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Thank You Thursday: Dog Treat Bakeries Donate to ARL

Thank You to PolkaDog Bakery & The Barkery

Last week’s Lobby Day was made a little sweeter (for the dogs that is) thanks to ARL supporters Polka Dog Bakery and The Barkery.

We distributed their generously donated, custom dog treats throughout the Massachusetts State House to legislators and Lobby Day participants.

Thank you to both PolkaDog Bakery and The Barkery for helping to get the word out about the ARL and for providing us with such awesome items to hand out. We really appreciate your generous donations!

The Barkery's custom treats looked good enough for human to eat!

The Barkery’s custom treats looked good enough for human to eat!

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Little Oscar couldn’t get enough of these treats from PolkaDog Bakery.


Thank You Thursday: The Broadway Dog Spa Donates Grooming Services for Lynnfield Dogs

Thank You Broadway Dog Spa!

The six dogs that the ARL’s Rescue Team removed from the Lynnfield hoarding house a few weeks ago underwent a dramatic transformation thanks to The Broadway Dog Spa in South Boston. The ARL doesn’t have professional groomers on staff, so whenever we take in a dog with a dire need for grooming, we rely on support from local businesses to help the dog look his or her best.

From the moment we took in the Lynnfield dogs we knew that they needed to see a groomer as soon as possible! All of their coats were overgrown and some were caked in feces and urine. Not only was a good grooming important to the dogs getting adopted, it was important to their overall health and self esteem.

The Broadway Dog Spa generously agreed to donate their grooming services to help. Take a look through our before and after photos and you’ll see the dramatic transformation. They look like entirely different dogs!

Most importantly, the grooming seemed to change their dispositions. They were clearly happier after their grooming. The dog with the most obvious shift was Zorro. Initially, very timid, he would hide in the back of his kennel and cower. Immediately after his grooming it was as though a huge weight had been lifted off of him. His tail wouldn’t stop wagging and he would run to the front of his kennel, eager for attention.

Today’s Thank You Thursday is dedicated to Michelle at The Broadway Dog Spa for coming to the aid of these dogs and generously donating grooming services to the ARL. Thank you!

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Georgina Before-After

 


ARL Makes a Splash at Humane Lobby Day

President Mary Nee Spoke About Animal Cruelty Awareness & Prevention

Volunteer programs manager, Debby Vogel and ARl president, Mary Nee with Turtle at the State House.

Volunteer programs manager, Debby Vogel and ARL president, Mary Nee with Turtle .

Yesterday was Humane Lobby Day for animals and our staff, volunteers and our canine advocate, Turtle, hit the steps of the Massachusetts State House running!

This year’s Humane Lobby Day boasted record high attendance and we were proud to be able to help show legislators how deeply voters feel about animal welfare.

Our team of over 20 staff and volunteers made sure everyone at the event knew exactly who the Animal Rescue League of Boston is and what type of work we do in Massachusetts.

ARL president Mary Nee was one of the key speakers at the event. Her speech emphasized the importance of legislation that protects animals like Puppy Doe, and countless others, from cruelty and suffering.

Our canine advocate, Turtle, enjoyed the spotlight at Humane Lobby Day.  With her red “SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING” t-shirt, TURTLE, a former bait dog who was found barely clinging to life almost 4 years ago, shared our important message about animal cruelty awareness! If you see or suspect animal abuse, say something by calling your local authorities.

She mingled with everyone from ARL president Mary Nee, to animal welfare advocates to state representatives, including Rep. David Linsky of Natick, sharing her story with everyone she met.

We’d like to extend our thanks to our volunteers, without whom we would never have been able to get our message and legislative agenda out to all 160 representatives and 40 senators! The ARL has the best volunteers in the world and we are so grateful for all they do!

Group Photo

Group Photo!

Mary Speaking

ARL president, Mary Nee speaking at Humane Lobby Day.

Turtle & Table Cloth

Turtle in front of our table.

Turtle was the best canine advocate anyone could ask for!

Turtle was the best canine advocate anyone could ask for!

Volunteers ready to get to work!

Volunteers ready to get to work!

Some volunteers came all the way from Cape Cod!

Some volunteers came all the way from Cape Cod!

 

ARL president, Mary Nee with a volunteer.

