Looking to Give Back After All of That Holiday Shopping?
Then please try Giving Tuesday on for size! Tomorrow is the biggest giving day of the year! Join the world in celebrating Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving by donating to the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund which provides financial assistance to families with limited economic means so they don’t have to make the agonizing choice between everyday necessities and caring for their pet at the time of an emergency.
By giving to the Alice T. Whitney Fund, you are helping a family just like yours keep their beloved pet alive. We can’t think of a more rewarding way to give during the holiday season!
On December 3, 2013 please donate to the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
Introducing Gilt City and Fashion Project, our newest partners who are offering a $50 Gilt City credit when you clean out your closet for the animals at the ARL. Register on Gilt City for a free, in-home or in-office donation pick-up by Fashion Project and receive your credit when you donate.
55% of the net proceeds from the sale of these goods will go directly to benefit animals in need at our shelters. Join us in making fashion a force for good.
What is Gilt City?
Gilt City is the local lifestyle site from the Gilt Groupe. Experience the very best restaurants, spas, salons, exclusive events and shows in your city – all at insider prices. Gilt City will help you to Love Your City More.
What is Fashion Project?
Fashion Project is the luxury clothing donation service that turns your gently-used designer clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories into support for the charity of your choice, which in this case is the ARL!
Shelters Closed for Small Animal Training on 11/20
All three of our shelters (Boston, Brewster, and Dedham) will be closed on Wednesday, November 20 for a staff small animal training. Please know that even though we are closed to the public, a group of dedicated staff and volunteers are here to care for the animals.
If you’re interested in adopting, we hope you’ll come back on Thursday!
It’s two does and a buck born happy and healthy at the ARL’s Dedham Adoption Center
Seraphina (the mom goat) shortly after she was rescued.
Remember this little lady who roamed Billerica, MA back in August peering into office windows and prancing through backyards? She even had her own hashtag on Twitter as folks around town snapped pictures and shared sighting locations when she made several unscheduled appearances.
Caregivers in Dedham soon realized they’d inadvertently cut short her babymoon, that one last vacation many expecting parents try squeeze in before welcoming a little bundle of joy.
Or, as in this goat’s case, three little bundles.
After several weeks of pampering, Seraphina gave birth to two does and a buck—a.k.a., two girls and a boy—last Sunday. The goats have been named after the characters from Three’s Company, Jack, Chrissy and Janet!
At their mother’s insistence, the little goats remain totally unaware of her notoriety. They do, however, have some sense that they are totally adorable.
After at least eight weeks with mom, this threesome has a home waiting for them and, according to our Dedham adoption center, there’s some good prospects for their mother too. After all, who wouldn’t want a goat who has her own hashtag?
Save the Date for Giving Tuesday & Help Families like the Johnsons
Our goal is to raise $5,000 for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on December 3 to help families like the Johnsons when they and their pets need it the most. Please save the date!
Fred was an indoor cat who had escaped from his house in a phenomenon known as “door dashing.” His family, the Johnsons, searched frantically for Fred for two days. When they finally found their beloved cat, it was clear that Fred had somehow been seriously injured and was in extreme pain.
The family rushed Fred to their local veterinarian who was able to x-ray him and treat him with pain medication. It turned out that Fred had a broken jaw, but sadly the family couldn’t afford the further treatment he needed. Times were tough and Mrs. Johnson had just lost her job.
Thankfully, the Johnson Family turned to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and brought Fred to Boston Veterinary Care (BVC). Thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund, the Johnson family was able to afford the complicated repair surgery for their dear pet. The surgery went well and Fred recovered from his injuries and was reunited with his family!
Stories like the Johnson’s would not be possible without your support for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
Start the Giving Season off right and mark your calendar for Giving Tuesday on December 3. On Giving Tuesday please donate to this fund and give families and their pets the gift of love and time when they desperately need it!
Studies Show a Correlation Between Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence
In light of the recent Puppy Doe case, we’re discussing the link between animal abuse and domestic violence and why it’s important to say something if you see something.
When you report animal abuse, you are likely helping other members of the family in addition to the animal.
*For example, 71% of women seeking shelter at a safe house for battered partners who reported owning a pet reported that their partner had threatened and/or actually hurt or killed one or more of their pets, although it was not easy for them to discuss.2 In one study, 26 women who had been the subjects of domestic violence reported that their male partners had also verbally and/or physically abused the household pet(s), yet the majority of the women were unwilling to discuss it with their veterinarian.3
Other studies have shown that children who live in violent households are more likely to be cruel to animals. In a survey of 860 college students regarding family violence and animal abuse, 60% of students who reported witnessing or perpetrating animal cruelty as a child also reported experiences with child maltreatment or domestic violence.
Animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect are defined differently, according to the intent of the perpetrator. According to the AVMA
Animal cruelty is any deliberate act that, by intention or neglect, causes an animal unnecessary pain or suffering, including inflicting pain on an animal for the abuser’s enjoyment or amusement.
Animal abuse is the maltreatment of an animal regardless of the perpetrator’s intent, motivation, or mental condition. The perpetrator’s deliberate intent distinguishes cruelty from abuse.
Animal neglect is defined as the failure to provide an animal sufficient water, food, shelter, and/or veterinary care; lack of grooming; and lack of sanitation. These failures may be the result of ignorance, poverty, or other extenuating circumstances. This is the most commonly investigated situation.
*This blog post has been reposted from an article called How to Recognize Animal Abuse and What to do About it by the Veterinary Team Brief by Lisa Bourazak, DVM, MPT, Kate Creevy DVM, MS, DACVIM, and Karen Cornell DVM, PhD, DACVS.
Puppy Doe suffered some of the most sadistic abuse anyone that the Animal Rescue League of Boston has ever seen, yet her case could have just as easily remained concealed were it not for people expressing their concerns to authorities.
When a passerby found Puppy Doe near a park, this private citizen called police.
When the veterinarian who initially treated Puppy Doe had questions about the extent of the injuries and wounds she saw on the dog’s body, she called the ARL to share her suspicions.
Her case has drawn a great deal of attention to the issue of animal cruelty, and many are calling for tougher laws.
While legislation that improves the way we treat and protect animals in Massachusetts will help prevent future cases like Puppy Doe’s, we must all accept our collective responsibility to protect animals like Puppy Doe and have the courage when we see or suspect animal abuse, to report it to our local police.
Because animals have no voice, it’s not surprising that, by some estimates, as many as four out of five casesof animal cruelty go undiscovered.
In spite of the excruciating and unimaginable pain Puppy Doe endured, she did it in silence. She had no choice. We can all be a voice for victims of animal cruelty like her if when we see something, we say something.
ARL will continue to support what remains an active investigation
The Quincy Police Department announced an arrest in the Puppy Doe abuse case and today the suspect was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty in Quincy District Court.
Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey, Quincy Chief of Police Paul Keenan, and ARL president Mary Nee joined together for a press conference immediately following today’s court proceedings.
Black Jack is Back with His Family Thanks to the ARL & His Microchip
Black Jack back with him mom.
On October 16 a women called our Dedham shelter looking to surrender a stray cat that she had found in her yard. She described that cat as very thin, stating that he seemed like he had been outside for a while. When she brought the cat into the ARL, he was immediately examined by our veterinarian and scanned for a microchip. We were happy to find that this stray kitty did have a microchip, but unfortunately the number was never registered.
After a little more investigating, our Dedham shelter staff discovered where the microchip had been shipped to and we were able to obtain the owners information that way.
Armed with the owner’s name and phone number we braced themselves for a dead end, but much to our surprise when the person picked up the phone, it turned out to be a match for the name of the person who had purchased the micro chip!
We explained that we are calling from the Animal Rescue League of Boston in Dedham, in regards to her cat, Black Jack. The owner was so caught off guard she dropped her phone. As soon as she picked it back up, she asked us to repeat what we had said. Again our shelter team member said, “we are calling in regards to your cat Black Jack.”
Before we could go on, the woman became emotional and asked if he was alive and okay. Apparently, when she had moved to her new place in Canton, Black Jack who was an indoor cat, had somehow escaped.
The best part of the story?! Black Jack is 16 years old and has been missing for two years!
Somehow in those two years, he managed to travel 25 miles from Canton, Ma to South Weymouth. We will never know what sorts of adventures Black Jack experienced in those two years, but we do know that thanks to his microchip and the investigative work of the ARL’s Dedham staff, Black Jack is back with his family!
When Black Jack’s mom came in to pick him up, she was overjoyed and a little worried that Black Jack wouldn’t recognize her, but Black Jack did not disappoint. When we brought Black Jack out she immediately embraced him in her arms and gave him kisses. She took one look at him and he put his head on her chest as if to say “Hi mom, I missed you.“
If your pet is not microchipped, we can’t urge you enough to go to your local veterinarian and have him/her microchipped as soon as possible! Without the microchip, Black Jack would probably have never been reunited with his family.