Thank You Thursday: Community Support Leads to Dog Play Yard Renovation

K-9 Grass Coming Soon to ARL Dog Play-Yard

We’re delighted to share that the Animal Rescue League’s application for permission to install K-9 grass in the Boston play yard was unanimously approved by the South End Landmarks Commission last week.

The proposed K-9 grass represents a huge improvement over the current stone/grass/dirt surface, which will be very good for dogs and for the appearance of the space.

Our application sailed through on both its merits and with the overwhelming support expressed by our South End neighbors and Mayor Walsh’s office. We were able to submit a total of 432 signatures expressing community support for our project!

There are many people to thank for organizing our presentation and collecting signatures.

Our volunteers as always stepped up in a big way. Thank you to Astrid and Peter Rapoza, Mal Malme, Maria Uribe, Michelle S, Marna Terry and Kerry and Gus Pena.

Along with our volunteers, several local businesses collected signatures including Berkeley Perk,  Rome’s Pizza, Emelio’s Pizza, Billy’s Lunch Café and the Berkeley Barber Shop.

We’d also like to thank ARL staff, especially Bob Williams our Director of Facilities who was the champion of this project. Bob left no stone unturned from the research for finding the right surface material, to the presentation and overall coordination.

“I am very grateful for the above and beyond effort here; it will mean so much to ARL and dogs in our care,” said ARL president, Mary Nee.

Construction will start this summer! Stay tuned for details.

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Registration is Now Open for Fall Season Dog Training Classes

Enroll with Your Pup Today!

Dog Training SignFall dog-training registration is now open. Our experienced trainers offer beginner and advanced level classes for dogs of all ages. The following classes are starting soon.

Classes starting: Sunday, 8/03-9/21, Thursday, 9/04-10/09, Saturday 9/06-10/11 and Tuesday, 9/09-10/14

Puppy Kindergarten. A six-week course for puppies 8-20 weeks old. Classes include: an off leash puppy play period for puppy socialization, training games for the enjoyment of both puppies and owners, basic commands, and discussions about puppy behavior problems, proper nutrition and veterinary care.

Classes starting: Sunday, 8/03-9/21, Thursday, 9/04-10/09, Saturday 9/06-10/11 and Tuesday, 9/09-10/14

Good Manners. A six-week course designed for dogs 5 months and older. Basic commands such as sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, coming when called, leave it, and no jumping are all covered.  Greeting skills both toward other dogs and toward people will also be worked on.

 

Enroll in the Class: arlboston.org/dog-training/enroll-in-class/

 

Join the ARL at the South End Tree Lighting

Today at the BCA!

We’ll be at the South End Holiday Tree Lighting this afternoon from 3:30-5:30pm. Stop by and say “hi!” Several adoptable dogs will be with us spreading joy and holiday cheer! We love getting out into the community and sharing what the ARL is all about.

The afternoon will be filled with family-friendly entertainment and art-making culminating in the holiday tree lighting with Mayor Menino!

Enjoy live performances, holiday printmaking, festive music, refreshments and…Macy’s enchanted trolley with special guests from the north pole!

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Yes, We Have Kittens…

… And Lots of Them!

If you’ve been waiting to adopt a kitten, now is the time to visit the Animal Rescue League of Boston! We currently have 18 kittens between the ages of 12 weeks and six months. By adopting one of these kittens you’re not only giving a good home to a deserving animal, but you’re also helping us reach our goal of adopting out 1200 cats and dogs by August 31. We have about 600 more to go, so please adopt!

Our adoption hours this weekend are Friday – Sunday 1p.m. – 4p.m. If you want to speed up the adoption process you can download and fill out our adoption application ahead of time. Here are just a few of the little cuties waiting to go home with you:

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See the Video from Friday’s Sculpture Debut

Over two hundred people came to the League on Friday to celebrate art and animals at the sculpture debut! In case you couldn’t be here for the big event, we have a great video highlighting the day!

Dancing with Spheres” by renowned sculptor David Phillips is now a permanent fixture in our dog play yard and in the fabric of Boston. “It is a special moment any time a new public work of art is unveiled in our beautiful city. To have that artwork at the League is truly an amazing gift” said president Mary Nee. This gift would not have been possible without the generosity of Tony Lopes who commissioned the sculpture and said it “was an honor to have been able to play a small part in bringing this iconic work to the League and to animal and art lovers everywhere.”

