Our Four Footed Friends Fall/Winter 2015
Inside the Fall/Winter edition of the Animal Rescue League of Boston's bi-annual magazine....More on the complex issue of animal hoarding, adoption success stories, and amazing animal rescues. Learn about the care and assistance the ARL provides to animals in need thanks to the generous support of people like you!
<ul><li><p>FriendsOUR FOUR-FOOTED</p><p>and how you help themFall/Winter 2015</p><p>Spay WagginHelping Animals in Need on Marthas Vineyard</p><p>Clear the Shelters Day Adoption Success</p><p>AnimalHoardingA Growing Community Problem</p></li><li><p>ounded in 1899, the Animal Rescue League of Boston is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and </p><p>wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. The ARL carries out its mission through the following programs: </p><p> EmergencyRescueTeam</p><p> Anti-CrueltyLawEnforcement</p><p> AnimalCareandAdoptionCenters(Boston,Dedham,&Brewster)</p><p> SpayWaggin(AffordableSpay&Neutering)</p><p> PineRidgePetCemetery</p><p>We do not receive government funding. We rely solely on the generosity of our supporters to help animals in need.</p><p>Stay connected with us!arlboston.org</p><p>AnimalRescueLeagueofBoston </p><p>@ARLBoston</p><p>arlboston</p><p>We are equipped to care for a variety of species of animals that most shelters cannot help.</p><p>Our Four-Footed Friends is a publicationoftheAnimalRescueLeagueofBoston,10ChandlerStreet,Boston,MA02116.Pleaseaddressalleditorialandsubscriptioncorrespondence to us at the address above,attentionOur Four-Footed FriendsManagingEditor.VO LUME 1 1 8Managing Editor: AmiBowen</p><p>Contributing Writers: AngelaAltobelliAmiBowenLisa GrahamMaryNeeCaitlinOates</p><p>Contributing Photographers: AngelaAltobelliChristineS.BartonBedfordPoliceDepartmentMarcyFordLisa GrahamBeckyLeuenbergerBrianOConnorDebRatnerKim Roderiques MarciTyldesleyMariaL.UribeDebbyVogel</p><p> Our Four-Footed Friends |Fall/Winter2015</p><p>Our Mission</p><p>ON THE COVER:Mikey,theblue-eyedkittenonthefrontcover,methisnewfamilyattheARLsBostonshelteroverthesummer.</p><p>AbigailAdopted</p><p>F</p></li><li><p>Contents 2Message from the President:Together, we accomplished so much</p><p>4Animal Hoarding A Growing Community Problem</p><p>6Leaving a legacy</p><p>8Behind the Scenes:Shelter animals get a healing hand</p><p>9Warm and Fuzzy Success Stories</p><p>10Adoption Success on National Clear the Shelters Day</p><p>11Adopt-a-Cat and Adopt-a-Dog Month Highlights</p><p>12Introducing the ARLs Feline Mod Squad</p><p>13Thank You to Our Corporate Partners!</p><p>14ARL Rescue Services Team on the Scene</p><p>16Wilson: Brave Cat Survives Ordealwith Steel Leghold Trap</p><p>18ARL Joins Coalition to Improve the Protection and Treatment of Farm Animals</p><p>20People and Paws at the ARL</p><p>arlboston.org1</p><p>CharlieAdopted</p><p>Save a life. Donate today! 617.426.9170 x615</p><p> arlboston.org/donate</p><p> use enclosed envelope</p></li><li><p>2 Our Four-Footed Friends |Fall/Winter2015</p><p>sIwatchtheleavesturnand theholidaydecorationsgoup, Ikeepaskingmyself,wheredid</p><p>2015go?ItseemslikejustyesterdaywewereringingintheNewYear,andyethereweareagain.</p><p> At the same time, I am also amazed at thedepthandbreadthofcompassionatecarethousandsofanimalsreceivedthisyearthroughARLprogramsandservices.Together,weaccomplishedsomuchonbehalfofanimalsinneed.</p><p> Animalhoarding,amajorareaoffocusfortheARL,hasbeenontheforefrontofourworkoverthepastmonths.Inthesummerof2015,theARLslawenforcementteamrespondedto7differenthoardingsituations.Fromthesecases,wetookinover100animalstoARLshelters,allrequiringveterinarycare,behavioralrehabilitation,andlonger-termshelter.</p><p> Onaverage,ourlawenforcementteamactivelyinvestigatesandmonitors6-8hoardingcasesincitiesandtownsacrossMassachusettsevery month.BecausetheARLisconsideredanexpert resource for responding to and managing animal hoarding situations, more local and state authorities are turning to us for assistance in a crisis straining our resources to manage the suddeninfluxofanimals.