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Thank you to our new Neighbors, Webster First Federal Credit Union

Thank you to Webster First Federal Credit Union for your generous donation. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Dr. Smith-Blackmore, Marigold, and Webster First Federal Credit Union Executives during the check presentation.

Yesterday afternoon, Webster First Federal Credit Union held a neighborhood Meet & Greet at their location on Tremont Street in the South End and presented the Animal Rescue League of Boston with a generous donation. We brought one of our adorable, adoptable shelter dogs, Marigold, who stole the show!

Little Marigold


Arli Update: September

Arli being towel dried by Hannah, one of our amazing shelter staff agents, after her weekly bath.

A number of you have been asking about Arli, (the sweet 8 year old dog who came to us back in mid-August covered with fleas and red ants and missing most of her fur). We are happy to report that she is making excellent progress. Here are a few things she’s been up to.

Arli has been receiving weekly baths from our dedicated staff members and is still receiving medical treatment for her skin and fur. Speaking of her fur, it is growing back rather quickly! Her back is almost fully covered, but her tail still needs a little time! Arli attends playgroup and goes on walks with volunteers and staff members. Yesterday she received a new teddy bear pictured below and seemed quite happy after her bath. Thank you all for your support and interest in Arli’s progress.

Arli, enjoying a treat and snuggling with her new teddy bear.


BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLUES: 5 Steps to Keep Fido and Friends Happy

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Fall can be a stressful time for dogs and other pets alike. After a few months of fun, family vacations and extra playtime with the kids, back-to-school means more alone time for your pet.

People are sometimes surprised and frustrated by their dog’s destructive behavior, but we have to remember that our pets are very attached to us and it’s difficult for them to spend 8+ hours alone, especially after those lazy dog days of summer. Pets can become anxious or bored when left alone all day and may express that in different ways.

So, as you prepare your children’s back-to-school checklist, why not create one for your pet? We’ve put together a few items to help get that list started.

1. Microchip your pet.   

In the event that Fido escapes from the yard or the park, a microchip could help you be reunited with him. A microchip is an electronic device placed under the skin of an animal. The chips are about the size of a grain of rice and emit a low-frequency radio wave when detected by a special scanner. Pet microchips aren’t a tracking or GPS device but simply a way of storing a pet owner’s address and phone number if the pet is lost. For more information about pet microchips contact your vet, local animal shelter or Animal Control Officer.

2. Schedule a visit to the vet.

While you’re scheduling physical exams for your kids during the first weeks of school don’t forget that Fido and friends need vet checkups too.  ARL Boston‘s very own Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM says “a checkup with your veterinarian can help you determine how healthy your dog is…. even healthy looking dogs can have hidden problems.” Take your pets to the vet once a year to make sure that they’re healthy.

3. Keep regular feeding times.

Most of us like to follow a certain schedule and so our pets, it gives them a feeling of certainty. For most pets feeding time is an important and exciting part of their day, so it’s key to keep breakfast and dinner time at the same time every day. Vetstreet’s Gina Spadafori suggests giving “your dog his most substantial meal (and probably a walk) before he’s about to spend his biggest chunk of time alone. Dogs often nap after they eat, so he may snooze away much of his time alone.”

4. Exercise.

It’s good for you and for Fido. Exercise is essential to burning off extra energy. Start the day off by taking Fido for a walk or by setting aside 15 minutes to play with your cat or other pet.  When you get home from work, why not get in the pattern of going to your local dog park, so that your dog can have time to run around and socialize? If you’re a runner you can start taking your dog with you on your runs. “Start your dog out slowly, just like you would if you were new to running. If you gradually increase the miles, your dog will become more fit and their pads will toughen up and make him or her less susceptible to injury” says ARL‘s Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM. “Three times per week, 15 to 20 minutes at a moderate pace is a good place to start.  If your pet is overweight or a couch potato, start with walks.”Your pet will most likely be happier (and healthier) if he is getting the proper amount of exercise.

5. Keep your pet busy.

Engage and challenge your dog, cat or other pet, by leaving food puzzles for them. There are a variety of food puzzles and toys to choose from or, if you’re crafty cat lover, you can create a food puzzle for your cat by using this guide from one of our ARL volunteers. You can even fill an empty marrow bone with some peanut butter and throw it in freezer. Leave the frozen treat for your dog when you leave the house.


Happy National Dog Day!

Happy National Dog Day to all of our shelter dogs and all those dogs that have been adopted from the Animal Rescue League of Boston. You are all so special to us.

Always wanted to adopt a dog, but haven’t found the right time to do so? Why not visit one of our adoption centers today and give one of our shelter dogs a new home?

For those of you who are already dog parents, how are you planning to honor your  pooch? Take him along for a hike? Buy him his favorite treats? We’d love to hear your stories! Please share them in the comments section below.

Photo Courtesy of NationalDogDay.com

Happy National Dog Day to those devoted companions who always greet us with a friendly wagging tail, who force us to get out of the house on those days when we just don’t feel like it, and who love us unconditionally.


Adoption Spotlight: Meet Happy

“‘Don’t worry, be Happy.’ Someone will adopt you soon.” That’s what we keep telling him, but Happy has been here since July 10th and he really hopes someone adopts him soon. Happy is a 7-month-old neutered male, pit-bull mix, who came to us from Revere, MA as a stray. Happy’s favorite things to do are: playing, exploring, running, going for walks, chasing toys and being with people. He’s super energetic and curious about everything, so he’s going to need some puppy training classes to help teach him the ways of the world. If you’re looking for the full puppy experience, Happy is the dog for you. As his name indicates he has a happy personality and a lot of love to give!

Photo Credit: Maria L. Uribe

This Sunday, August 26th is National Dog Day. Wouldn’t it be nice if Happy had a home for this special day? You can meet him at our Boston Adoption Center. We’re open today and this weekend from 1-4pm. 


Arli update

Arli, the dog who came to us last week covered with fleas and red ants and missing most of her fur, is getting better. Her fur is beginning to grow back and she is starting to show us more of her sweet personality. One of our staff members had this to share, “Yesterday on our walk, Arli started prancing, she is acting like a whole different dog!” Here’s a picture of her, sitting-pretty and patiently waiting for a treat.

Thank you for your outpouring of support for Arli! To help Arli and other dogs like her, please visit our website to make a donation today.


Breaking News: Dog Abandoned in Warehouse Saved Thanks to Animal Rescue League of Boston

***Breaking News***

A dog abandoned for several days in a vacant Leominster warehouse is safe today thanks to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Pit bull tied to pipe in warehouse.

The League’s law enforcement and rescue departments were called in by local authorities yesterday to help rescue a pitbull. The dog was found cowering in a far corner of the filthy warehouse, tethered by a short leash to a vertical pipe, leaving the dog without adequate room to move around.

The team worked swiftly to untie her and get her out. Once she was removed from the warehouse, she quickly warmed up to her rescuers. This sweet girl showed her gratitude by licking the faces of her rescuers. She is now safe and in good hands at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

To donate today and help support care for this abandoned pit bull and others like her please visit: www.arlboston.org/leominsterdog

We will keep you updated as more details on this story develops.

On her way to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and looking happy to be out of that terrible situation.