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Watch for 7 Warning Signs of Animal Cruelty, Says Animal Rescue League of Boston

As part of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, ARL encourages public to report concerns to local authorities

 Boston, MA – During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month this April, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) wants to help the public better understand the importance of reporting suspected animal cruelty to local authorities.

“All too often, animal cruelty remains undiscovered,” explains Mary Nee, president of ARL. “By many estimates, four out of five cases remain concealed from authorities. Public awareness and reporting suspicions of animal cruelty play a critical role in prevention.”

According to the National Link Coalition, a strong connection exists between animal abuse and other forms of family and community violence. Law enforcement agencies including the International Association of Chiefs of Police have also expressed concern about the relationship between animal cruelty, domestic violence, child and elder abuse, and other violent crimes.

“Breaking the self-perpetuating cycle of violence, protecting animals, and creating safe, humane communities has to be a priority for us all,” adds Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of animal welfare at the ARL.

See Something Tear Card Image

During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, pick up an emergency contact card from an ARL animal shelter in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham.

While most members of the public recognize that punching, kicking, burning, choking, or hitting an animal with an object are acts of animal cruelty, there are also more subtle signs to watch for that could indicate mistreatment, neglect, or abuse. 

To help the public better understand the issue, the ARL offers 7 warning signs of animal cruelty:

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 or suspect animal cruelty, Nee says contact your local authorities as quickly as possible: “We can all give a voice to victims of animal cruelty if, when we see something, we say something to local law enforcement.”

 Visit an ARL animal shelter in Boston, Brewster or Dedham in April to pick-up a “See Something, Say Something” emergency contact card. Learn more about preventing animal cruelty at arlboston.org/take-action.

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the ARL is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In 2013, the ARL served over 14,000 individual animals through our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, and our law enforcement, rescue, and veterinary services. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.

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Thank You Thursday: 60 Cats Spayed/Neutered at Fix A Feral Clinic

First Feral Cat Clinic of 2014

Clinic organizer and Boston shelter Manager, Marianne, was simply thrilled with the outcome of the clinic!

Clinic organizer and Boston shelter manager, Marianne, was simply thrilled with the outcome of the clinic!

We’d like to thank all of the volunteers and staff who helped with Sunday’s Feral Cat Clinic at our Boston shelter.

A total of 60 cats were spayed or neutered. It turned out that two of the cats were friendly strays and we were able to take them in to our Boston shelter. They should be available for adoption soon.

Our group of volunteers included 6 surgeons and a Tuft’s student and an additional 23 volunteers! Without all of them, our Feral Cat Clinics would not be possible.

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

Our Feral Cat Clinics are in their 5th year and are gaining momentum with each clinic. Great job everyone!

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 are always in need of more feral cat trappers.

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

One of the cats at the clinic.

One of the cats at the clinic.

Lunch delivery!

Lunch delivery from Cask n’ Flagon !


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!

03-27-14 Thank You Oscar Photo

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


Tips for Tails at Centre Street Cafe in JP

Fundraiser in Jamaica Plain this Weekend

Throughout the weekend of March 21st through March 23rd, Marc, from Centre Street Cafe in Jamaica Plain is donating all of his tips from his shifts to the ARL!

The ARL’s director of development, Julie Ann McNary will be at Centre Street Cafe on Saturday to answer questions about the organization and share information about the ARL’s important work.

03-22-14 Photo Marc with DogLearn more about Marc’s event or support his cause by visiting his donation page: crowdrise.com/MarcAnimalRescueLeague

The fundraiser will take place during the following times:

  • 03/21 Friday night dinner: 5p.m.-9:30p.m.
  • 03/22 Saturday brunch: 9a.m.-3p.m.
  • 03/22 Saturday dinner: 5p.m.-9:30p.m.
  • 03/23 Sunday brunch: 9a.m.-3p.m.

We’d like to say thank you to Marc for choosing to raise funds for the ARL and for caring so much about shelter animals! Your support is much appreciated!


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.


Adoptable Dogs to Visit with Mirabelle at Pawsh!

Donations for ARL Accepted During Children’s Book Signing Event Tomorrow, 3/16

mirabelleAdoptable dogs from the Animal Rescue League of Boston will make a special appearance during a special book-signing event hosted by Pawsh Dog Boutique on Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.!

Do you know the adorable Boston terrier who graces the front of the t-shirt in their window and the cover of their greeting cards and children’s books?

Her name is Mirabelle and she’s coming to Pawsh for a book signing! The children’s books follow Mirabelle as she discovers the simple joys of every day, from playing catch to chasing a butterfly.

Pawsh will also collect supply donations at the event for the ARL, including new and lightly used leashes, blankets, towels, sheets and unopened treats. View our Boston shelter wishlist online.

For more information and updates visit the Pawsh Facebook event page.

Thank you to Pawsh for inviting our adoptable dogs and collecting donations on our behalf!


Meet Gus the Degu. What’s a Degu?

Degu 101

Our Boston shelter has a very special and very tiny guest who’s waiting for someone who wants a unique and spunky small pet like him. His name is Gus and he’s a degu. Never heard of a degu? Neither have most people, so here’s a little introduction to the species!

Relative newcomers as pets, full-grown degus are about the size of a pet rat, but with a long fluffy tail, large eyes and mouse-like ears.

Most degus are social and like to live with others of their kind BUT not our GUS! The reason he was brought to the ARL in the first place is because he didn’t get along with his Degu buddy. In essence he’s the exception to that rule.

Another important note, degus don’t like to be handled, but do enjoy human companionship. Their antics, often accompanied by excited chattering or gentle coos, can keep you entertained for hours. Their average life span is five to ten years.

Here’s a random fact about degus: they have yellow teeth. Unlike humans, if their teeth turn white it typically means they’re not healthy.

Before adopting a degu, consider the following:

  • Degus need nutritious food, fresh water and a clean habitat.
  • Degus clean themselves by rolling in dust, so you’ll need to provide a dust bath.
  • Degus need daily exercise and play.
  • While they are excellent companions, most degus do not like to be handled, but Gus loves getting his cheeks scratched. Watch the video below.
  • Degus require a larger habitat than most rodents.

Now that you have some basic info about degus. We hope you’ll be that special someone Gus is waiting for!

 


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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One Night Stay for You and Your Valentine

Become a Champions Circle Member & Be Entered to Win

Looking to surprise your valentine? Why not get him or her two gifts? A chance to spread the love by helping animals in need all year and a chance to win a one night stay at the Seaport Hotel in Boston!

Your monthly donation will help shelter pets like ORLANDO.

Your monthly donation will help shelter pets like ORLANDO.

Join the ARL’s Champions Circle now through February 14 you’ll be entered to win a *one night stay at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

Special thanks to the Seaport Boston Hotel for the generous donation of a luxury one night accommodation with dazzling city and harbor views and incredibly convenient access to all major points of interest including the Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, Fan Pier and the North End.

Champions Circle donors make an immediate impact on the lives of animals in need  by providing the ARL with a steady source of revenue year-round.  This ongoing, generous support rescues animals from suffering, cruelty, abandonment and neglect.

As an active Champions Circle member you’ll receive a monthly letter with special updates on the current animals in our care and any upcoming ARL events.  You’ll also receive our bi-annual magazine, Our Four Footed Friends, that highlights all of the amazing work made possible by donors like you!  One of the most exciting parts of being a Champions Circle member is the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour of any of our shelters to see your gift in action.

Signing up is easy!  Click the button below and indicate the frequency of your gift – we’ll take care of the rest!

Sign Up Now

Winners will be notified on Wednesday, February 19 by phone and/or email.

*Room is subject to availability.