Pet of the Week: Maverick, a Cat with Real Pizzazz!

Maverick Has Been Patiently Waiting for a Home Since August 2

Maverick is a handsome 5-year-old cat with real pizzazz! He came to us when his original owner was transferred overseas for work and was absolutely heartbroken about having to give him up. The person knew that he would be in good hands with the ARL and brought all of Maverick’s toys, blankets, brushes, and treats, so he could feel comfortable here while he waited for his new family.

11-14-14 Maverick_picWe could feel how loved he was.

After a few days at the ARL, Maverick settled in and we could understand why his original owner was so devastated about having to surrender him. “Maverick is one of the greats. I got to know him and he’s just wonderful,” says Marna, one of our most experienced cat volunteers.

“He just adores being around people and you don’t even have to interact with him all the time, just be near and he stretches out and enjoys your presence.”

11-14-14 Maverick_Pic2Maverick is playful, talkative and affectionate. He always appreciates a cheek scratch and he has an adorable little chirping way of talking to you. Maverick gets lonely sometimes, he doesn’t get along with other cats, but we think that he would do well if he had a cat savvy canine friend to keep him company when his family is not home. 

He’s been at the ARL since August and we need your help to find him a home. Please share his story with your friends and family.

Watch the video clip below to get a glimpse of how charming he is.

Read Maverick’s profile.

If Maverick sounds like the cat for you, come meet him at our Boston shelter today. He’s in one of the feline suites upstairs, so be sure to specify that you’re here for him!


Pawblo Picasso 2015 Pet Calendars Benefit ARL

Thank You Thursday: Proceeds from Pawblo Picasso’s 2015 Pet Calendars Go to ARL Shelter Pets

The holidays are just around the corner and Pawblo Picasso is donating 15% of the proceeds from their 2015 desk calendars directly to the ARL, so you can give a great gift AND give to animals in need at the same time.

11-13-14 2015cdcasecalendargraphic_dogThe 2015 calendar costs $14.99 and comes packaged in a CD jewel case, which opens up into an easel to display each month. Each month is a separate page and features a colorful painted illustration of a cat or dog by Pawblo Picasso. Every animal has a unique and adorable personality that is beautifully captured in the illustrations. It easily fits on your desk to quickly reference the date and fits perfectly in a stocking.

View or buy the 2015 Dog Desk Calendar

View or buy the 2015 Cat Desk Calendar

Don’t want to shop online? There’s a list of local retailers who carry the calendars.

Thank you Pawblo Picasso for helping ARL’s shelter pets find a Home for the Holidays by donating a portion of the proceeds from your calendars to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.


Pawblo Picasso 2015 Pet Calendars Benefit ARL


Today! Senior Pet Health Twitter Chat

Dr. Schettino Answers Your Questions About Senior Pet Health

Senior pets require different care than young puppies and kittens. We recognize that knowing what to look for and how to respond as your pet ages can be challenging, that’s why we’re hosting a Twitter Chat this afternoon for anyone interested in learning more about caring for their aging pet. November is Senior Pet Month and ARL’s Director of Veterinary Medical Services, Dr. Edward Schettino, is here to answer your questions.

Senior pet for BVC PageHere are a few of the many questions Dr. Schettino will be answering this afternoon.

1) When is a pet considered to be a senior?

2) What kinds of health problems can affect older pets?

3) How do you know if a senior dog needs hip and joint supplements? Will glucosamine help?

4) Is all the testing veterinarians recommend necessary? What tests should be done and how often?

5) Should senior pets see a veterinarian more often?

If you’re worried about your pet getting old, just keep this in mind: Due to improved veterinary care and dietary habits, pets are living longer now than they ever have before. We hope you’ll join us for the conversation!

What: Senior Pet Health Twitter Chat

When: Wednesday, November 12, noon – 1pm

Where: Twitter

To participate in the conversation, follow the ARL on Twitter (@arlboston) and submit your questions using the hashtag #ARLAskaVet. Questions may be submitted on Twitter real time or in advance.


Special BVC Offer During National Senior Pet Month

Boston Veterinary Care offers discount for pets ages 7 and up during Senior Pet Month

November is National Senior Pet Month and National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and that makes it a great time to bring your pet to Boston Veterinary Care for their wellness exam.

senior pet 3In honor of all senior pets, BVC is offering a special senior wellness package for the entire month: Senior Exam, Diagnostic Bloodwork, Fecal Exam, Urinalysis and Nail Trim, all for $210. That’s over $50 off of the list price!

