Super Pets Are Here!

So many reasons to adopt from the Animal Rescue League of Boston

PringleBringing an animal into your home and making them a part of your family is a very special event indeed. In fact, some of the happiest work we do at the Animal Rescue League of Boston is helping you find a super pet!

The ARL finds homes for about 3,000 animals every year, including cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, ferrets, cows, sheep, horses, snakes, and lizards. We take in animals from a variety of circumstances, but a large portion are responsibly surrendered to us because of “people-related” reasons—their owners were moving, had no time because of a job or life change, or suddenly became sick or financially unable to care for their pets.

Animals like Pringle (pictured upper right), Cupid (pictured middle right), and Peach and Rosalina (pictured bottom center), all have big hearts with lots of love, loyalty, and good company to give to human companions—day and night!

When you adopt from a shelter, you’ll feel good about giving an animal a chance at a better life. And not just one animal – when you take your new pet home with you, the ARL can take in another at one of our shelters.

cupidIn addition to those fantastic feelings of helping a fellow living thing in need, you can also rest assured that, before they go to a new home, every adoptable animal at the ARL receives:

  • Spay/neuter services
  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Behavior screening and evaluations
  • Vaccinations
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Feline Leukemia test for cats/Heartworm test and preventive medication for dogs
  • Microchip identification and registration

With the help of the dedicated staff at our animal shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, you can learn more about whether a particular animal you meet at our shelter is a good pet-match for you before you bring them home.

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Already adopted a super pet from the ARL or another animal rescue group?  We want to hear from you!

Post a picture and share the story of your super rescue pet on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #ARLSuperpets. Once a week, we’ll pick a winner from all the entries to receive a super pet prize.

Every picture and story you share helps spread the word about just how super rescue pets can be.

Stay tuned for more super pets stories, news, and pets of the week this summer!

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Help Bring H.4244 to the Floor!

Contact your state legislator today to protect animals from abuse in Massachusetts

Thanks to the incredibly hard work of bill sponsors Representatives Bruce Ayers and Louis Kafka and Senator Bruce Tarr, a very important piece of legislation received a favorable report from the joint Judiciary Committee.  House Bill 4244, “an act relative to the penalty for killing, maiming, or poisoning animals,” has now moved closer to becoming law.

H. 4244 increases penalties for animal abuse from 5 years to 7 years and $2,500 to $5,000.  The bill also would require veterinarians to report animal cruelty and create a task force to recommend future protections for animals in our state.

dog on the phone talkingHere’s where you come in!

This legislative session ends in just a few weeks on July 31.  H. 4244 must get to the floor for a vote before then!

Contact your state representative today and ask him/or her to push to pass H.4244.

Download an instructional flyer

Why is passing H.4244 so important?

  • Massachusetts currently has one of the lowest fines in the nation for animal abuse.
  • The penalties for animal abuse have not been updated in almost 10 years.
  • 4 out of 5 cases of animal abuse remain undiscovered – requiring veterinarians to report abuse helps prevent cruelty and neglect.
  • Studies indicate that 48-87% of veterinarians will encounter cases of animal abuse – some remain unsure about reporting it to authorities.
  • The task force included in H. 4244 will make recommendations to improve reporting of animal abuse and increase protections for animals.

Very importantly, as Representative Ayers has noted, “research has consistently shown a link between animal cruelty and violence against humans. By increasing the penalty for animal cruelty, we are not only working to keep animals safe from harm, but we also hope to have an even bigger impact on the overall efforts to reduce crime.”

The case of Puppy Doe  galvanized many animal welfare advocates and legislators to put forward legislation like H. 4244, yet her case is just one of far too many the ARL sees every day. Legislation that strengthens the ability to prevent cruelty and inhumane treatment will dramatically improve the welfare of animals in Massachusetts.

Visit arlboston.org/take-action for more on H.4244 and what you can do to prevent animal cruelty.

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Meet Madeline!

Sweet survivor cat ready for her new home

“Cases like hers are the reason that many of us got into the business of rescuing animals: there is nothing more rewarding than seeing an animal that was previously neglected transform with some TLC.”
– Dr. Kate Gollon, shelter veterinarian at the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Mad Before&AfterAlmost two months ago, a very kind person brought Madeline to our Dedham shelter after discovering the 8-year-old cat unable to move in the backyard of her home where someone had left her. Shelter staff instantly observed the fur on Madeline’s hind quarters appeared thickly matted and that she couldn’t move her back legs.

