BVC’s special monthly offer will keep your feline friend in PURRfect shape!

It’s no surprise that American families love their cats- and their cats love them back! As of 2014, there were over 93 million owned cats in the United States making them the new “man’s best friend”. MEOW!

September is Happy Healthy Cat Month at Boston Veterinary Care (BVC), so what better time to bring in your kitty companion for their annual wellness

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Schedule an appointment with Dr.Breda, BVC’s new Lead Veterinarian, at (617) 226-5605 or

exam! Your feline will love you even more for keeping them in tip-top shape, since, well, you know how meticulous they are!

Yearly check-ups are essential for cats of every age so that their veterinarian can carefully monitor their overall health and nutrition, while also making sure that they are up-to-date on all vaccinations and internal and external parasite preventatives.

Take advantage of BVC’s Happy Healthy Cat Month offer this September and receive a:

  • RESERVED appointment time on Thursdays between 9:30am – 12 noon. (Cats only! No dogs will be allowed in the lobby or clinic during this time.)
  • FREE wellness exam, if not seen within the last 3 years (2012 or earlier)
  • FREE cat toy with wellness exam, while supplies last
  • FREE sample of a Feliway wipe, while supplies last. Feliway is a pheromone that may help to calm cats during periods of stress, such as trips to the vet! The wipe can be used on the cat’s carrier or bedding.

To make an appointment, call (617) 226-5605 or visit

Boston Veterinary Care is located at 10 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116 in the South End with easy access via I-90 and I-93. FREE on-site parking is available for your convenience.


September is Champions Circle Month

Become a Champion for animals – join the Circle!

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is celebrating our Champions all month long! In honor of our monthly donors and their ongoing support, the ARL has named September “Champions Circle Month”!

Our community of caring monthly givers provide the critical support needed to rescue animals from suffering, cruelty, abandonment and neglect ALL YEAR LONG.

In 2014, over 15,000 animals received the help and care they needed with the support of Champions. THANK YOU to our current Champions Circle members and friends for your loyal support!

Not yet a member? Learn more about joining ARL’s Champions Circle and helping animals in need now…

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Join ARL’s Champions Circle in September and help animals in need ALL YEAR LONG!

What is the Champions Circle? The Champions Circle is a dedicated community of monthly givers who support shelter animals all year long as recurring donors.

Monthly giving is a convenient, affordable, and efficient way to provide help where it’s most needed. Our members like it because they are able to give more when their donations are spread out into smaller increments.

How will my recurring gift help shelter animals? 80% of ARL’s funding comes in during the last quarter of the year- and most of that during the last 2 weeks in December.

Because animals in our shelters and our community need immediate help every day, having monthly financial support from Champions Circle donors ensures we can respond with care and assistance when and where animals need it most.

Your gift will provide year-round support, such as:

  • Emergency rescue from cruelty and neglect
  • High-quality veterinary care
  • Food, shelter, loving attention, and time to play

Are there any other perks? Yes! In exchange for your reliable generosity, all Champions Circle members receive:

  • A “behind-the-scenes” guided tour of an ARL shelter to see your gift in action
  • Annual giving statements each January for tax purposes
  • Great membership gifts*
    • *September sign-up BONUS! Join during the month of September to receive a special Champions Circle Frisbee!

Sounds great! How do I sign up? There are several ways to join ARL’s Champions Circle:

  • Use our secure online form at
  • Call (617) 426-9170 x615 to set up your monthly gift over the phone

To learn more about the Champions Circle, visit


This Sunday, August 30: Enjoy a Good Laugh- and Help Animals in Need!

Buy tickets to see stand-up comedian Jimmy Tingle to benefit animals at ARL’s Brewster shelter

Tickets are still available to Humor for Humanity on Sunday, August 30, at 7pm. Jimmy Tingle’s stand-up comedy is guaranteed to make you laugh- AND feel good about the important work that you’re supporting!

Just listen to how Jimmy Tingle makes ARL Brewster shelter’s assistant manager, Dawn LeeLaub, chuckle during an interview for his podcast earlier this week. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Jimmy Tingle and Arnold the pig

Funny guy Jimmy Tingle swung by our Brewster shelter earlier this week for some hog-gone fun with big guy Albert, ARL’s very own pot-bellied pig who has since been adopted!

Sunday, August 30
7:00pm show time

1st Congregational Church of Wellfleet
UCC 200 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA

General admission is $25 for advance tickets; $30 at the door; Parking is FREE

$5 of each ticket’s proceeds will be donated to ARL’s Brewster Shelter.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Mary Nee, president of the ARL, will be in attendance and speak about the incredible work that ARL’s Brewster shelter has done for the Cape Cod community since 1921.

