Support the ARL Boston Marathon Runners

After months of training through winter weather, our runners are ready to take on 26.2 for animals in need!

Boston Marathon sponsor JH

Thank you to Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock for including the ARL in the 2016 charity bib program!

You can show your support for the ARL’s Boston Marathon Team

1. Donating to the team to help them reach their goal of $35,000 by visiting

2. Tracking their race progress at using their bib numbers at

Andrea 30899
Jillian 30776
Alexis 30967
Marco 30814

3. Joining us in Coolidge Corner near Marion Street to cheer for our runners at they near the finish line

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the dedicated runners on our 2016 Boston Marathon team!


Spring Cat Food Drive for Boston’s Homeless Cats

Start spring off on the right paw by giving to animals in need!

On Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, April 3, the ARL will host a Cat Food Drive, to provide food for the homeless cats of

cat food drive

All donations of cat food will help feed hundreds of homeless cats in the community.

Boston. We’ll accept donations of unopened wet or dry cat food from 9:00am – 3:30pm both days in the lobby of our headquarters located in Boston’s South End:

Animal Rescue League of Boston

Boston Adoption Center lobby

10 Chandler Street

Boston, MA 02116

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

Cat food donations will go to community 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.

SPRING CLEANING…The ARL is also accepting gently used clean sheets, towels, and blankets for our animals at our adoption centers. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of our Boston headquarters.

Sharing is caring! Click here to view/download a PDF of our flyer.



Meet the 2016 ARL Boston Marathon Team!

Our 6th Run as a John Hancock Boston Marathon Charity Team

Boston Marathon

Special thanks to the John Hancock Marathon Nonprofit Program for their generosity!

Thanks to the generosity of the John Hancock Marathon Nonprofit Program, four compassionate runners – Andrea Fondulas, Jillian Reig, Alexis Sheehan, and Marco Tropeano – trained through bitter cold this winter to get ready for the 120th running of the Boston Marathon.

The 2016 ARL Boston Marathon team has two very big goals – to raise over $30,000 and finish the grueling 26.2 mile course!
Learn more about why our team members chose to run for the ARL and how you can support them below….

Boston MarathonMeet Andrea
“To be running my very first marathon for a cause I am so incredibly passionate about is honestly a dream come true for me. I know there is a long road ahead of me (quite literally) but I am so excited to embark on this adventure.”

Click here to support Andrea.

Boston MarathonMeet Jillian
“This will be my first ever marathon and the only cause that would motivate me to train all winter and run a marathon is helping animals in need. I am running in memory of my first foster dog, a pit bull named Penny and my childhood dog, a black lab named Quig.”

Click here to support Jillian.

Boston MarathonMeet Marco
“I’ve ran many races in the past 8 years, but I’m happy to say that this year’s Boston Marathon will be most meaningful. Being able to run for the Animal Rescue League of Boston is a tremendous opportunity to give back to the innocent lives of fellow animals that are our friends.”

Click here to support Marco.

Boston MarathonMeet Alexis
“I am honored to be running for team ARL for the second consecutive year in a row! My experience last year on team ARL Boston instilled a deep passion and appreciation for how the Animal Rescue League of Boston seeks to save animal lives, raise the standards of animal advocacy, change animal legislation and inspire our community.”

Click here to support Alexis.

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the dedicated runners on our 2016 Boston Marathon team! Our four team members have trained hard and worked tirelessly to raise money for animals in our community.

Show your support for team members by making a donation to an individual runner or on the ARL Boston Marathon Team fundraising page at or spread the word on social media using #RunBold.


I Found A Baby Bird. What Do I Do Now?

The ARL provides tips on when and how to rescue a baby bird on the ground

Spring has sprung. The sun is shining. Flowers are blooming. And baby birds are learning to fly.

This time of year, The ARL receives phone calls from concerned citizens who come across baby birds on the ground. Although this sight may seem alarming, remember that part of the process of learning to fly comes with being on the ground. It’s typically best to keep a safe distance and not to intervene unless you’re sure the bird is orphaned or is in immediate danger.

To decide whether or not to step in the next time you spot a baby bird on the ground, follow this helpful flow chart:

What to do if you find a baby bird - flowchart

If the flow chart points you toward intervention, follow these 11 steps to ensure a safe rescue:

How to rescue a baby bird*†:

  1. Grab clean container with a lid and line the bottom with a soft cloth. Poke air holes if there are none.
  2. Wear gloves to protect yourself from the bird’s beak, talons, wings, and any potential parasites.
  3. Cover the bird with a light sheet or towel.
  4. Gently pick up the bird and place it in the prepared container.
  5. Warm the bird if it’s chilled by placing one end of the container on top of a heating pad (low setting) or in a shallow dish of warm water. You can also wrap the container with the warm cloth.
  6. Tape the container closed.
  7. Note exactly where you found the bird. This will be very important for release.
  8. Keep the bird in a warm dark quiet place away from children and animals. Do not give it food or water.
  9. Wash your hands and any clothing and objects that were in contact with the bird to avoid spreading any potential parasites.
  10. Contact a wildlife rehabilitator, state wildlife agency, or wildlife veterinarian.
  11. Get the bird to the wildlife expert as soon as possible. It is against the law in most states to keep wild animals in your home if you do not have a permit, even if you plan to release them.

