Our Four-Footed Friends Spring/Summer 2020

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Friends Spring/Summer 2020

and how you help them

ARL salutes retiring President Mary Nee and welcomes incoming President & CEO Dr. Edward Schettino

OUR MISSION The Animal Rescue League of Boston is an unwavering champion for animals in need, committed to keeping them safe and healthy in habitats and homes.

We carry out our mission through the following programs: Advocacy Animal Care & Adoption Centers (Boston, Dedham, & Brewster) Anti-Cruelty Law Enforcement Community Programs Boston Veterinary Care Field Services Community and Shelter Medicine Spay Waggin’ (Affordable Spay & Neutering) Wellness Waggin' (Affordable Veterinary Services)

The Animal Rescue League of Boston does not receive government grants or public funding (with the exception of limited COVID-19 relief funding) and relies on the generosity of our supporters to help animals in need.

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Message from ARL President, Mary Nee


Meet Dr. Edward Schettino: Incoming ARL President & CEO

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Your Impact in 2019

At a Glance: ARL in the Community


Strength in Numbers: Volunteers and Foster Families


Lost Your Pet? Take These 5 Steps


Finding Forever Homes: Heartwarming Adoption Stories


Ways to Give

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Cleaning Supplies May Be a Health Hazard for Pets

Anna Harris Smith Legacy Society Member Spotlight

VOLUME 127 Spring/Summer 2020 Our Four-Footed Friends is a publication of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116. Please address all editorial and subscription correspondence to us at the address above, attention Our Four-Footed Friends Managing Editor. Managing Editor: Lisa Graham | Photographers: Angela Altobelli; Margot Andreasen; Mike DeFina Contributing Writers: Kelly Danso, Mike DeFina; Lisa Graham; Mary Nee; Jackie Smith

Message from ARL's President Mary Nee

Dear Friends, As I write this letter it is early April and we are in the third week of the COVID-19 quarantine. By the time you receive this publication, I will have begun my planned retirement on May 1, 2020. While I cannot predict how we will be fairing when you receive your copy of OFFF, I remain hopeful that as a nation we will get through this difficult time. As in the past, we will learn many lessons that will inform how we prepare and care for each other in the future, including the animals whom we love. I had planned a transition to retirement with many opportunities to personally thank ARL’s extended family of supporters and share reflections of my nearly eight years as president with this incredible organization. The current climate has altered these plans and has dramatically changed the way we communicate with each other and, at the same time, brings into sharp focus our collective dependencies and vulnerabilities, along with our strengths. ARL’s strengths have been on display over the past month as staff and volunteers have mobilized to care for animals and people like never before. Early on, we were able to find adoptive homes for scores of animals and move another 100+


to foster homes. Our emergency programs, Law Enforcement and Field Services, remain active investigating and rescuing animals from cruelty and suffering, and our Animal Care and Adoption Centers and Boston Veterinary Care continue to accept emergency intakes from people facing medical, financial, or personal crisis. Additionality with your support, and funding from PetSmart Charities®, we have launched Keep Pets S.A.F.E., a community outreach program targeting the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan with emergency food supplies, veterinary care, and shelter for animals whose owners are impacted by the virus. I am so proud and appreciative of everyone who has stepped up to support or deliver these essential services at a moment when they are needed most. Our ability to respond at this time of crisis is deeply embedded in what I call the DNA of ARL —a passionate desire to help animals in need. This passion is guided by a vision for serving animals and people most in need and, is supported by investments made over the past several years in the areas of technology, vehicles, medical equipment, and training. These investments have proved invaluable to our crisis response and, long term, will greatly enhance our ability to weather this storm. In the pages that follow you will find ARL’S 2019 Impact Report detailing the over 20,000 animals served last year including almost 3,000 animals coming out of law enforcement investigations. With support from private foundations we were able to purchase a new Spay Waggin’ to serve Eastern Massachusetts, and also secure a Wellness Waggin’ to bring affordable veterinary care to three neighborhoods in Boston. The Community Cat initiative, launched in 2017, assisted nearly 1,000 cats living outdoors; and with “Taming Tiny Tigers”, volunteers worked to socialize feral kittens further creating greater impact in the community. On behalf of all of these animals, I sincerely thank you, our donors; you have made all of this possible!

