Category: Brewster
Help Us Find A Forever Home for Wiley

WileyEblast “Wiley is one of my favorite dogs to greet in the shelter each day and I can’t imagine how he’s been in our care for 229 days!

I’m writing all of you, because I need you to help me find Wiley a home for the holidays.  You may read this article and say ‘gosh he’s cute but I can’t take him in my house’ but you’ll share this post with a friend and they’ll pass it to their friends and pretty soon you’ve helped to find Wiley his new home!

He started off his journey in Cape Cod at our Brewster branch where staff and volunteers became enthralled with his personality and fell completely in love. Sadly he didn’t get many interested people in Brewster.  Perhaps his ‘rough exterior’ (short cropped ears do make people think a dog is mean) was one of the reasons. So even though Brewster was madly in love with him they decided to ask me, the Shelter Manager in Boston, if Wiley could come up and live with us.  Maybe a bully breed would get more interest in our  city shelter.

So Wiley has been with the Animal Rescue League of Boston since 5/4 and has been in Boston since 11/28. 

He’s well-mannered in his kennel which is why he is a favorite of mine.  He is quiet when you greet him and he does the cutest little dance to get you to say hi.  Picture a dog that is half lifting his paw to wave at you while the same time trying to give you an adorable play bow – that’s Wiley!

He loves to play with toys especially to play fetch.  He attends our morning playgroup with some other dogs.

WileyBlogMy ideal match for Wiley would be a family with older children who understand bully breeds are lovable just like any other dog.  If the new home had a dog it would be best if that dog was not too rambunctious during play because Wiley can get easily overwhelmed by another dog that wants to wrestle him to the ground.  The new family might have experience with crate training or be willing to learn because Wiley enjoys the crate that he has at the shelter and crate training prevents a dog from getting into items that are off limits.

So, come on!  Let’s get working on this together and find Wiley a home for the holidays!

Mariannne Gasbarro
Manager of the Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center

Watch a video of Wiley being his usual adorable self below!

 If you have room in your heart and home, we hope you’ll stop by our Boston Adoption Center to meet Wiley.

Bird Lovers, Meet Salty

detailMeet Salty! He is a 4 year old cockatiel looking for a new home and he’s available at our Brewster Adoption Center. Salty has been in a few homes because he does not want to be friends with other animals. So, this time around he is looking for a home where he doesn’t have to interact with other birds.

He wants to interact with people but is timid of hands of new people. He is therefore looking for an experienced home with knowledge about bird behavior. Salty loves to chatter with his family. He wants to be affectionate but sometimes gets scared. Once he trusts you, he bonds strongly. Salty loves to share your lunch – he hangs out in one of the offices and plops himself down on the desk at lunch time.

Salty is a timid guy and tends to be afraid of hands. With some people, he immediately is trusting and will hop right onto their shoulders. Other people he is more cautious of at first but after some bonding time he trusts them enough to go to them too. He likes to sit on your shoulder or arm (or leg if you’re sitting), or on the desk / chair near you. He prefers not to be picked up by your finger.

In his cage or out, with someone he is not yet fully used to, he will shy away from fingers and make “threatening gestures” with his beak if you reach for him. As long as you don’t continue to reach right at him he doesn’t bite. He is a really great, fun little guy as long as you understand him.

Salty has been living in the office of our Assistant Manager, Pamela. We would want anyone interested in him to spend some time with him to get to know him and let him get to know you, and also to speak with Pamela because she knows all his ins and outs.

Please call at 508-255-1030 or stop by to meet Salty.


Fundraiser to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston in Brewster and the Academy of Early Learning


The League’s Cape Cod branch is Brewster is equipped with a stable and paddock to accommodate large animals as well as an animal housing and adoption center for a variety of domestic animals.

Help the shelter animals in Brewster by visiting Cape Maid Farms in Hyannis and donating and/or contact Sara Provos at sprovos25@comcast.net to make a donation if you are unable to stop by the store. Donation forms will be available at Cape Maid Farms for anyone who prefers to make an in store donation.  For donations of $5 or more, a snowflake will be hung up as a way to say THANKS!

“Every child and pet is like a snowflake.  Each sparkles in a different way—some are playful, some refined. But, unlike fragile snowflakes that fade when the sun appears, children and our pets grow even more beautiful with every passing year.”

Order Your Holiday Tree Ornaments Today!

It’s the last day to order an ornament for our Holiday Tree for Pets in time for Saturday’s tree lighting! Help decorate the League’s 2012 Holiday Tree by displaying a favorite photo of your pet for everyone to see – and help needy animals at the same time! What could be better?! For as little as $5 you can help animals in need this holiday season.


