How We Give A Voice to the Victims of Animal Cruelty
Ollie, one of the original Middleboro Puppies who has already been adopted! (Photo: Amelia Hughes)
The public and media attention to the recent cases of Puppy Doe, Kitty, and the Middleboro puppies has shined a light on the issue of animal cruelty, and many are calling for tougher laws.
We wholeheartedly endorse legislation that helps to protect animals in Massachusetts to the level that they deserve. Heightened awareness of penalties not only helps reduce the number of tragic cases of animal suffering, but also moves us closer to a more just and humane society where both people and animals are valued.
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys released a strong statement of principles regarding the prosecution of animal cruelty crimes which we applaud.
Now some of our readers might be thinking, that’s all well and good, but what exactly does the ARL do about it?
First, we can tell you that we meet with elected officials and legislators at the local and state level to help them understand and craft animal welfare policies and laws. Members of our staff attend and testify at public hearings as different legislative committees and state agencies review practices, policies, and laws.
We also actively collaborate with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Association and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in pursuit of legislation that advances animal welfare and protection.
To further influence positive change for animals in our state, we also work with organizations and agencies such as Massachusetts Animal Coalition, the Department of Agriculture, and the Animal Control Officers of Massachusetts on a variety of animal welfare issues.
Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore
By way of specifics on our legislative and policy work…..
- The ARL’s Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore serves as the chair elect of the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee. This committee makes policy recommendations for issues related to animals on a national level and influences national animal welfare law and practices by working closely with federal agencies such as the USDA, APHIS, and others.
- We have prepared a friend of the court brief in conjunction with Animal Legal Defense Fund for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the state’s highest court Massachusetts, in support of granting police the ability to enter a property without a search warrant if they believe any animals are in immediate danger. A hearing will be held at the SJC on December 3rd.
- The ARL also participated in the development and passage of the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Act (HAPCA), the tax check off that will help to provide training to Animal Control Officers in Massachusetts to advance the level of humane care of animals. The HAPCA also supports the spaying and neutering of homeless animals and animals owned people of limited economic means in the state.
Learn more by visiting arlboston.org/take-action
A Favorite of the Shelter Volunteers
Cuddles has quickly become a favorite of the volunteers at the ARL’s Boston shelter! She’s been with us since September, so we’ve really had a chance to get to know her.
This four-year-old kitty came to us after having a litter of kittens in her foster home. Cuddles was very shy when she first arrived at her foster home, but she quickly warmed up. Now she’s back at the shelter and ready for her furever home!
We think this sweet kitty would do best in a quiet, small home such as a studio apartment, with an someone who is understanding of her need to be comfortable in the space.
Cuddles loves to burrow under the bed or covers, but once you start petting her, well, that’s a different story! This kitty love attention and will sit by your side.
We’ve found that when someone approaches her cage she immediately starts to purr. She also likes to eat when her humans are nearby too!
Please consider adopting this very sweet cat. She needs someone with a little patience and a lot of love! If you’d like to meet with her, stop by our Boston shelter!
ARL will continue to support what remains an active investigation
The Quincy Police Department announced an arrest in the Puppy Doe abuse case and today the suspect was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty in Quincy District Court.
Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey, Quincy Chief of Police Paul Keenan, and ARL president Mary Nee joined together for a press conference immediately following today’s court proceedings.
Watch the complete broadcast of the press conference on NECN: http://www.necn.com/10/29/13/NEWS-CONFERENCE-No-known-motive-in-Puppy/landing.html?blockID=856317&feedID=11106
Join the Seaport Hotel and the ARL for a dog-friendly Howl-o-ween Party today from 1-3pm!
We encourage you to dress-up your dog, but remember that your pet’s comfort should be your number one concern, i.e. avoid anything that covers your dog’s face and ears.
The Seaport Hotel will he handing out some awesome prizes for best costumes, so start planning your pup’s costume now! Cash bar Homemade treats for the dogs Prizes for best costumes.
Anyone who signs up to be a Champions Circle member (a.k.a. a monthly donor) at the event, will be entered to win a one night stay at the Seaport Hotel!
R.S.V.P. here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8699391113/es2/?rank=2&sid=98ffa5a835ac11e39e1912313b01148d
Since October is also Adopt-a-Dog month we will have fun facts and information for you to share with family and friends to spread the word about shelter pets who need homes.
Wrap-Up of the Last Feral Cat Clinic of 2013
We’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with yesterday’s Feral Cat Clinic at our Boston shelter. A total of 86 cats were spayed or neutered. It turned out that two of the cats were friendly and we were able to take them in to our Boston shelter. They should be available for adoption soon.
Our Feral Cat Clinics are in their 4th year and are gaining momentum with each clinic. Yesterday’s clinic wrapped-up our 2013 season. Great job everyone!
If you are interested in becoming a trapper and helping TNR (trap/neuter/release) a feral cat community near you, please email email@example.com today. We are always in need of more feral cat trappers.
Learn more about feral cats: http://www.arlboston.org/fix-a-feral/
Upon arrival all of the cats go through a registration process.
This is one of two cats who were discovered to be friendly at the Clinic and will be available for adoption at our Boston shelter soon.
Volunteers arrived at 8am to help with the Clinic.
In order to prevent hypothermia after surgery, we surround each cat with warm rice bags after surgery and check the temperature of the cats every 10 minutes. Any cats who seem to have a lower than normal body temperature are immediately placed under heat lamps until their normal body temperature is restored.
Join Our 2014 Boston Marathon Team!
