A Wedding Gift for Animal Lovers

Muffin’s Adoption Fee Sponsored as Wedding Gift

When Izak and Chelsea visited the ARL’s Boston shelter a few weeks ago to find out about adopting a cat after their wedding they fell in love with Muffin. With their wedding and honeymoon just a few weeks away, they knew they couldn’t commit to adopting a pet at that time.

Zoe, a friend of Izak and Chelsea’s, heard them talk about how much they love Muffin and decided to give them the most amazing wedding gift! She came to the Boston shelter to sponsor Muffin’s adoption fee in hopes that Muffin could find a great home with someone else.

Muffin is currently waiting to for a loving home and with a story like this, we hopes she finds one very soon! She is a very sweet  and playful kitty, but doesn’t particularly enjoy the company of other cats and would prefer to be the only cat in the house. One of her favorite things is getting her back scratched!

You can learn more about Muffin by viewing her adoption profile or vising our Boston adoption center and asking to meet with her.

Izak and Chelsea were married on September 6. Congrats Izak and Chelsea!!! We wish you a wonderful life filled with loving friends, both human and four-footed!

MUFFIN and her sign for Izak and Chelsea.

MUFFIN and her sign for Izak and Chelsea.


Feline Focus: How to Choose the Right Companion Cat


Reggie, adoptable at our Boston shelter.

Living in a multi-cat household can be extremely rewarding. Contrary to popular belief, cats are highly social creatures that benefit from feline companionship. Cats will often play together, groom each other, and give each other much-needed socialization. So if you’re considering adopting a new feline pal, here are some tips for finding the “purrfect” match:

A New Cat or a Companion Cat?

It is important to know the reason why you’re looking to adopt a new cat. Is the cat for you, or is it a friend for your resident cat? If the former, then the cats only have to tolerate each other and be able to share territory peacefully. If the latter, then you’re looking for a cat who will be interacting with and getting along with your resident cat. If that is the case, then whichever feline you choose must be a good match for your cat, with your own preferences coming in second.

Kitten or Adult?

Age isn’t so important. It’s often thought to be easier to integrate a kitten into a household simply because they are less threatening to a resident cat than an adult. However, there are plenty of adult cats who would make great companions, and because feline personality doesn’t begin to solidify until a cat is about 8 months old, it is easier to make a good match with an adult.

The most important thing is to match energy level/playfulness and personality. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How energetic is my cat? How often does he/she need to play?
  2. What type of play does my cat like? Is he/she very athletic, or more mellow during playtime?
  3. Is my cat outgoing or shy?
  4. Has my cat had previous experience living with or meeting other cats? How has he/she reacted?

For older, less playful cats, a kitten might not be the best choice. Kittens are in constant motion and might aggravate a mellower cat. A kitten might also not do well with an extremely active resident cat who could accidentally hurt a kitten during play.

Male or Female?

With spayed and neutered pets, certain pairings are easier, in general, to integrate. In order:

  • Male/Male companionship is the easiest
  • Male/Female is intermediate
  • Female/Female is more difficult

Female cats can sometimes be more territorial with each other than (neutered) male cats. However, there are always exceptions. There are female cats who come into the shelter who are wonderful with other cats, and there are males who refuse to like other cats, so always ask a staff member or volunteer about a particular cat you’re interested in!

At the Adoption Center

When you’re adopting a companion cat, it’s important to let a volunteer or staff person know about your resident feline. We’re happy to help you pick out the best match and we know our cats pretty well!

For instance, every Monday in our Boston adoption center, we have cat playgroup in which we test our cats’ compatibility with each other. We then place them into groups depending on their interactions (such as, Group 1 for cats who like other cats and love to play, and Group 2 for cats who like other cats but are more mellow). We also often have information on cats from previous owners.

Making your home a multi-cat home can be a great experience, and can add enrichment and socialization for your resident cat. But for the best chance of success it’s important to make a good match.

Two Best Friends Wish to Be Together Forever

patches&honeyWhen you’ve been with your best friend for your whole life, it can be devastating if you’re separated and that’s why whenever possible the League tries to find a home for bonded cats or dogs that will adopt them both!

Patches and Honey are older cats who are very bonded to each other and they need to be adopted as a pair. They’ve been at our Dedham shelter since February 26! Patches is somewhat reserved, but she does appreciate being petted and occasionally seeks out cuddles. Honey is very affectionate and seeks out attention often! The pair were formerly indoor/outdoor cats, but due to their ages we would like them to retire to indoors only. Patches and Honey both have been vaccinated and given a clean bill of health by our veterinarian. We are asking that they go home together because they have been together their whole lives.

Patches is a spayed, female tortie and white Domestic Longhair. Honey is a neutered male, buff and white Domestic Shorthair. They are estimated to be about 13 years old. We are offering them as $75 for the pair. If you are interested in learning more about them, please call 781. 326.0729 or visit our Dedham shelter today!

The League often receives cats that need to be placed in adoptive homes together. Their tragic beginnings, insecurities, or love for one another can bond them emotionally. Please consider adopting a bonded pair or one of our other many adult cats up for adoption!

Please share Patches and Honey’s story with everyone you know!

