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Home for the Holidays Middleboro Puppy Tuukka One of the Family Tuukka’s face graced the cover of the Fall 2013 edition of Our FourFooted Friends just a few weeks after his rescue during a drug and weapons raid on a home in Middleboro. One year on, Tuukka’s family describes him as “the biggest cuddlebug ever,” as they celebrated his first birthday with a trip to Petco for gourmet treats, new toys and a goofy birthday hat.

in the home in good condition, the puppies were all filthy, emaciated, and dehydrated.

Police found Tuukka and his 12 brothers and sisters — only just a few weeks old — jammed into a small crate. Though four adult dogs were also found

After several weeks receiving proper care and nutrition with ARL foster volunteers, the puppies returned to the shelters to find their new homes. Tuukka met his family at the ARL’s Dedham shelter.

Thank You

for helping Tuukka, Wally, and thousands of animals just like them experience love and joy this holiday season.

Middleboro Animal Control contacted the ARL for help providing care and shelter to the puppies, and within 24 hours of their discovery, all but one of the rescued pups checked into the three ARL shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham.

According to his new family, Tuukaa is “the biggest love. He needs to be next to someone at all times,” a request they are all too happy to oblige. His rough beginnings far behind him, Tuukka has found a very happy home with many bright days and much love ahead of him.

Then: Tuukka (top) at six weeks of age. Now: Getting kisses from his family (bottom).

Wire-Walking Wally Resting Easy at Home Wally the cat’s life began rather humbly. His mom had given birth to him and his siblings about two years ago outside Bridgewater State Prison, and kept her young family living there. Prisoners and guards who had kindly fed and cared for the family kept a special eye on Wally as he grew from a rambunctious kitten into a particularly curious cat. Good thing they did, too. Though no one is quite sure how he did it, Wally managed to climb 30-40 feet up the prison wall and got himself stuck. For two days, his concerned caretakers watched as Wally walked along the razor wire line. Staff at the prison, the fire department, and animal control officers from Bridgewater and Halifax tried to rescue Wally, but the frightened cat just wedged himself more Wally snuggles with senior rescue technician Danielle Genter.

deeply into the wire, seriously injuring himself in the process. A determined prison maintenance worker finally cornered Wally along the wall and brought him down to Lisa McKay, the animal control officer in Bridgewater. Veterinarians at New England Animal Medical Center determined Wally needed over $3,000 in surgery to repair the damage from his wounds. McKay called the ARL for help. The ARL paid for Wally’s veterinary expenses and brought him to the Boston shelter to complete his recovery. He quickly found a new home. This holiday season, Wally will rest easy with his family. The kindness, compassion, and love so many have shown him throughout his life will continue to carry him through. arlboston.org 7

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ARL Our Four-Footed Friends Fall/Winter 2014  

The Animal Rescue League publishes our magazine, “Our Four-Footed Friends,” to showcase the impact donors, volunteers and others make on the...

ARL Our Four-Footed Friends Fall/Winter 2014  

The Animal Rescue League publishes our magazine, “Our Four-Footed Friends,” to showcase the impact donors, volunteers and others make on the...

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