Adoption Center Hours

*Due to an All Staff Meeting all three of our Adoption Centers (Boston, Dedham and Brewster) will be closed today, December 13, 2012. Our Adoption Centers will resume regular hours of operation on Friday, December 14. We apologize for any inconvenience.*

Alum update: Bailey


Ruth and Dale O’Quin had always been “big dog” people.  After all, they are from Texas, and everything’s bigger in Texas. But when they came to Boston for work four years ago, they were between dogs and living in a condo, so a big dog didn’t seem like the best choice.  But they knew they wanted a dog, and they were waiting for just the right dog to come along.

In the summer of 2011, Ruth saw on the news that there was a case of 26 Cairn Terriers from a hoarding case that needed homes, and Ruth knew one of those dogs would be perfect for her and Dale with their newly downsized lifestyle.  Ruth came in to the Animal Rescue League of Boston shelter as soon as she could, and asked about the Cairns she had seen on TV.  Unfortunately, the dogs had all been spoken for already.  Ruth persisted.  “Please, I really want one of these dogs!”  The person who was helping her went to double check.  Good news!  There was an adoption that had fallen through.  Just one more dog, “Princess”, was available.  She didn’t know commands, and she might have separation anxiety, or she might not be house broken.  “That’s OK!” Ruth exclaimed, Princess had big trusting eyes and she needed a loving home.

Within days, the dog formerly known as Princess had been renamed “Bailey”.  Bailey was the perfect sidekick for Dale, who recently disabled by a heart condition could really use the company.  Bailey was happy to provide that company.  “Bailey doesn’t really play yet” said Ruth at a one week recheck call,”but she loves the sofa!”  Ruth and Dale also reported that Bailey was afraid of busy places like the train station, and she growled at another dog on the elevator, but all in all, Bailey was doing great.

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore ran into Ruth at a Celtics game last week.  They got to talking about things, and before you know it, they were talking about Bailey and the Animal Rescue League of Boston.  “Send me a picture! Send us an update! We love to know how our alums are doing!” said Dr. Smith.  And so, Ruth obliged, sending the picture above.  Bailey is doing great, she rules the roost!  And she is the apple of Ruth and Dale’s eye. Ruth tells us she still as a few issues, “but absolutely nothing that keeps her from being one of the best dogs we have ever owned.  She puts a smile on your face my merely looking at her.” -Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore

News Alert: Snowball Update

DSC_1554Update: We are happy to report that Snowball, the 7-month-old puppy who came to the Animal Rescue League of Boston with a broken left paw, is doing well. He stopped by BVC earlier today for a check-up. Dr. Davis removed the splint from his leg and took x-rays to make sure that everything is healing correctly. As you can see from the photo, Snowball is looking very festive –one of BVC’s Vet Techs wrapped his paw up like a candy cane!

Snowball is currently in a foster-to-adopt situation and is not available for adoption. Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in adopting Snowball and to everyone who has donated to us to help with his care and the care of other animals like him. We appreciate your support! We are still accepting donations to help care for Snowball and other animals like him.



Fundraiser to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston in Brewster and the Academy of Early Learning


The League’s Cape Cod branch is Brewster is equipped with a stable and paddock to accommodate large animals as well as an animal housing and adoption center for a variety of domestic animals.

Help the shelter animals in Brewster by visiting Cape Maid Farms in Hyannis and donating and/or contact Sara Provos at to make a donation if you are unable to stop by the store. Donation forms will be available at Cape Maid Farms for anyone who prefers to make an in store donation.  For donations of $5 or more, a snowflake will be hung up as a way to say THANKS!

“Every child and pet is like a snowflake.  Each sparkles in a different way—some are playful, some refined. But, unlike fragile snowflakes that fade when the sun appears, children and our pets grow even more beautiful with every passing year.”

Feline Focus: A Cat Who Laughs

LaughingLe-Lo…Well, we don’t really know if he’s laughing, but it sure looks like he is!

On this “Meow Monday” we’d like to share the “Happy Tail” of Animal Rescue League of Boston alum Lee-Lo who was adopted from our Boston Adoption Center in September. Here’s what his new mom had to say about him:

“I would like to share with you this unusual photo of Lee-Lo, my wonderful one-year, four-month old Lilac Point Siamese cross whom I adopted from ARL on September 25, 2012.  I have many many great shots of his adorable self but this one is a fave because it looks for all the world as if he’s laughing!



He is such a mischievous scamp — more like four months than a year plus four!  I call him the Cat Without Boundaries…he’s indoor-only, of course, but even within my one-bedroom Beacon Hill apartment he’s so curious and athletic that I’m continually amazed at the places he can get to, it’s a good thing I’m a patient soul with a good sense of humor!  He brings so much joy to my life!

After Toby, my previous love of a cat, died at age 15 in July 2011, I doubted I’d ever stop grieving long enough to let another little dude into my heart, but magically, thanks to ARL, it did happen…and I am l really looking forward to the holidays and getting a Christmas tree and seeing how long it takes Lee-Lo to climb to the top!” Annie, Boston

Annie, thank you for sharing an update on Lee-Lo, we are so happy that he found a wonderful home where he can flourish and be himself!

See below for more stories from our Feline Focus series:

Don’t Miss This Pet Friendly Holiday Event!


Credit: Maria Uribe

Always wished that your canine companion could join you in some holiday fun? Well this is a tree lighting that celebrates the amazing pets in your life while helping animals in need, and your four-legged-friend is more than welcome to join the fun! Additionally, it’s only about two blocks away from our Boston Adoption Center, so stop by and see who’s looking for a new home this holiday season!

tree_lightingJoin us today for our tree lighting on the BCA Plaza in the heart of Boston’s South End! An afternoon of family-friendly entertainment and art-making culminating in the SouthEnd holiday tree lighting with Mayor Menino! Also featuring the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Holiday Tree for Pets. The festivities begin at 3pm and the League’s tree lighting will take place at approximately 4pm. Our lead sponsor, Polkadog Bakery will have goodies for your pup and there will be plenty of fun photo opportunities for you and your pet! We hope to see you this afternoon and remember we will be hanging ornaments on the tree throughout the month of December.

“Thank you” to our generous sponsors:

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Adoption Spotlight: Spock

spockBeam him up, Scotty. Eleven-year-old feline Spock is looking to find his forever home. He was brought to the League when his owners were moving and couldn’t take him with them.

Spock loves to lay in the sun and be spoiled with petting. Though he is older, Spock still has the spunk of a 6-year-old. He has been declawed so he must remain indoors since he only has limited defenses when outside. Spock is very mellow and would do well in a more relaxed home.

Interested in giving Spock a forever home this holiday season? Stop by and visit our Boston shelter or, if you’d like to help Spock out, make him a star by purchasing an ornament in his name for our Holiday Tree today!

Are You Ready For The Tree Lighting?

Are you ready for our tree lighting on Saturday? Our volunteers and Earl Grey sure are!

Don’t forget to order your ornaments for the Holiday Tree For Pets. We will be hanging ornaments throughout the month of December!

To R.S.V.P. for the tree lighting visit our Facebook event page.

The Tree lighting is at 4pm and the festivities begin at 3pm. Everything will take place at the BCA Plaza on Tremont Street in the heart of the South End. We hope to see you and your canine companion on Saturday! Don’t miss it!

Earl Grey

Photo Credit: Maria Uribe