Cat Saved from Illegal Trap Has Been Adopted!
Philbert at home.
Philbert was saved by the ARL’s Rescue Team from an illegal leg hold trap back in June and left with a constant reminder of his traumatic experience – the loss of his left front leg.
Read more about his incredible rescue.
His recovery was long and difficult, but thanks to a lot of TLC and a wonderful foster home he became available for adoption earlier this month and just last week he found his purrrfect match!
Not only did he gain a new human family, but he also has a new ARL brother named Sparrow. Thank you so much to his Philbert’s new family for opening their hearts and home to not one, but two special needs cats. Here’s an update from his new mom:
“Phil has made himself completely at home with us. He and Sparrow, who is the same age and is also a neutered male, seemed interested in getting to know one another from the start. They do spat from time to time, but only over which one perceives the other is getting more attention!
Phil is just a lovely, big, soft, warm pillow of a cat who loves to give (and receive!) head-butts and ear-rubs.
He and Sparrow enjoy going ‘out’ on the three-season porch in the morning after breakfast to watch the birds at the feeder. He can keep up with Sparrow on his three legs when they go running through the house – and is remarkably graceful doing it - but for the most part he prefers to lounge.
He likes to spend time with us in the morning and evening, and is content to sleep under or on top of the guestroom bed during the day.
He has made it part of his routine to put both our kids to bed in the evening, staying on their beds until they’re asleep. He loves both the boys and they love him. He met the family vet and seemed to love him, too (or at least, he certainly didn’t mind the exam)!
We’re happy that Phil has adopted us and is becoming a part of the family!” – Jennifer
Congrats to this happy family!
Adopt a Pet and Change a Life
“Saving one pet won’t change the world, but for that one pet the world will change forever.”
If you’re the parent of a rescue pet, you know the advantages of adopting from a shelter are infinite. For those of you considering adopting from a shelter, we’d like to give you some more food for thought!
When you adopt an animal from a shelter, 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. Search the adoptable animals at all three of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) locations at arlboston.org/search-adoptables.
A 7-year-old neutered Poodle/Pekingnese mix, lil’ Max loves to sit in laps, play fetch, and spend time with human friends. Gotta love his smile!
Interestingly, you don’t always have to go to a breeder for a purebred pet. Studies have shown that over 25% of pets available for adoption at shelters are purebred. There are also numerous rescue groups that focus on a specific dog or cat breed.
At the ARL shelters, we have a variety of breeds, mixes, hair-lengths, and colors – every day we have a little something different! Our furry canine friend Max (photo at top right), for instance, is a Poodle/Pekingnese mix currently staying at our Boston shelter. Fond of orange cats? Tommy (photo at bottom right) could be your perfect match.
Our investment in the animals in our care includes learning their personalities and preferences, so that we can help you find the perfect match for your home and lifestyle. For our dogs, we use the ARL’s Center for Shelter Dogs Match-Up II Shelter Rehoming program to thoroughly evaluate each dog and provide a fuller description of behavior.
A 4-year-old neutered male, Tommy is oh so handsome and oh so full of energy!
All adoptable animals at the ARL receive the following:
- Health screening and veterinary examination
- Rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets
- Microchip identification and registration
- Heartworm test and preventative medication for dogs
- Flea, tick and mite treatment
- Deworming for intestinal parasites
- Tag, collar, and leash or carrier
When you buy from a pet store or a breeder these cost are all additional expenses on top of the cost of the pet.
If you’re not looking to adopt a pet at this moment in time, you can help change a pet’s life by becoming a champion for animals.
Winter storm reading that will help you keep pets happy and healthy
Many of us will look forward to spending some extra time with our pet companions tonight as we watch the snow fall outside. With the coldest weeks of winter–and likely more snowfall–still ahead, why not spend some of that time boning up on winter pet health and safety tips!
The ARL recommends making five seasonal adjustments to your daily routines to keep pets happy and healthy during cold snaps and winter storms:
- Winterize outdoor accommodations. If pets must stay outdoors, ensure he or she has adequate protection against the elements. Veterinary experts agree a winter-friendly shelter should have three enclosed sides, stand off the ground, and contain generous amounts of bedding such as clean straw or hay.
- Watch the thermometer. Like other New Englanders, many of our pets are conditioned to the cold weather. Yet even for the winter-experienced animals, bring outdoor pets indoors if the temperature drops below 20 degrees. Puppies, kittens, and short-haired pets should come indoors when the thermometer drops below 40 degrees.
