48 Hours Left to Help Animals in 2016!

DONATE NOW to help animals like Wasabi find homes in the new year

The clock is ticking!

We still need to raise just over $565,000 BEFORE MIDNIGHT TOMORROW, December 31…

Wasabi is a sweet 10-month-young male Pittie mix who came to the ARL a severely underweight stray. With a little TLC and regular meals, however, Wasabi is a healthy dog looking for a home for the holidays!

Wasabi is a sweet 10-month-young male Pittie mix who came to the ARL a severely underweight stray. With a little TLC and regular meals, however, Wasabi is now a healthy dog looking for a home for the holidays!

…..to start-off 2016 with ARL’s animal shelters, important programs, and community services fully funded!

…..to ensure that domesticated animals and wildlife get care, protection, and immediate assistance where and when they need it most!

…..to help thousands of animals like Wasabi find a loving home and get the chance at a safer, healthier, and happier life!

DONATE NOW

With less than 48 hours to go, your tax-deductible donation to the ARL today WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE- no matter how big or small!

The ARL does not receive any government or private funding and relies solely on YOUR donations to help animals in need!

Visit arlboston.kintera.org/donate or click on the green button below to make a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

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SOMETIMES IT’S GOOD TO SEE DOUBLE! Does your company match your charitable contributions? If so, ask your employer to match your donation to the ARL by December 31 to double your impact for animals in need!

 

Top 7 ARL Animal Rescues of 2015

ARL’s rescue services team celebrates their favorite happy tail moments from this year – all made possible thanks to supporters like you! DONATE NOW

DID YOU KNOW… that the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is the only animal welfare organization in Massachusetts that has a technically-trained team dedicated to rescuing animals from a variety of emergency situations?

So far in 2015, ARL’s rescue services team has assisted 1,788 domesticated animals and wildlife that were trapped, displaced, injured or otherwise distressed. Click here to watch ARL’s rescue services team in action, as seen on Boston.com

The team is only there to answer the call for help because of donors like you!

THE CLOCK IS TICKING… and we still need to raise just over $592,000 by MIDNIGHT ON DECEMBER 31 to keep this important work going!

The ARL counts down our top 7 animal rescues from 2015:

ARL's rescue services team#7 – Canton deer pushed to safety

In March, a deer in Canton, MA went for a dip in a neighbor’s in-ground pool. Unfortunately for him, the concrete pool was empty and too deep for him to climb out of on his own.

Cue ARL’s resourceful rescue services team and facilities director who constructed a special ramp that allowed them to push the deer out of the pool uninjured!


 

ARL's rescue services team#6 – It’s all upstream for the Gloucester Beaver Family

In May, three beavers were found stuck in a dry spillway off Dikes Pond in Gloucester, MA. The walls of the spillway were anywhere from 5 to 8 feet high, which was just too steep of an incline for the beavers to scale safely.

Three members of ARL’s rescue services team armed with catch poles and large nets successfully captured the beaver family. They then carried them a quarter of a mile downstream to release them in Lily Pond unharmed!


 

ARL's rescue services team#5 – Lancaster goats are on the run no more

In January, the ARL was called in to capture a pair of goats that had been wandering along busy Route 190 between Sterling and Lancaster, MA. The two goats had reportedly been on the loose for up to 6 months and had become somewhat feral.

Thanks to their specially designed ungulate trap, ARL’s rescue services team was able to carefully capture both goats in the same trap. The duo was transported to ARL’s Dedham shelter where they were eventually adopted!


 

ARL's rescue services team#4 – Lowell goat finds shelter before the big snowstorm

In January, an elusive goat wandering around the greater Lowell, MA area for over a month had a fortunate intervention. The “Lowell goat”, as he became known, had been spotted trekking through the snow and was inching dangerously closer and closer to I-495.

With the hope of bringing the shaggy two-horned rambler to safety before an impending major snowstorm, ARL’s rescue services team set up a humane trap. They were in luck! The goat was transported to ARL’s Dedham shelter barn for proper food, water, and rest in a fresh bed of straw. After regaining his strength, he was transferred to a sanctuary in Central Massachusetts and given the name Braveheart. Click here to read the full rescue story.


 

ARL's rescue services team#3 – Boxer escapes an icy situation in West Roxbury

In March, a happy-go-lucky family dog was overcome with spring fever and decided to wade into a stream along the outskirts of Millennium Park in West Roxbury, MA. Deciding the water was a bit too chilly for his liking, the Boxer turned back for shore, only to find an icy shelf blocking his path.

