Category Archives: Animal Welfare

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips!

fireworksHolidays are often busy and hectic, and we sometimes overlook how our four-legged friends feel about the chaos and excitement of our holiday celebrations. Fireworks in particular can be a loud and very scary thing for our animal companions. As we gear up for our Fourth of July celebrations, remember a few very important rules to keep your pet happy, healthy and home this holiday.

  • The best place for your pet on the Fourth of July is home. Ensuring that Fido has a quiet, comfortable and calming place to retreat to if he is feeling overwhelmed or frightened is extremely important.
  • If you must have your dog with you during your holiday celebration, make sure they are always leashed and with an adult. The ARLGP and shelters across the nation see an increase in loose/stray dogs the night of July 4th, as well as the morning after, due to dogs bolting in fear of fireworks. The best place for your pet is at home, with no opportunity to run away!
  • Make sure your dog has a collar with identification tags. In the event that your dog does run away, identification tags aid in a speedy return home when they are found. If your pet does get away, immediately call your local Animal Control Officer and shelter.
  • Go beyond identification tags: microchip your pet! Microchips are the #1 way for shelters to reunite stray pets with their owners. The ARLGP provides low-cost microchipping services at just $35 per pet. You can come in during our daily open hours for this quick and easy procedure, with no appointment necessary. It’s an important component of pet identification, and significantly increases the chances of reuniting with your pet if he/she is brought in as lost or stray.
  • If your pet is joining you at family gatherings, make sure they have a cool spot with fresh water to beat the heat! Summertime in Maine can reach uncomfortable temperatures. Making sure fresh, cold water is available at all times is extremely important, as well as healthy (dog-friendly) food. Having access to an indoor area is also necessary, so your pup can relax and keep cool.
  • Never leave a dog in a car during the summer months, as temperatures inside the vehicle climb to unbearable and deadly levels (often 20 degrees hotter than the outside temperature). Check out this interesting experiment when a veterinarian locked himself in a hot car to demonstrate how our pups would feel. A quick run into the grocery store can be incredibly dangerous for your pup. It’s best to leave them home!

If you remember nothing else this Fourth of July, remember this: the best place for your four-legged friends is in the comfort of their own home!

Our South Korean Dogs: 1 Year Anniversary

Today marks our one year anniversary of helping five dogs from South Korea.

In honor of this special day, we’d like to take a look back at their year in our care and extend our heartfelt gratitude to YOU our volunteers, foster families, and adoptive families who all stepped up to help animals in need. We’d also like to thank our community who supported us and participated in this amazing journey – you helped five dogs find a new beginning.

THE STORY
On Thursday, May 26, 2016, five of the 250 dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea by Humane Society International (HSI) arrived at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP). Our team waited excitedly to welcome them to our shelter and to help them gain comfort and confidence in their new surroundings.

Upon arrival, they were unable to walk off the transport vehicle. Quite frankly, they didn’t know how. They had only lived in small wire crates, with no ability to walk around, move about freely or receive human touch or assistance. They were in rough shape. We adapted and faced these challenges head on, and used our training and skills to meet them where they were at and work from there.

As an emergency placement partner of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the ARLGP serves as a safety net for animals rescued from inhumane conditions. For those who questioned our commitment to local dogs, our top priority is always to homeless and displaced pets in Greater Portland, as well as our state. When an opportunity to help animals in need is presented to us and we have the space available, we are always happy to lend a helping hand.

Over the past year, we’ve celebrated their individual journeys to where they are today…

Ron (now Myles) was the first to be placed in a foster home, then his adoptive home. He quickly adapted to his new life and he immediately thrived with training and socialization.

Huey, one of our husky mixes, was the second to enter a foster home. He is now in his permanent home, with many canine siblings, living the life of a companion pooch, even if on his own terms.

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Stuart, our most recently adopted, received more questions and inquiries while on our adoption floor than any other pooch available. Every visitor wanted to know his story, and once we told it, they were quick to share with friends and family to help us find Stuart the home he was looking for. He’s now living the life on his farm, with lots of two and four-legged family members to share it with.

