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Press Release: 34 Miniature Horses Surrendered to MSPCA-Nevins Farm and Animal Rescue League of Boston

BOSTON, March 9, 2012 –

The MSPCA Nevins-Farm and Animal Rescue League of Boston combined forces yesterday afternoon to rescue 34 miniature horses kept on a small farm in West Boylston. The overwhelmed owner voluntarily surrendered the animals after the state veterinarian concluded that their basic needs were not being met. Fourteen of the horses-all desperately thin and laden with internal parasites-have been transported to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s facility in Dedham, while the remaining 18 were sent to the MPSCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen.

“These horses are extremely malnourished due to the alarmingly high level of intestinal parasites that are interfering with their ability to absorb nutrients,” explains Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, director of Veterinary Medical Services at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Serious Health Issues Resulting from Neglect

The MSPCA and Animal Rescue League of Boston’s arrival on the scene came at a crucial time. All 34 horses are suffering from parasite infections, which will require a precise de-worming protocol to treat. Their hooves are in such poor condition that the MSPCA and Animal Rescue League of Boston will rely on support from qualified farriers who are being brought in to repair them. Moreover, the horses are suffering from severe skin infections, commonly referred to as rain rot, as a result of inadequate housing and living mostly outside. The MSPCA and Animal Rescue League of Boston will work tirelessly to resolve these health issues. The MSPCA is caring for 20 of the horses and will eventually transfer them to outside rescue groups. The rescue groups will continue the horses’ rehabilitation and ultimately place them into forever homes. The horses being cared for at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Dedham facility will remain there for the time being for monitoring and to undergo a careful 24-hour feeding program.

A Call for Donations

The Animal Rescue League of Boston estimates that the cost of treating the 14 horses they are caring for will cost approximately $14,000 – $16,000. The League is asking for the public’s support in offsetting these costs. Please donate online at www.arlboston.org/horses.

“This is one of the saddest rescues we’ve experienced in quite a while, with such a large number of animals in such desperate condition,” said Melissa Ghareeb, who oversees barn operations at MSPCA-Nevins Farm and who participated in the rescue along with her counterparts at ARL Boston. “Fortunately, we and Animal Rescue League arrived in time to remove the horses from these deplorable conditions and begin the treatment they’ll need as we ready them for their new lives.”


Rescued hamsters seeking loving homes

Last Thursday, our rescue team answered a call about a hamster in a cage that had been thrown into the garbage. However, when we retrieved the cage, instead of one hamster there were fifteen!

No animal, no matter how small, should be treated with cruelty or neglect. We are now seeking homes for these pocket-sized pals where they can receive the love and respect they deserve.

Hamsters make wonderful apartment pets and often become very comfortable with their owners. They’re also adorably cute – see these “Winter White” dwarf hamsters with their unique markings, carefully held by volunteer Dan.


Lt. Alan Borgal Named One of America’s Top Animal Defenders

In honor of National Justice for Animals Week, the Animal Legal Defense Fund named America’s Top 10 Animal Defenders, including our very own Lt. Alan Borgal.

Alan has worked at the League for 37 years and continues to be a true advocate for animals. As Director of the League’s Center for Animal Protection, he has saved countless animals’ lives. In 2007, Alan recieved the “Heroes Among Us Award” presented by the Boston Celtics. He also received the  Vartkes K. “VIC” Karaian Award in May of this past year for his work in supporting environmental health in the community.

We would like to congratulate Alan on this well-deserved honor and thank him for everything he does for animals in need!


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.


CSD Partners with St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

The Center for Shelter Dogs is proud to announce its recent partnership with the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison and North Branch, New Jersey.

St. Hubert’s is one of the CSD’s most recent Shelter Partners implementing the Match-Up II Online program within its organization. Founded in 1939, St. Hubert’s serves animals and people with a wide variety of programs that nurture the human-animal bond. Many of their programs serve as models for other organizations across the country.

Dr. Amy Marder introduced Match-Up II Online to the St. Hubert’s staff with an in-depth training on all components of the program, including the Match-Up II behavior evaluation. Members of the St. Hubert’s staff were able to conduct live behavior evaluations on their shelter dogs and learned best practices for implementing Match-Up II Online within the St. Hubert’s organization.

“We are very excited to begin our partnership with the St. Hubert’s organization, says Dr. Amy Marder. “By collaborating with Shelter Partners like St. Hubert’s, we are learning more about how shelter dogs behave, what behaviors are most common, and what types of personalities they have.”

Through its Shelter Partner relationships across the country, the Center for Shelter Dogs is creating the first national database ever used to compare shelter dog behavior, trends, and adoptability.


From South of the Border to Across the Pond

While the Animal Rescue League represents all dogs of Boston, Patty Ruiz will be representing all dogs of the world this summer as she carries the torch to the 2012 Olympics in London. Until February 3 however, she will be volunteering in our Boston branch.

Patty has come to Boston to take classes to strengthen her English before heading to London this summer. When she decided to come to Boston, Patty researched shelters in the area. She found the ARL of Boston and now helps out by preparing food, doing laundry, and washing dishes for the dogs.

Patty Ruiz is the founder of Milagros Caninos, the first dog sanctuary of Latin America in Mexico City. Her shelter helps dogs who have been through extreme situations, such as abuse, cancer, burns, blind, deaf and suffering from addiction. She provides a home for these special dogs and gives them a place to live out the rest of their years.

Patty relies on donors to help her with her wonderful mission. You can donate to Milagros Caninos by visiting their website.


Remember Us Too

Huge thanks to Becca, Emily and Abby of www.rememberustoo.com who visited the League last week to deliver the proceeds of their fundraising efforts.

They created www.rememberustoo.com for their Bat Mitzvah social justice project to support passage of Bill S.682 which allows judges to include pets in restraining orders. They designed and sold over 200 special “S.682 Remember Us Too” bracelets, contacted legislators to advocate for the bill, and collected blankets and other items used in our shelters.

On their visit, they met the cats and dogs in the shelter, including Nana, (pictured below) and presented the League with $520 in donations. It was so inspiring to meet them and see their commitment to making a difference for animals. Visit their website to learn more.


Welcome to the updated www.ARLBoston.org!

We looked at how you’re using this site, and made it easier to find what you’re looking for.

  • Dog, Cat and other animal Searches are now one-click from the homepage
  • All departments now have contact information at the top of each page
  • Easy links to our Facebook and Twitter pages
  • You’ll always find fresh news and events on our homepage. Scroll down for more.

Home for the Holidays – Donner and Blitzen Update

December 29, 2011 – We wanted to share some good news. Donner and Blitzen – 2 dogs taken into our care after being starved and abandonded earlier this month – are friendly, energetic and enjoying playtime together in our play yard. Blitzen is a little shy around people but is warming up toward her caretakers. Both dogs are sweet and have a great time running and playing together.

Our staff have been carefully monitoring both dogs’ body condition, and they are beginning to gain weight. They look great. Having been exposed to the elements, Donner and Blitzen also have minor skin irritations (called dermatitis) that our Shelter Medicine team is successfully treating. They will remain under our care for the time being as they continue to recuperate.

We are humbled by the outpouring of generosity, love and concern for Donner and Blitzen. Thank you for making the holiday season here at the League a brighter one.