Working alongside the dog’s caregiver, Boston Park Rangers, and the Boston Police, ARL’s rescue services team extended a catch-pole across the narrow stream to grab hold of the dog and pull him back onto solid ground. The Boxer received a warm welcome- and towel rub down- the minute his paws touched land. Click here to read the full rescue story.


 

ARL's rescue services team#2 – It was all net gains for dog in Norfolk

In June, timid pup Faith had her wish come true and found her forever home! Within only 2 short hours at her new house in Norfolk, MA, however, she was spooked by gun shots fired at a nearby range and ran off with her leash dragging behind her. Faith’s new family was absolutely devastated.

Fortunately, Faith stuck close to the neighborhood for the next 7 weeks and after other attempts to bring her home had failed, the dog’s family called ARL’s rescue services team. A humane drop net was set and the lucky dog was caught and returned to her owners the very next day! Since then Faith has become a social butterfly who loves frolicking along the beach and is inseparable from her canine brother. Click here to read the full rescue story.


 

ARL's rescue services team#1 – One lucky duck rescued from Gloucester Harbor

In February, a duck swimming in icy water found himself in a tangled mess. The brown and white aquatic bird was paddling through the harbor in Gloucester, MA when his feathers and feet suddenly became entangled in netting that had been floating nearby.

Dressed in head-to-toe ice suits, the ARL’s rescue services team carefully swam between small ice flows to reach the Eider who was almost 300-feet off-shore! The team successfully pulled the duck onto dry land, slowly but surely untangled his feathers from each piece of netting, and set him free!


It’s not too late to… DONATE NOW

The ARL doesn’t receive government or public funding to provide rescue services to animals in distress. Make a donation today to ensure domestic animals and wildlife get assistance when they need it most!

Visit arlboston.kintera.org/donate or click on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

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FUN FACT: ARL’s rescue services team helped bring 104 cats stuck in trees to safety so far in 2015!

 

Gizzy Says, “Don’t Make Me Wait!”

The clock is ticking! DONATE TODAY and make a difference for animals

Your tax-deductible donation to the ARL will help thousands of animals like Gizzy, the grumpy gentleman pictured above, get a chance at a safer, healthier, and happier life.

Don’t make him wait!

With JUST 4 DAYS LEFT to make a difference for animals in need in 2015, now’s the time to make your year-end gift.

We have to raise just over $664,000 BEFORE MIDNIGHT, DECEMBER 31 to ensure that all of ARL’s shelters, programs, and community services begin the new year fully funded.

DONATE NOW

YOUR DONATIONS MAKE A DIFFERENCE - NOW MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL!

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488 Kittens found new homes in 2015 thanks to supporters like YOU! Click the photo above to make your gift today and help us continue our life-saving work in 2016!

$10 – Can allow a dog to have peace of mind should their collar slip off, thanks to their new microchip

$25 – Can make a shelter cat’s new year meowy and bright with plenty of food, treats, and toys to play with

$50 – Can provide an orphaned litter of kittens with nutrient-rich formula to keep them full and jolly

$75 – Can give a cat the gift of a healthy life, thanks to their spay/neuter surgery and vaccines

$100 – Can give an injured stray animal the gift of hope, should they ever need emergency surgery

$250 – Can teach unruly puppies basic manners so that they can find a loving home in 2016

The ARL does not receive any government or private funding and relies solely on your support!

Visit arlboston.kintera.org/donate or click on the green button below to make a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

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P.S. SHARING IS CARING! Please let animal-friendly friends, family, and colleagues know how they can support animals in our community with their donation to the ARL!

 

Your Donations Gave Pearce a Chance at a Better Life

5 days and $763,300 left to help animals like him in 2016 – DONATE NOW

Only because of YOUR generous donations are special animals like Pearce able to find a home for the holidays!

In March of this year, 7-month-old Pearce arrived at the ARL’s Boston shelter.

Adorable and playful, the tortoise shell-colored Pittie-mix was adopted quickly despite his jumpy-mouthy behavior. Confident that he would outgrow this puppy-like demeanor, his new family enrolled him in ARL’s training courses. Unfortunately, after a few weeks without improvement, his owners made the difficult decision to return him to the ARL.

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Thanks to your incredible support, Pearce will enjoy many years of nature hikes with his forever family! Click his photo to DONATE to the ARL and help other animals like him.

Two weeks later, Pearce’s beaming smile won the hearts of an optimistic young couple. Up for the challenge, the duo brought the lovable, but over-the-top dog home. Within 48 hours, however, they were forced to return Pearce to the shelter after he mouthed at them so intensely that he caused bruising.

A couple of weeks after that, the strong-willed pup was adopted by a third family. Despite counseling and behavioral training, Pearce was returned within 24 hours for exhibiting the same rough behaviors.

