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Thank You Thursday: Paws in the Park, a Huge Success

Thank You To Everyone Who Made Paws in the Park 2014 Possible!

This past Saturday over 1,000 people and hundreds of dogs joined the ARL in Brewster, MA for Paws in the Park. The day was beautiful. The venue, Drummer Boy Park, was fabulous. The vendors, contests, performers and DJs were all awesome. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.

A great time was had by all and we hope this will be a new “thing to do” to kick off the summer with your dog on the Cape.

Many thanks to the ARL staff and Marci Tyldesley who organized the event and worked so hard to make everything run smoothly.

Supporting our team was a great crew of Cape volunteers including, Jeanie Handren, Rich Tyldesley, Paul Kelleher, “Sully” Sullivan, David Chandler, Jack Bakker, Joyce Bakker, Diane Cullen, Lorraine Janusas, Mary Utt, Dorothy Becker, Liz Hines, Diane Johnson, Donelle Donnery, Diane Foster, Bradley Fowler, Justine Pitt and Stacey Hedman of Cold Nose Photography.

Thanks again to everyone who joined us for a great cause with a terrific outcome.

One more round of thanks for our event sponsors who are listed below!

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ARL at State House Today!

Special thanks to lawmakers for passage of Senate Bill 1172

Today, the ARL will join together with other animal welfare organizations, state legislators, and disaster protection agencies on the steps of the Massachusetts State House to celebrate the signing of Senate Bill 1172, “An act ensuring the safety of people with pets in disasters.”

Signed into law in March, the bill requires cities and towns to have a plan in place to address the evacuation and sheltering needs of household pets and service animals before, during, and after an emergency or natural disaster.

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The ARL recommends having a sturdy backpack packed with pet feeding and care supplies ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation.

Mary Nee, president of the ARL, will speak at the event, and staff will distribute ARL pet emergency backpacks to legislators.

While having disaster plans in place for people and animals at the municipal level represents a major step forward in Statewide disaster preparedness, individual pet owners should to develop a plan to shelter and care for their animals in the event of an emergency evacuation.

Along with a crate or carrier to transport a pet, the ARL suggests getting a pet emergency backpack ready to go in case of an emergency evacuation.  For a list of supplies to include in a pet emergency bag, visit arlboston.org/packing-list.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also recommends:

  • Getting a sturdy and comfy crate or carrier to transport your pet
  • Finding a shelter alternative that works for both you and your pet
  • Having a picture of you and your pet together in case you get separated during an emergency

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or Instagram for pictures from today’s event!

SPECIAL THANKS to Senator Karen Spilka (D – 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk Districts) for sponsoring Senate Bill 1172 and to all the legislators in the Massachusetts House and Senate for supporting its passage.


One Week Until Paws in the Park!

Kick-off the Summer with the ARL & Your Pup!

There’s just one more week until Paws in the Park! We hope you’ll join us for one of the largest pet festivals on Cape Cod. The event, which takes place on Saturday, May 31 from 11am-2pm will benefit the ARL’s Brewster shelter and promises fun for your whole family, including your pup!

The first 400 people will receive a free swag bag filled with goodies for you and your pet, so don’t forget to set your alarm!

We’d like to extend a big thank you to presenting sponsor Nauset Pet Services, who is the title sponsor for the 4th consecutive year.

$3 admission fee for adults, FREE for children 12 years and under.

Thanks to very gracious donors we have some fantastic raffle prizes for you. Tickets are $2 per raffle ticket and winners will be drawn at 1:45pm. If you have to leave early, don’t worry, you don’t need to be present to win! See what you could win below:

  • One night stay at the Seaport Hotel in Boston
  • Photo 7$100 Gift Certificate to Ark Angel Animal Hospital
  • $100 Gift Card to Addison Art Gallery
  • Two $50 Gift Cards to Arnold’s Clam Shack with mini golf passes (2 separate prizes)
  • $50 Gift Card to Laurino’s Tavern
  • $25 Gift Card to Zia Pizzeria
  • Gift Certificate to Brax Landing
  • Gift certificate for a Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch and a canvas whale tote from The Brewster Stitch
  • Dinner for two at Pisces of Chatham
  • Dinner for four at The Chatham Squire
  • Wine Lover’s Package  – Case of Joseph Carr Wines, 4 custom wine glasses from Cape Cod Glass Designs and a $25 gift card to Main Street Wine & Gourmet 
  • A Year’s Supply of Treats from Blue Dog Bakery
  • Photo Session for your dog with Cold Nose Photo
  • Framed autographed photo, used stick shaft and net from Boston Bruins player Brad Marchand
  • Gift basket from The Honest Kitchen
  • Gift basket from Lower Cape Veterinary Services
  • Gift Basket from The Cape Cod Dog
  • Small Dog Gift Basket from Agway of Cape Cod
  • Large Dog Gift Basket from Agway of Cape Cod
  • 5 Blow-n-Bubbles Self-Serve Dog Washes at Hot Diggity Dog Wash (5 winners)
  • Stroller for small dog
  • “Paws in the Park” cornhole set by Cape Cod Cornholes donated by Agway
  • ARL Emergency Backpack Kit for Dog
  • ARL Emergency Backpack Kit for Cat

Pet of the Week: Nicki, a Hound with a Big Heart

 Meet Nicki!

