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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.


Your Winter Pet Health Questions, Answered

Dr. Schettino’s Answers to Pet Health Questions from Yesterday’s Twitter Chat

01-11-14 Dr SchettinoThank you to all who participated in and submitted questions to yesterday’s twitter chat with the ARL’s Director of Veterinary Medical Services, Dr. Edward Schettino.

In cased you missed it, you can see a transcript of the conversation below. We’ll be organizing another twitter chat at the end of February about spay/neuter, so stay-tuned!

Introduction: @ARLBoston: Hi everyone. Our Winter #PetHealth Twitter chat starts NOW! #ARLAskaVet

Q:@pawspluspals: @ARLBoston #ARLAskaVet Should dogs always wear doggie boots/booties when they go walking on snow/ice?
A:
Dr.Schettino: Doggie boots help protect your companion’s pads from salt and ice so depending on location they can be helpful. #ARLAskaVet
A: however, some dogs may not like them #ARLAskaVet

Q: @ubergirl4: My cats shed a lot during the winter and get indigestion from hairballs. What should I give them to help?” #ARLAskaVet
A:
You should give them love and affection by grooming them on a regular basis. This will help reduce shedding! #ARLAskaVet 

Q: @Dobrska: How do I remove sap from my pet’s fur? #ARLAskaVet
A: The best way to remove sap is to use some type of cooking oil (Olive oil ..) and gently rub into the sap. #ARLAskaVet
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Once the sap is lose you then can use a liquid dishwashing detergent to wash out the oil. Problem solved!! #ARLAskaVet

Q: Do dogs need flea/tick treatment in the winter if they rarely interact with other dogs?

A: Yes! Fleas can live inside during the winter months. Year round protection is very important. #ARLAskaVet
A: And depending on the temperature outside and your location … ticks can still be a nuisance during the winter months. #ARLAskaVet

Q: @MRegan102205: #arlaskavet – If someone has an indoor/outdoor cat, when is it too cold for the cat to remain outside?” 
A: When the temperature starts to dip below freezing you need to be very careful with outdoor pets. #ARLAskaVet
A: You need to keep a careful eye on your cat when they are outside. They will let you know when it is too cold. #ARLAskaVet

A: If it is too cold for you … your cat is probably cold as well! Be very careful and monitor your cat carefully. #ARLAskaVet

Q: What is the longest a pet should be outside when the temperature is below 32F? #ARLAskaVet 
A: Some pets love the cold weather and can spend hours outside in the snow and cold. However, you need to keep a watchful eye #ARLAskaVet
A: on your pet and when they show signs of cold: holding up their paws, shivering and becoming less active #ARLAskaVet

Q: @BostonDailyNews: Can animals get frostbite? #ARLAskaVet #Boston cc:@ARLDrS

A: Yes! Usually on their paw pads, the tip of the tail and the margins of the ears. #ARLAskaVet #Boston

Q: Cats seem to eat plants frequently during the winter. Why and is this a cause for concern? #ARLAskaVet #Boston cc:@ARLDrS
A: You are either home more often or you have moved your plants inside for the winter months. #ARLAskaVet #Boston
A: It is vital that you are familiar with what type of houseplants you have and their degree of toxicity! #ARLAskaVet #Boston

Q: @AlyssaKane: @ARLBoston @ARLDrS Should I vaccinate my dog for lepto and canine flu? I’m not sure if I should be worried about these illnesses #ARLAskaVet

A: It all depends on the lifestyle of your dog. You should have this conversation with your local veterinarian.

Q: @CamillaRFox: @ARLBoston @ARLDrS #ARLAskaVet Any winter exercise tips for large dog whose arthritis lets him swim, but little else?

A: You can find a canine physical therapist who generally have underwater treadmills that you can use.

