Limited Release “See Something, Say Something” Doggy T-Shirts Now Available

You & Your Dog Can Make a Difference!

Dog T-shirt 1April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and yesterday marked the beginning of Animal Cruelty and Human Violence Awareness Week.

Your dog can raise awareness about animal cruelty by wearing one of the ARL’s doggy t-shirts!

Starting this weekend when you make a $25 donation at any of the ARL’s shelters in Boston, Brewster, or Dedham you’ll receive a limited release “See Something, Say Something” doggie t-shirt.

We have many sizes available!

Learn more at arlboston.org/take-action

 

7 Warning Signs of Potential Animal Cruelty

Subtle indications that may indicate an animal is at risk

During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month this April, we want to help the public better understand the importance of reporting suspected animal cruelty to local authorities.

While most members of the public recognize that punching, kicking, burning, choking, or hitting an animal with an object are acts of animal cruelty, there are some more subtle signs to watch for that could indicate mistreatment, neglect, or abuse:

  1. Howling or barking for a sustained period of time or hearing an animal cry in pain with higher pitched, more persistent vocal sounds than usual
  2. Singed, matted, chronically or excessively dirty hair or fur
  3. Wounds, unusual scars, hair loss, frequent limping often on different legs, or signs of improper nutrition such as weight loss or prominent visible ribs
  4. Animals kept caged or tied with little room to move for long periods of time or without regular interaction with people
  5. Lack of protection from the weather or fece- or debris-strewn living areas for animals
  6. Collars, leashes, or halters so tight they visibly dig into the animal’s face or neck
  7. A large number of animals coming or going from a property

See Something, Say Something

If you know or suspect animal cruelty, report concerns to your local authorities.  Learn more about how you can give a voice to the victims of animal cruelty: arlboston.org/take-action

 

Happy Tail: Bruschi is Truly a Part of the Family

Update from Bruschi (Adopted 11/25/13)

Bruschi, his new fam,. staff and volunteers on the day he was adopted.

Bruschi, his new fam, staff ,and volunteers on the day he was adopted.

Happy Mutt Monday! Start your week off with a heartwarming update about a lovable dog named Bruschi.

When Bruschi came in to the Animal Rescue League in October of 2013, we knew he was special. This lovable big boy adored human attention and would do just about anything for a hug. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite and received that attention he so desperately craved!

It took a little over a month for Bruschi to find a home, but when he did, boy did he score big! He was adopted on November 25, 2013 by Lauren and Tom and had a heartfelt send-off. Since his adoption they’ve kept the ARL staff up-to-date with Bruschi’s daily life and progress.

Here’s their latest note:

“Hi ARL staff!

Bruschi is doing great – He’s truly a part of our family.  He is so happy the snow is melting finally, and he loves to play catch with tennis balls! He also loves to cuddle as you see [in the pictures]! He is so gentle and is a big baby. We love him and couldn’t be more grateful that we had the chance to adopt him! We will have to bring him in soon to visit!” - Lauren, Tom & Bruschi

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The family out in the snow.

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Bruschi is all smiles.

We currently have several very friendly Pit Bull-type dogs available for adoption at our Boston shelter. View them online or stop by during adoption hours, Tuesday – Thursdfay 1p.m.-7p.m. and Friday – Sunday 1p.m.-4p.m.).

 

Spay Waggin’ Adds Date for Dogs in Hyannis

April Spay Waggin’ Schedule is Now Available

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Due to popular demand, the Animal Rescue League’s Spay Waggin’ now has two scheduled dates in Hyannis - April 1 for cats and April 28 for dogs.

The mobile spay/neuter unit provides spay/neuter surgeries and other preventive healthcare for dog and cat parents in financial need on the South Shore and Cape Cod.

“Many people can not afford to spay/neuter their pets,” explained Cheryl T., shelter and community medicine program coordinator at the ARL.

“They love their pets and want to do what’s best for them, but need the kind of help provided by the Spay Waggin’ to keep them happy and healthy.”

Learn more about the Spay Waggin’

The April Spay Waggin’ schedule is now available online. Please call 1-877-590-SPAY(7729) or book online (cats only) and make an appointment for your pet today!

