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July 9, 2020
Animal Rescue League of Boston President Mary Nee to Retire
Mary Nee
Mary Nee
January 24, 2020 — The Animal Rescue League of Boston, a Boston-based nonprofit that serves as a champion for animals to keep them safe and healthy in habitats and homes, this week announced that Mary Nee, its president since 2012, will retire in May.

Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) did not announce plans to find a successor.

"During her tenure, Mary enhanced areas of strength and implemented the changes necessary to keep the organization relevant and in sync with the needs of animal welfare today,” said Walter Kenyon, ARL board chair, quoted in Cape Cod Today. “I am grateful Mary chose to make ARL the capstone to her long and meritorious career and I wish her much happiness in this next chapter of her life."

“While my decision to retire is personal, it is also made with a sense that ARL is in a very good place,” Nee was quoted. “Having established a strategic vision focused on serving animals and people most in need, we are seeing the benefits of this direction through increasing impact to the most vulnerable of our community.

"For me being a part of ARL, its compassionate work and tireless efforts of staff, volunteer and donors alike who have responded to nearly 125,000 animals over the past seven-plus years, is enormously rewarding and I will cherish having been part of this amazing organization for the rest of my life.”

Nee was the second female president of ARL, the first being the organization’s founder, Anna Harris Smith, who held the post from 1901 through 1922.

During Nee's tenure, ARL investigated cases of animal abuse and neglect, including the investigation and conviction related to the abuse suffered by the young dog known as “Puppy Doe”, the 1,400 animals found suffering on a Westport farm, and dozens of cases, involving thousands of animals, who suffered due to animal hoarding, according to the Cape Cod Times.

To support protection of all animals, Mary collaborated with Animal Folks and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University to produce the Reporting Animal Cruelty Manual for veterinary professionals, the paper reported.

The manual supports veterinarians in their legal responsibilities to report animal cruelty and is now available to all practitioners in Massachusetts, with ARL offering trainings for veterinarians, law enforcement, and animal welfare colleagues on the law and procedures for animal cruelty reporting.

Nee's retirement caps nearly four decades of service to nonprofits and the public sector, which included service on the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee, the City of Boston, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and executive director of hopeFound.

ARL today employs 100 people at sites in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham and engages 540 volunteers who serve nearly 17,000 animals annually.
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