Turtle Makes A Visit To The League

Turtle's epic smile!

Turtle’s epic smile!

Many League supporters will remember Turtle, who was rescued in 2009 after being used as a “bait dog” to train dogs for fighting.

Wes (formerly Snowball) and Turtle wait for a treat.

Wes (formerly Snowball) and Turtle wait for a treat.

Last week Turtle and her new buddy Wes Welker (formerly known as Snowball) the 7-month-old maltese puppy who came to the League with a broken paw stopped by the Animal Rescue League of Boston. They were greeted by many friendly faces. Turtle’s recovery is remarkable. Today she is as happy and healthy as can be and enjoys spending time with her new friend Wes.

If you’d like to learn more about Turtle’s story you can read about it here.

Turtle and Wes catch up with members of our Advancement Team.

Turtle and Wes catch up with members of our Advancement Team.

Random Acts of Kindness

Like so many others, Jamie Gendron struggled to comprehend the shock and sadness she was experiencing in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. As she struggled to process her feelings, she happened to receive an email from a friend that would help her channel her grief.

Jamie Gendron

Jamie Gendron chose the League as a recipeint of one of her “26 Random Acts of Kindness” in honor of the victims of Newtown, Connecticut.

The message, inspired by newscaster Ann Curry, encouraged people to engage in “26 Random Acts of Kindness” to honor the memory of victims. “After clicking on the link, I was immediately overwhelmed with a feeling of I want to do this … I have to do this,” she explains. “All I could think was that it’s a great way to just make someone smile, which seemed so important in light of what had just happened.”

One of Gendron’s favorite quotes is from Audrey Hepburn: “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” One of her “26 Random Acts of Kindness” involved bringing a large box of toys, dog treats, bedding and supplies to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s South End shelter.

Gendron had adopted a kitten from the League in August, and wanted to focus her “26 Acts” on local organizations. “I often think about, daydream about, what I’d truly like to be spending my days doing as far as work, and I can tell you it involves more directly helping those in need, whether human or animal, and being involved in something for a cause I truly believe in,” she explains.

Thank you, Jamie – your gifts will make our shelter animals’ days brighter and are such a touching way to honor the children of Newtown.


This is Stella. How can you resist those eyes?

This is Stella. How can you resist those eyes?

Please help us find a home for Stella. She’s been patiently waiting for her forever home since October of 2012.

Stella is a 5 year old Golden Retriever mix. She loves to play with toys and does well with some of our dogs here at the shelter. While she enjoys the company of people, it takes her some time to warm up to them and get comfortable. Going out for a good walk, petting her and giving her attention are great ways to form a lasting companionship.

Stella and Aimee

Stella and Aimee

Stella loves her food and does not like to share it with anyone, so a home without small children would be ideal for her. If this sweet, energetic, 5-year old dog sounds like the perfect addition to your home, come and meet her at our Boston location! When you visit her, don’t let her bark fool you. She’s a little uncomfortable in her kennel, so she barks when she’s in it, but meet her one-on-one and she’ll steal your heart!

For more information on STELLA, please contact us at 617-226-5602. The Animal Rescue League of Boston is open Tuesday through Thursday 1- 7pm & Friday through Sunday 1-4pm.


Ask The Vet: Our Vets Answer Your Questions Part II

Danielle d.W.: We just had a terrible scare with our dog and the disease HGE! I had never heard of this before and I think it would be great to let people know how serious, but treatable this is!

Answer: BVC Relief Veterinarian Dr. Vo explains Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE) as an acute condition that leads to inflammation and bleeding of the intestines. This disease can also cause systemic infection, this means  that bacteria can be absorbed into the body. Dr. Vo tells us that HGE presents with bloody diarrhea and vomiting. When this illness is present the stool is described as “raspberry jam.”  When diagnosed by a veterinarian the treatment includes, hospitalization with fluids and pain management. Depending on the cause of the disease it may be treated by antibiotics as well. Symptoms of this illness can be severe and even fatal if not treated. Causes are still unknown, but may be due to abnormal reactions to food, bacteria or drugs. Dr. Vo reminds us that many other diseases can cause similar symptoms. If your dog suddenly displays bloody diarrhea you should seek medical attention immediately.

Erin: My 4-year old male cat (8.5 lbs) with a formally small appetite is suddenly, over the past few months, seemingly starving about an hour after eating and bugs me for the rest of the night. He also wakes me up in the morning now wanting food (which he never did, that was left to my other (fat) cat). I took him to the vet and they did a fecal and found nothing wrong, or no physical symptoms like weight loss, etc…is it worth getting blood work? They didn’t’ think so, unless his weight changes.

Answer: Dr. Vo explains that changes in dietary habits can be caused by both medical and behavioral issues. Endocrine problems, parasites and intestinal disease are some common medical causes of these symptoms.  At 4 years old it would be rare for a cat to have hyperthyroidism. Blood work can indicate other issues and it is never a bad idea to check because doing this will also help in ruling out certain medical problems. Dr. Vo notes that if behavior is the cause of her increasing food demands, then it may be helpful to evaluate her environment and your own behavior to see if you may be enabling these changes. To learn more check out http://indoorpet.osu.edu/. Here you can find tips to help you identify sources of un-wanted behavior.

Have a question for one of our Boston Veterinary Care vets? Leave your questions in our comments section below!

