Today at the BCA!
We’ll be at the South End Holiday Tree Lighting this afternoon from 3:30-5:30pm. Stop by and say “hi!” Several adoptable dogs will be with us spreading joy and holiday cheer! We love getting out into the community and sharing what the ARL is all about.
The afternoon will be filled with family-friendly entertainment and art-making culminating in the holiday tree lighting with Mayor Menino!
Enjoy live performances, holiday printmaking, festive music, refreshments and…Macy’s enchanted trolley with special guests from the north pole!
A Heartwarming “Happy Tail” for Adopt-A-Dog Month
Dr. Quigley & Alice when she first arrived at the ARL.
Alice, a 7-month mixed breed puppy had a rough start.
When she arrived at the ARL, veterinarian Dr. Kyle Quigley immediately noticed she was having trouble with her back legs. He discovered that she had almost no muscle development in her hind limbs and was having trouble being a regular puppy.
Her hips were severely disabled and would require extensive and expensive surgeries as she grew older.
In spite of her medical condition, the Brewster shelter found a wonderful adoptive family for Alice from Sandwich, MA.
Rachel, her fiance David and son Daniel knew that Alice would require a lot of TLC and they were up for the challenge of caring for this puppy. The family agreed to take Alice as a foster pet and to start her on physical therapy to build strength in her legs before surgery.
Alice in underwater therapy at CARE.
Therapists at Cape Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE) generously offered to do underwater treadmill sessions with Alice at no cost. Using water to take stress off of Alice’s delicate joints, therapists helped Alice exercise safely and build critical muscle tone and control of her back legs.
The underwater therapy at CARE was so effective that Alice’s veterinarians decided that an operation on her hips was no longer needed! According to Dr. Quigley “her recovery and the muscle mass that she developed were truly remarkable and a testament to the powerful benefits of physical therapy.”
Alice’s foster family fell so much in love with her that they adopted her! Rachel said that “Everyone keeps saying how lucky Alice is to have had so many chances and so many champions, but we feel like we’re the lucky ones. We love her to pieces!”
Alice continues her water treadmill therapy twice a week at CARE and enjoys regular romps, walks and swims at Barnstable’s Sandy Neck Beach with her new family!
Thank you to everyone at CARE and Nancy Bishop and Heather Garre for so generously donating their therapy services to Alice.
Alice with her new family at her favorite place. Rachel (L), David (C) and Daniel (R).
Vote to Help the League Win the ASPCA Community Engagement Award
By voting, you are helping animals like Rodeo. Please vote every day!
Starting this Thursday, August 15 you will have, in your hands, the power to help the Animal Rescue League of Boston win the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge Community Engagement Award. This is when it really counts, so please set a reminder in your calendar to vote once per day until August 31!
If we win the Community Engagement Award our shelter animals will receive $25,000. Even one vote can make a big difference to us! In order to win the award we need to reach our goal of saving 1200 cats and dogs by August 31 AND receive the most votes. If you can adopt and vote, then we highly encourage you to do both!
You can vote once each day between Noon ET on August 15, 2013 and 11:59 PM ET on August 31, 2013. Anyone age 13 and older with a valid Facebook account can vote. All voting is done through the Facebook Voting App on our Facebook pages. Just select Animal Rescue League of Boston when you vote. The Facebook Voting App is supported on computers only, however, you may be be able to vote using your smartphone or iPad by accessing Facebook through the device’s web browser.
You will know that your vote went through when you see the ”Thank you for voting” page indicating that your vote was successfully submitted.
For more information or if you have any questions about how to vote see the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge Voting frequently asked questions.
As some of you may know, the League is closed on Mondays, but have you ever wondered why? Today’s Feline Focus is going to give you a sneak peak into Mondays at the our Boston Adoption Center.
Mondays go to the cats!
The playgroup starts at 1pm and goes until 3pm. The group is organized by several volunteers and the cats the idea behind it is to allow cats some out-of-the-cage time. Cats are permitted to explore our adoption center reception area at their leisure.
One of our devoted cat volunteers, Liz, shared that a cat is qualified to participate in feline playgroup when:
- “They’ve been fully health-checked by the vet and have no signs of an upper respiratory infection (URI) or other disease.
- There are no signs of stress-related behavior (for instance, cats that have not been eating consistently).
- They are comfortable in their cages. Super shy cats aren’t going to benefit from being thrown into a new environment. Even cats that have been improving in behavior in their cages are sometimes not allowed out so that they don’t regress.
- They haven’t had a recent surgery. Neutered cats have to wait 2 days and spayed cats have to wait 7 days before being able to join or re-join playgroup.
- Any cat that is adopted or on hold for someone is not allowed unless the new owner has specifically requested they be tried in playgroup (for liability reasons).
- Cats that we know for a fact hate other cats. If that information is unavailable, we use playgroup to test and find out.”
This was a relatively new concept when we first implemented almost two years ago and its popularity has not waned, feline playgroup is loved by both humans and cats alike. The size of the playgroup can range from 2 to 10 cats. Once the cats start to become acclimated to the the freedom of the playgroup their true colors start to come out! Many cats take this opportunity to play and mingle with other cats, others observe from a distance and others relish in the attention that they receive from their human friends. You might see a cat sitting next to an Adoption Agent’s computer watching the mouse on the screen, hiding in a tunnel and surprising another cat, leaping for a toy or sitting on the windowsill and looking out to the world beyond.
This playgroup is an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each cat’s individual personality, which helps us find a better fit when adopting out the cat.
To read the full story about our feline play group please visit our original post from 2011.