Blind and Deaf Cat Learns to Trust Again

All thanks to YOUR support, Bella found a new life when it seemed hopeless for her


Blind and deaf, Bella was locked in a camper in the summer heat. She had no one to hear her yowls and cries for help. As the temperature rose, her hopes faded.

Fortunately, Bella was one of the over 1,400 animals that ARL helped rescue from a tenant farm in Westport, MA this past July. Though this horrific case displayed many examples of animal and human resiliency, Bella’s story is one of the most unique…

When she first came to ARL, Bella cowered from people. Brief moments of peace often ended abruptly in fits of confusion and fear. She had no reason to trust people, after all, and that is perhaps most heartbreaking of all.

After about a week, however, things started to look up. Volunteers and staff observed that when given a bit of freedom, Bella enjoyed exploring. However, if left unattended, she could be quickly overwhelmed by the size and lack of boundaries in her surroundings.

In foster care, efforts were made to make her world more manageable. She played with her toys in an open cardboard box—toys designed specifically to stimulate her remaining senses—so that she wouldn’t lose them. She also tested the limits of each room in the apartment, gradually progressing in comfort from room to room.


One of Bella’s favorite pastimes included laying on windowsills at her ARL foster home.

Over time, Bella learned to trust again. Though her steps were tender, she became more pet-able. She climbed into her foster mother’s lap more often.

Soon after returning to the ARL Bella was adopted into a new loving home! Her owner reports that she confidently explores their entire three-story home with reckless abandon.

Only because of your support, did Bella’s story have a happy ending.


You can help even more animals in 2017!

Bella is a striking reminder of why ARL continues its important work to fight for animals’ welfare in Massachusetts. With your help, we can get at the root causes of neglect and abuse to ensure that all animals have a chance at a safe and healthy home .

Your year-end gift before December 31, will not only help us prepare for helping even more animals in need in 2017, but also let you take your contribution into account on your 2016 tax return to the extent allowable under law.

We still need to raise over $317,000 by December 31 to meet our year-end goal and start the new year fully funded.

Thank you for being a champion for animals in need and for giving generously today! Click the red button below to…




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.



Do You Have Feral Cats In Your Neighborhood?

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.

Learn more about feral cats

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.

Learn more about the ARL’s TNR clinics by visiting


Thank You Thursday: Scotties Sponsors Cat Adoptions

Thank You to Our No Fee Week Sponsor Scotties Facial Tissue

John Robertson, director of marketing at Scotties & Mary Nee, ARL president.

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.

Our kittens seemed to like the new Scotties Facial Tissues logo with the kittens.


A Wedding Gift for Animal Lovers

Muffin’s Adoption Fee Sponsored as Wedding Gift

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!

You can learn more about Muffin by viewing her adoption profile or vising our Boston adoption center and asking to meet with her.

Izak and Chelsea were married on September 6. Congrats Izak and Chelsea!!! We wish you a wonderful life filled with loving friends, both human and four-footed!

MUFFIN and her sign for Izak and Chelsea.

MUFFIN and her sign for Izak and Chelsea.



Rumble with Squiggle, A Playful Cat

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!

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!

Check out a playful video of Squiggle on Instagram!

Squiggle strikes a pose!

Squiggle strikes a pose!


Summer Lovin’ for Adult Cats

Adult Cats Want Homes Too

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?

There are many benefits to adopting an older cat. Please adopt one (or two) today! By adopting these fantastic felines, you also help our ranking in the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge, which ends Aug.31. Here are a few cats who we think would make supurrrb pets!

rileyRiley - Boston ShelterHere 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.


kittyKitty - Boston ShelterHere 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.


faithFaith - Boston ShelterHere 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.

mrbutlerMr. Butler - Dedham ShelterHere 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.


TuxedoTuxedo - Boston ShelterHere 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.

Day 2 of Helping Save 1200 Animals in 12 Weeks

Tookie was the first adoption at our Boston shelter. He was also featured on our website on Tuesday!

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!

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.

• Dedham: Sun., 6/2 from 11:00a.m. to 7:30p.m.

• Brewster: Sun., 6/2 from 10:00a.m. 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!

Tookie, A Cat Who Loves Dogs

TookieMeet 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:

  • Tookie1Reason 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]

Reward Offered for Information Regarding Sandwich, MA Animal Cruelty Case

PR Contact: Marci Tyldesley, (508) 317-4345

Mr. Paws in sink_May 2013

Mr. Paws

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.