Happy Tail: Bruschi is Truly a Part of the Family

Update from Bruschi (Adopted 11/25/13)

Bruschi, his new fam,. staff and volunteers on the day he was adopted.

Bruschi, his new fam, staff ,and volunteers on the day he was adopted.

Happy Mutt Monday! Start your week off with a heartwarming update about a lovable dog named Bruschi.

When Bruschi came in to the Animal Rescue League in October of 2013, we knew he was special. This lovable big boy adored human attention and would do just about anything for a hug. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite and received that attention he so desperately craved!

It took a little over a month for Bruschi to find a home, but when he did, boy did he score big! He was adopted on November 25, 2013 by Lauren and Tom and had a heartfelt send-off. Since his adoption they’ve kept the ARL staff up-to-date with Bruschi’s daily life and progress.

Here’s their latest note:

“Hi ARL staff!

Bruschi is doing great – He’s truly a part of our family.  He is so happy the snow is melting finally, and he loves to play catch with tennis balls! He also loves to cuddle as you see [in the pictures]! He is so gentle and is a big baby. We love him and couldn’t be more grateful that we had the chance to adopt him! We will have to bring him in soon to visit!” - Lauren, Tom & Bruschi

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The family out in the snow.

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Bruschi is all smiles.

We currently have several very friendly Pit Bull-type dogs available for adoption at our Boston shelter. View them online or stop by during adoption hours, Tuesday – Thursdfay 1p.m.-7p.m. and Friday – Sunday 1p.m.-4p.m.).

 

Adoptable Dogs to Visit with Mirabelle at Pawsh!

Donations for ARL Accepted During Children’s Book Signing Event Tomorrow, 3/16

mirabelleAdoptable dogs from the Animal Rescue League of Boston will make a special appearance during a special book-signing event hosted by Pawsh Dog Boutique on Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.!

Do you know the adorable Boston terrier who graces the front of the t-shirt in their window and the cover of their greeting cards and children’s books?

Her name is Mirabelle and she’s coming to Pawsh for a book signing! The children’s books follow Mirabelle as she discovers the simple joys of every day, from playing catch to chasing a butterfly.

Pawsh will also collect supply donations at the event for the ARL, including new and lightly used leashes, blankets, towels, sheets and unopened treats. View our Boston shelter wishlist online.

For more information and updates visit the Pawsh Facebook event page.

Thank you to Pawsh for inviting our adoptable dogs and collecting donations on our behalf!

 

Pets of the Week: Guinea Pigs Siskel and Ebert

Best Buds Hoping for a Permanent Home Together

SSiskel & Ebert Heartiskel 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.

Learn more about guinea pigs.

We hope you’ll add Siskel & Ebert to your pack!

 

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Siskel & Ebert
Photo: Maria Uribe

 

 

Hop to It! Adopt a Rabbit.

February is Adopt-A-Rescued-Rabbit Month

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.

View our adoptable rabbits online, or come to one of our shelters to meet them, and possibly adopt one of these furry loves into your home.

If you don’t have room in your home for any more of these lil’ guys, you can spread the love by sponsoring an adoption fee and helping a deserving bunny hop on home this Valentine’s Day.

Sponsor an Adoption Fee

 

Pet of the Week: Philbert is Looking for a Special Family

Cat Rescued in June, Now Waits for His Purrrfect Match

You probably remember reading about Philbert back in June when our Rescue Team saved him from an illegal leg-hold trap.

Read more about his incredible rescue.

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.

Learn more about Philbert.

If you think you’re the special person that Philbert is looking for, come meet him at our Boston shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make the purrfect match, please share his information via social media.

Photo: Amelia Hughes

Photo: Amelia Hughes

 

Phoenix is Home for the Holidays

Sweet Girl will ring in 2014 with her new family!

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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!


 

 

Give Jemma the Best Gift of All, A Home

Reduced Adoption Fee!

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.

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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!

To learn more about Jemma visit our Brewster adoption center on Cape Cod or give them a call at (508) 255-1030.

 

160 Days is Too Long for Such a Sweet Dog

Will You Help Phoenix Find a Home for the Holidays?

Phoenix would love to come home with you!

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.

 

Rikki’s Story: Unique Dog Finds Best Friend [VIDEO]

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!

Please make a donation today to help animals like Rikki find the perfect match all year long.

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Thank you to local videographers Twin Lens Media for producing this video of Rikki and Katherine.  And thank you t0 Rikki’s family for allowing us to share her story.

 

Alice’s New Beginning Thanks to Cape Cod Community

 A Heartwarming “Happy Tail” for Adopt-A-Dog Month

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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.

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).

Alice with her new family at her favorite place. Rachel (L), David (C) and Daniel (R).