Don’t let her droopy eyes fool you, Mandy has a delightful personality! She is a mellow girl who loves to be petted and spending time with you. She is very friendly and has lived with other cats, so she’d be fine in a house full of kitties or a place of her own.
Her favorite things include human touch and companionship, and a cozy bed!
As much as she loves to cuddle, she also enjoys some playtime here and there. Check out the photos below to see what we mean.
If you’re looking for a lovable cat to add to your family this holiday season, please consider adopting Mandy. You can meet her at our Boston adoption center or give us a call at (617) 426-9170.
You may be surprised by this, but giving a pet as a gift is not a terrible thing. We can say that our shelter animals would love nothing more than a home for the holidays.
According to our friends at the ASPCA, there’s no significant relationship between the love or attachment the pet parents had for their animals and receiving a dog or cat as a gift, whether they received the pet as a present or not.
Very importantly the ASPCA discovered that pets given as gifts were not more likely to be returned or surrendered!
Involvement in the decision did not impact love or attachment, said the ASPCA: “In fact, a higher percentage of those who were surprised reported that how the pet was obtained increased their love and attachment!”
The ASPCA study is not the first to challenge the conventional wisdom that pets given as gifts were more likely to be returned or surrendered. Dr. Gary Patronek, now a research consultant for the ARL’s Center for Shelter dogs and our former vice president of animal welfare, and colleagues Doctors Glickman, Beck, McCabe and Ecker, examined risk factors for dog relinquishment at one shelter and concluded that dogs received as a gift were at significantly decreased risk of being relinquished, compared to dogs who were purchased or adopted.
Dr. Jan Scarlett et al found that “unwanted gift” was rarely a reason for relinquishment of dogs and cats to the shelters surveyed.
Now that you’ve taken all of this to heart and decided to give your loved one a pet for the holidays, please keep the following things in mind.
1. Testthe waters. Before you give someone a pet as a gift, make sure to establish they are open to bringing an animal into their lives. Maybe they’ve hinted at the fact that they’ve been thinking about getting a pet. Maybe you’ve hinted at the idea and they seemed enthusiastic. Both are good signs.
2. Confirm any allergies in the household or residency restrictions. If your intended recipient has expressed an interest in adopting an animal, the next step is to confirm he or she can have a pet. If anyone has an allergy to cats in the household, for example, a kitten or adult cat is probably not a good idea.
3. Match to lifestyle. If the recipient you have in mind leads a busy lifestyle or has physical limitations, make sure to ask about an animal’s exercise requirements and personality. Grandma’s been lonely ever since Grandpa has passed and she’s hinted at wanting a pet. She has arthritis and trouble walking for extensive periods of time. A wiggly Lab puppy is not the best fit for her. Perhaps she’d do better with an older and small adult lapdog.
Maryann Regan, the ARL’s director of shelter operations, summed up our thoughts pretty well. “We feel that our shelter visitors who come in looking for a pet to give as a gift to a friend or family usually know their loved ones and what they are looking for.”
Maryann went on to say “we believe that most individuals are not going to get a pet for a friend or family member without the knowledge that their loved one wants a pet. We have had successful adoption experiences with this process.”
We’re “not suggesting that you bring the gift of a new kitten to the host of the next dinner party… but instead allow your husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners and parents to bring love, joy and…yes…a pet home for the holidays.”
They named me Heinz 57 ’cause I was the 57th cat at the Feral Cat Clinic.
It happens all too often with pets sometimes—one minute we’re curled up—all happy and warm—in our family’s house, but out on street and homeless the next. And that’s what happened to me.
I’m a social guy and managed to make some acquaintances with a few feral cats in Boston, but let’s face it, life for a homeless animal is still pretty rough even when you have friends. There’s not enough to eat or drink; you never know what the weather is going to throw at you; and the streets can be a rough place for a house cat like me.
Just when I had given up all hope, I walked into a humane trap that had been set up by ARL volunteers as part of its Fix-a-Feral clinic, a humane approach to managing the size and health of urban feral colonies.
Luckily for me, the ARL’s Fix-a-Feral program assesses every cat that comes in to find the “friendlies,” cats like me who have adoption potential. Talk about dedication—I came in with over 60 other cats that day and they spent time with each of us!
While I can’t say the same for everyone in my group, I turned on the charm and moved into the adoption center that same day. A warm clean bed, good meals and a lot of love and attention…now this was the life! Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I went to stay at the Brewster adoption center in a group housing area just for cats where I had plenty of room to explore and make friends.
Best news yet, I quickly found a home where they totally love me. That’s me up there with my mom!
