Community Programs

The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Community Programs provides resources and solutions for animals and the people who care for them in our communities. