Help keep them safe by building a simple DIY cat shelter in your yard
A “feral” cat is defined as a cat that has had little or no human contact since birth. Many were initially former domestic cats that were either lost or abandoned. In many cases, these cats still depend on human caregivers for food and shelter.
Some feral cat colonies find shelter for themselves under sheds and uninhabited buildings. Living in these structures poses a risk for these cats because their safety is usually uncertain.
To help keep the feral cats in your neighborhood safe from the elements and potential predators, consider building your own shelter. DIY shelters are inexpensive and simple to build. Please keep in mind, there are many ways to build feral cat shelters.
Watch this video to learn how to build your own feral cat shelter:
Did you know…
That the ARL contributes to helping control the feral cat population in the Boston area? The ARL offers FREE spay and neuter TNR (trap, neuter, and release) clinics each year to feral cat caretakers in Boston.
During the clinics, cats receive a behavioral screening to identify “friendlies,” stray animals who could re-adjust to living with people as pets. In addition to spay/neuter services, cats also receive vaccines and other veterinary services.
Thank You to Our No Fee Week Sponsor Scotties Facial Tissue
John Robertson, director of marketing at Scotties & Mary Nee, ARL president.
From June 22 through June 29, our partner Scotties Facial Tissue will cover the adoption fees on cats 1 year-old and up! We are so grateful to Scotties for helping more deserving cats find loving homes during Adopt-A-Cat Month.
John Robertson, director of marketing for Scotties Facial Tissue, and his team stopped by our Boston shelter today to present us with the cat adoption sponsorship check and to tour our shelter. We were so happy to tell him about all of the cats that have benefited from the adoption sponsorship.
“Our goal for this partnership is to help a great organization do what they do best – finding good homes for these loving animals,” explained John. “We hope that our donation will act as an incentive for caring people to come forward and open up their homes.”
Well, we can state that their donation is working. People from all over the Boston area are coming to adopt a cat from the ARL this week.
Thank you Scotties Facial Tissue for all you’re doing to help shelter cats!
Our kittens seemed to like the new Scotties Facial Tissues logo with the kittens.
When Izak and Chelsea visited the ARL’s Boston shelter a few weeks ago to find out about adopting a cat after their wedding they fell in love with Muffin. With their wedding and honeymoon just a few weeks away, they knew they couldn’t commit to adopting a pet at that time.
Zoe, a friend of Izak and Chelsea’s, heard them talk about how much they love Muffin and decided to give them the most amazing wedding gift! She came to the Boston shelter to sponsor Muffin’s adoption fee in hopes that Muffin could find a great home with someone else.
Muffin is currently waiting to for a loving home and with a story like this, we hopes she finds one very soon! She is a very sweet and playful kitty, but doesn’t particularly enjoy the company of other cats and would prefer to be the only cat in the house. One of her favorite things is getting her back scratched!
A Cat Who Can Dish it Out as Well as Take It – Waived Adoption Fee
If you like to rough house a little and don’t mind loving play bites or a playful swat then, Squiggle is the cat for you. She has tons of personality, good energy and she can dish it out as well as take it. But don’t be fooled, she has a sweet side too! She loves being held and petted.
If you were waiting for a home for 3 months, you’d shout about it too!
Here’s a little more about her:
She 2 year old spayed female.
She was surrendered because her owner had to travel a lot and couldn’t spend time with her.
She’ll never turn down a cheek and chin scratching.
Chases toys and chows on treats.
Most of all she loves people!
Squiggle’s adoption fee is covered by a generous donor. She’s been at the ARL since June and she’s just waiting for the right person to take her home! If you’re interested in adopting her, call our Boston shelter (617.426.9170) or stop by and ask to meet with Squiggle. She’s hanging out in her own feline suite, so you won’t find her on the adoption floor!
Summer can be a tough time for our adoptable adult cats. People walk in and are immediately smitten by an adorable kitten and often overlook many of our fabulous older felines! Please consider an adult cat. We currently have 60 cats between the ages of one and five years old. On top of that, we have 16 cats in our shelters that are over five years old. Sadly, their average stay in the shelter is 31 days. That’s a long time for a kitty to be waiting for a home! Don’t these cats deserve to be living out their golden years in a loving home?
