Learn the 7 signs of animal cruelty & DONATE to protect animals from harm
If you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING – Report Animal Cruelty. By many estimates, 4 out of 5 cases of animal cruelty remain concealed, leaving animals to suffer in silence. While most of us recognize that punching, kicking, burning, choking, or hitting an animal with an object are acts of animal cruelty, there are also more subtle warning signs that could indicate mistreatment, neglect, or abuse.
Learn the 7 warning signs of animal cruelty and DONATE to ARL’s Cruelty Prevention fund drive to help protect animals from future harm!
Learn the 7 warning signs of animal cruelty:
- Howling or barking for a sustained period of time, or hearing an animal cry in pain with a persistent high-pitched vocal sound
- Singed, matted, chronically or excessively dirty hair or fur.
- Wounds, unusual scars, hair loss, frequent limping often on different legs, or signs of improper nutrition
- Animals kept caged or tied with little room to move for long periods of time or without regular interaction with people
- Lack of protection from the weather or fece- or debris-strewn living areas for animals.
- Collars, leashes, or halters so tight they visibly dig into the animal’s face or neck.
- A large number of animals coming or going from a property.
DID YOU KNOW… that the ARL’s law enforcement department is often called upon to assist local and state agencies, and police and animal control officers with a variety of animal protection issues?
Although the team works closely with the state, as well as many cities and towns, the ARL receives no government funding to provide this kind of assistance to animals in need.
When you give during the ARL’s CRUELTY PREVENTION FUND DRIVE, you will help pay for the on-going efforts of our law enforcement team to provide animals suffering from abuse and neglect with the assistance that they need to recover.
An anonymous donor has challenged us to triple a $5,000 donation and raise $15,000 in October to support the ARL’s law enforcement department! The team can only do this work on behalf of animals in our communities with your support!
AS A SPECIAL THANK YOU… Be one of the first 5 people to DONATE $25 or more TODAY, October 9 and you will receive an exclusive ARL steel red water bottle!
Click here or on the green button below to make a donation to the ARL’s Cruelty Prevention Fund Drive.
VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our anonymous challenge donor and everyone who has made a donation to support animals in need during the ARL’s Cruelty Prevention fund drive!
Remember: Animal cruelty affects your community. Reporting suspicions to authorities is critical to prevention. Learn more at arlboston.org/take-action
Apply to join Team ARL in the 2016 Boston Marathon!
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is happy to be celebrating its sixth year as a John Hancock Boston Marathon Charity Team in the 120th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016!
Apply to join Team ARL in the 2016 Boston Marathon to help raise money for animals in need!
This year we are challenging our runners to raise $40,000+ to support animals in need. Each individual runner on the ARL team pledges to raise a minimum of $7,500 to help rescue animals from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect.
In return, ARL team members enjoy:
- An opportunity to tour an ARL shelter
- A custom singlet and ARL swag
- A cheering section for friends and family
- Hands-on help with online fundraising and social media promotion
Ready to take on 26.2 for the ARL? Apply for one of our 2016 Boston Marathon official race bibs by filling out our application* today!
Click here to download the runner’s application. The submission deadline is November 6, 2015.
Runners who have secured their bibs already are also invited to join the ARL team! For more information, contact Jackie Smith at email@example.com or 617-226-5608.
*Please note that completed applications do not guarantee participation. 2016 ARL Boston Marathon team members will be announced notified by 11/18/2015.
For more information on joining Team ARL in the 2016 Boston Marathon, visit arlboston.org/boston-marathon
October is National Adopt-a-Dog Month
If you’ve considered adding a canine companion to your family, there’s no better time than NOW to ADOPT! October is National Adopt-a-Dog Month and the ARL has many adult dogs looking for their forever homes!
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Pearce has been searching for his new home since March! Learn more about this intelligent 1-year-young pup by clicking on his photo.
Many potential adopters visit animal shelters looking for a puppy. While puppies are absolutely adorable, they are also very energetic and their personalities, likes, and dislikes are still emerging.
