Deaf Dog Wiggles Her Way into Staff Member’s Heart

Bringing Awareness to Special Needs Pets

Here at the Animal Rescue League our staff have all sorts of pets and among them is a deaf dog named Tippy. What better time to share her story with you than during Deaf Pet Awareness Week? Read on to learn about Tippy.

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A little over 8 years ago, Maryann Regan, director of shelter operations at the ARL, was managing the animal intake office of our Boston adoption center when a local animal control officer brought in an extremely wiggly and happy white dog.

The officer explained that the municipal shelter had no room and wanted to know if we had kennel space to house this stray dog. “Almost the moment the officer handed the leash over to me,” says Maryann, “this dog was tugging at my heart strings.  She immediately began to give me kisses and her wiggles were out of control- she seemed like a very happy, sweet girl!”

Maryann found herself spending extra time with her, –going for long walks, giving her extra play time in the play yard, and sharing a few extra treats. Something told her that this dog was meant for her family.

“I introduced her to my husband and it was love at first site. We decided, after her medical exam and behavior evaluation, we would adopt her as long as she and the other family members got along.  The other family members are two senior cats that also have a very special place in our hearts.”

During her behavior evaluation, the wiggly white dog performed true to form–high energy, playful, happy, and sweet!

As affectionate and people-oriented as she behaved, however, she also tended to ignore us when we called for her.

Maryann explains: “It wasn’t consistent with what she was typically displaying in her personality because she was usually very concerned or interested in being near every person she met.  She loved people!  Then, why was she ignoring us?”

The pre-adoption medical evaluation identified the issue: this dog was deaf.

“It’s not uncommon for white animals to be deaf.  This dog was all white, with the exception of a few, adorable black dots here and there bounced around on her body,” says Maryann.  “All the times we called for her attention that she did not respond to was not her ignoring us, she simply couldn’t hear us.”

Neither Maryann or her husband had experience with a deaf dog, but Maryann felt confident that they could educate themselves on how to handle her appropriately.  “I had such a strong bond with this dog, I had no reservations about doing all the homework necessary to make this a successful adoption for us, the cats and for her.”

So, if you’re considering adding a pet to your family, don’t overlook deaf pets in your search.

To learn more about Deaf Pet Awareness Week visit trupanion.com/deaf-pets.

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Camping with Your Dog

Too Hot for Spot Tuesday: Tips for Safely Camping with Your Dog

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner! For those of us trying to squeeze in a last minute weekend trip before the dog days of summer slip away, it’s important to keep our pet’s safety in mind if we plan on bringing the pup along for the adventure.

Photo: Petswelcome.com

Photo: Petswelcome.com

Here are 6 tips that will help keep your dog safe during your next over-night camping trip :

  1. If your dog doesn’t regularly get flea/tick treatment, make sure you apply it at least a few days before the trip.
  2. Make sure that your pet has proper ID on his/her collar at all times and a reflective collar if he/she will be out on the campsite at night.
  3. Bring a pet first aid kit. It is always better to be prepared and often remote campsites will not have quick access to veterinary care. (We’ve been handing out pet emergency backpacks with pet first aid kits at our events)
  4. Do some research and locate the closest animal emergency clinic and add its contact information to your phone.
  5. Pet proof! Before you let your pet out on your campsite, thoroughly inspect the area to make sure other campers haven’t left anything behind like broken bottles or spoiled food.
  6. Don’t let your pet roam. Because your pet is not familiar with the area, he could get lost, fall into a river, or become stuck. Other well-meaning campers may feed him something toxic or may have rat poison out in their campsite. He also may have a run in with some not-so-well meaning wildlife.

For more summer safety tips visit: arlboston.org/summer-safety

 

Thanks to You, S2345 Passes in Massachusetts

S.2345 Passed Both Chambers! On its way to the Governor’s Desk!

Thanks to you, S.2345 passed the State House and Senate! The bill takes effect in 90 days once it’s signed into law by Governor Patrick.

08-14-14 Cute Dog PicS. 2345 (formerly called H.4328/ H.4244) increases maximum penalties for animal abuse from 5 years to 7 years in prison and $2,500 to $5,000 in fines.

In addition, the bill requires veterinarians to report suspected animal abuse. Also included in the new law is the creation of a task force comprised of experts in law enforcement, animal protection, veterinary medicine and the law to systematically and comprehensively evaluate the state’s cruelty statutes to ensure continued progress.

Learn more about S. 2345

“Today is a historic day for this legislative body, for the citizens of Massachusetts and—most especially—for animals,” said State Representative Lou Kafka, who was key in moving the bill through the House.

Phone calls to legislators from animal lovers across the state made the critical difference in creating a sense of urgency to getting the bill through.

“Thanks to the hard work of legislators and animal welfare supporters throughout Massachusetts, we will now have a law in place that strengthens our ability to prevent cruelty and will dramatically improve the welfare of animals in Massachusetts,” praised ARL president, Mary Nee.

Thank you to everyone who took action and gave a voice to the victims of animal cruelty!

Visit arlboston.org/take-action for more on S.2345 and what you can do to prevent animal cruelty.

