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:
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
The family out in the snow.
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.).
The 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!
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!
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!
Today 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!
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:
“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?