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The Canine Barkery’s Season of Giving

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A Home for Balki

By: Adopter, Maureen Eldredge

Whether one has two legs or four legs, “home” is a place that brings love, comfort, harmony, and acceptance. Balki, the very talkative Siamese that calls my address “home” has finally found one.

In April, I received an e-mail message from a very persuasive ARL volunteer, Amy Eisenman, who when it comes to her “feline charges” welfare, can convince anyone of anything.  She told of a declawed “Squish Ball” named Gus, who was wooing the volunteer staff with his docile and gentle ways.  Not ever having a cat before, Gus and I were introduced one spring morning and at that time I was a little skeptical that Gus and I would  become a family.   A “new” start for Gus, occurred when he was renamed Balki.

Balki arrived, scooted out of the cage, and took off into his “new” life.  After a few weeks, I wondered if I was just his caretaker as he offered no indication that he was “attaching” himself to his new environment until…

Needing surgery for his teeth which were neglected and at the age of 8, required care, I picked him up that evening from his veterinarian, and was told he would be lethargic due to the anesthesia he had been under.  Balki shot out of his carrier and for two days scurried around as if he had never been in my home before.  Wondering what he was doing, “light dawned” when it occurred to me he was marveling at the fact that I “brought him back.”  With his history being one of numerous homes, and a “time” on the streets, Balki could not believe he had been brought back to the same place he left that morning.  Adding another dimension, Balki, had loving caretakers, as I had a two day engagement that could not be broken.  When I returned I picked him up, smothered him with affection and heard the soft muted cries of “Where were you?”  Then I realized, Balki and I, had formed a family – I missed him as much as he missed me.

Life with Balki, is full of feline sounds – some of happiness – some of demands, and some of contentment.  Life with Balki, is sometimes exhausting, as he seems to have his own biological time clock BUT most of all life with Balki is full of companionship, fun, and love.  Life is Balki and he has found a HOME!

Bark Place Holiday Celebration to Benefit the League

South End Pet Spa & Boutique Hosts Seasonal Soiree with Professional Pet Photo Shoot to Benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Saturday, December 3rd
12pm – 3pm

Bark Place
1721 Washington Street
Boston, MA

Bark Place South End will host a holiday celebration for Boston-area dog lovers to get into the spirit of the season and raise money for the Animal Rescue League of Boston. With the helping hand of Santa, professional pet photographer Jann Tenenbaum will style and photograph each pooch and provide digital prints perfect for holiday cards.

While pets are pampered for their shoot, owners can enjoy a little fun for themselves, too. Event features:

  • Exclusive in-store promotions and discounts on the season’s hottest pet apparel, accessories, grooming services and more.
  • Libations and noshes for pets and their owners alike.
  • Complimentary holiday puppy pouches!

$25 // A portion of all event proceeds to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston

To RSVP and reserve a photo appointment at the event, please call: 857-362-7494. Walk-ins are welcome.

David Ortiz Meets Young Donor

November 15, 2011: Red Sox star David Ortiz spends some time with Josselyn Siegel of Wilmington, a young philanthropist who donated $100 to the League by selling her handmade clay creations.

“We were so touched by her wonderful gift from the heart,” says Melanie Sheffield, director of the President’s Council at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. “It’s especially meaningful to see philanthropy begin at such an early age. It says a lot about the kind of person Josselyn is, and the adult she will someday become.”

Video courtesy of Matt Schooley, Wilmington Patch


Thank you Big Papi

Yesterday was a great day for the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Big Papi’s visit inspired and uplifted the League’s staff and garnered extensive coverage on the evening news. This event will attract many more adopters to our shelter and help find forever homes for needy animals.

Big Papi enjoyed a tour of the Boston Shelter where he met the cats, dogs and other animals that are available for adoption. Afterwards, he revealed his genuine care and concern for animals as he played ball with the dogs in the yard.

My special thanks go to Big Papi, event sponsor PopChips, to the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make this event a success, and to the many League supporters who came to the shelter to meet Big Papi and bring attention to the needs of the animals in our care.

Jay Bowen

Our Shelter Tour with David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz

Hey guys,

Caitlin and Michelle here, we work for the Animal Rescue League of Boston and had the pleasure of taking David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz on a quick tour of the Boston shelter yesterday.

He was greeted in the lobby, by long time resident, Sapphire and Shelter Agent, Hannah Harvey. “Oh you like me little girl” – Ortiz said to Sapphire, the two bonded quickly.

He also spent time with a kitten, named Francis, who was recently rescued from a drain pipe by the League. Francis, whose fur resembles a Lion’s main, impressed Ortiz, he told Veterinary Technician, Jessica Wright, that as a child he always wanted to adopt a Lion but now he is happy with his 3 year old Terrier, Foxy.

The tour was full of moments of laughter, Ortiz was down-to-earth, friendly and funny! When we took him to see the dogs, he took his time making sure each dog received a treat and some special attention. Ortiz immediately gravitated to our largest resident commenting on his size and how similar they were.

When we told Ortiz about our Rescue Department, he was impressed by the scope of our services. As an animal lover, he recognizes the importance of the work that the League does and told us how much he appreciated the opportunity to get to meet the animals and see behind the scenes. Everyone at the League is so thankful for him taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit.

Vote for Maria & Big Bird and win $1,000 for the League

***11/14/11 – Update: We won – thank you to all who voted and congratulations to Maria! The League will receive a $1,000 grant. View a complete list of the winners here.***

11/9/11 – The ASPCA has announced the 23 finalists for the 2011 $100K Challenge Photo and Video Contest.

Anyone who adopted, fostered, volunteered or reclaimed an animal at a Challenge shelter during the months of August, September or October 2011 was eligible to enter. Maria, a volunteer photographer for the League, submitted a photo of her foster kitten Big Bird

If Maria is one of the 15 submissions with the most votes, the League will win a $1,000 grant. Click here to vote for Maria and Big Bird.

Voting deadline is this Friday 11/11 at midnight.

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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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.