Category: Boston
Blythe joins the Boston Ballet

When Boston Ballet dancer Lawrence Rines came to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s South End shelter on November 5 and saw the fluffy and precocious orange kitten, it was pretty much love at first sight. As he puts it, “When I was looking around to see which kitten I was going to choose, she was the second one I saw and I just knew that’s the one I wanted.”

Rines joined the Boston Ballet in 2009 in the company’s Boston Ballet 2. “That is like being an apprentice of the main company. I was promoted to corps de ballet (the main company) this August which was a very exciting part of my life. Being in the corps now means I am in all the big group parts of the big ballets but it also allows me to start learning and performing soloist/principal parts.”

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Cleaning out your linen closet?

The Animal Rescue League of Boston shelter in Boston urgently needs gently used linens, blankets, towels but no carpets or pillows (they take up too much space in cat cages) to provide warm and cozy bedding for our shelter residents.

Donations can be dropped off at the Boston shelter during normal business hours.

For a list of other “gifts in kind” that are needed click on our shelter and rescue Wish List.

And to learn more about the variety of ways you can support the League financially or to make a donation click on our Donation Page.

332 Animals Adopted in October

October saw 332 animals adopted from the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s shelters in Boston, Dedham and Brewster including 249 cats, 41 dogs, 13 birds, 12 rabbits, six guinea pigs, five hamsters, three sheep, a ferret and a horse.

Among the birds were lovebirds named Avocado (shown at left) and Lily, three cockatiels named Summer, Sunshine and Free Willy; two parakeets named Ocean and Sky, a cockatoo named Bubbles and five chickens, three of whom were named Seria, Severus and Zulu.

The League’s Animal Care and Adoption areas continued their excellent track record of finding forever homes for older animals:
– Among the cats adopted in October were 11-year-olds Angel, Charlie and Princess; 10-year-olds Galaxy and Shadow;, 9-year-old Handsome, 8-year-olds Beauregard and Wendy; 7-year-olds Corey, Eddy, Molly, Morris, Spencer and Miss Olivia; and 6-year olds Amber, Bessett, Big Boy and Hughie.
– Older dogs adopted were 8-year-old Romeo (Chihuahua); 7-year olds Sam (Siberian Husky) and Finnigan (Aust. Shepherd – shown at right);
– And an 18-year-old horse named Sammy.

You can view a list of all available dogs here, all available cats here  and other animals here.

Enterprising 5th grader sells handmade jewelry to help homeless animals

The Animal Rescue League of Boston recently received a special donation of $109 from Brookline fifth-grader Lia Flenniken, who sold handmade bracelets and key chains to raise money to help homeless animals at the League. The beautiful and intricate pieces feature a special technique that Lia has developed over several years.

“All of us are particularly grateful for this wonderful gift from the heart,” says Melanie Sheffield, director of the President’s Council at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. “It means so much when philanthropy and the desire to help care for and protect animals begin at such an early age. The fact that Lia put so much thought and effort into this says a lot about the kind of person she is, and the adult she will someday become.”

Photo caption: Dr. Martha Smith (left), director of Veterinary Medical Services at the Animal Rescue League of Boston and Brinkley, a Shih Tzu recently adopted from the League’s South End animal shelter, take a moment to thank Brookline fifth-grader Lia Flennigan (right) who sold handmade bracelets and key chains, raising $109 to help shelter animals.


In six easy steps you can help make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals by creating your own Animal Rescue League of Boston fund­raiser! Examples of fundraising events are office “parties with a purpose” as well as birthday parties, bridal and baby showers and anniversaries where, in lieu of gifts, you request that your friends and family send a donation to the League. We will even provide you with a personal website to promote your event. For more information and to create your fund­raising event today visit www.arlboston.org/create_a_fundraiser.

For questions, contact Michelle Chandler at mchandler@arlboston.org or call (617) 226-5638.

Sweet, displaced older lady seeks quiet, refined home in which to share several more years of love with someone special

Luna, a sweet and affectionate 11-year old spayed kitty, adopted from the Animal Rescue League a few years ago was brought back because she was scared of the new human toddler in her home. Although her owners loved her and said she was great, they felt a new home would be best for her.

She’s definitely become a Boston Shelter staff favorite – she loves to sit on laps and get chin scratches and responds to affection by giving head butts. And for those who love petting cats, her fur is super soft.

In her previous home Luna had regular vet care and was very tolerant of getting her nails clipped and going to the vet. (How many cats can say that!) When she came back to the shelter she received a full veterinary exam and even blood work done, and the vet says she is very healthy!

Update: Luna found her forever home on Saturday, November 5!

To view all cats that are available for adoption, please click here. Luna is on this list (ID number A117939).

You can view a list of all available dogs here, and other animals here.

Big Papi announces winner
Posted on October 25, 2011 by guest blogger, David Ortiz (Courtesy of the Popchips Blog)

what’s up red sox nation, big papi checkin back in. really wish we were playing in the world series, but it was an honor to be there to accept the roberto clemente award. roberto has always been a role model for me on & off the field, so it’s such an honor to play a small part in continuing his legacy. special shout out to everyone who has supported the david ortiz children’s fund over the years.

also a big thank you to everyone who submitted ideas & voted for different ways that i could give back for this contest with my people at popchips!  they are all great causes, and i wish i could do them all, but i’ve selected an idea that’s very near to my heart. congratulations to the winning submission from jennifer w. of the animal rescue league of boston

big papi can help a little puppy: big papi can play ball with the dogs at the animal rescue league of boston’s shelter in the south end! big papi would help us to find homes for animals in need, give love and care to our shelter dogs, and raise awareness of the importance of adopting shelter animals. big papi can hit a home run for boston’s homeless animals by playing a ball game with our dogs as part of a special adoption day in honor of october’s national adopt-a-dog month. go red sox!–jennifer w.

the animal rescue league of boston has done great work over the years rescuing and finding homes for dogs in the boston area.  i’m honored to do what i can to help raise awareness for this great cause.  my family has a dog of our own, so i know the value that a pet can have on a family.  stay tuned for more details about the event!

Featured Pet: Meet Mommas

Meet Mommas, a calm and friendly, eight-year-old cat available for adoption from the League’s Boston shelter.


Cat Playgroup photos

Animal Rescue League of Boston cats enjoy feline playgroup, where they get out of their cages to play with the other cats and League volunteers. Here’s some photos from yesterday’s group, with notes by League volunteer and photographer Christine Barton.

Smitty..."I think Liz is my new BFF...she's a purrfect playmate."

Squirmbot..."I know Hiawatha is around here somewhere."

Hiawatha..."Quit it Dann, this is my tube."

Hiawatha..."Well, we all know whose tube this is now."