The Animal Rescue League of Boston recently celebrated their one hundred and thirteenth year anniversary as of February 7th, 2012! The ARL has been helping animals since 1899 under their original phrase used by founder Anna Harris Smith, Kindness Uplifts the World; and from seeing how far the organization has come, we can say it truly does.
A Dorchester native, Anna Harris Smith and a few of her close colleagues deemed it necessary to have a safe place for abandoned and homeless animals to stay and be cared for. We are all grateful for their efforts many years ago; they would be truly touched with pride to see the impact the ARL of Boston has made for animals and their human companions.
In addition to the original organizers, the many selfless people who give their time, ideas, energy, and most importantly their hearts to these initiatives are the people who really should be praised for such momentous occasions like an anniversary. Beginning in Bostons Park Street Chapel located downtown, the Animal Rescue League was only fortunate to have 110 supporters and volunteers with a total of $1,200 in funding one hundred and thirteen years ago. Today, there are ninety-two fully trained staff employees and roughly four hundred volunteers all backed by a great deal of financial support from individuals and other parties.
We congratulate the Animal Rescue League of Boston and hope everyone will consider visiting or adopting a pet, finding a career or volunteering at this wonderful organization.