In the news: Cajun

“It was very sad that the horse was dead, but you had to take care of the one that was alive,” Bush said. “We didn’t give anything else much thought: The house can be rebuilt. We can buy cars again, and we can buy more hay. But with Cajun, that’s a living, breathing thing, and he can’t be replaced.”

The Animal Rescue League of Boston helped to rescue Cajun in the aftermath of the tornadoes in western MA, and transported him to Tufts Hospital for Large Animals.

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2011 “Paws for Celebration” To Benefit the League’s Cape Cod Brach

How can I help?

Fundraise!  You can support the Brewster shelter and the Cape’s homeless animals by downloading the brochure and pledge form and encouraging your friends, family and colleagues to support you. Or recruit some friends and start a Walk Team!

Register online by June 1st and receive a free “Paws for Celebration” t-shirt!
Exciting Prizes include:

Top Adult Fundraiser: An overnight stay for 2 at Ocean Edge Resort and a year’s supply of dog food from Agway

Top Child Fundraiser (16 & under): A family pack of tickets to the Zooquarium and a pizza party

Top Team: A pizza party for your team at Laurino’s Restaurant, along with limo transportation courtesy of Cape Destinations

What does the event entail?
  • A beautiful 2 mile walk from Drummer Boy Park to the beach behind the Museum of Natural History and back (not appropriate for strollers, please wear appropriate footwear). If you can’t participate in the walk, that’s okay.  There will be lots of other activities going on in the park.
  • Celebrity emcees Dan and Stephanie from 106 WCOD and Reality TV Star Chris Lambton from ABC’s The Bachelorette
  • Delicious food provided by The Mercantile in Dennis and Porky’s BBQ (cash only for food vendors)
  • Dozens of AWESOME raffle prizes including overnight stays, restaurant and retail gift certificates, gift baskets and more.  Click here for a list of our auction items.
  • Vendors selling pet gear, books and & more
  • Information tables from local non profits
  • Contests (owner-dog lookalike, best trick, etc)
  • Agility demo, Yarmouth Police Department K9 unit demo, Obedience demo
  • Facepainting
  • Make your own bandana for your dog
  • Dog massages & mini grooming treatments
  • Treats for the pups, including free Yogund
  • Goodie bags for first 250 attendees at registration
  • Flip Book making from 1:30-4 PM with
  • On-the-spot sketches of dogs by artist Maura Condrick
  • Photos of you and your pup in the “Kissing Booth”
  • Info tables from local vets and pet supply companies
  • Giveaways
  • Ask The Vet Table, Center for Shelter Dogs Table
  • Music

And more! Bring a blanket or beach chair and make a day of it!

When is it?

Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 12 PM – 4 PM.  Rain or shine!

Where is it?

Drummer Boy Park on Route 6A in Brewster

How do I find out more?

Please contact our event coordinator Marci Tyldesley (508-317-4345 or or our Brewster Shelter Manager Sandy Luppi (508-255-1030 or  And stay tuned to this website for updates!

Some of our generous supporters

E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc.
Shepley Wood Products

Join us for these fun summer events…

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is participating in this year’s Boston Pride Parade tomorrow (Saturday, June 11) and invite you to march with us, along with your pets. The parade takes place at noon and is rain or shine. If you’d like to join us, please email Jennifer at for more information.


2 More Ways to Show Your League Pride:

  • “Paws for Celebration” THIS SUNDAY! – Support our Brewster Animal Care & Adoption Center by joining us for a beautiful 2-mile dog walk and festival at Brewster’s Drummer Boy Park this Sunday, June 12. Click here for more info.
  • Join our Dedham Animal Care & Adoption Center staff and volunteers for a special Dedham tradition by participating in Dedham Flag Day Parade on Tuesday, June 14. Staff and volunteers typically meet at the shelter at 3:30 p.m. to decorate vehicles and then head into town around 5 p.m. You can also join us at the parade itself. For more information, please contact Dedham Adoption Center Assistant Manager Beth Finn at

Introduction Video

We created this video for an event last year, but its suitable for anyone as an introduction to our work. Have you seen it?