- Check underneath the hood. Cats love to warm up underneath cars and car hoods, leading to burns and other grave injuries when the car gets turned on suddenly. Make a habit to pound on the hood of the car and give a visual check underneath your vehicle before you start it to make sure no one is taking a nap or basking in the heat from the engine.
- Stay alert around the fire. Just like people, when they’re cold, pets gravitate to the heat. If you have a fire in your fire place or wood stove, or turn on the space heater, make sure to pay attention to how close your pet gets to hot surfaces and areas to avoid serious burns.
- Pay attention to grooming and senior pet health. A pet with a matted coat cannot keep him or herself warm! Long-haired pets, especially during heavy periods of shedding, need extra help maintaining a healthy coat. Senior pets also can have more pain from arthritis in the cold, so check with your veterinarian for suggestions for keeping your pet content.
For more helpful winter pet health and safety tips, visit arlboston.org/winterweather
Cat Rescued in June, Now Waits for His Purrrfect Match
You probably remember reading about Philbert back in June when our Rescue Team saved him from an illegal leg-hold trap.
Read more about his incredible rescue.
Philbert lives with a very real reminder of that experience – his left front paw had to be amputated. He also tested positive for FIV and has a heart murmur. Here at the ARL we treat every animal as an individual and despite his health issues, we believe Philbert deserves to experience a family of his very own.
After time in a loving foster home, Philbert has become accustomed to his new body and is ready to find his forever family!
You can imagine that after everything he’s been through, Philbert is a shy boy, but this timid cat has an incredibly sweet side and wants nothing more than to love and to be loved. If you have room in your heart and home, please consider making Philbert a part of your life.
Learn more about Philbert.
If you think you’re the special person that Philbert is looking for, come meet him at our Boston shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make the purrfect match, please share his information via social media.
Photo: Amelia Hughes
Keeping Community Cats Safe in Severe Weather
We were amazed by the outpouring of concerned citizens who called us and wrote on our Facebook page asking about how they could help stray cats during the last snowstorm.
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to people who actively care for feral cats. For safety reasons our Rescue Team cannot go out in severe storms and catch these stray cats. There are a few things you can do to help keep community cats safe during terrible winter weather.
Our Intake and Special Placement Liaison, Alana, recommends bringing them indoors to a garage or basement if possible. If that’s not possible, the ASPCA has put together a handy “how to” guide for how to make your own inexpensive cat shelter.
Simple foam cooler bins can be re-purposed into easy and inexpensive winter shelters for the community cats in your neighborhood.
It’s really as simple as it looks!
The foam cooler, with about two inches of thickness, is both waterproof and insulated. You can easily cut a doorway with a knife or box cutter.
A Rubbermaid bin is another good option. Choose a double-insulated option and place weights in the bottom to make them sturdier.
View the complete “How-To” guide.
Spay Waggin’: Subsidized Pet Spay/Neuter for Clients with Financial Need
If your beloved pet is not spayed or neutered please make it your new year’s resolution to have your pet “fixed” this year.
“Millions of cats and dogs are brought to U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them” – Humane Society of the United States.
Worried about the costs? You CAN afford to spay or neuter your pet. Spay Waggin’ is a subsidized spay/neuter program created by the Animal Rescue League of Boston to assist clients with financial need.
Staffed by an ARL veterinarian and two trained veterinary technicians, the Spay Waggin’ features a preparation area, a fully equipped surgical suite and a recovery ward, so your pet is comfortable and safe while in our care.
The Spay Waggin’ makes monthly scheduled stops throughout the South Shore and the Cape to perform surgeries on an appointment-only basis.
The January Spay Waggin’ Schedule is listed below. Please call please call 1-877-590-SPAY(7729) or book online (cats only) and make an appointment for your pet today!
For more information visit arlboston.org/spay-waggin/.
Reduced Adoption Fee!
Jemma is ready to find her new home! She has been at our Brewster adoption center since June watching all the other kitties be adopted into their new homes, and she is ready for that special someone to come in and choose her!
One of our wonderful volunteers has sponsored part of her adoption fee to help her find her way home for the holidays! You’ll be able to take $100 off of her adoption fee.
Beautiful Jemma has taken up residence in our offices, where she can oversee daily shelter activities. She thinks that her job is to assist you with your office work and she makes a lovely assistant.