THANK YOU to Jimmy Tingle for generously donating your time and laughter to helping animals in need!


BREAKING NEWS: Lowell Puppy Tossed Out of Moving Vehicle Now Recovering at the ARL

Lowell Puppy Austin needs your help with information related to his case

Please note that since this is on-going investigation, Austin is currently NOT AVAILABLE for adoption.

The ARL is seeking the public’s assistance with information regarding a puppy thrown from a moving vehicle earlier this week in Lowell, Massachusetts.

On Monday afternoon, witnesses spotted an unidentified male suspect throw a puppy out of the driver’s side window near the Tsongas Arena while his vehicle was still in motion, and speed away from the scene.

Two kind citizens had been driving behind the suspect and immediately pulled over to help the approximately 10-week-old male teacup Yorkshire Terrier, now known as Austin.  The pint-sized four pound dog appeared injured.

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After contacting the Lowell police department to report the incident, one of these good Samaritans rushed Austin to the Wignall Animal Hospital in Dracut for emergency medical treatment.

“When he arrived at the animal hospital, sweet little Austin was clearly shaken up from the incident,” reports Darleen Wood, Lowell Police Animal Control Compliance Officer. “He had bleeding on the left side of his jaw and neck, and could not stop drooling and crying.  He was clearly in a lot of pain.”

Hospital staff promptly treated Austin with pain medication and did a thorough exam, including full-body x-rays to check for broken bones. Overall, the emergency medical treatment incurred over $400 in veterinary expenses.

The Lowell Police animal control division contacted the ARL for assistance with Austin’s medical expenses, caring for him as he recovers, and the investigation in the case.

Click here to DONATE and help cover Austin’s medical care… and protect animals like him from cruelty and abuse in the future.

Fortunately for Austin, most of the wounds were superficial and he began to heal quickly.  He arrived at the ARL on Wednesday afternoon for further veterinary evaluation and will soon go home with a dedicated ARL foster volunteer to complete his recovery. He is NOT currently available for adoption.

While officials gather camera and video footage from the area of the incident, the ARL is also asking anyone who may have information in this case to come forward to help identify the suspect or the vehicle.

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Austin needs your help! If you have any information related to his case, please contact:

Animal Rescue League of Boston’s law enforcement department  – (617) 226-5610

Lowell Police Department Crime Stoppers Tip Line – (978) 459-TIPS (8477)


Dog Camping Safety

5 tips to protect your pup during your next outdoor adventure

Although back-to-school season is just around the corner, the beautiful summer weather in New England extends throughout most of September! With at least a month of more warm days ahead of us, the ARL continues to share important pet safety advice during our TOO HOT FOR SPOT campaign.


Follow ARL’s 5 tips for dog camping safety to ensure a fun outdoor experience for everyone. Photo source:

Planning an upcoming wilderness adventure? Call the campground in advance to confirm pet requirements; some may mandate such regulations as dogs must remain on 6-foot leash at all times and need to sleep inside your tent.

If you and your pup take the proper precautions and follow the campsite rules you’ll be both guaranteed to have fun in the great outdoors.

The ARL shares 5 tips for dog camping safety:

  1. First aid’s first. Pack a pet first aid kit to cover all types of scenarios. In preparation for more a serious situation, be sure to research emergency animal clinics in close proximity to your campsite. While park rangers are there to help, they may not have all of the medical equipment that your dog needs.
  2. Pet-proof your campsite. Before pitching that tent, thoroughly inspect the immediate area for any potentially harmful items, such as broken glass bottles or spoiled food, that previous campers left behind.
  3. Avoid roaming. Supervise your pooch at all times, even if it means keeping them on a leash or having them wear a reflective collar at night. Since your pet is not familiar with the area, they could become lost, walk too close to a campfire, ingest poisonous plants, or encounter potentially dangerous wildlife.
  4. Keep contact info current. Make sure your dog’s microchip and ID tag information is current and keep your canine companion’s collar on at all times to ensure an easy reunion should they be separated from you.
  5. Prevent parasites and illnesses. Keep your pup up-to-date on all parasite preventatives and vaccinations, such as flea and tick repellants. If you’re not certain if your pet’s vaccinations are current, contact your veterinarian. Be vigilant about checking your pet for ticks during and after your trip.