</p><p> Evenamonganimalwelfareadvocates,manyknowverylittleabouthowfrequentlyhoardingsituationsoccurinMassachusetts.Tohelpraiseawarenessaboutthisurgentandseriouscommunityproblem,wededicatedourPresidentsCouncilFallEducationalForumtothetopicofanimalhoarding.</p><p> FormerWCVBanchorandanimaladvocateSusanWornickmoderatedahighlyinformativediscussionbetweenDr.GaryPatronek,afounderof the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium,andLt.AlanBorgal,directoroftheARLslawenforcementteam.Youwillfindhighlightsofthisdiscussioncapturedonpages4and5.</p><p> Togiveavoicetoanothergroupofanimalssilentlysuffering,theARLalsojoinedtheefforttoendtheextreme</p><p>confinementoffarmanimals.Acoalition of national and local animal welfareorganizationsareworkingcollaborativelytosecureaspotonthe2016ballotforameasurethatwouldendtheuseofbatterycagesandgestationalcratesby2022.</p><p> Webelievethismeasuresupportsbasichumaneprincipalsthatfarmanimalscanlaydown,turnaroundandspreadtheirwings.Themeasurealsoreflects the growing consensus that humaneandsafefoodsourcesbenefitsanimalsandpeoplealike.</p><p> ThankstodedicatedARLvolunteerswhopoundedthepavementaskingregisteredvoterstosignthepetitionand the large response from our social mediafollowerswhojoinedthecause,thecoalitionsuccessfullycollectedthe95,000signaturesneededtomoveto the next phase of consideration for the 2016ballot.Wewillkeepyouposted onprogress.</p><p> Wealsocontinuetoturnourattentiontocommunitieswherewefindanimalsinneed.Sometimestheseareinplaceswe least expect, as was the recent case whenourSpayWaggin,theARLsmobilespayandneutersurgicalunit,receivedacallforhelpfromanimalcontrolofficersonMarthasVineyard.</p><p> Becauseyear-roundislandresidentsinfinancialneedhadnoaccesstoaffordablespayandneuteroptions,theislandiscurrentlystrugglingwithpetoverpopulation.Aftercoordinatingtwospay/neuterclinicsforVineyardpetsinFalmouth,theSpayWagginmadeitsmaidenvoyageontheferryacrosstheVineyardSoundtohelpanimalsgettheveterinarycaretheyneededclosertotheirhomes.</p><p> Evenaswerespondedtotheimmediateneedsofanimalsthisyear,wecontinuedtoinvesttimeandenergyintothoroughlyexploringemergingtrends in animal welfare and challenges inourcommunitytodevelopastrategicplanfortheorganizationsfuture.</p><p> Asweclose2015,Iamhappytoreportweareinthefinalphaseof ouranalysisanddiscussion.Ilook</p><p>forwardtosharingwithyouin2016astrategic plan that will guide the ARL inthecomingyearsasweworktoassist more animals in need and, most importantly,preventabuseandneglectbeforeithappens.</p><p> Atthistimeofyear,Iknowtherearemanyorganizationslocally,nationally,andinternationallyaskingforyoursupport.Ialsoimaginetherecouldbemanycausesandissuesyoucareaboutandwanttosolve.Forthesereasons,IamtrulyhonoredyouhavechosentogivetotheARLinthepast.</p><p> WhileyoureadthiseditionofOur Four-Footed Friends,rememberthattheARLreceivesnopublicfundingtorespondtohoardingsituationsorbringtheSpayWaggintoMarthasVineyard.OnlywithyoursupportcananimalslikeWilson,JohnnyCash,Jordan,andMyrtleallcatsanddogsfeaturedinthiseditiongetthehelptheyneedtoleadsafer,healthier,andhappierlives.</p><p> IaskyoutoexpressyourdedicationtoimprovingtheprotectionandtreatmentofanimalsinMassachusettsonce again with a donation to the AnimalRescueLeagueofBoston.</p><p> OnbehalfofeveryoneattheARL,thankyouforyourkindnessandgenerosityforanimalsinneed.</p><p>Happy holidays to you and all the animals in your life!</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>MaryNeePresident</p><p>AMary Nee, ARL president, saying hello to Tiger, a kitten at the ARLs Boston shelter.</p><p>Message from the PresidentTogether, we accomplished so much</p></li><li><p>arlboston.org3</p><p>SOMETIMES ITS GOOD TO SEE</p><p>D O U B L E </p><p>Many companies offer matching gift programs that will double, even triple your donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.</p><p>3 things to ask your human resources departmentDoes your company or firm match charitable donations?If you made your gift during the past year, will your firm match it now? If you are a retiree, will your company match your gift? Some do!