Every year, the League takes in thousands of stray animals struggling to survive without adequate food, shelter or hope. In honor of World Spay Day, please join us in sharing this simple but important message: spay/neuter saves lives and prevents the needless suffering of homeless animals on our streets and in our communities.
Preventing pet overpopulation has always been core to our mission. In addition to caring for our shelter animals’ veterinary, behavioral and physical wellbeing, each pet that enters our adoption centers is spayed or neutered before being adopted into a permanent home.
In 2012, the League performed over 6,000 spay/neuter surgeries for shelter animals, through Boston Veterinary Care, our public veterinary practice, and aboard our Spay Waggin’ which provides reduced cost spay/neuter surgeries throughout the South Shore and Cape Cod. The Spay Waggin’ has performed over 31,000 surgeries since its inception in 2000.
Update: We are happy to report that Snowball, the 7-month-old puppy who came to the Animal Rescue League of Boston with a broken left paw, is doing well. He stopped by BVC earlier today for a check-up. Dr. Davis removed the splint from his leg and took x-rays to make sure that everything is healing correctly. As you can see from the photo, Snowball is looking very festive –one of BVC’s Vet Techs wrapped his paw up like a candy cane!
***Breaking News: A 7- month-old Maltese puppy with a broken left paw was recently abandoned at the Metrowest Cat Shelter in Ashland. This little pup was left outside the building in a crate on a cold night with a note that read “I am sorry to do this but I am leaving this dog here [because] unfortunately, I have no money to care for him. His vaccines are not up to date and I believe his left foot is fractured.”
Ashland municipal officials quickly reached out to the Animal Rescue League of Boston to provide the complicated and costly orthopedic surgery necessary to alleviate the dog’s pain and allow him to walk normally again. League Veterinarian Dr. Hugh Davis, DVM of Boston Veterinary Care performed the delicate procedure, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston is covering all costs associated with this pup’s surgery, care and rehabilitation. The staff has lovingly renamed this playful bundle of joy, “Snowball.”
Snowball before his surgery with Dr. Hugh Davis..
Thankfully, Christmas has come early for Snowball and he is now getting the love and care he deserves. Snowball is now recovering under the watchful eye of our dedicated staff at our Boston Adoption Center. For now he has to wear a cast, but he’s adjusting to it quickly and excitedly hops about whenever someone approaches him. Despite all of the hardships that Snowball has endured he is very affectionate and longs for human attention.
A one-eyed dog receives a sight saving eye surgery and a new way to see the world.
Athena, a loving 1.5-year-old female dog, was transferred to the Animal Rescue League of Boston from a shelter in Vermont, because they could not afford her eye surgery. She came to us with only one eye, which had a partially detached retina and was in pretty bad shape. Due to the fact that it was detached and would continue to worsen, Athena was a candidate for laser eye surgery. She was taken for surgery to Rhode Island where veterinarians performed a procedure that essentially repaired the retina, keeping it in place to prevent it from worsening.
After the surgery Athena was brought back to the League for rehabilitation. Our staff lovingly cared for her while she recovered and administered her medication as her eye healed. Shortly after her surgery, Athena had a follow-up appointment with Dr. Willis who volunteers her time with the League. Though she has been doing extraordinarily well, Athena will have to be on eye medication indefinitely. She was transferred to our Brewster branch and should become available for adoption shortly.
Thanks to this laser eye surgery Athena is able to see the world! This loving and energetic dog has so much ahead of her and looks forward to her bright future. She loves to play and enjoys snacks and treats!
Without you we wouldn’t be able to provide life changing care for animals like Athena. We can’t thank you enough for your generous support. If you’re able, you can contribute to the Animal Rescue League of Boston today right here. Your support helps us provide treatment and care for animals that makes them more adoptable. THANK YOU!
Please note the HOLIDAY SCHEDULE for the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), ARL's Spay Waggin', and Boston Veterinary Care (BVC): CLOSED Sunday, December 24 & Monday December 25 CLOSED Sunday, December 31 & Monday, January 1