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Give homeless animals and family pets the chance to heal
How it started
Longtime Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) supporter and former director, Jane Whitney Marshall, established the fund in memory of her grandmother Alice T. Whitney, a contemporary and friend of ARL Founder Anna Harris Smith, to ensure that limited economic means did not prevent owners from providing vital veterinary care for their pets in treatable medical emergencies.
“In the spirit of Anna Harris Smith’s motto that ‘Kindness Uplifts the World,’ I felt something needed to be done to assist caring owners who simply needed a helping hand to care for their pets”, explains Ms. Marshall. Alice’s essence and generosity lives on through all the second chances provided by the fund that bears her name.
How you can help
Animals with serious medical conditions as a result of illness, accidental injury, neglect, or abuse make their way into the ARL every single day. Both homeless animals and family pets require immediate veterinary attention, which could mean the difference between life and death, but have no one to cover the hefty expense of emergency surgery, treatment, or rehabilitation.
When you make a gift to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $25,000, to provide financial assistance for:
Critically ill or injured homeless animals that come into ARL’s Animal Care and Adoption Centers with no one to care for them.
Clients of Boston Veterinary Care, a clinic supporting the programs of ARL, who want to keep their family pets, but do not have the economic means to pay for their veterinary expenses.
Underwent surgery and weeks of rehabilitation to heal her broken leg
Required emergency treatment to stop an infection in her bloodstream
Received life-saving surgery to remove a large kidney tumor
Hundreds of homeless animals like Titan and Piper, and family pets like Emma have received life-saving treatment and emergency procedures thanks to the generosity of donors like you.
Only with your support can animals in the most critical of need receive the high-quality veterinary care necessary to gain a second chance at life. ARL does not receive any government funding and relies solely on individual donations to provide assistance to animals and families who desperately rely on ARL for help.
Questions? Contact Rick Tagliaferri, Chief Development Officer, at (617) 226-5668.
Anyone who’s cared for a puppy knows how cute they can be – but they can also be mischievous and challenging! Curious by nature, puppies can get into things they shouldn’t and chew whatever comes in range of their mouths.
For Finn, an 11-month-old Boxer-mix, his curiosity almost cost him his life.
When he was brought to Boston Veterinary Care (BVC), he hadn’t eaten for several days, was lethargic, dehydrated, and an examination showed some sort of obstruction lodged in his intestinal tract.
He needed surgery immediately, but the procedure was cost-prohibitive for Finn’s owner. His owner applied and was approved for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund, and Finn was sedated and taken into surgery.
An incision into his stomach revealed a pom-pom from a winter hat was blocking the outflow tract from the stomach. While the pom-pom was removed, a second obstruction, likely another piece of the winter hat, was found further down in his small intestines. This blockage was more serious and had caused a 12-inch section of the intestines to die and rupture.
The section of intestines was resected, and due to the extensive surgery, when Finn awoke he was in pain and his body temperature was too low. Finn was transferred to Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties in Walpole for overnight care and pain management.
Ready for a recheck and removal of his cone!
Showing his appreciation to BVC staff.
Chewed up pieces of a winter hat nearly cost Finn his life.
Extensive surgery at BVC and two days at an outside facility gave Finn back his life.
Finn's nearly ,000 treatment was covered by the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund.
He was successfully discharged two days later, and Finn is back to his energetic self! The nearly $4,000 treatment was covered by the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund and Finn’s owner was overjoyed and thankful for the assistance and to have her beloved companion be healthy once again.
“It was a grueling surgery, but Finn showed his strength, and it’s wonderful to see how he’s recovered and will go on to lead a healthy life,” said BVC Lead Veterinarian, Dr. Nicole Breda.
The Alice T. Whitney Fund gives homeless animals and family pets the chance to heal — see how you can help today!
Dental Health Month at BVC
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and through the end of the month BVC is offering a free dental exam, toothbrush, and toothpaste with every wellness exam. Additionally, BVC offers a free pet exam for first time clients.
BVC is the clinic with a mission – as all profits benefit shelter animals of the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL). BVC offers a number of high-quality outpatient services, click here to find out more!
Family Pet on the Mend Thanks to Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund
Emma, a sweet 10-year-old Chihuahua, was brought to Boston Veterinary Care (BVC) because her owners noticed her belly had become bloated and assumed she was putting on some extra pounds. She was also lethargic and was not acting like her normal self.