Her sweet temperament and soft, steady purr touched the hearts of shelter veterinarian Dr. Kate Gollon and all the Dedham staff as they worked to make her comfortable with pain medications and by shaving off the mass of tangles on her lower body.

Dr. Gollon determined Madeline had nearly 4 inches of mats over 70% of her body.  The bag of her shaved matted fur tipped the scales at over a pound.  The twisted condition of her coat  had clearly forced her to go to the bathroom on herself and likely prevented her from walking for some time. Even after shelter staff shaved her fur, she couldn’t walk on her very weak back legs.

When diagnostic tests including x-rays and bloodwork did not provide a more definitive reason for the weakness in her back legs, Dr. Gollon prescribed a regimen of daily physical therapy to help Madeline recover her strength and mobility. Staff gave Madeline time post-shave to recuperate and get to know them before carefully and caringly beginning to work with her to get her walking.

At first, staff gently moved her back legs for her, three times a day. Gradually, they helped her stand by placing her in a sling to support her weight while getting her up on all fours. Once her ability to support herself improved, staff worked with her on walking across the floor and maneuvering changes in elevation.  To give her some added traction on the polished cement floors at the shelter, staff would place a touch of Vaseline on her paw pads.

Everyone at the Dedham shelter felt as proud as mamma cats watching Madeline’s amazing progress as she confidently strolled to them and maneuvered up carpeted steps for the first time!

A dedicated ARL foster volunteer brought Madeline to her home to help her re-acclimate to living with people. Though the determined kitty remains a bit unsteady on her hind legs, she shows no signs they are holding her back. According to her foster mom, Madeline loves to explore and happily curls up on the couch for a good snooze afterwards.

We’re very happy to report Madeline is ready for adoption!  Scotties Facial Tissue will cover her adoption fee this weekend, so come visit the ARL’s Dedham shelter and read her adoption profile to learn more about her.

Because of her unsteady legs, she would do best in a home with carpet.  A one-story house or apartment, or a home where she would spend most of her time in one big room or have access to her litter box and food without having to climb stairs would make for the ideal situation for Madeline.

In the words of Dr. Gollon: “Madeline is a special cat and quite a survivor!  The family who adopts her will most definitely fall in love with her as much as we have at ARL.”

 

No Fee Week Begins Today!

Scotties Facial Tissue covers adoption fees on ALL cats 1 year-old and up!

During the last full week of National Adopt-a-Cat Month, our partner Scotties Facial Tissue will cover the adoption fees on cats 1 year-old and up!

How could you say no to that face! Scotties Facial Tissue will cover the adoption fees on 5+ old cats like Care Bear this week, June 22-29.

How could you say no to that face! Scotties Facial Tissue will cover the adoption fees on 5+ old cats like Care Bear, June 22-29.

Starting today through June 29, the ARL hopes to find homes for a variety of fuzzy and fluffy, playful and peaceful cats and kittens.

Cats like Care Bear (pictured right) who love a good cheek scratch and to chase the laser pointer a bit before curling up on the couch for a snooze would make the purr-fect feline companion!

“Our goal for this partnership is to help a great organization do what they do best – finding good homes for these loving animals,” said John Robertson, director of marketing for Scotties Facial Tissues. “We hope that our donation will act as an incentive for caring people to come forward and open up their homes.”

When you adopt a cat from an animal shelter like the ARL, you give a cat a chance at a better life.  All adoptable cats and kittens at the ARL also receive:

  • Spay/neuter
  • Vaccinations
  • Feline leukemia test
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Microchip identification and registration

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Remember, the ARL requires the following information as part of the adoption process for cats and kittens:

  •  Proof that adopter is 18 years of age or older
  • A Massachusetts ID with valid current address (No Student IDs)

Sunday shelter hours:

Thank you to Scotties Facial Tissue for helping to find more deserving cats homes!

 

TODAY: No Fee Caturday!

Bob the Street Cat covers adoption fees on cats 7+ and “picks of the litter”

Visit any ARL shelter in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham today, Saturday, June 21, and you’ll see some very special goings-on!

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Bob the Street Cat, seen here on the shoulder of his owner James Bowen, will cover adoption fees on cats 7 and older and other special picks of the litter at all ARL shelters today!

In honor of the release of “his” second book, The World According to Bob, Bob the Street Cat will cover the adoption fees on cats 7 years and older and on a few of his “picks of the litter.”

