35 Farm Animals Rescued from Unlicensed Traveling Petting Zoo

Animal Rescue League of Boston and MSPCA-Angell Work Together to Rescue Sickly Animals from the Cold

MEDIA AVAIL: Tuesday, February 11, 11 am – 12: 30 pm, ARLBoston’s Dedham Shelter, 55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA

Boston, MA – Over the weekend, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and MSPCA-Angell worked together to rescue 35 cold and emaciated animals from an unlicensed petting zoo in Ludlow, Massachusetts.

02-10-14 Ludlow Rescue Goat & Brian

ARL Rescue Services Manager Brian O’Connor carries one of 12 animals rescued from an unlicensed traveling petting zoo in Ludlow, MA, on Friday evening.

The ARL’s Rescue Services team brought 12 of the rescued animals, including mini-donkeys, donkeys, ponies, sheep, and goats, to the organization’s Dedham Shelter for immediate care. The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department transported the more severely emaciated and sickly animals including pigs and alpacas to the organization’s Nevins Farm facility.

On Monday, the MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department charged the animal’s owner Dean Manual of Ludlow with multiple counts of animal cruelty. Manual, 43, faces up to 36 counts of animal cruelty with additional pending charges for assaulting a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

As the ARL and MSPCA-Angell tended to the animals on Friday evening in Ludlow, many neighbors expressed concern for the health of the animals and asked for information about contributing to their care.

The organizations encourage anyone looking to help these animals and others like them recover from cruel living conditions to visit arlboston.org or MSPCA.org for more information.

Since their arrival, the animals at the ARL’s Dedham facility have received proper hydration, nutrition, and veterinary care.   Shelter staff report all 12 continue to rest and recover from living in cruel conditions.

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. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.

About the MSPCA-Angell

The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions from individuals who care about animals.

Media Avail
Tuesday, February 11
11 am – 12: 30 pm
Animal Rescue League of Boston
Dedham Animal Shelter
55 Anna’s Place
Dedham, MA

 

 

Attention Pet Owners and Animals Lovers: Spread the Love this Valentine’s Day!

4 purrfect gift ideas from the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Boston, MA—Looking for something especially meaningful for the companion pets and people in your life this Valentine’s Day?

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) has four purrfect gift ideas that spread the love and help find homes for shelter pets:

  1. Give your special dog a heart-shaped treat.  Nothing says “I love you” to the canine companion in your life like a tasty treat or dog cookie.  Now through February 14, Polka Dog Bakery will donate 50% of proceeds from all Valentine’s Day treats to the ARL.
  2. Present your sweetheart with an ARL gift certificate.  The devotion of a shelter pet knows no bounds.  You can purchase a gift certificate to ARL shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham and help your sweetheart bring a bird, bunny, dog, or cat home to love.
  3. Sponsor an adoption.  Show your Valentine how much you appreciate that soft spot he or she has for the stray animals in the neighborhood by sponsoring the adoption fees for a shelter pet in his or her name.  An animal having a harder time finding a home may just find that special someone with the extra help.
  4. Deliver a gift donation.  Sometimes flowers and chocolates don’t convey the special message you want a Valentine’s Day present to have.  By making a gift donation to the ARL or another animal welfare organization in your Valentine’s name, you show your support for a cause about which he or she cares deeply.

“The happiest part of the work we do at the ARL is uniting shelter pets with loving human companions,” explains ARL president Mary Nee.  “Supporting these efforts through your Valentine’s Day gift truly reflects the thoughtful kindness of both the gift-giver and receiver.”

Every year, the ARL’s shelters unite over 3,000 deserving animals with families and place 850 in foster homes with dedicated ARL volunteers.  Visit arlboston.org/spreadthelove to learn more about the shelter pets available for adoption.

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. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.

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Dedham Shelter News: Last Nail Trim Weekend

See Listing of Nearby Convenient Alternatives

This weekend, January 25-26, our Dedham shelter will hold its final nail trimming weekend.