Riley - Boston Shelter – Here since May 15 Riley is a two-year-old energetic and super-playful boy who gives kisses! He also loves to play! In short, he’s amazing! In his previous home Riley was described as being friendly with everyone, including visitors. Riley does not like other cats, so he’d go best in a home where he is the only cat. He’s not much of a lap cat, but he is lots of fun! Call (617) 226-5602.
Kitty - Boston Shelter- Here since June 5 Kitty is a beautiful nine-year-old tortie and white spayed female who is just about perfect! She is always happy to engage in interaction with humans. She enjoys being held and she is a SUPER lap cat! She loves being brushed. Call (617) 226-5602.
Faith - Boston Shelter - Here since May 9 Faith is a very sweet little one-year-old girl who loves attention. She is affectionate, playful and talkative. In her home, she really liked being a lap cat, and if you want to make her extremely happy, just give her some treats! Faith recently met a dog here at the shelter and she was very excited to see him. She would probably we okay with dogs! While Faith is gentle with her play, she does sometimes use her claws so we think she would do best in a home without young children. While Faith is gentle with her play, she does sometimes use her claws so we think she would do best in a home without young children. Call (617) 226-5602.
Mr. Butler - Dedham Shelter- Here since June 6 Mr. Butler is a two year old very animated male tabby. He came to us from animal control and so far is very friendly! He LOVES being petted and playing with toys. We’re not sure how he would be with other cats or dogs, but calm and respectful children should be fine with him. He is neutered and up to date on his vaccines. If you are interested in meeting him, come down and visit during our open hours. Call (781) 326-0729.
Tuxedo - Boston Shelter - Here since May 21 Tuxedo is her name, because well, she looks like she is wearing one! She is a very sweet, gentle little girl who likes to be gently petted and loves greenie treats! She is looking for a home where she can be loved and adored. She will rub up against you for pets, then slightly dance away, and then come back again for more – you might think she’s a coquettish young thing! Call (617) 226-5602.
Tookie was the first adoption at our Boston shelter. He was also featured on our website on Tuesday!
We are excited to share that we adopted out 31 animals yesterday for our ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge Kick-Off! Let’s see if we can beat that number today! We need YOUR help to find homes for 1200 animals in 12 weeks!
Our Adoption centers are opening early again today. The Brewster shelter opens at 10a.m. and Boston and Dedham open at 11a.m. Get there early and adopt!
Sir Gunther from our Brewster shelter, was the first adoption of the Challenge!
See extended adoption hours for all of our shelters below.
• Boston: Sun., 6/2 from 11:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. AND Mon, 6/3 from 1:00 to 4:00p.m.
Our Boston shelter is giving away beautiful hand-made quilts (while supplies last), donated by the amazing students and instructors from the Brandeis theatre department with each cat adoption.Your kitties will already have a bed when they go home with you!
Adopt new pets at one of our shelters June 1-August 31 to save lives and support the League’s participation in the 2013 ASPCA Rachel Ray Challenge! Our goal is “1,200 in 12 weeks,” and we need you to help make it happen!
Meet Tookie, a handsome 2 year-old, long-haired tabby-mackerel male cat! The first thing you notice about Tookie is those beautiful eyes. They will pull you in and before you know it you have fallen in love! And that’s before he gives you his little chirp and climbs on your lap for a good old fashioned snuggle session. It cannot be overstated how much he LOVES LAPS! We rarely have a chance to say this about a cat, so we’re going to shout it from the rooftops. TOOKIE LOVES DOGS! That’s right, you heard us! If you’ve been looking for a cat to add to your dog friendly home, Tookie is the cat for you. In his former home, his best friend was a pit bull, in fact they slept together! Wouldn’t that be the cutest picture?!
A little more info about Tookie:
Reason at shelter: Moving
Compatibility: Does not like other cats but likes dogs!
Likes: Laps! Wants to be the only cat but would probably be great with a dog.
Tookie had some litter box problems while living with other cats, probably due to stress, but those problems resolve when there are no other cats around.