While supplies last, everyone adopting a cat or kitten today will also receive a complete set of Bob’s books for some inspiring, feline-friendly summer reading.

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Bob the Street Cat is the real-life central character in the best-selling two-book series by James Bowen, a street musician and recovering drug addict.  Bowen found the injured and sickly ginger cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, and discovered nursing the injured cat back to good health gave his life meaning and purpose.

Bob’s personality and antics continue to entertain and inspire Bowen everyday.

The ARL is one of many organizations benefiting from Bob the Street Cat’s generosity and support for finding new homes for deserving cats today.

Thank you Bob for including cats at the ARL in your National Bob’s Buds Day celebration!

As a reminder, the ARL requires the following information as part of the adoption process for cats and kittens:

  • Proof that adopter is 18 years of age or older
  • A Massachusetts ID with valid current address (No Student IDs)

No Fee Caturday 7 plus BetsyShelter hours today:

Come meet all the wonderful cats available for adoption today!

 

Got Cats on Your Mind?

Animal Rescue League of Boston gets creative during Adopt-a-Cat Month to find homes for shelter cats

 Boston, MA – June is National Adopt a Cat Month, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL)  and business partners have come together to help find homes for shelter cats.

“Every spring and summer, the ARL’s shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham are flooded with new litters of kittens,” explains Mary Nee, president of the ARL. “At the same time, we have a steady stream of adult cats coming in who also need care and shelter.”

As a result, ARL staff have their work cut out for them when it comes to finding the cats in their care safe and loving homes as quickly as possible to help as many animals as they can.

“When you adopt, you give a cat a chance at a better life,” says Nee.

She also points to the veterinary and behavioral care every adoptable cats at the ARL also receives, including:

  • Spay/neuter services
  • Vaccinations
  • Feline leukemia test
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Microchip identification and registration

Through partnerships with businesses, the ARL hopes to boost cat adoptions during the busy month of June. Scotties Facial Tissue will make  a $5,000 donation to cover adoption fees on select adult cats June 22 through June 29 at all ARL shelters, and Cityside Subaru will provide funding for additional radio advertising to promote adoptions.

ClearChannel Outdoor, WBOS, WZLX, and the Sports Hub will also help promote cat adoptions.

Visit arlboston.org or the ARL’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages regularly during the month of June for additional details plus shelter locations, hours, and to learn more adopting a cat.

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the ARL is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In 2013, the ARL served over 14,000 individual animals through our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, and our law enforcement, rescue, and veterinary services. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.

About Scotties Facial Tissue

Considered one of the top facial tissue manufacturers in the United States, Scotties Facial Tissues is owned by Irving Tissue, Inc. a Canadian-based and family owned company committed to managing its operations in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. For more information about Scotties Facial Tissues please visit scottiesfacial.com.

About Cityside Subaru

CitysideSubaru is a Stellar Performer Subaru Dealership in Massachusetts serving Metro Boston, Cambridge, Arlington and Belmont area. You’ll find all the information you need to help decide which Subaru is right for you. They were named Subaru Dealer of the Year in 2010 by DealerRater.com.

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State House Ceremony Celebrates Law to Protect Animals from Natural Disasters

Animal Rescue League of Boston to participate in June 4 event

MEDIA AVAIL
Wednesday, June 4, 2 pm
The “Well” in front of the State House
Beacon Street, Boston

BOSTON, MA – The Animal Rescue League of Boston will join other animal welfare organizations, state legislators and disaster protection agencies at a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 1172, “An act ensuring the safety of people with pets in disasters,” on Wednesday, June 4 at 2 pm at the Massachusetts State House.

Signed into law in March, the bill requires cities and towns to have a plan in place to address the evacuation and sheltering needs of household pets and service animals before, during, and after an emergency or natural disaster.  The bill was sponsored by Senator Karen Spilka (D – 2nd Middlessex and Norfolk Districts) and passed both the House and Senate with far-reaching support.

Mary Nee, president of the ARL, will speak at the event, and staff will distribute ARL pet emergency backpacks to legislators.

While having disaster plans in place for people and animals at the municipal level represents a major step forward in Statewide emergency preparedness, Nee says, “The ARL wants all pet owners to develop a plan for shelter and care for their animals.”

Along with a crate or carrier to transport a pet, the ARL suggests getting a pet emergency backpack ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation.  For a list of supplies to include in a pet emergency bag, visit arlboston.org/packing-list.

