Due to kitten season, we have an unusually high number of cats available for adoption. We need your help to find homes for these animals, and we need your help now.
More cats reproduce at this time of year, which brings litters of kittens to animal shelters all across the country. At the same time, many potential adopters are taking vacations and enjoying the summer. This means fewer adoptions at the time when cats need them the most.
This causes other problems too. As the Shelter fills up with animals, it increases the chances for diseases spreading throughout the shelter. It puts extra pressure on staff, and has a knock-on effect on dogs and other animals. Dealing with these problems is expensive, increasing the impact on the League and other animal shelters.
Help us. Here’s three things you can do:
- Adopt a cat – We are waiving adoption fees on our “Free Cat Fridays” to help find homes for animals in need.
- Donate - Help pay for the extra costs of caring for these animals.
- Tell your friends – ask them to adopt a cat, or to donate, or to tell their friends. Forward this email, or print it out and display it at work.
You can make a difference in the lives of these cats by taking action. If you do one of the things listed above, you will be working with all the other supporters of the ARLB’s work to care for these animals, and will help to find permanent homes of each of these animals.
Don’t wait. Act now.
By Beth Finn, Assistant Manager, Dedham Branch
On Monday, June 20, we had a tour of 13 students from the Horace Mann Elementary School in Newtonville. They were members of the Horace Mann School Social Action Committee and ranged from 1st to 2nd grade. They came to learn about our organization and after the tour they made pinatas for Rosie our pig and filled them with popcorn & cheerios.
by Beth Finn, Assistant Manager, Dedham Shelter
This Saturday Deb and I attended the 9th annual “Duck Race on the Charles” in Dedham hosted by Neponsett Valley Sunrise Rotary Club. People can adopt a plastic duck for a fee and they are placed in the river to race. The first four ducks to cross the finish line win prizes and the proceeds go to local charities.
It was very nice little event and we were able to promote the Dedham Branch renovation and cat adoptions. We brought Hester Sue, a hedge hog, and Sputnik, a Russian tortoise, along with Bo, Deb’s three-legged foster kitten.
Photographs of a hawk stuck in netting at Oakley Country Club in Watertown. The hawk is at Tufts Wildlife Center in North Grafton. So far, doing well.
The hawk was rescued by ARL Rescue Technician Mark Vogel, with help from Ronald Rice, Oakley Country Club manager, Karen O’Reilly, Watertown Animal Control and Alex Martinez, Global Tree Care, Inc.
Update from Mark 6/28/11: ”I guess it was the third time in a week that this hawk got stuck. It was able to free itself, but as you can see from the pictures, this was not happening this time. After trying a few different approaches, even climbing the tree behind the netting, it was with the help of a bucket truck we were able to get the hawk. Unfortunately, we had to cut the net. This was a four and a half hour ordeal. It was raining the entire time. The hawk, once untangled, was brought to Tufts Wildlife Center in North Grafton the next day.”
Volunteer Barbara Cuervo shared some of her cat portraits.
This is just the first wave of animals I would like to sketch. The second wave will be some dogs, a ferret, horse, rabbits and birds. I’ve said it many times – your organization is so worth my time and talent. I’m hoping to retire the end of this year and will continue to sketch and hope I can continue to volunteer my services.
For more animal portraits, click here. (more…)
In response to a call by the ASPCA, the Animal Rescue League of Boston is sending support staff to assist the Joplin Humane Society manage an emergency shelter in Joplin, Missouri. Approximately two-thirds of the city was devastated by a half-mile wide tornado on May 22. The shelter is currently housing over 600 animals displaced by the disaster.
“The staff members at the emergency center have been working long hours and there is an enormous amount of work to be done,” explains Maryann Regan, assistant director, Training and Shelter Development. “A representative from the ASPCA reached out to us to see if we were able to send our highly trained and experienced shelter staff to assist with animal care/animal handling and adoptions at the shelter. This is a great compliment to us that we were thought of for this.”
