PackPeople Features Center for Shelter Dogs for Interview Series

Thursday, October 20, 2011 4:44 PM

PackPeople, an organization dedicated to sharing informative websites, knowledge, and insights of animal rescues and humane organizations all over the United States, featured Dr. Amy Marder and the Center for Shelter Dogs as part of their Interview Series, which highlights some of the hardest working animal rescues and humane organizations in the country.

PackPeople, based out of Hollywood, CA, aims to inspire with informative and eye-opening looks at established animal welfare organizations, featuring written, audio and video interviews with directors and representatives of animal rescues, shelters and service groups.

Watch the PackPeople Interview

Katrina-rescued Malibu shows off pit bulls’ good side as Abigail and Knight look for forever homes

As this video shows, 5-year-old Malibu, who was rescued during Hurricane Katrina and subsequently adopted through the Animal Rescue League of Boston is a great ambassador for the pit bull breed. To quote her owner, “She has become the best dog I have had the privilege of knowing.” She was also featured in the book Dirty Bow Wow a tribute to dogs and the objects of their affections written by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz with photography by Hornick/Rivlin.

Meanwhile, two other pit bull types at the Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center, 2-year-old Abigail and 1-year-old Knight, are also looking for a forever home.

Abigail has been at the shelter since July 17 after being found as a stray in a different part of the state. According to the staff who have interacted with her, she’s a sweet girl and gets along with everyone she meets. She knows a few commands and is a people pleaser. She loves to go for walks and is fairly good on a leash. She gets along with some dogs (but “prefers dogs that aren’t in her face”) and seems to be okay with cats. Abigail also seems to get along with kids, but since her past history is unknown and she is a large dog, the staff are looking for a home without very young kids (ages 8-10 and up would be good). Her Shelter ID number is A222234

Knight has been at the shelter since September 10. According to the staff he’s a “knight in shining armor…” House trained and clean, he is very obedient and knows his commands. And the staff notes, “He is so focused and food-motivated he learns things quickly, so training is a breeze!” His Shelter ID number is A223408.

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

Sweet, displaced older lady seeks quiet, refined home in which to share several more years of love with someone special

Luna, a sweet and affectionate 11-year old spayed kitty, adopted from the Animal Rescue League a few years ago was brought back because she was scared of the new human toddler in her home. Although her owners loved her and said she was great, they felt a new home would be best for her.

She’s definitely become a Boston Shelter staff favorite – she loves to sit on laps and get chin scratches and responds to affection by giving head butts. And for those who love petting cats, her fur is super soft.

In her previous home Luna had regular vet care and was very tolerant of getting her nails clipped and going to the vet. (How many cats can say that!) When she came back to the shelter she received a full veterinary exam and even blood work done, and the vet says she is very healthy!

Update: Luna found her forever home on Saturday, November 5!

To view all cats that are available for adoption, please click here. Luna is on this list (ID number A117939).

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

Big Papi announces winner
Posted on October 25, 2011 by guest blogger, David Ortiz (Courtesy of the Popchips Blog)

what’s up red sox nation, big papi checkin back in. really wish we were playing in the world series, but it was an honor to be there to accept the roberto clemente award. roberto has always been a role model for me on & off the field, so it’s such an honor to play a small part in continuing his legacy. special shout out to everyone who has supported the david ortiz children’s fund over the years.

also a big thank you to everyone who submitted ideas & voted for different ways that i could give back for this contest with my people at popchips!  they are all great causes, and i wish i could do them all, but i’ve selected an idea that’s very near to my heart. congratulations to the winning submission from jennifer w. of the animal rescue league of boston

big papi can help a little puppy: 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!–jennifer w.

the animal rescue league of boston has done great work over the years rescuing and finding homes for dogs in the boston area.  i’m honored to do what i can to help raise awareness for this great cause.  my family has a dog of our own, so i know the value that a pet can have on a family.  stay tuned for more details about the event!


by Diane Masters

When I first met Happy Feet, he was still recovering from a cold, in isolation, and had a large gash on his jaw. At 6.5 lbs. he was a wisp of a thing. He was so docile, anyone could pick him up and he would just lick and lick and lick any face near his.

