Count on a Guinea Pig to Bring You Some Holiday Cheer

Titoblog1We’re continuing this week’s “home for the holidays” spotlights with an animal on the smaller side. If you’re looking for a small animal to fill your home with holiday cheer this season then look no further, Tito is the guinea pig for you! Tito is a charming 2 year-old male guinea pig who was brought to the Animal Rescue League of Boston due to landlord restrictions. Tito has been at the League’s Boston shelter since August and this little fella deserves to find his forever home for the holidays. Please help Tito find a home by Christmas by sharing this with any small animal lovers you know.

Here’s a little more info about Tito:


  • His favorite snack is dried cranberries!
  • He doesn’t mind being held and carried.
  • He loves to hide.
  • He may seem shy at first, but once he feels comfortable with you he lets his personality shine.
  • When you pet him he sometimes makes the little guinea pig purring and bubbling sound!

This multi-colored guy is a real charmer, so come meet him today! Our Boston Adoption Center is open from 1-7pm.

Help Bambi Find A Home By Christmas

BambiBlogWith Christmas just around the corner, the League would like to take this week to focus on several of our shelter animals who have been with us for a long time and who are most deserving of a loving home for the holidays. These are amazing animals who for some reason have been at our shelter for much longer than the average stay. We think it’s about time that the fabulous animals we’re going to feature this week found their forever homes. Today we’re introducing you to Bambi.

Bambi is a friendly, playful, and absolutely gorgeous 3 year-old spayed female cat who was brought to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, because she had too much energy for her previous owners. If you’re looking for a beautiful, social cat, who plays like a kitten, then Bambi is the girl for you! This week we need your help to find her a home before Christmas. Please share her adoption profile with everyone you know.

Here is a little bit more information about Bambi:

  • What a face! While Bambi is listed as a Domestic Shorthair, she has a face that strongly resembles a Red Abyssinian. Although we don’t do DNA testing here at the shelter, it’s possible she could be mixed!
  • Bambi is playful and particularly enjoys feather toys and things she can jump up and catch.
  • She enjoys the company of her human friends and loves being petted on her head and along her back.
  • Because of her playfulness and desire to explore, she would probably do best in a home without very young children.

If you are interested in meeting Bambi stop by our Boston Adoption Center (we’re open Tuesday-Sunday) and ask to meet her. She has her own room in our Feline Suite, so you won’t find her on the adoption floor!


Bird Lovers, Meet Salty

detailMeet Salty! He is a 4 year old cockatiel looking for a new home and he’s available at our Brewster Adoption Center. Salty has been in a few homes because he does not want to be friends with other animals. So, this time around he is looking for a home where he doesn’t have to interact with other birds.

He wants to interact with people but is timid of hands of new people. He is therefore looking for an experienced home with knowledge about bird behavior. Salty loves to chatter with his family. He wants to be affectionate but sometimes gets scared. Once he trusts you, he bonds strongly. Salty loves to share your lunch – he hangs out in one of the offices and plops himself down on the desk at lunch time.

Salty is a timid guy and tends to be afraid of hands. With some people, he immediately is trusting and will hop right onto their shoulders. Other people he is more cautious of at first but after some bonding time he trusts them enough to go to them too. He likes to sit on your shoulder or arm (or leg if you’re sitting), or on the desk / chair near you. He prefers not to be picked up by your finger.

In his cage or out, with someone he is not yet fully used to, he will shy away from fingers and make “threatening gestures” with his beak if you reach for him. As long as you don’t continue to reach right at him he doesn’t bite. He is a really great, fun little guy as long as you understand him.

Salty has been living in the office of our Assistant Manager, Pamela. We would want anyone interested in him to spend some time with him to get to know him and let him get to know you, and also to speak with Pamela because she knows all his ins and outs.

Please call at 508-255-1030 or stop by to meet Salty.

Adoption Spotlight: Stella

StellaStella, a 5-year-old Golden Retriever mix, is looking for her forever home this holiday season. She’d like to be home for the holidays as there is no place better!

