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.
Maverick Has Been Patiently Waiting for a Home Since August 2
Maverick is a handsome 5-year-old cat with real pizzazz! He came to us when his original owner was transferred overseas for work and was absolutely heartbroken about having to give him up. The person knew that he would be in good hands with the ARL and brought all of Maverick’s toys, blankets, brushes, and treats, so he could feel comfortable here while he waited for his new family.
We could feel how loved he was.
After a few days at the ARL, Maverick settled in and we could understand why his original owner was so devastated about having to surrender him. “Maverick is one of the greats. I got to know him and he’s just wonderful,” says Marna, one of our most experienced cat volunteers.
“He just adores being around people and you don’t even have to interact with him all the time, just be near and he stretches out and enjoys your presence.”
Maverick is playful, talkative and affectionate. He always appreciates a cheek scratch and he has an adorable little chirping way of talking to you. Maverick gets lonely sometimes, he doesn’t get along with other cats, but we think that he would do well if he had a cat savvy canine friend to keep him company when his family is not home.
He’s been at the ARL since August and we need your help to find him a home. Please share his story with your friends and family.
Watch the video clip below to get a glimpse of how charming he is.
Today Maddie, as her new family calls her, is definitely the princess of the house! She is walking well, given her mobility issues, and can climb up and down the stairs in her home.
Maddie’s new-found joy is playing with catnip toys and a fluffy mouse on the end of a string. She plays with both the mouse end and the string end and gets very excited when the string twirls around and she has to grab it.
Her fur is growing back, slowly, but surely. The fur around her face is now very full, and she loves sitting up straight and puffing up a bit to get admiration from anyone looking in her direction! Her adopters say that “Maddie is a wonderful addition to our family and we love her very much!”
Thanks to you, Maddie is clearly getting the royal treatment in her new home!
Beloved cat survives a perilous walk on prison wall
Last week, the Animal Rescue League of Boston received a call about Wally, a fluffy gray and white cat badly injured during a dangerous walk along the razor wire that lines the top of the wall at Bridgewater State Prison.
Wally’s mom had given birth to him and his siblings about two years ago outside the prison, and continued to live in the vicinity as her family grew up. Prisoners and guards had kindly fed and cared for the cats ever since.
The very friendly and sweet Wally had endeared himself to his caregivers who watched him grow from a rambunctious kitten into a particularly curious cat.
No one is quite sure how he did it, but Wally managed to climb 30-40 feet up the prison wall and gotten himself stuck.
For two days he walked along the razor wire line, becoming more frantic as staff, the fire department, and animal control officers from Bridgewater and Halifax tried to rescue him. The frightened cat injured himself very seriously in the process, cutting himself repeatedly all over his body on the sharp, jagged wire barbs.
A determined prison maintenance worker finally cornered Wally along the wall, threw a blanket over him, and – to echoing cheers from guards and prisoners alike – brought him down to Lisa McKay, the animal control officer in Bridgewater. She immediately brought Wally to New England Animal Medical Center where veterinarians determined he needed over $3,000 in surgery to repair the damage from his wounds.
Desperate to find an organization willing to cover Wally’s medical costs, help him recuperate, and ultimately find him a new home, McKay called the ARL.
The ARL answered “yes” to the call for help!
Wally sadly lost his tail to his injuries, but thankfully surgeons mended the deep cuts in his back leg and above his eye. He is now recovering in the care of a dedicated foster volunteer and will eventually come to the ARL when he is ready for adoption.
Very importantly, Wally will survive. The kindness, compassion, and love so many have shown him will continue to carry him through.
Would you like to help Wally and other animals like him?
Only with your support can animals like Wally get emergency medical assistance when they need it most.
Please visit arlboston/kintera.org/wally or click the button below to make a donation to help pay for the care and treatment of Wally and other animals like him.
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.
Call 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
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
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!
Our Super Caturday Adopt-a-thon was a huge success! Half of the adult cats we have available for adoption found wonderful homes.
We felt especially happy for cats like Nyla and Short Cake who had been waiting for a home for many long weeks!
Nyla is an energetic, 6-year-old tortie cat who had been at our Dedham shelter since the end of May. This spunky girl came to the ARL as a stray and while many people expressed interest in her, she just couldn’t seem to find her purr-fect match until this past Saturday!
Four-year Short Cake had been with us for 65 days and had already won the hearts of staff and volunteers at our Boston shelter. Our shelter staff was fond of saying that while her eyes may look a little somber, her heart is full of love. We’re sure her new family is experiencing just how affectionate she is right now!
Congrats to all 20 adult cats who found homes last Saturday!
Adoption promotions like Super Caturday help bring potential adopters to our shelters to meet cats like Nyla and Short Cake. If you’d like to support our adoption efforts, please consider becoming a member of the ARL’s Champions Circle.
It’s been a busy summer here at the Animal Rescue League. With new litters of kittens flooding our shelters every week, we now have many pawsome adult cats patiently awaiting their chance at a loving home. For one day only, all cats one year and older cost only $9 to adopt, so stop by an ARL shelter this Saturday, September 6 and adopt a fantastic feline!
Some of the adoptable adult cats at our Boston shelter.
Why adopt an adult cat? Because they’re super! For the most part, adult pets have passed their critical development stages, meaning the personality you see is the personality you get!
When you adopt a cat from the ARL, you can rest assured that your cat receives the following before you take him or her home:
Feline leukemia test
Flea, tick and mite treatment
Microchip identification and registration
*NEW* Trupanion pet insurance
We’ve got you covered! All adopters get a 30-day free trial of pet insurance with no further obligation. No money or credit card required and adopters must actively opt in after the 30 days if you want to continue. Trupanion will cover all non- pre-existing conditions or injuries should something happen within the first 30 days after you adopt. Ask a shelter agent for more details!
Meet Our Super Pets of the Week from Each of Our Shelters
Dixie 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.
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.
Henry 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!
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.
Zippy 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.
So many reasons to adopt from the Animal Rescue League of Boston
Bringing an animal into your home and making them a part of your family is a very special event indeed. In fact, some of the happiest work we do at the Animal Rescue League of Boston is helping you find a super pet!
The ARL finds homes for about 3,000 animals every year, including cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, ferrets, cows, sheep, horses, snakes, and lizards. We take in animals from a variety of circumstances, but a large portion are responsibly surrendered to us because of “people-related” reasons—their owners were moving, had no time because of a job or life change, or suddenly became sick or financially unable to care for their pets.
Animals like Pringle (pictured upper right), Cupid (pictured middle right), and Peach and Rosalina (pictured bottom center), all have big hearts with lots of love, loyalty, and good company to give to human companions—day and night!
When you adopt from a shelter, you’ll feel good about giving an animal a chance at a better life. And not just one animal – when you take your new pet home with you, the ARL can take in another at one of our shelters.
In addition to those fantastic feelings of helping a fellow living thing in need, you can also rest assured that, before they go to a new home, every adoptable animal at the ARL receives:
Health screening and veterinary examination
Behavior screening and evaluations
Flea, tick and mite treatment
Feline Leukemia test for cats/Heartworm test and preventive medication for dogs
Microchip identification and registration
With the help of the dedicated staff at our animal shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, you can learn more about whether a particular animal you meet at our shelter is a good pet-match for you before you bring them home.