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Articles Tagged with: Adoption
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!

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


The Kitten Found In A Garbage Can Has Been Adopted!

We are excited to share that Paisley, the kitten found in wrapped in plastic bags in a garbage can in Roxbury, has been adopted! Just over two weeks ago she had been abandoned and her fate was unknown. Thanks to a concerned 5-year-old girl, her life was saved. Now Paisley has a great, long life ahead of her. The best part is… she’s going to a home with two other ARL of Boston alums!

Congrats, Paisley! We wish you and your family all the best!

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Gwen Stefani Finds The Perfect Match
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Our staff says goodbye to Gwen Stefani. Photo Credit: Allison Evans

Where would we be in life if it weren’t for second chances? When Gwen Stefani walked through our doors in March of 2012 we knew there was something special about this pretty girl. She had been found in Saugus as a stray, tied to a post. Though we didn’t know her full history, we could see that she was a very sweet and very sensitive dog. She had been with us for several months and had spent some time in a foster home until she was adopted in July of 2012. We we very happy that she had found a great home, but in the end it wasn’t a match. Gwen is a good dog, they were good people, but because they had an active household, and Gwen has a really sensitive personality she was not able to thrive there. And so in January of this year she came back.

Prior to her 2012 adoption she had spent several months in foster care with the CSD’s Dr. D’Arpino. Living with other dogs and a young child allowed her to alleviate the stress of her long term stay at the shelter. When she returned to our shelter in January we immediately started a kennel destress program with her since we were familiar with her anxiety issues and she spent most days upstairs in Dr. D’Arpino’s office where she felt comfortable.

gwen2Our volunteers and staff all loved taking photos of Gwennie and Gwen soon became a regular on our Facebook Page and Instagram. Last week we received a call from someone who was interested in adopting Gwen Stefani. When Silvana originally saw Gwen on our website, she instantly fell in love with her. Since she’s also a fan of Gwen Stefani, Silvana thought it was a sign that it was really meant to be! Silvana and her boyfriend first came in last week and met with Gwen while she was upstairs in office foster. Even though Gwen can be a little fearful of men, she went right up to both Silvana and David (her boyfriend) to say hi and tried to get them to play with her. Aimee, one of our Adoption Agents took them outside to the yard for a bit more space and Gwen was running side by side with David off leash. They came in again with David’s son and he got along great with Gwen. We knew that Gwen had found her forever home! She went home yesterday with her new family!

It’s been a just over a year since Gwen first stepped through our doors and we’ve all grown to love her so much. We are thrilled that she has finally found the perfect match! Rock on Gwen Stefani!

If you would like to help us continue helping animals like Gwen find the perfect match, you can donate today.

Gwen tries to go for a walk with her teddy bear. Photo Credit: Hannah Kahler

Gwen tries to go for a walk with her teddy bear. Photo Credit: Hannah Kahler


Sandy Needs You

SandyMeet Sandy …

She is approximately 7-years-old and is a Chow Chow mix. She has been a stray for the past year or so, and came to us in need of love and care. With some serious TLC, nutritious food and a warm and comfortable bed, Sandy has grown more confident and relaxed around us everyday. She’s a smart girl and knows “sit,” “down” and “paw.”

She would do best in a quieter home with older children, and maybe with another quiet dog. Sandy is a mellow girl who loves her squeaky toys and going for walks around the neighborhood.

Due to her extended time outside without proper care, Sandy tested positive for heartworm. We are hoping to find someone willing to foster-to-adopt until she completes her round of treatment with our veterinarians.

Do you have room in your heart and home for Sandy? Please contact us at  617-226-5602 or by email at adoption@arlboston.org.


