Category: Rescue
Abandoned Kittens Rescued in Dorchester

Tuesday, the League’s rescue team received a call about one-month old kittens left in a box on the caller’s porch.

The mother of the litter was nowhere to be found. Danielle Genter Moore, Senior Rescue Technician, said that calls about abandoned cats have been becoming more frequent. When this litter of three was found, they were dirty and frightened. The League has cleaned them up and given them a warm place to sleep.

The kittens will be in foster care for approximately one month until they will be adopted into their forever homes. Click here to watch WHDH-TV’s coverage on our new, tiny four-footed friends

Toto the Tornado Kitten

When a tornado hit Brimfield, MA back in June, the area was devastated. Volunteers banded together to help clean the area up. A tree worker was clearing debris when he came across the tiniest survivor of the storm, a 2-week old kitten.

Thought to be swept up by the wind into the tree, the kitten was taken to the emergency operations center and was in need of immediate care. Luckily, the League’s Rescue Team was already there aiding in efforts to help other animals. We assumed care of the kitten until he was healthy enough for adoption. Two months later, Jonathan Hall, a volunteer paramedic during the tornado, came to adopt the kitten now named Toto.

Toto’s whirlwind adventure has now been turned into a children’s book (see photo with the real-life Toto, now fully grown) by Jonathan. All proceeds will benefit the League, so purchase your copy here today.

Cat Survives 19-Story Plunge from High Rise Window

Many thanks to Rescue Services and Boston Veterinary Care’s Dr. Hugh Davis for their great work yesterday. Thankfully, “Sugar” is okay after her ordeal.

Article below courtesy of Boston.com.

BOSTON—A veterinarian says acting like a flying squirrel may have saved a cat from serious injury in a 19-story plunge from a Boston high rise.

Sugar the cat had no broken bones or cuts, just some bruising on her lungs after the fall from a window owner Brittany Kirk had opened to enjoy the recent unseasonably warm weather.

The Animal Rescue League estimates Sugar fell between 150 and 200 feet.

Kirk tells WBZ-TV (http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/03/21/cat-survives-19-story-fall-from-boston-apartment-building/) she thinks Sugar used up “one or two, or maybe eight” of her nine lives.

Veterinarian Hugh Davis says in falls from high places, cats splay their legs in a “flying squirrel position” which slows their descent.

Kirk calls Sugar’s survival a “miracle” and says building management has since installed a screen in her window.


Information from: WBZ-TV, http://www.wbz4.com

Mini Horses, Extraordinary Hero

Lt. Alan Borgal has always gone above and beyond in his work as director for the Center for Animal Protection. In February, he was named one of America’s “Top 10 Animal Defenders” by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and now 34 mini-horses from West Bolyston also see him as their hero.

Upon hearing of the sub-standard conditions the mini-horses were living in, Alan worked with the overwhelmed owner and acquired 4 horses, now in the League’s care, on February 28. Last Thursday, the League received another 14. The remaining 20 are being cared for by the MSPCA.

The horses were treated at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Specialties and now are residing in their new home at our Dedham Shelter. Once the horses are back to full health, they will be adopted out to their forever homes. Because of the heroic actions of Lt. Borgal, these mini-horses are safe and getting the care they desperately need.

Thank you Alan for your hard work and compassion.

To help these mini-horses and continue the work Alan started, click here to donate.

We Need Your Vote!

It’s that time of year again! The Boston Phoenix has begun the voting for their annual “Best of Boston” issue. One of the categories is Best Twitter Feed and our Rescue Team wants you to vote for their Twitter feed!

Rescue Services answers dozens of calls each week. Their expeditions are documented through their Twitter feed. From heartfelt tweets about rescuing a cold cat to their often humorous insights into their travels, the Rescue Team’s Twitter feed gives the public an inside glimpse of animal welfare.

The Twitter feed also shows the wide variety of work the team does. Each day is different and each story has its own unique qualities.

Vote for the Rescue Team’s Twitter here! While you’re at it, head over and vote for the Animal Rescue League for “Best Non-Profit” here!

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.