Animal Rescue League & Boston Veterinary Care are Boston A-List Nominees
As the defending champions of last year’s “BEST Local Charity” award on the Boston A-List, we’re asking you to vote for us and tell your friends to do the same!
The Boston A-List is a contest featuring more than 4,712 local businesses competing to be named best. YOUR votes determine the outcome. If you are passionate about the Animal Rescue League and the work that we do, please cast your vote. Voting ends Friday, August 1st.
Camilla seen here soon after arriving at the ARL’s Boston shelter.
As reported in the Boston Globe this morning, Mayor Walsh is taking action to address the situation at the Boston Animal Control (BAC) shelter facility in Roslindale.
At the end of June, the ARL visited the BAC facility to meet four dogs connected to a law enforcement case that had just concluded. We hoped to help the dogs find new homes now that the case was over.
When our staff arrived, one of the dogs from the case, Camilla (pictured right), appeared very emaciated with sores on her body. Her condition and other observations made by our staff while at the facility raised so many concerns, we brought them to the immediate attention of Mayor Walsh.
Camilla, seen here after her first bath at our Boston shelter, has become a staff-favorite.
We have continued to support the Mayor’s efforts to help the animals currently at the BAC facility and evaluate all areas of the shelter’s operations.
The ARL has taken in 35 animals from the BAC facility at our shelters in Boston and Dedham. At the Mayor’s request, a team of ARL veterinarians and shelter operations staff also did a comprehensive on-site assessment. We plan to provide a full report of findings to the Mayor next week.
Thanks to Mayor Walsh and the supporting efforts of our colleagues, we truly believe a change is underway at the BAC facility—a change which will have an immediate positive effect for the animals there now and for many years to come.
Thanks to proper care, nutrition, and extra attention, Camilla has already gained 9 pounds.
Everyone at the ARL is honored to be part of making a difference for animals and the City of Boston today.
“Cases like hers are the reason that many of us got into the business of rescuing animals: there is nothing more rewarding than seeing an animal that was previously neglected transform with some TLC.” – Dr. Kate Gollon, shelter veterinarian at the Animal Rescue League of Boston
Almost two months ago, a very kind person brought Madeline to our Dedham shelter after discovering the 8-year-old cat unable to move in the backyard of her home where someone had left her. Shelter staff instantly observed the fur on Madeline’s hind quarters appeared thickly matted and that she couldn’t move her back legs.
Her sweet temperament and soft, steady purr touched the hearts of shelter veterinarian Dr. Kate Gollon and all the Dedham staff as they worked to make her comfortable with pain medications and by shaving off the mass of tangles on her lower body.
Dr. Gollon determined Madeline had nearly 4 inches of mats over 70% of her body. The bag of her shaved matted fur tipped the scales at over a pound. The twisted condition of her coat had clearly forced her to go to the bathroom on herself and likely prevented her from walking for some time. Even after shelter staff shaved her fur, she couldn’t walk on her very weak back legs.
When diagnostic tests including x-rays and bloodwork did not provide a more definitive reason for the weakness in her back legs, Dr. Gollon prescribed a regimen of daily physical therapy to help Madeline recover her strength and mobility. Staff gave Madeline time post-shave to recuperate and get to know them before carefully and caringly beginning to work with her to get her walking.
At first, staff gently moved her back legs for her, three times a day. Gradually, they helped her stand by placing her in a sling to support her weight while getting her up on all fours. Once her ability to support herself improved, staff worked with her on walking across the floor and maneuvering changes in elevation. To give her some added traction on the polished cement floors at the shelter, staff would place a touch of Vaseline on her paw pads.
Everyone at the Dedham shelter felt as proud as mamma cats watching Madeline’s amazing progress as she confidently strolled to them and maneuvered up carpeted steps for the first time!
A dedicated ARL foster volunteer brought Madeline to her home to help her re-acclimate to living with people. Though the determined kitty remains a bit unsteady on her hind legs, she shows no signs they are holding her back. According to her foster mom, Madeline loves to explore and happily curls up on the couch for a good snooze afterwards.
We’re very happy to report Madeline is ready for adoption! Scotties Facial Tissue will cover her adoption fee this weekend, so come visit the ARL’s Dedham shelter and read her adoption profile to learn more about her.
Because of her unsteady legs, she would do best in a home with carpet. A one-story house or apartment, or a home where she would spend most of her time in one big room or have access to her litter box and food without having to climb stairs would make for the ideal situation for Madeline.