Reflections With the optimistic outlook that we will return to a more normal environment in the coming months, I want to share with you some of my reflections of animal welfare in Massachusetts and food for thought going forward. I came to ARL with more than 35 years of leading non-profit or government organizations primarily focused on human conditions. My education into animal welfare included a deep dive into the research documenting the link; the mutually beneficial relationship between people and animals. This link manifests for humans through a multitude of mental and physical health benefits. As someone who has had many wonderful family dogs, I have personally experienced this unconditional love along with the built-in motivation for outdoor exercise. Alternatively, our close link to animals means that they are directly impacted by troubling human conditions including, mental illness, addiction, domestic violence, animal fighting, profiteering, and poverty. In each of these circumstances, animals can be intentionally or unintentionally abused or neglected. For me, it was not surprising that these situations occurred, but what I found shocking was the prevalence and scale to which these happen right here is our state. We have made great progress over the past decade strengthening the laws protecting animals, with ARL led investigations of Puppy Doe and the Westport Farm cases being the impetus for some of the greatest change. Yet, my interactions with elected officials and policymakers at all levels of government remind me there is much work to be done to educate and motivate many to the importance of animal protection. Continued on next page

Dedham Animal Care & Adoption Center Grand Reopening

ARL Healthy Animals, Healthy Communities Initiative Launch

Puppy Doe Trial


PAWS II, Act to Protect Animal Welfare and Safety in Cities and Towns, Signed into Law

ARL Partners With Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) to Expand Our Community Programs

As a community of people, I aspire to a day when the importance of living in harmony with people, animals, and our natural environment will be universally embraced. This day has not arrived, but I have hope that it’s not far off. We must do more to train and equip law enforcement personnel, first responders and human service professionals to recognize and report harm to animals. We must educate and engage with the criminal justice system to appreciate that these crimes are serious and often indicative of other crimes that threaten both people and animals. We must put in place resources to get people who hoard animals the necessary mental health services they need.


Finally, we must as a society recognize that we are living with sentient beings who can experience a range of emotions including fear and depression. As such, their care whether in a home, a shelter or a commercial establishment, deserves our protection. We clearly have more work to do, but I leave knowing that ARL is ready to continue to advocate and serve with a committed Board of Directors, dedicated staff and volunteers, compassionate supporters like you, and a talented incoming president, Dr. Edward Schettino. I have worked in partnership with Dr. Schettino for nearly six years in his role as ARL’s Vice President of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Medicine. As his biography in the adjacent profile details, he brings to this role an impressive academic background in both human and animal health. Moreover, he was an integral part of developing ARL’s vision for the future to bring services to communities most in need and he oversaw the creation of the new programs to achieve these dreams. I am so excited to see the amazing places he will take ARL and intend to champion this future progress through my advocacy and financial support. To our large community of supporters like you, I offer my sincerest thanks—you are vital to every successful outcome achieved for animals in our community. It has been an honor to serve as ARL’s 8th president and I leave very proud of the work we have done together to care for the 125,000 animals who came through our doors during my tenure. The legacy of ARL begun by our pioneering founder Anna Harris Smith to work toward a more humane society where the lives of animals and people are valued, remains 120 years later a most noble cause. As Anna simply stated and I agree, it is work worth doing. Sincerely,

Mary Nee President

Meet Dr. Edward Schettino Incoming ARL President & CEO On May 1, 2020, Edward Schettino, DVM, PhD, took office as the 9th President and CEO of the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL). For the past five years, Dr. Schettino has served as ARL’s Vice President of Animal Welfare and Veterinary Services, and prior to this, was the Director of Veterinary Medical Services. He has overseen ARL’s animal care and operations, law enforcement, community and shelter medicine, and community programs. Additionally, Dr. Schettino has been vital in advancing ARL’s vision for the future to reach animals and people most in need, leading program design and implementation for many of ARL’s innovative community-based programs. He has also trained veterinarians and hundreds of law enforcement officers, who work in social services, on identifying and reporting animal cruelty. “I am incredibly humbled and honored to have been appointed the 9th President in ARL’s remarkable 120-year history,” said Dr. Schettino. “I greatly look forward to continuing ARL’s innovative programs to reach animals and people most in need, and to advance ARL’s vision for the future. I am also excited to work with our amazing and dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters to continually challenge what we do and how we do it, and to always strive to improve the level of service and care to both the animals and the people that we serve so that ARL remains a leader and innovator in the animal welfare community.” Prior to joining ARL, Dr. Schettino worked for more than 12 years in both private veterinary hospitals and animal shelter settings. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Clark University. Additionally, he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Molecular Oncology and Immunology and a Master of Science in the Basic Medical Sciences from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science in both Zoology and Microbiology from

North Carolina State University. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. "Dr. Schettino is recognized for his ability to collaborate with local and national organizations to enhance the animal welfare field as demonstrated by his service on a variety of boards and committees, including the Massachusetts Animal Coalition and Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association,” says Walter Kenyon, ARL’s Board of Directors Chair. “He possesses the skills, passion, and leadership to advance our vision to reach, and positively impact even more animals and people in the years to come.”

