Articles Tagged with: Adoption
Super Smalls Sponsorship Fund Drive – 1 Day Left!

Last day to help support ARL’s Super Smalls on Clear the Shelters Day

DONATE during the Super Smalls Sponsorship Fund Drive, and your contribution will help sponsor the adoption fee of ARL’s small shelter pets on Clear the Shelters Day, this Saturday, August 15!

Donate TODAY during the Super Smalls Sponsorship Fund Drive to help ARL's small animals find loving homes on Clear the Shelters Day!

Donate TODAY during the Super Smalls Sponsorship Fund Drive to help ARL’s small animals find loving homes on Clear the Shelters Day!

Thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA, ARL’s shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham are offering $50 OFF the adoption fees of all adult cats and dogs during Clear the Shelters Day!

At the ARL, we know that big things come in small packages, which is why we want to support our Super Smalls to help them find loving homes this summer too!


Your donation will go even further because ARL’s adoption fees include a large number of veterinary and behavioral services, such as: spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, health screening and veterinary examination, behavioral screening and evaluations, and a microchip.

The ARL does not receive any government or public funding and relies solely on supporters like you to give animals the care and loving homes they need.

Visit arlboston.kintera.org/supersmalls or click the green button below to make a donation now.


Not ready to adopt? Click here to learn other ways that you can make a difference in the lives of ARL’s Super Pets.

THANK YOU to our media partners NBCUniversal, NECN, WBZ 1030, and Clear Channel for helping to spread the word about the importance of animal adoptions.

…and to the ASPCA for making the Animal Rescue League of Boston a grant recipient for Clear the Shelters Day.

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A Mastiff Relief for Titan!

Big and Lovable Lovable Dog thriving after surgery

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Titan, 6-year-old Mastiff, needed a $2,000 surgery to remove and test a large tumor in his abdomen.

During a routine neuter surgery,  our shelter veterinarian discovered shelter dog Titan had a large mass in his abdomen.  X-rays confirmed the 6-year-old big and loveable Mastiff had a tumor.

According to ARL shelter veterinarian Dr. Erin Doyle, about 50% of this type of tumor are benign and the other 50% are cancerous.  Sadly, dogs with the cancerous-type of tumor have a 6-month life expectancy after the tumor is removed without additional medical intervention.

Titan needed a $2,000 surgery to immediately remove the tumor and test for cancer.  The ARL moved quickly to get Titan the medical care and testing he needed.

Titan’s goofy grin and happy-go-lucky personality had quickly warmed the hearts of everyone at the shelter.  Everyone was hoping for the best when he underwent surgery a week later.

Thankfully, we got what we were hoping for!

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A recovering Titan (Mastiff on the right) post-surgery posing for a photo with his new family on his adoption day!

“Titan’s tumor ended up being a very rare type of benign kidney tumor,” happily reported Dr. Doyle.  “Now that the tumor has been removed, Titan should be able to go on to live a normal life.”

With the tumor gone,  Titan was cured and medically-cleared for adoption. He went home with a new family shortly after surgery and by all reports is doing better than ever!

Would you like to help Titan and other animals like him?

Only with your support can dogs like Titan get emergency medical assistance when they need it most.

The ARL doesn’t receive any government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters like you to provide veterinary care and treatment for shelter animals who have no one else to turn to for help when they’re sick or injured.

MAKE YOUR DONATION GO FARTHER NOW!  The Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund will generously match your donation today dollar for dollar!

Please visit arlboston/kintera.org/titan or click the button below to make a donation to help pay for the care and treatment of Titan and other animals like him.

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March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month!

There’s more than just cats and dogs at ARL shelters

Many people assume that animal shelters only have cats and dogs, but here at the ARL we have a knowledgeable staff and are able to accommodate a variety of animals including guinea pigs.

And they are just waiting for to find their perfect match!

Meet BooBoo, an adorable 5-year-old female guinea pig available for adoption at our Boston shelter. She’s a friendly, but shy gal looking for a family to call her own.

Her two favorite activities?  Sitting on your lap to get a cheek scratch and snacking on tasty salads.

If you’d like to adopt a guinea pig like BooBoo from the ARL, make sure to bring a photo of the cage that your new pet will live in to make sure it’s a good size and shape for a guinea pig.


Adorable BooBoo strikes a pose during her photo shoot.

Just like any other pet, guinea pigs require special care and attention. Familiarizing yourself with their daily and long-term needs before adding one to your family is also an important step in the adoption process.

Learn more about guinea pigs

Guinea pigs can make great companions for both first-time or experienced pet owners, however they require a bit of patience and a gentle hand.

Once they are comfortable with you and their new surroundings, their personalities really shine through!

For more information on BooBoo or any of the other adoptable animals at our Boston shelter, you can speak with our shelter staff by calling (617) 226-5602.  Our shelters are open Tuesday through Sunday 1pm-6:30pm, excluding some holidays.

ADOPT A RESCUE GUINEA PIG MONTH FUN FACT Guinea pigs communicate through a variety of behaviors and sounds. These small animals will make a squealing or whistling sound, for example, to communicate anticipation or excitement–usually before they eat!  Meanwhile, a deep sounding purr indicates your guinea pig is comfortable and content.