I had my doubts. My cat Ginger had died without warning in February and my three year old cat, Olive, was just fine as an only cat. Yet, it felt like something was missing. My friend Nathan kept saying…”when you are ready….you’ll know.” I don’t think I was ready, but sometimes you have to take that leap of faith.

I was very nervous about Happy Feet. I had only ever raised cats as kittens. So any faults they had were a result of me not training them properly. With an older cat, I wasn’t sure what I was getting…

So I brought home this tiny guy who looked very much like my cat already at home. I wondered, do they look alike to each other? Anyway, After a week of keeping them on different levels of the house and bringing them together for periods of supervised activity, they made friends with each other.

But Happy Feet, now Benny, because a Benny’s moving truck went by while we were driving to get him at the ARL, still had that horrible gash on his face. It was not healing, so he had to have “the cone”.

Yes, “the cone of shame” as my 5 year old friends called it. For a month, the poor guy took antibiotics and wore that thing. He still tried to scratch, but he only got the plastic…. Every time we took it off he immediately reopened the wound… So another month with the cone. Now the fur is all grown back and he doesn’t scratch anymore… He’s just perfect. He’s no longer 6.5 lbs, but he is happy and loves Olive. They lick each other, chase each other and look out for each other. That’s what was missing, the two of them running side by side, when I say “dinner”.

Benny sleeps on our bed, or his bed, Olive sleeps in hers, and all is right again at our house. I would be remiss not to mention, that Jordan and Ginger, the cats who came before and will never be replaced, are kept right beside us… well, their ashes are, on a shelf, in a box.

I don’t think they would all get along, because they are all very different. But,I have no doubt that Jordan and Ginger are happy there are furry creatures curled up on the bed.. When they purr they all have made me feel more a part of the world, like I make a difference to some being…

Featured Pet: Meet Mommas

Meet Mommas, a calm and friendly, eight-year-old cat available for adoption from the League’s Boston shelter.


Cat Playgroup photos

Animal Rescue League of Boston cats enjoy feline playgroup, where they get out of their cages to play with the other cats and League volunteers. Here’s some photos from yesterday’s group, with notes by League volunteer and photographer Christine Barton.

Smitty..."I think Liz is my new BFF...she's a purrfect playmate."

Squirmbot..."I know Hiawatha is around here somewhere."

Hiawatha..."Quit it Dann, this is my tube."

Hiawatha..."Well, we all know whose tube this is now."

Kittens, like kids, end up in the darnedest places!

Like the kid who gets his head stuck in the wrought iron fence, kittens manage to get themselves into the most challenging predicaments! Here’s an October  24 rescue related via Twitter:

“Received a call for a cat trapped in a storm drain in Revere, rescue tech on the way to investigate.”

“Kitten stuck in water run-off drain in Revere”

“The rescue of a kitten in Revere took 90 minutes. It was a very cramped space.”

“Not a lot of space to move around in. The rescue in process for the kitten stuck in the drain in Revere.

“Kitten after being rescued from drain in Revere”

“The rescue of the kitten in the drain was a good group effort between the Revere ACO [Animal Control Officer] and the Animal Rescue League of Boston.”

“Francis, the kitten that was rescued from the drain pipe in Revere resting at the shelter after a good meal.”

And finally, from Facebook: “Lil Francis was a super lucky kitty today … she was rescued from a drain pipe by our phenomenal RESCUE staff & then snuggled by all the staff and volunteers. :-)

via email: Cat Rescue


Our cat had been stuck in a large pine tree in our back yard. After several days of efforts, we decided to call the Animal Rescue League of Boston. We’d like to commend and heap praise on the organization and it’s people.

Mark Vogel arrived in less than 2 hrs, had us in awe of his kind, competent and professional skills. The man is someone who fits our profile for role model. He made the work of scaling the tall pine and putting the cat in a carrier seem like a walk in the park. And we learned a lot from our conversations with him.

I hope the rest of the organization appreciates what a 1st class ambassador he is.


Brian & Carolyn McPherson
Natick MA