Congratulations, Dr. Schettino!


2019 Impact Report For 120 years, ARL has responded to the needs of animals and supported a community in which animals are safe and healthy in habitats and homes

20,047 animals helped with your support! Supported communities by keeping animals in their habitats andand homes You supported communities by keeping animals in their habitats homes Indicates increased resources for animals and peoplee


Secured funds to replace vehicle to help animals for the next 15 years

animals served by the Spay Waggin’ since its inception, 19 years ago



visits made by the Wellness Waggin’ to Boston neighborhoods





owned pets received affordable wellness services — 34% had never seen a veternarian



community cats assessed in 23 colonies


Field Services rescued, assisted, and guided municipalities and individuals to help animals in distress

Created awareness and advocated for new laws to animalsand in need You supported communities by keeping animals inprotect their habitats homes

2,998 animals helped in law enforcement cases




animals removed from hoarding and overcrowding situations — ARL is advocating for laws and policies to address this important issue

Mass State Police, Animal Control Officers, local police, and others trained how to identify and report animal cruelty

launched safety campaign on the nine things to consider before boarding your pet

Made sure animals were happy, healthy,animals and ready for their forever home You supported communities by keeping in their habitats and homes

90.5% live release rate (adopted, returned to field/owner, or transferred)





behavior adoptions

animals adopted

329 CATS

1,806 shelter animal

696 graduates of dog training

animals supported through the free Pet Behavior Helpline

66feral kittens socialized

courses offered in Boston and Dedham

surgeries performed


through the new initiative Taming Tiny Tigers

Helped grow ARL’s base of dedicated supporters You supported communities by keeping animals in their habitats and homes

763 =

38,033 =

dedicated volunteers


hours caring for animals

raised by


equivalent of


full-time staff

436,779 visitors to arlboston.org


foster families


social media followers

compassionate donors

Secured the foundation for the next 120 years Plans advanced for new facility on Dedham campus, which will house program support and administrative staff, as well as a training space for both animals and people

THANK YOU for your support! To learn more about your impact, visit arlboston.org

At a Glance: ARL in the Community Innovative programs positively impacting owned and homeless animals Over the last several years, ARL has expanded its community-based efforts to help even more animals and people outside of our Animal Care and Adoption Centers, right where they live. From highly-sophisticated mobile veterinary services for owned pets, to assisting homeless cat colonies, to emergency assistance, ARL is committed to keeping animals safe and healthy, in homes and out of shelters through a variety of accessible community programs. Wellness Waggin’ ARL's Wellness Waggin' is a mobile veterinary clinic that provides high-quality, low-cost general veterinary care to the underserved Boston communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and Hyde Park. Formally unveiled in July 2019, the Wellness Waggin’ served 1,199 animals during 85 weekly site visits. Over one-third of the Wellness Waggin’ clients in 2019 had never seen a veterinarian previously, due to a variety of barriers, including location and income. The overwhelming success of this program includes a groundbreaking partnership with

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), making ARL the first animal welfare organization in the United States to partner with a human-services agency to help both animals and the people who care for them. Healthy Animals, Healthy Communities Launched in 2017, the Healthy Animals, Healthy Communities initiative in Greater Boston works to improve the welfare of animals and deepen the understanding of the human-animal bond and its connections with individual and community health, through partnerships with local organizations in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. The initiative includes communitybased pet education and animal care services. “We’re teaching students that they can make a difference in building a stronger community by helping an animal or person in need, and that’s a beautiful thing,” said Thabiti Brown, Headmaster for Codman Academy. Community Surgical Clinic The Community Surgical Clinic, located at ARL’s Dedham Animal Care & Adoption Center, provides twice-weekly low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for cats and dogs via a voucher provided by the Massachusetts Animal Fund. Vouchers are available based on need through your local animal control officer, and for local animal shelters that need assistance with surgeries for the animals in their care.


