Oliver Twist, Adopted!

We’re starting this Saturday off with some wonderful news! Oliver Twist has found the perfect home! When he first came to the League he was in very rough shape. His journey has been tough and we have no way of knowing everything that that he’s been through, but we do know that this playful puppy has gone to a fabulous home! Finally, he’ll have a chance to experience what being a puppy is all about with a family that loves him!

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Staff members give Oliver one last hug before he goes home with his new family!

Update: Oliver Twist To Go Home Soon Thanks To YOU!

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Oliver Twist, the severely neglected puppy found in Dorchester by a FedEx delivery man, has been making excellent progress over these last two and a half weeks! He has been following a strict progressive re-feeding schedule and is filling out nicely. As you can see from the photo above, he looks MUCH better than he did the day he came in. Despite being a victim of animal cruelty, Oliver is a happy and playful puppy who LOVES attention from his human pals. 

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Thanks to your support and donations we were able to give Oliver the care he so desperately needed! We were amazed by how quickly you all responded on Facebook and Twitter, sharing his story and donating online. You helped save this puppy!

We’re are thrilled to share that he’ll be going home with his new family by the end of the week!

UPDATE: Severely Neglected Puppy Found

04-03/2013 UPDATE On Oliver The Severely Neglected Puppy

Oliver receives a bath.

Oliver receives a bath.

Oliver’s condition has stabilized. He spent the night at our Boston shelter and was treated for a skin infection. He is on a progressive re-feeding schedule and is eating on his own. He’s also getting lots of love and attention from our staff. For now, we do not know how long his road to recovery will take.

Please consider a gift to help Oliver today!

As you can imagine, there has been a great deal of interest in Oliver, and there is already a long list of potential adopters. Please call our adoption line to speak with an adoption agent about putting your name on the list or feel free to visit our website to see all of the amazing dogs we currently have available for adoption! Your support is much appreciated.

04-03/2013 Breaking News: Severely Neglected Puppy Found

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is requesting your help regarding the severe neglect and abuse experienced by a 5-6 month-old puppy found shivering in Dorchester late this morning by a FedEx driver. The League’s Rescue Service Team responded and found the dog, who has been named Oliver Twist.

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The frail puppy approached our Rescue team when they called to him as if he knew they were there to help. Due to the severity of Oliver’s condition they rushed him to the League’s Boston shelter for immediate medical attention.

Oliver is severely emaciated – lacking fat and muscle, his bones jut through his skin. On the Purina body condition scale in which 9 is obese and 1 is extremely emaciated – Oliver scored less than 1. In addition, Oliver was covered is his own urine and feces, had overgrown nails and was diagnosed with a bacterial infection.

Oliver1We need your help! If anyone has any information regarding the severe neglect and cruelty toward Oliver please call our Anti-Cruelty Law Enforcement Department at 617.226.5610.

“April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and this case is a perfect example of why we must come together as a community to prevent abuse of helpless animals,” said League President Mary Nee.

Please consider a gift to help Oliver today!

Our rescue and law enforcement teams receive no government funding – We rely entirely on the support of people like you.

With your help, the Animal Rescue League of Boston can end animal cruelty, abandonment and neglect. This is a large promise but it has been our mission since 1899.

Our promise-we will put your dollars to work immediately to end the suffering of animals like Oliver.

Shelter Dog Gets Hollywood Treatment

ThumbnailOn Saturday night one of our Animal Rescue League of Boston shelter dogs had a fairy tale evening. Wren, a 5-month-old pup, spent Saturday evening at the Wilbur Theatre with actor, comedian and animal lover Janeane Garofalo. From the moment that Wren stepped foot in the theatre she was treated like a star. The Wilbur staff showered her with affection. What’s incredible is that just two weeks ago, Wren was living a life of neglect, tied to an outside porch without food or water. She was very skinny and starved for attention. Despite her hardships, Wren is a very sweet dog and felt very comfortable in the arms of Janeane Garofalo. Janeane, a pit pull dog mom herself, said that if she could, she would gladly take Wren on the train back home with her! Janeane is a huge supporter of animal welfare organizations and a friend to the Animal Rescue League of Boston. She was even so kind as to discuss the work of the League in the first 5 minutes of her show.

