Siskel and Ebert are best buds who have been at the ARL’s Boston shelter since November. They are two very friendly guinea pigs who would make great pets!
These two boys are very attached to each other and we would love for them to go home together this Valentine’s Day weekend!
Siskel and Ebert are charming and talkative little animals and their unique personalities will provide you with hours of joy and love.
Guinea pigs can make great companions for both first-time or experienced pet owners. Given that they are prey animals, guinea pigs require time, patience and a gentle hand. Once they are comfortable with you and their new surroundings, their personalities really shine. Just like any other pet, guinea pigs require a lot of care and attention. It is important to familiarize yourself with their daily and long term needs before adding one to your family.
If you or your friends or family members are considering getting a guinea pig (or two) please consider adoption first. Throughout the year our shelters have many small animals including guinea pigs just waiting for their perfect match.
If you’re trying to decide on a new pet consider this: rabbits make perfect household pets for the right people, especially for apartment dwellers.
You won’t have to rush home from work to let a rabbit out. They need some time outside of their cage every day, but they require less attention than dogs or cats. Rabbits eat salad and hay, and love carrots as treats – in moderation.
Rabbits are curious and friendly by nature. They’ll entertain you with their silly antics, and love to cuddle next to you on the sofa. They’re also quiet and clean – they can easily be trained to use a litterbox (huge plus).
Right now all three of our shelters have more rabbits available for adoption than usual including shorthaired, albino mini-lops, mini rexes and several others.
Philbert lives with a very real reminder of that experience – his left front paw had to be amputated. He also tested positive for FIV and has a heart murmur. Here at the ARL we treat every animal as an individual and despite his health issues, we believe Philbert deserves to experience a family of his very own.
After time in a loving foster home, Philbert has become accustomed to his new body and is ready to find his forever family!
You can imagine that after everything he’s been through, Philbert is a shy boy, but this timid cat has an incredibly sweet side and wants nothing more than to love and to be loved. If you have room in your heart and home, please consider making Philbert a part of your life.
Phoenix at home with the feline and canine members of her new family.
Just before Christmas, we shared the story of Phoenix, a beautiful, sweet softie of a dog who came to our Dedham adoption center in July. She was a total staff favorite – she was always so happy and full of playful energy.
Since arriving at the adoption center, Phoenix had waited patiently for a family. We all wanted her to find a home for the holidays, so feel especially excited to share the news that after more than 160 days of waiting, she has!
After seeing Phoenix’s video, a very nice family from Weymouth adopted her. She will ring in 2014 with her new people and their other pets, a cat and a one-year-old mastiff mix named Dozer.
A very special thank you to everyone who helped Phoenix find her new home and of course to her new family for welcoming her into their hearts!
Jemma is ready to find her new home! She has been at our Brewster adoption center since June watching all the other kitties be adopted into their new homes, and she is ready for that special someone to come in and choose her!
One of our wonderful volunteers has sponsored part of her adoption fee to help her find her way home for the holidays! You’ll be able to take $100 off of her adoption fee.
Beautiful Jemma has taken up residence in our offices, where she can oversee daily shelter activities. She thinks that her job is to assist you with your office work and she makes a lovely assistant.
This beautiful 18 month-old girl has unique orange splotched markings – even on her legs!
She is well behaved and never makes a mess or knocks things off the desks. She does, however, like to play – she loves paperclips and other similar little things that she can bat around. Be ready for her spicy play style! Jemma is food motivated and would be a lot of fun if you wanted to teach her some tricks.
She would be thrilled to find herself in a low-traffic home where she can be the Princess. She does not want to be friends with other kitties, although she has done well with quiet, small dogs who respect her as the boss.
Please open your heart and home to Jemma for the holidays and give her the best gift of all!
Will You Help Phoenix Find a Home for the Holidays?
Phoenix would love to come home with you!
Don’t let this girl’s tough looks fool you, Phoenix is a big softy! This very friendly three-year-old dog has been at our Dedham adoption center since July (about 160 days).
In order to help her find a home in time for the holidays, a generous donor has sponsored her adoption fee!
Phoenix is a very playful and energetic dog and can chase tennis balls for hours, so she needs to go to an active home where she will get plenty of exercise. She is pretty powerful, so she’ll needs someone who is prepared for some leash training.
She enjoys affection and the company of loving people and is very ready for the perfect family to take her into their home.
To fall in love with Phoenix watch the video below.
Phoenix has been given a clean bill of of health, vaccinated, and spayed by our shelter veterinarians. If you are interested in meeting this gorgeous lady, please visit her at the Dedham adoption center or call them at (781) 326-0729 with any questions.
Not Every Pet is Perfect, But Every Pet Deserves the Perfect Home!
Several months ago, a little dog named Rikki arrived at our Dedham Adoption Center. Though she had a deformity in her front legs, she certainly didn’t act like she did. She moved and played, and was especially sweet.
And that’s what the family that adopted Rikki saw—an affectionate and playful pup who just thought she was like every other dog.
Here at the Animal Rescue League of Boston we treat every animal as an individual and we believe that every pet deserves a chance to experience love and human companionship. This video of Rikki and her person, Katherine, will inspire you – we can all learn something from this wise little girl!
Share this video with your friends, family, and all of your social networks. Let’s make it go viral! It’s beautifully done and, above all else, a wonderfully happy story!
Dr. Quigley & Alice when she first arrived at the ARL.