“ARL's Wellness Waggin' is something we needed in the community and it’s been a wonderful experience for myself and my pets," said a client.

“ARL's Spay Waggin' is great, I can drop off my cat in the morning, go to work, and pick her up in the afternoon,” said a client. “It couldn’t be easier, and I can afford it.”


Spay Waggin’ Since 2000, ARL’s Spay Waggin’ has provided nearly 60,000 high-quality, low-cost spay and neuter services for animals located in Southeastern Massachusetts, the South Coast, and Cape Cod and Islands. In 2019, 3,402 surgeries were performed, and the year was highlighted by a clinic hosted by the Massachusetts Animal Fund in Fall River, where over three dozen pet owners were able to get their pets spayed and neutered after being placed on a six-month waiting list. In March, an upgraded state-of-the-art Spay Waggin’ was unveiled and put into service, thanks to a generous grant from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Foundation. The new vehicle will provide improved access for those looking for affordable spay and neuter options for their pets.

Field Services As part of its Community Outreach programs, ARL’s Field Services helped 1,504 animals in 2019. The department provides technical (tree climbing and swift/ice water) and non-technical rescues for injured domestic animals, livestock, and raptors (turkey vultures, ospreys, hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls). Field Services also assists governmental agencies with equipment and training, recently helping Wellesley Animal Control Officers with the rescue of a beaver stuck on a small rock in a raging river for four days. They also play an essential role in supporting ARL’s Law Enforcement Department in cases of

animal abuse, cruelty, and neglect, and were vital in assisting the removal of over 500 animals from hoarding-type situations last year.

Community Cat Initiative Established in 2017, this initiative was created to address the estimated 700,000 “community cats”, (feral, semi-feral and outdoor cats), unowned and living in harsh weather conditions. A dedicated rescue agent assesses a colony of cats and formulates TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) plans. Cats also receive veterinary treatment and are assessed for sociability and adoption potential. In 2019, ARL assisted 985 community cats in 23 colonies; and over 60 eligible feral kittens were socialized and adopted out through the Taming Tiny Tigers initiative.


“I’m so thankful for this service," said a client. "I arranged for ARL to deliver pet food to my senior mother so that she could continue to practice social distancing safely at home.” 12

Keep Pets S.A.F.E. (Supporting Animals Facing Emergencies) In March 2020, ARL launched an emergency response effort to keep people and pets together during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Keep Pets S.A.F.E. program, funded by your generous donations and a $30,000 grant through PetSmart Charities®, allows ARL to support its Wellness Waggin' clients, and community partners ABCD and Boston Senior Home Care, by providing their clients in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan with pet food and supplies and other urgent assistance, including: Pet food and other essential pet supplies delivered to their homes and partner-supported community housing; Pick up of pets to provide critical veterinary care and return them to their owner; Temporary emergency shelter for pets and offer of pick up and return of the pet to their owner or a designated caregiver; Emergency and essential surrender of pets with pick up service. As ARL increases its ability to procure vital supplies, the hope is to offer these services to other areas of need. “The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, and ARL is committed to keeping pets and their families together during this difficult time,” stated Dr. Edward Schettino, incoming ARL President & CEO.

To learn more about ARL’s community programs, visit arlboston.org/pet-community-health


Strength in Numbers Volunteers and foster families carry out ARL's mission for animals For the more than 760 volunteers and foster parents at ARL, the duties may vary, but every single person who donates his or her time to our organization has one thing in common – the compassion and dedication to give back to an amazing cause close to their heart. Each April during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, ARL salutes the incredible work by volunteers in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster during the past year. In 2019 alone, ARL volunteers generously donated more than 38,000 hours of their time to helping animals in need - that’s the equivalent of 18 full-time staff! ARL cannot fulfill its mission without volunteers. Whether it’s welcoming an animal into their home, working with a behaviorally-challenged puppy, mucking horse stalls, changing a cat’s litter box, or distributing informational handouts at community events, each of these tasks is vital to the day-to-day operations at ARL.


The power of volunteering

About 63 million people, or 25% of the population, donate their time and talents to worthy causes, and there are plenty of benefits for doing so. In addition to making a difference in the community, volunteering has been shown to improve a person’s health by increasing physical activity, enhancing their mood and decreasing stress. Another bonus? The majority of hiring managers nationally see volunteerism as an asset in candidates seeking employment.



