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See Something, Say Something – Report Animal Cruelty

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Awareness Month

In support of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month this April, the ARL is kicking off its Spring “See Something, Say Something – Report Animal Cruelty” campaign.

Animal cruelty comes in many forms, including physical abuse, neglect of basic care, abandonment, dog fighting, and animal hoarding. Because many studies have demonstrated a strong link between cruelty to animals and other forms of domestic and community violence, prevention plays a critical role in improving the safety and welfare of both animals and people in Massachusetts.

Know your state’s animal cruelty laws

In 2014, the ARL’s Center for Animal Protection assisted in over 300 animal law enforcement cases. Unfortunately, this is a small number when you consider the startling statistic that 4 out of 5 animal cruelty cases go unreported.

We all have a role to play in prevention. Be aware and get to know the animals in your neighborhood. If you suspect animal cruelty, call your local authorities right away.  Help raise awareness and educate others about this issue.

Learn the 7 most common warning signs of animal cruelty and take action!

While most of us recognize that punching, kicking, burning, choking, or hitting an animal with an object are acts of animal Give a voice to animals.cruelty, there are also several more subtle warning signs of animal cruelty to watch for that could indicate mistreatment, neglect, or abuse:

  1. Howling or barking for a sustained period of time or hearing an animal cry in pain with higher pitched, more persistent vocal sounds than usual.
  2. Singed, matted, chronically or excessively dirty hair or fur.
  3. Wounds, unusual scars, hair loss, frequent limping often on different legs, or signs of improper nutrition such as weight loss or prominent visible ribs.
  4. Animals kept caged or tied with little room to move for long periods of time or without regular interaction with people
  5. Lack of protection from the weather or fece- or debris-strewn living areas for animals.
  6. Collars, leashes, or halters so tight they visibly dig into the animal’s face or neck.
  7. A large number of animals coming or going from a property.

If you know of or suspect animal cruelty, report concerns to your local authorities.  Learn more about how you can prevent animal cruelty at arlboston.org/take-action

Report suspicions of animal cruelty. If you see something, say something.

Do You Have Feral Cats In Your Neighborhood?

Help keep them safe by building a simple DIY cat shelter in your yard

A “feral” cat is defined as a cat that has had little or no human contact since birth. Many were initially former domestic cats that were either lost or abandoned. In many cases, these cats still depend on human caregivers for food and shelter.

Learn more about feral cats

Some feral cat colonies find shelter for themselves under sheds and uninhabited buildings. Living in these structures poses a risk for these cats because their safety is usually uncertain.

To help keep the feral cats in your neighborhood safe from the elements and potential predators, consider building your own shelter. DIY shelters are inexpensive and simple to build. Please keep in mind, there are many ways to build feral cat shelters.

Watch this video to learn how to build your own feral cat shelter:

Did you know…

That the ARL contributes to helping control the feral cat population in the Boston area? The ARL offers FREE spay and neuter TNR (trap, neuter, and release) clinics each year to feral cat caretakers in Boston.

During the clinics, cats receive a behavioral screening to identify “friendlies,” stray animals who could re-adjust to living with people as pets.  In addition to spay/neuter services, cats also receive vaccines and other veterinary services.

Learn more about the ARL’s TNR clinics by visiting www.arlboston.org/fix-a-feral/

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

Happy Change a Pet’s Life Day

Adopt a Pet and Change a Life

“Saving one pet won’t change the world, but for that one pet the world will change forever.”

If you’re the parent of a rescue pet, you know the advantages of adopting from a shelter are infinite.  For those of you considering adopting from a shelter, we’d like to give you some more food for thought!

When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you’re saving two lives: the life of the animal that you adopted and the life of the animal that’s going to take its place at the shelter.  Search the adoptable animals at all three of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) locations at arlboston.org/search-adoptables.

A 7-year-old neutered Poodle/Pekingnese mix, lil’ Max loves to sit in laps, play fetch, and spend time with human friends. Gotta love his smile!

Interestingly, you don’t always have to go to a breeder for a purebred pet.  Studies have shown that over 25% of pets available for adoption at shelters are purebred.  There are also numerous rescue groups that focus on a specific dog or cat breed.

At the ARL shelters, we have a variety of breeds, mixes, hair-lengths, and colors – every day we have a little something different!  Our furry canine friend Max (photo at top right), for instance, is a Poodle/Pekingnese mix currently staying at our Boston shelter. Fond of orange cats?  Tommy (photo at bottom right) could be your perfect match.

Our investment in the animals in our care includes learning their personalities and preferences, so that we can help you find the perfect match for your home and lifestyle.  For our dogs, we use the ARL’s Center for Shelter Dogs Match-Up II Shelter Rehoming program to thoroughly evaluate each dog and provide a fuller description of behavior.

A 4-year-old neutered male, Tommy is oh so handsome and oh so full of energy!

All adoptable animals at the ARL receive the following:

  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Vaccinations
  • Rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets
  • Microchip identification and registration
  • Heartworm test and preventative medication for dogs
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Deworming for intestinal parasites
  • Tag, collar, and leash or carrier

When you buy from a pet store or a breeder these cost are all additional expenses on top of the cost of the pet.