We are incredibly honored that so many people attended the event including the following city officials, Michael Galvin, Chief of Public Property, (including animal control), Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, Councilor John R. Connolly, Councilor Bill Linehan, and William G. Oates, Chief Information Officer.

SculpturePhotoBlogThank you to all of our sponsors, especially co-lead sponsors Boston Private Bank & Trust Co. and Kelly McKernan, Senior Vice President Investment Management & Trust and League Board Member and DKO Photography for capturing the day.

In the words of the artist himself “‘Dancing with Spheres’ is here to remind us of the love and care animals add to our lives,” so if you’re ever in the neighborhood, we encourage you to stop by and take a look at this beautiful reminder. While you’re here don’t forget to see some of our fabulous adoptable animals and help save 1200 animals in 12 weeks for the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge!

One Day Countdown to the Big Debut!

The grass is green, the sculpture is ready, the only thing we need is YOU! Don’t miss the exciting debut of Boston’s newest piece of animal public art this Friday at 10 Chandler St.! Be the first to see “Dancing with Spheres” by David Phillips. We’re keeping it a surprise until then. Can you guess how many animals are in the sculpture? Pop by on the 31st and find out! 
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The event will start on Friday at 2p.m. and go until about 4p.m. After the debut, join us for an open house and refreshments in our Boston shelter. This is a public event, so bring your friends and family. On-site parking is limited, but we are close to the T and several public garages.

If you plan on attending, please R.S.V.P. to Melanie Sheffield at msheffield@arlboston.org or 617-226-5622 before 10a.m. on Friday, so we can plan accordingly!

David 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 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.

Happy Memorial Day!

Invite ScreenshotYou have two things to celebrate this week, Memorial Day and a new animal sculpture at the Animal Rescue League of Boston! Join us this Friday, May 31 for the big debut of “Dancing with Spheres!”

  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!

David 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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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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Pet of the Week: Crescent

CrescentBlogCrescent is a fantastic companion! She is a great mix of affectionate and independent. She loves to say hi to everyone and will greet you with purrs and headbutting. While she does love attention, she is also just as content to sleep the day away on her favorite bed while you are busy around the house or at work. Despite being great cat, Crescent has been at the League since January 26, the longest of any of our current cats. Please help us find a home for her!

CrescentFaceSmallShe is eight years-young and would do best in a home with older children or adults only. She is a fairly low-energy cat and will play with toys on occasion. She is generally a quiet little girl, but she does have a talkative side. She loves to chirp at you to say hello, tell you she’s hungry and to let you know she sees birds outside.

If you are looking for a sweet, independent yet affectionate cat then please consider bringing this laid-back lady into your home. Crescent is currently in foster care, so please call our Boston Adoption Center for more info 617.426.9170.

Come See Where Art and Animals Come to Play!

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Drum-roll please… The League is thrilled to unveil the South End’s FIRST permanent public animal art sculpture by David Phillips!

Join us for this exciting event on 

Friday, May 31, 2013, at 2p.m.!

David 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 and those swirling snails of Quincy Park in Cambridge.

Dancing with Spheres was generously commissioned by Tony Lopes, a Brookline artist and resident, League supporter and animal lover. The piece combines two of his greatest passions, his love of animals and the importance of public art!

The event will take place rain or shine. We hope to see you all there!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR THIS EVENT?

There are numerous sponsorship levels available for the sculpture debut. Your support will help make this a fantastic event and you will be recognized in-kind in the event program book. Additional advertisement space is also available in the event program.

Sponsorship levels include:

Pg 1 Maddie- The $5,000 Be a Life Saver, Lead Sponsor: allows us to operate all of our Rescue and Law Enforcement vehicles for one month.
- The $2,500 Give a Home: funds operation of our Spay Waggin’ for one day, providing a low-cost spay and neuter option to those in need.
- The $1,000 Lend a Paw: allows an injured shelter animal to receive a lifesaving fracture repair surgery.
- The $500 Be a Friend: provides food for a week for the animals in all three of our shelters.

If you have any questions regarding the event or sponsorship levels, please contact Melanie Sheffield at msheffield@arlboston.org or 617-226-5622 by May 8, 2013.