Heidi and U-Haul Celebrate Adopt-A-Guinea Pig Month
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Heidi (L) & U-Haul (R)

March is Adopt-A-Guinea Pig Month!  Most people assume that animal shelters only have cats and dogs, but here at the Animal Rescue League of Boston we have a knowledgeable staff and are able to accommodate a variety of animals including guinea pigs! Julie Morris, ASPCA senior vice president for National Shelter Outreach, designated March as Adopt-a-Rescued-Guinea Pig celebration month. “The idea behind the celebration month is to encourage future adopters to think of shelters and rescue groups first.” Between our three branches, we currently have 6 guinea pigs available for adoption, so if you’re thinking about getting a guinea pig, why not consider adopting one from the League?

U-Haul and Heidi are 3 year old female guinea pigs who were brought to the League because their owner was moving. They have lived together since they were babies and are best friends  As you can imagine they are very attached to each other and would like to go to their forever home together. They are well socialized, very friendly and like being held and petted. Will you help Heidi and U-Haul celebrate Adopt-A-Guinea Pig Month in  new home? Share this with anyone you know who’s thinking of getting a guinea pig! If you’re interested in adopting Heidi and U-Haul, stop by our Boston Adoption Center or give us a call at 617.426.9170.


Welcoming Your Adopted Dog Into Your Home

Congratulations! You’ve adopted a dog and he or she going home with you, so what’s next? After dog-proofing your house and gathering the necessary supplies (collar, ID tag, water bowl, crate, food, toys, and cleaning products), you’ll need to think about how to acclimate your pup the moment his paws walk through your front door.

Before You Bring Your Dog Home:

  • Gather Needed Supplies – Leash, Collar, ID Tag, Crate or Gates(if needed), Bed, Bowls, Food, Treats, Toys, Grooming Supplies, Waste Bags, Enzymatic Cleaner.
  • Dog-Proof your house by looking for and removing hazardous items and valuable items that the dog could chew.
  • Setup your house for the dog’s arrival. Determine where the dog’s crate, bed, and bowls will be placed. Decide where food, treats, and supplies will be stored. Determine the house rules for the dog and make sure all family members know what they are.
  • Decide what the dog’s schedule will be for walks, play, training, feeding, and potty time and who will be responsible.

The First Day:

  • Determine ahead of time where the dog will ride on the way home. It’s best to have two people if possible; one to drive and the other to pay attention to the dog. Bring towels just in case the dog gets car sick.
  • Bring the dog straight home – try not to run errands on the way.
  • No welcome-home parties. Limit/discourage visitors for the first few days so that your new dog isn’t overwhelmed.
  • When you arrive home let the dog sniff around the yard or outdoor area near your home on a leash. Bring your dog to your designated potty spot and reward the dog with a treat for going there.
  • Introduce your dog to your family members outside, one at a time. Keep it calm and low-key. Let the dog be the one to approach, sniff and drive the interaction. Offering a treat can help the dog to associate family members with good things(food!). No hugging, kissing, picking up, staring at, or patting on the top of the head during the initial introduction – these things can be scary for some dogs.
  • Stay close to home initially. No major excursions. You need to learn your new dog’s behavior before you can predict how it will respond to different stimulus. Establish a walk routine in an area you are familiar with. Structured play in the yard is also a good form of exercise, bonding, and training.
  • Bring your dog into the house on a leash and give it a tour of the house. Try keeping the mood calm and relaxed and redirect any chewing or grabbing of objects with a “leave-it” and offering an appropriate toy.
  • Bring your new dog outside often. Dogs don’t generalize as well as we do, so even though your dog may have been house trained in its previous home, your dog needs to learn your house rules, which includes a house training refresher.
  • Make sure your new dog gets ample “quiet time” so that your dog can acclimate to the new surroundings. Be observant of the dog’s responses and go at the dog’s pace.
  • If you have a resident dog(s), have the initial meeting outside (one dog at a time if you have several). Don’t rush it. Keep the leashes loose with no tension.  Make sure they meet in a food-free, toy-free zone.  Don’t leave them alone together until you are absolutely sure it is safe to do so. Watch and manage all interactions between the dogs initially. When walking the dogs a different person should walk each dog.
  • If you have a resident cat(s), keep the cat secure until you know how the dog will react to it. Use doors, gates, and leashes to prevent contact initially. Don’t give the dog the opportunity to chase the cat. Make sure the cat has escape options. Keep initial encounters brief. Manage all interactions.