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the ARL is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In 2013, the ARL served over 14,000 individual animals through our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, and our law enforcement, rescue, and veterinary services. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.

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ARL Celebrates Today’s SJC Ruling

Decision provides critical tool for preventing animal cruelty

We’re celebrating the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC)—the first animal-related decision in 40 years!—to extend the emergency aid exception to the warrant requirement to animals.

The emergency aid exception allows police to enter a home without a warrant when they have objectively reasonable belief that there may be someone inside who is injured or in impending danger of physical harm.

The office of Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett argued the case before the SJC for applying the emergency aid exception to animals.

The ARL joined several local officials and national organizations including the Attorney General, the Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund in filing a friend of the court brief in support of extending the emergency aid exception as well.

11-6 See something say somethingToday, the SJC issued an opinion agreeing the exception applies “with equal force” to animals:

“In light of public policy in favor of minimizing animal suffering in a wide variety of contexts, permitting warrantless searches to protect nonhuman animal life fits coherently within the existing emergency aid requirement, intended to facilitate official response to an ‘immediate need for assistance for the protection of life or property.’”

The timing of the ruling during Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month is particularly meaningful to our ongoing efforts to rescue animals from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. Four out of five cases of animal cruelty remain undiscovered; reporting concerns to your local authorities is critical to prevention.

Learn more about the ARL’s See Something, Say Something campaign.

Congratulations to the office of Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett for successfully arguing the case!

 

 

Watch for 7 Warning Signs of Animal Cruelty, Says Animal Rescue League of Boston

As part of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, ARL encourages public to report concerns to local authorities

 Boston, MA – During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month this April, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) wants to help the public better understand the importance of reporting suspected animal cruelty to local authorities.

“All too often, animal cruelty remains undiscovered,” explains Mary Nee, president of ARL. “By many estimates, four out of five cases remain concealed from authorities. Public awareness and reporting suspicions of animal cruelty play a critical role in prevention.”

According to the National Link Coalition, a strong connection exists between animal abuse and other forms of family and community violence. Law enforcement agencies including the International Association of Chiefs of Police have also expressed concern about the relationship between animal cruelty, domestic violence, child and elder abuse, and other violent crimes.

“Breaking the self-perpetuating cycle of violence, protecting animals, and creating safe, humane communities has to be a priority for us all,” adds Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of animal welfare at the ARL.

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During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, pick up an emergency contact card from an ARL animal shelter in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham.

While most members of the public recognize that punching, kicking, burning, choking, or hitting an animal with an object are acts of animal cruelty, there are also more subtle signs to watch for that could indicate mistreatment, neglect, or abuse. 

To help the public better understand the issue, the ARL offers 7 warning signs of animal cruelty:

1.                Howling or barking for a sustained period of time or hearing an animal cry in pain with higher pitched, more persistent vocal sounds than usual.

2.                Singed, matted, chronically or excessively dirty hair or fur.

3.                Wounds, unusual scars, hair loss, frequent limping often on different legs, or signs of improper nutrition such as weight loss or prominent visible ribs.

4.                Animals kept caged or tied with little room to move for long periods of time or without regular interaction with people.

5.                Lack of protection from the weather or fece- or debris-strewn living areas for animals.

6.                Collars, leashes, or halters so tight they visibly dig into the animal’s face or neck.

7.                A large number of animals coming or going from a property.

If you know or suspect animal cruelty, Nee says contact your local authorities as quickly as possible: “We can all give a voice to victims of animal cruelty if, when we see something, we say something to local law enforcement.”

 Visit an ARL animal shelter in Boston, Brewster or Dedham in April to pick-up a “See Something, Say Something” emergency contact card. Learn more about preventing animal cruelty at arlboston.org/take-action.

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the ARL is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In 2013, the ARL served over 14,000 individual animals through our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, and our law enforcement, rescue, and veterinary services. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.

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Winter Weather Closure at ARL Brewster

Due to the impending storm, the ARL’s Brewster shelter will be closed to the public tomorrow, Wednesday, March 26.

The snowy scene from our Brewster shelter.

A snowy scene from the ARL’s Brewster shelter earlier this winter.

A very special thank you to the members of our dedicated staff in Brewster who will keep the animals in our care company as the winter winds blow!

Our Boston and Dedham shelters currently plan to open as scheduled.

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