Category Archives: Pet Safety

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!


ARLGP Clinic Team Volunteers at South Dakota Reservation

Last month we were proud to send our ARLGP clinic team to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. ARLGP veterinarian Dr. Beth Sperry, veterinary technicians Kim Jackson and Liz Lord, and volunteer veterinary technician Susan Gayle traveled to the South Dakota reservation for a three day spay/ neuter mission.


The full project included a deployed team of two veterinarians, four veterinary technicians and many veterinary assistants. In partnership with the Lakota Animal Care Project, the goal was to address the problem of animal overpopulation on the reservation of 2.2 million. Currently, there are no veterinary services on the reservation. This project was a large undertaking, with tremendous benefit to both the people and pets of the reservation.


Our ARLGP clinic team, under the direction of Dr. Sperry, spayed/neutered and vaccinated 111 animals in just three days. They also provided medical care and treatment for a variety of conditions including mange, wounds, and embedded porcupine quills.


The ARLGP is always proud to deploy our team members to assist in animal welfare situations on the local, regional and national level. Not only was our clinic team able to make a significant impact on the lives of animals, it was also a tremendous learning experience for all involved. They look forward to a return trip next September to continue our relationship with Lakota Animal Care and the reservation.

Please join us in giving a big PAWS UP to our clinic team for volunteering their time, expertise and compassion to help animals in need.

Puppy Adoption Event Sunday @ Fish & Bone

We are excited to partner once again with our good friends at Fish & Bone for a puppy adoption event! Join us Sunday, November 13th, from 10am-noon at Fish & Bone on Commercial Street in downtown Portland.

We will have 5  adoptable and adorable puppies. These little balls of furry fun are approximately 3-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 Fish & Bone on Sunday.

If you are interested in adopting one of our puppies Sunday, please stop by the event. All dogs will be in foster care until the event, and are not available to be seen prior to Sunday. Unfortunately, we cannot place animals on hold for adoption. We will also be featuring two of the fish & Bone puppies on WCSH6 Fetch ME a Home Sunday morning at 7am.

A big thanks to Fish & Bone for inviting us back to the store for our second puppy adoption event.  We hope to see you Sunday!

We’re throwing a GOAT-E-O!

This Saturday, November 5th, the ARLGP will have four pygmy goats available for adoption when we open at 10am.

The goats, Annabelle, Primrose, George and Boomer, are approximately 6-months-old. They arrived at the ARLGP back in June as part of a case with the State of Maine Animal Welfare Agency. Since their arrival, they have resided at an ARLGP foster home (well, technically a foster farm) and are now ready to hoof their way to a new, permanent farm. They will be available to be seen and adopted this Saturday from 10am-noon.

Interested in adopting a goat?

Our goal is to send all four goats to homes where they can enjoy the good goat life, with lots of room to stretch their legs and enjoy the outdoors. Goats thrive with at least one other goat companion. On Saturday, they can be adopted as a group or in pairs. All four of our adoptable goats have done well at their foster farm with other animals (dogs, cats, chickens) and children of all ages. They are incredibly social. Generally speaking, pygmy goats can grow to be 50-80 pounds. Our staff will be on-hand Saturday to chat with interested adopters about their needs. The adoption fee is $60 per female, $80 per male.

If you or someone you know would be a great home for our goat friends, please attend our GOAT-E-O on Saturday to meet them and speak with our staff. They are currently at their foster farm and are not available to be seen prior to Saturday’s adoption event.

Puppy Adoption Event Sunday with 12 Very Special Pups

We had two very special deliveries just nine weeks ago…

At the end of July two female Jack Russell mixes, Jada and Jaylene, arrived at the ARLGP. We quickly learned that these 1 ½ year old sisters were both very pregnant. Aside from their growing bellies, they were happy, healthy and spunky gals.

One of our paw-some dog volunteers generously welcomed both Jada and Jaylene into his home. He and his wife set each mom up with her own space and patiently waited for the new additions to arrive.

On August 18th, Jada gave birth to seven beautiful pups. The five boys and two girls are mostly white with brown spots like their mom. From the start, with a little guidance from her foster mom, she did fantastically well with her little ones. Jada’s puppies are bubbly and silly, and seem to posses the natural high-energy and strong will of the Jack Russell breed.


