adoption fees include a large number of veterinary and behavioral services, such as: spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, health screening and veterinary examination, behavioral screening and evaluations, and a microchip.
The ARL does not receive any government or public funding and relies solely on supporters like you to give animals the care and loving homes they need.