The shelter originally began offering the complimentary service as part of the ARL’s commitment to supporting a healthy relationship between our adopters and their pets.  In recent months, the popularity of the service has grown to a level the staff at the shelter had not anticipated and can no longer accommodate safely or quickly for clients.

To help our clients with future needs, the Dedham staff has found many convenient local alternatives that provide nail trimming at all times of the month for a minimal fee:

  • Twickenton Groomer in Dedham – $10 for a nail trim
  • Petco in Needham and Dedham – $10 (need proof of rabies vaccine)
  • Dr. Wolf’s in Dedham – $18 (need proof of rabies vaccine)

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!

 

ARL Winter Storm Update: Shelter Hours Today

Thanks to our dedicated staff members, we’re happy to report all of the animals in our care got plenty of attention and company during the winter storm!

The snowy scene from our Brewster shelter earlier today.

The snowy scene from our Brewster shelter earlier today.

Our Boston and Dedham adoption centers will be open for business as usual this afternoon.

Our Brewster shelter will open with a delayed start today, at 1 pm.

If you’re feeling a little tired of shoveling already, remember that nothing beats the winter blues like watching your dog run around in the fresh powder!

Read our winter play time tips for you and your dog at arlboston.org/wintertime-playtime-tips-for-you-and-your-dog

 

 

5 Winter Pet Health and Safety Tips from the ARL

Winter storm reading that will help you keep pets happy and healthy

Many of us will look forward to spending some extra time with our pet companions tonight as we watch the snow fall outside.   With the coldest weeks of winter–and likely more snowfall–still ahead, why not spend some of that time boning up on winter pet health and safety tips!

The ARL recommends making five seasonal adjustments to your daily routines to keep pets happy and healthy during cold snaps and winter storms:

  1. Winterize outdoor accommodations.  If pets must stay outdoors, ensure he or she has adequate protection against the elements.  Veterinary experts agree a winter-friendly shelter should have three enclosed sides, stand off the ground, and contain generous amounts of bedding such as clean straw or hay.
  2. Watch the thermometer.  Like other New Englanders, many of our pets are conditioned to the cold weather.  Yet even for the winter-experienced animals, bring outdoor pets indoors if the temperature drops below 20 degrees.  Puppies, kittens, and short-haired pets should come indoors when the thermometer drops below 40 degrees.
  3. Check underneath the hood.  Cats love to warm up underneath cars and car hoods, leading to burns and other grave injuries when the car gets turned on suddenly.  Make a habit to pound on the hood of the car and give a visual check underneath your vehicle before you start it to make sure no one is taking a nap or basking in the heat from the engine.
  4. Stay alert around the fire.  Just like people, when they’re cold, pets gravitate to the heat.  If you have a fire in your fire place or wood stove, or turn on the space heater, make sure to pay attention to how close your pet gets to hot surfaces and areas to avoid serious burns.
  5. Pay attention to grooming and senior pet health.  A pet with a matted coat cannot keep him or herself warm!  Long-haired pets, especially during heavy periods of shedding, need extra help maintaining a healthy coat.  Senior pets also can have more pain from arthritis in the cold, so check with your veterinarian for suggestions for keeping your pet content.

For more helpful winter pet health and safety tips, visit arlboston.org/winter-pet-health

 

ARL’s Winter Storm Prep and Cancellations

Winter storm preparations under way at all three ARL shelters!

The snowflakes have already started to fly and preparations at the ARL have been underway all day ahead of this evening’s snowstorm.

Due to the impending winter storm, the ARL’s dog training classes scheduled for Tuesday evening, January 21, have been cancelled.

Also for clients of the ARL’s Boston Veterinary Care, the clinic will open tomorrow, Wednesday, January 22 at 12 PM.

Meanwhile, our dedicated shelter staff at our locations in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham will stay overnight at the shelter or nearby to make sure the animals in our care get plenty of love and attention while the winter winds are blowing.

We will continue to post updates, pictures, and other helpful winter pet health and safety information on our social media channels this evening.  Use #ARLwinterstorm to join the conversation!

