Simultaneous pet adoption events at the League’s Boston, Dedham, and Brewster shelters in end-of-summer push to save lives

Boston, MA – On Saturday, August 31, the Animal Rescue League of Boston will wind down the dog-days of summer with the Take Me Home Today Adoptathon at all three of its shelter locations in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster.

Featuring extended hours, extra staff, door prizes for all pet adopters and more, these fun public events also have a higher purpose: to help find homes for 400 cats and dogs.

“One of our driving priorities is to save more lives,” explains Mary Nee, President of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.  “In addition to finding loving homes for the animals in our care, we want to help more people experience the amazing love and devotion of a shelter pet.”

The Adoptathon is also part of the League’s participation in the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge, a nationwide competition among 50 shelters to increase pet adoptions and qualify for critical grant money for programs and services.

To win the Challenge, the League has from June 1 to August 31 to find homes for 1200 cats and dogs.  To date, the League’s shelters have found forever homes for about 800 pets and have seen an increase in summertime adoptions.

Because the League receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters, Nee says adopting a cat or dog from one of the League’s shelters on August 31 will make a big difference in the lives of animals in need: “Not only will you save the life of the pet you adopt, but you also save the one that will take its place in the shelter, along with countless others that will benefit from the veterinary care and rescue services Challenge grant money will help us fund.”

DSC_1227Animal Rescue League of Boston shelter locations and Adoptathon hours are as follows:

  • Boston: 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA, 11:00 am- 8:00 pm
  • Brewster: 3981 Main St (Rte 6A), Brewster, MA, 11:00 am- 6:00 pm
  • Dedham: 55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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