My mom’s name is Elizabeth. The day she went to go submit her application to become a volunteer at the Brewster shelter, is the day she adopted me. It was fate! Now a live with two other cats (who are pretty cool) and my mom and dad. They’re the best. They feed me SO well and I’ve discovered that I have a love for lasagna… it’s basically my favorite food!
Morisot & Manet: Beautiful Cats. Artists at Heart?
Manet (Photo: Amelia Hughes)
Morisot and Manet are sister and brother and have been together their whole lives. They first came to the ARL as kittens with several other litter mates and were named by their foster mom after the French Impressionist painters, Berthe Morisot and Edourd Manet. You can see a photo of them from when they were kittens below. Weren’t they just so cute?!
Once they were old enough, they were brought to the shelter and adopted by a wonderful family. That family ended up moving to New York, but during their most recent move they were unfortunately unable to bring Morisot and Manet with them, so they drove all the way up from New York to bring them here, because they knew the ARL would find them a loving home once more.
Morisot and Manet deserve a forever home that will love them both! Thanks to a generous donor, we are waiving one of their adoption fees and making it easier for you to welcome them both into your life.
These four-year-old cats make an exquisite pair. Most of all, they love to spend time with one another, but they also enjoy getting attention from their human friends, looking out the window, playing with toys, especially laser pointers- see the video at the bottom of this post!
Morisot and Manet are getting an extra dose of TLC by staying in one of our feline suites. They hope you’ll stop by to say hi!
Please consider giving a home to these sweet and very loving cats. Learn more about Morisot and Manet by visiting our Boston Shelter or calling (617) 426-9170.
Morisot (L) & Manet (R) as kittens. (Photo: Amelia Hughes)
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.
Introducing Gilt City and Fashion Project, our newest partners who are offering a $50 Gilt City credit when you clean out your closet for the animals at the ARL. Register on Gilt City for a free, in-home or in-office donation pick-up by Fashion Project and receive your credit when you donate.
55% of the net proceeds from the sale of these goods will go directly to benefit animals in need at our shelters. Join us in making fashion a force for good.
What is Gilt City?
Gilt City is the local lifestyle site from the Gilt Groupe. Experience the very best restaurants, spas, salons, exclusive events and shows in your city – all at insider prices. Gilt City will help you to Love Your City More.
What is Fashion Project?
Fashion Project is the luxury clothing donation service that turns your gently-used designer clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories into support for the charity of your choice, which in this case is the ARL!
We’ve been emphasizing this message for the past few months, but it never hurts to say it again. If you see something, say something. Meaning, if you suspect that an animal is being abused, please call your local authorities.
Here are a few signs that may suggest that an animal is being abused.
Take note of the following:
If a person keeps changing the story about their pet’s history
Listen to children’s responses to questions about their pets
Ask about other household pets
Observe how family members interact with each other
Observe how an animal acts around certain family members
Warning signs that could raise suspicion a.k.a. red flags:
Pets with chronic injuries or medical conditions that go untreated
Other injuries that are healing, in addition to a new injury
Pet owners who use the services of several veterinarians
Pet owners who constantly have new puppies or kittens, but not adult or aging pets
Injuries attributed to unknown causes, i.e. someone tells you that their pet has many accidental injuries
Multiple injured animals at the same house
If you know or suspect that an animal is being neglected or abused, contact your local authorities. Thank you for helping us protect and improve the lives of local animals!
*Portions of this blog post have been reposted from an article called How to Recognize Animal Abuse and What to do About it by the Veterinary Team Brief by Lisa Bourazak, DVM, MPT, Kate Creevy DVM, MS, DACVIM, and Karen Cornell DVM, PhD, DACVS.
Save the Date for Giving Tuesday & Help Families like the Johnsons
Our goal is to raise $5,000 for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on December 3 to help families like the Johnsons when they and their pets need it the most. Please save the date!
Fred was an indoor cat who had escaped from his house in a phenomenon known as “door dashing.” His family, the Johnsons, searched frantically for Fred for two days. When they finally found their beloved cat, it was clear that Fred had somehow been seriously injured and was in extreme pain.
The family rushed Fred to their local veterinarian who was able to x-ray him and treat him with pain medication. It turned out that Fred had a broken jaw, but sadly the family couldn’t afford the further treatment he needed. Times were tough and Mrs. Johnson had just lost her job.
Thankfully, the Johnson Family turned to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and brought Fred to Boston Veterinary Care (BVC). Thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund, the Johnson family was able to afford the complicated repair surgery for their dear pet. The surgery went well and Fred recovered from his injuries and was reunited with his family!
Stories like the Johnson’s would not be possible without your support for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
Start the Giving Season off right and mark your calendar for Giving Tuesday on December 3. On Giving Tuesday please donate to this fund and give families and their pets the gift of love and time when they desperately need it!
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!