At this point it was clear to ARL’s behavior and enrichment manager, Dot Baisly, that Pearce’s behavior was not that of “typical” puppy, but instead stemmed from a serious underlying issue.

“This poor dog had no stability in his life and displayed the tendencies of dogs that are weaned away from their mother and littermates too young to help them learn mouth control,” explains Dot. “Anytime Pearce changed his surroundings, he experienced feelings of intense anxiety. These nerves manifested into temper tantrums, which made the forceful mouthy behavior more pronounced.”

YOUR generous donations gave Pearce hope for the future… DONATE NOW

Every day for the next 5 months, Pearce underwent intensive training to teach him how to appropriately interact with people and other dogs. Dot in conjunction with ARL’s Behavioral Modification (MOD) Squad, volunteers, staff, and outside professionals dedicated over 100 hours to rehabilitate him.

Pearce’s extensive enrichment and behavioral program consisted of nose work and agility training, social activities with other dogs, such as walks and playgroup, kennel enrichment and obedience training, and office and home fostering to help him decompress from the busy shelter environment. Pearce even attended an off-site 3-week board, train, and daycare program- and did wonderfully!

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“He makes us laugh daily,” exclaims Pearce’s new mom! Oh, and his favorite time of the day? Snuggle time with his dad Jon, of course!

8 long months after he arrived at the ARL, Pearce found a home for the holidays!

The snuggly pup has been in his new home with his mom, dad, and feline brothers for just over a month now and has adjusted very well!

Pearce is also making big strides in his obedience training with a professional trainer and is a favorite at the daycare he attends 4 times a week!

“He makes us laugh daily,” says Pearce’s new mom Katy Hayes. Thank you to the ARL for all of your work with Pearce and giving him a chance to find his forever home. We really appreciate the hours upon hours you gave to him and to us to ensure he transitioned and adjusted in a healthy and productive manner!”

LARGE OR SMALL, YOUR DONATION TODAY MATTERS

The clock is ticking and we still need to raise$763,300 by December 31!

At the ARL, a love for animals inspires us to do more. We receive no government or public funding and rely entirely on the support of people like you to give deserving animals like Pearce the chance at a better life!

Visit arlboston.kintera.org/donate or click on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

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A big THANK YOU to Macy’s for helping to more animals like Pearce find a home for the holidays, and to everyone who has donated to the ARL to help animals in need!

 

The Clock is Ticking…Donate to Help Animals NOW!

For the next 12 hours, generous donor will match $12k of your donations

There are just 10 DAYS left to make a difference for animals in need in 2015.

Now’s the time to make a donation…

Moved by the compassionate care and chance at a better  life the ARL gave his rescue pets, the chairman of the ARL’s Board of Directors Malcolm McDonald will match up to $12,000 in donations to the ARL for the next 12 hours,TODAY ONLY.

Every day, Malcolm personally witnesses how critical the ARL’s important work is to animals in our community. He sees the impact not only as the chairman of the board, but also as a proud pet parent:

Over the years, Millie and Henry have become the best of friends.

Over the years, Millie and Henry became the best of friends.

All of my pets were saved from very difficult circumstances by the ARL…

My family’s cat Millie’s owner passed away, and she was surrendered multiple times for being too timid.

Our cat Henry was abandoned in a boarded up home after his owner had passed.

Our cat Max was a ward of the court after the Boston Police Department and the ARL’s law enforcement team saved him from an abusive home.

Our newest addition, Hazel, a Shar Pei mix, came from a hoarding situation.”

Large or small, your donation TODAY will make an even BIGGER difference for animals in need…

Recently adopted Hazel now has a home to call her own and a kitty brother named Max!

Recently adopted Hazel now has a home to call her own and a kitty brother named Max!

At the ARL, a love for animals inspires us to do more.

Whether you’re talking about our incredible volunteers, dedicated staff members, our dear friend and Board chair Malcolm, or generous supporters like you, everyone is committed to going the extra mile to give animals in need a chance at a better life.

DONATE NOW

The clock is ticking and the ARL still needs to raise $787,300 before the end of the year!

The ARL receives no government or public funding and relies entirely on the support of people like you to provide assistance when and where animals need help most.

If you love and care about animals, or if the ARL has made an impact on the special pets in your life, show  your support by making a donation today!

Visit arlboston.kintera.org/clockticking or click on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

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A WARM AND FUZZY THANK YOU to Malcolm McDonald, chairman of the ARL’s Board of Directors, and to everyone who has already donated to the ARL in 2015 to help animals in need!

 

ADOPT, Don’t Shop December 18-20

Big things come in small packages, so why not give a shelter pet a home for the holidays!