To find a wildlife expert in your area, contact the New England Wildlife Center.


*Only adults should rescue baby birds. Before rescuing an adult bird, seek guidance from a wildlife expert.

†Source: Healers of the Wild: People Who Care For Injured and Orphaned Wildlife, By Shannon K. Jacobs


A Mastiff Relief for Titan!

Big and Lovable Lovable Dog thriving after surgery

donations for titan

Titan, 6-year-old Mastiff, needed a $2,000 surgery to remove and test a large tumor in his abdomen.

During a routine neuter surgery,  our shelter veterinarian discovered shelter dog Titan had a large mass in his abdomen.  X-rays confirmed the 6-year-old big and loveable Mastiff had a tumor.

According to ARL shelter veterinarian Dr. Erin Doyle, about 50% of this type of tumor are benign and the other 50% are cancerous.  Sadly, dogs with the cancerous-type of tumor have a 6-month life expectancy after the tumor is removed without additional medical intervention.

Titan needed a $2,000 surgery to immediately remove the tumor and test for cancer.  The ARL moved quickly to get Titan the medical care and testing he needed.

Titan’s goofy grin and happy-go-lucky personality had quickly warmed the hearts of everyone at the shelter.  Everyone was hoping for the best when he underwent surgery a week later.

Thankfully, we got what we were hoping for!

Titan's adoption day

A recovering Titan (Mastiff on the right) post-surgery posing for a photo with his new family on his adoption day!

“Titan’s tumor ended up being a very rare type of benign kidney tumor,” happily reported Dr. Doyle.  “Now that the tumor has been removed, Titan should be able to go on to live a normal life.”

With the tumor gone,  Titan was cured and medically-cleared for adoption. He went home with a new family shortly after surgery and by all reports is doing better than ever!

Would you like to help Titan and other animals like him?

Only with your support can dogs like Titan get emergency medical assistance when they need it most.

The ARL doesn’t receive any government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters like you to provide veterinary care and treatment for shelter animals who have no one else to turn to for help when they’re sick or injured.

MAKE YOUR DONATION GO FARTHER NOW!  The Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund will generously match your donation today dollar for dollar!

Please visit arlboston/ or click the button below to make a donation to help pay for the care and treatment of Titan and other animals like him.

Donate Now



Meet the 2015 ARL Boston Marathon Team!

Our 5th Run with a John Hancock Boston Marathon Charity Team

Boston Marathon sponsor JH

Thank you to Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock for including the ARL in the 2015 charity bib program!

Thanks to the generosity of the John Hancock Nonprofit Program, four inspired marathoners – Chris Aronis, Mal Malme, Scott Shapiro, and Alexis Sheehan – are hitting the ground running to raise money for animals in need at the ARL ahead of this year’s Boston Marathon.

Each year, Marathon sponsor John Hancock awards a limited number of runner’s bibs to select non-profit organization in Massachusetts.  To qualify for a charity bib, runners apply to the non-profit they care about most, explaining how they will raise money to support the organization’s work.

We’re very excited to introduce the members of the 2015 ARL Boston Marathon team who have two very big goals – to raise over $30,000 and finish the grueling 26.2 mile course!

Learn more about why our team members chose to run for animal welfare and how you can support them below….

Chris Aronis boston marathon team

Meet ARL Boston Marathon Charity Team runner Chris Aronis and his Boston terrier pal.

Meet Chris

“My family has forever been lovers of rescue animals – cats, dogs, and the occasional lost creature in the wild. The cause of ensuring that every pet is safe, care for, and ultimately has a forever home is near and dear to us.”

Support Chris at

Boston marathon runner Mal Malme

ARL Boston Marathon team runner Mal Malme with a sleepy canine supporter.

Meet Mal

“My experiences as a volunteer at ARL, working alongside staff to enrich the lives of the dogs at the shelter, and helping to ensure they get adopted into loving homes, has made my life immeasurably more meaningful. Now I get to say thank you by running the 2015 Boston Marathon with Team ARL!”

Support Mal at

boston marathon runner scott

ARL Boston Marathon team runner Scott Shapiro at home with his personal cheering squad.

