Satchi and Little Star Book Launch

After being asked to provide a book jacket quote, Animal Rescue League of Boston President Jay Bowen was pleased to attend the launch in Newburyport of Satchi and Little Star, a delightful children’s book by Donna Marie Seim about the special relationship between a young girl and the wild horse she befriends on Grand Turk Island. An additional launch will be held on Grand Turk Island.

Bowen’s comment: “A moving and beautifully illustrated story of the power and beauty of the bond between a young girl and a wild horse that she befriends on Grand Turk Island … a welcome edition to every child’s bookshelf.”

The League’s name is prominently noted twice on the book jacket.

Who Ya Gonna Call? ARLB Rescue!

October proved to be another busy month for the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Rescue Department with 370 activities reported ranging from rescue to law enforcement assistance, owner surrenders and home checks. By far the biggest number – 207 – was rescues.

Of the activities 40% involved cats, 32% involved birds, 9.5% involved dogs. An additional 18% involved “other.”

Among the rescues this month were ”Tux” a spunky five-week-old eventually rescued from under a porch in Roslindale and “Angelo” a hungry six-month-old found in a duffel bag in Everett. Tux is thriving in loving foster care and will soon be available for adoption. And after receiving veterinary care at the League’s Boston shelter, Angelo found his forever home with another loving family. (See blogs below for Tux’s and Angelo’s stories.)

Then there were two kittens that were dumped out of a car in Lawrence on October 17. Named Larry and Leroy, after being brought back to the Boston shelter and given a medical exam they were adopted together by a woman in Lynn on October 23.

Sometimes “rescue” entails just being there – such as when a baby zebra snuck out of her pen at the Franklin Park Zoo and the mother escaped to find her. Unsure of what support might be needed, Rescue Services Manager Brian O’Connor volunteered the League’s help if needed – an offer greatly appreciated by the zoo staff. As Zoo New England President and CEO John Linehan noted in a follow-up email, “I heard ARL was here at the Zoo again covering our back with the offer of a trailer (and I’m sure whatever else we needed). I am so appreciative of your and ARL’s collaboration and support. You are a great organization that really walks the talk.”

To get the latest updates on the League’s rescue activity from the rescue technicians directly involved, go to: http://twitter.com/ARLBostonRescue

332 Animals Adopted in October

October saw 332 animals adopted from the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s shelters in Boston, Dedham and Brewster including 249 cats, 41 dogs, 13 birds, 12 rabbits, six guinea pigs, five hamsters, three sheep, a ferret and a horse.

Among the birds were lovebirds named Avocado (shown at left) and Lily, three cockatiels named Summer, Sunshine and Free Willy; two parakeets named Ocean and Sky, a cockatoo named Bubbles and five chickens, three of whom were named Seria, Severus and Zulu.

The League’s Animal Care and Adoption areas continued their excellent track record of finding forever homes for older animals:
– Among the cats adopted in October were 11-year-olds Angel, Charlie and Princess; 10-year-olds Galaxy and Shadow;, 9-year-old Handsome, 8-year-olds Beauregard and Wendy; 7-year-olds Corey, Eddy, Molly, Morris, Spencer and Miss Olivia; and 6-year olds Amber, Bessett, Big Boy and Hughie.
– Older dogs adopted were 8-year-old Romeo (Chihuahua); 7-year olds Sam (Siberian Husky) and Finnigan (Aust. Shepherd – shown at right);
– And an 18-year-old horse named Sammy.

You can view a list of all available dogs here, all available cats here  and other animals here.

League celebrates endorsement of guidelines for standards in doing what’s right for shelter animals

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, published last December fills a huge void in the animal welfare community. The first comprehensive report of its kind, which Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, director of Veterinary Medical Services, helped author and edit, is centered on meeting animals’ needs given the vastly changed nature of animal sheltering in the last decade.Read More

“Mouth” now “Tux” in Olivia’s loving care

As noted in an earlier posting, after being rescued by Senior Rescue Technician Mark Vogel, the spunky, five-week-old cat he nicknamed “Mouth” was brought 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.

Later that day the kitten was taken into foster care by the family of staff member Alyssa Kane, with 13-year-old sister Olivia taking on particular care and feeding responsibilities … as well as renaming him “Tux.” As you can see, “Tux,” stretched out on Olivia’s bed is being well taken care of. Taking her duties seriously, his young protector also made a sign to alert the family as to where Tux is and to be sure that they don’t leave any doors open. As her older sister notes, “She LOVES this little kitten and it is her first kitten to foster on her own. She has watched me for many years and is doing a great job on her own.”

Big Papi at the League, Tuesday November 15th

The date has been set for David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz’s appearance at The Animal Rescue League of Boston — November 15, 2:00-3:00 pm! Ortiz is looking to hit a home run for the League by helping find homes for the animals in need, give love and care to the shelter dogs, and raise awareness of the importance of adopting shelter animals. The appearance is courtesy of popchips™.