That’s why adopting an adult dog can be a great decision for you and your family! (Hint: At ARL shelters, adult dogs are 1 year and older.)
When you come into ARL’s shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham mobile locations, our knowledgeable adoption agents will ask you about what you’re looking for in a dog in terms of energy level, personality, and compatibility with children and other pets.
It won’t take long for you to realize that one of the biggest perks of adopting an adult dog is that what you see, is what you get.
Adult dogs have passed their critical development stages, so you’ll get a good idea of whether or not their personality and energy level is the right fit for your home. They may also be an easier introduction info the family, as puppies can be fragile and act quite timid in an already active household.
Not yet convinced? The ARL’s shares 5 other reasons why you should adopt an adult dog this October:
- You’ll save a life. When you adopt, you actually save two lives: the life of the dog that you adopted, and the life of the dog that is going to take its place at the shelter. Your new pet will thank you again and again for being their hero with slobbery kisses!
- You’ll meet your perfect canine companion. At the ARL, each dog is thoroughly evaluated to assess their medical history and overall temperament. They are then given a customized behavioral and enrichment plan to prepare them for life in their future home. All this information will be presented to you at the time of the potential adoption so that you and your family members can decide if the dog you’re interested in is the right match for you.
- You’ll find variety. If you have your mind set on a dog of a particular breed or temperament, chances are that one of ARL’s shelters will have what you’re looking for! Various purebreds and mixed breeds come into our shelter at any given time, so we always have new dogs available! Don’t see a canine that catches your eye? Keep checking our list of current adoptables, as it changes every day!
- You’ll save money. Every adoptable dog at the ARL receives the following included in their adoption fee: health screening and veterinary examination; spay or neuter services; vaccinations; heartworm test and preventative; flea and tick treatment; intestinal parasite scan; microchip identification and registration; tag and collar.
- You’ll be doing something especially kind for animals in need. Adult dogs usually stay at our shelters much longer than puppies do. That’s why shelters usually charge a smaller adoption fee for adult dogs- to incentivize people to adopt them!
Stop by our shelters in Boston and Brewster on Tuesdays – Sundays from 1pm – 6:30pm, or our Dedham mobile locations. If you meet the dog of your dreams, in most cases you can take him or her home with you the same day!
THANK YOU to our media sponsor CITYSIDE SUBARU and our media partner WCVB TV 5 for helping us to share the importance of dog adoptions with our community!
Invite your pals and canine companion to dine at Karoo on October 14!
Fall into the warm tastes of autumn at a special Harvest Tasting event at Karoo restaurant for you AND your dog! Karoo Restaurant and The Cape Cod Dog invite you to mix, mingle, and enjoy a sampling of culinary pleasures on Wednesday, October 14th at 5:30 PM.
Karoo will be serving a selection of appetizers and entrée samples from Chef Sanette Groenwald’s eclectic menu inspired by her South African roots. Guests will be treated to peri-peri wings, vegetable pankoras, spicy curried samosas, and more!
Chef Groenwald was moved to create the fundraiser event after recently adopting a dog, “Miss Edie”, from the ARL. “It is amazing how eleven pounds came and changed my life and brought so many smiles to staff and customers,” said Groenwald.
Dine at Karoo on Wednesday, October 14th at 5:30 PM to mingle and sample delicious South African cuisine, all while supporting ARL’s Brewster shelter. Dogs welcome!
Wednesday, October 14
3 Main Street, Unit 32B
Admission is $10 per person, FREE for dogs and children 12 and under
All proceeds will benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Cape Cod shelter in Brewster.
The Cape Cod Dog will be hosting a special Doggie Treat Bar, featuring a selection of tantalizing goodies for the pups including Cape Cod Cranberry biscuits and a selection of Polka Dog Bakery treats. The Cape Cod Dog pet boutique is located in the same plaza as Karoo.
