Category: Rescue
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.


This Dog Is Thankful For You

A one-eyed dog receives a sight saving eye surgery and a new way to see the world.

Athena, a loving 1.5-year-old female dog, was transferred to the Animal Rescue League of Boston from a shelter in Vermont, because they could not afford her eye surgery. She came to us with only one eye, which had a partially detached retina and was in pretty bad shape. Due to the fact that it was detached and would continue to worsen, Athena was a candidate for laser eye surgery. She was taken for surgery to Rhode Island where veterinarians performed a procedure that essentially repaired the retina, keeping it in place to prevent it from worsening.

After the surgery Athena was brought back to the League for rehabilitation. Our staff lovingly cared for her while she recovered and administered her medication as her eye healed. Shortly after her surgery, Athena had a follow-up appointment with Dr. Willis who volunteers her time with the League. Though she has been doing extraordinarily well, Athena will have to be on eye medication indefinitely. She was transferred to our Brewster branch and should become available for adoption shortly.

Thanks to this laser eye surgery Athena is able to see the world! This loving and energetic dog has so much ahead of her and looks forward to her bright future. She loves to play and enjoys snacks and treats!

Without you we wouldn’t be able to provide life changing care for animals like Athena. We can’t thank you enough for your generous support. If you’re able, you can contribute to the Animal Rescue League of Boston today right here.  Your support helps us provide treatment and care for animals that makes them more adoptable. THANK YOU!

Show Some Love To Your Local Animal Shelter

The week of November 4-10 is National Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week, here are some photos of a few of our fabulous staff members.


We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing shelter and rescue staff at all three of our branches. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to helping and protecting animals!

Ways you can show how much you appreciate the Animal Rescue League of Boston:

News Alert: Our Rescue Team Responds to Hurricane Sandy

***November 5 Hurricane Sandy Update:

Top L (1), Top R (2), Bottom L (3), Bottom R (4)

Our Senior Rescue Technicians, Bill Tanguay and Mark Vogel, were very busy this past weekend rescuing animals and reuniting pets with their owners in New Jersey. Here are a few pictures from Mark and Bill’s first two days providing aid to animal victims of Hurricane Sandy in NJ: 1) Bill found some feline friends in need of rescue. 2) This elderly woman wouldn’t leave her home without her four cats, so Mark helped rescue them and made sure that the woman made it safely to a friend’s house. She and her cats are now being cared for by a friend. 3) This sweet kitty is going home to her family thanks to Bill. 4) This handsome guy was reunited with his family last night after his rescue earlier in the day.

Keep up the good work Bill and Mark and stay safe!

Because of supporters like you, our Rescue Team is able to respond at a moment’s notice.  Disaster rescues require highly specialized equipment and expertise, your donations help to make this possible. To support our Rescue Team and the victims of Hurricane Sandy, donate here today: www.arlboston.org/hurricanesandy!


November 3 Hurricane Sandy Update:

Senior Rescue Technician Bill Tanguay surveys the damage to a home in Ocean County, New Jersey.

ARL of Boston Senior Rescue Technicians Mark Vogel and Bill Tanguay continue to work with the ASPCA’s Disaster Response Team in Ocean County, NJ.  They are currently working with local officials to assess the situation, and have been providing food, water and care to pets in need. Please check back for updates on our blog, as well as up-to-the-minute information on Rescue Services’ Twitter feed: @ARLBostonRescue.

“We are proud that we were able to join in the effort to help rescue animals affected by flooding and other storm-related perils along the New Jersey coastline,” said Brian O’Connor, manager of Rescue Services at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. “We can ensure that animals are safe and well cared for while the people of Ocean County focus on the rebuilding of their lives and communities.”

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is the only animal welfare agency in Massachusetts with an entire division dedicated to technical field animal rescue. Thanks to our supporters, we can respond to a wide range of emergencies both locally and nationally involving injured pets and wildlife through ice rescue, swift water and high-angle rescue techniques.

To support our Rescue Team and the animals affected by Hurricane Sandy, please donate here today.


***Latest News: Senior Rescue Technicians Bill Tanguay (left) and Mark Vogel (right) are currently in Toms River, New Jersey working with an ASPCA disaster team. Please stay tuned for updates.

Because of supporters like you, our Rescue Team is able to respond at a moment’s notice. Disaster rescues require highly specialized equipment and expertise, and your donations make this possible. To support our Rescue Team and the animals affected by Hurricane Sandy, donate here today.

Hurricane Sandy Update

Oct. 29, 2012: In accordance with state and local officials’ request that citizens stay off the roads due to Hurricane Sandy, the Animal Rescue League of Boston will be closed on Monday, October 29. A dedicated group of animal care employees will be on hand to ensure that the animals in our shelters are safe and well cared for, but we will be closed to the public.

Please stay safe and take all necessary precautions to protect your pets and loved ones.

A Sweet Swan Reunion


Last Tuesday our Rescue Department received a call from a concerned citizen about a swan who was stuck behind a fence and couldn’t get back to the local pond where he lives. One of our staff members was along for the ride and was able to document the whole rescue from start to finish.