In the words of Dr. Gollon: “Madeline is a special cat and quite a survivor! The family who adopts her will most definitely fall in love with her as much as we have at ARL.”
Happy Boston Pride Day! The Animal Rescue League of Boston will be marching in this year’s Boston Pride Day parade. We hope to see some friendly faces cheering us on along the route. The parade starts at 11am. See you there!
Also, please note that our Boston shelter will be closed today, Saturday, June 14. We apologize for any inconvenience.
“Rugby’s story highlights all the wonderful people in the ARL network who are dedicated to helping neglected animals.”
- Dr. Edward Schettino, Director of Veterinary Medical Services, ARL
When we first met Rugby back in April, he could have been the poster child for our “See Something, Say Something: Report Animal Cruelty,” campaign running that month.
At the time, he was 4 1/2 months old and had been cruelly abandoned in the middle of the road in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. His front legs were severely twisted at the wrists, so Rugby could only get around by doing a haphazard crawl. Thankfully, someone reported spotting Rugby inching his way along the road where he’d been left, and Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the ARL’s Center for Animal Protection, brought him to the ARL’s Boston Shelter.
When Dr. Edward Schettino, the ARL’s director of veterinary medical services, examined Rugby at the shelter, he observed the spirited young dog was very underweight. Dr. Schettino concluded the condition of Rugby’s front legs was probably due to poor nutrition and long-term confinement to a very small crate. After reviewing x-rays of Rugby’s front legs with his colleagues, Dr. Schettino preliminarily diagnosed Rugby with bilateral carpal laxity syndrome, a condition that could require surgery or could also respond to a diet of well-balanced adult dog-food and a program of rigorous exercise.
Rigorous exercise seemed to be the best course of treatment for Rugby! A rambunctious dog, Rugby already had ARL behaviorists, staff, and trained volunteers working with him to help him channel his energies into playing with other dogs and chew toys.
And getting him moving helped on the medical and behavioral front indeed!
Within a few weeks, Rugby’s front legs were improving. The ARL collaborated on his treatment with colleagues at the ARL and Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. To increase strength in his legs, Rugby began underwater treadmill therapy twice a week, under the supervision of the ARL’s Dr. Alett Mekler and the physical therapists at Animotion in Stoughton, Massachusetts, who donated their time and services.
In just under three months, Rugby has come incredibly far in his rehabilitation. He is moving well on his front legs and his sweet, playful personality makes everyone at the shelter smile–even when he’s a bit of a handful (written with love and a smile, of course).
Thanks to the collaborative effort of our Center for Animal Protection, shelter veterinarians, dog behaviorists, shelter staff, volunteers, Tufts University Cummings School, and Animotion, this miracle puppy is now ready for a new home!
According to shelter staff, an experienced dog owner preferably with another dog would be the best situation for Rugby–the guy really needs a playmate to keep him on his toes and moving! He’s still working on his jumpy/mouthy behavior, so an active household with older children would be more suited to his big personality and energy-level.
Got CATS on your mind? The ARL sure does during national Adopt-a-Cat Month this June!
Join us tomorrow for this month’s ALL ABOUT CATS twitter chat, where Dr. Edward Schettino, director of veterinary medical services, will take your questions and offer veterinary advice to help you maintain your cat’s good health.
How often should you trim your cat’s claws? Does your cat need to eat wet food? What’s the best remedy for hairballs? What should you do if you see a feral cat? Is non-prescription flea and tick treatment safe for cats? Find out answers to these questions and ask Dr. Schettino your own!
To participate in the conversation, follow the ARL on Twitter (@arlboston) and submit your questions using the hashtag #ARLAskaVet. Questions may be submitted on Twitter real time or in advance.
Thank You To Everyone Who Made Paws in the Park 2014 Possible!
This past Saturday over 1,000 people and hundreds of dogs joined the ARL in Brewster, MA for Paws in the Park. The day was beautiful. The venue, Drummer Boy Park, was fabulous. The vendors, contests, performers and DJs were all awesome. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
A great time was had by all and we hope this will be a new “thing to do” to kick off the summer with your dog on the Cape.
Many thanks to the ARL staff and Marci Tyldesley who organized the event and worked so hard to make everything run smoothly.
Supporting our team was a great crew of Cape volunteers including, Jeanie Handren, Rich Tyldesley, Paul Kelleher, “Sully” Sullivan, David Chandler, Jack Bakker, Joyce Bakker, Diane Cullen, Lorraine Janusas, Mary Utt, Dorothy Becker, Liz Hines, Diane Johnson, Donelle Donnery, Diane Foster, Bradley Fowler, Justine Pitt and Stacey Hedman of Cold Nose Photography.