Opening your heart and home

Sometimes an animal is injured and needs a quiet place to heal. Others may need to be removed from a shelter environment to reduce stress, or to work on specific behavioral issues in a home setting. ARL’s foster parents take on these challenges for days, weeks, and sometimes months at a time. Our foster parents get to enjoy the special experience of seeing animals transform and blossom right in front of their eyes.

To learn more about current volunteer and foster opportunities, visit arlboston.org/get-involved


“I feel like I’m one of the luckiest staff members at ARL, as my job entitles me to go to all three Animal Care and Adoption Centers and see so many people donating their time to give so much to these animals who have so little,” said Associate Director of Volunteer Engagement, Debby Chaplic.

In Memory of Robert Rodriguez ARL Visitor Service Liaison

Hansel This two-year-old boy came to ARL's Boston Animal Care & Adoption Center in October from an overcrowding situation. Hansel was extremely shy and spent over four months in our care before finding his perfect home.

Is Your Pet Lost? Take these 5 steps to have the best chance of being reunited with your pet There isn't a more sinking feeling then when you realize that your furry or feathered companion might have gone missing. Whether it’s a door left ajar, a booming thunderstorm, or slipped harness during a walk, our pets can all too quickly slip away from our sight. In that moment of panic, it’s important to take immediate action by following these 5 steps to increase the likelihood of a happy reunion with your pet:


Call the local Animal Control Officer of the town where you live, and of the town that your pet went missing in.


File a lost report with ARL either in person, over the phone, or online. This lost report is seen by all three ARL locations. The staff will ask you to provide a photo of your pet.



Contact your pet’s microchip company if your pet has one, to notify them that your pet is lost. Be sure to confirm that your contact information is current.

5 File a lost report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of where your pet went missing. Oftentimes, concerned citizens will pick up a stray pet they see on the side of the road and bring it to a shelter that is close to their destination instead of close to where they found the animal. Visit the shelters closest to you as often as possible to check for new incoming lost pets.

Don’t give up! Many pets go missing for months before being reunited with their owners. You will have the best chance of finding your missing pet if you utilize all of the provided tips and continue to search for them as long as you can.

Be sure to also search and post on social media, Craigslist, and with online groups that compile lost and found reports, such as Missing Dogs Massachusetts. Check in with neighbors, postal carriers, and utility workers, and post a flyer of your pet around your community and in the local newspaper. You may also consider offering a reward as an incentive, but be wary of people who are unable to describe your pet in detail or require payment via wire transfer or the internet. Remember to never chase a pet that is in “flight mode”. If your pet is running away from you, the sound of yelling, heavy breathing, and loud footsteps will only encourage them to increase their speed – and pay less attention to their surroundings, such as speeding cars. For tips on how to deal with panicked pets that may need to be humanely trapped, contact ARL Field Services at (617) 426-9170, then press “1”.

For more tips or to file a lost pet report, visit arlboston.org/ilostmypet

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Finding Forever Homes Adoption stories that will warm your heart Every animal that ARL finds a loving home for is special, but sometimes there are animals, both big and small, whose stories offer inspiration and reflect the amazing work that you make possible!




Snickers Snickers was one of 80 cats rescued from two separate animal hoardingtype situations in November 2019. Because of the deplorable conditions she had been living in previously, Snickers required a tremendous amount of medical attention and positive socialization. Scared and prone to hiding, she was placed with an ARL foster family so she could become comfortable with the sights and sounds of true home setting. Four months later, Snickers’ confidence shone through and she met her forever family.


One of 19 Cane Corsos that were removed from a private breeding kennel during a law enforcement investigation, Olive was closed off emotionally and nervous of new people and situations. For nearly six months, ARL’s Animal Behavior team and volunteers worked together to help Olive come out of her shell and regain her trust in humans. Slowly, but surely her fun-loving and affectionate side won the heart of an adopter who is now treating her to a peaceful life in central Massachusetts.

The Lucky 7 In February, six-month-old parakeets Hawk, Turkey, Duck, Pelican, Emu, Woodpecker, and Ostrich, were surrendered to ARL by their owner. Anyone who has cared for a bird knows the huge responsibility it entails, but how about a small flock? With such a fluttering of activity it seemed unlikely that the ‘Lucky 7’ would not all be going home together. However, as fate would have it, a parakeet-lover inquired about them just days after their arrival, and all seven are now living together in one nest.

