Super Pets Are Here!

So many reasons to adopt from the Animal Rescue League of Boston

PringleBringing 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.

cupidIn 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:

  • Spay/neuter services
  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Behavior screening and evaluations
  • Vaccinations
  • 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.

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Already adopted a super pet from the ARL or another animal rescue group?  We want to hear from you!

Post a picture and share the story of your super rescue pet on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #ARLSuperpets. Once a week, we’ll pick a winner from all the entries to receive a super pet prize.

Every picture and story you share helps spread the word about just how super rescue pets can be.

Stay tuned for more super pets stories, news, and pets of the week this summer!

peach & rosalina

 

 

Cat Food Drive at ARL Today

One-day cat food drive to help feed homeless cats in Boston

Today is Cat Food Bank Day, a one-day cat food drive to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston. We’re taking donations of unopened wet or dry cat food 8:30 am to 6:30 pm in the lobby of our Boston headquarters located at 10 Chandler Street in the South End.

All donations of cat food will defray the food cost associated with the on-going care of homeless cats in the community.

“Every day, dedicated feral cat community caretakers feed multiple cats living in areas around the city—often at their own expense,” explains Maryann Regan, director of shelter operations at the ARL.

Please stop by and help Boston’s homeless cats. Every can and every bag goes a long way to filling an empty tummy!

ARL Cat Food Bank Day Graphic WebAll cat food donations will go to feral 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.

WHAT:                 Cat Food Bank Day

WHEN:                 July 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:              Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Chandler Street, in the Lobby
Boston, MA 02116

 

Lend a Paw on ARL’s Cat Food Bank Day!

One-day cat food drive to help feed homeless cats in Boston

The Animal Rescue League will host Cat Food Bank Day, a one-day cat food drive on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston.  We’ll take donations of unopened wet or dry cat food 8:30 am to 6:30 pm in the lobby of our Boston headquarters located at 10 Chandler Street in the South End.

All donations of cat food will defray the food cost associated with the on-going care of homeless cats in the community.

“Every day, dedicated feral cat community caretakers feed multiple cats living in areas around the city—often at their own expense,” explains Maryann Regan, director of shelter operations at the ARL.

Please stop by and help Boston’s homeless cats. Every can and every bag goes a long way to filling an empty tummy!

All cat food donations will go to feral 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.

Circle-of-cats-eatingWHAT:                 Cat Food Bank Day

WHEN:                 July 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:               Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Chandler Street, in the Lobby
Boston, MA 02116

 

Meet Madeline!

Sweet survivor cat ready for her new home

“Cases like hers are the reason that many of us got into the business of rescuing animals: there is nothing more rewarding than seeing an animal that was previously neglected transform with some TLC.”
– Dr. Kate Gollon, shelter veterinarian at the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Mad Before&AfterAlmost two months ago, a very kind person brought Madeline to our Dedham shelter after discovering the 8-year-old cat unable to move in the backyard of her home where someone had left her. Shelter staff instantly observed the fur on Madeline’s hind quarters appeared thickly matted and that she couldn’t move her back legs.

Her sweet temperament and soft, steady purr touched the hearts of shelter veterinarian Dr. Kate Gollon and all the Dedham staff as they worked to make her comfortable with pain medications and by shaving off the mass of tangles on her lower body.

Dr. Gollon determined Madeline had nearly 4 inches of mats over 70% of her body.  The bag of her shaved matted fur tipped the scales at over a pound.  The twisted condition of her coat  had clearly forced her to go to the bathroom on herself and likely prevented her from walking for some time. Even after shelter staff shaved her fur, she couldn’t walk on her very weak back legs.

When diagnostic tests including x-rays and bloodwork did not provide a more definitive reason for the weakness in her back legs, Dr. Gollon prescribed a regimen of daily physical therapy to help Madeline recover her strength and mobility. Staff gave Madeline time post-shave to recuperate and get to know them before carefully and caringly beginning to work with her to get her walking.

At first, staff gently moved her back legs for her, three times a day. Gradually, they helped her stand by placing her in a sling to support her weight while getting her up on all fours. Once her ability to support herself improved, staff worked with her on walking across the floor and maneuvering changes in elevation.  To give her some added traction on the polished cement floors at the shelter, staff would place a touch of Vaseline on her paw pads.