The evening will also include a cash bar and door prizes. Please note that the event will be held outside and all well-socialized dogs are welcome to attend!
A big THANK YOU to Karoo and The Cape Cod Dog for hosting this pawsitively awesome event to help ARL’s shelter animals in need!
Give during the Cruelty Prevention fund drive this October to protect more animals from harm! DONATE NOW
DID YOU KNOW… that the Animal Rescue League of Boston has a law enforcement department?
The ARL’s law enforcement team serves and protects some of the most helpless members of our society: domesticated animals and wildlife.
Led by 40-year ARL veteran Lieutenant Alan Borgal, our law enforcement team are often called upon to assist local and state agencies, and police and animal control officers with a variety of animal protection issues.
In some cases, our team works to prevent a crisis situation for the animals and people involved.
In others, they respond to the crisis – helping to remove animals from dangerous or neglectful situations.
Other times, they are actively involved in investigations and prosecutions of animal cruelty cases, such as the case of Puppy Doe.
Though the team works closely with the state, as well as many cities and towns, the ARL receives no government funding to provide this kind of assistance to animals in need.
WHY SHOULD YOU DONATE DURING THE ARL’s CRUELTY PREVENTION FUND DRIVE?
An anonymous donor has challenged us to triple a $5,000 donation and raise $15,000 in October to support the ARL’s law enforcement department!
All donations to the fund drive will help pay for the on-going efforts of our law enforcement team to provide animals suffering from abuse and neglect with the assistance that they need to recover.
Due to the complexity and variety of issues leading to animal cruelty and neglect, the ARL’s law enforcement team regularly invests weeks, and sometimes months and even years in addressing a cruelty or neglect situation — as in the case of blood sports or animal hoarding — and supporting the prosecution of a case.
Animal welfare cases can carry a great deal of emotion, which is why our law enforcement officers rely on their strong interpersonal skills and expertise to partner and negotiate with various types of individuals, groups, and organizations.
The team can only do this work on behalf of animals in our communities with your support!
AS A SPECIAL THANK YOU… Donate $100 or more by Thursday, October 8 and you will automatically be entered to win an overnight stay at the Seaport Hotel!
Click here or on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the ARL’s Cruelty Prevention Fund Drive.
VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our anonymous challenge donor, the Seaport Hotel, and everyone who has made a donation to support animals in need during the ARL’s Cruelty Prevention fund drive!
Register for BVC’s WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE this October!
As humans, we’re reminded daily about the short and long-term health benefits of proper nutrition and exercise. To keep our weight in check, we can pretty easily monitor our weight loss or gain by stepping on our bathroom scale, trying on those “skinny jeans”, or observing our overall energy level. And, if we don’t like what we see or how we feel, we can make a conscious effort to get our health back on track.
When it comes to our pets, the same rules about a proper diet and maintaining a healthy weight apply, except that our pets cannot regulate it themselves; we must do it for them!
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 52.6% of dogs and 57.6% of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. These statistics are concerning since there are many health risks for overweight pets, which include: diabetes, joint stress, arthritis, an increase in blood pressure, heart disease, lethargy, and overall poor quality of life. These worrisome negative health implications are why obesity in our pets is not only important to recognize, but also to control and prevent.
Let BVC help you achieve your pet’s weight-loss goal! Before October 31, register your pet for our WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE!
BVC shares 5 important tips on how to manage your pet’s weight:
- Keep track of your pet’s weight, just as you would your own, so that any gains or losses can be easily detected. A 5 pound weight gain may not have a significant effect on a 160lb human, but it will on a 15lb dog. To determine if your pet may be overweight, stand directly over your pet and look down at them; if you do not see a waistline, then your pet may be too heavy.
- Monitor your pet’s eating habits. This includes snacks too! Proper calorie intake varies by animal, so consult your veterinarian to determine your pet’s ideal weight and a proper diet. If your pet seems hungrier than normal after mealtime, try to figure out if their eagerness to eat is from actual hunger or simply the desire to taste those yummy table scraps.
