Category: Dedham
Cold Temperatures Mean More Animal Rescues

Cold weather poses danger for stray animals.

SuttonDog1Our Rescue Team has been very busy saving animals in danger from the freezing temperatures. On Sunday, they rescued an American Bulldog mix (pictured here with Senior Rescue Technician Danielle Genter) from the Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton. This poor girl had been out in the cold since Thursday, and possibly even longer.

The dog, now named Miranda, suffered from frostbite and had painful cracks in the soft underside of her paws from exposure to the cold. Lt. Alan Borgal, the League’s Director of the Center for Animal Protection, said that Miranda’s only water source was from a nearby stream. “She had to go through a lot of brush to get to the water, and as a result her body is covered in small cuts,” he explains. While Miranda was living outside, temperatures were averaging at about zero degrees at night and her short coat offers little protection from the elements. “We were so glad to have found her in time.” After Miranda had a chance to warm up, she received a full medical evaluation and vaccines from our shelter veterinarian and is currently resting comfortably at our Dedham Adoption Center.



Last week our Rescue Team also spent several days assisting Needham Animal Control in catching a dog. The nights were getting unbearably cold, the dog was hungry and cold and they knew that they had to catch him soon. They finally caught him on Thursday, January 24 in zero degree temperatures with a wind chill factor of about 15 to 18 below zero. The dog was named Sherman. He is about 15 pounds underweight, and being so thin, he was severely


compromised, trying to survive in such extreme cold weather temperatures. He is also being cared for at our Dedham Adoption Center and is currently undergoing medical and behavioral evaluations. He is a friendly dog and was very well-behaved during his bath the other day.

Miranda and Sherman are just two of the many animals we have saved from the bitter cold recently. If you’d like to help these animals and others like them, please donate today.

A Creative Take on the “Doggie Bag”

We wanted to offer a big “thank you” to Josh Guines of Newton for the wonderful “Go Home” bags he recently donated to our Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center. Josh wanted to celebrate his Bar Mitvah by doing something to help animals, so he created these special kits for dog adopters which include such helpful items as an emergency rain poncho for the dog’s owner, leashes, treats, water bowls, tennis balls and Frisbees.

We know how much our newest dog adopters will appreciate it, and we thank Josh for his kindness, creativity and generosity.

Josh proudly displays one of his custom "Go Home" bads for dog adopters at our Dedham branch.

Josh proudly displays one of his custom “Go Home” bags for dog adopters at our Dedham branch.

Have A Holly Jolly Bernie


Bernie is a very handsome 7-year-old dog who has been at our Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center since September (we can’t believe he’s been here this long either!)! He is believed to be a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog mix. Bernie is tri-color (black, tan and white) with a gorgeous fluffy tail. Bernie loves people, but has been known to chase cats and small animals including small dogs, so he would do best in a home without other dogs, cats or other small animals. Since he’s a powerful and playful guy he would probably do best with a family that has older children.

Bernie enjoys going on walks and playing outside! He will need someone who has the time to help him develop better leash manners and provide him with plenty of exercise. He loves being outdoors! Bernie’s best feature (other than his adorable head tilt) is his cuddly nature. He is a total love bug!

We hope that you’ll help us find Bernie a home for the holidays. For him, a loving family would be the best present of all! Please share Bernie’s story with everyone you know!


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.


Feline Focus: So Glad I Adopted An Adult Cat


Remember Kelly the 5-year-old female cat from Dedham who was featured on our blog and adopted shortly after? Well, her new dad, Tim, recently sent us an email with an update on her progress. The most important thing to take away from his message? “For anyone who is thinking that adopting an adult cat isn’t a good idea: … Kelly is wonderful and I’m so glad I adopted her rather than a kitten.

Tim, thank you so much for updating us on Kelly’s progress. We are so thankful for amazing adopters like you!  You can read Tim’s entire update below:

“First – thank you to all the staff at the Dedham shelter. You are all great and I really appreciate your help in adopting Kelly.

‘Kelly’ (I do want to give her a non-shelter name) is doing great. She started purring as soon as she got home, and has been purring regularly since. She has been slowly opening up and becoming a very affectionate cat, and has become more playful each day. She greets me at the door when I get home, excited to see me and get attention. She also excitedly greets all my guests at the door, introduces herself and gets a good scratch from each new entry.

She’s the perfect kitty for me. She came with a little attitude – likely to nip or swat when she was done with getting pat. But I found that she’s usually trying to move from pat to play. She stopped with the nipping (but the swatting is there – and only playful) and now I can tell when she has had enough pat and I need to pull out the ‘stick’ toy and play with her (stick being mouse on cord attached to stick) – she’s a lot of fun to play with.

Currently, she’s snoring fiercely on a windowsill behind me where she was looking out at the neighborhood. I expect as soon as I move from my office nook she will follow me to the sofa and curl up against me as I watch a movie.

Again thank you very much for helping me adopt this wonderful kitty.

If I could ask one more thing: I want to give her a new name (post shelter) and if you have any suggestions I’d appreciate it. I just call her ‘Kitteh!’ now, but would like to find something else that would suit her.

Oh – last – for anyone who is thinking that adopting an adult cat isn’t a good idea: ………… Kelly is wonderful and I’m so glad I adopted her rather than a kitten.” – Tim

Cat lovers, don’t forget to order an ornament for your beloved feline for our Holiday Tree for Pets!heart-example-with-cat2

Senior Adoption Spotlight: Sheba

At six years old, Sheba isn’t slowing down any time soon. A gorgeous German Shepard, Sheba is looking for her forever home this holiday season.

Sheba has only just taken up residence at our Dedham shelter and is enjoying her stay, though she hopes it isn’t long. She enjoys playing with her numerous tennis balls and becomes quite excited when it comes time to play. A bit shy, Sheba prefers if you keep your paws to yourself when it comes to her own. She would do best in a home were she is the only furry child.

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

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.