Category: Rescue
Success in Peabody

While most of us were indoors watching the snowfall Saturday, ARL’s expert rescue team braved the weather to help save another animal. The team received a report about an injured goose on Elginwood Pond in Peabody. Bill Tanguay, a senior rescue technician, successfully brought the goose to safety.

For more information on the rescue, visit boston.com.

Since you asked…update on Elsie Maude

Remember Elsie Maude, the sickly, stray cat that was found shivering in the bitter cold last February? She is now in a warm and loving home, enjoying her new life. You helped the League rescue, shelter and care for Elsie. Your donation provided the resources our rescue team needed to pick her up, for our shelter veterinarian to care for her and your support helped Elsie Maude find her forever home.

A call to the League’s rescue dispatch line on a freezing February day is how Elsie’s story began. An employee at Wentworth Institute of Technology needed us to help a visibly suffering cat with frostbitten ears shivering in the cold. League Rescue Technician Bill Tanguay made the short drive to Wentworth, but needed to spend time gently coaxing the poor cat – later named Elsie – out of her hiding spot near a busy loading dock. As she cautiously approached, he was eventually able to pick her up. He placed her in a carrier inside his rescue vehicle/ambulance so she could be warm as they drove back to the League’s South End headquarters. However, during the trip, one of Elsie’s injured ears actually fell off – her frostbite was that severe.

Unfortunately, Elsie’s troubles didn’t end there. Soon after her arrival, she lost her other ear and, due to the extent of her frostbite, her tail also had to be removed.

Despite looking a little worse for the wear, Elsie’s prognosis was otherwise very good. She was just happy to be in a warm, safe place. Although appearing small and frail, she was a tough little cat which only endeared her to everyone even more.

The local news even took an interest in her story. Impressed by her ability to survive – while managing to remain adorable without ears or a tail – Elsie also became a local celebrity that day.

She was quickly adopted by a North Andover resident who recently sent the following update:

“Elsie is doing really well. She is the sweetest cat I’ve ever had – and I’ve had some very nice, sweet and gentle cats over the years. I have never had a cat that likes people so much – she can’t get enough attention.  She will run right up to someone new, flop over on her back and wait for the belly rub. She is a bit uncoordinated – wherein the past my cats have had 5 or 6 foot vertical leaps – Elsie is closer to 5 or 6 inches.”

Her adopted dad also notes how smart Elsie is – she has learned how to open doors, drawers, cabinets, etc. Elsie’s favorite activity is to play with milk jug caps, which she prefers to all of her other toys. “I couldn’t be happier and judging from Elsie’s behavior, I think she feels the same way.”

Thanks to your support we were able to rescue, shelter and care for Elsie. Please help us continue to be there for animals in need.

Air shaft kitty, flying squirrel highlight 148 November rescues

November proved to be another busy month for the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Rescue Department with 331 activities reported ranging from rescue to law enforcement assistance, owner surrenders and home checks, with the biggest number – 148 – being rescues.

Of the activities 27% involved birds, 43% involved cats, 10% involved dogs. An additional 20% involved “other” including a flying squirrrel (shown at left) caught in a trap in an attic and also covered with duct tape.

Among the rescues that caught the interest of the local media was that of a daring young cat who fell three stories down the air shaft of a building in Dorchester. After rappelling down the shaft to pick up the scared but friendly kitty, Rescue Services Manager Brian O’Connor promptly named him “Shaft.” Examined by the League’s veterinary staff back at the Boston shelter Shaft (subsequently renamed “Shafty”) was determined to be unharmed by his adventure and is currently available for adoption.

Although the League is a private, non-profit organization receiving no government funding, by the nature of the job the Rescue Department is often contacted for help by local animal control officers who need its rescue technicians’ particular expertise. They also often work closely with police and fire departments, not to mention storm drain workers.

Real time rescue progress reports and photos from the rescue technicians involved are available on Twitter and provide a good glimpse of the drama and occasional humor of day-to-day rescue activity. To get the latest updates, go to: http://twitter.com/ARLBostonRescue.

Since you asked… update on Miracle 5/8/12

May 12, 2012 – Update on Miracle

Miracle is now living happily with a grandmother (Andrea), her granddaughter (Claire) and a friendly Cocker Spaniel. We hear that both dogs love to hog Claire’s bed, and Miracle is a big fan of Kong toys. We hear that she went to the park on Saturday for the first time and met another male dog who “she was very polite toward, she did not chase any squirrels or pigeons, which is huge for Miracle because she loves to chase.”

Thank you to the generous donors who contributed toward Miracle’s and Gracie’s care. Also, many thanks to Forever Paws Animal Shelter for taking such great care of them.

Stay tuned for an update on Gracie.


Miracle and Gracie’s Story

The two starving, emaciated dogs that were abandoned for weeks in a New Bedford apartment were discovered after the older dog, Miracle, jumped out of a third-story window in a desperate search for food, breaking her hip and hind leg in the fall.

Inside the filthy, flea-infested apartment, an Animal Control Officer then found the four-month-old puppy, later named Gracie, weak from starvation and neglect.

“Cities and towns often turn to us because they don’t have the funding to treat severely sick or injured animals – we are their last resort,” said Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the Center for Animal Protection at the League. Miracle needed surgery to repair her hip and leg and Gracie needed to be treated for severe malnutrition. The generosity of our supporters allowed us to cover all of their medical fees.

