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Thank You Thursday: Boston Globe Subscribers and GRANT Vouchers

ARL Currently in Globe GRANT Top 15

Thank you to everyone who has mailed in their Boston Globe GRANT voucher and selected the Animal Rescue League of Boston as the non-profit recipient!

A new program, GRANT enables Globe readers to show their support for non-profits by choosing which organizations get free advertising space in The Boston Globe.

Over the past few weeks, Globe subscribers received a voucher in a stylish silver envelope in their regular mail.   The enclosed instructions asked recipients to fill in a charity’s name and mailing address, and return the voucher to the Globe in the pre-paid envelope by March 1.

Very importantly, only the top five organizations with the highest voucher donations will receive free ad space.

The ARL currently stands in 15th place out of 952 non-profits… Not bad, but we need your help to jump into a top position.

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Submitting your voucher is an easy yet meaningful way to help animals like MARGIE (pictured below) find permanent, loving homes!

With free advertising space in the Globe, we can reach more people with information about our adoptable animals and services that help animals suffering from cruelty, abandonment, and neglect.

So if you haven’t sent in your Boston Globe GRANT voucher yet, please mail it in before March 1 and write in the “Animal Rescue League of Boston” as your non-profit choice.

SPECIAL NOTE: Our mailing address for the voucher is 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA  02116.

Margie Globe Voucher

Margie hopes you’ll mail in your Boston Globe GRANT voucher and choose the ARL!

BREAKING NEWS: 35 Animals Rescued from Unlicensed Traveling Petting Zoo

ARL & MSPCA-Angell Combine Efforts to Rescue Cold, Sickly Animals

02-10-14 Ludlow Rescue PonyOn Friday, February 7, the Animal Rescue League of Boston and MSPCA-Angell joined forces to rescue 35 cold and emaciated animals from an unlicensed traveling petting zoo in Ludlow, Massachusetts.

According to the MSPCA, the majority of animals were underwieght.

The ARL’s Rescue Services team brought 12 of the rescued animals, including mini-donkeys, donkeys, ponies, sheep, and goats, to the organization’s Dedham Shelter for immediate care. The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department transported the more severely emaciated and sickly animals including pigs and alpacas to the organization’s Nevins Farm facility.

Today, the MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department charged the animal’s owner Dean Manual of Ludlow with multiple counts of animal cruelty. Manual, 43, faces up to 36 counts of animal cruelty with additional pending charges for assaulting a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

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According staff at the Dedham shelter, the Ludlow 12 are settling in, though they have a long road to recovery ahead.  Some may require extensive and costly veterinary exams.

Help these animals and others like them as they recover from cruel living conditions. Click the button below to make a contribution today!


02-10-14 Ludlow Rescue Goat & Brian

Your donations are GREATLY appreciated. 

Hop to It! Adopt a Rabbit.

February is Adopt-A-Rescued-Rabbit Month

If you’re trying to decide on a new pet consider this: rabbits make perfect household pets for the right people, especially for apartment dwellers.

You won’t have to rush home from work to let a rabbit out. They need some time outside of their cage every day, but they require less attention than dogs or cats. Rabbits eat salad and hay, and love carrots as treats – in moderation.

Rabbits are curious and friendly by nature. They’ll entertain you with their silly antics, and love to cuddle next to you on the sofa. They’re also quiet and clean – they can easily be trained to use a litterbox (huge plus).

Right now all three of our shelters have more rabbits available for adoption than usual including shorthaired, albino mini-lops, mini rexes and several others.

View our adoptable rabbits online, or come to one of our shelters to meet them, and possibly adopt one of these furry loves into your home.

If you don’t have room in your home for any more of these lil’ guys, you can spread the love by sponsoring an adoption fee and helping a deserving bunny hop on home this Valentine’s Day.

Sponsor an Adoption Fee

Thank You Thursday: Clear Channel Outdoor is Spreading the Love

Thank you Clear Channel Outdoor

Clear Channel Outdoor is helping the ARL’s shelter pets find loving human companions and spreading the love this February. The company first partnered with us back in August for our Adoptathon and have been extremely supportive of all of our adoption efforts and campaigns ever since. Partners like Clear Channel Outdoor are so crucial to getting the word out about pet adoption.

Clear Channel Outdoor has generously donated several electronic billboards to us in key areas for our February campaign, so keep an eye out on your commute! Look for our billboards in the following places:

  • Medford: I-93 driving south
  • Medford: I-93 driving north
  • Stoneham: I-93 driving south
  • Peabody: I-95 driving south

Please visit one of our animal shelters to find your valentine. There are many shelter pets waiting for that special someone!

