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60 adopted during ARL’s Black Friday event

Friday, December 28, 2012

A successful Black Friday promotion resulted in 60 adoptions over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including 52 cats, seven dogs, and one small animal.

While many shoppers hit the malls, animal lovers lined up outside the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire at 6 a.m. for the first pick of four-legged friends.

“Our Black Friday adoption promotion was a huge success,” said Lindsay Hamrick, chief operating officer.

“I’ve never seen the shelter this empty before. The community really responded to our need to get these animals into homes for the holiday season.”

The winner of ARL’s raffle prize was drawn on Black Friday. Angela Martin, of Merrimack, was the lucky $5,000 raffle prize winner. She had brought in her son to sign up to volunteer at the last open house and on a whim bought a ticket while she was at the ARL.

The ARL has copies of its 2013 Cash Calendar available for sale. Adorable pictures of adopted rescue animals adorn the pages of this one-year calendar and as a bonus you will have 15 chances to win $100 or $250 in raffle drawings throughout the year. You can purchase the calendars at the ARL or online at www.rescue
league.org.

Reaching out

As a result of the abnormally high amount of vacancies in the shelter, the ARL was able to reach out to other New Hampshire rescues and shelters and take in canine transfers.

Hamrick said the ARL has taken in one dog from Rottweiler Rescue, two from the Upper Valley Humane Society, and one from an ACO in New Hampshire, all in the past week. Additionally, the ARL is attempting to arrange possible transfers with the NHSPCA and Manchester Animal Shelter soon.

“We are fortunate to be able to step in and provide adoption resources to towns that can’t place certain dogs,” Hamrick said. “Saint Nick, the dog that came to us from a New Hampshire ACO, is a pit bull. Due to a lack of resources, that specific town’s policy is to euthanize breed-specific strays, regardless of behavior. The transfer would not be possible with a full shelter, so we are incredibly grateful to all our supporters and adopters who enable us to provide an alternative to animals like Saint Nick.”

In 2011, the ARL took in 96 dogs as New Hampshire transfers. The shelter is on track to take in 100 in 2012.

In addition to shelter transfers, the ARL’s foster program also helps other shelters when possible. The ARL foster program has a network of 21 homes. Most recently, Monadnock Humane Society needed assistance fostering out a pit bull mother and her 15 puppies. The ARL has been able to provide a safe fostering home for the puppies until they are old enough for adoption.

Saint Nick and rottweiler Marcus are currently up for adoption at the ARL. Rocco, a doberman pinscher mix, and Riley, a hound mix, will be available this week after their assessment. The ARL is open from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and noon-5 p.m. Friday to Sunday.

The ARL NH is open to all residents of New Hampshire, and actively serves the towns of Amherst, Auburn, Bedford, Brookline, Candia, Dunbarton, Francestown, Goffstown, Hollis, Hooksett, Litchfield, Londonderry, Lyndeborough, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Wilton and Windham. The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is at at 545 Route 101 in Bedford.

For more information, call 472-5714 or visit www.rescueleague.org.

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