Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny!
FIVER is one of the bunnies who’ll be at the event. His adoption fee has been waived thanks to a generous sponsor.
Please join Boston Veterinary Care for a special Easter event celebrating their dedicated clients and welcoming new faces.
Bring the whole family (pets too) today, Saturday, April 12 from noon-3pm for photos with the Easter Bunny, refreshments, and Easter egg hunt and YES live, adoptable bunnies from the ARL!
Learn more at bostonvetcare.com
Special thank you to the Berkeley Perk Cafe for donating refreshments for the event!
Microchip Your Pet!
It’s that time of year again, so please join us!
The ARL’s Dedham shelter will host their annual Rabies and Microchip Clinic on Saturday, April 5 from 10A.M.-2P.M.
Rabies vaccines are $10 each ($7 for seniors citizens)
Microchips are $15 each ($12 for senior citizens)
For everyone’s safety, all dogs must be on leash and cats in carriers.
For more information or if you have questions please call (781) 326-0729 or email email@example.com.
As part of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, ARL encourages public to report concerns to local authorities
Boston, MA – During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month this April, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) wants to help the public better understand the importance of reporting suspected animal cruelty to local authorities.
“All too often, animal cruelty remains undiscovered,” explains Mary Nee, president of ARL. “By many estimates, four out of five cases remain concealed from authorities. Public awareness and reporting suspicions of animal cruelty play a critical role in prevention.”
According to the National Link Coalition, a strong connection exists between animal abuse and other forms of family and community violence. Law enforcement agencies including the International Association of Chiefs of Police have also expressed concern about the relationship between animal cruelty, domestic violence, child and elder abuse, and other violent crimes.
“Breaking the self-perpetuating cycle of violence, protecting animals, and creating safe, humane communities has to be a priority for us all,” adds Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of animal welfare at the ARL.
During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, pick up an emergency contact card from an ARL animal shelter in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham.
While most members of the public recognize that punching, kicking, burning, choking, or hitting an animal with an object are acts of animal cruelty, there are also more subtle signs to watch for that could indicate mistreatment, neglect, or abuse.
To help the public better understand the issue, the ARL offers 7 warning signs of animal cruelty:
1. Howling or barking for a sustained period of time or hearing an animal cry in pain with higher pitched, more persistent vocal sounds than usual.
2. Singed, matted, chronically or excessively dirty hair or fur.
3. Wounds, unusual scars, hair loss, frequent limping often on different legs, or signs of improper nutrition such as weight loss or prominent visible ribs.
4. Animals kept caged or tied with little room to move for long periods of time or without regular interaction with people.
5. Lack of protection from the weather or fece- or debris-strewn living areas for animals.
6. Collars, leashes, or halters so tight they visibly dig into the animal’s face or neck.
7. A large number of animals coming or going from a property.
If you know or suspect animal cruelty, Nee says contact your local authorities as quickly as possible: “We can all give a voice to victims of animal cruelty if, when we see something, we say something to local law enforcement.”
Visit an ARL animal shelter in Boston, Brewster or Dedham in April to pick-up a “See Something, Say Something” emergency contact card. Learn more about preventing animal cruelty at arlboston.org/take-action.
About the Animal Rescue League of Boston
Founded in 1899, the ARL is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In 2013, the ARL served over 14,000 individual animals through our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, and our law enforcement, rescue, and veterinary services. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.
Update from Bruschi (Adopted 11/25/13)
Bruschi, his new fam, staff ,and volunteers on the day he was adopted.
Happy Mutt Monday! Start your week off with a heartwarming update about a lovable dog named Bruschi.
When Bruschi came in to the Animal Rescue League in October of 2013, we knew he was special. This lovable big boy adored human attention and would do just about anything for a hug. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite and received that attention he so desperately craved!
It took a little over a month for Bruschi to find a home, but when he did, boy did he score big! He was adopted on November 25, 2013 by Lauren and Tom and had a heartfelt send-off. Since his adoption they’ve kept the ARL staff up-to-date with Bruschi’s daily life and progress.
Here’s their latest note:
“Hi ARL staff!
