Poppy Takes a Bite Out of Crime

At the beginning of the month, we told you about Poppy, a lively Labrador-hound mix. After  being in the League’s care for several months, she was adopted by the Plymouth County’s Sheriff Department. This adoption garnered the pup the cover of the Boston Herald, and now the Cape Cod Times.

“We think she’ll be a good addition to the department,” Police Chief Peter Wack said. “She’s been evaluated and we’ve been told she has all the attributes that predict success.” Poppy will under go a 10-week training period and be cross-trained, enabling the department to use her in narcotics investigations and also searches for lost people.

Read the full article on Cape Cod Times.

The Center for Shelter Dogs has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society

The Center for Shelter Dogs is collaborating with Best Friends Animal Society and Petfinder to offer animal care professionals free webinars to benefit the lives of shelter dogs and to help them find the most suitable homes.

“The goals and efforts of the Center for Shelter Dogs to improve the lives of shelter dogs and to find the most suitable homes, fit hand-in-glove with our own,” says Kim Saunders, vice president of Shelter Outreach and Public Relations at Petfinder.

The first webinar collaboration is titled “Optimizing Canine Welfare in Shelters” hosted by Dr. Sheila D’Arpino, veterinary behaviorist at the Center for Shelter Dogs, and will be held on Monday June 18th at 3pm EST and Friday June 22nd at 1pm EST.

Register for this webinar!

Grand Opening Celebration – Dedham Animal Care & Adoption Center

Dedham Animal Care & Adoption Center
Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, June 23, 2012, 1pm-4pm
Ribbon cutting ceremony at 1.30pm
Free and open to the public

Please join us as we cut the ribbon on our newly renovated “green” animal shelter at our public open house. Come and meet our adoptable animals and take a tour of the new building.

Animal Rescue League of Boston – Dedham Branch
55 Anna’s Place at 238 Pine St, Dedham MA 02026

Kids can enjoy fun, eco-friendly activities, learn about animals (including Dedham mascot Rosie the pig!) and meet Toto, star of the top-selling children’s book “Toto the Tornado Kitten” during a special book signing with author Jonathan Hall. Toto’s amazing story began when he was found by an emergency worker who heard him crying after being blown into a tree during the June 2011 tornado in western Mass. Toto spent two months recovering at the Animal Rescue League of Boston before being brought “home” to Brimfield by Jonathan.

Meet Sheba

Sheba, an gorgeous 8-year-old female German Shepherd, has been at the League’s Boston shelter since March 29. She was surrendered when her owner entered a nursing home and could no longer care for her.

Sheba has a sweet and gentle nature that makes her the perfect forever friend. She loves spending time with shelter staff and visitors and especially enjoys being petted. Although she is 8, Sheba stills plays like a puppy, favoring the chance to play fetch on a nice Boston day.

If you are interested in Sheba, please visit our Boston shelter and give her a forever home.

Kind Hearts, Swift Feet Can Save Lives

On May 11 Dedham branch assistant manager Beth Finn attended the Dedham Country Day School’s annual “Fun Run”  which raised a total of $1,260 in donations for our Shelter Renovation Project. The event was organized by the fourth grade classes with the help of their teachers Kelly Kennedy and Nancy McDonnell. The fourth grade students have been organizing this event for the last 5 years and it has quickly become a school favorite.

This is the third year in which the students have chosen to have their donation go to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Competing students run against fellow students from their grade in a mile long course. In the previous four years, only students in grades 2 to 8 were eligible to compete, but this year the first grade students were also able to join the competition. A total of a 150 students ran, which is the most runners to participate to date, according to fourth grade teacher Kelly Kennedy. Also this year’s race was completed in record time (less than 30 minutes) and winners from each grade level were presented with awards and prizes.

“I am in such awe of these wonderful, giving children. Their positive energy and kindness is inspiring, and watching their determination to finish the race was amazing. As far as I’m concerned, all of the Dedham Country Day students are winners” Finn said.

An Update on Celeste

Back in April, you may remember our update about Celeste, one of the mini horses being care for by our Dedham staff. Celeste is now her forever home and is being treated like a princess (and she even likes to dress like one, too). Below is a photo of her in her royal best at the “Susan G Komen for a Cure – Ride for the Ribbon” on June 3.