Healthy Animals, Healthy Communities
In the Spring of 2017, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) announced the launch of its Healthy Animals, Healthy Communities initiative in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Through partnerships with local organizations in Codman Square, ARL works to improve the welfare of animals and deepen the understanding of the human-animal bond and its connections with individual and community health. The initiative includes community-based; pet education, animal care services, and partnerships to support the inclusion of pets when considering other health and welfare conditions.
“The Animal Rescue League of Boston is thrilled to announce this important partnership and program,” said Mary Nee, ARL President and Dorchester resident. “The Healthy Animals, Healthy Communities initiative will engage members of this vibrant community to ensure that animals and people are safe, healthy, and happy.”
The three components of this initiative are to:
- Create partnerships with community-based organizations to understand and support the link between the health of animals and people;
- Identify the need for community-based animal care services, and;
- Offer community-based education in topics such as, responsible animal ownership, animal care, and civic action (reporting incidents of animal abuse or neglect).
To date, ARL has partnered with several organizations including: the Codman Academy Charter Public School; All Dorchester Sports League; Dorchester YMCA of Greater Boston; and Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD).
ARL’s Pet Wellness Waggin’ is a weekly low-cost wellness clinic for cats and dogs that reside in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Healthy Animals, Healthy Communities Initiative and Pet Wellness Clinic are supported by generous grants from PetSmart Charities, Jane’s Trust, and the Mable Louise Riley Foundation.