Help Unwrap a $10K Gift for Animals In Need!

Today is Wishful Wednesday!

The happy memories of their cherished rescue cat Pimi moved two anonymous donors to do more for animals in need this holiday season.

If 100 people make a donation to the ARL from now until midnight, December 10, the anonymous donors will donate an additional $10,000!

The ARL receives no government funding and we need to raise $1 million before December 31 to ensure our shelters and community programs and services start the new year fully funded and ready to help animals when and where they need it most.

No matter how much you give, your donation to the ARL will help animals in many ways… 

wishfulwednesday_muneco_facebook$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 holiday 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 home for the holidays

GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO GIVE

AS SPECIAL THANKS when you give to the ARL now through Thursday, December 10…

  • DONATE $100 or more- the first 10 people will receive a bath, brush, and nail trim package for their pet from Baroo!
  • DONATE $250 or more and automatically enter to win a month of UNLIMITED classes at Pure Barre Boston!

Visit arlboston.kintera.org/wishweds or click on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the ARL on Wishful Wednesday!

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A BIG THANK YOU to our two anonymous challenge donors, Baroo, and Pure Barre Boston for helping animals in need on Wishful Wednesday!

 

Tomorrow is Wishful Wednesday

You can help unwrap a $10K gift for animals in need

If you missed Giving Tuesday, that’s OK! On Wishful Wednesday, December 9, you can still make a big difference for animals in need.

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If 100 people make a donation to the ARL by midnight, December 10, two anonymous donors will give an additional $10,000 to help animals in memory of their cherished rescue cat Pimi!

The happy memories of their cherished rescue cat Pimi, pictured right, moved two anonymous donors to do more for animals in need this holiday season.

If 100 people make a donation to the ARL from now until midnight, December 10, the anonymous donors will donate an additional $10,000!

The ARL receives no government funding and we need to raise $1 million 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.

Your donation to the ARL today will help animals lead safer, healthier, and happier lives…

$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 holiday 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 home for the holidays

GIVE AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE AS SPECIAL THANKS when you give to the ARL now through Thursday, December 10…

  • DONATE $100 or more- the first 10 people will receive a bath, brush, and nail trim package for their pet from Baroo!
  • DONATE $250 or more and automatically enter to win a month of UNLIMITED classes at Pure Barre on Newbury Street!

Don’t want to wait until tomorrow to give? You can DONATE NOW and have it count on Wishful Wednesday!

Visit arlboston.kintera.org/wishweds or click on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the ARL on Wishful Wednesday!

donatenowbutton A BIG THANK YOU to our anonymous challenge donor for giving a generous gift in Pimi’s memory to help animals in need!

 

Hot Off The Press: Our Four-Footed Friends

Check out the Fall/Winter 2015 edition here!

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Click on the image above to read the full Fall 2015 edition of Our Four-Footed Friends!

The latest edition of Our Four-Footed Friends, includes news and photos of all the critical work for animals you helped support.

Click here or the image at right to view the full Fall/Winter 2015 OFFF magazine

The important topic of animal hoarding is a major focus in this edition. A growing community problem, the ARL is frequently called in as an expert resource on hoarding cases.

What’s inside…

  • How your support positively impacted ARL shelter pets in 2015!
  • The story of Waggin’s maiden voyage to Martha’s Vineyard
  • A recap of the Adopt a Cat Month and Adopt a Dog Month campaigns
  • “Happy Tail” success stories
  • The success behind national Clear the Shelters Day
  • And much more!
 

Put Your Paws Together for YOU!

THANK YOU for being #unselfie on Giving Tuesday

The results are in and you did it!  You helped raise more than $50,000 for animals in need on Giving Tuesday!

Thanks to your generous donations, animals like LJ, the kindly canine gentleman in the photo to the right, will get the care and assistance they need to lead safer, healthier, and happier lives.

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LJ is still wishing to find his home for the holidays! Learn more about him by clicking his photo.

Many of ARL’s supporters chose to support animals in need on Giving Tuesday because of their special relationship and love for their own pets.
We honor the animals who inspired your donations on the ARL’s Giving Tuesday Wall of Honor.

Click here to view ARL’s Giving Tuesday Wall of Honor

YOU MAKE OUR WORK POSSIBLE! 

The ARL does not receive any government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters like you to rescue domesticated animals and wildlife from unnecessary suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect.