We received the following update on Miracle and Gracie from the Forever Paws Animal Shelter in Fall River, Mass. where they are recuperating:

“Miracle went out to play ball recently, navigating around on her surgically repaired leg as if she were as good as new. She needed help with separation anxiety. Miracle would bark constantly, but with help from the staff, she has come a long way. She has gained 13 pounds and looks great!”

Miracle was adopted by one of the veterinary technicians who cared for her and is happy in her new home.

Gracie remains in foster care where she continues to recuperate. She is growing stronger and healthier and we hope she will be ready for adoption soon.

Please help us continue to care for animals, like Miracle and Gracie.

Since you asked… update on Toto

Barely 18 hours after tornadoes ravaged the western Massachusetts communities of Brimfield and Monson in June, rescue technicians from the Animal Rescue League of Boston were on the scene tending to pets, wildlife and livestock in danger.

League rescue technicians were able to save a horse that was badly injured by flying debris and in need of an emergency transport. Thanks to generous supporters like you, we had the right equipment on hand to bandaged the horse’s wounds and to move it to a hospital for large animals.

The tiniest survivor of the tornadoes was Toto (pictured above right shortly, after he was rescued).

A three-week-old kitten, Toto was found clinging to a tree limb in the storm’s aftermath. He was brought to our Dedham shelter where he was accepted by a surrogate feline family – a shelter cat who had just given birth and nursed Toto right alongside her own newborns kittens.

Toto was subsequently adopted by the same family who found him in the tree. They noted that “Toto coming ‘home’ to Brimfield was a great thing that came out of such a hard time for us and our town.”

We recently received the following update: “Toto (photo taken in November 2011) is doing wonderfully! He is an amazing cat! We are so thankful that we contacted the League to ‘reacquire’ him after the tornado. It’s almost like he knows what he has been through and thanks us every day by purring, cuddling and being so much fun! Thanks again!”

Please help us continue to rescue animals, like Toto, that are in need. Your donation ensures that we can be there when devastation strikes.

Since you asked …. update on April

This spring, a Needham woman was on her daily walk when she came across a filthy crate in a remote area, finding a scared and hungry dog inside. Trapped inside a small carrier caked with inches of waste – the dog (later named April) was suffering from starvation.

April arrived at our shelter in need of corrective gastrointestinal surgery to combat the effects of starvation. She also needed extensive behavioral training; she did not know any basic commands or how to interact with people or other dogs.

As her physical wounds healed, our behavior team worked carefully to coax out the happy, confident girl they knew April could become. We arranged for April to live in foster care because, in a home setting, she would receive the one-on-one attention she needed to prepare her for the final step in her journey toward a forever home.

April is now a beloved family member and her new mom and dad absolutely adore her.

We want you to know how much it meant to all of us at the League to be able to provide this level of care to April. We had the resources to focus on addressing April’s physical and behavioral needs – from providing special food that would be gentle on her delicate digestive system to having a dedicated team of shelter veterinarians and behaviorists committed to her well being.

In spite of such terrible circumstances, a starving, forgotten dog was able to receive the same level of care as our own beloved pets and is now living the life she deserves. Thank you.

Please help us to continue providing the loving care that animals, like April, need by giving a generous donation today. We can’t do it without your help.

Cat rescued from shaft in Dorchester

DORCHESTER (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A very lucky cat downed one of its nine lives after rescuers pulled it to safety in Dorchester.

Tuesday afternoon, crews had to climb down into an abandoned air shaft of an older building on Devon Street.

Somehow, the cat fell through the roof, down into the shaft and was stuck at the bottom.

A technician from the Animal Rescue League of Boston was able to climb down and make the rescue.

Rescuers have nicknamed the cat “Shaft.”

To see the Fox News coverage of this rescue please click here

Who Ya Gonna Call? ARLB Rescue!

October proved to be another busy month for the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Rescue Department with 370 activities reported ranging from rescue to law enforcement assistance, owner surrenders and home checks. By far the biggest number – 207 – was rescues.

Of the activities 40% involved cats, 32% involved birds, 9.5% involved dogs. An additional 18% involved “other.”

Among the rescues this month were ”Tux” a spunky five-week-old eventually rescued from under a porch in Roslindale and “Angelo” a hungry six-month-old found in a duffel bag in Everett. Tux is thriving in loving foster care and will soon be available for adoption. And after receiving veterinary care at the League’s Boston shelter, Angelo found his forever home with another loving family. (See blogs below for Tux’s and Angelo’s stories.)

Then there were two kittens that were dumped out of a car in Lawrence on October 17. Named Larry and Leroy, after being brought back to the Boston shelter and given a medical exam they were adopted together by a woman in Lynn on October 23.

Sometimes “rescue” entails just being there – such as when a baby zebra snuck out of her pen at the Franklin Park Zoo and the mother escaped to find her. Unsure of what support might be needed, Rescue Services Manager Brian O’Connor volunteered the League’s help if needed – an offer greatly appreciated by the zoo staff. As Zoo New England President and CEO John Linehan noted in a follow-up email, “I heard ARL was here at the Zoo again covering our back with the offer of a trailer (and I’m sure whatever else we needed). I am so appreciative of your and ARL’s collaboration and support. You are a great organization that really walks the talk.”

To get the latest updates on the League’s rescue activity from the rescue technicians directly involved, go to: http://twitter.com/ARLBostonRescue