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

Merry Mutts Meet Up of the North Shore

Merry Mutts Meetup of the North Shore raised $250 for the Animal Rescue League of Boston at its third annual Merry Mutts Bowlathon on Sunday, Oct. 16, at Andy’s Sunnyside Bowladrome in Danvers, Mass.

At 400 members and growing, Merry Mutts is a social group for dogs and their owners who wish to enjoy fresh air and exercise at dog-friendly venues around the North Shore and beyond. Over the past three years, the group’s fundraising efforts have raised more than $700 for the ARL.

“It is important for me, as a dog owner and animal lover, to help out in any way I can,” says organizer Tammy Ross. “I adopted my dog from the Animal Rescue League, and she has enriched my life tremendously. It’s only fitting that my group raise funds to benefit the organization that gave me Daisy.”

Merry Mutts Meetup was founded four years ago by Ross, who adopted her dog Daisy from a shelter in 1998. Merry Mutts is free to join, and the organizer’s bi-annual subscription costs have been absorbed by local pet-oriented businesses who sponsor the group.

To learn more about Merry Mutts, or for information about sponsoring the group, please visit http://www.meetup.com/merrymutts.

Angelo available for adoption

***Update: Angelo was adopted on Saturday 10/22/11 and no longer appears on the adoptable animals list

Angelo, the cat found in a duffel bag outside a pizzeria in Everett, took the first step towards a loving forever home today.

Since he was rescued last Friday, Angelo has been in the care of our Boston Shelter staff where he received food and rest, plus vaccinations and a medical and behavioral evaluation. He was found to be happy, healthy and friendly and is now available for adoption from the Boston Shelter.

To view all cats that are available for adoption, please click here. Angelo is on this list, but his photograph is not available yet; it will be posted within a few days.

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

Y3K Tutor In Your Home Kicks Off 9th Donation Drive


Donation drive open to Brookline, Dover, Sudbury, Natick, Needham, Newton, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston residents 

Dedham, Mass. – Y3K Tutor In Your Home is pleased to announce the launch of its 9th annual donation drive to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Dedham branch. Blankets, towels, pet toys and office supplies will be collected November 1, 2011 through January 1, 2012 at individual’s homes in Needham, Newton, Natick, Wellesley, Wayland, Weston, Sudbury, Brookline, and Dover. For more information or to schedule a pick up, please call 781-492-8700 or log on to www.Y3KTutorInYourHome.com.

“We are grateful to Y3K Tutor In Your Home for their support over the past nine years, especially in light of the renovation of ourAdoption Center that began this summer” says Dedham branch manager Lisa Lagos.  “Now more than ever, we’re relying on our supporters to help make this new shelter a reality, and we thank Y3K Tutor In Your Home for being a great community partner.”

To learn more about our Dedhamshelter renovation project, please visit www.arlboston.org/dedhamrenovation.

“The inspiration for the drive was the fact that throughout the workday we tutor children in their homes and come into contact with some very fortunate family pets,” says Arnold Goldstein, Vice President of Y3K Tutor In Your Home. “The Animal Rescue League of Boston is a cause that many of our clients tend to support. The welfare of animals is a cause that everyone can contribute to, including children.”

Y3K Tutor In Your Home

Y3K Tutor In Your Home is an educational services provider specializing in at-home tutoring services for students of all ages and academic levels. Y3K Tutor In Your Home tutors special education and regular education children and teaches children all major academic subjects, organizational skills, homework coaching, motivation, homeschool help, study skills, and time management. Y3K Tutor In Your Home also tutors students in MCAS test preparation.

Adopting a ‘Fearful’ Dog

Meet Fred (pictured right), my boyfriend and I adopted him from the Boston Shelter on March 17, 2011. His favorite things to do are sleep, beg for treats, give high-fives, play with the neighborhood dogs and run around the apartment. The dog you see pictured is a far cry from the dog we met six months ago.

When Fred arrived at the League’s Boston Branch in early March, he was shy and fearful. The first time he met us he ran away from my boyfriend and showed visible signs of fear (pacing, yawning, tail tucked between legs, licking his lips and his ears were pinned back). The League’s shelter staff took the time to meet with us to discuss the challenges that come with owning a fearful dog, a part of me was afraid that I would not be able to handle the responsibility. I was also afraid that Fred would never be a ‘normal’ dog or be comfortable around my boyfriend.

My fearful Freddy proved me wrong, on his first night home Fred climbed into his new father’s lap and fell fast asleep. He seemed to acclimate to us very quickly, but his first few weeks were difficult, it took us time to adjust our behavior to accommodate his fear (i.e. going into a different room to open a can of soda).

In preparation for his arrival I had purchased a of bunch of toys, a bed, a crate, and all kinds of treats for him – he was not interested in any of it. All he wanted to do was lay on the couch and sleep. On his walks he would cower, run away from strangers, shy away from other dogs (especially the vocal ones), and would cry at the sound of a flag waving in the wind.

With love and a lot of patience Fred is now the dog described above. He is happiest when he is in the dog park running with his friends, chasing after tennis balls and begging our neighborhoods to share the treats they are rewarding their own dogs with. He has brought so much joy into our lives that we would have missed out on if we did not take a chance on a ‘fearful’ dog.