Throwback Thursday: Dogs at Play

Historic Photos of Dogs Playing for Adopt-A-Dog-Month

Most dogs love any opportunity to play. At the ARL we hold dog playgroup for our shelter dogs every morning, so they can get their exercise and socialize with one another. Here are some fun photos of playful dogs who were a part of the ARL’s history.

October is Adopt-A-Dog-Month and we’re celebrating all month long! View the dogs that are currently waiting for loving homes on our website.

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Throwback Thursday: Dogs of 1941

Historic Dog Photos for Adopt-A-Dog-Month

In celebration of Adopt-A-Dog-Month, here are a few photos of dogs that came to the Animal Rescue League of Boston in 1941. Since our founding we have believed that every dog is unique and different.

View the dogs that are currently waiting for loving homes on our website.

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Throwback Thursday: “Cat In Tree” Rescues in 1940

Historic Cat Rescue Photos from the ARL Archives

A lot has changed since 1940, but even today you still need brave, animal-loving Rescue Technicians to save a cat stuck in a tree. Today our Rescue Team receives at least a few calls a week about a feline stuck high up in a tree top. Follow our Rescue Team on twitter to stay up-to-speed on their latest rescue activities.

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Throwback Thursday: Horses at the League in 1940

Horses have been an important part the the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s history. ARL founder, Anna Harris Smith was very passionate about Boston’s working horses and dedicated much time and resources to helping them. Here are a few photos of horses that we helped in 1940. The August 1940 issue of Our Four Footed Friends featured two horses! Learn more about the ARL’s history:



Adoptable Dog Photo Survey

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!

Announcing the Launch of Dogs in Thought

Dogs in Thought is a photo book by renowned photographer, Mitch Weiss, the proceeds of which will be donated in full to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and the MSPCA.

dogVisit to learn more about the project, reserve a portrait sitting, or pre-order a copy of the book. Portrait sittings are taking place through April 30th, so book one for your dog today! This fine art series aims to convey their collective vitality while bringing light to the individual features and characteristics that make each pup special.

Please help us spread the word!