Senior Pet of the Week: Rudy, a 10 Year-Young Chi

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month. Open Your Heart to Rudy!

11-21-14 Rudy_pic1Rudy is a 10-year young chihuahua. This senior dog is really just a friendly, silly little boy.

Don’t let his senior age fool you, he has lots of spunk in his tiny body and enjoys playing and running around. He’ll wiggle around on the rug and put a show on for you.

He does pretty well on crate training but could use some reminders when going home.

This sweet dog has been at the ARL since October 24. Rudy doesn’t ask for much, he just wants a human to love and a little fleece blanket to burrow in and he’ll be one happy man. He would like nothing more than to have a caring home for the holidays! 

Watch his adorable video below and you’ll fall in love with him!

Read Rudy’s profile.

If Rudy sounds like the pup for you, come meet him at our Boston shelter this weekend. He’s waiting for you!

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Dog of the Week: Louisa, Tiny Lap Dog with a Big Personality

 October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Louisa.

Louisa_for_web_1Louisa is a gal who knows what she wants – a human to call her very own. She’s a tiny 5-year-old chihuahua who came to the Animal Rescue League from another shelter after having puppies and has been waiting for a home since September 5.

She can be shy with strangers, but once she knows you’re here to stay, she’ll be your shadow. She gets very attached to her person and would be happy to hang out with you all day and snuggle. But, as much as she enjoys staying at home, the moment she sees her leash and you tell her she’s going for a walk, she gets very excited and dances in circles all around you! Watch her video below to see what we mean.

While she is very small, Louisa does have a mighty bark and will sound the alarm when you aren’t by her side, so she’ll need a little help working on her separation anxiety. Because she can be a little nervous, we think she would prefer a quiet home without a lot of visitors and activity, so a home with small kids would not be ideal.

Louisa would make the perfect lap dog for someone who spends a lot of time at home and can give her all the love and attention she needs. She wouldn’t mind being your spoiled little princess!

If Louisa sounds like the perfect dog for you, come meet her at our Boston adoption center and help make this a fantastic Adopt-a-Dog Month for Louisa!

Read Louisa’s online profile.


Rikki’s Story: Unique Dog Finds Best Friend [VIDEO]

Not Every Pet is Perfect, But Every Pet Deserves the Perfect Home!

Several months ago, a little dog named Rikki arrived at our Dedham Adoption Center.  Though she had a deformity in her front legs, she certainly didn’t act like she did.  She moved and played, and was especially sweet.

And that’s what the family that adopted Rikki saw—an affectionate and playful pup who just thought she was like every other dog.

Here at the Animal Rescue League of Boston we treat every animal as an individual and we believe that every pet deserves a chance to experience love and human companionship. This video of Rikki and her person, Katherine, will inspire you – we can all learn something from this wise little girl!

Share this video with your friends, family, and all of your social networks.  Let’s make it go viral! It’s beautifully done and, above all else, a wonderfully happy story!

Please make a donation today to help animals like Rikki find the perfect match all year long.

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Thank you to local videographers Twin Lens Media for producing this video of Rikki and Katherine.  And thank you t0 Rikki’s family for allowing us to share her story.


National Dog Day is Today!

A Chance to Recognize Dogs

Today is National Dog Day. This special day serves to help recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day and they offer us something extraordinary, unconditional love.

If you already have a canine companion, show how much you appreciate him by taking him for an extra long walk or getting him his favorite treats. Help shelter dogs by adopting or donating today!

Founded in 2004, National Dog Day was created to show deep appreciation for our long connection to each other – for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives every day in the most miraculous ways.

In honor of National Dog Day, has partnered with the League and is sharing photos and information about seven of our shelter dogs with their readers.

Visit any of our three shelters this Saturday (August 31) for our “Take Me Home Today Adoptathon” and adopt one of our amazing dogs! And remember that although,“saving one dog will not change the world,  surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”

Here are just a few of our spectacular dogs who would love to come home with you by August 31:

Camilla is a beautiful 6-year-old Miniature Pinscher and is available for adoption at our Boston shelter.

Camilla is a beautiful 6-year-old Miniature Pinscher and is available for adoption at our Boston shelter.

Mikki is a 1 and a half year old sweetheart with a very enthusiastic personality. He is available for adoption at our Dedham shelter.

Mikki is a 1 and a half year old sweetheart with a very enthusiastic personality. He is available for adoption at our Dedham shelter.

Kermit is an adorable 3-month-old Chihuahua mix puppy. He recently came here all the way from California! Meet his at our Boston shelter.

Kermit is an adorable 3-month-old Chihuahua mix puppy. He recently came here all the way from California! Meet his at our Boston shelter.

Annie Oakley is a sweet 10 month-old spayed female pup. She can be shy at first but once she warms up to you, she likes to rest her head in your lap and wag her tail while you scratch her back. Meet her at our Boston shelter.

Annie Oakley is a sweet 10 month-old spayed female pup. She can be shy at first but once she warms up to you, she likes to rest her head in your lap and wag her tail while you scratch her back. Meet her at our Boston shelter.






Ideal Apartment Dogs Adoptable NOW at the League

06-13-Small DogsIf you’ve been looking for the perfect small city dog, here’s your chance to take your pick. We have eight small dogs of all different breeds waiting for their forever homes at our Boston shelter. Please help us find homes for these amazing pups! We have a lot of small dogs in our shelter and we need your help to get the word out about them! How can you resist these adorable little faces?