Brrrr—it’s cold outside!

Stella waits for her playmate in the snow!

Stella waits for her playmate in the snow! She’s currently available for adoption at our Boston shelter.

Winter is upon us, so it’s important to make sure that you and your dog are prepared! The following tips will help protect your pup in winter weather.

  1. Dogs can easily lose their scent in the snow, so never let your dog off leash during a snowstorm, or when there’s snow and ice on the ground.
  2. Wipe your dogs paws AND stomach when he’s been outside in the snow or sleet. Sidewalks are often treated with rock salt, antifreeze and other dangerous chemicals. Not only are these bad for your pet’s paws, but if ingested these chemicals could poison your dog. Make sure your pet does not lick his paws or stomach before you’ve wiped them down!
  3. Protect your pup from the elements. If your dog typically has a longer coat don’t shave it down for the winter. A longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog has a short coat get him a coat or a sweater. It will make the outdoors more enjoyable for him and will protect him from the cold.
  4. Don’t leave your pet alone in a car during cold weather. The car can act like a refrigerator and could cause your dog to freeze to death.
  5. If your dog spends a lot of time outside, playing, running or going for long walks, make sure he’s getting enough protein. you want to make sure that his coat it in excellent condition so he stays nice and warm when he’s frolicking in the snow!
  6. Make sure your dog has a warm place to sleep away from a door or any drafts. If your dog likes to burrow consider putting a blanket on his bed as well.
  7. Lastly, if your dog likes to play in the snow, go ahead and join him! There’s probably nothing that he’d like better than to have his best friend (YOU) play fetch in the snow or just run around with him!

Lil’ Nugget: The Story of an ARLB Foster Kitten (Part I)

Lil' Nugget yesterday in his new foster home with his bff, hippo. Photo Credit: Maria Uribe

Lil’ Nugget yesterday in his new foster home with his bff, hippo. Photo Credit: Maria U.

Being a kitten without a home is tough, and it’s even tougher when you aren’t feeling well, your belly is empty and you just want to snuggle under a warm blanket and take a nap. Foster parents like Maria allow the Animal Rescue League of Boston to reach outside of the brick and mortar of our shelter and provide kittens with a warm and loving place for them to grow big and strong until they are ready to become available for adoption.

“LIL’ NUGGET” is a four-week-old kitten who came to the League after being surrendered by his owner last week. There were just too many cats in the house, and Lil’ Nugget was sick. But his former owner knew that we could provide the loving care he needed, and that he would find his forever home through us. For the next four weeks, we’re going to follow Lil’ Nugget through his time in foster care.

Lil' Nugget after he first arrived at the ARL.

Lil’ Nugget after he first arrived at the ARL of Boston.

Upon his arrival this little kitten received a medical evaluation, some food to fill his belly and a name! On Friday evening he went to his foster home with one of our fabulous foster parents and League volunteers, Maria. He’ll stay there until he’s 8-weeks-old.

Maria described him as “a little bit shy, but is learning to know us and getting more used to his foster home.” The kitten is currently in isolation (meaning he has his own room!) because he has a respiratory infection, which is highly contagious and could be passed on to his foster sibling if contact is made. Lil’ Nugget is receiving medicine every day and, after 5 days, should be ready to leave isolation.

Lil' Nugget snuggling in his new bed.

Lil’ Nugget snuggling in his new bed.

The good news is that Lil’ Nugget has a healthy appetite and is eating all of his food. He loves his wet food and is slowly being introduced to dry food. Maria says that her other cat is “very curious about the ‘new family member,’ I am sure she is waiting for him to come out so they can play together.”

Check back to our blog next Tuesday for an update on Lil’ Nugget’s progress!

Senior ARL Alums, Puff and Frances, Make A Move

Puff & Frances

Puff & Frances

Senior cats make amazing pets. Just ask Robyn who adopted Puff and Frances from the Animal Rescue League of Boston in December of 2010. Both cats were 12-years-old at the time of their adoption. The good-looking duo recently moved to Arlington, Virginia. They handled the move in stride and have settled into their new home without a hitch. Robyn said that “both [cats] are extremely affectionate and very well-behaved (for the most part) and I am so lucky to have them.” These two kitties were very popular among staff and volunteers during their time here at our Boston Adoption Center and we all loved them. We are so happy to see that they have such an awesome home. Puff and Frances are super affectionate and love their human companion they have learned to share Robyn, i.e. Puff sleeps with her at night, and Frances gets to lie in Robyn’s lap when she’s on the couch watching TV! These fabulous felines must be living the good life, because they don’t look a day over 5! Wishing Puff, Frances and Robyn all the best in 2013!



If you’re interested in adopting a senior cat 12-year-old Mittens and 10-year-old Honey are waiting for their forever homes at our Cape Cod shelter in Brewster. The Adoption Center is open Tuesday-Sunday.

Love reading about cats and want to read more about them? Check-out our other Feline Focus stories:

Hawk Hitches Ride on T

A red-tailed hawk is recuperating today after it apparently hitched a ride on a Mike and hawkNewburyport Line commuter train’s exterior into North Station.

The Animal Rescue League delivered the hawk, common to Massachusetts, to the wildlife clinic at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine just before noon today. It will be X-rayed there and kept through the weekend as it recovers. Full story