And, today marks a new chapter for our fourth dog, Victor. One year from the day he arrived, he will be moved to our adoption floor. Victor is a beautiful jindo mix, looking for a home with a canine companion that will continue to show him all the wonderful perks of being a dog in a loving home with humans who care deeply for him.

And last, but certainly not least, is Forrest. Forrest is still receiving training, socialization and enrichment in our care, to get him to a point where he is ready for his new home and family, even if that looks a little different than the average adopter. Each and every one of these dogs took a different amount of time and a different approach of training, and we are committed to reaching the finish line with each.

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Today, we are reminded that the way an animal arrives at our door doesn’t matter. Whether it’s abandoned on the side of the road, left in our parking lot, a stray wandering the neighborhood, or through our life-saving collaborations with shelters and rescues in Maine and beyond— it’s where they end up that really counts. These five boys taught us about unconditional love, patience and compassion. No words were required, only simple acts of kindness.

To all of those reading this, we thank you for believing in our mission and supporting our vision and values with your volunteerism, your in-kind gifts of food and linens, and with your generous financial support. Our success at saving the lives of Ron, Huey, Stuart, Victor, Forrest, and 4,000 animals every year is because of YOU.  

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Puppy Adoption Event Today @ The Fish & Bone

We are excited to partner once again with our good friends at The Fish & Bone for a puppy adoption event! Join us today, Friday, May 19th, from 3-5pm at Fish & Bone on Commercial Street in downtown Portland.

This afternoon, we will have 4 adoptable and adorable puppies. The “princess puppies” named Cinderella, Elsa, Ariel and Belle are approximately 6-months-old and are All American Mixes. If you have been looking to introduce a new, young pup to your family, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet some great dogs.

It’s important to note that adopting a puppy requires patience, dedication and flexibility. Puppies need potty training, obedience training, socialization and lots of outlets for physical and mental enrichment. We will have adoption counselors on-hand to discuss on the joys of puppyhood and what their needs will be as they grow into adult canine companions.

As always, adoptions are first-come, first-served, and require our normal adoption application process. You may download and print an adoption application to bring with you, or you may fill one out at The Fish & Bone this afternoon. The Fish & Bone will be offering extra-special puppy packs to adopters. If you spend $100 on your new furry friend this afternoon, you’ll go home with a new crate!

A special thanks to the ASPCA and Subaru Rescue Ride Program who generously provided the ARLGP with a grant to support our collaborations with other shelters and rescues across our state, region and country. The princess puppies arrived to the ARLGP last week, through our partnership with a California-based rescue. Because of this generous support of shelter collaboration, we are able to save more lives together.

We’ll see you today at The Fish & Bone!

PETCO Adoption Event, Saturday 3/4

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The ARLGP is proud to partner with the PETCO Foundation and the Maine Mall PETCO for the Love Changes Everything national adoption event.

We’ll be bringing a puppy palooza to the Maine Mall PETCO on Saturday, March 4th, at 10am. If you’ve been looking to add a new four-legged companion to your family, this may be your purr-fect opportunity.

We’ll have 6 puppies available for adoption at PETCO beginning at 10am. Sheba, Stevie, Saga, Sax, Shelly and Petey all range from 2-3 months old. They are All American mixes, and incredibly adorable.

As always, ARLGP adoptions are first-come, first-served, and require our normal adoption application process. You may download and print an adoption application to bring with you, or you may fill one out at PETCO the day of the event. Adoption events are often busy, so please be prepared to wait a small amount of time to meet an animal and talk to one of our adoption counselors.

While were talking all about puppies, we think it’s important to note that adopting a young pet (and all pets in general) requires patience, dedication and flexibility. Puppies need potty training, obedience training, socialization and lots of outlets for physical and mental enrichment. We will have adoption counselors on-hand to discuss the joys of adoption and what their needs will be as they grow into adult companions.

A huge thanks to our PETCO partner, the Maine Mall PETCO, for inviting us to participate in such a wonderful event. An equally big PAWS UP to the PETCO Foundation for supporting shelter pets and adoption.

Third Annual Puppy Love Adoption Event!