Thanks again to everyone who joined us for a great cause with a terrific outcome.
One more round of thanks for our event sponsors who are listed below!
Special thanks to lawmakers for passage of Senate Bill 1172
Today, the ARL will join together with other animal welfare organizations, state legislators, and disaster protection agencies on the steps of the Massachusetts State House to celebrate the signing of Senate Bill 1172, “An act ensuring the safety of people with pets in disasters.”
Signed into law in March, the bill requires cities and towns to have a plan in place to address the evacuation and sheltering needs of household pets and service animals before, during, and after an emergency or natural disaster.
The ARL recommends having a sturdy backpack packed with pet feeding and care supplies ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation.
Mary Nee, president of the ARL, will speak at the event, and staff will distribute ARL pet emergency backpacks to legislators.
While having disaster plans in place for people and animals at the municipal level represents a major step forward in Statewide disaster preparedness, individual pet owners should to develop a plan to shelter and care for their animals in the event of an emergency evacuation.
Along with a crate or carrier to transport a pet, the ARL suggests getting a pet emergency backpack ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation. For a list of supplies to include in a pet emergency bag, visit arlboston.org/packing-list.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency also recommends:
Getting a sturdy and comfy crate or carrier to transport your pet
Finding a shelter alternative that works for both you and your pet
Having a picture of you and your pet together in case you get separated during an emergency
SPECIAL THANKS to Senator Karen Spilka (D – 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk Districts) for sponsoring Senate Bill 1172 and to all the legislators in the Massachusetts House and Senate for supporting its passage.
There’s just one more week until Paws in the Park! We hope you’ll join us for one of the largest pet festivals on Cape Cod. The event, which takes place on Saturday, May 31 from 11am-2pm will benefit the ARL’s Brewster shelter and promises fun for your whole family, including your pup!
The first 400 people will receive a free swag bag filled with goodies for you and your pet, so don’t forget to set your alarm!
We’d like to extend a big thank you to presenting sponsor Nauset Pet Services, who is the title sponsor for the 4th consecutive year.
$3 admission fee for adults, FREE for children 12 years and under.
Thanks to very gracious donors we have some fantastic raffle prizes for you. Tickets are $2 per raffle ticket and winners will be drawn at 1:45pm. If you have to leave early, don’t worry, you don’t need to be present to win! See what you could win below:
One night stay at the Seaport Hotel in Boston
$100 Gift Certificate to Ark Angel Animal Hospital
$100 Gift Card to Addison Art Gallery
Two $50 Gift Cards to Arnold’s Clam Shack with mini golf passes (2 separate prizes)
$50 Gift Card to Laurino’s Tavern
$25 Gift Card to Zia Pizzeria
Gift Certificate to Brax Landing
Gift certificate for a Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch and a canvas whale tote from The Brewster Stitch
Dinner for two at Pisces of Chatham
Dinner for four at The Chatham Squire
Wine Lover’s Package – Case of Joseph Carr Wines, 4 custom wine glasses from Cape Cod Glass Designs and a $25 gift card to Main Street Wine & Gourmet
A Year’s Supply of Treats from Blue Dog Bakery
Photo Session for your dog with Cold Nose Photo
Framed autographed photo, used stick shaft and net from Boston Bruins player Brad Marchand
Gift basket from The Honest Kitchen
Gift basket from Lower Cape Veterinary Services
Gift Basket from The Cape Cod Dog
Small Dog Gift Basket from Agway of Cape Cod
Large Dog Gift Basket from Agway of Cape Cod
5 Blow-n-Bubbles Self-Serve Dog Washes at Hot Diggity Dog Wash (5 winners)
Stroller for small dog
“Paws in the Park” cornhole set by Cape Cod Cornholes donated by Agway
Nicki is a sweet 7-year-old Bluetick hound mix who’s been waiting for a furever home for just over a month. She loves to go outside for walks and is very well-behaved on leash. She’s also very smart and will gladly give paw and play fetch.
Like all hounds, Nicki has a passion for sniffing! The moment she’s out the door, her nose is to the ground and she turns into Nicki the hound detective – investigating any scent she comes across!
She is a very friendly dog who warms up quickly, especially if you have treats!
Because Nicki doesn’t always like to share her things, she would do best in a home as the only pet with no small children.
Nicki would like nothing more than to come home with you this weekend!