Upcoming Microchip & Rabies Clinic In Dedham

Photo: Maria L. Uribe

Photo: Maria L. Uribe

The League is offering a low-cost microchip and rabies clinic at our Dedham shelter on Saturday, April 6. If your dog or cat is not microchipped we strongly encourage you to stop by on April 6. With the warm weather approaching, pets will be spending more time outside and indoor cats may be eager to slip out the door. If your microchipped pet escapes and is found by a local Animal Control Officer, he can be identified and returned to you.

Here are the details:

  • Saturday, April 6 
  • 10am to 2pm
  • Dedham Adoption Center at 55 Anna’s Place
  • Price is $5 for the rabies vaccine ($2 for senior citizens) and $15 for microchips ($12 for senior citizens).  Proof of prior vaccination with valid dates must be given in order for pets to receive a 3 year rabies vaccine.  

Cat Of The Week: Bette Midler

BetteMidlerBlogBette is an independent yet playful 6 year-old spayed female cat who was brought to the Animal Rescue League of Boston due to allergies in the previous home. Her favorite toy is a wand toy and likes to eat greenies treats. Like any star, Bette can be a little bit of a diva and she likes to accessorize with with feathery cat toys! Because of her high energy and free spirit, she would do best in a home without young children.

For more information on Bette Midler stop by our Boston Adoption Center or contact us at 617.226.5602.


Bar Mitvah Project For Animals

We’re always excited and touched when young people like Toby here, choose to do something meaningful for animals for their Bar Mitzvah project. Last Friday 13-year-old Toby from Needham dropped of this donation at our Dedham shelter. For months he collected towels, crates, carriers, food and pet supplies to donate to our shelter animals. Young people like Toby, are inspiring other teens to become more involved with helping the League. There are so many ways to donate and make a difference. How will you help? A big “thank you” to Toby for showing how it’s done! Keep up the great work! 


Toby K. at our Dedham Adoption Center.

5 Spring Safety Tips For Your Pet

Though it may not feel like it, today is indeed the first day of spring! While there may still be a few wintry days ahead of us, it’s not too early to start thinking about springtime safety tips for your pets. Please see our 5 tips below to ensure that your pet is safe this season:

Photo: Maria L. Uribe

Photo: Maria L. Uribe

Microchip your pets: Once the warm weather starts we inevitably spend more time outside. That means we’re opening our door more often, which is the perfect opportunity for your indoor cat to slip out of the house. When you’re strutting around town with your pup, make sure he’s in a collar or harness and most importantly make sure your pets are MICROCHIPPED. Even indoor cats should be microchipped as this will ensure that if they escape and are found by a local Animal Control Officer, they can be identified and returned to you.

Spring cleaning: While you’re sprucing up your place for spring don’t forget to keep the cleaning chemicals away from your pet! Almost all commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to animals. Keep your vet’s emergency hotline in a prominent place, just in case.

Keep Easter lilies and candy bunnies out of your pets reach: Chocolate is toxic and Easter lilies can be fatal if ingested by our furry friends. And be mindful, cats love to munch on colorful plastic grass and ribbons, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration if ingested.

Gardeners, beware: Fertilizers and insecticides are great for a pretty lawns and garden, but their ingredients aren’t meant for animal consumption and can be fatal if your pet ingests them. Fore more info you can call the ASPCA poison control hotline.

Carseats for your pets: It’s adorable to see a pup with his head out the window with the wind in his floppy ears, but this can be dangerous. Debris can get in their eyes, ears or lungs and cause injury or infection. Your pet should ALWAYS be secure in a carseat, crate or seatbelt harness when riding in the car.

Sprint Lends Us A Hand

A big “thank you” to a few people from Sprint who spent the day at our Boston Adoption Center helping us with some spring cleaning yesterday! They scrubbed shelter walls and floors and cleaned outdoor kennels – all with smiles on their faces. We appreciate your help, come back soon!


The Sprint team and Kobe.

Leroy & Lionel

Lionel & LeroyLeroy and Lionel are two very special boys who quickly won their way into our hearts. These sweet and gentle 2 year-old neutered male cats came to the League after being removed from an overcrowding situation where they weren’t receiving the care they deserved.

Both boys are very quiet and a little shy at first, so they had a bit of a hard time adjusting to the hustle and bustle of the adoption floor. Lionel was recently moved upstairs to a “penthouse suite” office in which he’s very happy.

After a few days we decided to try to reunite him with Leroy. So, we brought Leroy upstairs and they immediately began to cuddle with each other after spending more than 2 weeks apart! You can sense the happiness these boys feel after being reunited!

They now spend their time cuddling, playing, and chirping. We’ve decided that because it quite obvious that these two boys love each other so much and benefit greatly from each other’s company, they need to go home together as a bonded pair! So, if you have a low-key home without small children & are in the market for an awesome tag-team of young boys, then come on in and meet Leroy and Lionel! To learn more about them you can stop by our Boston Adoption Center or give us a call at 617.426.9170!

Double Your Fun With Sancho And Jack

photo (20)This dynamic duo is sure to bring some fun into your life. Sancho and Jack are a pair of DECLAWED male cats who are best buds. Jack is often a lap cat and Sancho (the grey and white one) is most comfortable sitting close to you. In his previous home, Sancho responded very positively to “kiss” sounds! Jack is described as being friendly with visitors right away. He enjoys a scratch behind the ear and being petted. Sancho can play a bit rough and was known to be scared of children in his previous home, so we think this pair would do best in a home with adults only or older children.

Here’s a little more about Sancho and Jack:

  • They are 7-year old neutered males.
  • Allergies are the reason they were surrendered to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
  • They are very bonded to each other. 
  • Their favorite things are hanging out together, snacking on treats, and attention from people!

Sancho&JackManCaveIf you’d like to meet Sancho and Jack, you’ll find them hanging out in their very own “man cave” at our Boston Adoption Center. Want to learn more about them before stopping by, give our Animal Care & Adoption Agents a call at 617.426.9170!

Even Our Cats Take The Challenge Seriously


Photo Credit: Maria L. Uribe

We’re getting pretty pumped for the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100k Challenge here at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. One of the keys to succeeding in the challenge, and having a shot at winning some grant money for our shelter animals, is planning! So, yesterday some of our staff and volunteers got together to brainstorm ideas for how to get more people to our 3 shelters this summer and what meeting would be complete without an animal? After all, they’re the reason why we’re doing this and quite frankly, Major, the cat, had some pretty good ideas for increasing our adoption numbers this summer!


Photo: Maria L. Uribe

In order to have a chance at winning a $100,000 grant for our shelters we have to adopt out at least 300 more dogs and cats throughout the months of June, July and August. There’s also a $25,000 Community Engagement Award. As the name indicates, this grant is all about community, which means YOU. We’ll need you to be active on Facebook and Twitter sharing and liking any of our posts that have the #100kChallenge hashtag in them. The more our photos are shared and liked, the higher the chance that we’ll win the grant!