It’s two does and a buck born happy and healthy at the ARL’s Dedham Adoption Center
Seraphina (the mom goat) shortly after she was rescued.
Remember this little lady who roamed Billerica, MA back in August peering into office windows and prancing through backyards? She even had her own hashtag on Twitter as folks around town snapped pictures and shared sighting locations when she made several unscheduled appearances.
Once the ARL’s Rescue Team got the call though, her end-of-summer walkabout was cut short. The team swiftly and humanely rescued her and transported her safely to our Dedham Adoption Center.
Caregivers in Dedham soon realized they’d inadvertently cut short her babymoon, that one last vacation many expecting parents try squeeze in before welcoming a little bundle of joy.
Or, as in this goat’s case, three little bundles.
After several weeks of pampering, Seraphina gave birth to two does and a buck—a.k.a., two girls and a boy—last Sunday. The goats have been named after the characters from Three’s Company, Jack, Chrissy and Janet!
At their mother’s insistence, the little goats remain totally unaware of her notoriety. They do, however, have some sense that they are totally adorable.
After at least eight weeks with mom, this threesome has a home waiting for them and, according to our Dedham adoption center, there’s some good prospects for their mother too. After all, who wouldn’t want a goat who has her own hashtag?
A Game for Dogs Who Just Don’t Want to Play Fetch
Have you tried playing fetch with your dog, but he just doesn’t seem interested in returning the toy? We have just the game for your pup! Next time your canine companion is in the mood to play, try the “Chase Game.”
Reblogged from the Center for Shelter Dogs - a program of the Animal Rescue League of Boston
GOAL: To play a game with the dog which incorporates fun, training, and exercise.
You are the source of fun! Play energetically with your dog with the chase toy (lunge whip or tether with a lightweight stuffed toy tied to the end like this one from KONG). The dog should never make mouth contact with your hands or other body parts, must always drop the toy when asked, and must not ‘take’ the toy until the cue is given. Breaking the rules results in a temporary end to the game (and fun), for a minimum of one minute. Put the toy out of reach of the dog, and ignore the dog during the break.
1. Say ‘take it’ and then begin flinging and moving the toy around so that your dog can jump
at, chase, and attempt to catch the toy.
2. After some running, leaping, and chasing, allow the dog to catch the toy.
3. Cue the dog to ‘drop it’.
4. If the dog won’t release the chase toy, try:
- Putting a tasty treat right in front of the dog’s nose
- Tossing several treats onto the ground
- Squeaking a squeaky toy (which is kept in your pocket for this purpose)
- Dropping the chase toy
5. When the dog releases the toy, give the dog a treat and immediately encourage the dog to
‘take it’ again!
Download the Chase Game PDF
Reminder: October is Adopt-A-Dog Month! Here at the ARL we have many extraordinary dogs waiting for loving homes. Search our adoptable dogs now.
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.
Learn more about the League’s History here: http://www.arlboston.org/history/
A Rescue Technician rescuing a cat in February of 1940.
Preparing for a cat rescue in May of 1940.
The ARL Has Many Inseparable Pairs of Cats Right Now
Sasha and Colby are a super sweet, snuggly, and affectionate bonded pair of 8 year-old cats who found their way back to the shelter when their owner became ill and could no longer care for them.
Sasha is a long-haired tortie spayed female cat, and Colby is a long-haired orange neutered male cat. They both enjoy being brushed and should be brushed regularly to keep their coats soft.
They love spending time together and couldn’t imagine being separated; therefore, they must go to their new home together. You’ll often find them snuggling, grooming each other and relaxing.
Senior cats make amazing pets!
If you’re looking for an amazing pair of lovebugs, visit our Boston shelter meet Sasha and Colby today!
Your Continuous Support Matters to Animals
By joining our Champions Circle you will make an immediate impact by providing the ARL with a steady source of revenue year-round.
This group of faithful animal lovers who make a regular, monthly donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston all year long make a HUGE difference in the lives of needy animals. As a Champions Circle member your donation amount can vary from $5 per month to $100+ per month and it’s up to you how much you give.
Know that your ongoing, generous support is crucial to our ability to rescue, treat and care for the animals in your community.
As an active Champions Circle member you will receive:
- A monthly letter with updates on the current animals in our care and any upcoming League events.
- A copy of our bi-annual magazine, Our Four Footed Friends, that highlights the amazing work made possible by you.
- You will have the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour of any of our shelters to see your gift in action.
Signing up is easy! Visit arlboston.org/champions or click the SIGN UP NOW button below and indicate the frequency of your gift – we will take care of the rest!
If you prefer to receive monthly reminders and pay by check please contact Keegan Garnsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-226-5608.
SIGN UP NOW
Many Fabulous Adoptions During the Adoptathon
Thank you to all of the sponsors, volunteers and staff who made Saturday’s Adoptathon possible and a huge thank you to the adopters who made the event a success. Take a look at a few photos of the animals who were adopted from our Boston shelter on Saturday! Stay tuned for more highlights from the event!
