Cold weather poses danger for stray animals.
Our Rescue Team has been very busy saving animals in danger from the freezing temperatures. On Sunday, they rescued an American Bulldog mix (pictured here with Senior Rescue Technician Danielle Genter) from the Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton. This poor girl had been out in the cold since Thursday, and possibly even longer.
The dog, now named Miranda, suffered from frostbite and had painful cracks in the soft underside of her paws from exposure to the cold. Lt. Alan Borgal, the League’s Director of the Center for Animal Protection, said that Miranda’s only water source was from a nearby stream. “She had to go through a lot of brush to get to the water, and as a result her body is covered in small cuts,” he explains. While Miranda was living outside, temperatures were averaging at about zero degrees at night and her short coat offers little protection from the elements. “We were so glad to have found her in time.” After Miranda had a chance to warm up, she received a full medical evaluation and vaccines from our shelter veterinarian and is currently resting comfortably at our Dedham Adoption Center.
Last week our Rescue Team also spent several days assisting Needham Animal Control in catching a dog. The nights were getting unbearably cold, the dog was hungry and cold and they knew that they had to catch him soon. They finally caught him on Thursday, January 24 in zero degree temperatures with a wind chill factor of about 15 to 18 below zero. The dog was named Sherman. He is about 15 pounds underweight, and being so thin, he was severely
compromised, trying to survive in such extreme cold weather temperatures. He is also being cared for at our Dedham Adoption Center and is currently undergoing medical and behavioral evaluations. He is a friendly dog and was very well-behaved during his bath the other day.
Miranda and Sherman are just two of the many animals we have saved from the bitter cold recently. If you’d like to help these animals and others like them, please donate today.
Stella waits for her playmate in the snow! She’s currently available for adoption at our Boston shelter.
Winter is upon us, so it’s important to make sure that you and your dog are prepared! The following tips will help protect your pup in winter weather.
- Dogs can easily lose their scent in the snow, so never let your dog off leash during a snowstorm, or when there’s snow and ice on the ground.
- Wipe your dogs paws AND stomach when he’s been outside in the snow or sleet. Sidewalks are often treated with rock salt, antifreeze and other dangerous chemicals. Not only are these bad for your pet’s paws, but if ingested these chemicals could poison your dog. Make sure your pet does not lick his paws or stomach before you’ve wiped them down!
- Protect your pup from the elements. If your dog typically has a longer coat don’t shave it down for the winter. A longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog has a short coat get him a coat or a sweater. It will make the outdoors more enjoyable for him and will protect him from the cold.
- Don’t leave your pet alone in a car during cold weather. The car can act like a refrigerator and could cause your dog to freeze to death.
- If your dog spends a lot of time outside, playing, running or going for long walks, make sure he’s getting enough protein. you want to make sure that his coat it in excellent condition so he stays nice and warm when he’s frolicking in the snow!
- Make sure your dog has a warm place to sleep away from a door or any drafts. If your dog likes to burrow consider putting a blanket on his bed as well.
- Lastly, if your dog likes to play in the snow, go ahead and join him! There’s probably nothing that he’d like better than to have his best friend (YOU) play fetch in the snow or just run around with him!
Photo Credit: Christine Barton
On Christmas Eve the Animal Rescue League of Boston rescued two cats who were left in a wire cage in an alley in East Boston. It was a freezing cold night and fortunately two good Samaritans found them, brought them inside and called for help. Now these two cats, lovingly named Grace and Ivy (pictured right), are safe and warm at our Boston Adoption Center. Despite the cold temperatures that night, Grace and Ivy appear to be in good health.
Without your generous donations we wouldn’t be able to help animals like Grace and Ivy, so before you go out to celebrate tonight please remember to make your tax deductible gift to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
Please know that no gift is too big or too small. Help us continue our mission of rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment and neglect by making your gift today.
Photo Credit: Christine Barton
Help the League’s First Ever Holiday Tree For Pets become a hit!
Help us decorate our 2012 Holiday Tree by displaying a favorite photo of your pet for everyone to see – and help needy animals at the same time!
Support the first annual Animal Rescue League of Boston Holiday Tree for Pets — located in front of the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) on Tremont Street in the heart of the South End. Donate an ornament to celebrate the a
mazing animals in your life. Don’t have any pets, but love helping animals? For as little as $5, you can show your support for animals in need with a wish ribbon on our tree.
For a little more, we will feature your pet’s photo on an ornament for all to admire!
$5 – Wish Ribbon
$20 – Small Star Ornament
$35 – Medium Heart Ornament
$50 – Large Spindle Ornament
We will be adding ornaments to our Holiday Tree for the entire month of December, but to include your pet’s ornament on the tree in time for the lighting ceremony, we must receive your photo and donation by December 1.
Our tree on Restaurant Row will be in the center of the city’s South End festivities. We hope you and your canine companion will join us for the tree lighting on December 8 at the BCA Plaza in Boston’s South End neighborhood.
Please give to our Holiday Tree today – it’s a great way to honor your four-footed friend or the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life. If you do not wish to buy an ornament or a ribbon, you can still support the many other animals who desperately need your help by making a gift today!