Please note that Tookie is currently in foster care, so contact us first at our Boston shelter and we will be happy to arrange a meeting. If you would like to meet the adorable Tookie, you can also contact Terri (his foster mom) directly at 339-221-0608 or email her at tsaintam[at]gmail.com.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is working with the Sandwich, MA Police Department to locate and apprehend the person responsible for the Thursday, May 16 or Friday, May 17 shooting of “Mr. Paws,” an almost two-year-old orange and white domestic short haired cat owned by a Sandwich family. The cat’s owner found Mr. Paws on the 17th outside her house on Pierre Vernier Drive alive but paralyzed from the waist down. He was taken immediately to Oceanside Animal Hospital where, after extensive tests, he was euthanized because of his poor prognosis for recovery. The family is devastated and confused about why anyone would shoot their beloved pet. The League’s Center for Animal Protection, which is assisting in the forensic analysis of this case, and Sandwich PD are anxious to identify who is responsible for this act to prevent him or her from abusing other animals.
A $500 reward is being offered by the League for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party. If you have any information related to this case, please call 617.226.5610.
Crescent is a fantastic companion! She is a great mix of affectionate and independent. She loves to say hi to everyone and will greet you with purrs and headbutting. While she does love attention, she is also just as content to sleep the day away on her favorite bed while you are busy around the house or at work. Despite being great cat, Crescent has been at the League since January 26, the longest of any of our current cats. Please help us find a home for her!
She is eight years-young and would do best in a home with older children or adults only. She is a fairly low-energy cat and will play with toys on occasion. She is generally a quiet little girl, but she does have a talkative side. She loves to chirp at you to say hello, tell you she’s hungry and to let you know she sees birds outside.
If you are looking for a sweet, independent yet affectionate cat then please consider bringing this laid-back lady into your home. Crescent is currently in foster care, so please call our Boston Adoption Center for more info 617.426.9170.
Living in a multi-cat household can be extremely rewarding. Contrary to popular belief, cats are highly social creatures that benefit from feline companionship. Cats will often play together, groom each other, and give each other much-needed socialization. So if you’re considering adopting a new feline pal, here are some tips for finding the “purrfect” match:
A New Cat or a Companion Cat?
It is important to know the reason why you’re looking to adopt a new cat. Is the cat for you, or is it a friend for your resident cat? If the former, then the cats only have to tolerate each other and be able to share territory peacefully. If the latter, then you’re looking for a cat who will be interacting with and getting along with your resident cat. If that is the case, then whichever feline you choose must be a good match for your cat, with your own preferences coming in second.
Kitten or Adult?
Age isn’t so important. It’s often thought to be easier to integrate a kitten into a household simply because they are less threatening to a resident cat than an adult. However, there are plenty of adult cats who would make great companions, and because feline personality doesn’t begin to solidify until a cat is about 8 months old, it is easier to make a good match with an adult.
The most important thing is to match energy level/playfulness and personality. Ask yourself the following questions:
How energetic is my cat? How often does he/she need to play?
What type of play does my cat like? Is he/she very athletic, or more mellow during playtime?
Is my cat outgoing or shy?
Has my cat had previous experience living with or meeting other cats? How has he/she reacted?
For older, less playful cats, a kitten might not be the best choice. Kittens are in constant motion and might aggravate a mellower cat. A kitten might also not do well with an extremely active resident cat who could accidentally hurt a kitten during play.
Male or Female?
With spayed and neutered pets, certain pairings are easier, in general, to integrate. In order:
Male/Male companionship is the easiest
Male/Female is intermediate
Female/Female is more difficult
Female cats can sometimes be more territorial with each other than (neutered) male cats. However, there are always exceptions. There are female cats who come into the shelter who are wonderful with other cats, and there are males who refuse to like other cats, so always ask a staff member or volunteer about a particular cat you’re interested in!
At the Adoption Center
When you’re adopting a companion cat, it’s important to let a volunteer or staff person know about your resident feline. We’re happy to help you pick out the best match and we know our cats pretty well!
For instance, every Monday in our Boston adoption center, we have cat playgroup in which we test our cats’ compatibility with each other. We then place them into groups depending on their interactions (such as, Group 1 for cats who like other cats and love to play, and Group 2 for cats who like other cats but are more mellow). We also often have information on cats from previous owners.
Making your home a multi-cat home can be a great experience, and can add enrichment and socialization for your resident cat. But for the best chance of success it’s important to make a good match.