 

2.5 Years and Still Waiting…

Pringle, Tater Tot and Porkchop Have Been Waiting Long Enough. Help Them Find Love!

“These three dogs are all very sweet and thoroughly enjoy the company of people – but who can blame them after having to spend 2.5 years in a kennel waiting for their chance at a home!  It’s time to give them a loving family that they deserve!” – Marianne Gasbarro, ARL’s Boston Shelter Manager

If you’ve been following the story behind the crisis at Boston Animal Control’s Roslindale facility, then you’ve surely heard of Camilla, the dog brought our attention to the situation. Thankfully, Camilla was adopted and is finally experiencing what it means to have a loving home. However, Camilla is only one of four dogs who spent two and a half years at the BAC’s Roslindale pound and those dogs are patiently waiting for their chance to go home.

08-13-14 BAC PringlePringle, Tater Tot and Porkchop came to the Animal Rescue League with Camilla on July 2 from Boston Animal Control. It’s clear that all of them crave human attention and love. There’s no reason for these dogs to be in shelters any longer. They deserve a true home.

Pringle is an adorable 4-year-old pup. She’s small and sweet and will love to sit on your lap. She’s done a couple sleepovers with a volunteer and did well crated for the car ride and for little bits of time when the volunteer left her. She loves to cuddle in bed and will wake you up with kisses and a thumping tail. Pringle loves meeting new human friends. Meet her at our Boston shelter!

Check out Pringle’s video below.

08-08-14 BAC PorkchopPorkchop is an easy going gal who just wants to be by your side! She can occaisonally be shy at first when meeting new people, but often times warms up right away. She’s very playful and will literally do anything you ask as long as it means she can spend time with you! She can be a bit pushy with other dogs, and will likely do best as the only dog in the house or potentially could do well with a compatible male dog.  Meet her at our Brewster shelter on Cape Cod.

08-14-14 BAC Tater TotTater Tot is 8-years-old and is hoping to spend her golden years with you. She is a sweet, easy going girl who loves to go for city walks and will want to say hello to every person she passes. Tater Tot loves people but would do best as an only dog. Being an older girl she does not like it when other dogs jump at her. Come in to our Boston shelter and meet this super cute girl today!

Isn’t two and a half years long enough to be homeless? Please help Pringle, Tater Tot and Porkchop find homes. Share their story with your friends and family.

 

 

Super Pets of the Week: Dixie, Henry, Zippy & Tony

Meet Our Super Pets of the Week from Each of Our Shelters

08-01-14 Dixie CollageDixie is a one-year-old dainty, little cat who came to us from Boston Animal Control after the crisis at their Roslindale facility. She has proved to be high-spirited, and affectionate. She enjoys climbing -riding around on your shoulder is a real treat for her.

Dixie is a high-energy cat and needs an experienced cat owner. She would do best in a home where she’s be the only feline pet.

Read Dixie’s Profile

If Dixie sounds like the cat for you, come meet her at our Boston shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make the purr-fect match, forward this email or share her information via social media.

 

08-01-14 Henry CollageHenry is a 6-year-old Saint Bernard. This handsome guy is 130 lbs of love!

Henry enjoys back scratches and cuddles, as well as going for walks and playing with small dogs. He wouldn’t mind going to a home with kids and cats, but definitely can’t go to a home with another large dog. Henry didn’t have a lot of training in the early part of his life, but he is very smart and eager to learn!

Read Henry’s Profile

If Henry sounds like the dog for you, come meet him at our Dedham shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make a great match, forward this email or share his information.

 


08-01-14 Zippy & TonyZippy and Tony
are a pair of adult male chinchillas. These two are brothers and are looking for a home together! They were used to living with kids, three cats, and a retriever, so they will do well in a busy household again. Zippy is a little more timid than his brother Tony, but they are both fairly outgoing for chinchillas. 


A little more about chinchillas: They eat timothy hay, chinchilla pellets, and a few bites of fruit for a treat. They’re active, fast little critters and require a spacious cage. They don’t like to be held, despite the super soft coat. However, they enjoy getting treats and head scratches. Their species originated from a cooler environment, so they need to be kept cool during the hot summer months. 

Read Zippy and Tony’s Profile

If Zippy and Zappy sounds like pets for you, come meet them at our Brewster shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make a great match, forward this email or share their information.

To see all of our super pets, view the ARL’s adoptable animals page.

 

SUGAR Waited 399 Days for this Sweet Moment

Sugar – A Young Horse at our Dedham Shelter Finally Found a Home this Weekend!

07-21-14 Sugar Adopted PhotoAfter 399 days at the Animal Rescue League’s shelter in Dedham, Sugar, a playful three-year-old filly, went home with a wonderful new family over the weekend. She’ll be living on beautiful Cape Cod with a family that’s excited to take on the feat of starting her under a saddle and treating her like a family pet.

Sugar first came to us with her mother back in July of 2013 after we rescued her from a small tenant farm in Southeastern, MA. She was severely neglected – left on a muddy paddock with no food or water – and had never been trained to interact with humans.