If you’ve been considering giving a pet as a present this holiday season, then stop by the ARL this weekend and take advantage of our Home for the Holidays adoption special and FREE GIFT!

At the ARL, we know that BIG THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES...

From TODAY Friday, December 18 through Sunday, December 20, ARL’s shelters are offering $20 off the adoption fee of all small animals to help them find a HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Many people think animal shelters only have dogs and cats, but at the ARL we have the capacity and knowledge to take in a variety of small animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, rats, hamsters, and  ferrets.

Small animals like Edgar the Shorthaired rabbit, Fluffy the bling Guinea Pig, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie the hamsters make great companions for pet “newbies”, families with limited space, or people with allergies to cats or dogs.

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Fluffy is a 3-year-old blind Guinea Pig looking for a special family to bring her home for the holidays! Come visit her at our Brewster shelter!

ADOPT SMALL, SAVE BIG! At the ARL, all of this is included in your pet’s adoption fee:

  • spay or neuter services
  • health screening and veterinary exam
  • behavioral screening and evaluation
  • vaccinations
  • parasite treatment
  • a microchip, when applicable

If you’re interested in adopting a small animal, don’t forget to bring in a photo of the cage that your new furry companion will be living in.

COME EARLY AND JINGLE ALL THE WAY HOME: Receive a “Home for the Holidays” Pet Pack to help your new furry family get settled into their new homewith every animal adoption from December 18-20, while supplies last!

Participating ARL locations include…

December 18, 19, and 20:

ARL Boston Shelter 10 Chandler Street, Boston
Phone: (617) 426-9170
Hours: 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

ARL Brewster Shelter 3981 Main St (Rte 6A), East Brewster

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Barney (pictured) along with many other rabbits are waiting to meet their new families! Click Barney’s photo to view a complete list of available small animals.

Phone: (508) 255-1030
Hours: 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

December 19 ONLY:

ARL Dedham Mobile Adoptions 163 Highland Ave, Needham Petco
Phone: (781) 326-0729
Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

TWO MORE GIFT IDEAS FOR YOUR FELLOW ANIMAL LOVERS:

1. Donate supplies to ARL’s shelter pets! They made their lists… and checked it twice. View our Boston adoption center wish list, Brewster adoption center wish list, and Dedham adoption center wish list!

2. Give a gift that’s especially furry and bright! Donate $25 or more in honor of animal-friendly colleagues, friends, and family members this holiday season, and you can choose a complimentary card to let them know about the special gift you gave in their name. Click here to select your tribute card!

THANK YOU to Onyx Hotel, Hotel Marlowe, Hotel Nine Zero, I and Love and You, and Boston Veterinary Care for donating to the Home for the Holidays Pet Pack!

…and to Macy’s for helping to spread awareness about the importance of animal adoptions this holiday season!

 

There’s Still Time To Help Match Mary!

Help animals like Dancer and Prancer get a chance at a better life

DONATE NOW

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Dancer and Prancer are getting lots of love and attention in their dedicated foster home during their recovery!

Inspired by the recent case of two Chihuahuas who were discovered locked in a rabbit cage in a closet, ARL president Mary Nee donated $5000 to help improve the protection and treatment of animals in our state — and called on YOU to do the same!

Now named Dancer and Prancer, the two dogs were starving and emaciated when local authorities found them.  They had been left for over a week without food or water.

The ARL covered their medical expenses and they are currently in a foster home.

After all they have been through, these two sweet dogs are not only regaining their strength, but also showing their sweet and spunky personalities.

They are not currently available for adoption as they are still recovering.

Read Mary’s letter to supporters

The ARL receives no government or public funding to provide care and assistance to animals in need.

Only with your support do animals like Dancer and Prancer get a chance at a safer, healthier, and happier life!

Visit arlboston.kintera.org/marysmatch or click on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

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A Special Letter from ARL President Mary Nee

Match Mary’s $5K donation to help more animals in need!

Dear friend,

At the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), we see cases of animal cruelty and neglect every day.

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The ARL was called in to help on the case of two Chihuahuas, now named Dancer and Prancer, who were left locked in a rabbit cage with no food or water for over a week.

Even after three years as president of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, I am still shocked by the callous and thoughtless way animals are too often treated in our state.

Just a few weeks ago, for example, the ARL received a call for help from animal control officers in a town in central Massachusetts.

Local authorities had discovered the two starving and dehydrated Chihuahuas where they had been left locked in a rabbit cage in a dark closet for over a week.

I can’t even begin to comprehend why someone would do something so cruel.

Yet what I find more awe-inspiring is the way animals can recover. Their resilience during difficult times, and their ability to trust and love again is truly amazing.

