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Category: Rescue
A Kitten in a Box

On Monday afternoon the League’s Rescue Department assisted the Boston Animal Control Officer in the retrieval of a young kitten abandoned in the sealed cardboard box (pictured at right), labeled with the word “TAKE,” and left in the hot sun in Dorchester. The kitten was brought to our Boston location and immediately seen by one of our shelter veterinarians. The kitten, who was covered in fleas, received a flea bath upon examination. Our dedicated shelter staff and volunteers stayed after hours to take care of this little kitten and took the video of her flea bath shown below.

Our Rescue Team has lovingly named the sweet little girl “ARIEL.” Her health continues to be monitored by our shelter medicine team. She is very tiny and will be placed in a foster home until she is old enough to be adopted. The picture (below) is of Ariel from yesterday. She had just finished eating and was trying to wash her face. (She must have known that she was being photographed and wanted to look her best for the camera!)

We are so thankful to the “Good Samaritans” who found the box and called for help. Under Massachusetts law it is a felony to cruelly abandon an animal.


BREAKING NEWS:Ways You Can Help the Plymouth Rescue Animals

The 162 Animals rescued from the condemned house in Plymouth need your help! We are in need of monetary contributions as well as in-kind donations to help us care for 13 species of animals rescued from the Plymouth house. All of the 162 animals are in the care of the Animal Rescue League of Boston and it is extremely costly for us to care for them. We’re most in need of the following 50lb. bags of food:

  • Lamb Finisher                     $13.85
  • Sunshine Pellets                 $25.20
  • Coarse 14                             $14.65
  • Gamebird Crumbles           $18.15
  • Layer Pellets                        $15.50
  • Rabbit pellets                      $16.50

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 (Friday-Sunday 1-4pm) and at our Dedham Shelter (today until 6.30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5:30pm).

To donate online please click here.

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


BREAKING NEWS: 162 Animals Seized from Plymouth Home

Photo: Matthew West

On June 27th, Lt. Alan Borgal, director of Center for Animal Protection at the Animal Rescue League of Boston assisted Plymouth Police Officials with removing 162 animals living in filthy conditions from a Plymouth, Mass home. All 162 animals are in the care of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Some of the animals are being fostered, but most are residing at our Dedham Adoption Center.

There were 13 species of animals living in squalid conditions; most were confined to the home’s backyard. Animals rescued included, pheasants, rabbits, chickens, ducks, quail, dogs, goats, fish, a turkey, a ram, a sheep, a goose and a cow. Birds, rabbits and dogs were also found inside the home. The animals were living among garbage, old vehicles and trash bags full of bottles and cans all of which contributed to the stench that could be smelled throughout the neighborhood.

The residence has now been condemned and labeled as unfit for human habitation due to the lack of sanitary conditions within the house. Those living in the home have been charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty, once count for each species found.

Click here to view NECN’s coverage of this unfolding story. We will keep you updated as more details emerge.


Arli update

Arli, the dog who came to us last week covered with fleas and red ants and missing most of her fur, is getting better. Her fur is beginning to grow back and she is starting to show us more of her sweet personality. One of our staff members had this to share, “Yesterday on our walk, Arli started prancing, she is acting like a whole different dog!” Here’s a picture of her, sitting-pretty and patiently waiting for a treat.

Thank you for your outpouring of support for Arli! To help Arli and other dogs like her, please visit our website to make a donation today.


Arli Needs Your Help

On a recent day off, the League’s Lt. Alan Borgal paused to listen to a voicemail message between yard work and errands. The message was from a concerned citizen calling about a weak, sickly-looking dog that was seen wandering near Arlington High School. Borgal immediately jumped into his car, picked up League staff member Debby Vogel, and went searching for the poor animal.

The female mixed-breed, now named “Arli’, was obviously hurting when they found her. Prolonged exposure to the elements made her fur sparse and skin raw. To make matters worse, she was completely covered in fleas and red ants.

Although timid, Arli was grateful for the food and water Alan and Debby provided. She is currently being treated for severe dermatitis as well as internal and external parasites at a local animal hospital. When she is well enough, she will move to the League’s Boston shelter to continue her recuperation under the care of our Shelter Medicine and Behavior teams.

We are happy to know that Arli will now get a chance at the life she deserves.

Please donate today to help cover the cost of Arli’s care and to support the important mission of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.


Breaking News: Dog Abandoned in Warehouse Saved Thanks to Animal Rescue League of Boston

***Breaking News***

A dog abandoned for several days in a vacant Leominster warehouse is safe today thanks to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Pit bull tied to pipe in warehouse.

The League’s law enforcement and rescue departments were called in by local authorities yesterday to help rescue a pitbull. The dog was found cowering in a far corner of the filthy warehouse, tethered by a short leash to a vertical pipe, leaving the dog without adequate room to move around.

The team worked swiftly to untie her and get her out. Once she was removed from the warehouse, she quickly warmed up to her rescuers. This sweet girl showed her gratitude by licking the faces of her rescuers. She is now safe and in good hands at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

To donate today and help support care for this abandoned pit bull and others like her please visit: www.arlboston.org/leominsterdog

We will keep you updated as more details on this story develops.

On her way to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and looking happy to be out of that terrible situation.


A Tremendous Thank You

The League cannot thank Jonathan Hall and Country Bank enough for supporting Rescue Services through the sale of the top-selling children’s book “Toto the Tornado Kitten.” Rescue received over $20,000 because of people like you who were eager to know Toto’s amazing story.

Toto was found by an emergency worker who heard him crying after being blown into a tree during the tornado that hit Brimfield, MA in June 2011. After spending two months recovering at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Dedham shelter, Toto was brought “home” to Brimfield by Jonathan. To learn more about Toto, buy your own copy of “Toto the Tornado Kitten” today. 

Once again,  thank you to Jonathan and Country Bank for their generous donation.


An Update on Celeste

Back in April, you may remember our update about Celeste, one of the mini horses being care for by our Dedham staff. Celeste is now her forever home and is being treated like a princess (and she even likes to dress like one, too). Below is a photo of her in her royal best at the “Susan G Komen for a Cure – Ride for the Ribbon” on June 3.


An Exotic Adoption

About a month ago, the League’s Rescue team had quite a weekend rescuing a Chinese Golden Pheasant and a Florida King Snake.

The pheasant, now named Phil, has taken up residence at our Brewster shelter while he waits for his forever home. Pheasants are quieter birds, but Phil gets along with chickens rather well. Since Phil is considered an exotic species, his new owner will need to obtain a permit to care for him.

If you would like to learn more about Phil, click here or visit our Brewster shelter.