Don’t let her droopy eyes fool you, Mandy has a delightful personality! She is a mellow girl who loves to be petted and spending time with you. She is very friendly and has lived with other cats, so she’d be fine in a house full of kitties or a place of her own.
Her favorite things include human touch and companionship, and a cozy bed!
As much as she loves to cuddle, she also enjoys some playtime here and there. Check out the photos below to see what we mean.
If you’re looking for a lovable cat to add to your family this holiday season, please consider adopting Mandy. You can meet her at our Boston adoption center or give us a call at (617) 426-9170.
Featuring Animals Who Need a Home & Those Who’ve Already Found One
This is the time of year when everyone at the ARL especially wants to give the animals in our care the opportunity to experience joy and companionship. After all, it’s what the holidays are all about.
With that in mind, today we kick off “Home for the Holidays,” a month-long community outreach campaign to encourage adoption and support for our shelter animals.
We’ll feature stories on our blog about animals rescued from cruel conditions, now recovered and living happy and healthy lives.
Mike a 1-year-old guinea pig.
We will also share the stories of the many deserving animals available for adoption at our adoption centers in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster. Animals like Mike, a cute as can be guinea pig who’s been at the ARL since October 15. He’s great with kids and just an all-around stand-out guinea pig!
Our biggest holiday wish is to help the animals in our care and individuals and families willing to open their hearts to an animal in need find each other now.
Each of our adoption centers also has a holiday wish list of items and supplies that help make our furry, feathered and hoofed friends in our adoption centers feel comfortable and loved during their stay with us. You can download and share the holiday wish list for each shelter at:
The happiest part of the work we do all year is bringing animals like Mike and people together. Every year the organization unites over 3,000 deserving animals with loving human companions. Another 1,100 find foster homes with dedicated ARL volunteers, too.
We look forward to sharing stories, pictures, and videos this month to help the animals in our care find a home for the holidays!
You may be surprised by this, but giving a pet as a gift is not a terrible thing. We can say that our shelter animals would love nothing more than a home for the holidays.
According to our friends at the ASPCA, there’s no significant relationship between the love or attachment the pet parents had for their animals and receiving a dog or cat as a gift, whether they received the pet as a present or not.
Very importantly the ASPCA discovered that pets given as gifts were not more likely to be returned or surrendered!
Involvement in the decision did not impact love or attachment, said the ASPCA: “In fact, a higher percentage of those who were surprised reported that how the pet was obtained increased their love and attachment!”
The ASPCA study is not the first to challenge the conventional wisdom that pets given as gifts were more likely to be returned or surrendered. Dr. Gary Patronek, now a research consultant for the ARL’s Center for Shelter dogs and our former vice president of animal welfare, and colleagues Doctors Glickman, Beck, McCabe and Ecker, examined risk factors for dog relinquishment at one shelter and concluded that dogs received as a gift were at significantly decreased risk of being relinquished, compared to dogs who were purchased or adopted.
Dr. Jan Scarlett et al found that “unwanted gift” was rarely a reason for relinquishment of dogs and cats to the shelters surveyed.
Now that you’ve taken all of this to heart and decided to give your loved one a pet for the holidays, please keep the following things in mind.
1. Testthe waters. Before you give someone a pet as a gift, make sure to establish they are open to bringing an animal into their lives. Maybe they’ve hinted at the fact that they’ve been thinking about getting a pet. Maybe you’ve hinted at the idea and they seemed enthusiastic. Both are good signs.
2. Confirm any allergies in the household or residency restrictions. If your intended recipient has expressed an interest in adopting an animal, the next step is to confirm he or she can have a pet. If anyone has an allergy to cats in the household, for example, a kitten or adult cat is probably not a good idea.
3. Match to lifestyle. If the recipient you have in mind leads a busy lifestyle or has physical limitations, make sure to ask about an animal’s exercise requirements and personality. Grandma’s been lonely ever since Grandpa has passed and she’s hinted at wanting a pet. She has arthritis and trouble walking for extensive periods of time. A wiggly Lab puppy is not the best fit for her. Perhaps she’d do better with an older and small adult lapdog.
Maryann Regan, the ARL’s director of shelter operations, summed up our thoughts pretty well. “We feel that our shelter visitors who come in looking for a pet to give as a gift to a friend or family usually know their loved ones and what they are looking for.”
Maryann went on to say “we believe that most individuals are not going to get a pet for a friend or family member without the knowledge that their loved one wants a pet. We have had successful adoption experiences with this process.”
We’re “not suggesting that you bring the gift of a new kitten to the host of the next dinner party… but instead allow your husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners and parents to bring love, joy and…yes…a pet home for the holidays.”
They named me Heinz 57 ’cause I was the 57th cat at the Feral Cat Clinic.
It happens all too often with pets sometimes—one minute we’re curled up—all happy and warm—in our family’s house, but out on street and homeless the next. And that’s what happened to me.
