The Animal Rescue League of Boston Celebrates 96th Annual “Christmas for Horses”

“Why not give these faithful, hard working servants of ours some little Christmas treat? Why not have Christmas for horses?” - Anna Harris Smith, founder, the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston.

Boston Parks and Recreation and Police Department horses assemble to await treats from Santa.

On December 15, 2007, the ARL of Boston hosted its 96th annual “Christmas for Horses” celebration at Boston’s City Hall Plaza to honor the hard working horses of the Boston Police Department and the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Reverend Patricia Handloss of the Old North Church conducted a “Blessing of the Horses,” the New Liberty Jazz Band featuring Soprano Sandi Hammond hit holiday holiday high notes with Christmas classics, and Master of Ceremonies Dan Rea of WBZ Radio welcomed ARL of Boston President Jay Bowen and Santa Claus himself to personally deliver much deserved treats to the horses.

Sandi Hammond and the Liberty Jazz Band provide the cheer while Santa's elves look on.

Santa and WBZ's Dan Rea greet the crowd.

Santa, ARL of Boston President Jay Bowen (center) and Reverend Patricia Handloss of the Old North Church (right) pose with Santa's elves.