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Faxon Animal Rescue League of Greater Fall River

Making A Difference

By Faxon Animal Care & Adoption Center


Did you know that Lizzie Borden was an animal lover? The notorious Fall River native was an advocate for the needs of homeless animals and she supported their humane treatment at the Fall River Animal Rescue League. Lizzie and her sister Emma were vanguards for the benevolent treatment of draught horses who had become too old or sick to pull carts through the city streets, and for other animals who were mistreated or without a home. 


Eighty years after the death of the Borden sisters, the League still provides compassionate and expert care to homeless and needy cats and dogs from our community. Now called the Faxon Animal Rescue League, the shelter houses and cares for over 40 cats and kittens at a time, and has 11 dog runs for adoptable canines. Hundreds of dogs and cats are adopted each year into loving homes, and the “happily ever after” stories that result make our work satisfying and worthwhile. We can’t do our work alone, however. The League is a community-based nonprofit organization, which means that we are not supported financially by city or state funds. We hold several fundraisers a year and encourage animal lovers to donate much appreciated funds to keep our sheltering programs going.


The dogs and cats sheltered at the Faxon Animal Rescue League find their “forever homes” all over Southeastern New England, from Providence to Provincetown. The League has a well-deserved reputation for the excellent attention we give the animals entrusted to our care. All animals leave the shelter spayed or neutered, are up-to-date on inoculations, cats have been tested for feline leukemia and FIV (feline AIDS) and dogs are tested for heartworm. Our staff loves to see happy, healthy alumni animals when they return to our Sylvan Animal Clinic for routine wellness visits. The Clinic, owned and run by the Faxon Animal Rescue League, provides affordable wellness care to dogs and cats, including spaying and neutering and general healthcare. Pet owners from all over Bristol County, Massachusetts and Rhode Island visit the Clinic to receive reasonably priced care from the Clinic’s veterinarians.


Walk through our shelter doors and you’ll find yourself in a bright, cheery environment. Most cats roam free in toy-filled rooms with plenty of room to climb, sleep and play. Dogs have ample runs that allow them space to chew, sleep, bark and jump. Dedicated volunteers arrive daily to walk the dogs, brush and cuddle the cats, and give the animals love. Many animals are adopted so quickly that they don’t even have time to get used to their surroundings, but when there is an older or harder to adopt animal, our caring staff goes to great lengths to find that animal a home. Recently, Dalai Lama, a 13-year-old cocker spaniel, was adopted into a family who loves and cares for older dogs that otherwise might be overlooked. “Dalai” will live out the rest of his life in comfort, knowing that he is home.


Animals at the League are not adopted out on a first-come-first-served basis. Rather, applications are taken on each animal until the best “fit” is found. This greatly reduces the chance that the dog or cat will be returned to the shelter due to lifestyle issues or conflict with another pet, and it increases the chance that the animal will be happy in the new home.  Our Adoption Counselor, Debbie Rodrigues, is a pro at pairing families with their perfect pet. With a watchful eye and a good sense of human and animal nature, Debbie is a keen match maker.

Next year the Faxon Animal Rescue League will be celebrating a rich 95 year history of caring for homeless and needy animals. Dogs and cats benefit from the compassion and expertise of the League’s staff and the community can adopt healthy, happy animals into “forever homes,” then return to the Sylvan Animal Clinic for low-cost, skilled veterinary services. Visit the League and the Clinic at 474 Durfee Street, Fall River, MA 02720 or view our adoptable animals at www.faxonarl.org. For more information or directions call 508-676-1061. The shelter and the Sylvan Animal Clinic are open Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm and Thursday from 12:00pm - 7:00pm. Call 508-679-6122 to make an appointment or 508-676-1061 with questions about the shelter.



Faxon Animal Care & Adoption Center

Visit the League and the Clinic at 474 Durfee Street, Fall River, MA 02720 or view our adoptable animals at www.faxonarl.org. For more information or directions call 508-676-1061. The shelter and the Sylvan Animal Clinic are open Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm and Thursday from 12:00pm - 7:00pm. Call 508-679-6122 to make an appointment or 508-676-1061 with questions about the shelter.

 

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