Hockey Tournament to Benefit the League

Boston Pride Hockey – “BeanPot” Classic International Hockey Tournament will again donate their proceeds to the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

Boston Pride Hockey is hosting an international ice hockey tournament on Memorial Day weekend, May 25th-28th.  Eight teams from the US and Canada will compete in two divisions at the Revere Rink.  Part of the tournament will involve fundraisers and 50-50 raffles to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston. This event is a hockey tournament comprised mostly of gay/lesbian ice hockey teams from places such as Vancouver, NYC, Toronto and other locations around the two countries

The tournament’s fundraising goal is $2,500 which is more than double to what it raised last year.

Crossing Paths (Again)

In the past 2 posts, we’ve told you about our founder, Anna Harris Smith, and the restoration of her Dorchester home. The North Bennet Street School has been working on the house for about 2 years now, however the connection between the school and the League goes back even further.

In 1914, the League used the North Bennet Street School as a temporary holding facility for animals that would be transported to the Boston shelter. A clip from The North End Lantern urges readers to bring stray dogs, cats, and birds there.  Rich Friberg was unaware of the Clapp House history when he first signed on to the project. However, now almost 100 years later, the North Bennet Street School and the Animal Rescue League of Boston have crossed paths again.

The North Bennet students took the old Clapp house foundation and restored it while staying true to its originality. Whoever buys the renovated Clapp house cannot alter the work the North Bennet Street students have done without petitioning to make changes. “It takes the right person to buy the house,” Friberg says.

It also takes the right person to create an organization that has lasted not only 113 years, but has saved thousands of animals’ lives. The Animal Rescue League of Boston has done the same. The League has built upon the foundation Anna Harris Smith created while still remaining true to her intended purpose.

Monthly Beer and Wine Dinners at Brownstone

Beginning Monday, Brownstone will be hosting monthly beer and wine dinners to benefit the League. A local South End restaurant, it is right in our backyard.

For $39.95 per person, you will experience a delectable 4-course dinner. Each course will be perfectly paired with a beer or wine. And on top of a wonderful night out, a portion of the proceeds from each meal will go towards the ARL of Boston.

  • February 20th- “Hit the Trail” Beer Dinner
  • March 5th- Pizza and Wine Night
  • March 19th- New England’s Finest Beer Dinner
  • April 2nd- Classic Italian Wine Dinner

Whether you are a wine lover or beer connoisseur, have a night out at Brownstone and help us out too!

These specials begin at 6:30 PM. Please call ahead for reservations at (617) 867-4142.

Mild Winter, Many Rescues

The mild winter weather has affected the kinds of rescues that the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Rescue Department has been involved with for December and January. Even so it was a busy two months.

December saw 328 activities bringing the total 2011 number of rescues to 4,887:

  • 29% involved birds,
  • 34.5% involved cats,
  • 16.5% involved dogs.
  •  20% involved “other” animals including wildlife

Rescue services Manager Brian O’Connor says that, in addition to several domestic ducks and geese abandoned at local ponds that were able to be captured and re-homed before the cold weather came, the most interesting cases in December involved dogs.

Rugby, a dog in Haverhill that was stray since April, was rescued and is recovering well. Penelope, another loose dog in Westboro was caught with Rescue Service’s drop net, after being on the loose for a while. “We think Penelope was an abandoned hunting dog, which we ended up sending to German short haired pointer rescue agency,” O’Connor says.

January also saw the rescue of an injured swan  in Peabody as well as the round up of five chickens in Saugus. “We also had the rescue of a cat from a tree that was dangling 60 feet over a busy Dorchester street. The Boston Police Department  had to shut the street down at both ends to allow us to work safely.”

Did you know about rabbits?

Did you know that rabbits make perfect household pets, especially for apartment dwellers?

You won’t have to rush home from work to let a rabbit out. They need some time outside of their cage every day but they require less attention than dogs or cats. Rabbits eat salad and hay, and love carrots as treats – in moderation.

Rabbits are curious and friendly by nature, will entertain you with their silly antics, and love to cuddle next to you on the sofa. They’re also quiet and clean – they can easily be trained to use a litterbox.

We have several rabbits available for adoption right now – two huge Angora rabbits, a very small dwarf Lop-ear, an adorable Netherland dwarf with tiny ears and several others. View our adoptable rabbits online, or come to one of our shelters to meet them, and maybe adopt one of these furry loves into your home.

The 3rd Annual Benefit

Paws ‘n’ Claws Pet Sitting is sponsoring The 3rd Annual Benefit on April 29 from 2-6pm. This year the money raised will go towards the Animal Rescue League of Boston-Brewster Branch and The Sampson Fund of Cape Cod.

Sons of Erin
633 Main Street West Yarmouth, MA 02673
Stop by for a round of drinks at the cash bar and enjoy some hors d’oeurves. There will also be great music, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

Donations can be made towards either organization. If you can’t make the event and would still like to donate to our Brewster branch, you can stop by the shelter on Route 6A and drop off donations, bedding and/or food.

We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Patti McGann at (508) 385-3638.


Find Your Forever Sweetheart Today

Happy Valentine’s Day from the ARL of Boston! Share your love this holiday by stopping by to adopt a furry friend. We have so many wonderful animals looking for a Valentine this year.

There are a few playful puppies left at the Boston Shelter looking for wonderful homes. Sooner is a 4-month old Red Lab Mix looking for a sweetheart all his own. He is full of energy and can bring a smile to anyone’s face. We also have older dogs looking for some love. Jym (pictured right) is a cuddly Pit Bull Mix looking to snuggle up to his Valentine today.

And don’t forget about our purr-fect cats, they need Valentines too! Think outside of the box and pick up Strudel, a 3-year-old female cat who is much sweeter than chocolates. Are you like Bonnie Tyler and need a hero this holiday? Then check out Hero (pictured left), a 7-year-old male who will make a great companion.

We have so many wonderful animals looking for the perfect sweetheart, so stop by and find yours today!

Making the Rounds: Walking the Dogs

Walking the dogs
A core group of dedicated volunteers arrive every morning to provide enrichment and socialization and to help staff with feeding, cleaning and preparing the Adoption Center for opening. Volunteer Mal Malme is pictured taking a shelter dog for a morning stroll.