April Spay Waggin Schedule

To see the benefits of spay and neuter visit: arlboston.org/spay-neuter

 

Thank You Thursday: Dog Treat Bakeries Donate to ARL

Thank You to PolkaDog Bakery & The Barkery

Last week’s Lobby Day was made a little sweeter (for the dogs that is) thanks to ARL supporters Polka Dog Bakery and The Barkery.

We distributed their generously donated, custom dog treats throughout the Massachusetts State House to legislators and Lobby Day participants.

Thank you to both PolkaDog Bakery and The Barkery for helping to get the word out about the ARL and for providing us with such awesome items to hand out. We really appreciate your generous donations!

The Barkery's custom treats looked good enough for human to eat!

The Barkery’s custom treats looked good enough for human to eat!

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Little Oscar couldn’t get enough of these treats from PolkaDog Bakery.

 

Happy Tail: Harry Truman Passes Dog Training Boot Camp

Update on Harry Truman nka Jackson

photo7The 6 month mark is always an exciting time after any pet adoption. By this point a family has had the opportunity to get to know their new pet and they will have made some significant observations about their new buddy.

This is ARL alum Harry Truman, now known as Jackson to his new human companions. He was adopted in September 2013 and his family can’t praise him enough! Here’s what they had to say:

“We love him! He’s so smart, loving and absolutely perfect for us. He does well on and off leash, he passed a dog training boot camp we took him to with flying colors, he’s great with people and other dogs. We couldn’t have been luckier to have found him. We have more pictures of him in 6months than we do together after 2 years!

Jackson is doing great and loving his new home. He’s gotten very comfortable in the car, finally, and is obsessed with Kick Fetch toys, so we play often…and have to keep buying them because he chews them up. Fortunately, that’s the only thing he chews. He still has some separation anxiety when we bring him to day care once a week, but once he’s in the play room he runs around like crazy and forgets all about us.

Thanks again for helping us to take him home!”

To Jackson’s family thank you for choosing to adopt a shelter dog and for keeping us up-to-date on Jackson’s progress. We’re wishing you guys many more years of happiness!

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Thank You Thursday: The Broadway Dog Spa Donates Grooming Services for Lynnfield Dogs

Thank You Broadway Dog Spa!

The six dogs that the ARL’s Rescue Team removed from the Lynnfield hoarding house a few weeks ago underwent a dramatic transformation thanks to The Broadway Dog Spa in South Boston. The ARL doesn’t have professional groomers on staff, so whenever we take in a dog with a dire need for grooming, we rely on support from local businesses to help the dog look his or her best.

From the moment we took in the Lynnfield dogs we knew that they needed to see a groomer as soon as possible! All of their coats were overgrown and some were caked in feces and urine. Not only was a good grooming important to the dogs getting adopted, it was important to their overall health and self esteem.

The Broadway Dog Spa generously agreed to donate their grooming services to help. Take a look through our before and after photos and you’ll see the dramatic transformation. They look like entirely different dogs!

Most importantly, the grooming seemed to change their dispositions. They were clearly happier after their grooming. The dog with the most obvious shift was Zorro. Initially, very timid, he would hide in the back of his kennel and cower. Immediately after his grooming it was as though a huge weight had been lifted off of him. His tail wouldn’t stop wagging and he would run to the front of his kennel, eager for attention.

Today’s Thank You Thursday is dedicated to Michelle at The Broadway Dog Spa for coming to the aid of these dogs and generously donating grooming services to the ARL. Thank you!

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Georgina Before-After

 

 

Adoptable Dogs to Visit with Mirabelle at Pawsh!

Donations for ARL Accepted During Children’s Book Signing Event Tomorrow, 3/16

mirabelleAdoptable dogs from the Animal Rescue League of Boston will make a special appearance during a special book-signing event hosted by Pawsh Dog Boutique on Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.!

Do you know the adorable Boston terrier who graces the front of the t-shirt in their window and the cover of their greeting cards and children’s books?