 

5 Winter Weather Safety Tips From Animal Rescue League of Boston

ARL to host #ARLaskavet winter pet health twitter chat on January 14, 12:30 PM 

Boston, MA – The first Nor’easter of 2014 and polar vortex have made one thing clear: winter is here!  We all prepare the best we can to endure the plummeting temperatures, snow, and ice.  For the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), helping pets stay happy and healthy during cold snaps and storms tops the list of the organization’s winter weather preparations.

The ARL recommends making five seasonal adjustments to our daily routines to keep pets safe and sound:

  1. Winterize outdoor accommodations.  If pets must stay outdoors, ensure he or she has adequate protection against the elements.  Veterinary experts agree a winter-friendly shelter should have three enclosed sides, stand off the ground, and contain generous amounts of bedding such as clean straw or hay.
  2. Watch the thermometer.  Like other New Englanders, many of our pets are conditioned to the cold weather.  Yet even for the winter-experienced animals, bring outdoor pets indoors if the temperature drops below 20 degrees.  Puppies, kittens, and short-haired pets should come indoors when the thermometer drops below 40 degrees.
  3. Check underneath the hood.  Cats love to warm up underneath cars and car hoods, leading to burns and other grave injuries when the car gets turned on suddenly.  Make a habit to pound on the hood of the car and give a visual check underneath your vehicle before you start it to make sure no one is taking a nap or basking in the heat from the engine.
  4. Stay alert around the fire.  Just like people, when they’re cold, pets gravitate to the heat.  If you have a fire in your fire place or wood stove, or turn on the space heater, make sure to pay attention to how close your pet gets to hot surfaces and areas to avoid serious burns. 
  5. Pay attention to grooming and senior pet health.  A pet with a matted coat cannot keep him or herself warm!  Long-haired pets, especially during heavy periods of shedding, need extra help maintaining a healthy coat.  Senior pets also can have more pain from arthritis in the cold, so check with your veterinarian for suggestions for keeping your pet content.

The ARL will also host a 30-minute twitter chat Tuesday, January 14, beginning at 12:30 pm.  Dr. Edward Schettino, the ARL’s director of veterinary medical services, will answer questions and speak to concerns about winter pet health.  Follow the ARL on twitter @ARLBoston and use #ARLaskavet to join the conversation.

For more helpful winter pet health and safety tips, visit arlboston.org/winterweather

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the Animal Rescue League of Boston is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.

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Puppy Doe Update: What You Can Do to Prevent Future Cases of Animal Cruelty

Puppy Doe’s call to action: see something, say something

In addition to continuing to support the on-going investigation and prosecution of the Puppy Doe case, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) has issued a call to action to the public to report suspected animal abuse to local authorities.

All too often, animal cruelty remains undiscovered. By many estimates, 4 out of 5 cases remain concealed, leaving animals to suffer in silence. Yet we can all give a voice to victims of animal cruelty if when we see something, we say something.

In the words of ARL’s president Mary Nee, “public awareness and people speaking up will be our strongest defense against future cases of animal cruelty.”

In the months since the news about her case first broke, many individuals and organizations have taken action related to Puppy Doe at their own initiative. We respect the right of individuals and businesses to express and pursue their ideas, whether it’s writing a book, selling a product, or producing a video. The ARL, however, has no involvement with any of these projects.

When we’re asked what people can do to channel the grief, sadness, and rage they feel about what happened to Puppy Doe, we suggest supporting an animal welfare organization.

Donate, volunteer, adopt a shelter pet….help them further the work they’re doing to help animals in need.

And most importantly, speak up and report suspicions of animal cruelty, neglect, and abuse to local authorities. If when you see something, you say something, you can make a tremendous difference.

Learn more about the signs of animal abuse and visit arlboston.org/take-action for more on what you can do to help animals recover from cruelty and neglect.

 

 

Top 5 Animal Rescues of 2013

Celebrating the happy endings for domestic animals and wildlife!

