Attention Pet Owners and Animals Lovers: Spread the Love this Valentine’s Day!

4 purrfect gift ideas from the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Boston, MA—Looking for something especially meaningful for the companion pets and people in your life this Valentine’s Day?

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) has four purrfect gift ideas that spread the love and help find homes for shelter pets:

  1. Give your special dog a heart-shaped treat.  Nothing says “I love you” to the canine companion in your life like a tasty treat or dog cookie.  Now through February 14, Polka Dog Bakery will donate 50% of proceeds from all Valentine’s Day treats to the ARL.
  2. Present your sweetheart with an ARL gift certificate.  The devotion of a shelter pet knows no bounds.  You can purchase a gift certificate to ARL shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham and help your sweetheart bring a bird, bunny, dog, or cat home to love.
  3. Sponsor an adoption.  Show your Valentine how much you appreciate that soft spot he or she has for the stray animals in the neighborhood by sponsoring the adoption fees for a shelter pet in his or her name.  An animal having a harder time finding a home may just find that special someone with the extra help.
  4. Deliver a gift donation.  Sometimes flowers and chocolates don’t convey the special message you want a Valentine’s Day present to have.  By making a gift donation to the ARL or another animal welfare organization in your Valentine’s name, you show your support for a cause about which he or she cares deeply.

“The happiest part of the work we do at the ARL is uniting shelter pets with loving human companions,” explains ARL president Mary Nee.  “Supporting these efforts through your Valentine’s Day gift truly reflects the thoughtful kindness of both the gift-giver and receiver.”

Every year, the ARL’s shelters unite over 3,000 deserving animals with families and place 850 in foster homes with dedicated ARL volunteers.  Visit to learn more about the shelter pets available for adoption.

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the ARL 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.