- Observe any changes in energy level. If your pet seems to be tired or less active than normal, weight gain or improper nutrition may be to blame. If the lethargy lasts more than a few days, contact your veterinarian.
- Create a lifestyle that encourages exercise. Most pets like to play, so find an activity that you both enjoy. If your dog likes to run, try jogging with them a few times a week. If they like to fetch, throw a ball around with them in the park after work. If you have a cat, find a toy that they like to chase. Remember, you’ll reap the benefits of the daily exercise too without even realizing it!
- Schedule vet appointments regularly. In addition to your pet’s annual wellness exam, you should take your pet to their veterinarian if you observe any significant weight gain (or loss!), or a change in eating habits or energy level. If your veterinarian determines that your pet needs to loose a few pounds, it’s important to help them slim down to a healthy weight- and to help them maintain it afterward.
Take advantage of Boston Veterinary Care’s special October offer!
Pet obesity is the #1 health problem for pets in the United States. Is your pet overweight? If so, then let BVC help you achieve your pet’s weight-loss goals through our WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE!
Now through October 31st, *register to enter our Weight Loss Challenge. You may win prizes for you and your pet and, even better, you will be helping your pet to be healthier and happier! Call BVC at 617-226-5605 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
*Pet must have current medical history at Boston Veterinary Care. If not current or if new, we would be happy to schedule a veterinary appointment for your pet. Weigh-in required every two weeks for three months from initial weigh-in.
When you ADOPT, you give dogs like Chicken Little a chance at a better life
Bark if you love October! The ARL is celebrating National Adopt-a-Dog Month and so should you….
If you’re already the parent of a rescue dog, then you know that the benefits of adopting are immeasurable – the love, loyalty, and feeling of truly helping is just about the best feeling in the world.
And if you’re looking for a canine companion, you’ve already heard the many reasons why adopting is a great idea for you and your family. With so many shelter dogs looking for loving homes, there’s no better time than NOW to ADOPT man’s best friend!
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BEFORE: Chicken Little when she first arrived at the ARL showing signs of extreme neglect and malnourishment.
When you adopt, you give an animal a chance a better life.
The animals who come to ARL shelters arrive under many different circumstances.
Sadly, many are here because they are the innocent victims of suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. Thanks to our generous supporters and amazing volunteers and staff, the ARL has the ability to give dogs like Chicken Little the “happy tail” and new start they most definitely deserve!
Here’s her story….
On an early August morning, a fragile 8-year-old little white dog was found abandoned in the parking lot of BJ’s Wholesale Club in Dedham, Massachusetts. Chicken Little, as she’s now called, had wandered up to a kind citizen and was whimpering in distress.
It was clear that Chicken Little was extremely malnourished, possibly as a result of neglect. In addition to being severely underweight, most of the fur had fallen out from her stick-thin frame.
“She was all skin and bones,” describes Lt. Alan Borgal, director for the center of animal protection at the ARL. “Her spine and hips were clearly visible through her skin.”
The kind citizen who spotted Chicken Little contacted Dedham Animal Control, who in turn called the ARL’s law enforcement team to ask for help.
The ARL covered Chicken Little’s initial $410 emergency veterinary bill and provided her with continued medical treatment to get her up to a healthy weight.
For several weeks, Chicken Little recovered at the ARL’s Boston Shelter. She slowly began to put on weight and her fur started to grow back. Her spunky personality began to shine and she quickly became a staff favorite.
The Happy Tail ending….
TODAY: Chicken Little, pictured here with her adopter, is getting stronger every day! “She’s doing really great! Loves the Cape and her nice back yard!”
Earlier this week Chicken Little went home with her new family — we’re not sure who was more excited- Chicken Little or her new mom!
YOU HELP CHICKEN LITTLE AND OTHER ANIMALS LIKE HER!