Everyone at the Dedham shelter felt as proud as mamma cats watching Madeline’s amazing progress as she confidently strolled to them and maneuvered up carpeted steps for the first time!

A dedicated ARL foster volunteer brought Madeline to her home to help her re-acclimate to living with people. Though the determined kitty remains a bit unsteady on her hind legs, she shows no signs they are holding her back. According to her foster mom, Madeline loves to explore and happily curls up on the couch for a good snooze afterwards.

We’re very happy to report Madeline is ready for adoption!  Scotties Facial Tissue will cover her adoption fee this weekend, so come visit the ARL’s Dedham shelter and read her adoption profile to learn more about her.

Because of her unsteady legs, she would do best in a home with carpet.  A one-story house or apartment, or a home where she would spend most of her time in one big room or have access to her litter box and food without having to climb stairs would make for the ideal situation for Madeline.

In the words of Dr. Gollon: “Madeline is a special cat and quite a survivor!  The family who adopts her will most definitely fall in love with her as much as we have at ARL.”

 

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.

 

Adopt-A-Cat Month PSA [VIDEO]

Scotties Facial Tissue & ARL Partner for Shelter Cat Public Service Announcement

With less than a week left to adopt a fee-waived cat at the Animal Rescue League, the ARL and Scotties Facial Tissue want to remind everyone about the benefits of adopting a cat from a shelter. Watch our video below:

When you adopt a cat from an animal shelter like the ARL, you give a cat a chance at a better life.  All adoptable cats and kittens at the ARL also receive:

  • Spay/neuter
  • Vaccinations
  • Feline leukemia test
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Microchip identification and registration

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We hope you’ll stop by one of our shelters now through June 29 to adopt while all cats one year and up still have no adoption fee.

Remember, the ARL requires the following information as part of the adoption process for cats and kittens:

  •  Proof that adopter is 18 years of age or older
  • A Massachusetts ID with valid current address (No Student IDs)

Special thank you to Scotties Facial Tissues and Great Grand Paws Productions.

No Fee Cats FB Montage

 

No Fee Week Begins Today!

Scotties Facial Tissue covers adoption fees on ALL cats 1 year-old and up!

During the last full week of National Adopt-a-Cat Month, our partner Scotties Facial Tissue will cover the adoption fees on cats 1 year-old and up!

How could you say no to that face! Scotties Facial Tissue will cover the adoption fees on 5+ old cats like Care Bear this week, June 22-29.

How could you say no to that face! Scotties Facial Tissue will cover the adoption fees on 5+ old cats like Care Bear, June 22-29.

Starting today through June 29, the ARL hopes to find homes for a variety of fuzzy and fluffy, playful and peaceful cats and kittens.

Cats like Care Bear (pictured right) who love a good cheek scratch and to chase the laser pointer a bit before curling up on the couch for a snooze would make the purr-fect feline companion!

“Our goal for this partnership is to help a great organization do what they do best – finding good homes for these loving animals,” said John Robertson, director of marketing for Scotties Facial Tissues. “We hope that our donation will act as an incentive for caring people to come forward and open up their homes.”

When you adopt a cat from an animal shelter like the ARL, you give a cat a chance at a better life.  All adoptable cats and kittens at the ARL also receive:

  • Spay/neuter
  • Vaccinations
  • Feline leukemia test
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Microchip identification and registration

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Remember, the ARL requires the following information as part of the adoption process for cats and kittens:

  •  Proof that adopter is 18 years of age or older
  • A Massachusetts ID with valid current address (No Student IDs)

Sunday shelter hours:

Thank you to Scotties Facial Tissue for helping to find more deserving cats homes!

 

TODAY: No Fee Caturday!

Bob the Street Cat covers adoption fees on cats 7+ and “picks of the litter”

Visit any ARL shelter in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham today, Saturday, June 21, and you’ll see some very special goings-on!

Street Cat Named Bob, A

Bob the Street Cat, seen here on the shoulder of his owner James Bowen, will cover adoption fees on cats 7 and older and other special picks of the litter at all ARL shelters today!

In honor of the release of “his” second book, The World According to Bob, Bob the Street Cat will cover the adoption fees on cats 7 years and older and on a few of his “picks of the litter.”

While supplies last, everyone adopting a cat or kitten today will also receive a complete set of Bob’s books for some inspiring, feline-friendly summer reading.