Wren is currently waiting for her forever home at the League’s Boston branch. If you’re interested in meeting this sweet girl you can give us a call at 617.426.9170 or stop by our Boston Adoption Center!

A special thank you to Janeane Garofalo for her kindness to Wren and the League’s staff. Also a huge thank you to the wonderful people at The Wilbur Theatre (especially Bill and Taylor Blumenreich and Andrew Mather) for always being so supportive of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. We hope to see you all again soon, stop by the shelter any time for a tour!

Sandy Needs You

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She is approximately 7-years-old and is a Chow Chow mix. She has been a stray for the past year or so, and came to us in need of love and care. With some serious TLC, nutritious food and a warm and comfortable bed, Sandy has grown more confident and relaxed around us everyday. She’s a smart girl and knows “sit,” “down” and “paw.” 

She would do best in a quieter home with older children, and maybe with another quiet dog. Sandy is a mellow girl who loves her squeaky toys and going for walks around the neighborhood.

Due to her extended time outside without proper care, Sandy tested positive for heartworm. We are hoping to find someone willing to foster-to-adopt until she completes her round of treatment with our veterinarians.

Do you have room in your heart and home for Sandy? Please contact us at  617-226-5602 or by email at adoption@arlboston.org.

Stray Dog Finally Gets A Second Chance

SandyBlogImagine being homeless for over a year, especially in the freezing cold weather we’ve had recently. 7-year-old Sandy had been a stray for the past year or so, and was recently saved by our Rescue Team. She came to us in pretty bad shape. She was missing a lot of fur, (you can see that the fur on her tail has yet to grow back) and she was fearful of people, but with some TLC, regular meals, and a warm place to sleep, Sandy is in much better shape and improving daily! She would do best in a quieter home with older children, and maybe another quiet dog. She enjoys attention and being petted. Sandy loves to play with squeaky toys and going for walks. She already knows “sit,” “down” and “paw.”

Due to her extended time outside without proper care, Sandy tested positive for heart worm. She will be sent home as a foster to adopt until she completes her round of treatment. If you are interested in adopting Sandy please call our Boston Adoption Center at 617-226-5602 or stop by and meet her! If you’d like to make a donation to help Sandy and other animals like her you can do that too!

The People’s Choice For Best In Show Is…

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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.

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Sherman Is Now Adoptable!

shermanSherman, the dog from from Needham who was saved by our Rescue Team on January 25 is now available for adoption. He is a very handsome and incredibly sweet and mellow 7 year old dog. We believe him to be a Mastiff/Lab mix, but your guess is as good as ours! (He is approximately 87 pounds and growing.)

Though he was in rough shape (significantly underweight) when he was originally brought to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, he is now on the road to recovery and doing quite well. Because he was outside for some time, he was covered in ticks, and has tested positive for Lyme disease. He is currently being treated for this, and we will be looking for a home that would be willing to foster him through his treatment until he is adoptable.

Behaviorally Sherman is a wonderful dog who would make a great addition to someone’s home. He is a mellow guy who would love to be a couch potato. He enjoys the company of other dogs, and seems to do fine with quiet well behaved children. We have not tested him with cats. He is great with handling, and no aggression issues were found.

*Please note: as Sherman has proven difficult to catch, he should never be an off leash dog, and his new owners should be knowledgeable about avoiding situations in which he can get loose. 

Currently Sherman is up to date on all vaccines, and has had a health exam. Due to his age and being found as a stray, we have had blood work done on him which has come back normal. He will be neutered and micro chipped before going home. His adoption fee is $205.00. If you’re interested in adopting Sherman please visit our Dedham Adoption Center.

2013 Center for Shelter Dogs Summer Institute

2013 Center for Shelter Dogs Summer Institute

Registration Now Open!CSD Group

The Center for Shelter Dogs is holding its annual Summer Institute on June 10–13, 2013 at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The Summer Institute is a unique, intensive, four-day training opportunity for animal care professionals whose job involves dog intake, behavior evaluation, training, and adoption.

Over the course of the four-day session, attendees will learn about the Match-Up II Online program tips and techniques on behavior modification and enrichment, as well as sessions on special adoptions, research, and doggie playgroups! The Institute combines lectures with hands-on training for a unique, intensive learning experience.

Learn More!

Register Now!