Do You Have Feral Cats In Your Neighborhood?

Help keep them safe by building a simple DIY cat shelter in your yard

A “feral” cat is defined as a cat that has had little or no human contact since birth. Many were initially former domestic cats that were either lost or abandoned. In many cases, these cats still depend on human caregivers for food and shelter.

Learn more about feral cats

Some feral cat colonies find shelter for themselves under sheds and uninhabited buildings. Living in these structures poses a risk for these cats because their safety is usually uncertain.

To help keep the feral cats in your neighborhood safe from the elements and potential predators, consider building your own shelter. DIY shelters are inexpensive and simple to build. Please keep in mind, there are many ways to build feral cat shelters.

Watch this video to learn how to build your own feral cat shelter:

Did you know…

That the ARL contributes to helping control the feral cat population in the Boston area? The ARL offers FREE spay and neuter TNR (trap, neuter, and release) clinics each year to feral cat caretakers in Boston.

During the clinics, cats receive a behavioral screening to identify “friendlies,” stray animals who could re-adjust to living with people as pets.  In addition to spay/neuter services, cats also receive vaccines and other veterinary services.

Learn more about the ARL’s TNR clinics by visiting


Thank You Thursday: Foster Parent Wins Photo Contest & Helps Shelter During Busy Season

Thank You Amelia Hughes & Petco

06-18-14 Amelia's Winning Photo

Amelia’s Winning Photo of Chester

Back in December, Amelia Hughes, an extraordinarily generous ARL foster parent, donor and member of our Board of Overseers, submitted a photo of Chester, her foster kitten, to Petco’s Instagram photo contest. Her photo (pictured right) was selected as a winner and as a result, the Animal Rescue League received a $500 gift card to Petco!

We saved the gift card for our busiest time… kitten season! In the summer, our shelters are flooded with kittens, many of whom need some extra care. Our amazing network of foster parents takes them under their wings and we provide them with vital supplies for proper kitten care.

Earlier this week, our Director of Shelter Operations took a little trip to Petco for some much needed kitten supplies including:

  • KMR (kitten formula)
  • Bottles for neonatal kittens (kittens who are still in need of formula but no mom is available)
  • Thermometers

You’ll see from the photo below that we’ve stocked up on some kitten essentials, but please note that we’re always in need of more supplies. If you’re interested in donating supplies to the Animal Rescue League’s Boston shelter, please see our Amazon Wishlist.

A heartfelt thank you to Amelia and Petco for helping to improve the lives of homeless animals!

06-18-14 Foster Care Donations


Kittens Trapped in Chelsea Hair Salon, Saved!

Patience Pays Off in Kitten Rescue

Senior Rescue Technician, Bill Tanguay retrieving a kitten.

Senior Rescue Technician, Bill Tanguay retrieving a kitten.

About a month ago the ARL Boston Rescue Team received a call from a hair salon in Chelsea about some kittens that seemed to be stuck in their ceiling. The stylists could hear the sound of pitter-pattering above them as they worked.

Our rescue team went to the scene and from what they could see, it was clear that there were a lot of kittens stuck up there and this rescue would be no easy task. Rescue technicians were visiting the hair salon every few days to try to catch more kittens, this became a true team effort.

Brian O’Connor, Manager of Rescue Services at the ARL said “The most challenging part was that they were all stuck in a drop-ceiling in a business. so they were surrounded with wires.” The Chelsea fire department even came in with their infrared camera, but because of all the wires they couldn’t discern where the kittens actually were.

At one point it was clear that one of the kittens had actually ended up behind a wall and after receiving permission from the business owner, one of our rescue technicians cut a hole in the wall to retrieve the poor little guy.

The kitten who was rescued from inside the wall.

The kitten rescued from inside the wall.

One-by-one, all of the kittens were saved! Thank you to everyone at the hair salon for their patience as we helped get this little family out.

In total, seven kittens plus mom were rescued from the Chelsea hair salon. We’re happy to report that everyone is doing well. The kittens were brought to our Dedham shelter where they were placed in foster homes and the mom is currently in our Boston shelter undergoing evaluation.

Great work everyone!

Kitten number 6!

Kitten number 6!

Finally, kitten number 7!

Finally, kitten number 7! A little frightened and dirty, but okay!


Foster Parents Needed at Brewster Shelter

Kitten Season is Coming. Please Help the Brewster Shelter Prepare!

NapoleonKittenKitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding the ARL’s shelters across Eastern, MA with litters.

Foster parents are a vital component of kitten season. They expand our reach outside of the animal shelter walls and help us take-in many more litters than would otherwise be possible.

