Track the ARL Boston Marathon Runners

After months of training through extreme winter weather conditions, our runners are ready to take on 26.2 for animals in need!

team photo with bib numbersYou can show your support for the ARL’s Boston Marathon Team by:

1. Donating to the team to help them reach their stretch goal of $40,000 by visiting crowdrise.com/arl2014bostonmarathon

2. Tracking their race progress at http://bit.ly/1e9LjEZ using their bib numbers

Chris    30015
Mal       29782
Scott    30005
Alexis  30083

3. Joining us in Coolidge Corner near the 7- Eleven to cheer for our runners at they near the finish line

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the dedicated runners on our 2015 Boston Marathon team!

Boston Marathon sponsor JH

Thank you to Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock for including the ARL in the 2015 charity bib program!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month

ARL’s Boston Veterinary Care Offering April Special!

Did you know… it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to spread Heartworm disease to your pet?

Heartworm disease

Heartworms.
Source: www.heartwormsociety.org

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal illness for cats, dogs, and ferrets, as well as other mammals. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of affected animals. Heartworm may result in lung disease, heart failure, or other organ damage.

Although this sounds scary (it is!), Heartworm disease can be avoided altogether with the necessary preventative measures.

Protect your pet by reading these 6 FAQs about Heartworm:

  1. How can Heartworm disease spread to my pet? Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes carrying the parasite Dirofilaria Immitis. When an infected mosquito bites a cat, dog, ferret, or other mammal, larvae are transmitted into the bloodstream and ultimately settle in the heart, arteries, blood vessels, and lungs after a period of months.
  2. Which pets are most at risk? Outdoor cats and dogs who spend a significant amount of time outside are most at risk, as well as those indoor pets who live in particularly mosquito-dense areas.
  3. What symptoms should I look for? Signs of Heartworm disease can be very subtle or very severe depending on the case. Symptoms may include persistent cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, decreased appetite, vomiting, and weight loss. As the disease progresses, an animal may experience fainting, seizures, difficulty walking, or fluid accumulation in the abdomen. Kittens, puppies, and senior pets face the highest risk of developing the more severe symptoms.
  4. How is Heartworm disease diagnosed? It takes approximately 6 months after being bitten by an infected mosquito for your pet to test positive for Heartworm. A veterinarian can make a diagnosis by doing a physical examination and running blood tests.
  5. Is Heartworm disease treatable? For dogs in the US, there is treatment available. Unfortunately for cats in the US, there is currently no approved treatment. The good news, however, is that many Heartworm-infected cats are able to fight the infection themselves and can be monitored every few months, while waiting out the worms’ lifespan. Medications can also be given to help alleviate some symptoms, such as coughing and vomiting.
  6. How can I prevent my pet from contracting Heartworm disease? There are several FDA-approved medications* on the market available for both cats and dogs. Your pet should begin a heartworm preventative around 8 weeks of age, which should be taken year-round. Dogs should be tested for Heartworm every 12 months and regular check-ups for all pets are key to early detection.

Take advantage of Boston Veterinary Care’s special April offer!

Enjoy 50% off your pet’s heartworm test with your purchase of 12 months of heartworm preventative medication.
To make an appointment, please call (617) 226-5605 or email bvc@arlboston.org

*Always consult with your veterinarian before administering any type of medication to your pet.
 

Spring Into Action Rescue Fund Drive A Success!

Thank you for your support for the ARL’s Rescue Services Team!

You made it possible! In just 7 days we more than TRIPLED the fundraising goal for our Spring Into Action Rescue Fund Drive!

Gloucester ice rescue

Your donations make rescues like this possible. Pictured here: ARL’s Rescue team saving a duck trapped on the ice in Gloucester.

All proceeds will go directly to ARL’s Rescue Services to ensure that domestic animals and wildlife get emergency rescue assistance when they need it most.

The ARL does not receive any government or public funding for providing rescue services to the community and relies entirely on supporters like you to continue this important work.