Bruschi is doing great – He’s truly a part of our family. He is so happy the snow is melting finally, and he loves to play catch with tennis balls! He also loves to cuddle as you see [in the pictures]! He is so gentle and is a big baby. We love him and couldn’t be more grateful that we had the chance to adopt him! We will have to bring him in soon to visit!” - Lauren, Tom & Bruschi
The family out in the snow.
Bruschi is all smiles.
We currently have several very friendly Pit Bull-type dogs available for adoption at our Boston shelter. View them online or stop by during adoption hours, Tuesday – Thursdfay 1p.m.-7p.m. and Friday – Sunday 1p.m.-4p.m.).
Thank You Broadway Dog Spa!
The six dogs that the ARL’s Rescue Team removed from the Lynnfield hoarding house a few weeks ago underwent a dramatic transformation thanks to The Broadway Dog Spa in South Boston. The ARL doesn’t have professional groomers on staff, so whenever we take in a dog with a dire need for grooming, we rely on support from local businesses to help the dog look his or her best.
From the moment we took in the Lynnfield dogs we knew that they needed to see a groomer as soon as possible! All of their coats were overgrown and some were caked in feces and urine. Not only was a good grooming important to the dogs getting adopted, it was important to their overall health and self esteem.
The Broadway Dog Spa generously agreed to donate their grooming services to help. Take a look through our before and after photos and you’ll see the dramatic transformation. They look like entirely different dogs!
Most importantly, the grooming seemed to change their dispositions. They were clearly happier after their grooming. The dog with the most obvious shift was Zorro. Initially, very timid, he would hide in the back of his kennel and cower. Immediately after his grooming it was as though a huge weight had been lifted off of him. His tail wouldn’t stop wagging and he would run to the front of his kennel, eager for attention.
Today’s Thank You Thursday is dedicated to Michelle at The Broadway Dog Spa for coming to the aid of these dogs and generously donating grooming services to the ARL. Thank you!
President Mary Nee Spoke About Animal Cruelty Awareness & Prevention
Volunteer programs manager, Debby Vogel and ARL president, Mary Nee with Turtle .
Yesterday was Humane Lobby Day for animals and our staff, volunteers and our canine advocate, Turtle, hit the steps of the Massachusetts State House running!
This year’s Humane Lobby Day boasted record high attendance and we were proud to be able to help show legislators how deeply voters feel about animal welfare.
Our team of over 20 staff and volunteers made sure everyone at the event knew exactly who the Animal Rescue League of Boston is and what type of work we do in Massachusetts.
ARL president Mary Nee was one of the key speakers at the event. Her speech emphasized the importance of legislation that protects animals like Puppy Doe, and countless others, from cruelty and suffering.
Our canine advocate, Turtle, enjoyed the spotlight at Humane Lobby Day. With her red “SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING” t-shirt, TURTLE, a former bait dog who was found barely clinging to life almost 4 years ago, shared our important message about animal cruelty awareness! If you see or suspect animal abuse, say something by calling your local authorities.
She mingled with everyone from ARL president Mary Nee, to animal welfare advocates to state representatives, including Rep. David Linsky of Natick, sharing her story with everyone she met.
We’d like to extend our thanks to our volunteers, without whom we would never have been able to get our message and legislative agenda out to all 160 representatives and 40 senators! The ARL has the best volunteers in the world and we are so grateful for all they do!
ARL president, Mary Nee speaking at Humane Lobby Day.
Turtle in front of our table.
Turtle was the best canine advocate anyone could ask for!
Volunteers ready to get to work!
Some volunteers came all the way from Cape Cod!
ARL president, Mary Nee with a volunteer.
Humane Lobby Day is Tomorrow, 3/18
We’re doing this for shelter pets like, Meryl Davis. She’s pretty excited about Lobby Day!
Humane Lobby Day is an event sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States in the Massachusetts state capital. Citizen animal advocates like you gather to learn and practice lobbying for animal protection laws at the state level. This full-day event includes a lobbying workshop and an overview of relevant bills in the MA state legislature.
Local animal welfare organizations including the Animal Rescue League of Boston also participate in this exciting day! We’ll have representatives (volunteers and staff) from our organization at the Massachusetts Humane Lobby Day tomorrow.
