Adopt a Pet


The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) has animals of many types, breeds, sizes and ages. Search available pets now by selecting the type of pet you are interested in below.

Dogs

Cats

Other

Under 6 months: $450
6 months – 7 years: $300
Over 8 years: $200
Under 6 months: $200
6 months – 3 years: $150
4 – 7 years: $125
Over 8 years: $100
Small animals/Other: $25
Other species: Fees Vary, Please Call


Adopt a Pet from ARL

At the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), our goal is for animals to be safe and healthy where they belong, in homes and out of shelters.

No matter how they came to the shelter – through a law enforcement case such as a hoarding situation, as a stray brought in by a kind citizen or an animal control officer, or when an owner passes away – cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, and even pot-bellied pigs are treated with kindness and compassion.

Every animal that comes through our doors is immediately provided with extraordinary medical care by our Shelter Veterinary Medicine team.

While most shelters put an emphasis on physical care, we at the ARL know that an animal’s mental and emotional well-being is equally as important. Each animal participates in our unique Shelter Behavior and Enrichment program to not only make them happy and comfortable while they’re in our shelter, but also prepare them for life in their future home.

When you adopt a pet from one of our shelters in Boston, Brewster, or Dedham, you not only give a homeless animal a safe and loving place to live, but also save two lives: the animal you adopt and the animal who can take its place.

Cat at ARL's Boston adoption center

Another great perk? All of this is included in your new pet’s adoption fee:

  • Spay or neuter services (excluding some small animals)
  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Behavior evaluations & enrichment
  • Vaccinations
  • Microchip identification and registration
  • Heartworm test and preventative medication for dogs
  • Feline Leukemia test for cats
  • Flea, tick, and mite treatment
  • Deworming for intestinal parasites
  • Tag, collar, and leash or carrier
  • A starter bag of Hill’s Science Diet food for cats and dogs
  • And more!

Adoption Process and Requirements

ARL’s priority is to connect an animal in need with a loving family. Everything we know about the animal’s behavior and health status will be disclosed and discussed with potential adopters to ensure he/she is the right fit for your home.

We require the following as part of the adoption process:

  • Adopter must be 18 years of age or older
  • A current government-issued ID (no student IDs)
  • Have a conversation with an ARL adoption counselor
  • A photo of the cage your pet will live in, if adopting a small animal or bird

Learn more about ARL’s adoption fees and search adoptables.

Please contact your local ARL adoption center for more details.


Shelter Behavior & Enrichment Program

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is an unwavering champion for animals in need, committed to keeping them safe and healthy… before, during, and after they leave our shelters. Most other animal shelters put an emphasis on the medical and physical aspects of animal care. At ARL, we know that an animal’s mental and emotional well-being is equally as important. ARL’s staff and volunteers, including the MOD Squad (Behavior Modification Squad), go the extra mile to determine the best methods to help each animal adapt to their new environment and get them ready to find a new home through behavior evaluation and modification, and enrichment. ARL MOD Squad

Behavior Evaluation & Modification

ARL’s behavior evaluation process takes in all the information available to us for each animal. When possible, we start with a profile when an owner relinquishes a pet to us. If the animal comes in as a stray, we do everything that we can to gather as much information about an animal’s behavior.

Our shelter dogs go through a systematic behavior evaluation in which they are screened for friendliness to humans, excitement levels, fear, aggression, and how well they know cues.

For all animals, we gather and report behavior observed in the shelter and compile this information to determine each individual animal’s enrichment needs:

Customized Enrichment Plan

Each animal participates in ARL’s unique Shelter Behavior and Enrichment program to not only make them happy and comfortable while they’re in our shelter, but also prepare them for life in their future home.

ARL uses holistic methods to enrich their daily experience through a combination of proper socialization, playtime, and relaxation.


Shelter Veterinary Services

ARL’s Shelter Veterinary Medicine Team provides comprehensive veterinary services for all three of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham.

Every animal that comes to an ARL shelter receives a medical evaluation from one of our highly-qualified, caring shelter veterinarians. Our team members continuously train and work to expand skills to meet the needs of a diverse range of species including dogs, cats, rabbits, small animal, bird, and livestock, coming from a variety of living situations and conditions.

In 2016, our team:

  • Completed over 4,000 exams on our shelter pets
  • Performed over 1,500 surgeries for our shelter pets

Want to learn from our team? View our student opportunities:

Veterinary Student Externship Program
Veterinary Technician Student Internship Program