Her name is Mirabelle and she’s coming to Pawsh for a book signing! The children’s books follow Mirabelle as she discovers the simple joys of every day, from playing catch to chasing a butterfly.

Pawsh will also collect supply donations at the event for the ARL, including new and lightly used leashes, blankets, towels, sheets and unopened treats. View our Boston shelter wishlist online.

For more information and updates visit the Pawsh Facebook event page.

Thank you to Pawsh for inviting our adoptable dogs and collecting donations on our behalf!

 

Thank You Thursday: Mod Squad Helps Shelter Dogs

Huge Thanks to Our Mod Squad

Halle gets a hug from Mal.

The ARL Mod Squad is a select group of experienced volunteers who specialize with training the ARL’s shelter dogs.

Working together as a team, they provide essential support in the Boston adoption center for dogs with a variety of health and behavioral issues, making sure that, even at the busiest times, every dog gets individual enrichment.

The Mod Squad also helps with adoptions – helping with introductions, offering tips and advice to potential adopters – taking photos and now taking videos!

halleToday we’d like to dedicate “Thank You Thursday” to our Mod Squad. Their latest effort has been working with shelter dog, HALLE BERRY and helping her find a home.

Halle is an active two-year-old dog who knows all her basic cues and is eager to learn. She loves cuddling with people and can be a sweet, couch potato once she has gone out for a nice walk.

Halle has been waiting for a home since November and we hope that someone will choose her soon! The Mod Squad put together this excellent video of Halle, highlighting her knowledge of commands and agility skills. Hopefully, the right person will watch it and fall in love with Halle.

Watch the video below to see Halle’s wonderful personality… and the hard work that the Mod Squad has put in to train her!

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Thank you, Mod Squad!

 

Baba Ganoush: How a Rescue Dog Became a Soul Mate

Heartfelt Update from Baba Ganoush’s New Family

One of 162 animals rescued by the ARL from a home in Plymouth, MA, Baba Ganoush (formerly known as P1) must have had a pretty rough life. When he came to our Dedham shelter, this handsome bulldog suffered from numerous skin conditions and allergies, as well as depression.

He spent almost a year in foster care before he began the long search for that perfect family. A dog who may have seemed hard to love due to his many medical issues and tragic past would need to find the right family and with much patience, he did. Now after almost six months in his new home, Baba Ganoush, aka Hoobie, is sharing his love with everyone he meets.

Read the update from his new mom to see why the love of a rescue dog is all you need:

IMG_1318“When I walked in [to the Dedham shelter] and turned that corner (P1 was the last kennel to the left on the right side), there he was and I was instantly in love. At that moment I just knew. It sounds crazy but I just knew he was meant to be a part of our family. I didn’t care that he had warts, smelly ears, allergies and was old. He was it.

He is so loveable and kind and everyone who meets him just gravitates to him.

People will stop me everywhere to ask to pet him and ask questions about him. He truly has a healing soul.  I have many friends who just ask to sit with him for a little bit to make them feel better. He’s also so good with all the small kids in my life.

We call him “Hoobie” as a nick name, I don’t know why.  All my pets have their “real” name and then a nickname, so those are his.

He has become a little bit of a hoarder. He steals my clothes and puts them in his bed.  He doesn’t eat them of chew on them, I guess he just wants something of mine.  If I’m ever missing my favorite sweater or a shoe, it usually is in Hoobie’s bed.

He is very good to his “little” sister, Rory. She gets jealous a lot that he gets a lot of attention especially from guests and he just moves over and makes room for her.  He has also taught her how to play again – she stopped playing with toys when she was around two.  Now she is right back into it which is really nice. They motivate each other.

We go to this off-leash dog park a lot and he walks right by my side, doesn’t wander at all.

He is truly my buddy. He follows me everywhere, and whimpers for me when he can’t find me.  No offense to my husband, but I feel like he is my soul mate, and I think you’d feel a kindred spirit with him too.” – Aimee

If Baba Ganoush makes you want to “spread the love” this Valentines day, visit arlboston.org/spreadthelove to see how you can help shelter pets find this kind of love. After all, doesn’t each and every animal deserve to find a soul mate?