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: http://www.necn.com/searchNECN/search/v/40812783/toto-the-kitten-thriving-at-animal-shelter.htm?q=Toto
Top right photo courtesy of Ted Fitzgerald, Boston Herald
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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org OR Caitlin Oates, at email@example.com — Coordinators of the ARLB Young Professional Group.
—- Jake is waiting for you to sign up!
Until this year, the furthest “international” attendees to the Center for Shelter Dogs’ Summer Institutes hailed from Canada. However, this year’s program June 6-10 includes Fiona Blake, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in Queensland, Australia. The RSPCA, which has roots going back to 1876, is regarded as Queensland’s leading authority and agency on animal welfare, offering a range of services designed to alleviate situations that may cause distress to animals.
Other participants this year come from Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as Massachusetts. The Summer Institute provides unique and valuable dog-focused hands-on training for animal care professionals involved in dog intake, behavior evaluation, training, behavior modification, enrichment and adoption. It has been divided into two mini-sessions. The first session focuses on Match-Up II Online, a groundbreaking “online” version of the Match-Up II Shelter Dog Rehoming Program introduced last month at the HSUS Animal Care Expo in Orlando, Florida. The multi-part system incorporates information from a dog’s behavioral history, behavior evaluation, and behavior in a shelter, to get a comprehensive view of a dog’s individual needs.
Shelters are able to learn more about a dog’s personality and use the program to make adoption decisions to make successful dog-adopter matches. The second session focuses on treatment of common shelter dog behavior issues such as jumpy/mouthy, food aggression and fearfulness, using behavior modification, training and enrichment techniques.
The Center for Shelter Dogs is dedicated to improving the welfare of homeless dogs cared for by humane organizations, animal control facilities, and rescue groups throughout the nation. Rigorous science-based research and outcome assessment is the cornerstone of all efforts by the Center. Drawing on the expertise of its staff, the Center is able to incorporate clinical medicine and epidemiology into its strategies, establishing a world-class program on behalf of shelter dogs. It was established in 2008 through a generous grant from The Stanton Foundation created by the late CBS President Dr. Frank Stanton.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is participating in this year’s annual Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, and is inviting clients and friends of the League to march with us, along with their pets. the parade takes place at noon and is rain or shine. If you’d like to join us, please email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2 More Ways to Show Your League Pride:
- “Paws for Celebration” – 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 on 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 email@example.com.
Article from the South End News, by Lauren DiTullio, 5/18/11
Veteran Animal Rescue League (ARL) volunteer Amy Eisenman has a pretty full schedule. A registered nurse and graduate student, she is employed full-time at New England Sinai Hospital. The three times a week she comes to the South End to volunteer, she faces a 40-minute commute from her home in Sharon, Mass. Yet somehow, she manages to uphold another fulltime commitment: helping the Animal Rescue League to set animals up with their “forever homes” through Facebook. Click here for full story.
This is Bernie. I adopted her a couple years ago. You guys would know her as “Remy” though. Hope you guys remember her… she is the one that fell out of a window. Had pulmonary lacerations, broken shoulder, as well a bunch of other issues. Anyway, wanted you guys to see how great she is doing now (as you can see from these pictures). You guys did a great job patching her up, and you should see her run here. No one would have any idea that she ever had such a huge injury before.
Thanks a lot. She is a great dog.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston is participating in this year’s annual Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, and is inviting clients and friends of the League to march with us, along with their pets. If you’d like to join us, please email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2 MORE WAYS TO SHOW YOUR LEAGUE PRIDE
“Paws for Celebration” – 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 on Sunday, June 12.
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 email@example.com.