Winter Weather Schedule Updates

Check here for weather-related closures and delays at the ARL

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ARL adoptable dog MILO may be the only Bostonian left who still loves the snow! He’s pictured above after a snowy pleasure roll.

Planning a trip to one of the ARL’s shelters or programs today?  Please check the schedule below for information about closures and delayed openings.


Boston – Our adoption center is closed to the public on Tuesday, February 10, so staff can focus on animal care.

Dedham – Our adoption center is closer to the public on Tuesday, February 10, so staff can focus on animal care.

Brewster – Open as scheduled, 10 am – 4 pm.


Delayed opening – BVC will open at 12 pm today to allow staff additional travel time.


Closed – please contact the Spay Waggin’s scheduling office at for rescheduling information, at (877) 590-7729 or spaywaggin@arlboston.org

SPECIAL THANKS to our shelter and facilities management staff for working through the storm to care for the animals!

For helpful winter weather pet health and safety information, please visit arlboston.org/winter-pet-health

Super Pets Are Here!

So many reasons to adopt from the Animal Rescue League of Boston

PringleBringing an animal into your home and making them a part of your family is a very special event indeed. In fact, some of the happiest work we do at the Animal Rescue League of Boston is helping you find a super pet!

The ARL finds homes for about 3,000 animals every year, including cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, ferrets, cows, sheep, horses, snakes, and lizards. We take in animals from a variety of circumstances, but a large portion are responsibly surrendered to us because of “people-related” reasons—their owners were moving, had no time because of a job or life change, or suddenly became sick or financially unable to care for their pets.

Animals like Pringle (pictured upper right), Cupid (pictured middle right), and Peach and Rosalina (pictured bottom center), all have big hearts with lots of love, loyalty, and good company to give to human companions—day and night!

When you adopt from a shelter, you’ll feel good about giving an animal a chance at a better life. And not just one animal – when you take your new pet home with you, the ARL can take in another at one of our shelters.

cupidIn addition to those fantastic feelings of helping a fellow living thing in need, you can also rest assured that, before they go to a new home, every adoptable animal at the ARL receives:

  • Spay/neuter services
  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Behavior screening and evaluations
  • Vaccinations
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Feline Leukemia test for cats/Heartworm test and preventive medication for dogs
  • Microchip identification and registration

With the help of the dedicated staff at our animal shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, you can learn more about whether a particular animal you meet at our shelter is a good pet-match for you before you bring them home.

Search adoptable animals at our shelters

Already adopted a super pet from the ARL or another animal rescue group?  We want to hear from you!

Post a picture and share the story of your super rescue pet on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #ARLSuperpets. Once a week, we’ll pick a winner from all the entries to receive a super pet prize.

Every picture and story you share helps spread the word about just how super rescue pets can be.

Stay tuned for more super pets stories, news, and pets of the week this summer!

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May is National Pet Month

Celebrate the Many Benefits of Having a Pet in Your Life

05-13-14 National Pet Month_Dawn & CatMay is National Pet Month, and this special reminder gives us a chance to think about all the compelling reasons to share your life with a companion animal.

Bringing a pet into your life can have lasting health benefits for both you, and the animal you have chosen to love.  Research shows that pets can lower our heart rate and blood pressure, increase our tendency to exercise, improve our overall mood, and help us manage the stress in our lives.

Pet care can teach children important lessons in responsibility, accountability, and even time management.  Registered therapy dogs can assuage feelings of loneliness in nursing home patients and help children with developmental disabilities learn to read.  The list goes on and on: pets are good for us!

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If you’re thinking about adopting a pert, we hope you’ll come by one of our shelters in Boston, Brewster or Dedham! We always have plenty of amazing animals just waiting for a human companion to call their own.

Adopting a pet from a reputable shelter will provide a needy animal with a safe, happy, and healthy home.

Ultimately, when you adopt you’re saving two lives: your new pet’s and that of the animal who takes his/her place in the shelter, and in return, if we note all of the benefits listed above, you just might be saving yours in the process!

Visit arlboston.org/search-adoptables to find your new pet!

Animal Rescue League of Boston To Host Take Me Home Today Adoptathon August 31

Simultaneous pet adoption events at the League’s Boston, Dedham, and Brewster shelters in end-of-summer push to save lives

Boston, MA – On Saturday, August 31, the Animal Rescue League of Boston will wind down the dog-days of summer with the Take Me Home Today Adoptathon at all three of its shelter locations in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster.

Featuring extended hours, extra staff, door prizes for all pet adopters and more, these fun public events also have a higher purpose: to help find homes for 400 cats and dogs.

“One of our driving priorities is to save more lives,” explains Mary Nee, President of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.  “In addition to finding loving homes for the animals in our care, we want to help more people experience the amazing love and devotion of a shelter pet.”

The Adoptathon is also part of the League’s participation in the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge, a nationwide competition among 50 shelters to increase pet adoptions and qualify for critical grant money for programs and services.