Meet Scott

“I’m running the Boston Marathon in memory of our first dog Gizmo and to honor everything ARL does to support our city’s animals.”

Support Scott at

boston marathon runner Alexis Sheehan

ARL Boston Marathon runner Alexis Sheehan getting a pawsitive post-run pup talk from her canine pal.

Meet Alexis

“Why I am running the Boston marathon? I was born to run this race.  I love animals and I love running.  It just doesn’t get any better than this for a runner or a human with a heart.”

Support Alexis at

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the dedicated runners on our 2015 Boston Marathon team!  Through sleet, snow, ice, and bitter cold this winter, our four team members have trained hard and worked tirelessly to raise money for animals in our community.

Show your support for team members by making a donation to an individual runner or on the ARL Boston Marathon Team fundraising page at



Boston Spay Neuter Day for Cats is Coming Up!

Spay/Neuter & Exams for Cat Owners with Financial Need on October 2

The Animal Rescue League of Boston, Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society and MSPCA are teaming up to provide spay/neuter services for Boston cats. During the “Boston Spay-Neuter Day for Cats,” pet owners in financial need can have their cats spayed or neutered for the low cost of just $25 per feline. Priority will be given to residents of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.

09-12-14 SpayNeuterDayCatCall 617.226.5685 to book an appointment for your cat today! 

Event Details
Boston Spay/Neuter Day for Cats
October 2, 2014
9AM – 4PM
United House of Prayer for All People
206 Seaver Street Dorchester, MA 02121

If your cat is already spayed/neutered please help spread the word about Boston Spay/Neuter Day for Cats, by sharing this blog post with your friends!

10-2-14 Boston Spay Neuter Day Flyer


ARL Summer Social is Today!

Today: ARL Summer Social!

08--4-14 Summer Social_ThumbJoin the Animal Rescue League this evening for our Summer Social to celebrate our newly renovated K-9 play yard and reception area! The festivities start at 5:30PM and the first 100 people will receive a Boston Veterinary Care swag bag stuffed with special items for you and your pet.

Event Details
Tuesday, August 19
5:30PM – 7:30PM
10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116

This is a free event! Bring your family and your pup. Please RSVP:

Find more information about sponsors, food, and entertainment at

See you later!

Thank you to our sponsors for their contributions to our summer social event. Special thanks to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams for generously furnishing our reception area.

08-15 Summer Social Sponsor graphics



Bring Your Family AND Your Dog to a Movie

Join the ARL & Petco Unleashed Friday, 8/8, at the Hatch Shell

The Animal Rescue League of Boston and Petco Unleashed have teamed up with WBZ Free Friday Flicks to bring you the Lego Movie at the Hatch Shell along the Charles River Esplanade in Boston on Friday, August 8. Our street team will be there with our Super Pets photo banner and other super fun things including giveaways, temp tattoos, stickers, dog treats, face painting and more! 

We hope to see you and your dog there!

Free Friday Flicks is a summertime tradition in Boston, attracting thousands of movie-goers to enjoy family-oriented feature length movies under the stars all summer long at DCR’s Hatch Shell in Boston! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and watch a movie with family and friends on Friday night for free! Movies begin at sundown, but arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and enjoy free food samples, games, and giveaways with WBZ NewsRadio 1030 – the fun starts at 6pm with WBZ’s Morgan White Jr!

Free Friday Flicks Flyer Pic for Web


Thank You Thursday: Donations Pour in from ARL Wishlist

WOW! Thank You to Everyone Who Donated Much Needed Supplies

Earlier this week, we were absolutely astounded when over 30 boxes from Amazon arrived on the steps of our Boston shelter. They came from ARL supporters like you, who saw our request for donations on our Facebook page and purchased much needed supplies through our Amazon wishlist. We are so grateful for your generosity.

Boston shelter manager, Marianne Gasbarro said, “Seeing all those packages arrive made me feel like a kid at Christmas!  It was so heartwarming to see such a great response & so fun to open all the surprises.  Staff and volunteers kept gathering to see what we and the animals had received!  It makes you feel so good to know people care about the shelter’s needs!”

Thank you so much to the following people who made donations for our shelter pets through the Amazon wishlist last week:

donations compositeSenders:

  • Deborah H.
  • Amanda C.
  • Pamela Joy B.
  • A.Cole
  • Peter H.
  • Jessica D.
  • Annette P.
  • Samantha S.
  • Mary D.
  • Elizabeth W.
  • Katherine O.
  • Erin G.
  • Glen & Carol L.
  • Lisa K.
  • Ashley F.

We’re always in need of new supplies, so if you’d like to make a donation to our shelter, please view our Amazon wishlist: