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5 Thanksgiving Foods Your Pet Should Avoid

Keep your pup joyful and healthy this holiday with these helpful tips

Thanksgiving is a time to savor delicious food, enjoy the company of our family and friends, and to show gratitude for all that we are thankful for in our lives.

Be sure to also keep pets away from food wrappings and decorations, as these items can cause intestinal obstructions!

While it’s wonderful to include your pets in your holiday traditions, it’s important to remember that our furry companions cannot indulge in the same feasts that we prepare for ourselves. Some of the common Thanksgiving foods that fill our plate can actually be very dangerous for your pet to ingest.

Here are the 5 Thanksgiving foods that your dog should avoid:

  1. Turkey bones are small and can become lodged in your dog’s throat, stomach, or intestinal tract. They may also splinter and cause severe damage to the stomach or puncture the small intestine.
  2. Fat trimmings and fatty foods like turkey skin and gravy are difficult for dogs to digest. In fact, consuming turkey skin can result in pancreatitis. Symptoms for this serious disease can include vomiting, extreme depression, reluctance to move, and abdominal pain.
  3. Dough and cake batter contain raw eggs, so the first concern for people and pets is salmonella bacteria. What’s more, dough may actually rise in your dog’s belly, which can lead to vomiting, severe abdominal pain, and bloating.
  4. Mushrooms can damage your dog’s internal organs, including kidneys, liver, and central nervous system. Symptoms can include seizures, coma, vomiting, and possibly death.
  5. Raisins and grapes, although the causes of their toxicity are unknown, can cause kidney failure in dogs.

The best way for your pet to partake in the holiday cheer? Stick with traditional treats that are safe for dogs and cats! Food puzzles and interactive toys like a Kong filled with peanut butter are a great way to keep your canine entertained and feeling satisfied all holiday long.

Bonus tip: Keep your vet’s emergency number handy. Should your pet become ill, contact your pet’s veterinarian or the local animal hospital’s number! A quick call to either of them can give you life-saving advice or even help you avoid a trip to the ER. You can also reach Boston Veterinary Care at (617) 226-5605.

For more helpful tips about dog and cat health and behavior, visit arlboston.org/helpfultips

 

Let’s Talk Pets

Let’s Talk Pets

Let’s Talk Pets is a series of free workshops hosted by the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) for pet owners in the Codman Square neighborhood. Workshops will focus on subjects, such as basic animal care and hygiene, living with pets and children, winter pet safety, behavior and enrichment exercises, and more!

Workshops will focus on subjects, such as basic animal care and hygiene, living with pets and children, winter pet safety, behavior and enrichment exercises, and more!

Free Upcoming Workshops

Note, Let’s Talk Pets workshops are by reservation only and are first come, first serve. To reserve your spot at a Let’s Talk Pets workshop, click the red “reserve your spot” button below or call (617) 426-9170.


Let’s Talk Pets – Basic care for birds, rabbits, cats and dogs

Codman Square Health Center
Saturday, December 10 at 10:00 A.M.
Conference Room A
637 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

This 1-hour workshop will focus on teaching pet owners how to properly set up cages for birds and small animals, basic care and hygiene, physical exercise, and behavior myths. Pet-friendly freebies and complimentary snacks will be provided!

Upon arriving, please check in with an ARL representative at the front door of the Codman Square Health Center.

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Follow These 4 Pet Safety Tips for a Hoppy Easter

Keep your pets safe during the festivities

Spring is in the air and what better way to celebrate than with colorful eggs, bright flowers, and bunny-shaped chocolate– besides, perhaps, adding a new furry member to your family!

Spring Into Love and consider adopting an animal from the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

When you adopt, you give an animal a chance at a better life.  All adoptable animals at the ARL also receive:

  • Spay or neuter services
  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Behavior screening and evaluations
  • Vaccinations and flea/tick/mite treatment
  • Microchip identification and registration

Search adoptables now or visit our adoptable pets at our shelters, 1 pm – 6:30 pm.

With the Easter and Passover holiday upon us, remember that your pets will be curious about the new decorative items and delish goodies that you bring into your household. Be sure to keep these 4 pet safety tips in mind during the festivities:

  1. Leave lilies at the store. Although beautiful and iconic to Easter, a lily’s leaf, pollen, and flower are highly toxic if ingested by cats. Make sure to keep a special eye on cats as their excellent climbing skills can give them easy access to flowers and plants.

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    Say no to lilies, chocolate, and harmful decorations this Easter and Passover!

  2. Keep fake grass, candles, and other decorations out of reach. When your pet ingests stringy objects like ribbons or Easter basket grass, they can become wrapped around the base of the tongue or stomach and cause serious intestinal issues. Ceremonial Passover candles should be monitored at all times to prevent pets’ fur from catching fire.
  3. Chocolate and candy are a no-no. Chocolate, especially the darker bitter kind, is poisonous to pets. Chocolate contains methylxanthines, a relative of caffeine, and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures, and death. Many candies and gums contain the sugarless sweetener Xylitol, which is also highly toxic to pets.
  4. Hide eggs from your pets too. Secure pets during Easter egg hunts or other activities where plastic eggs or other small objects can be ingested. Consuming real eggs can cause illness as well if they have spoiled. Keep your pet busy with toys and treats and don’t forget to pick up all hidden gems once the activity is over.

From everyone at the ARL, Happy Easter and Passover!

 

February 14 is Pet Theft Awareness Day

5 tips to protect your pet from theft… and what to do if you’re a victim

We do it all the time: We let our cat out in the backyard on a sunny day. We tether our dog to the street lamp to run a quick errand. We live in a safe neighborhood, so what could possibly happen?

Due to the ever-changing economy and the pet business becoming increasing more lucrative, the scary truth is that pet theft is on the rise. Just as you wouldn’t leave a young child outside unsupervised, the same should go for your pet.With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, don’t forget to show your furry companion how much you love them by keeping them out of harm’s way.

If your pet goes missing, immediately contact your local animal control and shelters.

If your pet goes missing, immediately contact your local animal control and shelters.

Follow these 5 important tips to protect your pet from theft:

  1. At home, keep your pets supervised at all times. Think twice before letting your cat roam freely around the neighborhood or tying your pup to the tree in your front yard.
  2. Running an errand? Leave your pet at home. Although walking your dog while tackling your daily chores may seem like you’re accomplishing double-duty, the reality is that it only takes a few seconds for a dog-napper to take off with your pet.
  3. Follow the same rules for pets of all breeds and sizes. Although purebreds and small dogs are the most desirable to a thief for obvious reasons, big friendly dogs or mixed breeds can be just as easily lured into a get-away car waiting nearby.
  4. Spay or neuter your pet. February is National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month and the ARL has been sharing the many health and behavioral benefits of the low-risk procedure. Another perk? Spayed or neutered pets are much less desirable to thieves, since they can’t be bred.
  5. Microchip your pet. It only takes a second for a thief to remove your pet’s collar, making them very difficult to identify should they turn up at an animal shelter or hospital. Quick and painless, microchipping your pet is extremely important to ensure that you and your pet are reunited.

If you find yourself in a situation where you think your pet was stolen:

  • Immediately file a report with your local police department and animal control.
  • Contact your pet’s microchip company, as well as local animal shelters and hospitals to see if your pet has turned up.
  • Post fliers around your neighborhood, especially in public spaces and businesses, with your pet’s photo, name, breed, color, weight and any distinguishing characteristics.
  • If you offer a reward, ask for a very detailed description of your pet and how they came into that person’s possession. If you suspect that you are being scammed, call the police.
  • Monitor newspaper ads and online postings to look for any that might fit your pet’s description.

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Prevent pet theft before it happens! Report any suspicious activity, or animal cruelty and neglect to your local police department and animal control office.

 

It’s Hip to Snip – Spay or Neuter Your Pet!

February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

During National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month this February, the ARL reminds the public that there’s nothing cool about pet overpopulation. So, pet owners, adjust those cool shades and help us spread the word that IT’S HIP TO SNIP!

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Marty the cat may look super cool in his bow tie but there’s nothing cool about pet overpopulation. Click his photo to learn more about ARL’s “It’s Hip to Snip” Campaign.

“There are too many cat and dogs in our communities that don’t have homes,” explains Dr. Edward Schettino, vice president of animal welfare at the ARL. “Every year, animal shelters like the ARL are inundated with stray and surrendered puppies and kittens that are the result of unplanned litters.”

In fact, national studies have found that amongst pet owners who indicate that their pets had at least one litter, 59% of cat owners and 38% of dog owners described the litter as “unintentional” or “accidental.”

Dr. Schettino believes that one reason that pet owners choose not to spay or neuter their pet is misconceptions about the low-risk surgery. “If we can increase spay and neuter rates, we can help prevent pet overpopulation,”

In addition to the benefits to the community, here are 5 more reasons why it’s hip to snip:

1. You Snip, You Save. The cost of caring for an unplanned litter of puppies or kittens far outweighs the cost of having a pet spayed or neutered. The good news – there are many affordable and free options in Massachusetts!

2. Snipping Reduces Spraying. Neutering resolves the vast majority of marking behaviors—even when a cat has a long-standing habit. Other nuisance behaviors such as howling in cats and excessive barking in dogs eases and even disappears after surgery.

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Sharing is caring! Click the photo to download our flyer to spread the word that “It’s Hip to Snip”.

3. Snipping Stops Scuffles. According to the National Canine Research Foundation, approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered. Neutering male dogs and cats reduces their urge to roam and fight with other males.

4. Snipping Lengthens Life Span. The USA Today reports neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered males, and spayed females live 23% longer than unspayed females.

5. Snipping is a Safeguard. Neutering male cats and dogs before six months of age prevents testicular cancer. Spaying female cats and dogs before their first heat offers protection from uterine infections and breast cancer.

For more spay and neuter resources, visit arlboston.org/spay-neuter.

DID YOU KNOW… That more than a third of pet owners have not spayed or neutered their pet?

VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our It’s Hip to Snip media sponsors WBZ, WEEI, WRKO, WZLX, WBOS, and 98.5 The Sports Hub!

 

Put Your Pet’s Best Paw Forward in 2016

Enroll your pup in one of the ARL’s many dog training classes!

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Start your dogs New Year off on the right paw by enrolling him in one of ARL’s many dog training and enrichment courses!

DID YOU KNOW… that January is National Train Your Dog Month?

Whether your dog is a newbie, needs a refresher on his basic commands, or just wants to meet a few new canine pals, the ARL has a class for you!

Help Rover keep his New Year’s resolutions by registering him for one of ARL’s Winter 2016 dog training and enrichment courses offered at our Boston shelter location at 10 Chandler Street.

The ARL offers a variety of dog training classes at our Boston shelter for dogs of all ages and levels as part of our commitment to supporting positive relationships between people and their pets.

Our certified, experienced, and caring dog trainers help you teach your dog basic and advanced commands, manners, socializing skills, and agility training.

Click here to view course descriptions.

Dogs who were recently adopted from one of ARL’s shelters will receive a 25% discount! Boston Veterinary Care clients receive a 10% discount!

Check out ARL’s Winter 2016 dog training course schedule:

Puppy Kindergarten

Beginners age 8–20 weeks, No dogs for class 1

Day

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End

Time

Trainer

Enroll

Saturdays Jan. 09 Feb. 13 10am Leah Register
Thursdays Jan. 14 Feb. 18 6pm Karin Register
Sundays Jan. 17 Feb. 21 10am Carol Register
Tuesdays Jan. 26 Mar. 01 6pm Karin Register
Saturdays Feb. 27 Apr. 02 10am Leah Register
Sundays Mar. 06 Apr. 17 10am Carol Register

Good Manners

Beginners age 5+ months, No dogs for class 1

Day

Start

End

Time

Trainer

Enroll

Saturdays Jan. 09 Feb. 13 11am Leah Register
Thursdays Jan. 14 Feb. 18 7pm Karin Register
Sundays Jan. 17 Feb. 21 11am Carol Register
Tuesdays Jan. 26 Mar. 01 7pm Karin Register
Saturdays Feb. 27 Apr. 02 11am Leah Register
Sundays Mar. 06 Apr. 17 11am Carol Register

Advanced Puppy

Age 4-12 months – Prerequisite: PK or GM

Day

Start

End

Time

Trainer

Enroll

Saturdays Jan. 09 Feb. 13 9am Leah Register
Sundays Jan. 17 Feb. 21 9am Carol Register
Saturdays Feb. 27 Apr. 02 9am Leah Register
Sundays Mar. 06 Apr. 17 9am Carol Register

Advanced Good Manners

Age 5+ months – Prerequisite: PK or GM

**JUST ADDED: Advanced Good Manners-January 9th-starting at 1pm**ENROLL NOW

Day

Start

End

Time

Trainer

Enroll

Saturdays Jan. 09 Feb. 13 12pm Leah Register
Saturdays Feb. 27 Apr. 02 12pm Leah Register

Agility for Fun

Age 6+ months – Prerequisite PK or GM

Day

Start

End

Time

Trainer

Enroll

Sundays Mar. 06 Apr. 17 12pm Carol Register

Sniffing for Fun

Age 6+ months – Prerequisite PK or GM

Day

Start

End

Time

Trainer

Enroll

Sundays Jan. 17 Feb. 21 12pm Carol Register

Canine Good Citizen

Prep. for AKC’s Good Citizen Certificate. Prerequisite: PK or GM

Day

Start

End

Time

Trainer

Enroll

Sundays Jan. 17 Feb. 21 1pm Carol Register
Sundays Mar. 06 Apr. 17 1pm Carol Register

 

For questions or more information about ARL’s dog training courses, contact us at 617-426-9170 or behavior@arlboston.org.

 

Pets As Gifts… CAN Be a Good Idea!

5 factors to consider before you give pets as gifts this season

It seems like a no-brainer… Giving a pet as a present can be a win-win situation for everyone involved: the animal has a cozy home to call its own, the recipient is in a state of awe, and the giver (you!) has made your loved one’s holiday.

While this is the gift-giving scenario that every animal lover dreams of, make sure it really is the purrfect present for the person on your list.

If giving your loved one a new pet as a present is on your mind, here are 5 things to consider:

  1. Manage the surprise. Even at the risk of spoiling the surprise, make sure that the intended recipient wants a new pet. Verify with parents that they are willing to help a child care for an animal both physically and financially. Check in with someone who currently has pets or has recently lost one to make sure they are ready.
  2. Don’t make them sneeze. That’s not a twinkle in their eye; it’s allergies. Confirm any allergies among all household members. No one wants to go get an allergy shot after opening what’s supposed to be an extra special gift, after all.
  3. Know where they live. Even if you know your intended recipient really wants a pet, ensure that their building and development allows them. If their home is pet-friendly, be sure to confirm any weight or breed restrictions.
  4. Find out what they can handle. You want to know that the animal you are getting matches the lifestyle, physical limitation, ages, and personalities in the household.
  5. Adopt from a shelter.  When you adopt, you give an animal a chance at a better life.  Adopting from a reputable animal shelter like the ARL’s locations in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham also has many practical benefits. All our adoptable animals, for example, receive spay/neuter services, vaccines, and a health and behavioral screening.

Keep in mind… It never hurts to run the idea by your loved one beforehand or take them along to pick out their new pet. They and their new furry friend will be thanking you for many holidays to come!

The ARL has many deserving animals looking for a home for the holidays!

It’s not just snowing cats and dogs here at ARL’s shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham. We have many special small shelter pets like birds and rabbits who are looking for loving homes!

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Have No Fear; Super Pets are Here!

5 heroic reasons to ADOPT a super pet

Question: What is a “Super Pet”?

Answer: An awesome shelter animal looking for a family to shower with love, affection, loyalty, and companionship!

The Humane Society of America estimates that 6 to 8 million pets end up in animal shelters every year, due primarily to housing issues, such as moving and landlord restrictions.

Summer is the busiest season in our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, making July and August a sensational time to save a life and adopt a shelter animal!

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Here are 5 heroic reasons to adopt your very own Super Pet:

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Josephina loves purring up a storm for treats! This super girl is available for adoption at our Boston shelter. Click her photo for more info.

  1. You will give a deserving animal a home. Your compassion will help give a shelter pet a safe loving home and your adoption fee will help even more animals in need.
  2. You will have help finding a devoted sidekick. Every animal at the ARL receives individualized behavioral assessments and enrichment programs. Our staff learns as much as possible about each animal so they can help adopters find the perfect pet for their family and lifestyle.
  3. You will save money. At the ARL, all this is included in your pet’s adoption fee:  spay or neuter services, health screening and veterinary examination, behavior screening and evaluations, vaccinations and flea/tick/mite treatment, and microchip identification and registration.
  4. You will feel like a hero. When you adopt, you give an animal a chance at a better life. Your shelter pet will thank you constantly with tons of affection and by becoming your new best friend.
  5. You will support responsible pet ownership. When searching for an animal companion, always consider the source and the support you will get following the adoption if you have any questions.  The ARL, for example, has a behavior helpline and shelter staff can answer questions for you after you take your pet home.

For more information on adoptable animals available at the ARL, please contact one of our shelters:

Boston: 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116 | (617) 426-9170 | Tuesday–Sunday, 1-6:30PM, excluding some holidays

Upcoming event: Clear the Shelter Day on August 15

Brewster: 3981 Main St., East Brewster, MA 02631 | (508) 255-1030 | Tuesday–Sunday, 1-6:30PM, excluding some holidays

Upcoming event: Barks & Bagels from 11AM-1PM on July 17

Dedham: 55 Anna’s Pl, Dedham, MA 02026 | (781) 326-0729 | As of June 16, the Dedham shelter is CLOSED for renovations

Not to worry! Mobile adoptions will take place every Wednesday at the Dedham Farmers’ Market from 12-6PM, weather permitting. Available dogs, cats, and small animals will be on site.

 

April 30 is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Top 5 reasons to adopt a shelter pet

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Winifred is available for adoption at our Dedham shelter. Click the photo to learn more about this pretty lady.

Adopt, don’t shop! In honor of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, the ARL asks you to consider saving a life and adopting from a reputable animal shelter.

The Humane Society of America estimates that 6 to 8 million pets end up in animal shelters every year, primarily through no fault of their own. “Moving”, “landlord restrictions”, and “new baby” are a few of the most common reasons why families have to make the difficult decision to give up their pets.

The silver lining? That means that many shelter pets have already had the basic training and socialization skills they need to become part of your household!

Here are the top 5 reasons to adopt a shelter pet:

  1. You will give an animal a home. Your compassion will help give a deserving shelter pet a safe loving home and your adoption fee will support other animals in need.

    Rosie

    Adorable Rosie is available for adoption at our Boston shelter. Click the photo to learn more about her.

  2. You will have help finding your perfect match. Every animal at the ARL receives individualized behavioral assessments and enrichment programs. Our staff learns as much as possible about each animal so they can help adopters find the perfect pet for their family and lifestyle.
  3. You will save money. At the ARL, all this is included in your pet’s adoption fee:  spay or neuter services, health screening and veterinary examination, behavior screening and evaluations, vaccinations and flea/tick/mite treatment, and microchip identification and registration.
  4. You will feel good about yourself. When you adopt, you give an animal a chance at a better life.  Your shelter pet will thank you constantly with tons of affection and by becoming your new best friend.
  5. You will be supporting responsible pet ownership. When searching for an animal companion, always consider the source and the support you will get following the adoption if you have any questions.  The ARL, for example, has a behavior helpline and shelter staff can answer questions for you after you take your pet home.

For information on adoptable animals at our ARL shelter locations, please call or visit us. All of our shelters are open Tuesday – Sunday, 1PM-6:30PM, excluding some holidays.

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Don’t have the means right now to adopt a shelter pet? There are other ways to make a difference:

Dedham puppies with staff and volunteers

Sign up as a volunteer. Donate your time to caring for animals or helping with administrative tasks. The ARL staff will match you to a position aligned with your skills and interests. View ARL’s current volunteer opportunities.

Become a foster parent. Opening up your home to an animal on a temporary basis gives a shelter pet the comfortable loving environment they crave until they’re ready to be adopted. Learn more about becoming an ARL foster parent.

Make a donation. All monetary contributions, no matter how big or small, go a long way to helping shelter pets receive the care they need. An adoption fee also goes toward helping other homeless animals. Look at all the ways you can give to ARL.

Remember that not all donations need to be monetary! Shelters are just as needing of supplies. View ARL’s shelter wish list.

IT’S THANK YOU THURSDAY!  Special thanks to MassRealty for promoting the importance of adoption!  Check out their recent article about adoption and the ARL: massrealty.com/articles/greater-boston-s-plan-to-rescue-our-animals

 

4 Pet Safety Tips for a Hoppy Easter!

Keep your pets safe during the festivities

Spring is in the air and what better way to celebrate than with colorful eggs, bright flowers, and bunny-shaped chocolate– besides, perhaps, adding a new furry member to your family!

Spring Into Love and consider adopting an animal from the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

When you adopt, you give an animal a chance at a better life.  All adoptable animals at the ARL also receive:

  • Spay or neuter services
  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Behavior screening and evaluations
  • Vaccinations and flea/tick/mite treatment
  • Microchip identification and registration

Search adoptables now or visit our adoptable pets at our shelters, 1 pm – 6:30 pm, excluding some holidays.

With the Easter and Passover holiday upon us, remember that your pets will be curious about the new decorative items and delish goodies that you bring into your household. Be sure to keep these 4 pet safety tips in mind during the festivities:

  1. Leave lilies at the store. Although beautiful and iconic to Easter, a lily’s leaf, pollen, and flower are highly toxic if ingested by cats. Make sure to keep a special eye on cats as their excellent climbing skills can give them easy access to flowers and plants.

    say no to lilies

    Say no to lilies!

  2. Keep fake grass, candles, and other decorations out of reach. When your pet ingests stringy objects like ribbons or Easter basket grass, they can become wrapped around the base of the tongue or stomach and cause serious intestinal issues. Ceremonial Passover candles should be monitored at all times to prevent pets’ fur from catching fire.
  3. Chocolate and candy are a no-no. Chocolate, especially the darker bitter kind, is poisonous to pets. Chocolate contains methylxanthines, a relative of caffeine, and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures, and death. Many candies and gums contain the sugarless sweetener Xylitol, which is also highly toxic to pets.
  4. Hide eggs from your pets too. Secure pets during Easter egg hunts or other activities where plastic eggs or other small objects can be ingested. Consuming real eggs can cause illness as well if they have spoiled. Keep your pet busy with toys and treats and don’t forget to pick up all hidden gems once the activity is over.

From everyone at the ARL, Happy Easter and Passover!