We are very grateful to our animal-loving friends at Clear Channel Outdoor Boston for spreading the love!

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Baba Ganoush: How a Rescue Dog Became a Soul Mate

Heartfelt Update from Baba Ganoush’s New Family

One of 162 animals rescued by the ARL from a home in Plymouth, MA, Baba Ganoush (formerly known as P1) must have had a pretty rough life. When he came to our Dedham shelter, this handsome bulldog suffered from numerous skin conditions and allergies, as well as depression.

He spent almost a year in foster care before he began the long search for that perfect family. A dog who may have seemed hard to love due to his many medical issues and tragic past would need to find the right family and with much patience, he did. Now after almost six months in his new home, Baba Ganoush, aka Hoobie, is sharing his love with everyone he meets.

Read the update from his new mom to see why the love of a rescue dog is all you need:

IMG_1318“When I walked in [to the Dedham shelter] and turned that corner (P1 was the last kennel to the left on the right side), there he was and I was instantly in love. At that moment I just knew. It sounds crazy but I just knew he was meant to be a part of our family. I didn’t care that he had warts, smelly ears, allergies and was old. He was it.

He is so loveable and kind and everyone who meets him just gravitates to him.

People will stop me everywhere to ask to pet him and ask questions about him. He truly has a healing soul.  I have many friends who just ask to sit with him for a little bit to make them feel better. He’s also so good with all the small kids in my life.

We call him “Hoobie” as a nick name, I don’t know why.  All my pets have their “real” name and then a nickname, so those are his.

He has become a little bit of a hoarder. He steals my clothes and puts them in his bed.  He doesn’t eat them of chew on them, I guess he just wants something of mine.  If I’m ever missing my favorite sweater or a shoe, it usually is in Hoobie’s bed.

He is very good to his “little” sister, Rory. She gets jealous a lot that he gets a lot of attention especially from guests and he just moves over and makes room for her.  He has also taught her how to play again – she stopped playing with toys when she was around two.  Now she is right back into it which is really nice. They motivate each other.

We go to this off-leash dog park a lot and he walks right by my side, doesn’t wander at all.

He is truly my buddy. He follows me everywhere, and whimpers for me when he can’t find me.  No offense to my husband, but I feel like he is my soul mate, and I think you’d feel a kindred spirit with him too.” – Aimee

If Baba Ganoush makes you want to “spread the love” this Valentines day, visit arlboston.org/spreadthelove to see how you can help shelter pets find this kind of love. After all, doesn’t each and every animal deserve to find a soul mate?


ARL Inclement Weather Closings for February 5

ARL Closings for Wednesday, February 5

02-04-14 Winter CLosing ARL CatIt looks like another snowstorm is making its way to New England and we want to ensure that our staff and animals are kept safe and warm.

On Wednesday, February 5 our Boston and Dedham shelters will be closed to the public. Even though we’re closed to the public an amazing group of dedicated staff and volunteers will be here to care for the animals.

The Brewster shelter will remain open during normal business hours.

Spay Waggin’ will not be out on the road.

Boston Veterinary Care will have a late start and will be open from 2-7P.M.

Take care and enjoy your snow day everyone!

Visit arlboston.org/winterweather for information and tips on how to keep your pet safe during a snowstorm.

Enjoy 20% Off Pet Dental Services at BVC

We’ll Have Your Pet Smiling In No Time

In honor of Pet Dental Health Month, Boston Veterinary Care (BVC) will offer 20% off pet dental cleanings booked during the month of February!

Did you know that, if left untreated, dental disease can lead to serious health concerns ranging from tooth loss to bacterial infection of the heart, liver and kidneys?

Or that 80% of dogs over the age of 3 and at least 50% of cats have advanced periodontal disease that requires immediate professional treatment?[1]

We encourage you to have your pet’s teeth examined by one of the skilled veterinarians at BVC.   Remember: you get 20% off dental-related products and services booked this month!

Call 617-226-5605 to schedule an appointment for your pet today!


[1] Wiggs RB, Lobprise HB. Periontontology. In: Veterinary Dentistry. Principles and Practice. Philadelphia, PA: Lippin-Raven, 1997:186-231

See What ARL Rescue Does in 90 Mins or Less

NECN’s Ally Donnelly Reports: When Temps Drop ARL Suits Up

The New England Cable News Network (NECN) hopped on our Rescue Truck yesterday for an exciting afternoon of cold weather rescues.

In just under 90 minutes, a turkey with a broken wing from Malden, a swan frozen to the ice from Stoughton, and an abandoned cat found shivering on a farm in Dover were brought into the ARL.