I’m a social guy and managed to make some acquaintances with a few feral cats in Boston, but let’s face it, life for a homeless animal is still pretty rough even when you have friends. There’s not enough to eat or drink; you never know what the weather is going to throw at you; and the streets can be a rough place for a house cat like me.
Just when I had given up all hope, I walked into a humane trap that had been set up by ARL volunteers as part of its Fix-a-Feral clinic, a humane approach to managing the size and health of urban feral colonies.
Luckily for me, the ARL’s Fix-a-Feral program assesses every cat that comes in to find the “friendlies,” cats like me who have adoption potential. Talk about dedication—I came in with over 60 other cats that day and they spent time with each of us!
While I can’t say the same for everyone in my group, I turned on the charm and moved into the adoption center that same day. A warm clean bed, good meals and a lot of love and attention…now this was the life! Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I went to stay at the Brewster adoption center in a group housing area just for cats where I had plenty of room to explore and make friends.
Best news yet, I quickly found a home where they totally love me. That’s me up there with my mom!
My mom’s name is Elizabeth. The day she went to go submit her application to become a volunteer at the Brewster shelter, is the day she adopted me. It was fate! Now a live with two other cats (who are pretty cool) and my mom and dad. They’re the best. They feed me SO well and I’ve discovered that I have a love for lasagna… it’s basically my favorite food!
On Giving Tuesday Give to Families and Pets Who Desperately Need It
Since 2008 the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund has helped over 366 families and their pets in dire situations. Without this Fund many of these animals would not have received the care they needed because their families were consistently turned down by other veterinarians for not being able to afford emergency veterinary costs, many of which involved complicated surgeries that can cost over $5,000. Most people don’t just have that kind of money just lying around, but thankfully the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund helps families with financial need when their pets desperately need help.
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.
We’re thinking of families like the Belding’s, whose kitten suffered a broken leg after their toddler tripped over him. For this very low-income family, Trigger’s successful treatment – plus vaccination, neutering, medications and the loan of a crate – meant the world.
It is simply heartbreaking to think of a pet parent having to choose between paying the rent or eating and relieving a beloved pet’s suffering.
On December 3, 2013 please donate to the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, eat great food and enjoy the company of our family and friends, which often includes our pets. While it’s wonderful to include your pets in your holiday traditions, it’s important to limit the amount and types of food that your pets consume on Thanksgiving. Foods that are fine for humans (and would seem okay for dogs) can actually be very dangerous for your pet.
The following foods should be avoided on Thanksgiving, no bones about it!
Turkey Bones Turkey bones are small and can become lodged in your dog’s throat, stomach, or intestinal tract. They may also splinter and cause severe damage to the stomach or puncture the small intestine.
Fat Trimmings Fatty foods like turkey skin and gravy are difficult for dogs to digest, and consuming turkey skin can result in pancreatitis. Symptoms for this serious disease include vomiting, extreme depression, reluctance to move, and abdominal pain.
Dough/Cake Batter Since dough and cake batter contain raw eggs, the first concern for people and pets is salmonella bacteria. What’s more, dough may actually rise in your dog’s belly, which can lead to vomiting, severe abdominal pain, and bloating.
Raisins/Grapes Though the causes of their toxicity are unknown, ingesting grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs.
Garlic, Mushrooms, and Onions All three of these foods can damage your dog’s internal organs, including kidneys, liver, and the central nervous system. Symptoms can include seizures, coma, vomiting, and possibly death.
Photo: BBC News
Keep your vet’s number handy.
Should your pet become ill and show any of the above symptoms, be sure to have your veterinarian’s phone number and the local animal emergency hospital’s number on hand. A quick call to either of them can give you life-saving advice or even help you avoid a trip to the ER. You can reach Boston Veterinary Care at (617) 226-5605.
Morisot & Manet: Beautiful Cats. Artists at Heart?
Manet (Photo: Amelia Hughes)
Morisot and Manet are sister and brother and have been together their whole lives. They first came to the ARL as kittens with several other litter mates and were named by their foster mom after the French Impressionist painters, Berthe Morisot and Edourd Manet. You can see a photo of them from when they were kittens below. Weren’t they just so cute?!
Once they were old enough, they were brought to the shelter and adopted by a wonderful family. That family ended up moving to New York, but during their most recent move they were unfortunately unable to bring Morisot and Manet with them, so they drove all the way up from New York to bring them here, because they knew the ARL would find them a loving home once more.
Morisot and Manet deserve a forever home that will love them both! Thanks to a generous donor, we are waiving one of their adoption fees and making it easier for you to welcome them both into your life.
These four-year-old cats make an exquisite pair. Most of all, they love to spend time with one another, but they also enjoy getting attention from their human friends, looking out the window, playing with toys, especially laser pointers- see the video at the bottom of this post!
Morisot and Manet are getting an extra dose of TLC by staying in one of our feline suites. They hope you’ll stop by to say hi!
Please consider giving a home to these sweet and very loving cats. Learn more about Morisot and Manet by visiting our Boston Shelter or calling (617) 426-9170.
Morisot (L) & Manet (R) as kittens. (Photo: Amelia Hughes)