Alice, a 7-month mixed breed puppy had a rough start.
When she arrived at the ARL, veterinarian Dr. Kyle Quigley immediately noticed she was having trouble with her back legs. He discovered that she had almost no muscle development in her hind limbs and was having trouble being a regular puppy.
Her hips were severely disabled and would require extensive and expensive surgeries as she grew older.
In spite of her medical condition, the Brewster shelter found a wonderful adoptive family for Alice from Sandwich, MA.
Rachel, her fiance David and son Daniel knew that Alice would require a lot of TLC and they were up for the challenge of caring for this puppy. The family agreed to take Alice as a foster pet and to start her on physical therapy to build strength in her legs before surgery.
Alice in underwater therapy at CARE.
Therapists at Cape Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE) generously offered to do underwater treadmill sessions with Alice at no cost. Using water to take stress off of Alice’s delicate joints, therapists helped Alice exercise safely and build critical muscle tone and control of her back legs.
The underwater therapy at CARE was so effective that Alice’s veterinarians decided that an operation on her hips was no longer needed! According to Dr. Quigley “her recovery and the muscle mass that she developed were truly remarkable and a testament to the powerful benefits of physical therapy.”
Alice’s foster family fell so much in love with her that they adopted her! Rachel said that “Everyone keeps saying how lucky Alice is to have had so many chances and so many champions, but we feel like we’re the lucky ones. We love her to pieces!”
Alice continues her water treadmill therapy twice a week at CARE and enjoys regular romps, walks and swims at Barnstable’s Sandy Neck Beach with her new family!
Thank you to everyone at CARE and Nancy Bishop and Heather Garre for so generously donating their therapy services to Alice.
Alice with her new family at her favorite place. Rachel (L), David (C) and Daniel (R).
Some helpful tips from the ARL’s Center for Shelter Dogs for Adopt-A-Dog Month about taking your newly adopted pup to the dog park.
Reblogged from the Center for Shelter Dogs
OWEN loves to play and is available for adoption at our Brewster Adoption Center!
Many adopters want to be able to enjoy dog parks with their new companion. Dog parks can be a great opportunity for dogs to play off leash (especially in a city environment) and to enjoy some social time with their own species. Dog parks can also help high energy dogs to burn off some energy so they can be more relaxed in the home.
Here are some carefully crafted tips from the Center for Shelter Dogs that might help you when you visit dog parks with your dog.
Recognize that not all dogs like dog parks! Learn your dog’s preferences for doggy companions and respect his or her space, if needed. Like humans, mature dogs often don’t enjoy rambunctious, adolescent play. Many dogs, especially adult dogs, prefer to have just two or three good dog friends that have similar play styles for structured play dates. Going to the park at off-peak hours can also help a new dog to adjust and not be overwhelmed by large crowds of dogs.
Stay in tune with your dog during dog park visits. Just because your dog is off leash doesn’t mean that you don’t have to pay attention to your dog. Recalls and time outs can keep your dog connected to you and paying attention. Time outs, away from rough play, can also help to keep play from escalating into over-arousal. Don’t use this time to catch up on your reading or chat on your cell phone. And be sure to work with your dog on a good recall command before visiting dog parks.
Keep your dog vaccinated and on a regular de-worming schedule. Just like highly populated human areas, dog parks can harbor transmissible diseases from the wide variety of dogs who frequent them. Keeping your dog up to date on vaccinations, including Bordetella, can help reduce their risk of getting sick. Worms can also be prevalent at dog parks so speak to your veterinarian about getting on a de-worming schedule along with monthly heartworm preventative.
Find a well-set-up and appropriately-sized dog park. Try to find a dog park with ample room for the number of dogs in attendance. There should be areas where your dog can move away from the group and go off on his own if he chooses. Bringing leashed dogs into dog parks can cause trouble. Good dog parks should have double gates that prevent escapes and allow owners to take off their dog’s leash before entering the park. Some dog parks have a trail system which allows dogs and owners to keep moving, cutting down on altercations and tense greetings.
Avoid carrying food or other high-value items in parks. Food and treats can cause dogs to fight during times that they might otherwise not. If your dog is highly toy-motivated, toys can also become a source of competition and lead to resource guarding in the park.
Watching dogs play can be a great source of joy for many dog owners. Owners can find play opportunities in dog parks, dog daycares, or in small playgroups. Taking the steps above can ensure that the dog park experience is right for the dog and enjoyable for all involved. If your dog is not a fan of dog parks, enjoying a nice walk on a summer evening can be wonderful too!
Five very special guests at our Boston shelter can all use your help.
TWO Photo Credit: Maria L. Uribe
As reported in the MetroWest Daily News today, Marlborough Animal Control removed five Maltese dogs from the home where they were staying due to unsanitary conditions.
The dogs were filthy and appeared thin and dehydrated, so were taken to Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for evaluation. Because their fur was so matted and caked in urine and feces, they had to be shaved before they were returned to Marlborough Animal Control.
Later in the week, the dogs were delivered to us for continued care and treatment of a wide range of medical issues.
Everything we do for these dogs—from rescue to shelter and veterinary services—is with one goal in mind: to help them get better and find loving homes. And it’s only through the generosity of supporters like you that we can provide this kind of comprehensive assistance to animals in need.
Please visit arlboston.kintera.org/2013maltese or click the button below to make a donation to help us pay for the care and treatment of these dogs and others like them.