Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages in Brookline, a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe, will host a Community Shopping Event for the League on December 4th, 2011 from 1-4pm.

They will donate 15% of net sales during that time to the League and are providing free refreshments to all guests. With the Holiday season fast approaching, this is a wonderful opportunity to beat the rush and buy gifts that support artisan craftmanship, fair trade and animal welfare.

Transporting Fido Across State Lines

The following article appears in the November issue of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s “Animal Welfare Focus”.  Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore is director of Veterinary Medical Services at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore and Mr. Glenn Kolb

The Challenge

Puppies and dogs are increasingly being transported over long distances across the United States in response to societal interests. A shortage (or sometimes the perception of a shortage) of certain types of dogs available for adoption in a particular area creates a demand for puppies and dogs that may outstrip the local supply. Shortages may be the consequence of spay and neuter efforts that have substantially reduced the unwanted dog population resulting in few adoptable puppies or dogs in the community. In other cases, there may be locally available puppies or dogs, but good communication or transportation is lacking to get the dogs from under-resourced shelters or municipal facilities (pounds) to sites where adoptions can occur. Or, the types of dogs available for adoption (e.g., larger breed, energetic, poorly trained adolescent dogs) may not fit the profile of the type of dog adoptive families are seeking. The availability of purpose-bred dogs in the community may or may not impact demand, because people looking to add a puppy or dog to their family may feel strongly about ‘rescuing’ a dog rather than purchasing one. Please click here to continue.


Vote for Maria & Big Bird and win $1,000 for the League

***11/14/11 – Update: We won – thank you to all who voted and congratulations to Maria! The League will receive a $1,000 grant. View a complete list of the winners here.***

11/9/11 – The ASPCA has announced the 23 finalists for the 2011 $100K Challenge Photo and Video Contest.

Anyone who adopted, fostered, volunteered or reclaimed an animal at a Challenge shelter during the months of August, September or October 2011 was eligible to enter. Maria, a volunteer photographer for the League, submitted a photo of her foster kitten Big Bird

If Maria is one of the 15 submissions with the most votes, the League will win a $1,000 grant. Click here to vote for Maria and Big Bird.

Voting deadline is this Friday 11/11 at midnight.

Blythe joins the Boston Ballet

When Boston Ballet dancer Lawrence Rines came to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s South End shelter on November 5 and saw the fluffy and precocious orange kitten, it was pretty much love at first sight. As he puts it, “When I was looking around to see which kitten I was going to choose, she was the second one I saw and I just knew that’s the one I wanted.”

Rines joined the Boston Ballet in 2009 in the company’s Boston Ballet 2. “That is like being an apprentice of the main company. I was promoted to corps de ballet (the main company) this August which was a very exciting part of my life. Being in the corps now means I am in all the big group parts of the big ballets but it also allows me to start learning and performing soloist/principal parts.”

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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.”