Read her story.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our Dedham staff who worked with Sugar regularly to teach her to trust humans again, this great horse will make a great companion for her new family.

On Saturday, Sugar walked onto the trailer carefree and ready for her next adventure!

We’re so happy that this fantastic family has brought Sugar into their lives and are giving her the chance to be a beloved pet and best friend to their 16-year-old daughter!

 

 

Two Critical Calls for Your “To Do” List

Add Two Calls to Your “To Do” List This Week

As you work on your “to do” list for this week, please remember that in less than two weeks, the legislative session at the Massachusetts State House comes to an end. If H.4328, an important bill that would increase penalties for animal cruelty, doesn’t pass before July 31, it gets thrown out.

We will have to start all over again to make progress on updating animal cruelty penalties during the 2015-2016 session.Bill H4328 Kitten Graphic

Please make two critical phone calls this week.

1. To Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo’s Office, 617.722.2500 All you have to do is say this: “Hello, please ask Speaker DeLeo to help pass H.4328 before July 31. This is the bill that would protect animals against animal cruelty in Massachusetts. Thank you.”

2. To the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Dempsey’s Office, 617.722.2990
“Hello, please ask Representative Dempsey to help pass H.4328 before July 31. This is the bill that would protect animals against animal cruelty in Massachusetts. Thank you.”

Don’t worry about having a conversation with anyone. These offices have interns that answer the phone and log in calls like these in support of the bill. They do it all day long!

Only with your help do we have a chance at getting H.4328 passed.

Make your voice louder: Ask your friends to make the same two phone calls. Forward this email and post on social media.

Thank you for taking action and giving a voice to the victims of animal cruelty.

Visit bit.ly/h4244post for more on H.4328 and what you can do to prevent animal cruelty.

 

Cat Food Drive at ARL Today

One-day cat food drive to help feed homeless cats in Boston

Today is Cat Food Bank Day, a one-day cat food drive to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston. We’re taking donations of unopened wet or dry cat food 8:30 am to 6:30 pm in the lobby of our Boston headquarters located at 10 Chandler Street in the South End.

All donations of cat food will defray the food cost associated with the on-going care of homeless cats in the community.

“Every day, dedicated feral cat community caretakers feed multiple cats living in areas around the city—often at their own expense,” explains Maryann Regan, director of shelter operations at the ARL.

Please stop by and help Boston’s homeless cats. Every can and every bag goes a long way to filling an empty tummy!

ARL Cat Food Bank Day Graphic WebAll cat food donations will go to feral 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.

WHAT:                 Cat Food Bank Day

WHEN:                 July 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:              Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Chandler Street, in the Lobby
Boston, MA 02116

 

National Pet Fire Safety Day

Too Hot for Spot: “National Pet Fire Safety Day” Tips to Keep Pets Safe

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RITZ (pictured here) is available for adoption.

July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day and it reminds us that pets are often vulnerable victims of home fires. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by house fires, according to a data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.

Planning for unexpected emergencies like home fires and taking these precautions are an integral part of responsible pet ownership.The following tips are suggestions for pet owners on how to prevent your beloved pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep your pets safe.

What you can do to keep your pets safe:

  • Keep Pets Near Entrances When Away From Home – Keep collars on pets and leashes ready-to-go in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
  • Secure Young Pets - Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
  • Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
  • Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling Like Ours – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed. Pick up one of our “Pet Rescue” window clings at an ARL shelter today!

Special thanks to all of the firefighters out there who put their own lives at risk every day to help people and their pets.

For more information about summer pet safety visit arlboston.org/summer-safety.

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How to Calm Your Dog During a Thunderstorm

Too Hot for Spot Tuesday Tip: Thunderstorm Dog Safety

If you’re like some dog owners, you’ve probably had several sleepless nights over the last week thanks to your dog’s “thunder phobia” resulting from the severe thunderstorms that have been plaguing the Northeast.

This fear can manifest in a variety of ways including – hiding, whining, scratching, slobbering, or destructive behavior – and it can get worse with age. Dogs possess special sensitivities that can make storms more terrifying. They can sense the change in air pressure, and may hear low-frequency rumblings that we, humans, can’t detect. 

07-08-14 Too Hot for Spot Tuesday- Thunderstorms Pic07-08-14 Thunderstorms PicSo, if you want to help calm your pup (and hopefully get some “shut-eye”) during the next thunderstorm, try these 5 tips:

  1. Stay with your dog if you can. Having you by his side will make him feel safer.
  2. If there are windows in the room, close the blinds or curtains, or cover the windows so the dog can’t see outside.
  3. Create a safe haven. Hiding is a natural instinct, so provide your dog with a safe indoor area, like a crate. If you have a wire crate, cover it with a light sheet. Leave the door open so your dog doesn’t feel trapped.
  4. Play calming music to drown out the thunder.
  5. Distract your dog. Try playing his favorite game and giving him treats. He might learn to associate storms with fun and play, rather than anxiety and fear.

If none of these work and your dog’s “thunder phobia” is really out of control, consult with your veterinarian.

For more summer pet safety tips visit: arlboston.org/summer-safety.