We Need Your Help on Giving Tuesday

Help animals like little Zeva, today.

It’s easy to get caught-up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but it’s important to take a moment to give back to the charities that you hold near and dear to you. We wouldn’t be able to save, rescue and protect animals without the generous support of donors like you.

Today the Animal Rescue League of Boston has joined with Giving Tuesday to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. As we approach the end of the year your support is urgently needed. 

We understand that times are difficult and not everyone can make a donation, so the League is asking that you give back to animals in one of two ways this holiday season:

1) Take a pledge to spend 10 extra minutes with your pet each day starting today. This may mean waking up 10 minutes early and playing with your cat before leaving for work, extending your dog’s walk by 10 minutes, or letting your rabbit out of his hutch for 10 minutes more than usual. Tweet us your pledge today! twitter.com/arlboston

2) Donate to help animals that are less fortunate this holiday season. You can do this by purchasing an ornament for your pet for our Holiday Tree or by giving directly to the League at www.arlboston.org/donate.

Everyone knows “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday.” This year, Giving Tuesday takes its place in the calendar, and will help put giving back into the holiday season.


Press Release: League Appoints New President

November 26, 2012
Lara Mendizza


Mary Nee, Experienced Boston Nonprofit Leader, 

becomes League’s 8th President Since 1899.

Boston, MA, November 19, 2012–The Animal Rescue League of Boston, a veteran animal welfare organization in the city, today announced the appointment of Mary Nee as its incoming President.

Nee brings over 30 years of experience leading non-profit and government agencies serving the Boston community. Most recently she was Executive Director of hopeFound, a homeless services agency.  Prior to hopeFound, Nee held leadership positions at the Neighborhood House Charter School, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and also led community development and capital planning for the City of Boston.

“Mary’s wealth of experience and achievement in the areas of program development, finance, fundraising and marketing are the perfect combination of skills to lead the Animal Rescue League of Boston into the next chapter of its proud history,” said Malcolm McDonald, Chair of the Board of Directors.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston, founded in 1899 by Dorchester resident

Anna Harris Smith, is dedicated to rescuing domestic animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment and neglect.

As one of the nation’s leading animal welfare and protection agencies, the organization provides animal rescue and adoption, law enforcement, shelter and veterinary services at facilities in Boston, Dedham, Brewster and through the mobile Spay Waggin’ program. Additionally, it operates the Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery in Dedham and in recent years has launched the “Center for Shelter Dogs,” a program dedicated to improving the welfare of shelter dogs cared for by humane organizations, animal control facilities, and rescue groups throughout the nation.

“Working with the staff and the supporters of the League to move it forward in the years ahead will be a labor of love,” said Nee.

Nee and her family share their Milton home with their Wheaton terrier, Ruby, and are part-time residents of Eastham on Cape Cod.


Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, The Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In addition to the organization’s animal rescue, law enforcement, shelter, and veterinary headquarters in Boston, the ARL of Boston operates shelters in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster, Massachusetts. The ARL of Boston also maintains a fleet of specialized animal ambulances and rescue vehicles and a mobile Spay Waggin’ providing subsidized spay/neuter services throughout Massachusetts’ South Shore and Cape Cod.

Senior Adoption Spotlight: Gwendolyn

Though she is 9 years old, don’t let Gewndolyn’s age fool you. She is a spunky feline with a ton of pep in her step.

A resident of the League’s Brewster branch since October 26, her personality has captured the hearts of many. Gwendolyn loves her little mouse toys and enjoys playing in general. She also likes to watch the birds outside, but will always make time for a good petting session.

Gwendolyn came to the League with some medical concerns that a more experienced owner will be able to handle. You can find more information on Gwendolyn’s condition by taking a glimpse at her profile. Though she has some special needs, Gwendolyn’s heart is full of love and waiting to give it all to her new family.

Interested in giving Gwendolyn a forever home this holiday season? Stop by and visit our Brewster shelter or, if you liked to help Gwendolyn out, make her a star by purchasing an ornament in her name for our Holiday Tree today!

Thanksgiving Adoption Center Hours
  • Boston and Brewster Adoption Centers will be closed on 11/22 & 11/23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Both shelters will reopen on Saturday at 1pm.
  • Dedham Adoption Center will be closed 11/22 for the Thanksgiving holiday & will reopen on Friday at 1pm.

We would like to thank our dedicated group of animal care employees will be on hand during the Thanksgiving holiday to ensure that the animals in our shelters are cared for.