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!

We Have The Perfect Gift For Mom

Is Your Mom An Animal Lover? We have a few ways to show her how much you care this Mother’s Day! 


  • If you’d prefer to make a one time gift in your mom’s name, you can make a Tribute Gift to her. It’s easy: just visit our donation page, fill out your information and check the box that says “Yes, this is an honor or memorial gift” and fill out your mom’s information. In the special instructions section write “Mother’s Day,” so we can send her a special card.
  • PawsForWebsiteGive her something she can look forward to that you can do together. Register for our PAWS for Celebration walk on June 22 on Cape Cod. It’s fun and you’re welcome to bring your dog. After you complete the walk, enjoy some snacks and entertainment! For more info about the day and how to register, visit our Paws for Celebration Website!

The best part is, you’re giving Mom a memorable gift and aiding animals! Complete your online donation gift for mom by Wednesday, May 8 and we’ll send her a special card acknowledging her donation to help needy animals and wishing her a happy Mother’s Day!

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!

Lil’ Nugget: The Story of an ARLB Foster Kitten (Part I)

Lil' Nugget yesterday in his new foster home with his bff, hippo. Photo Credit: Maria Uribe

Lil’ Nugget yesterday in his new foster home with his bff, hippo. Photo Credit: Maria U.

Being a kitten without a home is tough, and it’s even tougher when you aren’t feeling well, your belly is empty and you just want to snuggle under a warm blanket and take a nap. Foster parents like Maria allow the Animal Rescue League of Boston to reach outside of the brick and mortar of our shelter and provide kittens with a warm and loving place for them to grow big and strong until they are ready to become available for adoption.

“LIL’ NUGGET” is a four-week-old kitten who came to the League after being surrendered by his owner last week. There were just too many cats in the house, and Lil’ Nugget was sick. But his former owner knew that we could provide the loving care he needed, and that he would find his forever home through us. For the next four weeks, we’re going to follow Lil’ Nugget through his time in foster care.

Lil' Nugget after he first arrived at the ARL.

Lil’ Nugget after he first arrived at the ARL of Boston.

Upon his arrival this little kitten received a medical evaluation, some food to fill his belly and a name! On Friday evening he went to his foster home with one of our fabulous foster parents and League volunteers, Maria. He’ll stay there until he’s 8-weeks-old.

Maria described him as “a little bit shy, but is learning to know us and getting more used to his foster home.” The kitten is currently in isolation (meaning he has his own room!) because he has a respiratory infection, which is highly contagious and could be passed on to his foster sibling if contact is made. Lil’ Nugget is receiving medicine every day and, after 5 days, should be ready to leave isolation.

Lil' Nugget snuggling in his new bed.

Lil’ Nugget snuggling in his new bed.

The good news is that Lil’ Nugget has a healthy appetite and is eating all of his food. He loves his wet food and is slowly being introduced to dry food. Maria says that her other cat is “very curious about the ‘new family member,’ I am sure she is waiting for him to come out so they can play together.”

Check back to our blog next Tuesday for an update on Lil’ Nugget’s progress!