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is the only animal welfare organization in Massachusetts that has an entire department dedicated to rescuing animals from a variety of emergency situations.  Domestic animals and wildlife can get trapped, displaced, injured, or otherwise distressed anywhere at any time of day, and our Rescue Services team is trained to help animals in need as quickly as possible.

The team had their work cut out for them last year!  They answered calls from local authorities, concerned community members, and pet owners.  They helps dogs and cats; deer and squirrels; geese and pigeons; goats and swans…Let’s just say they could give Noah and his ark a run for his money!

From the 4,426 rescue activities completed in 2013, five stories topped the list of happiest endings for the animals involved:

Happy Ending #1: Seraphina and her Three’s Company crowd

11-14 Billerica Goat Baby PhotoPerhaps the most famous goat in Massachusetts history, Seraphina roamed the yards and business parks of Billerica during the later summer.  Read the full rescue story

While staying at our Dedham adoption center, Seraphina gave birth to two does and a buck—a.k.a., two girls and a boy—in November. Named after the characters from Three’s Company, Jack, Chrissy and Janet have grown by leaps and bounds.  In the next couple of weeks Chrissy and Janet will go together to their new home; Seraphina and Jack will stay together and head to their new pad(dock)

Happy Ending #2: Goose with arrow through the head

Goose BEFORE.

Concerned citizens called on the Rescue Services team in early August after spotting a Canada Goose at a pond near Ellis Haven Campground in Plymouth with an archery arrow through its head. Read the full rescue story

After three and a half weeks of rehabilitative care, as well as medication and nutritional support, the goose was returned back to his pond to the joy of his mate and goslings.

Happy Ending #3: Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist. Now healthy and strong.

Oliver Twist. Now healthy and strong.

Early in the spring, a kind FedEx driver named Jeff called the Rescue Services team after spotting a severely emaciated puppy shivering in the cold and wandering the streets along his delivery route in Boston.  After rescuing the poor dog, the team brought the severely emaciate and neglected puppy to the Boston adoption center for medical treatment and care.  Read the full rescue story

With special care and attention, the puppy dubbed “Oliver Twist” was ready to go home with his new family.  Today Oliver is thriving, and enjoys fetching big sticks in the woods nearby his home.

Happy Ending #4: Coyote stuck in foundation

Construction workers called in the Rescue Services team after they returned to their Billerica work site to find a coyote trapped within the four walls of the foundation they had poured a couple days prior.  The coyote appeared unharmed, yet stressed as it tried unsuccessfully to climb out. 

The team humanely netted the coyote and lifted him out to safety.  Almost immediately, the coyote dashed off into the surrounding woods.  Watch the entire rescue in the video below:  

Happy Ending #5: Philbert

Perhaps the happiest ending to the year, Philbert the cat finished his quarantine time on Christmas Day!’

Photo: Amelia Hughes

Photo: Amelia Hughes

In late June, Athol animal control placed an emergency call to the Rescue team for immediate assistance with a the stray cat found under a porch with an illegal leghold trap clamped to one of his legs.  Read the full rescue story

Though he lost his leg as a result of his ordeal, Philbert’s affectionate personality has shined through and he’s a very happy man these days.  We will continue to provide updates on his on-going recovery!

 

Phoenix is Home for the Holidays

Sweet Girl will ring in 2014 with her new family!

phoenix at home

Phoenix at home with the feline and canine members of her new family.

Just before Christmas, we shared the story of Phoenix, a beautiful, sweet softie of a dog who came to our Dedham adoption center in July.  She was a total staff favorite – she was always so happy and full of playful energy.

Since arriving at the adoption center, Phoenix had waited patiently for a family.  We all wanted her to find a home for the holidays, so feel especially excited to share the news that after more than 160 days of waiting, she has!

After seeing Phoenix’s video, a very nice family from Weymouth adopted her.  She will ring in 2014 with her new people and their other pets, a cat and a one-year-old mastiff mix named Dozer.

A very special thank you to everyone who helped Phoenix find her new home and of course to her new family for welcoming her into their hearts!