On June 15, Laney MacDougall from the Center for Shelter Dogs, Amy Webb from the Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center, and Dania Tonelli from the Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center were deployed to Joplin. They will be there for approximately a week assisting in the emergency shelter. Additional staff may be sent if needed.
“The ASPCA is extremely appreciative of our ability to send our team, says Regan. “Thanks to everyone that made this happen including all the staff members staying behind to continue their hard work, as well as our senior management team and the department leaders who were able to shift their operations to make it work so that Laney, Amy and Dania could go.”
by Lisa Lagos, Dedham Shelter Manager
If you know anything about the Dedham branch, then you know about our big plans for a full scale renovation of our main building. The original design of the building lacked facilities for housing animals other than dogs, and today, 27 years later, it is cramped, outdated and crumbling beneath our feet.
After months of planning, the contractors are on our doorstep and the project is due to start in less than a month. If all goes as planned we will be moving our operations into a large contractor’s trailer during the first two weeks of July. The next month is going to be a whirlwind of change but my staff thrives in dynamic situations.
We still need to raise about $700,000 to complete the project, so if you’ve ever thought of donating but never got around to it, the time has come to make a lasting mark by giving to our renovation project. We need your dollars now more than ever to make this happen. To find out more about the project please visit our website at arlboston.org
Be sure to stay tuned. It’s gonna be a great summer!
I just wanted to let you know that our dear cat Mikey, who was adopted from the Animal Rescue League, left us yesterday. We will be forever grateful for having him in our lives for 14 years and for the Animal Rescue League in being there for us.
Mikey was a wonderful cat. Three years ago I wrote to you and he was selected to be part of the Champion Circle fund drive. The first picture is the day he was adopted, the second picture was taken by your photographer in the summer of 2008 for the drive.
Thank you for giving him the chance to represent your great work. I will be sending you a check in his honor and I hope it will help continue all the wonderful ways you connect these wonderful animals with people who cherish them. Mikey will be forever in our hearts.
Bob Page and Jerry Myers, who adopted Mikey on August 19, 1997
Last October, “Mozart” found his forever home with a special lady named Laura who renamed him “Bear.” She recently sent us this progress report and photo:
I want you all to know this kitty is the best! He is warm and loving and happy to have a home; he loves me back and now he has a little sister who is a beautiful little 2-1/2 year old whom he adores. We couldn’t be a happier family. It took Bear a while to warm up to having a ‘mother’ but once he adjusted to me as his parent, he simply relaxed in his new home.
I sensed that he was lonely and by February, I couldn’t bear for him to be so alone, just waiting for me to come home at night. The moment he met his little sister, Gidget, he adored her. Her, not so much. She smacked his face the moment he came near her, but within a couple of weeks, she teased him, and began to chase him back and together they are precious.
They are so cute together. She is half his size, about 6 lbs to his 13 lbs. They are hysterical to watch running around the house together. When she settles down from her youthful antics, he grooms her, eyes closed and she — all princess — just expects it. They tussle for top dog status, he gives in and then she climbs on top. He jumps her, rolls on her, and she is feisty and rolls right back over him.
So far so good keeping them inside the house. Gidget got out once and was frightened to death. If it wasn’t for Bear crying at the window for her to come home, she would have had a harder time finding her way back. He just kept calling to her and she responded and happily found her way back inside. Whew – that was a scary night! Where he was very interested to see what was out there previously, he seems far less interested now. And neither has tried to get out since. I hope it stays that way.
From the Wall Street Journal.
When Jan Van Dusen appeared before a U.S. Tax Court judge and a team of Internal Revenue Service lawyers more than a year ago, there was more at stake than her tax deduction for taking care of 70 stray cats.
Hanging in the balance were millions of dollars in annual tax deductions by animal-rescue volunteers across the nation—and some needed clarity on the treatment of volunteers’ unreimbursed expenses for 1.55 million other IRS-recognized charities.
Read the full article at WSJ.com