We still need to raise 1 million 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 anonymous challenge donor for giving a generous gift in Poppy’s memory to help animals in need, The Fairmont Copley Plaza, D’Tails Pet Boutique, Eastham Veterinary Hospital, Unit Realty, and everyone who donated to the ARL on Giving Tuesday!

 

2015 Cape Cod Holiday Happenings

Enjoy these fun family festivities and support ARL’s Brewster shelter!

For staff and volunteers at the ARL’s Brewster shelter, giving animals in need a chance to experience kindness, joy, and companionship are what the holidays are all about.

As part of the ARL’s annual “Home for the Holidays” community outreach campaign, the Brewster Shelter is sharing ideas and special event news to encourage adoption and support for animals in need.

Whether you’re looking to open your heart to a new pet or give a little love to those spending their holidays in the shelter, there are numerous ways to give to animals this holiday season!

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Support ARL’s Brewster shelter by attending one of the 2015 Cape Cod holiday happenings!

Check out these 2015 Cape Cod Holiday Happenings:

Dogs on Cape Cod Book Signing

Saturday, December 5
1:00pm – 3:00pm
The Brewster Book Store
2648 Main Street, Brewster, MA

Event Details: Meet Dogs on Cape Cod author Kim Roderiques and watch 20% of all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to ARL’s Brewster shelter.

Pet Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 12
3:00pm – 7:00pm
The Cape Cod Dog
3 Main Street, Eastham, MA

Event Details: Bring your four-legged pal to meet Saint Nick! Your $20 donation for two printed photos will benefit ARL’s Brewster shelter!

Pet Photos with Santa by Cold Nose Photography & Exclusive ARL Tree Ornament

Sunday, December 13
Agway of Cape Cod
10:00am – 12:00pm at 20 Lots Hollow Rd, Orleans, MA
1:30pm – 3:30pm at 686 MA-134, South Dennis, MA

Event Details: Have your pet’s photo professionally taken with Kris Kringle at either the Orleans or South Dennis location! Your $10 donation to ARL’s Brewster shelter gets you a digital photo, along with holiday treats and refreshments! While you’re there, be sure to snag an exclusive pet-friendly ARL ornament shaped like the Cape for only $10!

Craft Fair & Bake Sale

Sunday, December 13
1:00pm – 4:00pm
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
1969 Main Street, Brewster, MA

Event Details: Finish your holiday shopping with great local vendors and stock up on delicious holiday goodies- all to benefit ARL’s Brewster shelter!

Can’t make the events? There are other ways to support ARL’s Brewster shelter!

1. ADOPT a shelter pet and give them a loving home for the holidays! Search adoptables

2. DONATE gently used clean blankets and towels; gift cards to Agway, Stop & Shop, and Shaw’s; or supplies from their wish list!

A big THANK YOU The Brewster Book Store, The Cape Cod Dog, Agway of Cape Cod, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, and to the many other individuals and businesses supporting ARL’s Brewster shelter this holiday season!

…and to Macy’s Boston for helping more ARL shelter animals find a Home for the Holidays!

 

Over 133,000 Massachusetts Voters Say “Yes” to STOP Farm Animal Cruelty

ARL hosts rally to celebrate successful signature campaign

Earlier today,  Citizens for Farm Animal Protection announced they had successfully gathered over 130,000 signatures as part of the effort to secure a 2016 ballot measure in Massachusetts to phase out the extreme confinement of animals at industrial-style factory farms, as well as the sale of products produced under those conditions.

The ARL joined the coalition this summer and worked alongside other animal welfare groups, veterinarians, farmers, local businesses, and individuals to collect signatures. Over the last 9 weeks, more than 1,000 volunteers across the state spent countless hours asking Massachusetts voters to sign the petition for farm animals.

Thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers and supporters who were passionate about this issue leaders, the number of signatures collected is double the number of signatures required to qualify for the Massachusetts ballot!

By signing the petition, voters were saying “yes” to allow veal calves, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens the basic right to stand up, lie down, turn around, and extend their limbs.

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ARL’s adoptable pup, Muneco, showed his support by giving everyone a high paw for their dedicated efforts!

“The outpouring of support from Massachusetts voters who signed the ballot petition clearly reflects the growing consensus that humane and safe food sources benefits animals and people alike,” explained Mary Nee, president of the ARL.

The rainy weather today didn’t stop dozens of local and national animal protection leaders, coalition leaders, and volunteers from gathering at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s headquarters in South End, Boston for a celebratory rally to acknowledge this momentous achievement.

