The Animal Rescue League of Boston Wants Animals Home for the Holidays

Launches community outreach campaign aimed at finding more animals a home this holiday season

Boston, MA – Today, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) kicked off “Home for the Holidays,” a month-long community outreach campaign to encourage adoption and support for shelter animals. By featuring stories of animals rescued from cruel conditions, now recovered and living happy lives, as well as animals available for adoption, the ARL hopes to find more animals a home this holiday season.

“This is the time of year when we especially want to give every animal in our care the opportunity to experience joy and companionship. After all, it’s what the holidays are all about,” says Mary Nee, president of the ARL.

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Franny and Tuukka, two of the 13 puppies found living in cruel conditions in Middleboro, received special care from the ARL and are now home for the holidays. (photo credit: Amelia Hughes)

Every year the organization unites over 3,000 deserving animals from adoption centers in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster with loving human companions. Another 1,100 find foster homes with dedicated ARL volunteers, including the 13 puppies rescued earlier this fall during a SWAT team raid at a home in Middleboro, Massachusetts.

Found jammed into a crate, the 5-week old puppies were covered in filth, emaciated, and dehydrated. According to the director of the ARL’s Center for Animal Protection, Lt. Alan Borgal, they had clearly been living in cruel conditions.

Because they needed more one-on-one care to heal and develop physically and socially, the puppies went to dedicated ARL foster volunteers to get the special attention and training they needed. In just a few short weeks, the puppies had grown by leaps and bounds and today, Timmy, Sammy, Franny, Tuukka, Grunt, Moose, Honey, Shamus, Bleu, Cheddar, Colby, Brie, and BabyBel all have a home for the holidays.

“The happiest part of the work we do all year is bringing animals like the Middleboro puppies and people together,” explains Nee. “Our biggest holiday wish is for the animals in our care and families willing to open their hearts to find each other.”

To learn more about the ARL’s “Home for the Holidays” visit

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.

Media Contact
Ami Bowen, Director of Marketing and Communications
(617) 226-5668
Photos of Middleboro puppies available on request