Visit an Animal Care & Adoption Center

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is a leader in animal safety by keeping animals in homes and out of shelters, and by eliminating the conditions that lead to neglect and abuse.

While we make every effort possible to help keep an animal where they belong -in their home or habitat- it’s inevitable that some animals in need will make their way into our shelters before they can be connected with a loving family.

Every animal that comes through our doors in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham is immediately provided with kind attention, extraordinary veterinary care, and daily behavioral enrichment to not only make them happy and comfortable while they’re in our shelter, but also prepare them for life in their future home.

The ARL has animals of many types, breeds, sizes, ages, and temperaments at our adoption centers looking for permanent homes.


Boston Adoption Center

Boston Animal Care & Adoption Center

10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116 | FREE on-site parking available | Directions

Located in the historic South End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, ARL’s Boston Adoption Center is a critical resource for animals and people in our community. The building also serves as our administrative headquarters and is home to ARL’s Boston Veterinary Care, a clinic with a mission.

Reception Desk Hours
Monday – Sunday, 7:30AM – 7:00PM

Adoption Center Hours
Tuesday – Sunday, 1:00PM – 6:30PM
Closed Mondays & Holidays
Note: The adoption process must be started half an hour prior to closing to allow us time to prepare your new pet to go home.

Contact Us
Phone: (617) 226-5602
Fax: (617) 226-5679
Email: adoption@arlboston.org

Donate Supplies
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Surrender an Animal
Every animal deserves a safe and healthy home, and when people are unable to provide one, the ARL can connect them with the resources that they need. To speak with an animal intake representative, please call (617) 226-5621 or email intake@arlboston.org. The Boston animal intake office is open Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00PM – 6:30PM and closed on Sunday, Monday, & Holidays. Note: Due to limited capacity, animal surrenders are by appointment only.

Contact Boston Veterinary Care
Make an appointment for your pet. A clinic with a mission, all proceeds benefit shelter animals at the ARL!

Enroll Your Pet in Dog Training
Learn more about ARL’s dog training courses.

Sign Up for the Healthy Moms, Happy Litters Program
Learn more about ARL’s spay/neuter program that helps animals find forever homes.


Dedham Shelter

Dedham Animal Care & Adoption Center

55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA 02026 | FREE on-site parking available | Directions

Situated 10 miles southwest of Boston on the beautiful grounds of the former summer sanctuary for the city’s working horses, ARL’s newly remodeled shelter in Dedham, Massachusetts is just a glimpse into ARL’s bold future. The new modern shelter design allows us to provide even more animals with high-quality direct animal care that meets best-practice standards in animal welfare.

The 27-acre property serves as ARL’s main livestock center and is home to Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery, the oldest continuously operated pet cemetery by a humane society in the United States.

Adoption Center Hours
Tuesday – Sunday, 1:00PM - 6:30PM
Closed Mondays & Holidays
Note: The adoption process must be started half an hour prior to closing to allow us time to prepare your new pet to go home.

Contact Us
Phone: (781) 326-0729
Fax: (781) 461-8367
Email: dedham@arlboston.org

Donate Supplies
View our Amazon Wish List

Surrender an Animal
Every animal deserves a safe and healthy home, and when people are unable to provide one, the ARL can connect them with the resources that they need. To speak with an animal intake representative, please call (781) 326-0729 or email dedhamintake@arlboston.org.The Dedham intake office is open Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00PM – 6:30PM, closed Sunday, Monday, and Holidays. Note: Due to limited capacity, animal surrenders are by appointment only.

Contact Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery
Note: Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery services are temporarily suspended for new clients. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Phone: (617) 226-5652
Email: pineridge@arlboston.org
Office Location: 55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA 02026

Sign Up for the Healthy Moms, Happy Litters Program
Learn more about ARL’s spay/neuter program that helps animals find forever homes.


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Brewster Animal Care & Adoption Center

3981 Main Street (Rte 6A), East Brewster, MA 02631 | FREE on-site parking available | Directions

Serving the Cape Cod’s animal and community since 1921, ARL’s Brewster Adoption Center is conveniently located on Route 6A in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. In addition to caring for domesticated animals, this location is equipped with a stable and paddock to accommodate large animals and livestock.

Adoption Center Hours
Tuesday – Sunday, 1:00PM - 6:30PM
Closed Mondays & Holidays
Note: The adoption process must be started half an hour prior to closing to allow us time to prepare your new pet to go home.

Contact Us
Phone: (508) 255-1030
Fax: (508) 247-9429
Email: brewster@arlboston.org

Donate Supplies
View our Amazon Wish List

Surrender an Animal
Every animal deserves a safe and healthy home, and when people are unable to provide one, the ARL can connect them with the resources they need to make things right. To speak with an animal intake representative, please call (508) 255-1030 or email brewster@arlboston.org. The Brewster intake office is open Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00PM – 6:30PM, closed on Sunday, Monday, & Holidays. Note: Due to limited capacity, animal surrenders are by appointment only.

Sign Up for the Healthy Moms, Happy Litters Program
Learn more about ARL’s spay/neuter program that helps animals find forever homes.


The ARL has animals of many types, breeds, sizes, ages, and temperaments at our adoption centers looking for permanent homes. Search adoptable animals.