A Mastiff Relief for Titan!

Big and Lovable Lovable Dog thriving after surgery

donations for titan

Titan, 6-year-old Mastiff, needed a $2,000 surgery to remove and test a large tumor in his abdomen.

During a routine neuter surgery,  our shelter veterinarian discovered shelter dog Titan had a large mass in his abdomen.  X-rays confirmed the 6-year-old big and loveable Mastiff had a tumor.

According to ARL shelter veterinarian Dr. Erin Doyle, about 50% of this type of tumor are benign and the other 50% are cancerous.  Sadly, dogs with the cancerous-type of tumor have a 6-month life expectancy after the tumor is removed without additional medical intervention.

Titan needed a $2,000 surgery to immediately remove the tumor and test for cancer.  The ARL moved quickly to get Titan the medical care and testing he needed.

Titan’s goofy grin and happy-go-lucky personality had quickly warmed the hearts of everyone at the shelter.  Everyone was hoping for the best when he underwent surgery a week later.

Thankfully, we got what we were hoping for!

Titan's adoption day

A recovering Titan (Mastiff on the right) post-surgery posing for a photo with his new family on his adoption day!

“Titan’s tumor ended up being a very rare type of benign kidney tumor,” happily reported Dr. Doyle.  “Now that the tumor has been removed, Titan should be able to go on to live a normal life.”

With the tumor gone,  Titan was cured and medically-cleared for adoption. He went home with a new family shortly after surgery and by all reports is doing better than ever!

Would you like to help Titan and other animals like him?

Only with your support can dogs like Titan get emergency medical assistance when they need it most.

The ARL doesn’t receive any government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters like you to provide veterinary care and treatment for shelter animals who have no one else to turn to for help when they’re sick or injured.

MAKE YOUR DONATION GO FARTHER NOW!  The Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund will generously match your donation today dollar for dollar!

Please visit arlboston/kintera.org/titan or click the button below to make a donation to help pay for the care and treatment of Titan and other animals like him.

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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!

Bella Before-After Buddy Before-After Shadow Before-After Sugar Before-After Zorro Before-After

Georgina Before-After



3 Things You Might Not Know About the ARL

Long History, Far Reach, Community Support

If you read our blog, chances are you’re somewhat familiar with our organization, but if you’ve never visited our Dedham location, you may wonder about what the building in our logo means.

12-30 3 Things about ARL_thumb1. History of the Red Barn Logo

The red barn in our logo reminds us of where we came from and stands as an important symbol of protection against the suffering so many animals still endure. The brutal treatment of horses, dogs and cats in Boston’s neighborhoods first moved Anna Harris Smith to establish the ARL and to open animal shelters throughout the state as a refuge in 1899. Anna Harris Smith dedicated much time and resources to helping Boston’s working horses. Many spent time in the red barn at our Dedham location, a haven from the poor, sometimes cruel treatment the too often suffered.

Horses may no longer roam the streets of Boston, but clearly animal cruelty and neglect still exist today.


RottiRescuelow2. Rescuing Animals Near and Far

Our Rescue Team has traveled as far as Haiti and New Orleans to help animals after natural disasters. While we primarily focus on animals in our own community, our Rescue team has responded when disaster relief organizations have called on them for assistance with saving animals in devastated areas.


3. 100% of Our Funding Comes from Donors Like You

We don’t receive any government funding and rely solely on the generosity of our supporters to help animals in need. All of the animals that come through our doors are able to receive the care they need only thanks to you. So if you haven’t already, please make a donation today. Click here or on the green button “DONATE” button in the upper right corner of this page.

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Learn more about the impact of your donations on animals in need at issuu.com/arlboston/docs/4-sheet_about_animal_rescue_league




Tis the Season of Giving

Every dollar helps shelter animals get one step closer to their dream

Your tax-deductible gift to the Animal Rescue League of Boston will ensure that animals in distress receive the care they need, and a chance to find a loving, caring home for the holidays.

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Your donation will help animals like Allie Mae.

We hope you’ll choose one of the options below and make a gift to the animals at the ARL.


One Day Until Giving Tuesday

Looking to Give Back After All of That Holiday Shopping?

11-29 Giving Tuesday Instagram Photo PawThen please try Giving Tuesday on for size! Tomorrow is the biggest giving day of the year! Join the world in celebrating Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving by donating to the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund which provides financial assistance to families with limited economic means so they don’t have to make the agonizing choice between everyday necessities and caring for their pet at the time of an emergency.

By giving to the Alice T. Whitney Fund, you are helping a family just like yours keep their beloved pet alive. We can’t think of a more rewarding way to give during the holiday season!

On December 3, 2013 please donate to the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.

Visit arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013 for more information about the Fund and how to donate on Giving Tuesday.