As an added bonus, each senior pet will go home with a pet toothbrush and toothpaste sample to help to maintain their oral health.

If you need a refresher on how to brush your pet’s teeth, ask your veterinary technician or watch the YouTube video demonstration on the bottom of their website:

Located in the same building as the Animal Rescue League, BVC is conveniently located off of I-90 and I-93, close to the Green Line, Orange Line and Silver Line and offers FREE on-site parking for your convenience.



Dog of the Week: Carrie, a Whole Lot of Love Here

It’s the last day of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Open your heart to Carrie!

10-31-14 Carrie PicCarrie is a fun 2-year-old dog, who loves to play and will do anything for a treats. She was surrendered to the ARL when her previous owner’s work schedule changed and she was too active for the household. She’s been at our Boston shelter since August 14 and we hope she finds the loving home she deserves, very soon.

Carrie enjoys going for walks and spending time with her human friends. She is very playful and loves to chew on stuffed toys.

Carrie can be picky of her dog friends, but has made a few in her time here at the shelter. Her best bud, Tyson, just went home last week, so she’s hoping it’s her turn now.

One of Carrie’s favorite things is to be at the center of attention, and she would prefer being the only dog in the home.

10-31-14 Carrie Pic 2You’ll notice that Carrie is a bit on the tubby side, and while she looks adorable as she is, she would benefit from a diet. Luckily, she loves to run and play so helping her trim down will be a breeze for someone who has the time to dedicate to her.

A generous adopter has paid part of Carrie’s adoption fee forward to help her find a home during Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, so her fee is discounted by $125.

If Carrie sounds like the dog for you, please visit the ARL’s Boston shelter to meet her! She’d love to be your new best friend!

Read Carrie’s profile.

Carrie being a goofy girl with shelter agent, Laura.

Carrie being a goofy girl with shelter agent, Laura.


Dog Training Classes Start November 1

Loose Leash Workshop and more at the ARL!

There are still a few days to register for our November dog training classes. We’ve added a special Loose-Leash Walking Workshop to the list too!

The ARL’s experienced trainers offer beginner and advanced level classes for dogs of all ages. All classes are held at our Boston headquarters and we have free on-site parking.

The following classes are starting on Saturday, November 1.

loose_leash_walk_workshop_graphicPUPPY KINDERGARTEN: A six-week course for puppies 8-20 weeks old.  The first week is for owners only (as we have much more to learn than our puppies).  Classes include: an off leash puppy play period for puppy socialization, training games for the enjoyment of both puppies and owners, basic commands, and discussions about puppy behavior problems, proper nutrition and veterinary care.

ADVANCED PUPPY: A six-week course designed for dogs 4 months to 11 months.  Classes include: an off-leash puppy play period for puppy socialization, training games for the enjoyment of both puppies and owners, continuing basic commands such as sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, coming when called, leave it, and no jumping (with and without distractions). Requirement: must have completed Puppy Kindergarten

ADVANCED GOOD MANNERS: A six-week course designed for dogs 5 months and older.  Your dogs will accompany you to all six classes and they will learn ‘go to your place’, train with distractions, attention and much more.  Requirement: must have completed Puppy Kindergarten or Good Manners class.

SNIFFING FOR FUN: A six-week course designed for dogs who know all of their basic obedience commands with distractions. Great for all ages – even seniors! Dogs have an amazing sense of smell. Why not tap into their natural ability to hunt? This is a fun class for you and your dog, to build their natural ability to hunt and find food, objects and toys. It’s a great way to build your dog’s confidence and burn energy mentally and physically. Requirement: Dogs must attend Good Manners or Puppy Kindergarten class before attending this class.

*NEW* Loose-Leash Walking Workshop:  Requirements: Puppy Kindergarten and Good Manners. Need help getting your dog to walk nicely on a leash? We’ll teach you the techniques and advise on equipment you may need so you can teach your dog to walk nicely on leash. Loose-Leash Walking is three, 1-hour sessions for you and your dog. Please, no leash-reactive, dog-aggressive or people-aggressive dogs.  Ages 6 months & up.

