Want to learn more? Come take a tour!

Observe the care that is provided to shelter animals at the League and meet some of our four-footed friends. Learn about the League’s 112 year history, and about our current programs, including Rescue, Law Enforcement and the Center for Shelter Dogs.

Tours are free and available 8am-3pm weekdays. Please contact Caitlin Oates, Advancement Coordinator, to schedule a tour or with any questions at 617-226-5690 or coates@arlboston.org.

Big Papi can help a little puppy …

David Ortiz “Take Me, I’m Yours” Contest by PopChips

Please vote daily until Oct. 21 to help the ARL of Boston have an hour of Big Papi’s time!

Big Papi can help a little puppy!
Vote for us now so Big Papi can play ball with the dogs at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s shelter in the South End! Big Papi would help us to find homes for animals in need, give love and care to our shelter dogs, and raise awareness of the importance of adopting shelter animals. Big Papi can hit a home run for Boston’s homeless animals by playing a ball game with our dogs as part of a special adoption day in honor of October’s national “Adopt-a-Dog” month. Go Red Sox!

Photo above courtesy of Sports Illustrated.

Rescuing the “Mouth” that roared

Witness Senior Rescue Technician Mark Vogel on an animal rescue mission, and it becomes evident that the stoic-looking, stocky Olympic-style wrestler and mixed martial arts participant embodies the League motto “Kindness uplifts the world.”

In response to a call from a concerned Roslindale next door neighbor about a cat loudly meowing on a third-floor back porch for over a day, Mark went to investigate. Sure enough, he could hear the cat, although he could not see it.

After unsuccessfully attempting to contact the tenants from whose porch the sounds seemed to be coming, he went back to the yard only to hear the sound coming from a different area. He then spotted, on the next door first floor front porch, a five-week-old kitty who hissed warily when he came close.

After getting a cage and a can of cat food to tempt him, Mark returned to find the kitty now sitting under a car in the driveway another house down. Even the delicious food wasn’t enough to tempt him, and the spunky cat scampered under a latticed back porch. After scoping out the territory with his pocket flashlight, Mark, reaching in with a stick from the yard, managed to maneuver the cat onto a perch on a bulkhead wall. He then was able to open the bulkhead door, reach in and gently grab the little tyke.

Mark brought the spunky protesting cat, which he nicknamed “Mouth” to the Dedham shelter for a checkup, inoculations and bath by Dedham’s Ashley Arseneau to get rid of some pesky fleas. Initially trembling from the procedure and unfamiliar surroundings, Mouth found himself being swaddled, comforted and dried off in a fluffy towel in Ashley’s arms, and within moments the trembling changed to contented purring. And later that day he was taken into foster care with the younger sister of a staff member.

Cat found abandoned in a duffel bag in Everett

A hungry six-month-old kitten was found abandoned inside a duffel bag outside of a pizzeria in Everett.

The cat, who we have named Angelo,  is now safe in the League’s care in the Boston Shelter.

An empty can of food was found inside the duffel bag, but the cat was clearly hungry when Rescue Services found him.

Brian O’Connor, manager of Rescue Services (pictured right with the cat) brought the cat to the Boston Shelter where she is receiving care and expected to fully recover.

“We want the public to know that we are always here. Please don’t abandon your animal – call us.” says Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the Center for Animal Protection.

To help pay for Angelo’s medical expenses, and those of other abandoned animals, please click here.

Once a nervous kitty, after seven months curious fluff-ball finds her home
In October 2010, Daisy, a 7-year-old tortoise longhair cat, was brought to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Dedham branch because her owner’s new baby was allergic.

“When Daisy first arrived at the shelter, she was fearful and nervous,” says Animal Carew and Adoption Agent Kate Howland. “Because of this, we were looking for a quiet home with no young children and no other pets where she could take her time adjusting. And since she was a longhaired cat, she needed an owner who would spend time brushing her.”

During her stay at the shelter, Daisy blossomed from a fearful, nervous, kitty to a reserved but loving, curious fluff-ball who doted on being brushed…sometimes!