Upon examination, it was discovered that Emma had a very bad infection in her uterus, called pyometra. The infection was now in her bloodstream, causing the belly bloat and making her extremely sick. Pyometra, if not treated quickly and aggressively, can be life-threatening.
Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund
Emma needed surgery — a $1,350 surgery. Her owners love her very much, but could not afford the supportive care and emergency surgery needed to remove the uterus and kill the infection. Fortunately, Emma’s owners qualified for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund, which provides financial assistance to families with limited economic means in veterinary emergencies.
Despite some concerns, the decision was made to move ahead with the procedure.
“She was so sick, we were not sure she would survive the surgery, but everyone at BVC fell in love with her and wanted to give her a chance,” said Dr. Nicole Breda, BVC’s Lead Veterinarian. “Without the surgery she would not have survived much longer.”
Emma, a sweet 10-year-old Chiuahua, was not feeling like herself and her family was concerned.
Emma suffered from an life-threatening infection, and needed emergency surgery.
The Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund eased the financial burden for Emma's family.
Dr. Nicole Breda preparing for Emma's surgery.
Dr. Breda performing surgery.
Emma's surgery was a success and she is back home safe and sound.
Emma showed her toughness, and the surgery was a complete success. During her follow up, Emma was alert, playful, and her belly bloat had somewhat subsided. She is healthy and back to being herself. Her owners have their beloved family pet back and gleefully exclaimed to Dr. Breda how happy and thankful they were for BVC and the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund. To see more of Emma click here!
Animals with serious medical conditions as a result of illness, accidental injury, neglect, or abuse make their way into the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) every single day with no one to cover the hefty expense of emergency surgery, treatment, or rehabilitation.
When you make a gift to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $25,000, to provide financial assistance for:
- Critically ill or injured homeless animals that come into ARL’s Animal Care and Adoption Centers with no one to care for them.
- Clients of Boston Veterinary Care, a clinic supporting the programs of ARL, who want to keep their family pets, but do not have the economic means to pay for their veterinary expenses.
Only with your support can animals in the most critical of need receive the high-quality veterinary care necessary to gain a second chance at life. Click the red button below to…
Big and Lovable Lovable Dog thriving after surgery
Titan, 6-year-old Mastiff, needed a $2,000 surgery to remove and test a large tumor in his abdomen.
During a routine neuter surgery, our shelter veterinarian discovered shelter dog Titan had a large mass in his abdomen. X-rays confirmed the 6-year-old big and loveable Mastiff had a tumor.
According to ARL shelter veterinarian Dr. Erin Doyle, about 50% of this type of tumor are benign and the other 50% are cancerous. Sadly, dogs with the cancerous-type of tumor have a 6-month life expectancy after the tumor is removed without additional medical intervention.
Titan needed a $2,000 surgery to immediately remove the tumor and test for cancer. The ARL moved quickly to get Titan the medical care and testing he needed.
Titan’s goofy grin and happy-go-lucky personality had quickly warmed the hearts of everyone at the shelter. Everyone was hoping for the best when he underwent surgery a week later.
Thankfully, we got what we were hoping for!
A recovering Titan (Mastiff on the right) post-surgery posing for a photo with his new family on his adoption day!
“Titan’s tumor ended up being a very rare type of benign kidney tumor,” happily reported Dr. Doyle. “Now that the tumor has been removed, Titan should be able to go on to live a normal life.”
With the tumor gone, Titan was cured and medically-cleared for adoption. He went home with a new family shortly after surgery and by all reports is doing better than ever!
Would you like to help Titan and other animals like him?
Only with your support can dogs like Titan get emergency medical assistance when they need it most.
The ARL doesn’t receive any government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters like you to provide veterinary care and treatment for shelter animals who have no one else to turn to for help when they’re sick or injured.
MAKE YOUR DONATION GO FARTHER NOW! The Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund will generously match your donation today dollar for dollar!
Please visit arlboston/kintera.org/titan or click the button below to make a donation to help pay for the care and treatment of Titan and other animals like him.
Every dollar helps shelter animals get one step closer to their dream
Your tax-deductible gift to the Animal Rescue League of Boston will ensure that animals in distress receive the care they need, and a chance to find a loving, caring home for the holidays.
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Organization pledges to raise $5K for Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on annual day of giving
Boston, MA – The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) hopes to raise $5,000 for the organization’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund this #GivingTuesday, December 3. The ARL is one of the 10,000 charities, companies, families, and individuals participating in GivingTuesday 2013 to encourage generosity and charitable activities in support of non-profit organizations.
The ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund provides financial assistance to families with limited economic means in veterinary emergencies. According to Mary Nee, president of the ARL, more than 360 pets have received critical care that their owners could not afford without support from the Helping Hand Fund. The need continues to grow, she says.
“Unexpected veterinary care—particularly in emergency situations—can come at a cost that’s out of reach for an increasing number of families in this economy,” explains Mary Nee, president of the ARL.
Foxy received life-saving veterinary care thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
After her beloved family dog Foxy accidentally got hit by a car, for example, Candace Rivera rushed her petite 4-year-old Chihuahua to the veterinarian. Her family had fallen on hard times financially and she couldn’t afford the surgery and rehabilitation Foxy needed to survive.
For the Johnsons, news about their indoor cat Fred wasn’t much better. After sneaking out of the house, Fred was somehow seriously injured. X-rays done by their local veterinarian revealed Fred had a broken jaw. Unfortunately, Mrs. Johnson had just lost her job and the family did not have the resources for the further treatment he needed.
Luckily for these families and their pets, friends directed them to the ARL and the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
“The Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund was established to ensure limited economic means didn’t prevent caring owners like the Riveras and Johnsons from providing vital care for their pets in treatable medical emergencies,” says Nee.
To learn more about and give to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on GivingTuesday, visit arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013.
About the Animal Rescue League
Founded in 1899, the Animal Rescue League of Boston is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.
On Giving Tuesday Help Families and Their Pets When They Need it Most
Imagine the heartbreak of being unable to afford veterinary care when your cherished pet is hurting. It is a scenario that we all hope never to face, but sadly it is the unfortunate reality for some pet owners who are struggling to make ends meet.
The Phillips family was faced with this exact situation when their beloved 8-month-old black lab mix Riley suddenly became very ill back in February 2012. The family watched helplessly as he went from a playful and rambunctious puppy to a sickly pup that refused to eat or drink.
After calling numerous clinics in the area in hopes of finding someone who could help and being declined due to financial constraints, they started to fear that their only option to stop Riley’s suffering was to put him down. Thankfully, they called Boston Veterinary Care at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, where they were finally able to get the assistance Riley so desperately needed by utilizing the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
The Fund aims to help owners that are suffering from financial hardship by providing the emergency care their animals need at little to no cost.
We hope you’ll make a gift to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on December 3 for Giving Tuesday, so that animals like Riley and owners like the Phillips family can have a second chance together.
Riley was immediately given a thorough examination by the dedicated team at Boston Veterinary Care and it was determined that he had an obstruction in his intestines. Although the family was not entirely sure, they suspected that Riley had gotten a hold of a styrofoam takeout container right before he became ill.
Unfortunately, Riley’s condition had become so severe that in order to save his life, BVC’s veterinarians had to perform emergency exploratory surgery. Once inside, they discovered that Riley did in fact have an obstruction that was causing him extreme pain and required the removal of a portion of his intestines. This complex surgical procedure cost $1,700, which was more than the Phillips family could afford to pay, but thankfully the League’s Alice T. Whitney Fund covered the entire cost of the procedure and saved Riley’s life.
When Riley and his family were finally reunited after his surgery, Riley’s tail wagged furiously and he showered them with kisses. Soon thereafter he was back to being the rambunctious puppy the Phillips family knew and loved.
Please consider giving to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund. You can help families like the Phillips when they need it most.
Check out our blog next Tuesday for another story about a family and their pet, whose life was saved thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund.
Learn more about Giving Tuesday and the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund: arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013/
Foxy was Hit by a Car and Her Family Had Fallen on Hard Times
Every Tuesday leading up to GivingTuesday on December 3, we’ll be sharing with you a touching story of a family who got the special gift of love and time thanks to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund and supporters like you. We’re starting with Foxy, a four-year-old Chihuahua who was hit by a car.
Candace was getting Foxy ready to go out for her morning walk. Foxy, hearing the jingle of the leash, was excitedly bouncing around Candace’s legs. Candace’s son, not knowing Foxy’s leash was unsecured, opened the front door to head to work. In Foxy’s excitement, she dashed out the door and into the busy street.
They called out to Foxy in a panic, but it was too late. Foxy was hit by an oncoming car while her family watched helplessly. At a mere 6 pounds, it’s a miracle that the impact of the collision did not kill her instantly.
Candace and her son sprinted to Foxy – she lay whimpering in pain, unable to use her hind legs and struggling to get up. Being as gentle as possible, they lifted her injured body into their car and rushed her to the nearby animal hospital.
