4 of 5 Maltese Dogs Adopted, More to Come!

Thanks to You, the League Is Able to Take More Needy Maltese Dogs

09-10 Maltese Dogs Update Rudy

RUDY is currently in loving foster home while he waits to be adopted.

Two weeks ago we shared with you the story of five Maltese Dogs that were removed by Marlborough Animal Control from the home where they were staying, due to unsanitary conditions.

We took the dogs in and cared for and treated their wide range of medical issues.

Despite everything they had been through, these pups were very friendly and four of the five dogs have already been adopted! Thanks to a wonderful family, little Rudy is in foster care while he patiently waits to find his perfect match.

The Maltese dogs that came to us are not the only ones that needed help and thanks to all of your generous donations, the Animal Rescue League of Boston is able to take in and care for more dogs from this case. Today we received five more Maltese dogs. They are currently settling in and undergoing behavioral and medical evaluations.

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.


All of the dogs have medical concerns that will require veterinary attention and monitoring in the future. If you’re interested in adopting one of the Maltese dogs keep checking our Search Adoptables page. Their photos and adoption profiles will be posted online as soon as any of the dogs become available for adoption.

Visit arlboston.org/boston-shelter for more information and the address of our Boston shelter.

McDoogle is 85lbs of Love!

McDoogleMeet MCDOOGLE! This 5 year-old male pup came to us from another shelter, so we don’t know too much about his past. What we do know is that he’s around 85lbs of love! McDoogle attends our daily playgroup and does well with other large dogs. Because he’s a big boy, he’d do best in a home with older sturdy kids. Don’t let his tough exterior fool you, this guy has a lot of love to give and just wants a family to call his own. When you see his floppy tongue and goofy smile, you just can’t help but smile back!

If McDoogle has stolen your heart and you’d like more info about him, stop by our Boston shelter or give us a call at 617.226.5602!

Come to Our Party!

We hope you’ll join us and honorary guest Mayor Thomas M. Menino for the debut of Boston’s newest public animal sculpture, “Dancing with Spheres!” Be the first to see this amazing sculpture by David Phillips. We’re keeping it tightly under wraps until the big reveal!

  1. Where: Our dog play yard at 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116
  2. When: Friday, May 31, 2-4p.m.
  3. Why: Because you’re a part of our family and we want to celebrate this exciting day with you!

After the debut, join us for an open house and refreshments in our Boston shelter. The event will take place rain or shine and is open to the public, so bring your friends and family. R.S.V.P. on our Facebook event page!

Invite ScreenshotDavid Phillips is an award-winning artist known for his sculptures, which can be found throughout the United States and Japan. His distinguished portfolio of public art includes everyone’s favorite frogs at Boston Common’s Tadpole Playground among other works throughout Boston. 

“Dancing with Spheres” was generously commissioned by Tony Lopes. Thank you to our generous friends Boston Private Bank & Trust Co. and Kelly McKernan, Senior Vice President Investment Management & Trust and League Board Member for being the lead sponsors for this event.

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This Tiny Dog Won’t Let A Birth Defect Stop Her


Alexis is a 5 year old, tiny little chihuahua mix. She is an incredibly sweet and affectionate girl. Alexis came to us from another shelter after being brought there because her owner could no longer care for her. She has not let this defect impair her life and as you’ll see in the video below she is a very playful gal!

When she arrived at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Dedham shelter, Alexis met with Dr. Davis, our resident expert vet on all things orthopedic. After he and our experienced team of veterinarians discussed Alexis’ situation they came to the conclusion that because her deformity does’t hold her back there was no need to put her through the pain and months of rehabilitation that surgery would cause. It was determined that surgery would not improve her quality of life.

Alexis has made such a huge impression on both our staff and volunteers. She wants nothing more than to love and be loved. She does not seem to mind cats or older quiet dogs. Due to her difficulties, she would do best in a home with children who are old enough and knowledgeable enough not to trample her. Stop by our Dedham shelter to meet this little sweetheart.

“Along Came Polly” A Little Love Bug

PollyIf you’re looking for a sweet little cuddle bug to follow you around and sit on your lap, Polly is the gal for you. She’s a 7 year-old female, white and brown chihuahua who came to our shelter because her owner was having a baby and could no longer care for her.


Polly spent some quality time with staff members yesterday. She said “thanks” with her smile!

Polly is very affectionate once she gets to know you and will jump in your lap to say hi or give you a kiss! She’s a happy pup and will often greet you with a wagging tail. She’ll be your best friend and LOVES being babied. Polly gets a little stressed in her kennel at the shelter, but she revels in any opportunity to hang out with our shelter agents behind the adoption desk and that’s when she really shines. As with many chihuahuas, Polly can be a little nervous at times, so she would do best in a quiet home with no small children. Her size and personality make her a great city dog.