The ARL’s approach this year is to focus on making sure that legislators have an awareness of who we are, and what we do for animals in the Commonwealth. We have assembled a team of volunteers to help with distribution of information packets, which include general information about our organization and our legislative agenda.
We will be visiting every single legislator’s office in the state house (160 representatives and 40 senators)!
We hope to see you there! Follow the ARL on Twitter for photos and live updates from the event.
Visit the website for the Humane Society of the United States to learn how you can be involved.
ARL Partners with Sullivan Tire for Spay Waggin’ Services
We’re so thrilled to have a new partner for our Spay Waggin’! Sullivan Tire and Auto Service, one of New England’s most trusted sources for automotive service, has 66 auto service locations and 15 commercial truck centers throughout New England.
The ARL’s Spay Waggin’ will travel to different Sullivan Tire locations in Southeastern Massachusetts to provide low cost spay/neuter surgeries and other preventive healthcare for dog and cat owners in financial need. Our first stop (pictured below) was at their Rockland location last week. We had a great turnout and look forward to working with them in the future.
Thank you to Sullivan Tire for being a part of the solution, helping reduce pet overpopulation through spay/neuter and supporting the ARL’s Spay Waggin’! We really appreciate it!
To make a spay/neuter appointment for your pet visit: arlboston.org/spay-waggin
Mark Sullivan from Sullivan Tire with Spay Waggin’ staff.
Kitten Season is Coming. Please Help the Brewster Shelter Prepare!
Kitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding the ARL’s shelters across Eastern, MA with litters.
Foster parents are a vital component of kitten season. They expand our reach outside of the animal shelter walls and help us take-in many more litters than would otherwise be possible.
The ARL’s Brewster animal shelter on Cape Cod is growing their foster program and needs more foster parents.
If you have room in your heart and home, you can help us expand our services and save more animals!
Becoming a foster parent is great for people who:
- Have pets and have the capacity to care for other animals in their home
- Don’t have pets, but love animals and want to have them in their home temporarily
To become a foster parent complete an application online and submit a one-time, non-refundable application fee. This is a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and helps us with the processing of the applications. We review all foster care applications to match people with the appropriate animal cases since there are animals with various foster care needs.
Click this link to apply today and join the ARL family: arlboston.org/foster
ARL helping rescued animals recover from neglect and find new homes
At the end of February, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) partnered with MSPCA-Angell to remove 199 animals from a home in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.
In one of the largest hoarding situations the ARL has responded to in recent years, a wide range of species including dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles lived in unsanitary conditions, stacked in cages and crates in different areas of the home. All of the animals were voluntarily surrendered to the ARL and MSPCA-Angell.
After the ARL’s Rescue Services team removed animals from the home, the team brought 60 to our Boston shelter for emergency medical care. According to Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of animal welfare at the ARL, many of the animals had serious health issues resulting from neglect.
“When people suffer from the complex psychological conditions that lead to animal hoarding, they become overwhelmed with caring for all the animals they accumulate,” explains Dr. Smith-Blackmore.
“In hoarding situations, both the owner and the animals need help. If you see something that suggests an animal hoarding situation, say something to your local authorities.”
Working together, our veterinary and shelter staff mobilized a temporary isolation area for the cats requiring long-term medical treatment and found places for them at the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats in Lunenburg, where they will continue to receive rehabilitative care. The ARL also asked Jabberwock Reptiles in Winchester, for assistance taking in the reptiles recovered from the home, including sickly blue-tongued skinks and snakes.
The 6 dogs and 13 birds remaining at the ARL’s shelters continue to make progress in their recovery. Broadway Dog Spa in South Boston generously donated grooming services and the Boston shelter has already begun to identify potential adopters for the shy, but very sweet dogs.
All three of our shelters have taken in the birds. Staff members are getting to know their unique personalities, while providing proper nutrition and care.
If you would like to help these animals and others like them recover from neglect, click the green button below to make a donation.
Danielle Genter, senior rescue technician at the ARL, comforts one of the dogs removed from a hoarding situation in Lynnfield, MA, at the end of February.
The coats of the dogs were so overgrown that most of them could barely see.
It appears that this dog, removed from the Lynnfield home, was living in very unsanitary conditions. His coat was filthy.