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Bob the Street Cat is the real-life central character in the best-selling two-book series by James Bowen, a street musician and recovering drug addict.  Bowen found the injured and sickly ginger cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, and discovered nursing the injured cat back to good health gave his life meaning and purpose.

Bob’s personality and antics continue to entertain and inspire Bowen everyday.

The ARL is one of many organizations benefiting from Bob the Street Cat’s generosity and support for finding new homes for deserving cats today.

Thank you Bob for including cats at the ARL in your National Bob’s Buds Day celebration!

As a reminder, the ARL requires the following information as part of the adoption process for cats and kittens:

  • Proof that adopter is 18 years of age or older
  • A Massachusetts ID with valid current address (No Student IDs)

No Fee Caturday 7 plus BetsyShelter hours today:

Come meet all the wonderful cats available for adoption today!

 

Thank You Thursday: Foster Parent Wins Photo Contest & Helps Shelter During Busy Season

Thank You Amelia Hughes & Petco

06-18-14 Amelia's Winning Photo

Amelia’s Winning Photo of Chester

Back in December, Amelia Hughes, an extraordinarily generous ARL foster parent, donor and member of our Board of Overseers, submitted a photo of Chester, her foster kitten, to Petco’s Instagram photo contest. Her photo (pictured right) was selected as a winner and as a result, the Animal Rescue League received a $500 gift card to Petco!

We saved the gift card for our busiest time… kitten season! In the summer, our shelters are flooded with kittens, many of whom need some extra care. Our amazing network of foster parents takes them under their wings and we provide them with vital supplies for proper kitten care.

Earlier this week, our Director of Shelter Operations took a little trip to Petco for some much needed kitten supplies including:

  • KMR (kitten formula)
  • Bottles for neonatal kittens (kittens who are still in need of formula but no mom is available)
  • Thermometers

You’ll see from the photo below that we’ve stocked up on some kitten essentials, but please note that we’re always in need of more supplies. If you’re interested in donating supplies to the Animal Rescue League’s Boston shelter, please see our Amazon Wishlist.

A heartfelt thank you to Amelia and Petco for helping to improve the lives of homeless animals!

06-18-14 Foster Care Donations

 

Got Cats on Your Mind? Adopt from the ARL!

Bob the Street Cat and Scotties Facial Tissue will cover adoption fees on select adult cats

Have you been day dreaming about finding a feline companion for yourself, a friend, family member, or your current pet? Then now is the time to visit the Animal Rescue League of Boston to meet your purr-fect match!

During the final full week of Adopt-a-Cat Month, June 21-29, our partners Bob the Street Cat and Scotties Facial Tissue will cover the adoption fees on select adult cats at our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham:

June 21 – No Fee Caturday on adult cats 7 years and older and special “picks of the litter”, courtesy of Bob the Street Cat

June 22 – 29—No Fee on adult cats 5 years and older and special “picks of the litter,” courtesy of Scotties Facial Tissue

Daisey 7yo

With so many kittens available at this time of year, adult cats like Daisey (pictured right) often have a longer wait at animal shelters before they find a home.

In fact, the American Humane Association established National Adopt-a-Cat Month 1975 to help bring awareness to the large number of cats and kittens coming into shelters in the spring and summer, and to promote adult cat adoptions.

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A quick word about our sponsors….

Street Cat Named Bob, ABob the Street Cat is the real-life central character in the best-selling two-book series by James Bowen.

Bowen, a street musician and recovering drug addict, found the injured and sickly ginger cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building.  He discovered nursing the injured cat back to good health and keeping him as a companion gave his life meaning and purpose—and inspired the continuing series of books.

To celebrate the release of the second book in the series, The World According to Bob, Bob the Street Cat will sponsor adoptions at shelters in other cities across the country, including ours.

He also will give everyone who adopts at cat on June 21 at our shelters a free set of “his” books, while supplies last!

Scotties New Logo

Scotties Facial Tissue will give a $5,000 donation to the ARL to encourage families to add some softness to their home by adopting a cat June 22-29.

“Our goal for this partnership is to help a great organization do what they do best – finding good homes for these loving animals,” said John Robertson, director of marketing for Scotties Facial Tissues. “We hope that our donation will act as an incentive for caring people to come forward and open up their homes.”

Thank you to Bob the Street Cat and Scotties for encouraging the public to adopt from animal shelters and helping find more cats safe and loving homes!