Four short days later, Jaylene gave birth to five equally beautiful pups. Jaylene’s pups, four boys and one girl, are a bit bigger than Jada’s and are mostly black and brown. The foster parents say Jaylene’s pups are a bit less energetic than Jada’s, but are your typical bouncy and rambunctious puppies.


Now, at 9-weeks-old, all 12 pups are ready to leave their foster nest to their permanent homes. This Sunday, October 23rd, we will hold a Puppy Palooza adoption event for these special babes when we open at 10am. You can also see four of them make a special appearance on WCSH6’s Fetch ME a Home segment Sunday morning at 7am.


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 the ARLGP on Sunday. 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. Unfortunately, we cannot place animals on hold for adoption.

While we’re 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 also encourage adopters to consider the type of dog; age, breed, size and activity level when considering adoption. Jack Russell’s are often high-energy, smart and driven dogs who would thrive in an active home. 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.

We want to send an enormous thank you and PAWS UP to the Price family, who has spent the last 10 weeks caring for Jada, Jaylene and their pups. It was a huge undertaking and commitment, and we are incredibly appreciative of their kindness, compassion and support. They helped Jada and Jaylene raise beautiful, happy and healthy babies. Please join us in giving them a virtual high five; they deserve it.




Join us for a PIG-nic!


We’re having a PIG-nic, and you’re invited!

This Saturday, September 24th, the ARLGP will have eight baby guinea pigs and a handful of adults available for adoption. If you have been considering the addition of a small animal to your family, stop by our PIG-nic!

Our human educator will be holding a small animal lesson and activity from 10am-noon. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about guinea pig adoption. How do you care for a guinea pig? What makes them happy and healthy? Stop by and learn all about our piggie friends.

All day Saturday adoption fees will be reduced for guinea pigs: $10 for one pig or $15 for a pig pair. We’ll also send them off with a go-home kit of treats and toys.

As always, adoptions are first-come, first-served. The ARLGP opens at 10am Saturday, and the PIG-nic will be hopping from the start. We’ll see you there!



Cat Found in Locked Trunk Now Safe at ARLGP

UPDATE ON SKY THE CAT (9/2/16): Yesterday, a Buxton family contacted us after hearing media reports on Sky the kitty who was found Monday morning locked in a truck. Their cat, Ollie, had gone missing the weekend before and they immediately recognized her after seeing her on the news and in the local paper.  

After research, examination and investigation we have concluded that Sky is indeed their Ollie and she will be reunited with her family.  It’s important to note that  Animal Control Officers local to the incident will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Sky/Ollie’s situation. We are thankful for the citizens who found her and brought her to safety.

We take this opportunity to remind our community that your shelter is a resource. If your cat is missing – call your local shelter immediately. If you find a stray cat in your neighborhood, please call your local ACO and shelter. Pet owners are encouraged to use proper identification for their pets (collar with ID tag in addition to a microchip) so that when stray animals are brought to shelters, they can be reunited with their owners as quickly as possible. The ARLGP provides low-cost microchipping during our daily open hours at just $35 per pet, no appointment necessary.


On Monday, August 29th, 2016, the ARLGP received a feline from a concerned citizen who found it in a locked, sealed trunk at a local baseball field.


Trunk the cat, Sky, was found in

The cat, named Sky by our staff, is approximately 1-year-old. Upon arrival at our facility, Sky received a full medical evaluation from ARLGP staff and veterinary team. She was observed to have a significant amount of fleas and flea dirt, but otherwise in fair condition. She is affectionate and well-socialized; she very much appears to be a family pet.

Two Buxton residents were taking a walk at the Hollis Sports Complex fields at 6am Monday morning. At the end of their walk, they noticed a large trunk in the parking lot. When they attempted to open the trunk, they heard the crying of a cat inside. Unable to open it on their own, they brought it to a friend’s house who opened it with a screwdriver. Sky was in the trunk, without food or water.



Sky’s story is a strong reminder to our community to use your local shelter as a resource. If you are unable to provide care to your pet, for whatever reason, please work with your local shelter and animal control officials. Had these concerned citizens not intervened, Sky’s story could have had a very different outcome.

We are asking anyone who may recognize Sky or have information about her abandonment to contact us directly at (207) 854-9771. Hollis officials are working with the Sheriff’s office on an investigation into the situation as well, and can be contacted with information.

Pending her continued good health, Sky will be available for adoption on Saturday, September 3rd.