Thanks to a generous donor who has challenged us to triple a $5,000 donation during the month of October, your donation during our Cruelty Prevention Fund Drive will help protect more animals like Chicken Little from harm!
The ARL works with local authorities to prevent, investigate, and prosecute animal cruelty. The ARL receives no government funding, so your donation today will support the on-going efforts of our law enforcement team and provide animals suffering from abuse and neglect the assistance they need to recover. Visit arlboston.kintera.org/law or click the green button below to DONATE NOW.
THANK YOU to our media sponsor CITYSIDE SUBARU and our media partner WCVB Channel 5 for helping us to share the importance of dog adoptions with our community!
What you need to know about animal hoarding
In support of National Animal Safety and Protection month this October, the ARL is kicking off its fall “See Something, Say Something – Report Animal Cruelty” campaign.
Animal cruelty comes in many forms, including physical abuse, neglect of basic care, abandonment, dog fighting, and animal hoarding. Because many studies have demonstrated a strong link between cruelty to animals and other forms of domestic and community violence, prevention plays a critical role in improving the safety and welfare of both animals and people in Massachusetts.
Know your state’s animal cruelty laws
This month, we’re focusing on the topic of animal hoarding- an increasingly frequent and challenging issue in Massachusetts. In less than 12 weeks alone, ARL’s law enforcement team assisted in at least 6 hoarding-type cases and removed more than 200 animals from these situations.
Surprised? Unfortunately, there are many more animal hording cases reported across the country annually.
In the United States each year, approximately 3,500 animal hoarders come to the attention of authorities, which involve at least 250,000 animal victims. 80% of animal hoarders have diseased, dying, or dead animals on the premises.
Startled by these statistics? These numbers don’t even include the many animal hoarding cases that go un-detected or unreported.
With such a serious form of animal cruelty so prevalent in our community and across the country, the ARL answers your FAQs on animal hoarding and what the public needs to know*:
Q. What is animal hoarding?
A. Animal hoarding is a serious, yet under-recognized community problem that is responsible for substantial animal suffering. Often associated with adult self-neglect and/or mental illness, animal hoarding can also place children, elders, and dependent adults at serious risk. It is also responsible for property damage, which can be an economic burden to taxpayers
Animal hoarding is defined by 4 main characteristics:
- Failure to provide minimal standards of sanitation, space, nutrition, and veterinary care for animals
- Inability to recognize the effects of this failure on the welfare of the animals, humans in the household, and environment
- Obsessive attempts to accumulate or maintain a collection of animals in the face of progressively deteriorating conditions
- Denial of minimization of problems and living conditions for people and animals
Q. Are there different types of animal hoarders?
A. Yes! 70% of animal hoarders who come to the attention of authorities are single, widowed, or divorced females, although community-sampling studies have found that there is an equal ratio of males to females. In general, there are 3 main classifications of animal hoarders:
- Overwhelmed caregivers, commonly referred to in lay terms as a “crazy cat lady”, and are often well-intentioned in their behavior. Overwhelmed caregivers experience a gradual decline in animal caretaking ability due to changes in financial or medical circumstances. They exhibit awareness of the situation and will make an initial effort to provide the proper care for their animals, as they consider them to be an equal member of the family. Ultimately, the caregiver becomes overwhelmed and is unable to properly care for both themselves, and the animals in their household.
- Rescuer hoarders actively acquire animals due to their strong sense of mission to save animals from death or other circumstances. They believe that they are the only one who can provide adequate care for the animals and will not seek the assistance of an animal welfare agencies or authorities.
- Exploiter hoarders actively acquire animals to serve their own needs. They lack guilt and remorse for the harm that their actions may cause other humans or the animals. Under this category falls Incipient hoarders, someone who achieves the minimum standards of animal care under the law which continues to deteriorate, and Breeder hoarders, someone who breeds animals for show or sale and only has moderate insight regarding the condition of the animals and how to properly care for them.