“Daisy would peak out of her cage, checking out her roommates living on either side,” says volunteer Janet Haugh who helps with cat socialization. “She didn’t want to interact with the other kitties; she just wanted to know who ‘lived next door’. And, when she wanted undivided attention, Daisy would stick her paw out of her cage and tap the shoulder of a nearby human. Being talked to was one of her favorite things.”

After almost seven months of patient waiting, Daisy was adopted in May 2011 by a kind older woman who lives on an island in Maine.

Howland reports that the adopter has since called us with an update. “Daisy’s doing very well in her new home. She’s enjoying her calm household, she’s not hiding, she’s happy and she loves being brushed!”

Congratulations, Daisy, for finding your forever home!

New Bedford Dogs Continue to Recover

Two dogs at the center of a heartbreaking case of abandonment continue to get the veterinary care, love and attention they deserve. The one-year-old female (dubbed “Miracle” pictured above) and a four-month-old puppy (“Gracie” pictured below) are now in foster care and slowly recovering from the effects of malnutrition. Miracle, who also broke her hind leg after jumping out of a three-story window, is healing after  undergoing orthopedic surgery to fix her broken bones.

Gracie suffered a minor setback this weekend and was briefly re-admitted to Cape Cod Veterinary Specialties after appearing sluggish and lethargic – a common occurrence following starvation – and is still in need of careful monitoring while she slowly begins to rebuild her body mass.  However, she is now back in foster care and is doing well.

We would like to thank Forever Paws Animal Shelter of Fall River, New Bedford Animal Control Officer Manny Maciel and Cape Cod Veterinary Specialties for their help and collaboration in the rescue of these dogs. The Center for Animal Protection at the Animal Rescue League of Boston and New Bedford Animal Control continue to move forward in investigating persons of interest.

Lastly, thank you to the many generous donors who have helped to offset costs associated with the veterinary care, rehabilitation and fostering of Miracle and Gracie.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is covering all costs associated with these dogs’ veterinary care, including spay surgery and all behavioral consultation. The puppy’s veterinary costs continue to rise and we are asking for the public’s support to help us continue to provide this critical care. Please click here to help.


No longer “just a dog”

Foxy, the Silky terrier who was almost drowned after her owner dragged her through chest-high water on Nantasket Beach near in Hull, MA, is enjoying a new life with her new family. You can read Foxy’s story here:

Foxy is doing great in her new home and is happy and healthy. She especially loves going to dog playgroup and socializing with the other dogs.

Photo taken on October 13, 2011

Because Every Dog Is Different

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. (ARL) will host the Center for Shelter Dogs’ first regional Because Every Dog Is Different workshop designed to educate shelters and humane organizations on how to safely get to know, train, and re-home shelter dogs by looking at them as individuals.

We are honored to collaborate with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa for our first regional workshop,” says Dr. Amy Marder, Director of The Center for Shelter Dogs (CSD). “By working together, we are able to offer attendees a valuable, hands-on learning experience that will help them enhance the lives of shelter dogs.”

The workshop will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa at 5452 NE 22nd Street, Des Moines, Iowa. Presenters include Mick McAuliffe, Operations Manager at the ARL and Dr. Sheila D’Arpino, Senior Applied Animal Behaviorist at the CSD.

“It is such an honor to host this conference,” said Tom Colvin, Executive Director of the ARL. “Looking at each dog as an individual and understanding every dog’s individual needs are crucial to finding the best matches for our shelter dogs.”

Through lectures and hands-on training, attendees will learn best practices on how to evaluate their shelter dogs, provide enrichment, and implement training solutions for some of the most common problem behaviors. This workshop will mark the first of many the CSD plans to hold through its shelter partner relationships across the United States.

“One of the major goals for the CSD is to offer a series of these workshops throughout the country, all offering a variety of topics for attendees based on our shelter partners’ expertise and the needs of the audience,” says Dr. Marder. “But all of them will have one major theme in common – saving the lives of shelter dogs – because every dog is different.”

Click here for more information