Read more stories of people and pets whose lives were touched by the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Fund:


Just 1 Week Until Giving Tuesday

On Giving Tuesday Give to Families and Pets Who Desperately Need It

11-26 Giving Tuesday KittenSince 2008 the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund has helped over 366 families and their pets in dire situations. Without this Fund many of these animals would not have received the care they needed  because their families were consistently turned down by other veterinarians for not being able to afford emergency veterinary costs, many of which involved complicated surgeries that can cost over $5,000. Most people don’t just have that kind of money just lying around, but thankfully the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund helps families with financial need when their pets desperately need help.

By giving to the Alice T. Whitney Fund, you are helping a family just like yours keep their beloved pet alive. We can’t think of a more rewarding way to give during the holiday season.

We’re thinking of families like the Belding’s, whose kitten suffered a broken leg after their toddler tripped over him. For this very low-income family, Trigger’s successful treatment –  plus vaccination, neutering, medications and the loan of a crate –  meant the world.

It is simply heartbreaking to think of a pet parent having to choose between paying the rent or eating and relieving a beloved pet’s suffering.

On December 3, 2013 please donate to the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.

Visit arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013 for more information about the Fund and how to donate on Giving Tuesday.

Read more stories of people and pets whose lives were touched by the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Fund:


Clean Out Your Closet for the Love of Animals

Make Fashion a Force For Good

Introducing Gilt City and Fashion Project, our newest partners who are offering a $50 Gilt City credit when you clean out your closet for the animals at the ARL. Register on Gilt City for a free, in-home or in-office donation pick-up by Fashion Project and receive your credit when you donate.

55% of the net proceeds from the sale of these goods will go directly to benefit animals in need at our shelters. Join us in making fashion a force for good.

What is Gilt City?

Gilt City is the local lifestyle site from the Gilt Groupe. Experience the very best restaurants, spas, salons, exclusive events and shows in your city – all at insider prices. Gilt City will help you to Love Your City More.

What is Fashion Project?

Fashion Project is the luxury clothing donation service that turns your gently-used designer clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories into support for the charity of your choice, which in this case is the ARL!

Learn more here: www.gilt.com/fashionprojectbos

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Save the Date for GivingTuesday

Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. GIVING TUESDAY.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is proud to partner with GivingTuesday for the second year in a row!

Our goal is to raise $5,000 for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on December 3. Please save the date! 

#GivingTuesday is a special call to action and creates a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season to inspire giving every day.

While you start your holiday shopping, please keep in mind that there are families who are sometimes forced to choose between paying their rent or getting Fido lifesaving surgery after he was accidentally hit by a car. On GivingTuesday we ask that you help those families by donating to the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.

The Fund provides financial assistance to families with limited economic means so they don’t have to make the agonizing choice between everyday necessities and caring for their pet at the time of an emergency.

Every Tuesday throughout the month of November we’ll share with you the story of a family and their pet, whose life was saved thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Fund.

You can give the gift of love and time to a family and their pet in their time of need.

Learn more about the ARL’s GivingTuesday Campaign: http://www.arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013/



Be A Champ: Help Animals Year-Round

Your Continuous Support Matters to Animals

By joining our Champions Circle you will make an immediate impact by providing the ARL with a steady source of revenue year-round.

This group of faithful animal lovers who make a regular, monthly donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston all year long make a HUGE difference in the lives of needy animals. As a Champions Circle member your donation amount can vary from $5 per month to $100+ per month and it’s up to you how much you give.

Know that your ongoing, generous support is crucial to our ability to rescue, treat and care for the animals in your community.

As an active Champions Circle member you will receive:

  • A monthly letter with updates on the current animals in our care and any upcoming League events.
  • A copy of our bi-annual magazine, Our Four Footed Friends, that highlights the amazing work made possible by you.
  • You will have the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour of any of our shelters to see your gift in action.

Signing up is easy! Visit arlboston.org/champions or click the SIGN UP NOW button below and indicate the frequency of your gift – we will take care of the rest!

If you prefer to receive monthly reminders and pay by check please contact Keegan Garnsey at kgarnsey@arlboston.org or 617-226-5608.


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Moving Weekend, Donate What You Don’t Need

Don’t Know What to do With Those Extra Towels? We’ll Take ‘Em!

As we kick-off the busiest moving weekend in Massachusetts we encourage you to think about what you can donate to local organizations as you pack and prepare to move. We can all agree that packing might we the worst part of moving, so if you’re getting rid of any of the items listed below, *please donate them to our Boston or Dedham shelters.

dog on towelsThere are a few things that we ALWAYS need at our shelters:

  • Towels
  • Sheets
  • Comforters
  • Pet beds
  • Pet toys
  • Pet bowls
  • Pet carriers
  • Dish and laundry detergent

On behalf of all of our shelter animals that use these items every day, “thank you!”

Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Chandler Street
Boston, MA 02116

Close to the Orange line, Green line and Silver line.
Easy access from I-90 and I-93.

*Please make sure that all items are washed and clean before donating. Thank you!