Stella loves to play with her fellow canines, especially a good game of fetch. She takes some time to warm up to people though she is a love bug once she gets to know you. Stella loves her food and does not like to share so a home without small children would be best.

Interested in giving Stella a forever home this holiday season? Stop by and visit our Boston shelter or, if you’d like to help Stella out, make her a star by purchasing an ornament in her name for our Holiday Tree today!

Adoption Center Hours

*Due to an All Staff Meeting all three of our Adoption Centers (Boston, Dedham and Brewster) will be closed today, December 13, 2012. Our Adoption Centers will resume regular hours of operation on Friday, December 14. We apologize for any inconvenience.*

Alum update: Bailey


Ruth and Dale O’Quin had always been “big dog” people.  After all, they are from Texas, and everything’s bigger in Texas. But when they came to Boston for work four years ago, they were between dogs and living in a condo, so a big dog didn’t seem like the best choice.  But they knew they wanted a dog, and they were waiting for just the right dog to come along.

In the summer of 2011, Ruth saw on the news that there was a case of 26 Cairn Terriers from a hoarding case that needed homes, and Ruth knew one of those dogs would be perfect for her and Dale with their newly downsized lifestyle.  Ruth came in to the Animal Rescue League of Boston shelter as soon as she could, and asked about the Cairns she had seen on TV.  Unfortunately, the dogs had all been spoken for already.  Ruth persisted.  “Please, I really want one of these dogs!”  The person who was helping her went to double check.  Good news!  There was an adoption that had fallen through.  Just one more dog, “Princess”, was available.  She didn’t know commands, and she might have separation anxiety, or she might not be house broken.  “That’s OK!” Ruth exclaimed, Princess had big trusting eyes and she needed a loving home.

Within days, the dog formerly known as Princess had been renamed “Bailey”.  Bailey was the perfect sidekick for Dale, who recently disabled by a heart condition could really use the company.  Bailey was happy to provide that company.  “Bailey doesn’t really play yet” said Ruth at a one week recheck call,”but she loves the sofa!”  Ruth and Dale also reported that Bailey was afraid of busy places like the train station, and she growled at another dog on the elevator, but all in all, Bailey was doing great.

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore ran into Ruth at a Celtics game last week.  They got to talking about things, and before you know it, they were talking about Bailey and the Animal Rescue League of Boston.  “Send me a picture! Send us an update! We love to know how our alums are doing!” said Dr. Smith.  And so, Ruth obliged, sending the picture above.  Bailey is doing great, she rules the roost!  And she is the apple of Ruth and Dale’s eye. Ruth tells us she still as a few issues, “but absolutely nothing that keeps her from being one of the best dogs we have ever owned.  She puts a smile on your face my merely looking at her.” -Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore

News Alert: Snowball Update

DSC_1554Update: We are happy to report that Snowball, the 7-month-old puppy who came to the Animal Rescue League of Boston with a broken left paw, is doing well. He stopped by BVC earlier today for a check-up. Dr. Davis removed the splint from his leg and took x-rays to make sure that everything is healing correctly. As you can see from the photo, Snowball is looking very festive –one of BVC’s Vet Techs wrapped his paw up like a candy cane!

Snowball is currently in a foster-to-adopt situation and is not available for adoption. Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in adopting Snowball and to everyone who has donated to us to help with his care and the care of other animals like him. We appreciate your support! We are still accepting donations to help care for Snowball and other animals like him.



Fundraiser to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston in Brewster and the Academy of Early Learning


The League’s Cape Cod branch is Brewster is equipped with a stable and paddock to accommodate large animals as well as an animal housing and adoption center for a variety of domestic animals.

Help the shelter animals in Brewster by visiting Cape Maid Farms in Hyannis and donating and/or contact Sara Provos at to make a donation if you are unable to stop by the store. Donation forms will be available at Cape Maid Farms for anyone who prefers to make an in store donation.  For donations of $5 or more, a snowflake will be hung up as a way to say THANKS!

“Every child and pet is like a snowflake.  Each sparkles in a different way—some are playful, some refined. But, unlike fragile snowflakes that fade when the sun appears, children and our pets grow even more beautiful with every passing year.”