05-23-14 Nicki PhotoNicki is a sweet 7-year-old Bluetick hound mix who’s been waiting for a furever home for just over a month. She loves to go outside for walks and is very well-behaved on leash. She’s also very smart and will gladly give paw and play fetch.

Like all hounds, Nicki has a passion for sniffing! The moment she’s out the door, her nose is to the ground and she turns into Nicki the hound detective – investigating any scent she comes across!

She is a very friendly dog who warms up quickly, especially if you have treats!

Because Nicki doesn’t always like to share her things, she would do best in a home as the only pet with no small children.

Nicki would like nothing more than to come home with you this weekend!

Read Nicki’s online adoption profile.

If Nicki sounds like the dog for you, come meet her at our Boston shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make the perfect match,  share her  information via social media and help her find a home.

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Nicki showing her “give paw” skills.


Thank You Thursday: Dedham Country Day School Fun Run for Animals

Thank You to the 4th Graders at Dedham Country Day School

On Friday May 9, 2014 the Dedham Country Day School held their annual “Fun Run” which is hosted and organized by Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. McDonnell’s  4th grade classes.

The “Fun Run” is a 1 mile course open to students in grades 1 to 8 in which the students compete against their peers. Each grade has a female and male champion.

The students pay an entry fee to run, the proceeds from which benefit the Animal Rescue League’s Dedham shelter. Over 170 students participated and raised roughly $1600 for the animals at our shelter . The fourth grade class has been hosting this event for 5 plus years and each year it becomes more successful!

Beth Finn, assistant manager of our Dedham shelter stopped by the “Fun Run” with her dog Oscar to cheer on the students and thank them for their very generous donation.

From all of us at the ARL, thank you to the students and teachers at the Dedham Country Day school for helping animals in need!

Some of the students from Mrs. Kennedy & Mrs. McDonnell’s fourth grade classes and Beth Finn, assistant manager of our Dedham shelter, and her dog Oscar.


Pets of the Week: Kingsley & Rigel Become BFFs at ARL Dedham Shelter [VIDEO]

Kingsley & Rigel’s Adoption Fees are Sponsored in Full 

Kingsley (two-years-old) and Rigel (five-years-old) were found as strays and became best friends at the ARL’s Dedham shelter. They are also both FIV positive. These two wonderful cats have grown inseparable and need to find a loving home that will take them both.

Watch their video above to learn more about these pawsome fellas and to see the beautiful bond that they’ve created.

Kingsley and Rigel’s adoption fees have been sponsored in full by very generous donors who have fallen in love with these sweet boys!

Read their profile

If Kingsley and Rigel sound like the cats for you, come meet them at our Dedham shelter. Or if you know someone who’d make the purrfect match,  share their information via social media.

Kingsley & Rigel Photo


Thank You Thursday: Feral Cat Clinic Volunteers Make it Happen

Last Feral Clinic of the Spring Yields 5 “Friendly” Cats

Feral Clinic PhotoThank you so much to all of our volunteers and staff who participated Sunday’s “Fix a Feral” cat clinic. These clinics rely on volunteers and we were happy to see so many new faces! We admitted 65 cats to the clinic, five of which were found to be “friendly” and were admitted to our Boston shelter.

One of the cats who we admitted has a microchip. After tracing her chip we found that she was adopted from one of our shelters several years ago. Unfortunately, all the phone numbers that we have are no longer in service, but our Boston shelter manager sent a certified letter to the last known address and we’ll see if an owner is found!

This serves as an important reminder to 1) microchip your cats and 2) keep your contact information up-to-date. If a cat that has gone missing is brought in to one of our clinics and has a microchip with current contact information. We’ll be able to reunite the cat with his/her owner. Remember, even indoor cats escape sometimes!

We’d also like to thank Bertucci’s for generously donating lunch for our volunteers to help get them through the long day!

feral cat clinic catOur next Fix-a-Feral cat clinics will take place in the fall.