“I’m honored to have just won the MLB Clemente Award for charitable giving, and excited to show my dedication to a cause close to my fans’ and my own heart by volunteering with the Animal Rescue League of Boston,” says Ortiz. “Charity has always been a big priority for me.”

If you want to watch one of our shelter dogs snag a pop-fly off of Ortiz’s bat be at the fence of the League’s play yard at 10 Chandler Street between 2:20 – 3:00 pm.

Note: Because of the event, the League’s Boston Adoption Center will open at 3:00 pm instead of its normal 1:00 pm opening time. It will close at its normal 7:00 pm time.

Enterprising 5th grader sells handmade jewelry to help homeless animals

The Animal Rescue League of Boston recently received a special donation of $109 from Brookline fifth-grader Lia Flenniken, who sold handmade bracelets and key chains to raise money to help homeless animals at the League. The beautiful and intricate pieces feature a special technique that Lia has developed over several years.

“All of us are particularly grateful for this wonderful gift from the heart,” says Melanie Sheffield, director of the President’s Council at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. “It means so much when philanthropy and the desire to help care for and protect animals begin at such an early age. The fact that Lia put so much thought and effort into this says a lot about the kind of person she is, and the adult she will someday become.”

Photo caption: Dr. Martha Smith (left), director of Veterinary Medical Services at the Animal Rescue League of Boston and Brinkley, a Shih Tzu recently adopted from the League’s South End animal shelter, take a moment to thank Brookline fifth-grader Lia Flennigan (right) who sold handmade bracelets and key chains, raising $109 to help shelter animals.


In six easy steps you can help make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals by creating your own Animal Rescue League of Boston fund­raiser! Examples of fundraising events are office “parties with a purpose” as well as birthday parties, bridal and baby showers and anniversaries where, in lieu of gifts, you request that your friends and family send a donation to the League. We will even provide you with a personal website to promote your event. For more information and to create your fund­raising event today visit www.arlboston.org/create_a_fundraiser.

For questions, contact Michelle Chandler at mchandler@arlboston.org or call (617) 226-5638.

Collaboration, yearlong care and help from a tractor, get three sheep to new home

The Animal Rescue League of Boston has a history of collaborating with other animal humane organizations locally and nationally to help meet specific needs – usually coping with natural disasters or a sudden influx of dogs or cats in a hoarding or law enforcement case. One facility with which the League has a close tie is the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm in Methuen, which, like the Dedham shelter, cares for farm animals and livestock. 

In November 2010, with space available and a staff fondness for sheep after previous work with the animals, the Dedham shelter acquired three  sheep from Nevins – Apollo, Daphne and Domino – as a welcome addition. Last month, the three ovines were placed in their forever home with a client in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, about an hour and twenty minutes west.

“The new owner, who has a small farm and orchards, is very experienced with animals,” says Dedham Shelter Manager Lisa Lagos. “He wanted to rescue some sheep to graze the orchard.”

For Assistant Shelter Manager Beth Finn and Livestock Liaison Ashley Arseneau, the adoption process had an unexpected twist.

“The day that we transported the sheep to their new home was cold wet and dreary, but the sheep did wonderfully during the drive,” relates Finn. “The drive itself was uneventful, but the drop-off was another story. As Ashley drove the vehicle towards the paddock she could feel the ground soften under the wheels, and when she got about 10 feet from the paddock the vehicle got stuck in the mud. Luckily, the adopter had a tractor that was able to pull the vehicle and sheep to their new paddock. Once the sheep were unloaded and settled into their new paddock he pulled the transport vehicle to the road.”

As for their new home, says Beth, “It’s a wonderful place great with access to loads of beautiful pasture and apple trees.”


Erin, an interior designer by trade, recently adopted Charlie from the League and wrote about it on her blog, including tips and tricks for stylish cat owners.

Click here to read her blog, and be sure to say thanks in the comments.

“Six months ago our household grew by one member, we rescued an adorable young cat from the Animal Rescue League of Boston (an amazing organization with the most loving and helpful staff) and we named him Charlie. He has changed our lives for the better, adding so much humor into our day-to-day lives. I have never been a cat owner (roommate) before so I’ve been learning as we go. Some of the major lessons I’ve learned…”

Professionals aim to muzzle dog fighting

The Animal Rescue League of Boston was featured in a recent article on BostonHerald.com about the Animal Control Officers Association of Massachusetts conference last weekend which was focused on stopping dog-fighting in MA. The article also shows a happy photo of Turtle, the pitbull nursed back to health by the League after her dog-fighting ordeal.

“I think people thought after the Michael Vick case that there would never be another dog-fighting case in this country,” said Lt. Alan Borgal, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s law-enforcement director. Instead, he said, that case forced it deeper underground.”

Read the full article here.