</p><p>THANK YOU for helping MORE ANIMALS get the care and assistance they need, when they need it most.</p></li><li><p>4 Our Four-Footed Friends |Fall/Winter2015</p><p>nimalhoardingisaserious,yetunder-recognizedcommunityproblemthatisresponsiblefor</p><p>substantialanimalsuffering.</p><p> The ARL has confronted animal hoardingfordecades,yetinthepastfewyears,thesituationshavebecomeincreasinglyfrequentandcomplex. TheARLslawenforcementteamactivelyinvestigatesandmonitors 6-8hoardingcasesamonth,andtookinover100animalsfromhoardingsituationsaloneinlessthan12weeksduringthesummerof2015.</p><p> Tohelpthepublicbetterunderstandthecriticalroletheycanplayingettinghelptotheanimalsinahoarding situation, the ARL dedicated thePresidentsCouncilFallEducationalForumtothetopic.FormerWCVBanchorSusanWornickmoderated adiscussionbetweenDr.GaryPatronek,afounderoftheHoarding ofAnimalsResearchConsortium, andtheARLsdirectoroflawenforcementLt.AlanBorgal.</p><p> Dr.PatronekandLt.Borgalofferedtheirexpertinsightsandperspectivestoeducatetheaudienceabouttheimpact of hoarding on animals and thecommunity.Herearesomeofthehighlights of their discussion:Q: What is the profile of an animal hoarder? Dr. Patronek: Although70%ofthesubjectswhocometotheattention</p><p>of authorities are unmarried females, studies show that there are an equal ratio of men and women animalhoarders.</p><p> Animalhoarderscomefrommanydifferenteducational,economic,andculturalbackgroundstraumanurses,veterinarians,classroomaides,andprofessors.Theyappearveryfunctionalinpublic.</p><p>Q. What is the impact of a hoarding situation on animals?Lt. Borgal: In hoarding homes, there isnosanitaryspace.Theanimals,thehoarder, and sometimes other adults andchildrenareliterallytrappedintheirownfilth.</p><p> Weoftenfindhoardershavefedtheir animals straight from a can and the cans pile up inside a home we havewalkedoverpilesseveralfeethighinsomesituations.</p><p> Animalshavenoaccesstoadequatedrinkingwaterorveterinarycare.Theyareofteninfestedwithexternalparasiteslikefleas.</p><p> The animals in the household are constantlycompetingforfoodandattention,makingforaverydangerouslivingsituationforboththeanimalsandthehumans.</p><p>Q. How do you find out about and respond to animal hoarding situations?Lt. Borgal:Hoardingcasesareoftenaccidentallydiscoveredwhenarepair</p><p>companyorotheremergencyserviceiscalledin.Ifsomeoneinthehomehasamedicalproblemandanambulanceiscalled,forexample.</p><p> Hoardersareusuallyveryconcernedthatsomeonewilltaketheiranimalsawayfromthemandcanbecomeveryemotionalwhenconfronted.ThatswhytheARLapproachessuspectsverysensitivelyandrespectfullytotrytoestablishtrustwithanindividual.</p><p> Itcantakealongerperiodoftime,butonceweestablishtrust,wecanstarthelping the animals and determining what,ifany,otherhumanservicesagenciesshouldgetinvolved.</p><p> If a hoarder is not willing to cooperate,wemoveaheadwithgetting acourtordertoremoveanimalsandstart the process to prosecute them onfelonycharges.</p><p> Manyanimalhoardingcasesdobreakdown,requiringacrisisresponse</p><p>Animal Hoarding A Growing Community Problem</p><p>A</p><p>THANK YOUto our anonymous </p><p>challenge donor and everyone who </p><p>gave during the ARLs Cruelty Prevention Fund </p><p>Drive to help protect more animals from harm!</p><p>From left: Susan Wornick, former WCVB anchor; Dr. Gary Patronek, a founder of the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium; and Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the ARLs law enforcement team, discussing the complex topic of animal hoarding at the ARLs Fall Educational Forum.</p></li><li><p>arlboston.org5</p><p>which strains the resources of social serviceagencies,locallawenforcement,andanimalwelfareorganizationsliketheARL.</p><p>Q. Is there a solution to animal hoarding?Dr. Patronek: Becauseavarietyoffactorsandcomplexpsychologicalconditionscausehoarding,theresnotaone-size-fits-allsolution.</p><p> Justasavarietyofstakeholdersmustcooperatetointervene,investigate,andaddressahoardingproblem,avarietyofstakeholdersmustworktogethertomonitorahoardersadherence to a plan to manage thesituation.