Double Your Fun With Sancho And Jack

photo (20)This dynamic duo is sure to bring some fun into your life. Sancho and Jack are a pair of DECLAWED male cats who are best buds. Jack is often a lap cat and Sancho (the grey and white one) is most comfortable sitting close to you. In his previous home, Sancho responded very positively to “kiss” sounds! Jack is described as being friendly with visitors right away. He enjoys a scratch behind the ear and being petted. Sancho can play a bit rough and was known to be scared of children in his previous home, so we think this pair would do best in a home with adults only or older children.

Here’s a little more about Sancho and Jack:

  • They are 7-year old neutered males.
  • Allergies are the reason they were surrendered to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
  • They are very bonded to each other. 
  • Their favorite things are hanging out together, snacking on treats, and attention from people!

Sancho&JackManCaveIf you’d like to meet Sancho and Jack, you’ll find them hanging out in their very own “man cave” at our Boston Adoption Center. Want to learn more about them before stopping by, give our Animal Care & Adoption Agents a call at 617.426.9170!

Heidi and U-Haul Celebrate Adopt-A-Guinea Pig Month


Heidi (L) & U-Haul (R)

March is Adopt-A-Guinea Pig Month!  Most people assume that animal shelters only have cats and dogs, but here at the Animal Rescue League of Boston we have a knowledgeable staff and are able to accommodate a variety of animals including guinea pigs! Julie Morris, ASPCA senior vice president for National Shelter Outreach, designated March as Adopt-a-Rescued-Guinea Pig celebration month. “The idea behind the celebration month is to encourage future adopters to think of shelters and rescue groups first.” Between our three branches, we currently have 6 guinea pigs available for adoption, so if you’re thinking about getting a guinea pig, why not consider adopting one from the League?

U-Haul and Heidi are 3 year old female guinea pigs who were brought to the League because their owner was moving. They have lived together since they were babies and are best friends  As you can imagine they are very attached to each other and would like to go to their forever home together. They are well socialized, very friendly and like being held and petted. Will you help Heidi and U-Haul celebrate Adopt-A-Guinea Pig Month in  new home? Share this with anyone you know who’s thinking of getting a guinea pig! If you’re interested in adopting Heidi and U-Haul, stop by our Boston Adoption Center or give us a call at 617.426.9170.

A Custom-Made Pair

Bondeed CatsWere furtive glances exchanged across the adoption floor? Was there batting of eyelashes and flexing of muscles behind their cage doors? We’ll never know.

But when Faith, a shy, petite 6-year-old, and Slick, a chill and anything-but-petite 8-year-old, were adopted together last year, it was apparent from the start that these two cats were meant for each other.

They had another couple to thank for uniting them. John and Liz knew they wanted to adopt two cats. As John puts it, “We have a lot of love to give.” Faith’s glamour shot caught John’s eye. Liz also went web surfing and fell for Slick’s longhaired good looks.

SlickPhoto Credit: Christine Barton

Slick Photo Credit: Christine Barton

Both cats had gone through some hard times. Faith’s owner had too many cats to properly care for. Sadly, Slick’s owner became homeless and had to give him up. Since both had lived with other cats before, the match was promising.  What’s more, Faith had tested well in our weekly feline playgroup.

Once home, the two were renamed Nina and Tony, an homage to Liz’s Italian roots. After a few days of recommended separation, they met face to face. Little Nina sauntered up to Tony, who outweighs her by about ten pounds, and gave him a head butt.

A few days later, John spotted the two intertwined on his office chair. “They were in each other’s arms and it looked like a single cat.” The two have been inseparable ever since.

FaithPhoto Credit: Christine Barton

Photo Credit: Christine Barton

Some people are hesitant to adopt two cats for fear they won’t bond with their human companions. But that hasn’t been John’s experience. “This is the second pair I’ve lived with and each cat has bonded in their own way with me.”

For instance, Nina seeks out belly rubs and likes to plop Ping-Pong balls in front of Liz and John as an invitation to play. And Tony? “He loves lap time with both of us. He will sleep for hours without moving.”

If you’re considering creating your own custom-made pair like Tony and Nina or are looking for a companion for your cat at home, our staff and volunteers would be happy to help with recommendations, based on the cat’s history and behavior at the shelter, including its time in feline playgroup. We can also guide you through the process of introducing cats to each other.

Or if you’re in the market for a ready-made pair, we often have bonded cats who need to go home together. We currently have two bonded pairs available for adoption: BUTTERCUP and TIGGER and WATSON and SHERLOCK.

John and Liz couldn’t be happier with their feline pairing. “We love having them here. We feel so fortunate they are with us.”

There is one point of disagreement between Nina and Tony. Those Ping-Pong balls Nina likes to play with? Tony has no interest in them. “They just bounce off his big head if he gets in the middle of playing with us.”

Turtle Makes A Visit To The League

Turtle's epic smile!

Turtle’s epic smile!

Many League supporters will remember Turtle, who was rescued in 2009 after being used as a “bait dog” to train dogs for fighting.

Wes (formerly Snowball) and Turtle wait for a treat.

Wes (formerly Snowball) and Turtle wait for a treat.

Last week Turtle and her new buddy Wes Welker (formerly known as Snowball) the 7-month-old maltese puppy who came to the League with a broken paw stopped by the Animal Rescue League of Boston. They were greeted by many friendly faces. Turtle’s recovery is remarkable. Today she is as happy and healthy as can be and enjoys spending time with her new friend Wes.

If you’d like to learn more about Turtle’s story you can read about it here.

Turtle and Wes catch up with members of our Advancement Team.

Turtle and Wes catch up with members of our Advancement Team.