To win the Challenge, the League has from June 1 to August 31 to find homes for 1200 cats and dogs.  To date, the League’s shelters have found forever homes for about 800 pets and have seen an increase in summertime adoptions.

Because the League receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters, Nee says adopting a cat or dog from one of the League’s shelters on August 31 will make a big difference in the lives of animals in need: “Not only will you save the life of the pet you adopt, but you also save the one that will take its place in the shelter, along with countless others that will benefit from the veterinary care and rescue services Challenge grant money will help us fund.”

DSC_1227Animal Rescue League of Boston shelter locations and Adoptathon hours are as follows:

  • Boston: 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA, 11:00 am- 8:00 pm
  • Brewster: 3981 Main St (Rte 6A), Brewster, MA, 11:00 am- 6:00 pm
  • Dedham: 55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

For more information about the cats and dogs available for adoption, visit arlboston.org/search-adoptables.

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TOMORROW: Pet Adoption Event in Mansfield

Mansfield, We’re Bringing Our Adoptable Animals To You

We’re holding a mobile adoption event at the Petco in Mansfield tomorrow. Help us reach our goal of finding homes for 1200 cats and dogs by August 31 by adopting from us. We’re coming to you to make it easier for everyone! Even if you can’t adopt, feel free to stop by and say “hi.” We always enjoy meeting animal lovers everywhere we go!

Mansfield Petco
280 School Street
Mansfield,MA 02048

Fees Waived for Adult Cats Starting Now

 Sponsored Adoption for Cats Over 5 Years

We currently have 15 cats over five-years-old available for adoption and most of them have been here for over a month. Now here’s the good news, thanks to an incredibly generous donor the fees for all 15 cats have been waived! We’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the donor who stepped up to the plate to help our older cats.

With so many kittens and young adult cats at our shelters, our older cats really need some time in the spotlight. With this promotion we hope to highlight the beauty of adopting a fabulous adult feline.

Maryann Regan, Director of Shelter operations at the Animal Rescue League of Boston says, “There are many reasons as to why you should consider adopting an adult pet. For the most part, older pets have passed their critical development stages. Therefore, the personality you see is the personality you get.” Maryann goes on to say that “This might help an adopter make a successful match for his or her lifestyle. For example, senior animals can be calmer and perhaps better trained than their spunky, younger counterparts.”

View our adoptable cats online or stop by our Boston or Brewster shelters and we’ll help you find the purrrfect match! 07-12AdoptableOlderCats

Feline Focus: How to Choose the Right Companion Cat

Reggie, adoptable at our Boston shelter.

Living in a multi-cat household can be extremely rewarding. Contrary to popular belief, cats are highly social creatures that benefit from feline companionship. Cats will often play together, groom each other, and give each other much-needed socialization. So if you’re considering adopting a new feline pal, here are some tips for finding the “purrfect” match:

A New Cat or a Companion Cat?

It is important to know the reason why you’re looking to adopt a new cat. Is the cat for you, or is it a friend for your resident cat? If the former, then the cats only have to tolerate each other and be able to share territory peacefully. If the latter, then you’re looking for a cat who will be interacting with and getting along with your resident cat. If that is the case, then whichever feline you choose must be a good match for your cat, with your own preferences coming in second.

Kitten or Adult?

Age isn’t so important. It’s often thought to be easier to integrate a kitten into a household simply because they are less threatening to a resident cat than an adult. However, there are plenty of adult cats who would make great companions, and because feline personality doesn’t begin to solidify until a cat is about 8 months old, it is easier to make a good match with an adult.

The most important thing is to match energy level/playfulness and personality. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How energetic is my cat? How often does he/she need to play?
  2. What type of play does my cat like? Is he/she very athletic, or more mellow during playtime?
  3. Is my cat outgoing or shy?
  4. Has my cat had previous experience living with or meeting other cats? How has he/she reacted?

For older, less playful cats, a kitten might not be the best choice. Kittens are in constant motion and might aggravate a mellower cat. A kitten might also not do well with an extremely active resident cat who could accidentally hurt a kitten during play.

Male or Female?

With spayed and neutered pets, certain pairings are easier, in general, to integrate. In order:

  • Male/Male companionship is the easiest
  • Male/Female is intermediate
  • Female/Female is more difficult

Female cats can sometimes be more territorial with each other than (neutered) male cats. However, there are always exceptions. There are female cats who come into the shelter who are wonderful with other cats, and there are males who refuse to like other cats, so always ask a staff member or volunteer about a particular cat you’re interested in!

At the Adoption Center

When you’re adopting a companion cat, it’s important to let a volunteer or staff person know about your resident feline. We’re happy to help you pick out the best match and we know our cats pretty well!

For instance, every Monday in our Boston adoption center, we have cat playgroup in which we test our cats’ compatibility with each other. We then place them into groups depending on their interactions (such as, Group 1 for cats who like other cats and love to play, and Group 2 for cats who like other cats but are more mellow). We also often have information on cats from previous owners.

Making your home a multi-cat home can be a great experience, and can add enrichment and socialization for your resident cat. But for the best chance of success it’s important to make a good match.