Establish Daily Routines:

  • Sleeping-Initially the crate or bed should be in the room you would like the dog to sleep in eventually. The area should be safe, dog-proofed, easily cleaned, cozy and quiet, with familiar scents. Don’t put your new dog in an uninhabited area like the garage or basement.
  • Feeding-Check with your vet about what the recommended food and amounts should be for your dog based on breed, size, age, activity level, and health. If possible, feed two smaller meals per day rather than one large meal. You may need to reduce the meal size to allow for treats during training. Make sure the dogs food dish is in a safe, out of the way area.
  • Walks – Keep the walks short at first (5-10 minutes) until you get to know your new dog’s behavior and how it responds to different stimuli. Keep to relatively quiet places at first. Avoid interaction with other dogs and unfamiliar people until you and your dog are comfortable.
  • Chew Toys/Interactive Toys – Use of the crate and appropriate toys are great ways to keep your new dog out of trouble. Management of your dog and the environment prevents problem behaviors. Chew toys are a great way to direct your dog’s attention to appropriate toys, and away from objects that you don’t want your dog to destroy. Interactive toys help your dog to use its mind and tire them out, mentally. With a new dog, avoid rough and tumble, slapping, wrestling, and chase games when playing with your dog.
  • Prevent separation anxiety – Use a crate and a toy in combination with leaving for short periods and coming back several times a day, starting with your first day with your new dog. Don’t make a big fuss of coming or going.

Relationship Building:

Patience- have patience with your new dog’s behavior, level of training, and the time it takes to establish a bond with you. Give your new dog time and space to adjust. Commit time the first few days to get to know your dog’s habits and personality. Establish a routine for the dog and balance interaction and down-time. This is a period of trust-building, so don’t scare or yell at the dog or try to force close contact. Watch your dog’s postures and expressions. Learn to read him. It may take even up to several months for you to get to know your dog’s true nature. And don’t forget, your new dog is trying to do the same with you!

Training- physical and mental stimulation are necessary parts of your dog’s well-being. Training helps your dog settle into a new home, teaches your dog how to fit in to a new family, and strengthens the relationship between you and the dog. Once your dog has settled in and you are familiar with your dog’s responses, take a positive reinforcement style training class (avoid dominance-based methods). You can sign up for humane dog training classes at the Animal Rescue League’s Boston or Dedham’s Branches.

Last: Remember to manage your dog’s environment so that you set him up to succeed. Be proactive, not reactive. In other words, prevent inappropriate behavior from happening, and then you won’t have to correct it.


Nauset Pet Services Named Presenting Sponsor of Paws for Celebration 2013

For the second consecutive year, Nauset Pet Services in Eastham will be the presentingarlboston_paws_for_celebration-6 sponsor of “Paws for Celebration”, giving it top billing at the signature annual fundraiser for the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Cape Cod branch. Nauset Pet Services has been serving pets and their people on the Cape for forty-one years. They are a full service pet care facility offering boarding, doggie daycare, grooming, training, and petsitting services in Eastham.

“We are so thrilled and appreciative to have Nauset Pet Services as the presenting sponsor for the second year in a row,” added Sandra Luppi, Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center manager. “Their support and generous donation gives the fundraising initiative a huge jump start. They’re a wonderful community partner.” Said Noelle Smith, co-owner of Nauset Pet Services, “We are so excited to be a part of this amazing event once again! It’s such a great day to acknowledge all that the Animal Rescue League of Boston does, as well as to celebrate our pets.”

The Third Annual “Paws for Celebration” will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 11 AM – 3 PM. The signature, annual event includes a pledge walk through downtown Orleans and pet-related activities, entertainment and vendors on the front lawn of Nauset Regional Middle School.

