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Happy Change a Pet’s Life Day

Adopt a Pet and Change a Life

“Saving one pet won’t change the world, but for that one pet the world will change forever.”

If you’re the parent of a rescue pet, you know the advantages of adopting from a shelter are infinite.  For those of you considering adopting from a shelter, we’d like to give you some more food for thought!

When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you’re saving two lives: the life of the animal that you adopted and the life of the animal that’s going to take its place at the shelter.  Search the adoptable animals at all three of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) locations at arlboston.org/search-adoptables.

A 7-year-old neutered Poodle/Pekingnese mix, lil’ Max loves to sit in laps, play fetch, and spend time with human friends. Gotta love his smile!

Interestingly, you don’t always have to go to a breeder for a purebred pet.  Studies have shown that over 25% of pets available for adoption at shelters are purebred.  There are also numerous rescue groups that focus on a specific dog or cat breed.

At the ARL shelters, we have a variety of breeds, mixes, hair-lengths, and colors – every day we have a little something different!  Our furry canine friend Max (photo at top right), for instance, is a Poodle/Pekingnese mix currently staying at our Boston shelter. Fond of orange cats?  Tommy (photo at bottom right) could be your perfect match.

Our investment in the animals in our care includes learning their personalities and preferences, so that we can help you find the perfect match for your home and lifestyle.  For our dogs, we use the ARL’s Center for Shelter Dogs Match-Up II Shelter Rehoming program to thoroughly evaluate each dog and provide a fuller description of behavior.

A 4-year-old neutered male, Tommy is oh so handsome and oh so full of energy!

All adoptable animals at the ARL receive the following:

  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Vaccinations
  • Rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets
  • Microchip identification and registration
  • Heartworm test and preventative medication for dogs
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Deworming for intestinal parasites
  • Tag, collar, and leash or carrier

When you buy from a pet store or a breeder these cost are all additional expenses on top of the cost of the pet.

If you’re not looking to adopt a pet at this moment in time, you can help change a pet’s life by becoming a champion for animals.

Rikki’s Story: Unique Dog Finds Best Friend [VIDEO]

Not Every Pet is Perfect, But Every Pet Deserves the Perfect Home!

Several months ago, a little dog named Rikki arrived at our Dedham Adoption Center.  Though she had a deformity in her front legs, she certainly didn’t act like she did.  She moved and played, and was especially sweet.

And that’s what the family that adopted Rikki saw—an affectionate and playful pup who just thought she was like every other dog.

Here at the Animal Rescue League of Boston we treat every animal as an individual and we believe that every pet deserves a chance to experience love and human companionship. This video of Rikki and her person, Katherine, will inspire you – we can all learn something from this wise little girl!

Share this video with your friends, family, and all of your social networks.  Let’s make it go viral! It’s beautifully done and, above all else, a wonderfully happy story!

Please make a donation today to help animals like Rikki find the perfect match all year long.

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Thank you to local videographers Twin Lens Media for producing this video of Rikki and Katherine.  And thank you t0 Rikki’s family for allowing us to share her story.

Cat Reunited with Family After Two Years

Black Jack is Back with His Family Thanks to the ARL & His Microchip


Black Jack back with him mom.

Black Jack back with him mom.

On October 16 a women called our Dedham shelter looking to surrender a stray cat that she had found in her yard. She described that cat as very thin, stating that he seemed like he had been outside for a while. When she brought the cat into the ARL, he was immediately examined by our veterinarian and scanned for a microchip. We were happy to find that this stray kitty did have a microchip, but unfortunately the number was never registered.

After a little more investigating, our Dedham shelter staff discovered where the microchip had been shipped to and we were able to obtain the owners information that way.

Armed with the owner’s name and phone number we braced themselves for a dead end, but much to our surprise when the person picked up the phone, it turned out to be a match for the name of the person who had purchased the micro chip!

We explained that we are calling from the Animal Rescue League of Boston in Dedham, in regards to her cat, Black Jack. The owner was so caught off guard she dropped her phone. As soon as she picked it back up, she asked us to repeat what we had said. Again our shelter team member said, “we are calling in regards to your cat Black Jack.”