They arrived; hopeful that Foxy’s pain would soon be eased, but instead were faced with an impossible decision. The emergency surgery that Foxy needed to survive was going to cost $4,000 and Candace did not have the money to pay the bill.
The only other option that was offered to her was to humanely euthanize her companion, which was unthinkable.
Unfortunately, Candace had fallen on hard times and was living on a very strict budget. Frantically trying to figure out what to do, a friend referred her to Boston Veterinary Care, the veterinary clinic at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
When Candace called the ARL, her prayers were answered. ARL staff informed her that she qualified for the Alice T. Whitney Fund.
After several lengthy surgeries and countless days of medical treatment and rehabilitation, Foxy was reunited with Candace. Although it was hard for her to be apart from her best friend for so long, Candice is forever grateful that Foxy was given a second chance.
Please mark you calendar and remember to give to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund on December 3 for #GivingTuesday.
Your donation will help animals like Foxy and people like Candace – in times when they need it the most.
Learn more about #GivingTuesday and the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund: arlboston.org/givingtuesday2013/
Because of the generous people who donate to the Alice T. Whitney Fund, Foxy is with us today! Please give on #GivingTuesday.
Give low-income families and their pets the special gift of love and time.
Be a part of the Giving Tuesday movement today! Donate to the ARL’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund online by clicking the button below.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund provides financial assistance to families with limited economic means so they don’t have to make the agonizing choice between everyday necessities and caring for their pet at the time of an emergency. It was created by long-term ARL supporter Jane Marshall in memory of her grandmother Alice T. Whitney, who served for many years on the ARL’s Board as an ardent animal lover and advocate.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is proud to be a non-profit partner for #GivingTuesday for the second year in a row.
Jay Bowen and Theodore
By Jay Bowen
The rain and chilly temperatures of the past days did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people and dogs who attended a series of events which helped advance the mission and programs of this wonderful organization. Wednesday evening 120 people and a number of dogs gathered at the Boston Design Center (BDC) for a wine tasting hosted by The Urban Grape of Chestnut Hill. Hadley and TJ Douglas, the proprietors are residents of the South End and are ardent supporters as are the other sponsors for the event which included Rebecca Willson of the Urban Hound Hotel, Deborah Gregg of Polka Dog Bakery, Jim Little of Choice Catering and of course Julie Rogowski and Lauren Young of the BDC. More than $3,000 was raised for the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund which supports the medical care of ill animals at the League’s Boston Veterinary Care whose families have financial need.
Thursday evening Bob and Kathy Mahoney opened their Wellesley Hills home for a reception of area residents who are members of The President’s Council. This is the leadership track of our annual giving program which was launched in late 2006. Their daughter Alana, who works at our Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center, was present and we learned about her remarkable work over the years rescuing dogs from different parts of the country and finding loving homes for them. Bob and Kathy introduced us to their five rescue dogs including three Greyhounds. It was very special to have Louise Coleman, Founder and Executive Director of Greyhound Friends with us.
On Saturday for the fifth consecutive year the League was part of the Boston Pride Parade. In a downpour of rain we set off on Tremont Street and made our way through downtown past the Massachusetts State House to Boston City Hall. Our contingent included humans of all ages, dogs and a ferret! It is quite exciting to hear the cheers and kind words of support for the League from the many thousands of people who gather along the parade route. Special ARL of Boston treats were passed out to dogs.
Sunday was Paws for Celebration an event that took place on the magnificent site of Drummer Boy Park in Brewster. As I drove to the Cape I wondered how many people would brave the elements to be part of this fundraiser for the League’s Cape Cod Branch in Brewster. I pulled into the parking area about 11:30 a.m. and found about 200 cars in place. Later in the day I was able to announce that the “car count” was 560 which means that about 1,200 people and 560 dogs were present for the celebration. The day included a wonderful walk to the beach and back as well as a series of contests and demonstrations. Proceeds are $13,000 and counting!
Tuesday, for the eighth consecutive year, the League had a presence in the Dedham Flag Day Parade. This is a wonderful community celebration which attracts many thousands of people. One gets a sense how much the staff of our Safford Memorial Animal Care and Adoption Center is appreciated. This year the Parade was an opportunity to highlight Building For the 21st Century which is the fundraising program to support the renovation of the Safford Center which is just getting underway. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job as the seventh president is to have the opportunity to attend these events and meet people who truly respect the power and beauty of the animal human bond and value the work completed each day by the staff and volunteers of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.