Thank you to supporters for bringing awareness to complex community issue

Earlier this week, over 40 of the ARL’s biggest supporters came together at the Ink Block South End in Boston for the President’s Council Fall Educational Forum. The group included corporate sponsors, as well as members of our Board of Directors and our President’s Council, individuals who donate $1,000 or more annually to help animals in need.

Moderated by former WCVB anchor and animal advocate Susan Wornick,  Dr. Gary Patronek, animal hoarding expert and founder of the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium, and Lt. Alan Borgal, director of law enforcement at the ARL. discussed the complex topic of animal hoarding and how the ARL approaches situations where animals and people are at risk.

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Moochie was seen at the event wearing her See Something, Say Something t-shirt in honor of National Animal Safety & Protection Month!

During their engaging exchange, Dr. Patronek explained the academic theories behind the psychological factors that make up an animal hoarder, while Lt. Borgal shared stories about the hoarding situations that he’s investigated over the last 45 years of his career.

“Animal hoarding is an urgent and serious community problem effecting cities and towns across Massachusetts,” explained Lt. Borgal. “The situations that the Animal Rescue League of Boston encounter are becoming more frequent and increasingly complex. These cases are a huge strain for the ARL financially, as well as on our other departments and services, such as the rescue team, Spay Waggin’, intake, veterinarians, shelter staff, and foster families.”

As guests arrived, they were greeted by the wagging tail of Moochi (pictured right) who came to the ARL from a recent animal hoarding case.

Thanks to our amazing host and generous food and beverage vendors, guests enjoyed the cocktail-hour portion of the event enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres, sipping on a variety of cold refreshments, and meeting-and-greeting fellow animal lovers.

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Susan Wornick, Dr. Gary Patronek, and ARL’s Lt. Alan Borgal sit down to talk about the complex topic of animal hoarding.

The program concluded with Mary Nee, president of the ARL, thanking the members of the President’s Council for their generous support and explaining the impact of their donations during the Cruelty Prevention Fund Drive on the thousands of animals who are rescued from animal hoarding cases each year.

Mary Nee’s final ask was for everyone in the audience to take the information they learned from the night’s event and use it to spread awareness to their family, friends, personal networks, members of the community, and Massachusetts elected officials.

THANK YOU again to our generous donors for helping to prevent animal suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect through your support of the Animal Rescue League of Boston!

And a special thank you to our amazing guest host, speakers, and corporate supporters of the Fall Educational Forum…

Susan Wornickanimal hoarding
Dr. Gary Patronek
Lt. Alan Borgal
Ink Block
Unit Realty Group
Formaggio Kitchen South End
Whole Foods South End
Boston Veterinary Care
Boston Audio Rentals

ONLY 3 DAY LEFT… To DONATE to ARL’s Cruelty Prevention Fund Drive!

An anonymous donor who has a strong belief in caring for and protecting animals has challenged us to triple a $5,000 donation and raise $15,000 before the end of October to support the ARL’s law enforcement team. All donations to ARL’s Cruelty Prevention fund drive will help pay for the on-going efforts of our law enforcement team to provide animals in need with assistance.


As a SPECIAL THANK YOU from Ayushi… The first (3) people to donate $100 or more TODAY, Thursday, October 29, will receive $100 worth of cruelty-free vegan skin and hair care products from Ayushi!

Click here or on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the ARL’s Cruelty Prevention Fund Drive.


VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our anonymous challenge donor, Ayushi, and everyone who has made a donation to support animals in need during the ARL’s Cruelty Prevention fund drive!