</p><p> As with other relapsing conditions, hoardingrequiresconstantfollow-upand support from animal welfare and socialserviceagencies.Sadlyforsome,hoardingcanbeanever-endingcycle.</p><p>What is the ARLs Law Enforcement Team?</p><p> TheARLisoneofonlytwoanimalwelfareorganizationswithspecialMassachusettsstatepoliceofficersonstaffwhoactivelyinvestigatecrimesagainstanimals. ThetwoofficersandonecoordinatoronARLslawenforcementteamworktoprotectanimalsfromharminmanyways,including: Ensuring the safety of animals afterareportortipaboutsuspectedneglectandabuse ExamplE:Aneighborreportsseeingadogchainedandkeptinthebackyardinextremelycoldweather.</p><p> Educating pet owners aboutthelawfultreatmentandcareofanimalsinthestate ExamplE: Officers will explain shelter requirements for farm animalsmandatedbylawinMassachusetts.</p><p> Supporting local police departments intheinvestigationandresponsetoanimal-relatedcrimesExamplE:WhentwodeceasedpuppieswerediscoveredinRevere,theARLsLt.AlanBorgalprovidedexpertiseonthecollectionofevidenceandassistanceinvestigatingleadsinthecase.</p><p> assisting the prosecution ofanimal-relatedcrimesbyprovidingveterinaryforensicsandtestimonyincourt.</p><p> monitoring known animal hoarders toprovideguidanceand support with animal care, and connections to other health and human servicesagencies.</p><p>See Something, Say Something. Learn more about what you can do to prevent animal cruelty at arlboston.org/take-action.</p><p>I dont think most people understand the true problem involving animal hoarding. It is not as it might appear the innocent collection of a pet lover, intent on building a coterie of love and affection. Instead, it can be just the opposite the evidence of an unstable personality risking the lives of animals who often times are inadvertently underfed, overfed or sadly, uncared for.</p><p>I applaud the ARL for its education and action protecting all involved. </p><p>Susan Wornick, former WCVB anchor, animal advocate, and moderator of the ARLs Fall Educational Forum</p><p>Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the ARLs law enforcement team, with Moose, an ARL alum from the Boston shelter.</p><p>(Continued from page 4)</p></li><li><p>6 Our Four-Footed Friends |Fall/Winter2015</p><p>Helen Frank with her great niece Courtney Romero at her home in Massachusetts.</p><p>Leaving a Legacy</p><p>FriskyAdopted</p><p> Accordingtoherfamily,HelenFrankknownaffectionatelyasAuntieabsolutelylovedanimals. AtherhomesinBelmont,Massachusetts,andEaston,Maryland,shegreetedthecardinals,bluejays,chickadees,andsquirrelswhovisitedherporchrailinglookingforthebirdseedsheputoutforthem.</p><p> ShebefriendedapeacockwholivednearherMarylandhome.ThepeacockhappilydozedinatreeinHelensyardduringtheday,andwouldcomerightup the stairs to her sliding door to sayhello.</p><p> Deeroftenstrolledacrossherpropertyandshebecameveryfondofa</p><p>3-leggeddeerthatreturnedyear-after-yeartoheryard.</p><p> Awell-lovedandcaredforcatalwaysloungedbyhersiderightuptothemomentshepassedaway.</p><p> Helenscompassionforanimalsextendedwell-beyondappreciationfortheanimalsaroundherhome.Shesupportedalong-listofanimalwelfareorganizationsandtheirworkonbehalfofanimalsinneed.</p><p> HergreatnieceCourtneyRomeroexplainedthatshecaredverydeeplyabouthelpingasmanyanimalsasshecould during her lifetime and through herestateplanning.</p><p> Auntiealwaystriedtohelp animalsinneedasARLdoeseveryday,saysRomero.</p><p> We are grateful to Helen Frank for her generous bequest to the ARL and to her family for sharing her story.</p><p>Helen Frank: A legacy of kindness</p><p> Forfouryears,ChristineBartondedicated her spare time to caring for and photographing the animals at the ARLsBostonshelter. Christinedotedonmanyanimalsinthe shelter, helping to socialize cats with attentionandpatience.</p><p> Inthisdayandageofsocialmedia,havinghighqualityphotosisessentialtohelpinganimalsfindsafeandlovinghomesasquicklyaspossible.Understandingthis,Christinecleverlyandexpertlycapturedthepersonalitiesandspiritsofhundredsofadoptableanimalsonfilm.</p><p> Sheof...</p></li></ul>