If you’d like to add some joy to your life, consider adopting Polly! To learn more about her call our Boston shelter at 617.426.9170 or stop by the shelter!

Ready For Love

It can be intimidating trying to find the perfect pet before having the chance to get to know them in your home, so luckily the staff at the Animal Rescue League of Boston is happy to do that for you!


“After spending time with Brownie I was able to get a feel for what it would be like if this affectionate, loveable and quirky pup were my own.  If you’re worried about disturbing neighbors, rest assured Brownie is not a barker. She enjoys quietly observing the neighborhood buzz rather than barking at it. As far as her activity within the house, Brownie loves having someone to follow around (that’s if she’s not busy rolling around with her toys or squirrel-watching from your window.) This gentle 2 year-old mixed breed has all the attributes a future dog owner could desire. She is attentive and obedient, only crawling onto the couch or into bed once invited. Brownie will sleep through the night at your side or peacefully in her own bed until you’re ready to start your day with her. Most importantly, Brownie is house trained, so you don’t have to worry about coming home to any surprises.  


Brownie benefits greatly from exercising daily. If you’re a runner she will eagerly trot alongside you and does best with her gentle leader. She doesn’t take much interest in dogs or people passing by so you don’t have to worry about being slowed down. If you’re not a runner Brownie won’t mind as long as she gets a few good walks in for the day!

Brownie is the perfect fit for almost any home, she gets along well with other playful dogs and loves cuddling with her human companions.  If you’re interested in giving Brownie the forever home she deserves, contact our Boston shelter to meet her…She will be patiently waiting!” – Mandy Pleshaw, Veterinary Technician at BVC

Adopt Ella – She’ll Be Your Best Friend


Ella has been with us since Valentine’s Day, but hasn’t exactly seen as much love as we had hoped! This adorable little cattle dog mix is pint sized at only about 25lbs. She is white with red merle. Ella is a clever girl and loves to be out and about with her people. Cattle dogs are a busy, smart breed so she will need lots of stimulation and plenty of exercise.

Though Ella is petite, she thinks that she is the boss of the other dogs and does not want to share “her things.” She thinks that lots of things are hers including her people, her bed, her toys, and her food. So, she is looking for a home where she can be the only pet. She does well with other dogs in play groups.

Ella was originally rescued from the south as a 5 month old puppy, and is now 1 year old. She missed out on some early socialization, and remains timid of new people and children. She will do well in a home with and older teens, where there isn’t too much coming and going. PLEASE SHARE HER STORY WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW! To more about her, stop by our Boston shelter or give us a call at 617.426.9170. Ask for information about animal ID number A227241.



Oliver Twist, Adopted!

We’re starting this Saturday off with some wonderful news! Oliver Twist has found the perfect home! When he first came to the League he was in very rough shape. His journey has been tough and we have no way of knowing everything that that he’s been through, but we do know that this playful puppy has gone to a fabulous home! Finally, he’ll have a chance to experience what being a puppy is all about with a family that loves him!


Staff members give Oliver one last hug before he goes home with his new family!

Shelter Dog Gets Hollywood Treatment

ThumbnailOn Saturday night one of our Animal Rescue League of Boston shelter dogs had a fairy tale evening. Wren, a 5-month-old pup, spent Saturday evening at the Wilbur Theatre with actor, comedian and animal lover Janeane Garofalo. From the moment that Wren stepped foot in the theatre she was treated like a star. The Wilbur staff showered her with affection. What’s incredible is that just two weeks ago, Wren was living a life of neglect, tied to an outside porch without food or water. She was very skinny and starved for attention. Despite her hardships, Wren is a very sweet dog and felt very comfortable in the arms of Janeane Garofalo. Janeane, a pit pull dog mom herself, said that if she could, she would gladly take Wren on the train back home with her! Janeane is a huge supporter of animal welfare organizations and a friend to the Animal Rescue League of Boston. She was even so kind as to discuss the work of the League in the first 5 minutes of her show.

Wren is currently waiting for her forever home at the League’s Boston branch. If you’re interested in meeting this sweet girl you can give us a call at 617.426.9170 or stop by our Boston Adoption Center!

A special thank you to Janeane Garofalo for her kindness to Wren and the League’s staff. Also a huge thank you to the wonderful people at The Wilbur Theatre (especially Bill and Taylor Blumenreich and Andrew Mather) for always being so supportive of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. We hope to see you all again soon, stop by the shelter any time for a tour!