Are you an animal lover who has been dreaming of running in the Boston Marathon? Here is your chance to support the Animal Rescue League of Boston while running in one of the world’s most prestigious road races.
John Hancock has once again graciously given us charity bibs to use for the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21.
Anyone who is interested in running with our team will need to fill out the application and submit a non-refundable $25 application fee. The deadline to apply is November 6, 2013. All applicants can expect to hear from us by November 15.
Runners who are selected to be on the our team will be required to raise a minimum of $7,500. This money will go towards the ARL’s efforts of helping animals who are suffering from cruelty, abandonment and neglect. To apply click the button below or follow this link: http://arlboston.kintera.org/2014bostonmarathon
We hope you’ll consider being on our team, together we are Boston Strong!
October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog-Month
Homeless dogs need your help. If you’re thinking about getting a dog, then please consider adopting. There are numerous benefits to adopting a dog, but most importantly, when you adopt you’re saving two lives, the life of the animal that you adopted and the life of the animal that’s going to take its place at the shelter.
Here at the Animal Rescue League of Boston we’re going to spend this month honoring all of our wonderful, adoptable shelter dogs and offering canine tips throughout the month. Stay tuned for important information regarding canine health, grooming, exercise, training and nutrition. In addition to sharing helpful tips, we’ll also be tweeting some incredibly touching quotes and photos.
If you’re currently not in a position to adopt a dog, but would still like to help, there are plenty of ways that you can help shelter dogs.
- Spread the word. Talk with your family and friends about the importance of supporting local animals shelters and adopting pets.
- Follow your local animal shelter on Twitter and retweet stories by them.Use the hashtag #SaveDogs. You can share the stories of shelter animals on Facebook and dedicate your Facebook status to an adoptable dog. Social media is a powerful tool and you can use it to help homeless animals.
- If you’ve adopted a dog, write an op-ed about your experience and share your story with your local newspaper.
- Become a volunteer or foster parent. We’re currently in need of volunteers at our Dedham location.
- Donate to your local animal shelter. Every dollar makes a difference and no contribution is ever too small.
Sip & Shop at J. McLaughlin on 10/2
If you’re a young professional in the Boston area who loves helping animals and shopping, don’t miss this Wednesday’s event! J. McLaughlin, a clothing boutique on Charles Street in Beacon Hill is hosting an exclusive Sip & Shop event for members of our YP group and their friends. Enjoy light refreshments while you shop and feel no buyer’s remorse because J. McLaughlin will be donating 15% of all sales, so you’ll be shopping for a good cause!
This event is open to the ARL’s Young Professionals group and their friends only. However, it’s not too late to register for the group. In order to join you must be between the ages of 21-35 and have a passion for animals! You can learn more about the benefits of joining the group on our website or become a member now by registering below. Once your membership is processed we will send you a link to the official Facebook Group where all upcoming events and news are featured.
The ARL has Two Open Administrative Positions
Are you an administrative professional looking to work in the animal welfare field? If you’ve been looking to work in a a fun, supportive and animal-loving environment considering applying to the Animal Rescue League of Boston. We are currently hiring an Information Specialist and Client Liaison at Boston Veterinary Care.
The Information Specialist is the first point of contact for clients and visitors. Duties will include: welcoming clients, answering phones and transferring calls effectively, responding to general email, providing information to our clients and staff, sorting headquarters mail and other various office administrative tasks. The successful candidate will be an extremely organized professional with excellent interpersonal communications skills. Proficiency in Spanish highly desirable!
Competitive wage and benefits package. This is a 32 hour per week benefits eligible position.
The full time Client Liaison is responsible for ensuring an outstanding customer experience! Duties will include: welcoming clients, answering phones, providing information to our clients and staff, admitting/releasing surgical patients, and various office administrative tasks. The position requires an extremely organized professional with a strong computer aptitude and the ability to function in a fast-paced environment.
Additionally, the successful candidate will be a motivated team player with exceptional interpersonal capabilities. Proficiency in Spanish highly desirable!
Competitive wage and benefits package.
Come join our team!
Come to the Adoptathon Today!
We’ve had almost 900 adoptions this summer and we’re not far from reaching our goal. Help us empty our shelters today and reach 1200 adoptions. It’s the last day of the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge, and this is when it really counts!
Come to our “Take Me Home Today” Adoptathon. This pawsome event is taking place at all three of our shelters today. Even if you can’t adopt, stop by one of our shelters for some ice cream and fun.
BO is available for adoption at our Boston shelter. He’s been the face of our campaign and it would be fantastic if this great dog went home today!
Boston shelter: Adopters will be entered into a drawing to win great prizes including: 4 tickets to Six Flags, a dozen cupcakes from Kickass Cupcakes and a $50 gift basket from Polka Dog Bakery and many more.
Plus FREE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for all who stop by and the Taco Party food truck will be at the shelter from 3-7pm.
Dedham shelter: Adopters will be entered into a drawing to win great prizes including: 4 tickets to Six Flags, and gift certificates to Isabella’s and Mocha Java and much more.
Plus FREE ice cream!
Brewster Shelter: Adopters will be entered into a drawing to win great prizes including: 4 tickets to Six Flags, $20 gift certificate to the Local Scoop, tickets to a Cape Cod Symphony concert, ARL Swag and more
Ice Cream Bars from The Local Scoop will be available for sale (10% of proceeds benefit the shelter)
All of our shelters have great pets at reduced adoption fees! Save $100 on certain adoption fees thanks to generous sponsors!
All are spayed/neutered, microchipped and ready to go! Help us save lives! Adopt your new furry friends today!