Check out Rescue Services in action as seen on Boston.com.

On behalf of everyone at the ARL, thank you for your kindness and compassion for animals in need!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO the anonymous donor who challenged us to match their $5,000 contribution during the Spring Into Action Rescue Fund Drive and to Whole Foods Market, South End for helping us kick off the fund drive by donating 5% of sales on April 8!

 

Bark-off Your Calendar: 44 Days ‘til Paws in the Park

Local Cape Cod businesses joining the fun as Naming Sponsor

Join us on May 30, 11 am – 3pm for ARL’s largest community event at Drummer Boy Park, a beautiful location overlooking Cape Cod Bay in Brewster, MA!

boy playing with dog

Join us on May 30, 11am-3pm for Paws in the Park!

Paws in the Park is one of the most popular dog-friendly pet festivals on Cape Cod and features activities, entertainment, and exhibitors for the whole family to enjoy.

SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, May 30
11AM – 3PM
Drummer Boy Park, Brewster
Rain or shine!

$5 admission fee for adults, FREE for children under 12 years old and dogs. All proceeds from the event benefit the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster Shelter.

Here is a sneak peek of the fun to expect: *NEW for 2015

A special swag bag for the first 500 entrants

Paws Pool Pavillion*

Paws Raffle Prize Pavillion*

“Sniff it Out” Scavenger Hunt*

Photo “Doggie” Kissing Booth

Frisbee Dog Show

K9-unit demo

Pupcasso art activity for dogs

Fleece tug toy activity for dogs*

Face painting and temporary tattoos

Contests

Book signings*

DJ music

And much more!

We’re pleased to announce the following local businesses who will join the fun as a 2015 naming sponsor! 2015 Paws in the Park Naming Sponsors

PAWS Pool Pavilion Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Orleans

PAWS Prize Pavilion Sponsor: oldCape Sotheby’s International Realty

“Sniff it Out” Scavenger Hunt Sponsor: Derbyfield Kennel

Fleece Tug Toy Activity Sponsor: The Cape Cod Dog

Find more announcements about activities, food, and entertainment at arlboston.org/paws-in-park

ARL ON CAPE COD QUICK FACT #2: In 2014, the ARL’s mobile Spay Waggin’ spay/neutered over 4,000 cats and dogs on South Shore and Cape Cod.

 

See Something, Say Something: Understanding The Effects of “Blood Sports” on Animals

If you see signs of blood sports, you say something – how you can help animals

As part of our “See Something, Say Something – Report Animal Cruelty” public awareness campaign this month, we are focusing on the topic of “blood sports.”

A dog who is a victim of the illegal blood sports known as “dog fighting” and “street fighting” suffers just as much on the inside as he does on the outside.

We sat down with Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, the ARL’s vice president of animal welfare, to learn more about the effects of blood sports on the animals involved.

blood sports

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, ARL’s Vice President of Animal Welfare, hosted a talk in January on dog fighting by the ASPCA’s Terry Mills in conjunction with the New England Federation of Humane Societies

ARL Blog: What are some common physically identifying signs of a fighting dog?

Dr. Smith: Fighting dogs end up bearing many scars, usually clustered around the face, neck, front legs and chest. Dogs can also suffer much more severe injuries such as broken bones and disfigurement of their ears, snouts, etc.

The scars that are visible on the outside of a fighting dog are only the tip of the iceberg in what the dog has suffered.

ARL Blog: What generally happens to the “winner” – or worse yet – the “loser” in a dog fight?

Dr S: Dogs who “win” will fight again and again, earning higher stakes with each victory.

Dogs who “lose” have a much sadder fate. They have been discovered on the side of the road, floating in the harbor, and in the garbage.  They can die shortly after the fight from trauma, but more commonly they die from a lack of appropriate veterinary attention to their wounds.

Ultimately, all dogs become the “loser” and thus find themselves abused multiple times: by inhumane housing and emotional neglect, by the fights themselves, by the life threatening infections they develop, and by the cruel deaths they suffer at the hands of their owners.