Annie Oakley – Adopted!
Deeks – Adopted!
Duchess – Adopted!
Brownie – Adopted!
Mufasa – Adopted!
Rosemary & Basil – Adopted!
Rufus – Adopted!
Shortcake – Adopted!
Stefen & Sawyer
Rizzo – Adopted, and she has a new sister!
Summer – Adopted!
Fluffy – The last adoption of the day!
Goose with Arrow Through its Head to be Reunited with Family
On August 1 the League’s Rescue Team was informed of a Canada Goose who was shot through the head with an archery arrow. Our Rescue Team rushed over to the scene, rescued the injured goose and transported him to the New England Wildlife Center (NEWC).
The Canada Goose was alert and conscious, but he was malnourished and had no use of his jaw. Dr. Metz, A veterinarian at NEWC, successfully removed the arrow and packed the wound with surgical padding to prevent further infection of the skin. Fortunately, the arrow did not damage any major nerves or muscles in his face and the goose is again able to move his head and jaw. After three and a half weeks of rehabilitative care, medication and nutritional support he is healthy enough to be released back to the wild.
The release will take place today at noon at a pond near the Ellis Haven Camp Ground in Plymouth, MA . Katrina Bergman, the NEWC’s executive director said “We are particularly excited that the Canada Goose will be released back to the pond where his mate and goslings are. It is critical that we as a society protect the most vulnerable among us. Providing medical care to wildlife caught in harm’s way is just the right thing to do.”
The Animal Rescue League of Boston and the New England Wildlife Center often work closely together and we are so happy that the Canada Goose is healthy and will be reunited with his family! We’d like to extend a huge thank you to NEWC. Nice work everyone!
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Shorty Collins Hill the First and His Story
Every year on Shorty’s birthday, Cecilia likes to make a visit to the League to look at all of the little kittens. She hopes that all of them will be just as lucky as her cat and will find loving homes of their own. When we recently learned of how Shorty came into Cecilia’s life and we knew that we simply had to share their story with our online community. Here’s what Cecilia had to say about Shorty:
“Shorty Collins Hill 1st was born on July 27, 2006. Shorty’s shelter name was Prince and he came from a litter of eight. There are a couple of things that are very different about Shorty, that not too many people know about. Shorty was returned to the League at three months old. The day that I saw him at the shelter I knew he was the kitten for me, however, someone was already interested in him. The person adopted him and his sister, but brought him back because they decided that they didn’t want him maybe because of his bob-tail, and the fact that his back legs were bow-legged. My family got a call from one of the shelter agents who said that “the cat that we looked at was returned, and if we still wanted to adopt him, to come on over.” So we did, but once we arrived, a little boy and his mother were already looking at the kitten. My heart was on the floor, I wanted that kitten so bad that I was about too cry.
I waited to see if the little boy and his mother were going to adopt the kitten, and thankfully for me, the lady told her son that maybe later they would get a kitten, but not right now. Once I heard that the kitten was available again, I was very happy, I said to one of the shelter agents, I am here and this little one is going home with me!
I took the little kitten and sat down with him in the meeting room, and we looked at each other like a mother looking at her child for the first time. He licked my nose and when I sat him in my lap, he crawled into my jacket pocket. Once we processed the paper work and he was officially ours, I asked my daughter what she wanted to name him? She said “Collins” mommy, we’ll name him after one of the men from the TV Show “Fab-Five.” Shorty became his first name, and we gave him my daughters last name, “Hill.” So, he become Shorty Collins Hill 1st. (The reason why we said the 1st is because he’s neutered, and that means no babies from him, sorry!)
Shorty turned seven this year and he has grown up to be a very big cat, in good shape, and every time it’s his birthday I like to take a visit to the A.R.L.” - Cecilia
If you’re thinking about adding a new cat to your family, please adopt from the League. We have many kittens and adult cats waiting for loving homes. If you adopt on or before August 31, you’ll be helping us reach our goal of finding homes for 1200 cats and dogs by August 31.
Goat on the Loose Caught by ARL Rescue Team
Thanks to a job well done by our Rescue Team, a goat from Billerica was caught on Wednesday, after running on the loose for two days. The goat is now safe and has been transported to our Dedham Shelter where she will remain until an owner comes forward. If no owner is found, then she will be available for adoption soon! View the video of the rescue from Boston’s Channel 7 News:
Thank You to All Who Voted for Us
It’s a very happy Thursday at the Animal Rescue League of Boston! Why? Because the League has been named Best Local Charity on The Boston A-List for the first time ever! We couldn’t have done it without the help of our volunteers and supporters. From all of the staff and animals here at the Boston shelter THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us. Your support and recognition mean SO much to us all.