Every year on the anniversary of the September 11 tragedy we take a moment to reflect and honor the nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners who worked the scenes in New York City and Washington DC to help with rescue efforts.
While many of the dogs who were an integral part of the rescue efforts on 9/11 have since passed, their memory lives on. This beautiful slideshow from The New York Times shows some of the heroic canines 10 years after that tragic day. It’s difficult to keep your eyes from welling-up as you look at their expressive, gray faces.
Animals play important roles in our lives. Whether they’re recovering victims after a disaster, sniffing for threats at our nation’s airports, visiting with patients in hospitals or greeting us at the door with wagging tails after a tough day’s work, pets make our lives better.
In big and small ways animals helped us respond, recover and move on. Our thoughts, today, are with all of those who lost loved ones, human or canine, on or as a result of September 11.
Too Hot for Spot Tuesday: Tips for Safely Camping with Your Dog
Labor Day weekend is just around the corner! For those of us trying to squeeze in a last minute weekend trip before the dog days of summer slip away, it’s important to keep our pet’s safety in mind if we plan on bringing the pup along for the adventure.
Here are 6 tips that will help keep your dog safe during your next over-night camping trip :
If your dog doesn’t regularly get flea/tick treatment, make sure you apply it at least a few days before the trip.
Make sure that your pet has proper ID on his/her collar at all times and a reflective collar if he/she will be out on the campsite at night.
Bring a pet first aid kit. It is always better to be prepared and often remote campsites will not have quick access to veterinary care. (We’ve been handing out pet emergency backpacks with pet first aid kits at our events)
Do some research and locate the closest animal emergency clinic and add its contact information to your phone.
Pet proof! Before you let your pet out on your campsite, thoroughly inspect the area to make sure other campers haven’t left anything behind like broken bottles or spoiled food.
Don’t let your pet roam. Because your pet is not familiar with the area, he could get lost, fall into a river, or become stuck. Other well-meaning campers may feed him something toxic or may have rat poison out in their campsite. He also may have a run in with some not-so-well meaning wildlife.
Pringle, Tater Tot and Porkchop Have Been Waiting Long Enough. Help Them Find Love!
“These three dogs are all very sweet and thoroughly enjoy the company of people – but who can blame them after having to spend 2.5 years in a kennel waiting for their chance at a home! It’s time to give them a loving family that they deserve!” – Marianne Gasbarro, ARL’s Boston Shelter Manager
If you’ve been following the story behind the crisis at Boston Animal Control’s Roslindale facility, then you’ve surely heard of Camilla, the dog brought our attention to the situation. Thankfully, Camilla was adopted and is finally experiencing what it means to have a loving home. However, Camilla is only one of four dogs who spent two and a half years at the BAC’s Roslindale pound and those dogs are patiently waiting for their chance to go home.
Pringle, Tater Tot and Porkchop came to the Animal Rescue League with Camilla on July 2 from Boston Animal Control. It’s clear that all of them crave human attention and love. There’s no reason for these dogs to be in shelters any longer. They deserve a true home.
Pringle is an adorable 4-year-old pup. She’s small and sweet and will love to sit on your lap. She’s done a couple sleepovers with a volunteer and did well crated for the car ride and for little bits of time when the volunteer left her. She loves to cuddle in bed and will wake you up with kisses and a thumping tail. Pringle loves meeting new human friends. Meet her at our Boston shelter!
Check out Pringle’s video below.
Porkchop is an easy going gal who just wants to be by your side! She can occaisonally be shy at first when meeting new people, but often times warms up right away. She’s very playful and will literally do anything you ask as long as it means she can spend time with you! She can be a bit pushy with other dogs, and will likely do best as the only dog in the house or potentially could do well with a compatible male dog. Meet her at our Brewster shelter on Cape Cod.
Tater Tot is 8-years-old and is hoping to spend her golden years with you. She is a sweet, easy going girl who loves to go for city walks and will want to say hello to every person she passes. Tater Tot loves people but would do best as an only dog. Being an older girl she does not like it when other dogs jump at her. Come in to our Boston shelter and meet this super cute girl today!
Isn’t two and a half years long enough to be homeless? Please help Pringle, Tater Tot and Porkchop find homes. Share their story with your friends and family.