If you’re interested in becoming a trapper and helping TNR (trap/neuter/release) a feral cat community near you, please email feralcatinfo@arlboston.org today. We’re always in need of more feral cat trappers.

Learn more about feral cats: arlboston.org/fix-a-feral


Closing Thoughts on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month From Mary Nee

Today, the last day of April, concludes Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.

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ARL president, Mary Nee

Bringing greater attention to the issue is, of course, central to what the ARL does all year long, yet if you asked me why should we bring greater attention to the issue of animal cruelty, I’d say the reasons go well beyond the mission of our organization.

Reason #1: Animal cruelty is a big problem.

In 2013, the ARL assisted in the investigation of 567 cases of animal cruelty—that’s more than one case a day and we’re just one of many organizations and law enforcement agencies in the state legally pursuing animal welfare issues.

When you consider that at least 80% of animal cruelty remains undiscovered, the magnitude of the problem truly sinks in.

Reason #2: Animal cruelty can indicate other illegal activity, domestic abuse, and mental illness.

Animal cruelty can take many forms.  The intentions behind deliberately inflicting injuries or failing to provide minimum care and nutrition can vary.

Sometimes an animal is physically abused or denied basic care for sport or other financial gain, as in the case of staged dog fighting.  Other times, an animal is intentionally harmed to physically or emotionally intimidate a partner or family member.  In still others, a hoarding compulsion quickly overwhelms an owner’s ability to provide basic care and nutrition to the animals living in the home or on the property.

In each situation, however, the safety and well-being of animals, people, and our communities are all potentially at risk.

Startling statistics remind us of the strong connection between animal cruelty and other forms of violence and criminal behavior.  In a Massachusetts study, for example, 70% of animal abusers had criminal records including crimes involving violence, property, drugs, or disorderly behavior (Arluke & Luke, 1997).

Reason #3: What we do to address animal cruelty reflects our tolerance for other forms of family and community violence.

Heightened awareness of how animals are cared for and treated not only helps reduce the number of tragic cases of animal suffering, but also moves us closer to a more just and humane society where both people and animals are valued.

Whether it’s violence against an animal, child, or an adult, we should all do something to stop it from happening.

Reporting suspicions of animal cruelty to local authorities plays a critical role in prevention.  As we have talked about all this month, if when you see something, please say something and call your local police. 

You will make a tremendous difference in the lives of people and animals.

– Mary Nee, President of the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Test your knowledge of animal cruelty issues by taking the ARL’s Animal Cruelty Quiz and learn more about what you can do to prevent animal cruelty at arlboston.org/take-action


Bunnies are Not Just for Easter. They’re for Life!

Bunnies and Easter go hand-in-hand, but when deciding on giving a rabbit as an Easter gift, consider the chocolate, candy and stuffed animal toy kind first, and if you’re really serious, then think about ADOPTing a rabbit. Adding a real, live rabbit to your family should be a well thought-out decision.

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SUNSHINE is currently available at the ARL’s Boston shelter.

Here’s what you should know about rabbits:

  • They should live indoors.
  • They have a lifespan of about 10 years.
  • Rabbits are sensitive and can be stressed out by small children.
  • They like to chew on cords and furniture, so your home must be bunny-proofed.
  • Rabbits should be neutered or spayed or they will mark your house.
  • They make great apartment pets.

Marianne G., Manager of our Boston shelter, has the following advice “if you are thinking about adopting a rabbit this Easter remember to ask yourself the question, ‘Was I interested in a rabbit before Spring or am I getting caught up by the holiday fever?’” She also notes that “rabbits make fun and entertaining pets.  It can be an exciting surprise to add one to your family at Easter time as long as you have considered the commitment and the care that will last long after you’ve devoured your last Cadbury Crème Egg!”


Thank You Thursday: Urban Grape Raises $1500 for ARL

Thank You Amelia Hughes, Urban Grape & Polka Dog Bakery

urban grape signThis past Saturday, the Urban Grape – a neighborhood wine store with locations in Boston’s South End and Chestnut Hill – held a B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Dog) wine tasting event at their shops and donated 10% of Saturday’s sales to the Animal Rescue League of Boston. They raised $1500 for our shelter animals!

We’d like to extend a special thank you to Amelia Hughes, an extraordinarily generous volunteer and donor, and member of the ARL’s Board of Overseers, who was named Urban Grape’s customer of the month and selected the ARL as her charity of choice!

While humans were enjoying tasting various wines, Polka Dog Bakery was on site providing snacks of the canine-kind for all of the dogs in attendance. They generously donated all proceeds from treats purchased at the tasting to the ARL.

Thank you to everyone who helped support the animals at the ARL through this event! We are so very grateful to have such a wonderful community of supportive donors and businesses!

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