Thank You Thursday: Girl Scouts Going for the Bronze

Girl Scouts Donate Treats & Toys for Shelter Pets

02-27-14 Thank You Girl Scouts_PhotoThese Girl Scouts from the Learning Project Elementary School in Boston have been working hard at earning their bronze award. For their service project they’ve chosen to help the animals at the ARL and they keep stopping by our shelter with lots of new goodies for the animals here.

Over the past few months they’ve donated handmade cat toys, dog food, peanut butter, treats and towels for the animals at our Boston shelter.

We’re always so thrilled to see kids getting involved with animal welfare from a young age! Thank you for all that you do to help shelter pets! Keep it up girls!

If you’d like to donate items to the ARL’s shelter pets view our shelter wishlist.

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2013 Giving Tuesday Results

Thank You to All Who Donated to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund

We are happy to announce that we exceeded our goal of $5,000 for Giving Tuesday and raised a total of $5,600 for the Helping Hand Fund!

Thanks to everyone who donated to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund, fewer families will have to make the choice between feeding their family and paying for emergency veterinary costs for their pet.

With your donation you helped families like the Johnsons and the Phillips who were facing hard times and worried that they wouldn’t be able to save their beloved pets.

The ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand 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. It was created by long-term ARL supporter Jane Marshall in memory of her grandmother Alice T. Whitney, who served for many years on the ARL’s Board as an ardent animal lover and advocate.

If you would like to contribute to the ARL in other ways please visit arlboston.org/donate

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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:

 

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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Giving Tuesday: The Johnson Family and Fred

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday & Help Families like the Johnsons

Our goal is to raise $5,000 for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on December 3 to help families like the Johnsons when they and their pets need it the most. Please save the date! 

Fred was an indoor cat who had escaped from his house in a phenomenon known as “door dashing.” His family, the Johnsons, searched frantically for Fred for two days. When they finally found their beloved cat, it was clear that Fred had somehow been seriously injured and was in extreme pain.

The family rushed Fred to their local veterinarian who was able to x-ray him and treat him with pain medication. It turned out that Fred had a broken jaw, but sadly the family couldn’t afford the further treatment he needed. Times were tough and Mrs. Johnson had just lost her job.

Thankfully, the Johnson Family turned to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and brought Fred to Boston Veterinary Care (BVC). Thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund, the Johnson family was able to afford the complicated repair surgery for their dear pet. The surgery went well and Fred recovered from his injuries and was reunited with his family!

Stories like the Johnson’s would not be possible without your support for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.

Start the Giving Season off right and mark your calendar for Giving Tuesday on December 3. On Giving Tuesday please donate to this fund and give families and their pets the gift of love and time when they desperately need it!

Learn more about Giving Tuesday and the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund: arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013/

Check out our blog next Tuesday for another story about a family and their pet, whose life was saved thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.

Photo: Pet MD

Photo: Pet MD

 

Your Dog’s Been Hit by a Car. What Do You Do Now?

Foxy was Hit by a Car and Her Family Had Fallen on Hard Times

photo 1Every Tuesday leading up to GivingTuesday on December 3, we’ll be sharing with you a touching story of a family who got the special gift of love and time thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund and supporters like you. We’re starting with Foxy, a four-year-old Chihuahua who was hit by a car.

Candace was getting Foxy ready to go out for her morning walk. Foxy, hearing the jingle of the leash, was excitedly bouncing around Candace’s legs. Candace’s son, not knowing Foxy’s leash was unsecured, opened the front door to head to work. In Foxy’s excitement, she dashed out the door and into the busy street.

They called out to Foxy in a panic, but it was too late. Foxy was hit by an oncoming car while her family watched helplessly. At a mere 6 pounds, it’s a miracle that the impact of the collision did not kill her instantly.

Candace and her son sprinted to Foxy – she lay whimpering in pain, unable to use her hind legs and struggling to get up. Being as gentle as possible, they lifted her injured body into their car and rushed her to the nearby animal hospital.

They arrived; hopeful that Foxy’s pain would soon be eased, but instead were faced with an impossible decision. The emergency surgery that Foxy needed to survive was going to cost $4,000 and Candace did not have the money to pay the bill.

The only other option that was offered to her was to humanely euthanize her companion, which was unthinkable.

Unfortunately, Candace had fallen on hard times and was living on a very strict budget. Frantically trying to figure out what to do, a friend referred her to Boston Veterinary Care, the veterinary clinic at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

When Candace called the ARL, her prayers were answered. ARL staff informed her that she qualified for the Alice T. Whitney Fund.

After several lengthy surgeries and countless days of medical treatment and rehabilitation, Foxy was reunited with Candace. Although it was hard for her to be apart from her best friend for so long, Candice is forever grateful that Foxy was given a second chance.

Please mark you calendar and remember to give to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on December 3 for #GivingTuesday.

Your donation will help animals like Foxy and people like Candace – in times when they need it the most.

Learn more about #GivingTuesday and the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund: arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013/

Because of the generous people who donate to the Alice T. Whitney Fund, Foxy is with us today! Please give on #GivingTuesday.

Because of the generous people who donate to the Alice T. Whitney Fund, Foxy is with us today! Please give on #GivingTuesday.

 

 

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.

SIGN UP NOW

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Look for Our Billboards Across Eastern MA

We are excited to partner with Clear Channel Outdoor Boston!

Clear Channel Outdoor Boston is helping get the word out about our amazing shelter animals and upcoming Adoptathon on August 31. Look for our billboards in the following places:

  • 2 boards in Medford along Rt. 93 (both facing traffic driving north)
  • 1 in Stoneham along Rt. 93 (facing traffic driving north)
  • 1 in Stoneham along Rt. 93 (facing traffic driving south)
  • 1 in Lawrence along Rt. 495 (facing traffic driving north)
  • 1 in Lawrence along Rt. 495 (facing traffic driving south)

Please adopt a cat or dog by August 31st to help us win the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge! We still need to find homes for 400 pets by the end of summer!

We are very grateful to our animal-loving friends at Clear Channel Outdoor Boston for their support!

A billboard in Stoneham advertising our August 31 Adoptathon!

A billboard in Stoneham advertising our August 31 Adoptathon!

 

Cambridge Savings Bank Donates to the League

We’d like to extend a big “thank you” to Cambridge Savings Bank for selecting the League for this year’s Social Madness campaign and for their $1000 donation to help support the work of the Animal Rescue League of Boston! On top of that, they saw that we are in desperate need of towels and bedding for our shelter animals brought one of their CSB blankets for our animals!

Thank you for your support and for being a great neighbor!

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The Latest Version of Our Magazine is Now Online!

Check-out the latest issue of Our Four-Footed Friends, the League’s magazine, for stories about what we’ve been up to for the last few months!

In this issue you’ll learn about:

  • How our new President, Mary Nee and League Founder, Anna Harris Smith are similar
  • The League’s public policy agenda and six animal welfare bills that we support
  • How regular people helped save the lives of animals
  • Eye-opening findings on breed identification research
  • Our amazing volunteers
  • Upcoming events
  • And much, much more!
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