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I played ball with Big Papi

Nana, a 10 month old spayed female pit mix is looking for a new home. She has been a shelter resident for a few months now and has won one of the staff’s ‘most improved’ awards.

She’s a friendly and loveable lady whose activities in the shelter include playing fetch with her human friends and romping around with her fellow shelter dogs in our play yard. In fact, Nana was able to combine her favorite activities during a visit from David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz, a member of the Boston Red Sox. She was the star that day, she loved running to the fence to retrieve the ball and would immediately give it back to Ortiz. Nana was not phased by all the cameras, other dogs, or people, she just really loved having a chance to play ball in the yard.

Nana would love to go to a home where she can play fetch regularly and cozy up on a warm bed at the end of the day. Being a young lady, she’s still learning her manners and would benefit from continuous daily obedience training. Stop by South End shelter on 10 Chandler Street or call our Adoption Center at 617-226-5602 for more information about Nana.

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.

Transporting Fido Across State Lines

The following article appears in the November issue of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s “Animal Welfare Focus”.  Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore is director of Veterinary Medical Services at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore and Mr. Glenn Kolb

The Challenge

Puppies and dogs are increasingly being transported over long distances across the United States in response to societal interests. A shortage (or sometimes the perception of a shortage) of certain types of dogs available for adoption in a particular area creates a demand for puppies and dogs that may outstrip the local supply. Shortages may be the consequence of spay and neuter efforts that have substantially reduced the unwanted dog population resulting in few adoptable puppies or dogs in the community. In other cases, there may be locally available puppies or dogs, but good communication or transportation is lacking to get the dogs from under-resourced shelters or municipal facilities (pounds) to sites where adoptions can occur. Or, the types of dogs available for adoption (e.g., larger breed, energetic, poorly trained adolescent dogs) may not fit the profile of the type of dog adoptive families are seeking. The availability of purpose-bred dogs in the community may or may not impact demand, because people looking to add a puppy or dog to their family may feel strongly about ‘rescuing’ a dog rather than purchasing one. Please click here to continue.


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.

League celebrates endorsement of guidelines for standards in doing what’s right for shelter animals

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, published last December fills a huge void in the animal welfare community. The first comprehensive report of its kind, which Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, director of Veterinary Medical Services, helped author and edit, is centered on meeting animals’ needs given the vastly changed nature of animal sheltering in the last decade.Read More

“Mouth” now “Tux” in Olivia’s loving care

As noted in an earlier posting, after being rescued by Senior Rescue Technician Mark Vogel, the spunky, five-week-old cat he nicknamed “Mouth” was brought to the Dedham shelter for a checkup, inoculations and bath by Dedham’s Ashley Arseneau to get rid of some pesky fleas. Initially trembling from the procedure and unfamiliar surroundings, Mouth found himself being swaddled, comforted and dried off in a fluffy towel in Ashley’s arms, and within moments the trembling changed to contented purring.

Later that day the kitten was taken into foster care by the family of staff member Alyssa Kane, with 13-year-old sister Olivia taking on particular care and feeding responsibilities … as well as renaming him “Tux.” As you can see, “Tux,” stretched out on Olivia’s bed is being well taken care of. Taking her duties seriously, his young protector also made a sign to alert the family as to where Tux is and to be sure that they don’t leave any doors open. As her older sister notes, “She LOVES this little kitten and it is her first kitten to foster on her own. She has watched me for many years and is doing a great job on her own.”

Big Papi at the League, Tuesday November 15th

The date has been set for David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz’s appearance at The Animal Rescue League of Boston — November 15, 2:00-3:00 pm! Ortiz is looking to hit a home run for the League by helping find homes for the animals in need, give love and care to the shelter dogs, and raise awareness of the importance of adopting shelter animals. The appearance is courtesy of popchips™.

“I’m honored to have just won the MLB Clemente Award for charitable giving, and excited to show my dedication to a cause close to my fans’ and my own heart by volunteering with the Animal Rescue League of Boston,” says Ortiz. “Charity has always been a big priority for me.”

If you want to watch one of our shelter dogs snag a pop-fly off of Ortiz’s bat be at the fence of the League’s play yard at 10 Chandler Street between 2:20 – 3:00 pm.

Note: Because of the event, the League’s Boston Adoption Center will open at 3:00 pm instead of its normal 1:00 pm opening time. It will close at its normal 7:00 pm time.