Last year’s event attracted nearly 2,000 people and 700 dogs. Once again, the event will be emceed by Cool 102’s Joe Rossetti and John Taylor, and WCOD’s Stephanie Viva. Among the entertainment and activities already planned are a Frisbee dog show, a police K-9 unit demo, a caricature artist doing caricatures of people and dogs, a “doggie” photo kissing booth, contests, face painting, a silent auction and, of course, the one mile pledge walk. People will be encouraged to form walk teams, recruit walkers and collect pledges from friends and family, all to benefit the adoption center in Brewster.

For more information about the 2013 Paws for Celebration event, visit www.arlboston.org/pawsforcelebration.


Bergmann’s Not Horsing Around, He’s Ready For A Home

BergmannBergmann is a 16hh, 19 year old Trekener gelding horse. Don’t let his age fool you, he is young at heart!

He loves going on long rides and loves people, dogs and other horse friends. He is a solid walk, trot, canter horse who enjoys going for a trail ride or walk through the field. He is very athletic and picks up the canter from the walk, swaps his feet, and has a trot that is quite comfortable! He can sometimes be spooked with new stimuli and situations so he should only go to a home with an experienced rider. (Though he will not buck or take off with you.)

Bergmann is the perfect gentleman on the ground and leads very quietly. He stands patiently on the cross ties, you can bathe him and groom him all day long – he loves the attention! Did we mention that he love carrots and apples?

If you are looking for a good guy who is sweet, kind and an all around good doer, and cute to boot – Bergmann is your man!

Bergmann’s original owner stated he is registered, but we do not have access to papers. He is also trained in 2nd level dressage. Would not be a suitable jumper, or lesson horse (we are looking for a home where he can enjoy his later years as a pleasure mount.)

Bergmann is barefoot and currently has no known medical or soundness issues.

His adoption fee is $1,000. If you are interested in learning more about Bergmann, please call the Animal Rescue League of Boston‘s Dedham Adoption Center at 781-326-0729, or e-mail aarseneau@arlboston.org.

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Adoption Spotlight: Clooney

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Clooney is an independent, 5 year old dog who was found as a stray. He’s been at the Animal Rescue League of Boston since December. Clooney enjoys playing with other large dogs here in our playgroup. His prey drive is pretty high, so he should not go home with small dogs, cats or other small critters. Just yesterday he stopped during his walk to watch the squirrels in the tree. He’s not the most cuddly dog, but he’s a great companion for someone who enjoys being outdoors or wants a dog who doesn’t require a lot of attention. He walks nicely on an easy walk harness and knows how to sit.

If you’re looking for a handsome dog to add to your family, Clooney is your guy! You can meet him at our Boston Adoption Center this weekend. We’re open Friday-Sunday 1-4pm, Tuesday-Thursday 1-7pm. If you know someone who’d be able to give Clooney the loving home he deserves, please share Clooney’s story with them!

How can anyone say "no" to a face like this?

How can anyone say “no” to a face like this?


Lil’ Nugget: The Story of an ARLB Foster Kitten (Part II)
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Lil’ Nugget. Photo Credit: Maria L. Uribe

It’s been a good week for Lil’ Nugget. Last week he was a little under the weather. He was struggling with a respiratory infection and had to be in isolation on a strict medical regimen. Today he’s off his meds, out of isolation and his eyes are crystal clear. Now this shy little guy begins the process of socialization! 

His foster mom, Maria, sent us an update last night and said that “he has started to explore around the house. He climbed 2 stairs for the first time yesterday.” He’s as curious as any kitten. Now that Lil’ Nugget is healthy he needs to start working on his people skills. Maria will work on getting him to become less timid. She explains that he “still needs socializing, because he is very shy, but getting better every day.” Physical contact is one of the best ways to get him to come out of his shell. Maria will be spending the next few weeks holding and petting Lil’ Nugget, playing with him, introducing him to her own cat and helping him become more comfortable with people. Check back next Tuesday for an update on Lil’ Nugget and find out how he gets along with his foster sibling!

Missed last week’s post about Lil’ Nugget? Catch up on his story now!