Get ready for a collective “AWWW” as we premiere the adorable line-up of our third annual PUPPY LOVE Adoption Event, taking place this Saturday, February 11th when we open at 10am.

Meet 14 of the cutest pups we ever-did see: Henry, Nigel, Heather, Tilly, Poppy, Heath, Harry, Libby, Hamilton, Imogen, Elliott, Millie, Rupert and Blake.

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They are a wide variety of breed and size; including lab mixes and maltese mixes. Each dog has been spayed/neutered and has received age-appropriate core vaccinations. They are healthy and happy, and ready to go off with their new human best friend this Saturday!

As always, adoptions are on a first-come, first-served basis. We are unable to put animals on hold. The ARLGP opens at 10am, however, adopters generally line up early for events like Puppy Love.

Potential adopters can come prepared by completing and bringing with them a Dog Adoption Survey. All adoptions will follow our standard adoption routine which includes an adoption survey, adoption counseling with an ARLGP canine staff member, and a meet-and-greet.

We hope to see you Saturday at the ARLGP for some Puppy Love!

View adoption fees and requirements here.

 

Christmas Delivery Adoption Program

xmas_delivery_flier-web2All this week the ARLGP will be offering Christmas Eve or Christmas morning delivery for eligible pets. We know many families choose to adopt during the holiday season, and this year we’re making it a bit more fun with delivery of your adopted family member by our ARLGP elves.

Per our standard adoption policy, all of our furry friends are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Adoptions will follow our standard process of application and counseling. We think it’s also important to note that we know the holidays can be a busy time of year in many households. Our adoption counselors will chat all about the joys of welcoming a new four-legged friend into your family, and the transition period that can be expected.

We encourage interested adopters to visit us this week and chat with a team member about our delivery program! Or, give us a call at (207) 854-9771 to learn more about this holiday fun.

12 Saves of Christmas: Lady Bug (save #7)

Today we look back on a very special kitty, Lady Bug.

Through no fault of her own, Lady Bug had been to the ARLGP a handful of times since 2013. She arrived as part of a confiscation in 2013. Later adopted, she was returned several months later very thin and dehydrated. We provided her with immediate medical attention and soon discovered that Lady Bug was hyperthyroid. After a month of observation and treatment in our isolation unit, followed by some TLC in a foster home, Lady Bug was ready to move back to our adoptable cat area. Other than daily medication, Lady Bug was a healthy kitty ready to paw off with her new family.

As a special needs kitty, we knew finding a family that was equipped and ready to provide her with her daily medications and a regular routine and schedule would be a bit harder than the average cat. Many of our team members bonded closely with Lady Bug. We took any opportunity we could to talk about her with potential adopters, knowing sooner or later we’d find the one. We also featured her on this very blog over the summer, with a post called “Meet Our Resident Supermodel.” You see, Lady Bug was always posing. Whether she was lounging in her cat condo, or relaxing in an outdoor enclosure- she knew how to strut her stuff and was always showing off. She’d beam her gorgeous green eyes at all of her visitors, while lending a paw to say hello. This girl was the total package, and she knew it.

In August, a lovely woman named Karen came in looking for a feline companion for her family. One look at Lady Bug’s big green eyes, and they were hooked. The rest is one happy story for this sweet gal:

“She had been a joy since the day we took her home; we connected with her big green eyes and sweet face.  She has been a wonderful addition to our home.

She has a thyroid condition that requires daily medication however as a family we have a developed a routine! She is so happy here; she enjoys going outside in warm weather and will sit in any sunbeam in the house even if it is the middle of our path. She loves everyone’s lap, she even likes to be held like a baby!

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She loves the Christmas tree lights and sitting on the tree skirt.  She has assisted in wrapping a few presents; the crinkle of the paper and curling of ribbons! Santa paws will come soon for her and our other cat Bandit.”

We’re thrilled for Lady Bug and her new family! She’s exactly where she needs to be, with lots of sunshine to bathe in.

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Help support animals like Lady Bug who arrive at the ARLGP in need of medical treatment and care. Making a gift to our Carson Medical Fund supports our life-saving programs and helps us provide urgent care to animals like Lady Bug.