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Category: Dedham
Meet Kaya

Kaya is a 3-year-old cat at our Dedham branch. She has been here since February and is still looking for her forever home.

Kaya is a special cat  – she is blind but gets around just fine because she is able to rely on her other senses.

She is a sweetheart who loves to be petted and spoken to. Will you help her find her forever home?

If you are interested in Kaya, call or stop by the Dedham Shelter today.


Hungry hungry horses

Here’s a photo of two of the mini-horses rescued from West Boylston earlier this month. The horses are doing great – some have already been adopted and the others are enjoying their re-feeding program. When they hear someone approach the paddock they get excited and rush over for their next meal. We’re glad to see them so happy.


Mini Horses Continuing to Thrive

One week ago, news broke that 34 miniature horses were rescued, with 14 going into the League’s care. Today the minis are recuperating at the Dedham shelter and undergoing constant observation.

Ashley Arseneau, livestock liaison at Dedham, spoke with Boston.com and gave them an update on our miniature companions. Check out the article here.


Hay There!

As our new miniature four-hoofed friends settle into the Dedham Shelter, bales of hay have been rolling in.

On Monday, the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation pooled together its resources and delivered 20 bales to Dedham’s door for our mini horses. McNamara Farm in Stoughton contributed to the first round of deliveries. Today, the Dedham shelter received 20 more bales from Lopes Dairy Farm in Taunton.

“When a situation like this presents itself, it’s Farm Bureau that gets called on to help out,” said Richard Bonanno, MFBF President.  “Farm Bureau works to support agriculture in the Commonwealth, but as our members have demonstrated, it’s not only farmers who reap the benefits.”

We would like to thank the MFBF, McNamara Farm and Lopesberry Farm for helping us care for these mini horses in their desperate time of need.

The League still needs your help caring for these horses. To continue revitalizing their spirits, please donate here.


Did you know about rabbits?

Did you know that rabbits make perfect household pets, especially for apartment dwellers?

You won’t have to rush home from work to let a rabbit out. They need some time outside of their cage every day but they require less attention than dogs or cats. Rabbits eat salad and hay, and love carrots as treats – in moderation.

Rabbits are curious and friendly by nature, will entertain you with their silly antics, and love to cuddle next to you on the sofa. They’re also quiet and clean – they can easily be trained to use a litterbox.

We have several rabbits available for adoption right now – two huge Angora rabbits, a very small dwarf Lop-ear, an adorable Netherland dwarf with tiny ears and several others. View our adoptable rabbits online, or come to one of our shelters to meet them, and maybe adopt one of these furry loves into your home.


281 Animals Adopted in January

Starting 2012 on a strong note, 281 animals were adopted from the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s shelters in Boston, Dedham and Brewster.

Among the January adoptions were 202 cats; 31 dogs; 11 birds (two doves and nine finches); 12 guinea pigs; 11 hamsters; seven rabbits; two degus; a ferret and a chinchilla.
Older dogs for whom the League’s Animal Care and Adoption areas found forever homes included: 12-year-old Obie (Labrador Retriever); 11–year-old Diva (Miniature Pinscher) and 9-year-old Cooper (Cocker Spaniel).

Among the older cats were three special 11-year-olds Angel, Fluffy and George – all adopted within one week (see http://home.arlboston.org/2012/01/23/in-praise-of-older-animals/); 10-year-old Jelly; 9-year-olds Diamond and Dr. Hazel (shown above with volunteer Amy Eisenman); and 8-year-olds Bandit, Little Dee, Stormy and Margo.

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


New windows shine light on Dedham renovation

The “new and improved” Dedham shelter is definitely taking shape! As interior renovation continues, the new front windows that will let in much more light and make the shelter a much more inviting place for both animals and people are now in place. In addition, the new pavement signals that much of the underground work has been completed.

The renovated shelter, scheduled to be completed in spring 2012, will include indoor/outdoor dog kennels, larger group housing spaces and playrooms to improve animals’ socialization and interaction with staff and visitors. In addition the green design also leads to elimination of contagious disease within the shelter, minimizing holding times and length of stay for each shelter animal.

As of December over $711,000 of the $1.2 million fundraising goal has been received. Gifts of $2,500 or more provide opportunities to honor or memorialize a beloved person or pet, and donors of $5,000 or more can be recognized on the “Wall of Honor” in the main lobby. Specific naming areas still available are:

  • Dog Wing ($400,000)
  • Lobby ($50,000)
  • Dog Outdoor Training Area ($50,000)
  • Dog Exam Room and Grooming Room ($35,000)
  • Triage Exam Room ($25,000)
  • Dog Rooms ($5,000)
  • Cat Cages ($2,500)

To learn more about the shelter renovation project and named gift opportunities, please contact: John J. Bowen, President, (617) 226-5680 jbowen@arlboston.org or Melanie Sheffield, Director of the President’s Council (617) 226-5622 msheffield@arlboston.org.


Dr. Saroyan and 235 other adoptions in November

There were 236 animals adopted from the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s shelters in Boston, Dedham and Brewster including 175 cats; 34 dogs; 12 birds, including chickens Nick and Travolta and a duck named Dr. Saroyan (shown at right); six rabbits; three ferrets; three hamsters and three guinea pigs.

The League’s Animal Care and Adoption areas continued their excellent track record of finding forever homes for older animals:

– Older dogs adopted were 7-year-olds Charlie (Pharaoh Hound – shown at left), Mr. Brown (Vizsla), and and Sparky (German Shepherd); and 6-year-old Spike (Chihuahua).

 – Among the cats adopted were 11-year-old Luna (shown at right); 9-year olds Bob, Charm and Sarafina; 8-year-olds Jasper, Misty and Shnookems; and 7-year-old Happy.

– In addition 19-year-old cockatiel Jojo (shown at left) found his forever home.

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


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.