If you plan to bring Fido with you, remember that man’s-best-friend should remain by your side at all times. Never leave your pet alone in a parked car—even with the air conditioner on or the windows cracked. On an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a car can rise above 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes, which is why it is the most common cause of deadly heat stroke. And that’s just way too hot for Spot!

ACHOO! Pets get allergies too. If your pooch can’t stop sneezing during your fresh air activities, click here to learn how to help keep those airborne allergens at bay.

TOO HOT FOR SPOT. For more summer safety tips visit:


Don’t Forget: 2 Days Until Yappy Hour on Cape Cod

Join the ARL on Wednesday, August 26, 5:30-7:30pm at Laurino’s

Why should humans be the only ones to enjoy happy hour? Celebrate summer and man’s-best-friend at ARL’s August Yappy Hour, a dog-friendly after work event on Cape Cod!

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On Wednesday, August 26, Sip a cocktail and help animals in need at ARL’s August Yappy Hour at Laurino’s in Brewster, MA!

Meet new friends and pups over cocktails and appetizers on Laurino’s outside tented patio. Attendees will have the opportunity receive fun giveaway items, as well as win great door prizes.


Wednesday, August 26
5:30 – 7:30pm
Laurino’s Restaurant & Tavern
3668 Main Street (Rt 6A), Brewster, MA

Admission is $10 per person, FREE for dogs and children 12 and under.

All proceeds from the event will support the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster Shelter.

Great treats for your and your pup:

  • For a small donation, pups can visit the ARL’S doggie bar and pick out gourmet Polkadog treats!
  • For a $25 donation, attendees can take home a special Animal Rescue League “VIP Pack”, which includes an ARL sling sack, an ARL baseball hat, dog cookies, and a ticket for a private tour of the Brewster shelter at a later date!

A big THANK YOU to Laurino’s Restaurant & Tavern in Brewster, MA for hosting the ARL’s August Yappy Hour!

…and to Polka Dog Bakery for donating their yummy gourmet dog treats!



41 Super Pets Adopted on Clear the Shelters Day

Thank you for helping ARL’s Super Pets -and shelter animals across the nation- find loving homes this summer!

clear the shelters dayOn Saturday, August 15, 2015, animal shelters across the country opened their doors for national Clear the Shelters Day- an event dedicated to finding as many animals as possible permanent homes. ARL’s shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham all participated in this one-day event.

Summer is when animal shelters are at their highest capacity, so placing animals with new loving families this time of year becomes even more important.

Thanks to our amazing adopters, generous donors, and those who helped spread the word, YOU gave 41 ARL Super Pets a chance at a better life!

Super Pets like Daisy, Yoshi, Pikachu, Wendy, and Bill (pictured at right with their new family members), found their forever homes during Clear the Shelters Day! Their adopters were overjoyed to bring home their new companions, along with an awesome Super Pet Pack filled with goodies.

Remember: It’s never too late to ADOPT a Super Pet! Search adoptables

THANK YOU to our media partners NBCUniversal, NECN,  WBZ, and Clear Channel for spreading the word about the importance of animal adoptions!

…And to the ASPCA for making the Animal Rescue League of Boston a grant recipient for Clear the Shelters Day!

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Dog Thunderstorm Safety

5 tips to comfort your pup during a storm (Hint: you’ll both rest easier!)

After a marathon of sizzling summer days (did someone say, “It’s Too Hot for Spot”?), many New Englanders welcome the threat of a thunderstorm to cool the temperature down and reduce humidity in the air.

While a thunderstorm is an effective way for Mother Nature to give us some relief from the heat, it can also, unfortunately, be a huge source of stress for our canine companions.

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, there are about 100,000 thunderstorms in the United States each year. If you have a dog that suffers from astraphobia, a fancy word for “fear of thunder”, that can mean many moments of heightened anxiety for them- and some sleepless nights for you!dog thunderstorm safety

Common signs of astraphobia in canines include hiding, excessive whining, intense barking, frantic pacing, scratching at surfaces, or destructive chewing. For some dogs, flashes of lightning, the howling of wind, drops of rain hitting the roof, or simply the change in air pressure can cause fearfulness.

