Oliver Twist, Adopted!

We’re starting this Saturday off with some wonderful news! Oliver Twist has found the perfect home! When he first came to the League he was in very rough shape. His journey has been tough and we have no way of knowing everything that that he’s been through, but we do know that this playful puppy has gone to a fabulous home! Finally, he’ll have a chance to experience what being a puppy is all about with a family that loves him!


Staff members give Oliver one last hug before he goes home with his new family!

Boston Location Closed Today

Boston operations are closed today, Friday, April 19, 2013, including the Boston Adoption Center, Boston Veterinary Care and the Center for Shelter Dogs. All staff should call the inclement weather hotline for more details.

Please note that a dedicated group of local employees and volunteers is caring for our shelter animals. Stay safe everyone! 

Update: Oliver Twist To Go Home Soon Thanks To YOU!


Oliver Twist, the severely neglected puppy found in Dorchester by a FedEx delivery man, has been making excellent progress over these last two and a half weeks! He has been following a strict progressive re-feeding schedule and is filling out nicely. As you can see from the photo above, he looks MUCH better than he did the day he came in. Despite being a victim of animal cruelty, Oliver is a happy and playful puppy who LOVES attention from his human pals. 


Thanks to your support and donations we were able to give Oliver the care he so desperately needed! We were amazed by how quickly you all responded on Facebook and Twitter, sharing his story and donating online. You helped save this puppy!

We’re are thrilled to share that he’ll be going home with his new family by the end of the week!

Attention Pet Owners Living Within The Crime Scene Area

DSC_1982If you live within the several block area around the Copley Square area and cannot get to your home to take care of your animals please note that the City has established a protocol for reaching your pets:

Affected residents are to call the Mayor’s Hotline at (617)635-4500.  The Mayor’s office will take your name and address and arrange a meeting point for them to be escorted to their home.

If you do not have a secure pet carrier for cats or a leash for dogs at home you should bring one with you in order to be sure that your pet does not escape during the evacuation.  If you need a carrier or leash, please call our Rescue Google line for assistance, (657)777-2752 to secure one from us, OR stop by our Boston Shelter to pick up a carrier or leash from us.

Everyone Here Is Safe

Thank you to all who have expressed concern for our marathon runners, staff and animals. Please know that everyone is safe. Thank you for your outpouring of support for the League during this tough time in Boston. “We are all stunned and saddened by the horrible events of yesterday. As a community of humane, caring individuals we grieve for the senseless loss of life and personal injuries,” said League President, Mary Nee.

Our area of Boston has not been shut down and our animals are well cared for. While we are very saddened by yesterday’s events, our Boston shelter and Boston Veterinary Care will be open during normal business hours today. Our thoughts today are with everyone who was impacted by yesterday’s events.

It’s important to remember that in difficult times like this, the unconditional love and warmth from the animals in our lives can help comfort our deepest fears, and make the darkest day seem a little bit brighter.


All of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Marathon team has been accounted for and is safe and sound –thank goodness! Thank you to everyone for your support of the runners and their cause. Our thoughts are with everyone who was impacted by the explosion. Stay safe everyone.

*Please note: Our Boston shelter will be closed to the public today, Sunday, April 14, 2013.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Look For The Red T-Shirts

BRECKMarathongtFrontCheer On Our Boston Marathon Team: Look For The Red T-shirts!

Marathon Monday is just around the corner and we want to remind you to cheer on our dedicated runners! They will be wearing red shirts like the one Breck, our gorgeous model and League alum, is sporting. Our logo is on the front and the back of the t-shirt, so you can’t miss it. So far our team has raised over $35,000! If you’re in the crowd, show your support for their hard work! Our four runners and their numbers are listed below:

BreckMarathonTBill Tanguay # 23599

Maureen Doran #23600

Naomi Johnston #23601

Dr. Alett Mekkler #23602