Too Hot for Spot Tuesday: Tips for Safely Running with your Dog in the Summer
Exercising with your dog can be fun, but it’s important to adjust your running schedule in the summer to accommodate your pup. Running in the summer heat with your dog can be dangerous. We humans sweat in the summer, while our dog only has the ability to cool down with the pads of his feet and through panting. Your canine runner may be in excellent condition but over-heating and heatstroke can be fatal for even the most fit canines.
Here are some tips to help keep your pup safe while you train:
Adjust your running schedule to the early morning or late evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
Check the weather: It’s no fun to exercise on a 95 degree day with 80 percent humidity — for either one of you. Check the weather the night before and be flexible with your workout time, choosing cooler times of the day to get your run in. Your dog may be really sad and whine when you shut the door, but if it’s way too hot, it’s best to leave him at home where it’s cool.
Know your breed’s special health concerns: Short-muzzled breeds, like boxers can overheat quickly.
Watch for signs of dehydration: Bring along a water bottle and a collapsible bowl, periodically giving your dog water breaks
Consider the surface: Asphalt and concrete can be too hot for furry feet, and rocks and gravel may cause cuts, so stick to dirt roads or sandy trails. After the run, check your dog’s pads for cracking or other injuries.
Remember, your dog can’t tell you when he’s tired, or thirsty. Keep a watchful eye on your dog, and notice whether he’s struggling to keep up, panting excessively, or limping. Take breaks throughout your workout to give him a chance to catch his breath, rest his muscles, and grab a few laps of water.
Join the ARL & Petco Unleashed Friday, 8/8, at the Hatch Shell
The Animal Rescue League of Boston and Petco Unleashed have teamed up with WBZ Free Friday Flicks to bring you the Lego Movie at the Hatch Shell along the Charles River Esplanade in Boston on Friday, August 8. Our street team will be there with our Super Pets photo banner and other super fun things including giveaways, temp tattoos, stickers, dog treats, face painting and more!
We hope to see you and your dog there!
Free Friday Flicks is a summertime tradition in Boston, attracting thousands of movie-goers to enjoy family-oriented feature length movies under the stars all summer long at DCR’s Hatch Shell in Boston! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and watch a movie with family and friends on Friday night for free! Movies begin at sundown, but arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and enjoy free food samples, games, and giveaways with WBZ NewsRadio 1030 – the fun starts at 6pm with WBZ’s Morgan White Jr!
Meet Our Super Pets of the Week from Each of Our Shelters
Dixie is a one-year-old dainty, little cat who came to us from Boston Animal Control after the crisis at their Roslindale facility. She has proved to be high-spirited, and affectionate. She enjoys climbing -riding around on your shoulder is a real treat for her.
Dixie is a high-energy cat and needs an experienced cat owner. She would do best in a home where she’s be the only feline pet.
If Dixie sounds like the cat for you, come meet her at our Boston shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make the purr-fect match, forward this email or share her information via social media.
Henry is a 6-year-old Saint Bernard. This handsome guy is 130 lbs of love!
Henry enjoys back scratches and cuddles, as well as going for walks and playing with small dogs. He wouldn’t mind going to a home with kids and cats, but definitely can’t go to a home with another large dog. Henry didn’t have a lot of training in the early part of his life, but he is very smart and eager to learn!
If Henry sounds like the dog for you, come meet him at our Dedham shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make a great match, forward this email or share his information.
Zippy and Tony are a pair of adult male chinchillas. These two are brothers and are looking for a home together! They were used to living with kids, three cats, and a retriever, so they will do well in a busy household again. Zippy is a little more timid than his brother Tony, but they are both fairly outgoing for chinchillas.
A little more about chinchillas: They eat timothy hay, chinchilla pellets, and a few bites of fruit for a treat. They’re active, fast little critters and require a spacious cage. They don’t like to be held, despite the super soft coat. However, they enjoy getting treats and head scratches. Their species originated from a cooler environment, so they need to be kept cool during the hot summer months.
So many reasons to adopt from the Animal Rescue League of Boston
Bringing an animal into your home and making them a part of your family is a very special event indeed. In fact, some of the happiest work we do at the Animal Rescue League of Boston is helping you find a super pet!