If a loud boom sends your pooch diving under the covers, try these 5 tips to help give man’s-best-friend some much-needed comfort during a thunderstorm:

  1. Set up a safe space. Hiding is a natural instinct for pups that are fearful, so be sure to make a safe indoor area accessible to them. Many dogs consider their crate to be their “go to” hideout when their nerves kick in. Ramp-up the comfort factor by covering a wire crate with a thin sheet and placing a blanket and a couple of chew toys inside. Leave the door open so Fido doesn’t feel trapped.
  2. Cozy up with your pup. Just having you in the same room will make your dog feel safer during a storm. If your pooch enjoys snuggling or being petted, stick around for some quality time. Alternatively, placing an anxiety or “thunder vest” on your furry friend can be equally as comforting.
  3. Distract your dog. Try to engage your canine companion in his favorite game to keep his mind off the storm. If Fido remains calm, give him positive reinforcement by rewarding him with treats for his bravery during the storm.
  4. Pull down the blinds. Confine your pup to a windowless room, if possible. If not, pull down the blinds and close the curtains to cut off any visual stressors.
  5. Turn on some tunes. Play calming music or turn on the TV to minimize the sound of thunder from your pet’s sensitive ears.

Should I try giving my pet anti-anxiety medications or natural supplements? If your dog shows signs of extreme stress, always consult with their veterinarian before administering any type of medication or oral supplements to make sure that the ingredients are suitable for your pooch!

IT’S TOO HOT FOR SPOT! For more summer pet safety advice, visit


It’s (Pool) Party Time on Cape Cod!

Keep your dog cool AND help animals in need at Agway’s Puppy Pool Party

Take your pooch for a dip and a treat at Agway of Cape Cod’s Puppy Pool Party this Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 11am to 1pm in South Dennis, MA!

This FREE community event will feature puppy pools, a Top Dog of Cape Cod photo contest, tasty treats for you and your pup, complimentary nail clippings from Animal Hospital of Orleans, games, and much more.

Click here for more details about the event.

All donations from Agway’s Puppy Pool Party will support the ARL’s Brewster Shelter!

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Help your pooch cool off from the summer heat; head to Agway’s Puppy Pool Party this Saturday for a dip and a treat!


Saturday, August 22

11am – 1pm

Agway of Dennis

686 Massachusetts Rt. 134

South Dennis, MA 02660

Admission is FREE

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A special THANK YOU to Agway of Cape Cod for helping animals in need!



Happening Now: The ARL Joins Coalition to Improve the Protection and Treatment of Farm Animals

The Citizens for Farm Animal Protection advocates for an end to extreme confinement of farm animals in Massachusetts

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and other national and local animal welfare leaders have gathered on the front steps of the Massachusetts State House to formally announce their newly developed coalition, Citizens for Farm Animal Protection, and ballot initiative to curb animal abuse on industrial-style factory farms in Massachusetts.

The coalition aims to collect more than 90,000 signatures by Fall 2015 to help secure a spot on the 2016 ballot.

Mary Nee, president of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, explains why the ARL is in support of this ballot initiative: “The cruel confinement of farm animals is inhumane and also threatens the health and safety of Massachusetts residents through increased risk of foodborne illness.  When there’s an effort to improve the protection and treatment of animals – whether they are companion, working, or farm animals – the Animal Rescue League of Boston is there to help.

The Citizens for Farm Animal Protection coalition also includes the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Zoo New England, and United Farm Workers.

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In many industrial animal farms, hens are forced into battery cages so small that they cannot spread their wings. Their amount of “personal space” is smaller than an iPad!

The Citizens for Farm Animal Protection’s goal is to qualify a measure for the 2016 ballot phasing out the extreme confinement of farm animals — specificallyegg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and veal calves — in small crates and cages, requiring that these animals have enough room to turn around, lay down, and stretch their limbs.

Examples of extreme confinement on industrial-style factory farms include:

  • Egg-laying hens packed into battery cages so small that they cannot spread their wings
  • Breeding female pigs restricted to two-foot wide gestational crates that don’t allow them to take more than one step forward or backward
  • Veal calves restrained in crates too narrow to turn around or fully recline

Industrial animal operations put our health at risk: cramming tens of thousands of animals into tiny cages promotes the spread of diseases.

Numerous studies show that egg operations that confine hens in cages have higher rates of Salmonella, the leading cause of food poisoning-related death in America. Animals kept in extreme confinement often live in their own waste and are pumped full of drugs that can taint the food we eat.

If the 2016 ballot becomes law, it will also ensure that shell eggs, and whole, uncooked cuts of pork and veal sold in the Commonwealth are compliant with these modest standards

Ten states in the US have passed similar laws, and farmers in Massachusetts are already required to abide by the non-confinement regulations. Additionally, many local and major food retailers, including Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s and Walmart, are currently working with food suppliers to make similar reforms.

Help protect farm animals! Look out for and sign the petition that will help secure the 2016 ballot to phase out extreme confinement on industrial-style factory farms.