The ARL covered the cost of the pair’s emergency veterinary care. Now named Dancer and Prancer, they are slowly regaining their strength, sweetness, and spunk with a dedicated foster volunteer.

Mary Nee

Help more animals in need by helping to match her personal $5K donation to the ARL!

Our hope is to ring in 2016 by finding them a home.

The ARL receives no government or public funding to help thousands of animals like the two Chihuahuas every year.

We rely entirely on supporters like you and I am asking you to help animals in need by helping to match the $5,000 donation I am making to the ARL.

We need to raise over $900,000 by December 31 to ensure all of our programs end the year fully funded. Big or small, every donation means the ARL will stand ready to answer the call for help from even more animals in need.

DONATE NOW

Thank you very much again for your support for the ARL and very happy holidays to all the people and pets in your life.

Sincerely,

Mary Nee Signature

 

 

President, Animal Rescue League of Boston

Visit arlboston.kintera.org/marysmatch or click on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

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ARL Rescues Berlin Raccoon from Utility Pole

The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s rescue services team brings injured raccoon to safety in Berlin, MA

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ARL’s rescue services team brought a raccoon in Berlin, MA to safety after being trapped on top of a high-voltage utility pole for 3 days!

Earlier this week, the ARL’s rescue services team was called in by the National Grid to help rescue a raccoon from the top of a utility pole in Berlin, Massachusetts.

Residents first noticed the injured raccoon perched on top of the high-voltage pole on Pleasant Street last Thursday and became increasingly worried with each day that he remained stuck up there .

Concerned neighbors began calling the National Grid, the Berlin police department, and posting pleas for help on social media. They even scattered bails of hay around the base of the utility pole to soften the fall, just in case the raccoon accidentally slipped.

After 3 days of being trapped with no end in sight, the ARL’s rescue services team was called in to help bring the injured raccoon to safety.

Click here to watch the Berlin raccoon rescue video, as covered by WHDH.com Channel 7 News.

As soon as the National Grid shut down the high-voltage power, the ARL crew quickly began their recovery effort. Using a boom lift to raise them to the top of the pole, ARL’s rescue services team carefully scooped the raccoon into a large net and brought him down to safety.

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The Berlin raccoon, now safe, was transported to a local wildlife rehabilitation center for medical attention and recovery.

There was one additional scare, however! Once on the ground, the raccoon slipped out of the net and scampered away from the crowd and busy street. Fortunately, Danielle Genter on ARL’s rescue services team was able to outrun the injured raccoon and re-capture him in the net before safely placing him in a transport cage.

“The rescue went about as smooth as we’d hoped for, in a high traffic street,” said Danielle Genter.

Upon initial evaluation, the raccoon appeared to be injured and dehydrated. He was taken to a local wildlife rehabilitation center for immediate medical attention and recovery.

Berlin resident Karen Blakeney reached out to the ARL afterward with this note of gratitude:

“I wanted to thank everyone involved from your wonderful organization for rescuing the raccoon by my house in Berlin today. You did a truly outstanding job and the world is such a better place with people like you in it… Thank you again for the important work you do every day!”

A big THANK YOU to all of the concerned Berlin residents, the Berlin police department, and the National Grid for helping to bring an injured raccoon to safety!

For more information about ARL’s rescue services team, visit arlboston.org/rescue/

 

YOU Made Animal Wishes Come True!

THANK YOU for your generosity toward animals in need on Wishful Wednesday!

YOU made it happen!

Thanks to well over 100 generous donors, we raised $13,000 on Wishful Wednesday- and unwrapped an additional $10,000 gift from our anonymous donors in Pimi’s memory- for a grand total of $23,000!                  

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This photogenic guy is excited to find a home for the holidays! Click Scooby’s photos above to view his adoption profile or come visit him at our Boston shelter!

Your gifts will allow special animals like Scooby, a playful 3-year-young male Pittie-mix, to receive the love and personalized training he needs to find a home for the holidays!

Scooby is a very active boy who loves to go on adventures with our staff and volunteers. He has been at the ARL since September and is eager to meet you at our Boston adoption center!

GIVING: IT’S THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

The ARL does not receive any government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters like you to keep our important work going!

We still need to raise $920,000 dollars before December 31 to ensure our animal shelters,  law enforcement and rescue services, and community veterinary programs can start the new year fully funded and ready to help even more animals in need.

It’s not too late to… DONATE NOW

VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our two anonymous challenge donors for giving a generous gift in Pimi’s memory to help animals in need, Baroo, Pure Barre Boston, and everyone who donated on Wishful Wednesday!