Before we could go on, the woman became emotional and asked if he was alive and okay. Apparently, when she had moved to her new place in Canton, Black Jack who was an indoor cat, had somehow escaped.

The best part of the story?! Black Jack is 16 years old and has been missing for two years!

Somehow in those two years, he managed to travel 25 miles from Canton, Ma to South Weymouth. We will never know what sorts of adventures Black Jack experienced in those two years, but we do know that thanks to his microchip and the investigative work of the ARL’s Dedham staff, Black Jack is back with his family!

When Black Jack’s mom came in to pick him up, she was overjoyed and a little worried that Black Jack wouldn’t recognize her, but Black Jack did not disappoint. When we brought Black Jack out she immediately embraced him in her arms and gave him kisses. She took one look at him and he put his head on her chest as if to say “Hi mom, I missed you.

If your pet is not microchipped, we can’t urge you enough to go to your local veterinarian and have him/her microchipped as soon as possible! Without the microchip, Black Jack would probably have never been reunited with his family.

Watch the emotional reunion below:

McDoogle is 85lbs of Love!

McDoogleMeet MCDOOGLE! This 5 year-old male pup came to us from another shelter, so we don’t know too much about his past. What we do know is that he’s around 85lbs of love! McDoogle attends our daily playgroup and does well with other large dogs. Because he’s a big boy, he’d do best in a home with older sturdy kids. Don’t let his tough exterior fool you, this guy has a lot of love to give and just wants a family to call his own. When you see his floppy tongue and goofy smile, you just can’t help but smile back!

If McDoogle has stolen your heart and you’d like more info about him, stop by our Boston shelter or give us a call at 617.226.5602!

This Tiny Dog Won’t Let A Birth Defect Stop Her


Alexis is a 5 year old, tiny little chihuahua mix. She is an incredibly sweet and affectionate girl. Alexis came to us from another shelter after being brought there because her owner could no longer care for her. She has not let this defect impair her life and as you’ll see in the video below she is a very playful gal!

When she arrived at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Dedham shelter, Alexis met with Dr. Davis, our resident expert vet on all things orthopedic. After he and our experienced team of veterinarians discussed Alexis’ situation they came to the conclusion that because her deformity does’t hold her back there was no need to put her through the pain and months of rehabilitation that surgery would cause. It was determined that surgery would not improve her quality of life.

Alexis has made such a huge impression on both our staff and volunteers. She wants nothing more than to love and be loved. She does not seem to mind cats or older quiet dogs. Due to her difficulties, she would do best in a home with children who are old enough and knowledgeable enough not to trample her. Stop by our Dedham shelter to meet this little sweetheart.

Ready For Love

It can be intimidating trying to find the perfect pet before having the chance to get to know them in your home, so luckily the staff at the Animal Rescue League of Boston is happy to do that for you!


“After spending time with Brownie I was able to get a feel for what it would be like if this affectionate, loveable and quirky pup were my own.  If you’re worried about disturbing neighbors, rest assured Brownie is not a barker. She enjoys quietly observing the neighborhood buzz rather than barking at it. As far as her activity within the house, Brownie loves having someone to follow around (that’s if she’s not busy rolling around with her toys or squirrel-watching from your window.) This gentle 2 year-old mixed breed has all the attributes a future dog owner could desire. She is attentive and obedient, only crawling onto the couch or into bed once invited. Brownie will sleep through the night at your side or peacefully in her own bed until you’re ready to start your day with her. Most importantly, Brownie is house trained, so you don’t have to worry about coming home to any surprises.  


Brownie benefits greatly from exercising daily. If you’re a runner she will eagerly trot alongside you and does best with her gentle leader. She doesn’t take much interest in dogs or people passing by so you don’t have to worry about being slowed down. If you’re not a runner Brownie won’t mind as long as she gets a few good walks in for the day!