While enjoying well-deserved refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, rally attendees listened to remarks from animal welfare leaders including representatives from the Humane Society of the United States, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Mary also offered remarks of gratitude and inspiration: “Thanks to the dedicated efforts of all the coalition members, volunteers, and supporters, we all moved one step closer to ending the cruel confinement of farm animals.”

After the rally concluded, volunteers delivered and formally filed the  petitions with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

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ARL’s president, Mary Nee, was thrilled to take the stage and speak about the campaign’s successes thus far.

In the coming weeks, the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office will review the coalition’s submission and verify that it will qualify as the first phase toward getting it onto the 2016 ballot.

The next step… Volunteers are needed to collect additional signatures in Spring 2016 to guarantee a spot on next year’s ballot. Sign up to volunteer at citizensforfarmanimals.com/volunteer and keep checking back at arlboston.org for more information.

A big THANK YOU to all of the dedicated volunteers who collected signatures for the farm ballot initiative and to all those who supported this momentous effort to end the extreme confinement of farm animals!

 

Nina is Home for the Holidays!

Give a shelter pet the perfect holiday gift, a home

At the ARL, our biggest holiday wish is for the animals in our care and the individuals willing to open their hearts to find one another! Every year, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) unites over 3,000 deserving animals with families and places another 850 with dedicated ARL foster volunteers.

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ARL shelter veterinarians discovered large mast cell tumors all over Nina’s body during a routine spay surgery. Thanks to their thorough medical attention, the tumors were removed and Nina was able to go home for the holidays!

Special animals like Nina will have a season that’s merry and bright now that she’s home for the holidays!

Nina, a gorgeous 3-year-old boxer mixer, came into ARL’s Boston shelter earlier this fall when her family was forced to give her up due to landlord restrictions. Up until that point, she had been living with her family, including one child, her entire life.

When Nina arrived at the ARL’s Boston shelter, she instantly became a staff favorite! Anyone who glanced into her big round chocolate brown eyes instantly fell in love and came in closer for a snuggle.

Nina couldn’t get enough attention from her human friends and was was always eager to show off her basic commands for some tasty treats and a generous scratch in her favorite spot- right behind her floppy ears!

It was clear that Nina was ready for a permanent home, but first she would need to be spayed in order to meet potential adopters.

Unfortunately for Nina, things took an unexpected turn. During the routine spay surgery, ARL shelter veterinarians Dr. Quigley and Dr. Doyle came across several large mast cell tumors that were unknowing growing inside of Nina’s legs, back, shoulders, and stomach.

ARL’s veterinarians carefully scanned her body to locate and remove all the tumors and immediately send them out to be biopsied. Several hours and $1,500 worth of procedures later, Nina was awoke from surgery.

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Nina happy and settling into her new waterfront home. Something tells us she’ll become a beach bunny in no time at all!

Tired and weak, Nina patiently waited for the results of her biopsy while resting alongside ARL’s wonderful volunteers and staff. Everyone knew that she was one tough cookie, so there was no doubt that Nina would be back on her feet in no time!

A couple of weeks later, Nina received the good news she’d be hoping for! Her tumors were benign and she was medically cleared for adoption!

Shortly thereafter, Nina got her holiday wish and went home with her forever family. By all accounts, she is doing great and hasn’t let her surgery hold her back one bit!

Nina’s new dad was happy to report that, “everything has been so much fun thus far! Nina is adjusting well and is already excited to go running on the beach!”

YOU can help deserving shelter pets like Nina find a home for the holidays by…

  1. ADOPTING from the ARL! Search adoptables
  2. Checking out the wishlists at our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham
  3. Using Amazon Smile when you shop and select the Animal Rescue League of Boston as the charity you support
  4. Giving a donation to the ARL in honor of an animal-friendly friend or family member.  With a donation of $25 or more, you can select a special card, too!  Learn more

THANK YOU to Macy’s Boston for helping more ARL shelter animals find a Home for the Holidays!

 

TODAY: Adopt, Don’t Shop on Black Friday

WE’RE OPEN! Receive $20 off, plus a FREE GIFT

Start a new holiday tradition this year and ADOPT, DON’T SHOP on BLACK FRIDAY!

If you’ve been thinking about adding a furry family member to your clan this holiday season, than HURRY IN to ARL shelters and take advantage of our special HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ADOPTION EVENT offer TODAY, Friday, November 27.

  • $20 off the adoption fee for all small animals at ARL’s shelters in Boston and Brewster from 1-6:30pm, and Dedham 1-4pm!
  • A “Home for the Holidays” Pet Pack with every animal adoption, while supplies last!
  • All of this included in your pet’s adoption fee: spay or neuter services, health screening and veterinary exam, behavioral screening and evaluation, vaccinations, parasite treatment, and a microchip.

