A Heartwarming “Happy Tail” for Adopt-A-Dog Month
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!
Learn more about the Center for Shelter Dogs at: centerforshelterdogs.org
Five very special guests at our Boston shelter can all use your help.
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.
In spite of the terrible living conditions from where they came just a short time ago, all the members of this Fab Five are doing amazingly well—sweet as can be and eager for love and attention.
They do all have medical concerns that will require veterinary attention and monitoring in the future, but as of this morning are all available for adoption!
Visit arlboston.org/boston-shelter for more information and the address of our Boston shelter.
Photo Credit: Maria L. Uribe
Photo Credit: Maria L. Uribe
Photo Credit: Maria L. Uribe
Simultaneous pet adoption events at the League’s Boston, Dedham, and Brewster shelters in end-of-summer push to save lives
Boston, MA – On Saturday, August 31, the Animal Rescue League of Boston will wind down the dog-days of summer with the Take Me Home Today Adoptathon at all three of its shelter locations in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster.
Featuring extended hours, extra staff, door prizes for all pet adopters and more, these fun public events also have a higher purpose: to help find homes for 400 cats and dogs.
“One of our driving priorities is to save more lives,” explains Mary Nee, President of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. “In addition to finding loving homes for the animals in our care, we want to help more people experience the amazing love and devotion of a shelter pet.”
The Adoptathon is also part of the League’s participation in the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge, a nationwide competition among 50 shelters to increase pet adoptions and qualify for critical grant money for programs and services.
To win the Challenge, the League has from June 1 to August 31 to find homes for 1200 cats and dogs. To date, the League’s shelters have found forever homes for about 800 pets and have seen an increase in summertime adoptions.
Because the League receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters, Nee says adopting a cat or dog from one of the League’s shelters on August 31 will make a big difference in the lives of animals in need: “Not only will you save the life of the pet you adopt, but you also save the one that will take its place in the shelter, along with countless others that will benefit from the veterinary care and rescue services Challenge grant money will help us fund.”
Animal Rescue League of Boston shelter locations and Adoptathon hours are as follows:
- Boston: 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA, 11:00 am- 8:00 pm
- Brewster: 3981 Main St (Rte 6A), Brewster, MA, 11:00 am- 6:00 pm
- Dedham: 55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
For more information about the cats and dogs available for adoption, visit arlboston.org/search-adoptables.
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Waltham, We’re Bringing Our Adoptable Animals To You
We’re hosting a mobile pet adoption event at the Petco in Waltham tomorrow. Help us reach our goal of finding homes for 1200 cats and dogs by August 31 by adopting from us.
We’re coming to you to make it easier for everyone. Even if you can’t adopt, feel free to stop by and say “hi.” We always enjoy meeting animal lovers everywhere we go!
Whenever you adopt a pet you’re eligible for Petco’s Think Adoption First Care and Savings Program.
Center for Shelter Dogs Survey on Shelter Dog Photos
Help us improve how we feature our adoptable dogs! Our Center for Shelter Dogs would like your help reviewing a photo of a former shelter dog (who has since found a home) and answering some questions about the photo and the dog. All responses are anonymous and confidential and it only takes 10 minutes. Must be 18 years or older. Click the link to get started! https://www.arlbsurveys.com/survey/html.pro?ID=85
… 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:
Not only are we extending adoption hours this weekend, BUT several of our young cats have waived adoption fees thanks to two generous sponsors! You can learn more about Faith, Riley, Isabel, Aloysha and Shirley below. The sponsors chose these cats specifically, because they have all been here the longest of any of our young cats! You can meet all of these fantastic felines at our Boston shelter. We open at 11:00a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, so get here early to adopt your new love!
FAITH: 70+ days at shelter
Faith is a very sweet one-year-old little girl who loves attention and would probably be fine with dogs. She is affectionate, playful and talkative. In her home, she really liked being a lap cat, and if you want to make her extremely happy, just give her some treats! While Faith is gentle with her play, she does sometimes use her claws so we think she would do best in a home without young children. She would prefer to be the only cat in the house. Visit or call (617) 226-5602 to learn more about Faith.
RILEY: 65+ days at shelter
Riley is an energetic and super-playful two-year-old boy who gives kisses! He also loves to play and cuddle. In short, he’s amazing! In his previous home Riley was described as being friendly with everyone, including visitors. Riley does not like other animals, so he’d go best in a home where he can be the only kitty you love. Visit or call (617) 226-5602 to learn more about Riley.
ISABEL: 55+ days at shelter
Isabel is a one-year-old purring machine! Like many cats who first come into the shelter, Isabel was a bit fearful at first. But that fearfulness didn’t last for long. She loves full body petting and absolutely ADORES being brushed. Once she becomes very comfortable with you, you may even see her roll over on her side so that you can touch her tummy! Just wait until you hear how loudly she purrs! We have noticed she doesn’t appear to like very loud noises, so we think that Isabel would do best in a quiet home. Visit or call (617) 226-5602 to learn more about Isabel.
ALOYSHA: 45+ days at shelter
Aloysha is beautiful three-year-old girl who just loves to hang out in her bed. When you reach in to pet her she doesn’t shrink back, she leans into it and asks for more attention. She’s a real sucker for head and cheek scratching and really relaxes into a good old fashioned neck and shoulder massage! Visit or call (617) 226-5602 to learn more about Aloysha.
Glenda is a lovely 3-year old white and grey spayed femal and a true socialite! The more people in the room, the happier she is. While you and your friends sit around laughing and talking, Glenda will quietly sidle up for a pet or even a lap if your lucky! She loves being the center of attention but she can blend into the group as well. Glenda has met both cats and dogs here at the shelter and seems to like both! Visit or call (617) 226-5602 to learn more about Glenda.
Crescent is a fantastic companion! She is a great mix of affectionate and independent. She loves to say hi to everyone and will greet you with purrs and headbutting. While she does love attention, she is also just as content to sleep the day away on her favorite bed while you are busy around the house or at work. Despite being great cat, Crescent has been at the League since January 26, the longest of any of our current cats. Please help us find a home for her!
She is eight years-young and would do best in a home with older children or adults only. She is a fairly low-energy cat and will play with toys on occasion. She is generally a quiet little girl, but she does have a talkative side. She loves to chirp at you to say hello, tell you she’s hungry and to let you know she sees birds outside.
If you are looking for a sweet, independent yet affectionate cat then please consider bringing this laid-back lady into your home. Crescent is currently in foster care, so please call our Boston Adoption Center for more info 617.426.9170.
When 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!