State House Ceremony Celebrates Law to Protect Animals from Natural Disasters

Animal Rescue League of Boston to participate in June 4 event

Wednesday, June 4, 2 pm
The “Well” in front of the State House
Beacon Street, Boston

BOSTON, MA – The Animal Rescue League of Boston will join other animal welfare organizations, state legislators and disaster protection agencies at a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 1172, “An act ensuring the safety of people with pets in disasters,” on Wednesday, June 4 at 2 pm at the Massachusetts State House.

Signed into law in March, the bill requires cities and towns to have a plan in place to address the evacuation and sheltering needs of household pets and service animals before, during, and after an emergency or natural disaster.  The bill was sponsored by Senator Karen Spilka (D – 2nd Middlessex and Norfolk Districts) and passed both the House and Senate with far-reaching support.

Mary Nee, president of the ARL, will speak at the event, and staff will distribute ARL pet emergency backpacks to legislators.

While having disaster plans in place for people and animals at the municipal level represents a major step forward in Statewide emergency preparedness, Nee says, “The ARL wants all pet owners to develop a plan for shelter and care for their animals.”

Along with a crate or carrier to transport a pet, the ARL suggests getting a pet emergency backpack ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation.  For a list of supplies to include in a pet emergency bag, visit

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the ARL is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In 2013, the ARL served over 14,000 individual animals through our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, and our law enforcement, rescue, and veterinary services. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.