ARL president, Mary Nee with a volunteer.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The ARL Will Participate in Humane Lobby Day

Humane Lobby Day is Tomorrow, 3/18

Meryl Davis

We’re doing this for shelter pets like, Meryl Davis. She’s pretty excited about Lobby Day!

Humane Lobby Day is an event sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States in the Massachusetts state capital. Citizen animal advocates like you gather to learn and practice lobbying for animal protection laws at the state level. This full-day event includes a lobbying workshop and an overview of relevant bills in the MA state legislature.

Local animal welfare organizations including the Animal Rescue League of Boston also participate in this exciting day! We’ll have representatives (volunteers and staff) from our organization at the Massachusetts Humane Lobby Day tomorrow.

The ARL’s approach this year is to focus on making sure that legislators have an awareness of who we are, and what we do for animals in the Commonwealth.  We have assembled a team of volunteers to help with distribution of information packets, which include general information about our organization and our legislative agenda.

We will be visiting every single legislator’s office in the state house (160 representatives and 40 senators)!

We hope to see you there! Follow the ARL on Twitter for photos and live updates from the event.

Visit the website for the Humane Society of the United States to learn how you can be involved.


Pets of the Week: All of the Piggies at ARL Shelters

March is Adopt A Guinea Pig Month

The month of March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month.

Many people don’t realize that our shelter and others adopt out these adorable pets.

Here are three great ways you can support guinea pigs in shelters this month:

  1. Adopt. Guinea pigs make great pets. If you’d like to learn more about them, call our Brewster shelter and speak with one of our adoption agents.
  2. Spread The Word. Tell your friends and family they can adopt guinea pigs at the ARL’s Brewster shelter rather than buying from a pet store.
  3. Foster. Sometimes even guinea pigs need foster parents.

03-13 Guinea Pig Month_ThumbCharlie, pictured left, is one of several guinea pigs as our shelter. He is a smaller sized boy with that spiky abyssinian hair.

Charlie is used to being held, though he can be a little timid when in his cage. He likes to eat his salads and munch on his hay. He will be a great pet for his new family – come meet him at our Brewster shelter on Cape Cod soon!

Read his profile.

View other available guinea pigs: arlboston.org/search-adoptables


NEWS: 199 Animals Taken from Lynnfield Hoarding House

ARL helping rescued animals recover from neglect and find new homes

At the end of February, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) partnered with MSPCA-Angell to remove 199 animals from a home in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

In one of the largest hoarding situations the ARL has responded to in recent years, a wide range of species including dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles lived in unsanitary conditions, stacked in cages and crates in different areas of the home.  All of the animals were voluntarily surrendered to the ARL and MSPCA-Angell.

After the ARL’s Rescue Services team removed animals from the home, the team brought 60 to our Boston shelter for emergency medical care.  According to Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of animal welfare at the ARL, many of the animals had serious health issues resulting from neglect.

“When people suffer from the complex psychological conditions that lead to animal hoarding, they become overwhelmed with caring for all the animals they accumulate,” explains Dr. Smith-Blackmore.

“In hoarding situations, both the owner and the animals need help.  If you see something that suggests an animal hoarding situation, say something to your local authorities.”

Working together, our veterinary and shelter staff mobilized a temporary isolation area for the cats requiring long-term medical treatment and found places for them at the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats in Lunenburg, where they will continue to receive rehabilitative care.  The ARL also asked Jabberwock Reptiles in Winchester, for assistance taking in the reptiles recovered from the home, including sickly blue-tongued skinks and snakes.

The 6 dogs and 13 birds remaining at the ARL’s shelters continue to make progress in their recovery.  Broadway Dog Spa in South Boston generously donated grooming services and the Boston shelter has already begun to identify potential adopters for the shy, but very sweet dogs.

All three of our shelters have taken in the birds.  Staff members are getting to know their unique personalities, while providing proper nutrition and care.

If you would like to help these animals and others like them recover from neglect, click the green button below to make a donation.

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Danielle Genter, senior rescue technician at the ARL, comforts one of the dogs removed from a hoarding situation in Lynnfield, MA, at the end of February.

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The coats of the dogs were so overgrown that most of them could barely see.

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It appears that this dog, removed from the Lynnfield home, was living in very unsanitary conditions. His coat was filthy.

 

 


Thank You Thursday: Mod Squad Helps Shelter Dogs

Huge Thanks to Our Mod Squad

Halle gets a hug from Mal.

The ARL Mod Squad is a select group of experienced volunteers who specialize with training the ARL’s shelter dogs.

