Breaking News: Cat Caught in Illegal Trap, Rescued


A cat that was caught in an illegal leghold trap in Athol and rescued last Thursday by the League’s Rescue Team is back at our shelter recovering from an amputation. Thanks to our Rescue Team’s efforts and those of Athol Animal Control and the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, this traumatic tale will hopefully have a positive ending. We need your support  to help cover the approximately $2,000 needed for post-op care for the cat.

What happened: On the morning of Thursday, June 20, the League’s Rescue Services Team received an urgent call from Athol Animal Control requesting assistance with a stray cat they found under a porch that had an illegal leghold trap clamped to one of its legs. Rescue Services caught and transported the cat to Tufts, where veterinarians had to amputate the cat’s leg due to the extent of its injuries. The cat was transferred Tuesday to the League’s shelter in Boston where it will be housed and monitored during the required isolation period. Results are still pending to confirm whether this cat might have rabies or other infectious diseases, so human contact is being limited at this time.

“The surgery went smoothly and we expect that the cat will be able to do all the things it did before,” said Dr. Emily McCobb, D.V.M., a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist and director of the Shelter Medicine Program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “Animals are able to recover from amputations quickly and are able to resume normal activity, especially cats. While the cat was in our care, we were able to manage his pain and also get him neutered, which is an important aspect of care for free-roaming cats such as this one.”

trapWatch out for and report traps: The Animal Rescue League of Boston would like to remind the public to keep an eye on their outdoor pets during the summer, and to report any traps they might find. The trap in this case is known as a “leghold trap” which is intended to catch bobcats or fox. These types of traps are illegal in the Commonwealth.

Anyone who finds an empty trap is warned to not touch it, and asked to call your local police, animal control officer, or the Massachusetts Environmental Police at 800.632.8075 to report the trap. If you find a trap with an animal in it, contact the League’s Rescue Team at 617.426.9170.

Anyone interested in donating to the League to support care for animals such as this and others is encouraged to do so at , 617.426.9170×615, or

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Doggy Fun Run on June 29

Get your running shoes ready! Boston Volunteers will be hosting their first-ever Doggy Fun Run & Walk on June 29, 2013.  Money raised by the Run and Walk will be donated to the League. Individual runners and dog owners with their dogs will run or walk a 2K or 5K together around the Mystic River Bend Reservation separating Medford and Somerville, MA. Register today!

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Pet in Hot Car. What to Do?!

Every year pets die because they were left in a car on a warm day.

hotcarwarning On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, so leaving your dog in the car for “just a minute” is a dangerous thing to do. On a day like today (90+ degrees) the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes!

Just like people, animals are affected by the heat, but unlike humans they can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads.

DogpantingWhat to do if you come across a dog in a car with no owner in sight:

  1. Note the car’s make/model, license plate number, location and the time.
  2. Take down a description of the dog, and note the condition of the dog. Watch for restlessness, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, vomiting, bloody diarrhea and lack of coordination. These are all symptoms of heatstroke.
  3. Ask nearby businesses to make announcements using the vehicle’s make/model to locate the dog’s owner.
  4. If the owner is not located call the police or local animal control.
  5. If possible, don’t leave the scene until help has arrived!

If a pet shows signs of heatstroke, bring them to a vet immediately! Provide the pet with water to drink, and apply cool (not cold, you don’t want over cool the pet), wet towels to the groin area, stomach, chest, and paws. If you have access to a large amount of water, consider spraying or splashing them with cool water, to bring their body temperature down.

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Love Animals? Come Work Here!

This could be you!

This could be you!

Our Dedham Shelter is currently seeking Animal Care and Adoption Agents for both full time and part time positions!

The Animal Care and Adoption Agent position is key to the animal care and adoption center’s operation because it involves every aspect of the site. A high level of professionalism and strong customer service skills are mandatory.  Working in a small busy environment make strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to be a team player absolute requirements.  This position has to be flexible in the duties and responsibilities to best fit the changing needs of the branch and the mission of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Visit the Careers section of our website for more information about job postings and to apply.

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Low Cost Spay/Neuter on Spay Waggin’

20130515_092300The July schedule for our Spay Waggin’ is now online. If you live on the South Shore or Cape Cod and have a cat or dog that is not spayed or neutered, book your appointment for the Spay Waggin’ today! We perform surgeries on an appointment-only basis.

7/1 Brockton Cats
7/8 Brockton Dogs
7/9 Taunton Cats
7/11 Wareham Cats
7/15 Brockton Cats
7/18 Brockton Dogs
7/22 Plymouth Cats
7/23 Hyannis Cats
7/25 Wareham Dogs
7/30 Taunton Cats
7/31 Brockton Dogs

All pets should be between the ages of two months and five years of age, and dogs should  be under 50lbs. Spay Waggin’ appointments are pre-paid only, and the fee is non-refundable unless the appointment is cancelled 48 hours prior to the scheduled date.

  • Cats: $75
  • Dogs: $150
  • Test for canine heartworm disease: $20

The price includes: physical exam, spay (females) or neuter (males), rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine and flea/ear mite treatment if necessary. Heartworm test for dogs is available for an additional $20.

To make an appointment, please call 1-877-590-SPAY(7729) or book online (cats only). The Spay Waggin’ phone line is open Monday-Wednesday and Fridays, from 10-4. For all other inquiries, please e-mail

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Stop by Cape Codders “Paws for Celebration” is Today!

Join us today, Saturday, June 22 from 11am – 3pm at Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans. You don’t have to be registered for the dog walk to enjoy the celebration!

The event for people and pooches includes tons of pet-related activities, entertainment and contests, and a pledge walk through downtown Orleans. It’s a fun day out for all the family – including your dog! Event highlights include:

  • PawsForWebsiteContests – Dog/Owner Look-A-Like, Waggiest Tail and more!
  • Raffle! Click here to see the amazing prizes you could win!
  • Face painting, photo booth and caricature artist
  • Police K9 unit demonstration and Frisbee dog show
  • Shopping with pet retailers & other vendors
  • Blueberry facials and other mini spa treatments for dogs
  • Tons of free giveaways
  • Book signings

If you don’t want to join the Pledge Walk, come to Nauset Middle School and join in the fun. Entry is free!


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It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Misiu is updating our social networks today.

Misiu updates our social media.

Today is take your dog to work day! Here at the League several staff members have brought their dogs in to spend a day on the job and we wanted to share a few behind the scenes photos of who’s working today!

“National Take Your Dog to Work Day was created to celebrate the wonderful companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies and animal shelters. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTWDay. Employers are encouraged to open their workplace to employees’ four-legged friends on this one special day.”

Breck will be accepting donations, so donate today!

Breck is accepting donations, so donate today!

Will you join us in helping promote pet adoption? Even better, stop by our shelter this weekend and adopt. By adopting this summer, you’re helping us reach our goal of finding homes for 1200 cats and dogs in 12 weeks! We’re open 1-4p.m. and we have some fabulous adoptable dogs, just waiting for a loving home!

Gunnar works the perimeter of the Spay Waggin'

Gunnar works the perimeter of the Spay Waggin’

We’d love to see any of our ARL alums at the office, so if you brought your dog to work today, please tweet us, post on Facebook or tag us on Instagram. We’ll like or retweet your photo!

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