Q: @norwoodsworld:@ARLBoston @ARLDrS what’s the difference between kennel cough and canine flu? #ARLAskaVet

A: Great tweet! They both have similar symptoms but are very different – canine flu generally contd #ARLAskaVet
A: … is more severe. You should speak with your regular veterinarian regarding risks of each. #ARLAskaVet

Q: When should a dog wear a coat? #ARLAskaVet
A: It all depends on the dog. If you feel your dog is uncomfortable in the cold, feel free to try a warm winter coat.

A: Generally dogs lose heat through their paws, ears and respiratory tract.


Boston Globe Subscribers, You Can Help the ARL

Please Choose the ARL to Receive a Globe Ad Grant

The Boston Globe is enabling readers to show their support for their favorite non-profits by choosing which ones are given free advertising space in The Boston Globe. If you choose the Animal Rescue League, please know that you’ll be encouraging shelter animals to find loving homes faster and helping the ARL get the word out about important initiatives like spay and neuter through the free advertising provided in the Globe.

The Boston Globe is mailing vouchers to each of their subscribers. Seven-day newspaper subscribers’ vouchers are valued at $100; all other subscribers (including website-only readers) have been sent vouchers valued at $50.

It is up to the readers to decide which non-profit deserves his or her voucher the most. This is an easy way for you to help animals in need, so when you get that silver envelope in the mail, please write in the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Learn more about Globe Grants.

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Pet Photos with Santa Today!

All Proceeds Benefit the ARL

Come in from the cold and join Boston Veterinary Care today from 1-3PM to have your pet’s photo taken with Santa! Hot cider and treats for both pets and humans alike will be provided. All proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Donate to a good cause, enjoy some refreshments and have a lasting keepsake of your furry family member – a photo with Santa! Check out the event on Facebook! Your donation will help shelter pets find a ‘Home For The Holidays’!

Please be sure that cats and small pets are in a suitable carrier for their safety.

Thank you in advance for your contribution!

We hope to see you there!

 


The ARL and Cruelty Prevention

How We Give A Voice to the Victims of Animal Cruelty

Ollie, one of the original Middleboro Puppies who has already been adopted! (Photo: Amelia Hughes)

Ollie, one of the original Middleboro Puppies who has already been adopted! (Photo: Amelia Hughes)

The public and media attention to the recent cases of Puppy Doe, Kitty, and the Middleboro puppies has shined a light on the issue of animal cruelty, and many are calling for tougher laws.

We wholeheartedly endorse legislation that helps to protect animals in Massachusetts to the level that they deserve. Heightened awareness of penalties 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.

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys released a strong statement of principles regarding the prosecution of animal cruelty crimes which we applaud.

Now some of our readers might be thinking, that’s all well and good, but what exactly does the ARL do about it?

First, we can tell you that we meet with elected officials and legislators at the local and state level to help them understand and craft animal welfare policies and laws.   Members of our staff attend and testify at public hearings as different legislative committees and state agencies review practices, policies, and laws.

We also actively collaborate with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Association and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in pursuit of legislation that advances animal welfare and protection.

To further influence positive change for animals in our state, we also work with organizations and agencies such as Massachusetts Animal Coalition, the Department of Agriculture, and the Animal Control Officers of Massachusetts on a variety of animal welfare issues.

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore

By way of specifics on our legislative and policy work…..

  • The ARL’s Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore serves as the chair elect of the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee.  This committee makes policy recommendations for issues related to animals on a national level and influences national animal welfare law and practices by working closely with federal agencies such as the USDA, APHIS, and others.
  • We have prepared a friend of the court brief in conjunction with Animal Legal Defense Fund for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the state’s highest court Massachusetts, in support of granting police the ability to enter a property without a search warrant if they believe any animals are in immediate danger. A hearing will be held at the SJC on December 3rd.
  • The ARL also participated in the development and passage of the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Act (HAPCA), the tax check off that will help to provide training to Animal Control Officers in Massachusetts to advance the level of humane care of animals.  The HAPCA also supports the spaying and neutering of homeless animals and animals owned people of limited economic means in the state.

Learn more by visiting arlboston.org/take-action