Working together as a team, they provide essential support in the Boston adoption center for dogs with a variety of health and behavioral issues, making sure that, even at the busiest times, every dog gets individual enrichment.

The Mod Squad also helps with adoptions – helping with introductions, offering tips and advice to potential adopters – taking photos and now taking videos!

halleToday we’d like to dedicate “Thank You Thursday” to our Mod Squad. Their latest effort has been working with shelter dog, HALLE BERRY and helping her find a home.

Halle is an active two-year-old dog who knows all her basic cues and is eager to learn. She loves cuddling with people and can be a sweet, couch potato once she has gone out for a nice walk.

Halle has been waiting for a home since November and we hope that someone will choose her soon! The Mod Squad put together this excellent video of Halle, highlighting her knowledge of commands and agility skills. Hopefully, the right person will watch it and fall in love with Halle.

Watch the video below to see Halle’s wonderful personality… and the hard work that the Mod Squad has put in to train her!

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Thank you, Mod Squad!


UPDATE: Animals Rescued from Unlicensed Traveling Petting Zoo

Animals Rescued on 2/7 in Ludlow Getting Ready to Go Home

Monica

Monica, available for adoption!

We have an exciting update on the animals taken in by the Animal Rescue League of Boston on February 7 from an unlicensed traveling petting zoo in Ludlow, Massachusetts!

Read the details of the Ludlow rescue.

In their prior circumstances, the animals did not have adequate shelter and their previous owner has been charged with 36 alleged counts of animal cruelty.  The ARL’s rescue services team assisted the MSPCA in providing emergency transport and care for 12 of the 35 animals involved in this case.

Since arriving at the barn at our Dedham shelter, the Ludlow 12 – including standard donkeys, miniature donkeys, goats, sheep, and Shetland ponies – received medical attention, proper nutrition, and a visit from the farrier, a specialist in equine hoof care.

All have made terrific progress in their recovery.  Those with overgrown hooves learned to walk properly again and all began going out into the livestock paddock on sunny days.

Thanks to special TLC from shelter staff, the personalities of these gentle creatures started to shine through as they relaxed in their new environment.  With their friendly and cuddly ways, the standard donkeys, FORREST (pictured below) and JENNY, in particular have endeared themselves to all their visitors!

Late last month, their previous owner officially surrendered them to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and potential adopters began asking about them almost immediately.

Ross, available for adoption!

Ross, available for adoption!

You can view the Ludlow animals currently available for adoption on our website.

If you would like to contribute to the costs of medical care and food for these animals and others like them, please click the button below to make a contribution today!

DONATE NOW

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Forrest loves posing for the camera!


Thank You Thursday: Girl Scouts Going for the Bronze

Girl Scouts Donate Treats & Toys for Shelter Pets

02-27-14 Thank You Girl Scouts_PhotoThese Girl Scouts from the Learning Project Elementary School in Boston have been working hard at earning their bronze award. For their service project they’ve chosen to help the animals at the ARL and they keep stopping by our shelter with lots of new goodies for the animals here.

Over the past few months they’ve donated handmade cat toys, dog food, peanut butter, treats and towels for the animals at our Boston shelter.

We’re always so thrilled to see kids getting involved with animal welfare from a young age! Thank you for all that you do to help shelter pets! Keep it up girls!

If you’d like to donate items to the ARL’s shelter pets view our shelter wishlist.

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Tomorrow: World Spay Day Twitter Chat with Dr. Schettino

Learn the Facts & Myths About Spay/Neuter

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Dr. Edward Schettino

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day, a day that allows us to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter.

Spay/neuter represents one of the most humane ways to lessen the number of homeless animals in our communities.

To celebrate the occasion we’re hosting an Ask the Vet Twitter Chat on February 25,12pm -1pm. You can join fellow supporters of animal welfare and Dr. Edward Schettino, our director of veterinary services to discuss this important issue.

Conversation topics include:

  • How to encourage more people to spay/neuter their pets
  • Common myths about spay/neuter
  • Health benefits and cost savings

To participate in the conversation, follow the ARL on Twitter (@arlboston) and submit your questions using the hashtag #ARLAskaVet. Questions may be submitted real time or in advance.

For more information about spay/neuter and low-cost resources visit arlboston.org/spay-neuter or download our “5 Good Reasons to Spay/Neuter” flyer.