If you’re not looking to adopt a pet at this moment in time, you can help change a pet’s life by becoming a champion for animals.

Rikki’s Story: Unique Dog Finds Best Friend [VIDEO]

Not Every Pet is Perfect, But Every Pet Deserves the Perfect Home!

Several months ago, a little dog named Rikki arrived at our Dedham Adoption Center.  Though she had a deformity in her front legs, she certainly didn’t act like she did.  She moved and played, and was especially sweet.

And that’s what the family that adopted Rikki saw—an affectionate and playful pup who just thought she was like every other dog.

Here at the Animal Rescue League of Boston we treat every animal as an individual and we believe that every pet deserves a chance to experience love and human companionship. This video of Rikki and her person, Katherine, will inspire you – we can all learn something from this wise little girl!

Share this video with your friends, family, and all of your social networks.  Let’s make it go viral! It’s beautifully done and, above all else, a wonderfully happy story!

Please make a donation today to help animals like Rikki find the perfect match all year long.

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Thank you to local videographers Twin Lens Media for producing this video of Rikki and Katherine.  And thank you t0 Rikki’s family for allowing us to share her story.

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 arlboston.org/our-work-in-action.

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.

Paw it Forward by August 30

“Pawing” it Forward Seems to be a Trend Here at the League

Since we started promoting our fee waived cat adoptions back in July, many adopters who took home a fee-waived cat have chosen to pay it forward and sponsor the adoption fee of another cat. Thanks to all of those people, many of our long term cats have been able to find loving homes. We have been so touched by this outpouring of kindness from our adopters and donors. Thank you for caring so much about the other animals.

“Take Me Home Today” our final, shelter-wide, adoption event of the summer will be the last push to reach our adoption goal by August 31. Please help us empty our shelter by sponsoring a portion of a cat or dog’s adoption fee.

Donating $100 may mean that an animal goes home thanks to you! If you’ve ever adopted an animal, you understand the kind of love we are talking about.

Please “paw” it forward and help empty our shelter on August 31, 2013! By sponsoring a portion of an animal’s adoption fee you are not only helping that animal, but also helping us reach that 1200 in 12 weeks goal! You have until Friday, August 30 to make your donation.

PAW it Forward NOW

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Senior Cats With Waived Adoption Fees

Thanks to generous sponsors we have more fee-waived cats adoptions.

If you’re thinking about adopting, please consider one of these senior cats. Baby and Skyy are currently some of the oldest cats in our Boston shelter. They would really like to spend their golden years in a loving home with YOU!

SkyyDo you like Glamour? Look no further. Coupled with just enough attitude to be really classy? Your search has ended! Meet Skyy, a glorious Himalayan male dust mop who will mop up your heart.

  • AGE: 15- year old neutered male Himalayan
  • REASON AT SHELTER: Nervous children.
  • COMPATIBILITY: Wants to be the only cat.
  • LIKES: Head scratching, petting, laps, sofas and sunlight. Playful and affectionate (on his terms).
  • Wants to be an only cat.



Baby is a beautiful dilute tortie cat who has a personality to match. Here at the shelter she immediately purrs when some begins to visit her and leans in gently to petting. She also has incredibly gorgeous green eyes that get really sleepy when she’s happy.

  • AGE: 9-year-old spayed female
  • REASON AT SHELTER: Owners moving
  • COMPATIBILITY: Lived with two other cats. Should be okay with companion cats/
  • LIKES: Back scratches and laps!

We do have more young adult cats with waived adoption fees. You can view our adoptable cats online or stop by one of our shelters to see what other cats qualify for fee-waived adoptions and we’ll help you find the purrrfect match!

By adopting one of these cats you are not only helping a senior cat, you are also helping us reach our goal of saving 1200 cats and dogs by August 31.


Look for Us on the MBTA!

ARL Will Have Ads on the T for July and August

07-1 Car Card ThumbWe are so excited to share that we’re going to have ads up on the T and some buses for the rest of the summer! We’re hoping these ads will help us save more lives and reach our goal of finding homes for 1200 cats and dogs in 12 weeks for the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge! The ad features two League alums, Ruby and Bootsie and emphasizes that we can’t save all these animals ourselves, we need YOUR help to get more animals adopted.

If you see one of our ads on the T or bus please take a picture and tweet us, tag us on Instagram or post Facebook and tag us! Let us know what line you were on (Orange line, Silver line, etc…).

Huge thanks to the MBTA for making this happen!

Love Animals? Come Work Here!

06-24WorkHereThumbOur Dedham Shelter is currently seeking Animal Care and Adoption Agents for both full time and part time positions!

The Animal Care and Adoption Agent position is key to the animal care and adoption center’s operation because it involves every aspect of the site. A high level of professionalism and strong customer service skills are mandatory.  Working in a small busy environment make strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to be a team player absolute requirements.  This position has to be flexible in the duties and responsibilities to best fit the changing needs of the branch and the mission of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Visit the Careers section of our website for more information about job postings and to apply.