Q. What should I do if I suspect a neighbor of being an animal hoarder?
A. While some hoarding situations may be obvious, others may not be as simple to spot. Here are 3 ways you can help stop animal cruelty:
- Know the warning signs. Do you know what subtle cues to look for? Learn the 7 warning signs of animal cruelty.
- Take action. If you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. If you suspect a hoarding or other animal cruelty situation in your community, explain your concerns to your local authorities who can do a proper investigation.
- Donate. Sadly, thousands of animals in Massachusetts suffer from abuse and neglect every year. Your donation during our Cruelty Prevention Fund Drive will help protect more animals from harm!
The ARL works with local authorities to prevent, investigate, and prosecute animal cruelty. The ARL receives no government funding, so your donation today will support the on-going efforts of our law enforcement team to provide animals suffering from abuse and neglect the assistance they need to recover.
Visit arlboston.kintera.org/law or click the green button below to DONATE NOW.
Learn more about how you can prevent animal cruelty at arlboston.org/take-action
*Information gathered from research conducted by Dr. Gary J. Patronek, Lynn Lora, and Jane N. Nathanson, Animal Hoarding: Structuring Interdisciplinary Responses to Help People, Animals, and Communities at Risk.
Be one of the first 5 people to sign up for the Champions Circle TODAY – September 25 and receive an exclusive ARL Super Pets t-shirt!
You wish you could adopt a shelter animal. In fact, you wish you could rescue all of them. Due to factors such as landlord restrictions, current pets, allergies, or other circumstances, however, it just isn’t possible for you right now.
And that’s OK!
The good news is there’s more than one way to provide shelter animals with the love, care, and assistance that they deserve 365 days a year!
When you join ARL’s Champions Circle, your monthly donations help provide year-round support for animals like 8-year-old Josephina who has been at our shelters since May 11!
When you join the ARL’s Champions Circle this September, you will make a positive impact on the lives of shelter pets in a big way! Your monthly gift will give animals like Josephina crucial year-round support including rescue from cruelty and neglect, high-quality veterinary care, food, shelter, loving attention, and time to play!
Read your FAQs about ARL’s Champions Circle membership
The first 5 people who sign up TODAY through September 25 with a monthly commitment of $12.50 or more will receive an exclusive ARL Super Pets t-shirt!
You will also be eligible for our “Become Champion for Animals ” Month bonus gift: an exclusive ARL Champions Circle frisbee! Other membership perks include a “behind-the-scenes” tour of an ARL shelter, an annual giving statement for tax purposes, and other thank you gifts!
Becoming a Champion for animals is easy! Join the Circle today!
- Use our secure online form at arlboston.org/champions
- Call (617) 426-9170 x615 to set up your monthly gift over the phone
To learn more about ARL’s Champions Circle, visit arlboston.org/champions
Calling all Cape Cod young professionals! Visit ARL’s table on Thursday, September 24
The ARL’s Brewster shelter is pleased to announce that we will be a non-profit sponsor of the 9th Annual Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP) Back to Business Bash on Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 5:30-8:30pm at the Rectrix Aerodrome Center in Hyannis, MA!
This popular Cape Cod networking event draws over 700 people every year from all industries and demographics. The Back to Business Bash is an extraordinary opportunity to sample food and drinks from local restaurants, and to network with hundreds of business people and community members, like the ARL’s Brewster shelter!
Over 700 Cape Cod young professionals, business owners, and influential community members are expected to attend the 9th Annual CCYP Back to Business Bash this Thursday, September 24! Stop by ARL’s table for giveaways, photo fun, and more!
Thursday, September 24
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Rectrix Aerodrome Center
Barnstable Municipal Airport
730 Barnstable Rd
Hyannis, MA 02601
Admission is $40 for a night of unlimited networking!
Click here to purchase tickets to the Back to Business Bash and for more event details and parking information.
Be sure to stop by ARL’s table for giveaways and selfie photo fun in front of ARL’s backdrop. Also, drop off your business card for a chance to win great prizes! We hope to see you there!