BOSTON---The Animal Rescue League of Boston presented its 92nd annual Holiday for Horses today at Faneuil Hall, Santa Claus (played by Mike Thomas) arrived by sleigh (on a pick-up truck) to hand out treats to horses from the Boston Police Department, the Boston Park Rangers, and the MDC Mounted Police.  Santa’s elf had sweets for the kids.


This tradition started in 1912, when horses provided much of the transportation in Boston, especially in the Quincy Market area.  Anna Harris Smith founded the League in 1899 because of the mistreatment of horses in Boston.

Today’s event also incorporates Forgotten Pets Christmas, a toy drive sponsored by Especially for Pets stores (EFP) and WCRB radio.  In addition to the customer donated, EFP itself made a generous donation to combine for more than 600 toys that will help comfort pets in League facilities.  EFP President Michael DiTullio, Amy Lord (director of advertising and public relations), and Robert Connery, of WCRB, made the presentation to League President Arthur Slade.