The ARL finds homes for about 3,000 animals every year, including cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, ferrets, cows, sheep, horses, snakes, and lizards. We take in animals from a variety of circumstances, but a large portion are responsibly surrendered to us because of “people-related” reasons—their owners were moving, had no time because of a job or life change, or suddenly became sick or financially unable to care for their pets.
Animals like Pringle (pictured upper right), Cupid (pictured middle right), and Peach and Rosalina (pictured bottom center), all have big hearts with lots of love, loyalty, and good company to give to human companions—day and night!
When you adopt from a shelter, you’ll feel good about giving an animal a chance at a better life. And not just one animal – when you take your new pet home with you, the ARL can take in another at one of our shelters.
In addition to those fantastic feelings of helping a fellow living thing in need, you can also rest assured that, before they go to a new home, every adoptable animal at the ARL receives:
Health screening and veterinary examination
Behavior screening and evaluations
Flea, tick and mite treatment
Feline Leukemia test for cats/Heartworm test and preventive medication for dogs
Microchip identification and registration
With the help of the dedicated staff at our animal shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, you can learn more about whether a particular animal you meet at our shelter is a good pet-match for you before you bring them home.
Too Hot for Spot: Beach Safety Tips for You and Your Dog
Beach days can be a blast when you bring along a canine buddy, but taking a dog to the beach requires some preparation, know-how and a little common sense.
Whether your dog’s running around, jumping through waves, or just laying in the sun, it’s important to remember that anything that can harm you can harm Fido too including, sunburns, riptides, jellyfish, broken glass, sharp shells and aggressive dogs.
Here are some very important tips that will help your dog stay safe at the beach:
Provide a shady retreat under a beach umbrella, tree or a make-shift tent.
Bring plenty of fresh, cool water and a dog bowl.
The sand can be scorching on sensitive paws, so offer a blanket or towel for your dog.
Take caution with short-muzzled breeds, like pugs, Boston terriers, and shih tzus. They can overheat very quickly.
Watch for signs of overheating. Symptoms may include: rapid panting and drooling, coordination problems, vomiting and/or diarrhea, collapse and loss of consciousness .
Avoid Sunburns: Short-coated dogs, light-colored dogs and those with pink noses can sunburn the same way that we do.
Keep a collar and ID tags on your dog at all times.
Check with your vet to make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations and licenses.
Lastly, follow beach rules! Many beaches don’t allow dogs in season or during peak hours. Remember that beach rules are actually laws, and can be punishable by a fine. Check online to make sure your beach allows dogs before you go and take notice of any rules posted near the beach.
Supervise your pet as you would a child, this will ensure that he’s safe and not bothering anyone who might not enjoy the company of a dog as much as you do.
Now that you’re prepared for a beach day, go have some fun in the sun with your canine pal!
Too Hot for Spot: “National Pet Fire Safety Day” Tips to Keep Pets Safe
RITZ (pictured here) is available for adoption.
July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day and it reminds us that pets are often vulnerable victims of home fires. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by house fires, according to a data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.
Planning for unexpected emergencies like home fires and taking these precautions are an integral part of responsible pet ownership.The following tips are suggestions for pet owners on how to prevent your beloved pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep your pets safe.
What you can do to keep your pets safe:
Keep Pets Near Entrances When Away From Home – Keep collars on pets and leashes ready-to-go in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
Secure Young Pets - Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling Like Ours – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window.Thiscritical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed. Pick up one of our “Pet Rescue” window clings at an ARL shelter today!
Special thanks to all of the firefighters out there who put their own lives at risk every day to help people and their pets.
For the Second Year in a Row, the ARL will be at Futures at Fenway with Adoptable Dogs
We’re excited to be invited back to Fenway Park this year for their Futures at Fenway event tomorrow.
It’s great day of baseball action featuring Red Sox prospects and lots of family fun.
The first 25 people to stop by the ARL table and take a photo in front of our ARL Super Pets backdrop using #ARLSuperPets will receive a free ARL doggie poopbag dispenser.
After the success of last year’s event, the dogs will once again be returning to Fenway Park. Designated sections of the seating bowl will be available to owners and their dogs. All dog owners must print out the waiver, complete it and bring it with them to gain admission to Fenway Park on July 13.
Tickets are $15, $20 if you bring your dog!
After the game, stay for a special 25th Anniversary showing of the iconic classic baseball movie, Field of Dreams. The movie will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.