Animal Rescue League of Boston Saves 1000 Lives

Double-digit increase in summer adoptions the result of organization-wide focus on finding loving homes for cats and dogs in need

RIZZO went home with hew new family, including a sister!

RIZZO went home with her new family, including a new sister!

Boston, MA –The Animal Rescue League of Boston is celebrating its crowning achievement of the summer of 2013: saving over 1000 lives and increasing cat and dog adoptions by more than 15 percent across its shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham.

“Summertime is the busiest time of year for our shelters,” explains Maryann Regan, Director of Shelter Operations for the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

“We have the most animals coming in during the spring and summer, so we have our work cut out for us every year when it comes to finding them safe and loving homes as quickly as possible to help as many animals as we can.”

This summer, the League also decided to participate in the 2013 ASPCA Rachel Ray Challenge, a nationwide competition among 50 shelters to increase pet adoptions from June 1 to August 31 and qualify for critical grant money for programs and services.

After three months of community outreach to raise awareness for adopting shelter pets, as well as hosting several successful adoption events including this past weekend’s Take Me Home Today Adoptathon, the League’s total stands at an impressive 1015 lives saved.

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of staff, volunteers, community partners, and the individuals and families who opened their hearts to an animal in need, more cats and dogs—significantly more—found forever homes,” says League President Mary Nee.  “Those 1015 won big.”

Nee maintains the focus on adoptions this summer also provided the opportunity for more people to learn about what the Animal Rescue League does all year-round to save domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect.

Adds Nee: “As we say to all of our adopters when they take their new pet home, we want to hear from you again!   We’re here for you with answers to veterinary care and behavioral questions, and hope you’ll continue to support the work we do for animals in need.”

For more information about the work and services of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, visit

More about the Animal Rescue League of Boston

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect.

In addition to the Center for Shelter Dogs, law enforcement, rescue services team, shelter, and veterinary headquarters in Boston, the League operates shelters in Brewster and Dedham, Massachusetts; the Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery—the oldest in America—in Dedham; a fleet of animal ambulances; and the mobile Spay Waggin’ providing subsidized spay/neuter services throughout the South Shore and Cape Cod.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is not directly affiliated with nor a member of the ASPCA.