ARL Blog: What are some other “blood sports” that people should be aware of and what are the physical effects on the animals involved?

Dr S: Cockfighting (two roosters) and finch fighting (perching birds) are common in Massachusetts.

During Cockfighting between two gamecocks, owners will inject a toxic form of pesticide to increase their endurance and often attach knives to the bird’s legs. Every fight ends in serious injury or death, often for both of the birds involved.

Finch fighting between two male and one female bird has become increasingly popular due to the birds’ small size, docile nature, and ease of transport. During finch fighting the owner will attach blades to the males’ feet and sharpen their beaks to ensure maximum injury to the female finch which ultimately results in their demise.

Learn more about signs of dog-related blood sports

 

One Day Left to Help RESCUE!

Donate to the Spring Into Action Rescue Fund Drive, ending today!

Danny, a stray found in a marsh

Danny, hiding in the marsh area awaiting rescue.

Your donation during the Spring Into Action Rescue Fund Drive will help animals like Danny, a young stray dog who was rescued from a marsh area this week with assistance from ARL’s senior rescue technician, Danielle Genter.  Working alongside Boston Animal Control, Danielle was able to safely retrieve the frightened pup from where he was hiding and bring him into our Boston shelter for further care.

You can help ensure that dogs like Danny receive emergency assistance when they need it most by making a donation today to our Spring Into Action Rescue Fund Drive today. All proceeds will go directly to support the ARL’s Rescue Services team.

Donate now

See more of the work your donation will support! Watch our rescue services team in action, as seen on Boston.com.

 

ARL Participating in Humane Lobby Day 2015

Show your support for improving animal welfare in Massachusetts on Lobby Day

Sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Lobby Day will take place on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the State House in Boston.

humane lobby day turtle

Turtle, a former bait dog rescued by the ARL, poses with ARL president Mary Nee and volunteer programs manager Deb Vogel at Humane Lobby Day 2014. The ARL will participate in Humane Lobby Day 2015 coming up on May 13.

Citizen animal advocates like you are invited to learn and practice lobbying for animal protection laws at the state level. This full-day event includes a lobbying workshop and an overview of relevant bills in the MA state legislature.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), alongside other local and national animal welfare organizations, will participate in Humane Lobby Day on Wednesday, May 13! This special day is a great way for us to meet with elected officials about legislation that will significantly impact animals.

Read the ARL’s current legislative agenda

The ARL will focus on informing legislators about how they can help increase awareness about important animal welfare, safety, and health issues among their constituents.

We hope to see you there! Follow the ARL on Twitter for photos and live updates from the event.

Your presence matters!

Visit the website for the Humane Society of the United States to get involved.  May 8 is the last day to register!

 

I Found A Baby Bird. What Do I Do Now?

The ARL provides tips on when and how to rescue a baby bird on the ground

Spring has sprung. The sun is shining. Flowers are blooming. And baby birds are learning to fly.

This time of year, The ARL receives phone calls from concerned citizens who come across baby birds on the ground. Although this sight may seem alarming, remember that part of the process of learning to fly comes with being on the ground. It’s typically best to keep a safe distance and not to intervene unless you’re sure the bird is orphaned or is in immediate danger.

To decide whether or not to step in the next time you spot a baby bird on the ground, follow this helpful flow chart:

What to do if you find a baby bird - flowchart

If the flow chart points you toward intervention, follow these 11 steps to ensure a safe rescue:

How to rescue a baby bird*†:

  1. Grab clean container with a lid and line the bottom with a soft cloth. Poke air holes if there are none.
  2. Wear gloves to protect yourself from the bird’s beak, talons, wings, and any potential parasites.
  3. Cover the bird with a light sheet or towel.
  4. Gently pick up the bird and place it in the prepared container.
  5. Warm the bird if it’s chilled by placing one end of the container on top of a heating pad (low setting) or in a shallow dish of warm water. You can also wrap the container with the warm cloth.
  6. Tape the container closed.
  7. Note exactly where you found the bird. This will be very important for release.
  8. Keep the bird in a warm dark quiet place away from children and animals. Do not give it food or water.
  9. Wash your hands and any clothing and objects that were in contact with the bird to avoid spreading any potential parasites.
  10. Contact a wildlife rehabilitator, state wildlife agency, or wildlife veterinarian.
  11. Get the bird to the wildlife expert as soon as possible. It is against the law in most states to keep wild animals in your home if you do not have a permit, even if you plan to release them.