The ARL’s Brewster animal shelter on Cape Cod is growing their foster program and needs more foster parents.

If you have room in your heart and home, you can help us expand our services and save more animals!

Becoming a foster parent is great for people who:

  • Have pets and have the capacity to care for other animals in their home
  • Don’t have pets, but love animals and want to have them in their home temporarily

To become a foster parent complete an application online and submit a one-time, non-refundable application fee. This is a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and helps us with the processing of the applications.  We review all foster care applications to match people with the appropriate animal cases since there are animals with various foster care needs.

Click this link to apply today and join the ARL family:


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 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 or 617-226-5608.


09-18 Champions Circle Photo Ad


Attention Animal Loving Friends, Please Vote

Vote to Help the League Win the ASPCA Community Engagement Award

By voting, you are helping animals like Rodeo. Please vote every day!

By voting, you are helping animals like Rodeo. Please vote every day!

Starting this Thursday, August 15 you will have, in your hands, the power to help the Animal Rescue League of Boston win the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge Community Engagement Award. This is when it really counts, so please set a reminder in your calendar to vote once per day until August 31!

If we win the Community Engagement Award our shelter animals will receive $25,000. Even one vote can make a big difference to us! In order to win the award we need to reach our goal of saving 1200 cats and dogs by August 31 AND receive the most votes. If you can adopt and vote, then we highly encourage you to do both!

You can vote once each day between Noon ET on August 15, 2013 and 11:59 PM ET on August 31, 2013. Anyone age 13 and older with a valid Facebook account can vote. All voting is done through the Facebook Voting App on our Facebook pages. Just select Animal Rescue League of Boston when you vote. The Facebook Voting App is supported on computers only, however, you may be be able to vote using your smartphone or iPad by accessing Facebook through the device’s web browser.

You will know that your vote went through when you see the  “Thank you for voting” page indicating that your vote was successfully submitted.

For more information or if you have any questions about how to vote see the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge Voting frequently asked questions.


Yes, We Have Kittens…

… And Lots of Them!

If you’ve been waiting to adopt a kitten, now is the time to visit the Animal Rescue League of Boston! We currently have 18 kittens between the ages of 12 weeks and six months. By adopting one of these kittens you’re not only giving a good home to a deserving animal, but you’re also helping us reach our goal of adopting out 1200 cats and dogs by August 31. We have about 600 more to go, so please adopt!

Our adoption hours this weekend are Friday – Sunday 1p.m. – 4p.m. If you want to speed up the adoption process you can download and fill out our adoption application ahead of time. Here are just a few of the little cuties waiting to go home with you:

08-09 Kittens_CompositePhoto


Extended Hours This Weekend

07-16ExtendedAdoptionHours_ThumbWe’ve just passed the halfway mark for our summer campaign of finding homes for 1200 cats and dogs by August 31 and we’re extending adoption hours this weekend, so more animals have a chance of being adopted. We have so many fantastic cats and dogs just waiting to go home with you. Get to one of our adoption centers early and find your next four-footed-friend! We have another special cat adoption promotion coming up, so stay tuned!

Boston– Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Brewster– Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21,  10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Dedham– Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21,  11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Adopt new pets at one of our shelters from now until August 31 to save lives and support the League’s participation in the 2013 ASPCA Rachel Ray ChallengeWe need your help to reach our goal and SAVE MORE LIVES! Please adopt!

Escape the Rain and Visit Our Boston Shelter Today!

Just a few of our adoptable dogs from left to right: Rocky, McDoogle, George, Caesar

Just a few of our amazing, adoptable dogs from left to right: Rocky, McDoogle, George, Caesar

We had an exciting weekend here at the League, because 54 cats and dogs were adopted, but our kick-off weekend is not over yet! While our Boston shelter is typically closed on Mondays, we’ll be open today from 1-4p.m.! Help us reach our goal of finding homes for 1200 animals in 12 weeks! Get out of the rain and come cuddle with some of our fabulous cats and dogs. We have so many incredible animals waiting for their forever homes. We need YOUR help to save 1200 in 12 weeks!

If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, our Boston shelter is giving away beautiful hand-made quilts (while supplies last), donated by the amazing students and instructors from the Brandeis theatre department with each cat adoption. Your kitties will already have a bed when they go home with you!


Adopt new pets at one of our shelters June 1-August 31 to save lives and support the League’s participation in the 2013 ASPCA Rachel Ray Challenge! Our goal is “1,200 in 12 weeks,” and we need you to help make it happen!

Happy Mother’s Day

MothersDayPhotoWe would like to wish our foster moms, our adopter moms and all moms a beautiful and joyous Mother’s Day. Thank you for all that you do!