Dexter and Ralphie When six-year-old English Mastiff Dexter was surrendered by his owner the lanky 153-pound handsome dog became an instant favorite in the adoption center. Not many people can accommodate such a large dog in their home, but the family who had adopted Ralphie, a Mastiff that ARL rescued from deplorable conditions just last year, thought Dexter could be a match. When the two Mastiffs met, there was an instant brotherly connection, and they are now inseparable living in their home on the North Shore.




Two-year-old Domestic Long Hair cat Schooner, was discovered by an animal control officer on a frigid December morning – literally frozen to a shipping container. He was immediately brought to ARL for prompt medical attention and compassionate care. Schooner’s story became an instant media sensation as the public paid great attention to his harrowing tale of survival. Schooner found his new home just hours after being made available for adoption, and is currently spending his days warmly… indoors.

If you have basic behavioral or health-related questions about your pet—whether it be a dog, cat, or small animal (rabbit, guinea pig, ferret, etc.)—we can help free of charge! Contact ARL's FREE Behavior Helpline: (617) 226-5666, behaviorhelpline@arlboston.org or www.arlboston.org/pet-behavior-helpline


Animals Need You, Especially in These Uncertain Times You can protect vulnerable animals and keep pets with their families We know that these are unprecedented times, and ARL is committed to continuing our critical services for animals in need and the people who care about them despite uncertain circumstances. While it is difficult to predict the long-term impacts of the current crisis, one thing remains constant – animals in Massachusetts need you. Your support today ensures ARL will have: the resources to adapt to the evolving needs of our community, the ability to respond to animal cruelty and rescue emergencies,

the stability to provide all of the animals in our care with the medical treatment, behavioral training, love, and compassion they deserve.

You can be assured that your gift today is the most effective way to help animals and people in our community and provide solutions to the challenges that arise during this difficult time.


The President’s Council is a group of leadership donors who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Their thoughtful investment in ARL’s mission helps us to be a leader in animal welfare.


Anna Harris Smith Legacy Society members are passionate about helping animals now and after their lifetime. By including ARL in their estate plans, they will leave a legacy of compassion for animals.


Gifts of stock not only help animals in need, they can also provide tax benefits


All donations to ARL are taxdeductible to the extent allowed by IRS regulations. If you are faced with required withdrawals from your retirement accounts, a gift can help offset additional income taxes.

For more information, contact Jackie Smith at jsmith@arlboston.org or (617) 226-5608






The Champions Circle is a dedicated community of monthly givers who support shelter animals all year long as recurring donors.

Tribute gifts are a way to honor or remember a loved one. When you make a gift in honor or in memory of a person, pet, or occasion, we’ll notify the individual with a personalized card.

Many companies offer matching gift programs. To find out if your company will match your donation to ARL, check with your HR department or visit matchinggifts.com/ search/rit

Donate your vehicle to help animals in need. Our partner will pick up your car and give you a tax receipt. For more information, visit: careasy.org/ nonprofit/animalrescue-league-ofboston

For more information, contact Derek Stemmler at dstemmler@arlboston.org or (617) 226-5662


Cleaning Supplies May Be a Health Hazard for Pets Thoroughly read the label before you start scrubbing In the warmer months, many of us get the urge to tackle our annual ritual of organizing the garage, donating old clothing, and moving heavy furniture to get into all the nooks and crannies that we tend to neglect. Before you pick up the duster, vacuum, and bottles of solvents, however, keep in mind that not all cleaning agents are pet-friendly. The ingredients that can pose a risk to pets in household cleaners are phenols – a parent compound used as a disinfectant. If the label says “disinfectant”, “antibacterial”, or “sanitizer” chances are it contains phenolic compounds, which can be toxic to dogs and cats. Here are a few common cleaners and how they can be used safely around your pets: Aerosol air fresheners and disinfectants can cause skin irritation, as well gastrointestinal issues. When spraying, make sure the pets are out of the room and do not come in contact with any surfaces until they are completely dry.

Carpet shampoos can cause skin irritation or stomach upset, but most are safe for households with pets. Make sure the carpet is completely dry before allowing pets to re-enter the area.

Mop-and-bucket cleaning solutions

Disposable microfiber brooms that spray a cleaning solution

should be properly diluted with water. Make sure that the floors are dry before allowing pets to walk across the cleaned floor.

do not present a serious health risk to pets, as the chemicals they contain are significantly diluted.