Boston and Brewster shelters are open during normal operating hours from 1-6:30pm. The Dedham shelter is open 1-4pm by appointment only, so please call ahead at 617-293-6392.

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black fridayAn extra day to SAVE: On Super Saturday, November 28, you can also visit the ARL at our mobile adoption location at Petco in Needham, 163 Highland Avenue from 11am-5pm! Staff will have adoptable bunnies on site and offer $20 off the adoption fee

Not ready to adopt? Donate supplies instead!

Boston adoption center wish list

Brewster adoption center wish list

Dedham adoption center wish list

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

 

Help Animals Find a Home for the Holidays!

Holiday animal awareness campaign kicks off with extra help from Macy’s Boston

What better way to start the holiday Thanksgiving week than with a round of thank yous and news about what’s coming up at the ARL during the holidays!

Thanks to the generous support of Macy’s Boston, we’ve kicked off our annual “Home for the Holidays” public awareness campaign to encourage adoption and support for animals in need in our community.

After all, giving animals in need a chance to experience kindness, joy, and companionship are what the holidays are all about!

Our Home for the Holidays campaign will feature special blog posts and events, including our very successful cat food drive this past weekend to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston.

Special thanks to supporters like Abby, Dan and Tom.H (Pictured) who donated during our weekend-long Cat Food Drive!

Special thanks to supporters like Abby, Dan and Tom.H (Pictured) who donated during our weekend-long Cat Food Drive!

Feral cats have had little or no human contact for an extended period of time, but they still rely on human caregivers for food and shelter. Every day, volunteer community cat caretakers feed hundreds of cats – often at their own expense.

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously during the cat food drive!  All donations went directly to feral cat caretakers who will use the supplies all winter long.

Next up on our event calendar: Home for the Holidays adoption events!

If you’re thinking SMALL this holiday — as in you’d like to add a bunny, guinea pig, or hamster to your household — you can feel especially good when you ADOPT a new pet on Friday or Saturday this week…..Not only will you give an animal a chance at a better life, but you can save BIG!

Thanks to generous adoption sponsors, you can enjoy $20 off the adoption fees of all small animals on Black Friday, November 27, at our Boston and Brewster shelters and on Super Saturday, November 28, at our mobile location at the Needham Petco, 163 Highland Avenue.

And while supplies last, adopters of all species will also get an ARL “Home for the Holidays” pet pack.

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Many amazing animals at our Adoption Centers are waiting for you take them home for the holidays! Click the photo to search ARL adoptables.

Not ready to adopt?  There are still many ways you can help animals in need this holiday season:

  1. Check out the wishlists at our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham
  2. Use Amazon Smile when you shop and select the Animal Rescue League of Boston as the charity you support
  3. Consider giving a donation to the ARL in honor of an animal-friendly friend or family member.  With a donation of $25 or more, you can select a special card, too!  Learn more

Tune in tomorrow for a special announcement about Giving Tuesday, December 1!

 

TODAY: ARL Boston’s Cat Food Drive

Give a little, get a little – make a donation and receive ARL SWAG in return!

There’s no better way to show gratitude for all that you’re thankful for than to give to those who are less fortunate. While you’re running those Thanksgiving errands this weekend, consider making one extra stop to help animals in need.

TODAY, Saturday, November 21 through tomorrow Sunday, November 22, the ARL’s Boston shelter is hosting a Cat Food Drive to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston.

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Photo source: http://www.pethelpers.org

From 9:00am – 3:30pm on both days we will be accepting donations of unopened wet or dry cat food in the lobby of our headquarters located in Boston’s South End:

Animal Rescue League of Boston

Boston Adoption Center lobby

10 Chandler Street

Boston, MA 02118

As a special thank you, the first 50 people who make a donation during the Cat Food Drive will receive an ARL SWAG Bag, while supplies last!

The winter Cat Food Drive marks the start of the ARL’s “Home for the Holidays” community outreach campaign to encourage adoption and support for animals in need during the holidays. All donations of cat food will defray the food cost associated with the on-going care of homeless cats in the community.

Cat food donations will go to feral cat caretakers in Boston, as well as ARL foster volunteers who provide one-on-one care to cats recovering from surgery or re-acclimating to life in a home prior to adoption.

For more information, please contact our Boston Adoption Center at (617) 426-9170.