Pet of the Week

This partnership between the Steven Cohen Team and the Animal Rescue League of Boston highlights animals looking for a forever home. Every week we bring you new furry, scaly, of feathery potential family members. If you think any of these animals are the right fit for your home, plan to visit them today. For more information about adoptable animals, contact the Animal Rescue League at (617) 426-9170 or visit their website.

Boston Animal Care & Adoption Center

10 Chandler Street, Boston MA 02116 

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 1-6:30PM 

Closed Mondays and Holidays


Meet Bruce

Bruce is a Cuban tree frog who hitched a ride here from Florida on a shipment of flowers to a local florist. Since he was in good shape, he has gone up for adoption and is currently being housed at the Petsmart in Cambridge. We need to see a photo of the tank/habitat that he will be living in prior to going home. His adoption fee is $10.

Cuban tree frogs grow to a length of 5 inches. They don’t really enjoy being held and taken out of their cage, they will attempt to slip out of your hands and escape. If handling is necessary, keep it short and wash your hands well. Amphibians can absorb chemicals and salts through their skin so any lotion, sweat, or soap left on your hand may hurt your frog. Throughout its life, a Cuban tree frog will eat crickets, they have large appetites and should be fed as much as they will eat in 15-20 minutes three times a week. If a Cuban tree frog does not get enough to eat, they have been known to eat other frogs inside the tank, even their own kind. A 15-20 gallon tank will suit a single adult Cuban tree frog well. They should be given plenty of branches and foliage to climb upon as well as an area to swim. This swim area should be large enough for the frog to swim around a bit and just barely touch the bottom. An easy way to accomplish this is to buy a dog water bowl with a flat bottom and fill it with clean water and a couple sturdy rocks that poke above the surface. A mixture of 40% peat moss and 60% potting soil works great as a substrate, it should be about 3 inches deep. Replace the substrate once every 2-4 months. Give your frog a hide on the ground such as a store bought coconut half with an entrance cut in it or something homemade. Cuban tree frogs are ectotherms, meaning they need heat to survive. A basking spot of 80-85F should be maintained during the day on the land side of the cage. The water side does not need to be heated. At night, the heat can be turned off and they will be comfortable at room temperature. The easiest way to heat the enclosure is with and overhead bulb of about 60-80 watts, depending on the temperature of your house. To keep your Cuban tree frog happy and hydrated, the cage needs to stay at about 40-60% humidity.


Meet Jojo

Jojo is a quiet, sweet, and affectionate lady who is looking for her forever home. She is a petite 4 year old spayed female boxer mix. Jojo loves being with her people, she enjoys cuddling, hanging out watching TV, and getting attention and petting from her people. She will do anything within her power to make sure she is never alone. She would do best in a home where someone will always be home with her or if she can go to work with her new owner. Going to doggy day care may also be a good option for someone who works, to limit the amount of time she will be left alone. Jojo suffers from severe separation anxiety and will likely need anti-anxiety medication as well as routine and structure for the rest of her life to build her confidence and reduce her anxiety. Jojo is the kind of dog who will warm you lap and brighten your heart.

If you think your lifestyle fits the needs of Jojo and you think she might be a good fit for your home, please visit our Boston Adoption Center to meet her!


Meet Marylin

Marilyn is a spunky lady who has just started to find her voice here in our shelter. When she first came in, she was very scared and nervous around everyone. In the short month she's been with ARL and our fosters, she has grown tremendously! We are still working with her on her willingness to engage with people of her own accord, and she has already made great progress, approaching the front of her kennel to say hello when people walk by. We quickly learned that she loves to be around other dogs, and gains a ton of confidence when she has a canine friend; she would love to go home to another dog to help her continue to build her confidence. We think Marilyn would be best suited to an adult-only home with owners who are experienced with working with nervous, shy dogs and have a lot of time and patience to devote to working with her!

If you think this sweet lady is the right fit for your home, please plan a visit to our shelter today!