This beautiful 18 month-old girl has unique orange splotched markings – even on her legs!
She is well behaved and never makes a mess or knocks things off the desks. She does, however, like to play – she loves paperclips and other similar little things that she can bat around. Be ready for her spicy play style! Jemma is food motivated and would be a lot of fun if you wanted to teach her some tricks.
She would be thrilled to find herself in a low-traffic home where she can be the Princess. She does not want to be friends with other kitties, although she has done well with quiet, small dogs who respect her as the boss.
Please open your heart and home to Jemma for the holidays and give her the best gift of all!
To learn more about Jemma visit our Brewster adoption center on Cape Cod or give them a call at (508) 255-1030.
Even a Barn Cat has a Home for the Holidays
The ARL’s Dr. Erin Doyle shares the story of Chicken Lou, an independent cat who would never be able to be adopted into a house. Even though he just couldn’t live in a regular house, we knew there had to be a place for him and there is!
“Ever since our daughter, Alice, was old enough to recognize animals, Drumlin Farm in Lincoln run by Mass Audubon has been a favorite destination for our family. For those unfamiliar with location, Drumlin Farm is a wildlife sanctuary like other Mass Audubon sites. But in addition, there is a small working farm complete with cows, a pony, goats, sheep, chickens and pigs.
When Drumlin Farm contacted the ARL to discuss adoption of a cat for their cow barn, all of us familiar with their program knew it would be a great opportunity for a barn cat placement. While Drumlin Farm is a wildlife sanctuary and doesn’t generally allow pets on site, this role of a barn cat, keeping the rodent population in check, is an important function in a working barn.
ARL had begun the barn cat placement program several years ago for cats that for a variety of reasons were not suitable for adoption into a home. Shelter staff and management made the decision that the best match for Drumlin Farm would be Chicken Lou, a sweet cat returned to the ARL because he wasn’t using the litter box properly in his first adopter’s home.
Alice and I have seen Chicken Lou, now Felix, on several occasions during visits since Drumlin Farm became his home. But we received a real behind the scenes look at his life on the farm just a few weeks ago during a special program Alice and I are taking part in where kids get to help on the farm.
As five 4-5 year old girls, their parents and their teacher headed into the cow barn, Felix strutted out from around a corner and was instantly mobbed by the excited girls. He patiently and contently stood while the little hands reached out and pet him all over. Once he’d had enough, he calmly headed under a rope sectioning off stacked up bales of straw, jumped up onto the closest bale, and flopped onto his side.
Felix spends most of his day in this barn, with a small office serving as his indoor getaway complete with food and water (and perhaps a staff member or two for some adult company.) Alice’s program was just one of many during the day along with numerous regular visitors. Felix is probably one of the most loved and adored cats to have left our shelter.
I find Felix’s story to be a particularly touching one. For Felix’s life to have become what it is today it took many people both at the ARL and Mass Audubon opening their minds to new ways of thinking about what makes a good home for a cat and what can be an appropriate situation for a cat to live an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. And because of these open minds, there is one awfully happy gray cat probably lounging right now on a bale of straw with children smiling up at him from below.” -Dr. Erin Doyle
The ARL treats every animal as an individual. Please help us continue helping animals in need by making a donation today.
All Proceeds Benefit the ARL
Come in from the cold and join Boston Veterinary Care today from 1-3PM to have your pet’s photo taken with Santa! Hot cider and treats for both pets and humans alike will be provided. All proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
Donate to a good cause, enjoy some refreshments and have a lasting keepsake of your furry family member – a photo with Santa! Check out the event on Facebook! Your donation will help shelter pets find a ‘Home For The Holidays’!
Please be sure that cats and small pets are in a suitable carrier for their safety.
Thank you in advance for your contribution!
We hope to see you there!
Pet of the Week: Hidari, a beautiful cat with a waived adoption fee
Hidari is a distinctive beauty who is best described as affectionate and a couch potato. She’s also the Cover Girl for our website!
She is the kind of gal who is purrfectly content curled up in a cozy bed until you break out a laser toy – it is her toy of choice. While Hidari lived with a small dog and other cats, we believe she needs a home where she is your one and only!
An anonymous donor is making it easier for you to give Hidari a loving home this holiday season by graciously sponsoring her adoption fee.
Please consider opening your heart to this very deserving cat. She would like nothing more than to be yours!
Learn more about Hidari by visiting our Boston Shelter or calling (617) 426-9170.