Enroll in a class today!



Dog of the Week: Elle, as Athletic as They Come

 October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month! Open Your Heart to Elle.

Elle is a beautiful 3-year-old athletic dog who loves to play! She has lots of energy and will need a person who will keep her busy and spend time with her outside.

10-24-14 Elle_picElle has been at our Dedham shelter since August 4. She came to the ARL from another shelter and it seems like she never had much contact with other dogs. While Elle loves to play with her fellow canines, she may be too much for some dogs to handle. Elle plays very rough and does best with dogs who play like her and who correct her if she is being too rough. Because Elle is a big, powerful dog, she would do best in a home without children.

Elle is a sweet, quirky girl. One of our Dedham staff members has been bringing Elle home for the past few weeks to give her a taste of family life and she has shown that she is a very good house dog. She is learning her basic commands and is getting a jump start on house training. She loves playing with squeaky toys and will bop around your house chasing one. Watch her adorable video below!

Elle enjoys going for walks and does well on leash when walked using a Gentle Leader.  She would make a great companion for someone who has lots of energy to dedicate to Elle. She is a very sweet dog

Visit our Dedham Shelter Tuesday-Sunday 1:00-6:30pm to meet this amazing young lady!

Read Elle’s profile.


ARL’s Cat Food Drive Seeks Donations Ahead of Holiday Season

 Two-day cat food drive to help feed homeless cats in Boston

Boston, MA –The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) will host a Cat Food Drive on Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23, to provide food for the homeless cats of Boston. The ARL will take donations of unopened wet or dry cat food from 9 am to 3:30 pm both days in the lobby of the organization’s Boston headquarters located at 10 Chandler Street in the South End.

The cat food November_ARL_Cat_Food_Bank_Day Graphic_Hi_Resdrive marks the start of the ARL’s “Home for the Holidays” community outreach campaign to encourage adoption and support for animals in need during the holidays. All donations of cat food will defray the food cost associated with the on-going care of homeless cats in the community.

“Every day, dedicated feral cat community caretakers feed multiple cats living in areas around the city—often at their own expense,” explains Maryann Regan, director of shelter operations at the ARL.

Regan says cat food donations will go to feral cat caretakers in Boston, as well as ARL foster volunteers who provide one-on-one care to cats recovering from surgery or re-acclimating to life in a home prior to adoption.

While supplies last, everyone who donates food during the cat food drive will receive their choice of a dog or cat pet emergency backpack as a special thank you from the ARL.

WHAT: Cat Food Drive

WHEN: Saturday November 22 and Sunday November 23, 9 am to 3:30 pm

WHERE: Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler Street, in the Lobby, Boston, MA 02116

For more information about Cat Food Bank Day, visit



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. In 2013, the ARL served over 14,000 individual animals through our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, and our law enforcement, rescue, and veterinary services. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need. Visit for more information.


Gooseneck Vineyards Partners with Animal Rescue League

Thank You Thursday: Every Bottle of Gooseneck Benefits ARL Shleter Pets

From October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, for every bottle of Gooseneck wine purchased in Massachusetts, a $1 donation will be made to the Animal Rescue League and our efforts dedicated to rescuing animals from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect.

Gooseneck Vineyards is a proud supporter of New England causes and events and we’re grateful that they’ve chosen to help the Animal Rescue League this holiday season.

All Gooseneck wines are available throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and on-line through several retailers. For store locations and wine selections visit

Thank you to Gooseneck Vineyards for supporting animals in need!



FREE Spay/Neuter Day for Pit Bulls

Free Spay/Neuter Services for Pit Bulls in Brockton on November 13

On Thursday, November 13, 2014 the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Spay Waggin’ will be in Brockton offering free spay/neuter services to pit bull type dogs. Please note that this is by appointment only and is restricted for low-inclose residents of Brockton.

2014_Brockton_Pit_Spay_Social_Pic_2The spay/neuter day services include:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Microchip
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Distemper vaccine
  • Flea treatment

This is a great opportunity for pit bull owners, so if you live in Brockton or know anyone who does, please help get the word out about our FREE spay/neuter day for pit bulls and pit bull type dogs.

To make an appointment please call 877-590-7729.

Questions? Email

Download and print the event flyer.

Special thank you to the Massachusetts Animal Coalition for sponsoring this event.