To find a wildlife expert in your area, contact the New England Wildlife Center.

 

*Only adults should rescue baby birds. Before rescuing an adult bird, seek guidance from a wildlife expert.

†Source: Healers of the Wild: People Who Care For Injured and Orphaned Wildlife, By Shannon K. Jacobs

 

Adopt & Un-“Leash” Your Dog’s Inner Red Sox Fan

Let’s Go, Red Sox!

In honor of Red Sox opening weekend, all ARL shelter locations will be giving away a FREE official MLB Red Sox leash with every dog adoption from April 10-12th, while supplies last.

Now, that sounds pawstively awesome!

Search adoptables

David Ortiz holding puppy

An instant fan! This pup can’t help but show love to his favorite Red Sox player, David Ortiz.

For information on available dogs or other adoptable animals at our ARL shelter locations, please call or visit us. All of our shelters are open Tuesday – Sunday, 1PM-6:30PM, excluding some holidays.

Boston Shelter:

10 Chandler Street | Boston, MA 02116 | 617-226-5602

Dedham Shelter:

55 Anna’s Place | Dedham, MA 02026 | 781-326-0729

Brewster Shelter:

3981 Main St (Rte 6A) | East Brewster, MA 02631 | 508-255-1030

 

 

 

 

Bark-off Your Calendar: 51 Days ’til Paws in the Park

Agway of Cape Cod Joining the Fun as a Presenting Sponsor

paws in park kissing booth

Join the fun at Paws in the Park 2015! Bark off your calendar for May 30, 11 am – 3pm at Drummer Boy Park in Brewster, MA!

ARL’s Paws in the Park signature event is back, promising fun for your family and pets! This popular dog-friendly event is one of the largest pet festivals on Cape Cod and features activities, entertainment, and exhibitors for the whole family to enjoy. We expect over 1,000 people and pets in attendance!

SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, May 30

11AM – 3PM
Drummer Boy Park, Brewster
Rain or shine!

$5 admission fee for adults, FREE for children under 12 years old and dogs. All proceeds from the event benefit the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster Shelter.

Here is a sneak peek of the fun to expect: *NEW for 2015

  • A special swag bag for the first 500 entrants
  • Paws Pool Pavillion*
  • Paws Raffle Prize Pavillion*
  • Photo “Doggie” Kissing Booth
  • Frisbee Dog Show
  • K9-unit demo
  • Pupcasso art activity for dogs
  • Face painting and temporary tattoos
  • Contests
  • Book signings*
  • DJ music
  • And much more!
 paws in the park 2015

Members of the Wile Family, owners of Agway of Cape Cod, recently adopted a puppy from the Animal Rescue League’s Brewster shelter. Pictured are Josh and Meaghan Wile with children Conor and Kiera, and new puppy Buckley!

We’re pleased to announce Agway of Cape Cod will join the fun at Paws in the Park 2015 as a presenting sponsor!

“The Agway team is thrilled to be a presenting sponsor at this year’s Paws in the Park,” said Jessica Thomas, Vice President of Business Operations at Agway of Cape Cod. “We are honored to have this opportunity. This has become our favorite community event of the year to participate in.  We are proud to support our local ARL shelter!”

Find more announcements about activities, food, and entertainment at arlboston.org/paws-in-park

ARL ON CAPE COD QUICK FACT #1: In 2014, the Brewster shelter found permanent homes for over 720 animals.