Carpet deodorizing powders

Bleach/bleach cleaners

if ingested, can cause respiratory irritation resulting in coughing, sneezing or a runny nose. The powder can linger deep inside carpet fibers, so be sure to vacuum thoroughly. Should your pet step in the powder, wash their paws with soap and water.

can cause skin irritation or stomach upset. Straight bleach should be properly diluted with water. The odor can be overpowering for both pets and humans alike, so use it in well-ventilated areas.

Identifying household cleaning products that will not create unnecessary risks for your beloved pets - and taking care to use them properly - will ensure clean and healthy living spaces for everyone in your household.

For more pet safety tips, visit arlboston.org


Mia This golden-eyed kitty spent several weeks at ARL recovering from a variety of medical conditions before finding her forever home in March 2020.


Leave Your Print: Anna Harris Smith Legacy Society Member Spotlight Whether she is volunteering at a hospice home, serving as a coordinator at a local hospital, or caring for neighbors' pets, Mary Lou Hughes recognizes the importance of helping others. She attributes her generous, philanthropic spirit to her parents, who led by example and instilled in her a remarkable sense of goodwill. Mary Lou and her family have a rich history with animals that is characterized by the remarkable human-animal bond. Her father recovered from polio paralysis with the help of a pair of horses named King and Queenie, and her brother’s rescue dog Betsy never left her carriage when she was an infant. Her parents taught her always to love and respect animals. She was destined to become an animal lover! Mary Lou has been a supporter of the Animal Rescue League of Boston since 1983, and holds animals close to her heart. Her own West Highland Terrier Teddy was her constant companion through difficult life events, and was laid to rest in ARL’s Pine Ridge Cemetery on the Dedham campus. More recently, Mary Lou is her neighborhood’s go-to pet sitter, caring for a variety of animals including guinea pigs and a goldfish named Fernando. As a member of the Anna Harris Smith Legacy Society, Mary Lou and her late husband Joseph included ARL in their estate plans. The Hughes were touched by many four-legged friends, and wanted to ensure that animals in need always had a place of refuge. The Hughes have contributed to several charities over the years, but always prioritized those who “did the most good”. ARL, Mary Lou explains, does a lot of good. When asked about planned giving, she says that it is something everyone should think about, that it’s imperative to see how you can help. She also highlights the ability of a planned gift to continue ARL’s mission and programs for years to come. “I want ARL to go on [saving animals] forever!” she exclaims.


With her legacy gift, Mary Lou Hughes ensures that ARL will be there to help, “as long as there are animals in need.”

Mary Lou has included ARL in her will to create a legacy of animal welfare. Her hope is that ARL is able to continue its mission long into the future, and to grow and adapt to changing times. She recognizes that gifts through the Anna Harris Smith Legacy Society directly support this vision, and hopes you will consider joining her and becoming a member. The Anna Harris Smith Legacy Society is a group of supporters who have included ARL in their plans to ensure that life-saving services for animals in need will be available long into the future. If you have included or are thinking of including ARL in your plan, please let us know! Contact Jackie Smith at (617) 226-1508 or jsmith@arlboston.org. Learn more at arlboston.org/ahs-ls

Thank you

for being a champion for animals in need

Animal Rescue League of Boston 10 Chandler Street Boston, MA 02116-5221

WEAR JEANS TO HELP Animals in Need Denim for Dogs/Catsual Fridays Do you and your coworkers love animals? Show off your love and help raise funds for animals by organizing a jeans or casual dress day at your place of work. Please contact Jackie Smith at jsmith@arlboston.org for more information.

Thank you for making our work possible!

Last fall, Mintz employees raised over $6,200 for ARL through their annual Jeans Day fundraiser! A very special shout-out to Jane and Andy Urban, who personally matched contributions from the event.

26.2 MILES for ARL On September, 14, 2020, ARL will celebrate its tenth year in the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program for the 124th running of the Boston MarathonŽ. Two extraordinary individuals, who are ARL adopters and have been animal advocates throughout their lives, will run 26.2 miles to raise $26,200 for ARL. Thank you to Corey Adams and Molly Quinn for supporting our efforts and we wish you the best of luck! Also, very special thanks to ARL’s Boston Marathon team sponsor, Loyal Companion!

Interested in sponsoring our team? Email Derek Stemmler at dstemmler@arlboston.org for sponsorship information by July 1st

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