Friday, November 23, 2012
A letter from South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team leader Chris D'Arpino on the success of a recent donation drive for a Hurricane Sandy pet shelter in New Jersey.
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Friday, November 23, 2012
Editor's Note: The Stoughton-based South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team (SSDART) collected donations for pets impacted by Hurricane Sandy last Saturday, Nov. 17 to be transported to a New Jersey animal shelter. SSDART team leader Chris D'Arpino, a Stoughton resident, writes a letter of thanks to the community for their support of this donation drive. *** Thanks to the generosity of so many people our donation collection day was a HUGE success. Because of these amazing donations this Thanksgiving will be filled with good food, clean blankets and yummy treats for the animals in the emergency shelters in New jersey. The South Shore disaster Animal Rescue Team is sending over 1,000 lbs of supplies to the affected areas. In addition to …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Stoughton-based South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team (SSDART) will be collecting donations for pets this Saturday to be transported to a New Jersey animal shelter.
Stoughton continues to step up for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and this time, one Stoughton group has pets specifically in mind. The Stoughton-based South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team (SSDART) is teaming up with the Cape Cod DART to collect much-needed animal supplies to transport to a New Jersey animal shelter where many four-legged friends remain after Sandy devastated the New York/New Jersey area. SSDART will be collecting items this Saturday, Nov. 17 at 513 Canton St. in Stoughton from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., SSDART Team Leader Christopher D’Arpino, a Stoughton resident, said. The Cape Cod DART will also be holding a drive Saturday. The items collected on the Cape will be loaded on a truck, brought up to Stoughton, and the items …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Stoughton Police are organizing a donation drive for victims in Staten Island, NY; a Stoughton-based animal rescue team (SSDART) is deploying to New Jersey; and a Stoughton man is one of the Red Cross volunteers sent to New Jersey.
Stoughton Police organizing a donation drive for victims in Staten Island, NY The Stoughton Police have been running a donation drive since Monday, Nov. 5 for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Donations of non-perishable foods; cleaning products; bottled water; gently used clothing; jackets (and cold weather gear) for men, women and children; packages of new socks; underwear; and toiletries, etc. can be dropped off at the Stoughton Police Station (in the community room) until Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. The Police Station is located on Rose St. All donations will be packed, loaded into trucks and delivered to the victims in Staten Island, NY, by members of the Stoughton Police Department, according to the SPD Facebook page. The SPD announced on …
Saturday, June 9, 2012
On June 8, the Stoughton-based South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team (SSDART) helped to rescue a cat stuck in a tree in Canton. Stoughton’s Christopher L. D’Arpino is the SSDART team leader.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
The Following is a release from the South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team: A Canton cat stuck for three days 100 feet up in a tree on Harrison Road (off Randolph St.) was lowered safely to the ground Friday, June 8 by The South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team. The Stoughton-based group was contacted Friday by Canton Animal Control officer Nadia Branca to help save a cat that was stuck in a tree. The cat, “Figaro,” was had been in the tree during the recent rain storms. Stoughton's Christopher D’Arpino, team leader of the South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team, assembled a team of vet techs specifically trained for such a rescue. The cat “Figaro” was moving further and further out onto an unsafe limb and was in immediate need of …
Friday, May 11, 2012
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STOUGHTON GROUP SAVES CAT: At approximately 1:30 p.m. on May 8, the Stoughton-based South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team (SSDART) was called for a cat in a tree behind La Salette in Attleboro. According to a press release from SSDART, the caller reported the cat had been stuck in the tree for at least three days and was approximately seventy feet up. Team leader Christopher D’Arpino (a Stoughton resident) responded to the call with rescuer Jonathan Cuneo (pictured with Timber the cat in our gallery). Once the two arrived they saw a tiger striped young male cat up in a tree perched on a very thin branch. “The wind was the biggest concern, given the branch was very thin and the whole tree was swaying from the wind” said D’Arpino in the…
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Food dispensing toys can help keep a dog entertained.
Take a look at the flyer posted in the media gallery for a lost dog. Call 774-219-5659 if you have any information. *** Does the idea of staying home all day, without a care in the world sound good to you? What if I said you were not allowed to use a computer, cell phone, or even watch T.V. Would it still sound good? For most of us we wouldn’t mind a day or two like that, but day upon day of it we would be bored out of our minds. In fact, we would probably start getting ourselves into a little bit of trouble, just to entertain ourselves to combat the boredom. Hmmm…this sound like what happens to our dogs when we are not home. Speaking from experience, I have one dog who when left to his own devices will find something to occupy his …
Sunday, February 12, 2012
The importance of finding the right trainer to work with your dog.
I have received a few e-mails over the past few weeks asking if I know a good dog trainer. I know quite a few! But, I also know quite a few that are not so good. When I consult a client on potentially training them and their dog, I spend a fair bit of time on the phone talking with them. I do this because the trainer/client relationship must be a good fit. There is a lot more to training a dog and its family that just getting the dog to respond to commands. A dog is not an IPAD. We cannot merely expect to push a button or say a command and have the dog robotically respond. Yes, this in one way is the goal at the surface, but there is more to it. When a client calls and asks me to “just fix the dog,” we probably aren’t going to be …
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Animal House columnist Chris D’Arpino is in Kentucky helping to care for dogs involved in an animal abuse case at a puppy mill.
This week I am fortunate enough to have been called upon to work with the International Federation of Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Kentucky, working on a very serious case. I am very proud and very honored to be on such an amazing team and work with some amazing organizations. Thank you for the continued support to the South Shore Disaster Animal Rescue Team, as it is this support that allows us to be able to aid in such a huge effort. As reported on the ASPCA website, “In October 2011, the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response (FIR) Team headed to Rowan County, Kentucky, to help care for 118 small-breed dogs including Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, Papillons, Min Pins and Poodles—several pregnant and some just a few weeks old—who were removed …
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Animal House columnist Chris D'Arpino recounts how a twisted intestine resulted in a close call for his dog, Ferris.
Everyone has a special relationship with their dogs. My family and I are no exception. Ferris, my partner dog, has been featured on my television show; works with me at Massasoit Community College helping me teach animal CPR and first aid; helps me train first responders and rescuers on proper handling of animals; works as a therapy dog at the Coolidge House in Boston; and is generally right with me everywhere I go. Ferris is very much my partner. What happens to me impacts him and vice versa. Ferris was rescued from a shelter in Dedham and he and I were instant friends. To me Ferris isn’t just a dog. Where I go, he goes. We work and train together—we are truly partners. Well, I almost lost my partner this week. Ferris had a twisted…
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Has beaching become a common problem for the common dolphin?
Thoughts of dolphins generally conjure up images of warm tropical beaches, clear blue water, the flipper theme, and usually a performance in an aquarium. None of which makes one think of New England in January. The most popular dolphin is the bottlenose dolphin, but here in New England we have quite a population of the common dolphin. The common dolphins are what caused a stir this weekend on Cape beaches when a pod of thirty beached themselves. The Cape is one of the world’s hot spots for animal beaching behavior. This is largely thought to be because of the topography. The International Federation of Animal Welfare deployed a group of trained volunteers to help get the dolphins back into the water. Unfortunately at least ten died …