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Mass. Tornadoes’ Littlest Survivor

When the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Rescue team went out to western Massachusetts in the wake of the devastating tornadoes, it was to assist with domestic and farm animals in distress. But it was a three-week-old kitten that captured their hearts.

Named “Toto” by Rescue Services, the tiny tyke was found by a tree worker cleaning up downed trees and branches in Brimfield who found the kitten clinging to a tree limb. A firefighter wrapped the kitten in a towel and carried it in a box to the emergency control center about 9 p.m. Thursday, turning it over to the League’s rescue technicians.

“To come upon this little 3-week-old animal that survived all this destruction and devastation, it’s amazing,” said Brian O’Connor, ARL of Boston rescue services manager. “We don’t know how he got up there.”

“At that age, they’re still nursing,” O’Connor said. “It probably wouldn’t have survived all that long. It’s probably very, very fortunate that it was found.”

But there’s more. Shortly after bringing Toto to the ARL of Boston’s Dedham location and bottle feeding him, the staff also found a surrogate family for him – a shelter cat who had just given birth.

“Both the mom and the newfound siblings accepted him immediately and all are doing well,” says ARL of Boston spokesperson Jennifer Wooliscroft, adding that Toto will remain in foster care for several weeks until he is old enough to be adopted into his forever home.

See Toto on New England Cable News:

Top right photo courtesy of Ted Fitzgerald, Boston Herald

Via email: Florabel

On February 18, 2010 I lost my beloved feline son Fergus, who came to me from the ARL of Boston in May of 2000; we had ten good years together.

Then on April 30, 2011 I came back to the League as I thought it was time to adopt again.  Amy Eisenman, one of the extraordinary volunteers, told me about her favorite cat – a stunning five-year old tortoise shell with light green eyes.  Once in my lap I was smitten and we both knew instantly that we were meant to be.

So, now a month or so later my dear Florabel is thriving; she’s made my home, her home, and each day delights me with her fun and happy personality.  Thank you Amy and the ARL of Boston.

– Nathan H.

Response to Western Mass. Tornadoes

June 2, 2011 – Representatives from the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Rescue Services Department are assisting pets, wildlife and livestock in distress in the wake of Wednesday’s devastating tornadoes in the Brimfield and Monson areas. Rescue Technicians are removing animals from dangerous or inaccessible places, relocating displaced horses and caring for and feeding lost and injured animals.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is also assisting the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center and the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society in Springfield by relocating 20 dogs and cats to our Boston, Dedham and Brewster Adoption Centers to allow both agencies to accomodate a potential influx of lost or stranded animals in need of shelter.

We are proud to be a part of this effort and will continue to help our fellow animal welfare agencies, city and state officials and residents affected by the disaster in every way we can.

Above and right: Animal Rescue League of Boston staff survey the damage from Wednesday’s tornadoes in Brimfield, Mass. on June 2.

Art and Animals

Cavity.Lab Presents “Tinbergen’s 4 Questions
[a multimedia art exhibition] a comment on the study of life by life.
OPENING RECEPTION: JUNE 4TH 6pm-11pm. Animals Welcome!
50% of donations to the Animal Rescue League of Boston!
100 Condor St.
East Boston, MA

Theme Song: “Animals” by the Talking Heads


For more information please click here

Calling all Young Professionals!

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is starting a Young Professionals Group! The purpose of the group is to engage individuals 21-40 that are dedicated to helping animals in need. Group members will be helping by spreading the word about the ARL of Boston to their friends and colleagues and by attending fun, social events with other animal lovers throughout the city of Boston.

If you are interested in meeting new people, visiting new places, and helping animals please contact: Michelle Chandler, at OR Caitlin Oates, at — Coordinators of the ARLB Young Professional Group.

—- Jake is waiting for you to sign up!