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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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ARL takes in strays, pets relinquished by own- ers or left behind when an owner dies, and animals retrieved by animal control officers. ARL offers veterinary services for shelter and community (or feral) pets; farm, kennel, and pet shop inspections; law enforcement re- lated to animal cruelty; and advocacy for ani- mal-friendly state and local legislation. In 2016 at ARL 17,884 animals were served in total, 2,600 animals were adopted into permanent homes (including 160 puppies from southern states), and 4,696 community pet surgeries were performed. ARL also rescued 1,600 wild- life animals. Shelters aim to keep the numbers of dogs in residence and their length-of-stay short, so there are a limited number of pets to view on any given day. You may have to visit more than once or more than one shelter. At ARL, the application process begins with a conversa- tion. An adoption counselor might ask: Is hav- ing a pet okay with your landlord? Does your house have a fenced-in yard? Does anyone have allergies? If you want a puppy, do you understand the care needed? Questions aren't intended to be barriers to adoption but rather to help families bring the right pet into their home. Even Dr. Hartman, a veterinarian, has had a home visit and her references checked. Beyond the practicalities, there's the "click" factor. Barbara Keller of Weston found a dog on Petfinder and went to meet him at an adoption day held at Petco. She didn't feel a connection to that dog, but across the room a 111 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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