With the recent abundance of cold weather snaps our Rescue Team has been extremely busy and we’re grateful to NECN for coming along for the ride and sharing the work of the ARL.

Watch Ally Donnelly’s report by clicking the video below!


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Happy Tail: Philbert Update, Happy at Home

Cat Saved from Illegal Trap Has Been Adopted!

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Philbert at home.

Philbert was saved by the ARL’s Rescue Team from an illegal leg hold trap back in June and left with a constant reminder of his traumatic experience – the loss of his left front leg.

Read more about his incredible rescue.

His recovery was long and difficult, but thanks to a lot of TLC and a wonderful foster home he became available for adoption earlier this month and just last week he found his purrrfect match!

Not only did he gain a new human family, but he also has a new ARL brother named Sparrow. Thank you so much to his Philbert’s new family for opening their hearts and home to not one, but two special needs cats. Here’s an update from his new mom:

“Phil has made himself completely at home with us.  He and Sparrow, who is the same age and is also a neutered male, seemed interested in getting to know one another from the start. They do spat from time to time, but only over which one perceives the other is getting more attention!

01-28-14 Philbert Update Sparrow Photo


Phil is just a lovely, big, soft, warm pillow of a cat who loves to give (and receive!) head-butts and ear-rubs.

He and Sparrow enjoy going ‘out’ on the three-season porch in the morning after breakfast to watch the birds at the feeder.  He can keep up with Sparrow on his three legs when they go running through the house – and is remarkably graceful doing it –  but for the most part he prefers to lounge.

He likes to spend time with us in the morning and evening, and is content to sleep under or on top of the guestroom bed during the day.

He has made it part of his routine to put both our kids to bed in the evening, staying on their beds until they’re asleep.  He loves both the boys and they love him.  He met the family vet and seemed to love him, too (or at least, he certainly didn’t mind the exam)!

We’re happy that Phil has adopted us and is becoming a part of the family!” – Jennifer

Congrats to this happy family!


January is National Train-Your-Dog Month

Check out ARL classes at arlboston.org/dog-training

Shake a Paw TrickAccording to Kim Melanson, CPDT-KA Behavior Counselor at the ARL, you and your dog can benefit from training in five ways:

Freedom:  A well-behaved dog can have an enriching life by spending more time with his family.  He can hang out with visitors, go places with you and join in on family activities. If your dog has learned some basic house and outdoor manners, he will not jump all over guests or bother them too much. He can ride in a car safely, go to a relative’s house and settle, go to the park or the beach for an outing and come back when called.

Bonding:  With just a few minutes a day of active training and/or adding some training into every day activities, you and your dog can learn more about each other and have fun. The benefits of positive reinforcement humane training are abundant. Both human and dog enjoy the experience as they teach and learn from each other, as well as create a trusting, mutually-enriching, and lasting relationship.

It lets your “dog be a dog”:  Dogs like to do natural things that sometimes do not fit well in the human home such as: chewing, jumping, chasing, and digging. Training them in an appropriate way to have their fun lets them to do ‘doggie’ things and lets you join in too, all while making sure they do not disturb the household in a negative way. Train your dog to chew on dog chews and toys instead of shoes and pillows, sit for greetings and attention instead of jumping, playing ‘find it’ with treats and stuff Kongs instead of digging, and retrieving balls with a drop for chasing. Not only will your dog be happier, but you will also have fun!

Burns mental energy and relieves boredom:  Positive training promotes thinking in dogs and humans, and a thinking brain can relieve excess energy. A few minutes a day can really help your dog rest well and not seek out destructive ways of burning energy. Teaching tricks is a great activity to do on a rainy day – kids and friends will love seeing your dog do tricks!

Keeps dogs in their ‘forever’ home:  Many dogs are surrendered to shelters for behavior problems and or because they  have become too much for the owner to handle. A well-trained dog stays in her forever home because she has become part of the family and is a joy to live with. She can also become an ‘ambassador’ for dogs everywhere. There are public places, apartment buildings and areas that are banning dogs, and some people are frightened of dogs. If our dogs are well-behaved in public, people see that we can keep dogs as an integral part of our society and families.

Training obedience cues of sit, down, stay, drop, come and more are great for dogs to learn, but training also means teaching your dog to live in a human household and beyond. House training, learning to settle, go to a mat or crate, to chew appropriate chews, to play appropriate games, to walk on leash and polite greetings for people and dogs are the cornerstones of a well mannered and well liked family dog.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston offers many dog training classes that review basic and advanced cues, along with house and outdoor manners. We also offer some dog sports and fun agility classes. We are offering a 25% discount for ARL alums and 10% off for BVC clients. For more information about our Boston classes check out our schedule.