Brownie is the perfect fit for almost any home, she gets along well with other playful dogs and loves cuddling with her human companions.  If you’re interested in giving Brownie the forever home she deserves, contact our Boston shelter to meet her…She will be patiently waiting!” – Mandy Pleshaw, Veterinary Technician at BVC

1 Person, 286 Cats And Kittens!

rose & henry maxwelOn March 19, Rose Hendricks celebrated her 11 year anniversary of being a foster parent at the Animal Rescue League of Boston! Her first foster was “Zippy”, a big orange cat with a broken hip that needed cage rest 6 weeks. Since then Rose has fostered 286 cats and kittens! Thanks to amazing foster parents like Rose, the League to take in hundreds more animals than we would be able to otherwise.

After so many years of fostering, Rose still loves it! “There’s so much I love about fostering, first is the feeling that you are really helping the cats in need: they’ve been surrendered or were found as strays and put into a cage in a room surrounded by other cats, probably very frightened, and I can give them a warm, quiet loving home with lots of food, space and toys. They are able to thrive in this environment. I feel like I’m really making a difference in their lives” said Rose. “Every time I get a call to pick up a new cat or kitten it’s like Christmas – getting a wonderful surprise. I also enjoy observing their behavior – I sometimes feel like I’m a researcher observing animals in the wild, because I’ve been exposed to so many interesting feline personalities. And who wouldn’t love being able to play with kittens all the time? I feel so lucky!”

Thank you, Rose! We so appreciate the work of foster parents like YOU!

Becoming a foster parent for the Animal Rescue League of Boston is one of the most important ways you can help the animals in our care. Our shelters in Boston, Brewster and Dedham are always in need of great foster parents.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the League!



Here at the League, we work hard to make sure that every animal feels loved. Our dedicated staff and volunteers spend countless hours with our shelter animals as they wait for their forever homes.

We have a variety of amazing adoptable animals just waiting for someone to be their valentine. If you’re thinking of adopting a pet, visit one of our adoption centers and make this a very special Valentine’s Day for one of our shelter animals. Animals offer unconditional love – what could be better than that? 

If you’re looking for a way to show your love for animals this Valentine’s Day, but are unable to adopt, consider making a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Or show the animal lover in your life how much you care this Valentine’s Day by making a donation to the League in their name. Your donation will help shelter animals like Bailey,.

Lil’ Nugget: The Story of an ARLB Foster Kitten (Part I)
Lil' Nugget yesterday in his new foster home with his bff, hippo. Photo Credit: Maria Uribe

Lil’ Nugget yesterday in his new foster home with his bff, hippo. Photo Credit: Maria U.

Being a kitten without a home is tough, and it’s even tougher when you aren’t feeling well, your belly is empty and you just want to snuggle under a warm blanket and take a nap. Foster parents like Maria allow the Animal Rescue League of Boston to reach outside of the brick and mortar of our shelter and provide kittens with a warm and loving place for them to grow big and strong until they are ready to become available for adoption.

“LIL’ NUGGET” is a four-week-old kitten who came to the League after being surrendered by his owner last week. There were just too many cats in the house, and Lil’ Nugget was sick. But his former owner knew that we could provide the loving care he needed, and that he would find his forever home through us. For the next four weeks, we’re going to follow Lil’ Nugget through his time in foster care.

Lil' Nugget after he first arrived at the ARL.

Lil’ Nugget after he first arrived at the ARL of Boston.

Upon his arrival this little kitten received a medical evaluation, some food to fill his belly and a name! On Friday evening he went to his foster home with one of our fabulous foster parents and League volunteers, Maria. He’ll stay there until he’s 8-weeks-old.

Maria described him as “a little bit shy, but is learning to know us and getting more used to his foster home.” The kitten is currently in isolation (meaning he has his own room!) because he has a respiratory infection, which is highly contagious and could be passed on to his foster sibling if contact is made. Lil’ Nugget is receiving medicine every day and, after 5 days, should be ready to leave isolation.

Lil' Nugget snuggling in his new bed.

Lil’ Nugget snuggling in his new bed.

The good news is that Lil’ Nugget has a healthy appetite and is eating all of his food. He loves his wet food and is slowly being introduced to dry food. Maria says that her other cat is “very curious about the ‘new family member,’ I am sure she is waiting for him to come out so they can play together.”

Check back to our blog next Tuesday for an update on Lil’ Nugget’s progress!