Senior Rescue Technician Danielle Genter drove out to Peabody, Mass. where the swan was trapped. He appeared to be perfectly healthy, but it was unclear as to how he ended up in this small, enclosed area. He was also  clearly frustrated that he could not escape the enclosure. For those of you who have never had to catch a healthy swan, it is quite the task—these birds are massive, powerful and very strong.

Danielle was not daunted and, after a few attempts, was able to catch him with nothing more than her gloved hands  (which was safer than using a net since the swan may have injured himself trying to escape). She carried the bird into the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s van to be transported back to the pond.

She carefully removed the swan, who continued to hiss and wiggle angrily, and walked over to the pond. Thrilled to be released back to his home, he quickly swam to the center of the water toward his mate, who had been waiting patiently for him. They rubbed their necks together, as if to greet each other and make sure that everything was ok.

The bond between these two majestic birds is evident and their beautiful reunion seemed to be the perfect “thank you.”

Please remember to call the League’s Rescue Services Department at (617)426-9170 if you see an animal in distress. 

The Story of Arli


In celebration of Adopt-A-Dog-Month we’d like to share the touching story of a dog that has grown very dear to us here at the League.

Some of you may remember Arli, the dog who came to us in mid-August covered with fleas and red ants and missing most of her fur, due to illness and exposure to the elements. Thanks to a concerned Arlington resident who had called our own Lt. Alan Borgal about a sickly-looking dog wandering near the local high school, this frightened, 8-year-old mixed-breed female dog was saved. One of our League employees, Deb Vogel, who was on the scene with Lt. Borgal, decided to name her “Arli.”

After being taken in, Arli was brought to a nearby animal hospital where she received treatment for external and internal parasites. Once she was well enough, she came to stay with us at our Boston shelter. Staff provided medicated baths to relieve her itchy skin.  Arli slowly began to come out of her shell, loving to go ‘nose-to-nose’ with her human companions. Employees throughout the League also delighted in sharing stories of her progress, and receiving  frequent  ‘Arli updates’ became a cherished part of the workday.

One of the most moving aspects of Arli’s journey has been the outpouring of support that she has received from the Arligton community and Animal Rescue League supporters, such as yourselves. Your support has helped Arli heal. As you can see, today she is a happy, healthy dog who has a second chance at a good life.

Last week Arli was adopted and went home with her wonderful new owner.

Thanks to your generosity we are able to help dogs like Arli every day.

We hope that you’ll share this story with others and spread the word that October is Adopt-A-Dog-Month

Update: Plymouth Rescue Animals

Thank you all for your continued support and interest in the Plymouth rescue animals. The 162 Animals rescued from the condemned house in Plymouth are still in the Animal Rescue League of Boston‘s care most at our Dedham shelter and some in foster homes. These animals are extremely costly for us to care for. In addition to the items we previously listed we are also in need of the following items:

– Wood Shavings $5.95

– Wood Pellet bedding $6.55

The above listed foods can be purchased at most any grain store including Gilmore’s in Walpole, Hanson Grain in Hanson, Ferrestein’s in Foxboro, and any Agway type of store.

Donations may be dropped off at our Boston Shelter (Tues.-Thurs. 1-7pm, Fri.-Sun. 1-4pm), at our Dedham Shelter (Tues.-Fri. 1-6:30 pm, Sat, and Sun. 12-5:30pm) and at our Brewster Shelter (Tues.-Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat.-Sun. 1-4pm).

To donate online please click here.

Any donations are greatly appreciated! Thank you for helping us care for these neglected animals!

As Sweet as a Candy Bar

On August 6, Boston Animal Control found this poor dog wandering around in the Neponset area of Dorchester. Stray and suffering from severe and painful mange, they brought her to their Roslindale facility to treat her painful skin, providing flea treatment and monitoring her condition. The staff at Boston Animal Control were so touched by her sweet personality, they asked the League for a helping hand.

Upon arriving at the League’s Boston shelter, the staffed named the pup Twix. Twix’s personality is so sweet that the name fit perfectly. Our staff are returning her affection with continuing to treat her skin condition with medication and giving her soothing, medicated baths.

Thankfully, her fur is beginning to grow back, her appetite is strong and she loves attending our morning canine playgroup. Twix has at least a three-month recovery period ahead of her, and we will continue to make sure she is comfortable and happy.

Arli Update: September

Arli being towel dried by Hannah, one of our amazing shelter staff agents, after her weekly bath.

A number of you have been asking about Arli, (the sweet 8 year old dog who came to us back in mid-August covered with fleas and red ants and missing most of her fur). We are happy to report that she is making excellent progress. Here are a few things she’s been up to.

Arli has been receiving weekly baths from our dedicated staff members and is still receiving medical treatment for her skin and fur. Speaking of her fur, it is growing back rather quickly! Her back is almost fully covered, but her tail still needs a little time! Arli attends playgroup and goes on walks with volunteers and staff members. Yesterday she received a new teddy bear pictured below and seemed quite happy after her bath. Thank you all for your support and interest in Arli’s progress.

Arli, enjoying a treat and snuggling with her new teddy bear.