Baby Girl is a 2 year old Pekingese who came to us after being found as a stray. We don’t know much about her past, but we have found her to be a very sweet, calm little lady. Baby Girl is a bit nervous and can be overwhelmed by new situations, so a quiet home would likely be best for her. She could live with another dog as long as that dog is not to pushy and will respect her when she wants to be left alone. Baby Girl loves human attention and will lean into you for petting!

Jordan is a 3 year old Yorkie who came to us because his owners had no time to care for him. He is a young, active dog who wound enjoy an active family. Jordan does well with other dogs, but we are not sure about cats or children. If your looking for a fun, active little dog who enjoys playing fetch, Jordan just might be your guy!

Tulsa is a 5 year old female Chihuahua mix who came to us all the way from California to find a home. This sweet girl loves being pet and sitting in your lap! Sometimes she gets so excited to see people that she submissive pee’s a little. Tulsa has gone to our daily dog playgroups and does well with other calm dogs that aren’t to pushy with her. A very active, playful dog would likely be too overwhelming for her. If you are looking for a sweet, quiet lap dog, then Tulsa is your girl!

Violet is a 3 year old Lhasa Apso. She is incredibly sweet and gets along well with other dogs. Violet loves to sit in your lap and be spoiled.

Help us reach our goal of finding homes for 1200 animals in 12 weeks by adopting one of these great dogs!

If you are interested in any of these fabulous small dogs visit our Boston shelter or give us a call at 617.226.5620. 

This Tiny Dog Won’t Let A Birth Defect Stop Her


Alexis is a 5 year old, tiny little chihuahua mix. She is an incredibly sweet and affectionate girl. Alexis came to us from another shelter after being brought there because her owner could no longer care for her. She has not let this defect impair her life and as you’ll see in the video below she is a very playful gal!

When she arrived at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Dedham shelter, Alexis met with Dr. Davis, our resident expert vet on all things orthopedic. After he and our experienced team of veterinarians discussed Alexis’ situation they came to the conclusion that because her deformity does’t hold her back there was no need to put her through the pain and months of rehabilitation that surgery would cause. It was determined that surgery would not improve her quality of life.

Alexis has made such a huge impression on both our staff and volunteers. She wants nothing more than to love and be loved. She does not seem to mind cats or older quiet dogs. Due to her difficulties, she would do best in a home with children who are old enough and knowledgeable enough not to trample her. Stop by our Dedham shelter to meet this little sweetheart.

“Along Came Polly” A Little Love Bug

PollyIf you’re looking for a sweet little cuddle bug to follow you around and sit on your lap, Polly is the gal for you. She’s a 7 year-old female, white and brown chihuahua who came to our shelter because her owner was having a baby and could no longer care for her.


Polly spent some quality time with staff members yesterday. She said “thanks” with her smile!

Polly is very affectionate once she gets to know you and will jump in your lap to say hi or give you a kiss! She’s a happy pup and will often greet you with a wagging tail. She’ll be your best friend and LOVES being babied. Polly gets a little stressed in her kennel at the shelter, but she revels in any opportunity to hang out with our shelter agents behind the adoption desk and that’s when she really shines. As with many chihuahuas, Polly can be a little nervous at times, so she would do best in a quiet home with no small children. Her size and personality make her a great city dog.

If you’d like to add some joy to your life, consider adopting Polly! To learn more about her call our Boston shelter at 617.426.9170 or stop by the shelter!

The People’s Choice For Best In Show Is…


The people have spoken and Diesel was shown the most love in our “Best In Show” Rescue Dog contest! This will be an extra special Valentine’s Day for Diesel. This sweet pup had been at our Boston Adoption Center since Christmas Eve and was just moved to our Brewster Adoption Shelter in hopes that someone will adopt him there. The staff at our Brewster shelter just sent us the photo below of Diesel in his new Valentine’s Day gift, a red jacket to keep him nice and warm!

Diesel’s ideal home is one where he will be the only dog. He loves the attention of his human companions and needs someone who will give him the time he deserves, after all, he’s been through a lot. He’ll do best in an adult home without any children. He is undergoing an evaluation this afternoon and will be available for adoption tomorrow. If you are interested in adopting Diesel please visit him at our Brewster shelter or give them at call at (508) 255-1030.

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The League’s Best In Show

In the spirit of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which is wrapping up today in New York City, the Animal Rescue League of Boston is featuring our very own finalists for “Best In Show” highlighting our favorite breed, “Rescue!” All of the dogs below are available for adoption. To learn more about each dog, click on his/her photo.

We’re letting you choose who is the overall “Best In Show.” To vote for your favorite, write his or her name in the “Comments” section below.

We’ll announce which dog got the most love on February 14!MrJinglesbanner








ARL Alum, Brownie, Sports Green Onesie

Brownie In His Onesie

As we wrap-up Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, we’d like to share one more senior pet “Happy Tail.” Brownie was quite popular during his time at the League. He was adopted on March 28, 2012 at 8-years-old and when he’s not working on walking around the yard without a leash he’s wearing this stylish green onesie!

“Brownie is great! He’s adapted very well. I have a big yard so since I’ve got him, we’ve been working on walking around the yard with no leash. He won’t run and when he does wander, when I tell him to come back, he listens! Finally!! We’ve also been in and out of Petco trying to find food that he likes. He’s an extremely picky eater but we’ve found one and he’s eaten every drop. We also found out that he has allergies to chicken. He had a hot spot from it and because he can’t fit into dog shirts (he has a peculiar frame) I stuck him in a onesie for a six month old. He’s my little baby and he is loved and spoiled. I don’t think he’s ever slept in a dog bed.”

Brownie, it looks like you’re living the life and we’re so happy for you!