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December 3 Bark Place holiday pet shoot celebration to benefit League

The Bark Place South End pet spa and boutique will host a holiday celebration for Boston-area dog lovers to get into the spirit of the season and raise money for the Animal Rescue League of Boston. With the helping hand of Santa, professional pet photographer Jann Tenenbaum will style and photograph each pooch and provide digital prints perfect for holiday cards.

While pets are pampered for their shoot, owners can enjoy a little fun for themselves, too. Event features include exclusive in-store promotions and discounts on the season’s hottest pet apparel, accessories, grooming services and more; libations and noshes for pets and their owners alike; and complimentary holiday puppy pouches!

WHEN: Saturday, December 3rd, 12–3pm

WHERE: Bark Place, 1721 Washington Street, Boston

COST: $25 (a portion of all event proceeds to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston)


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.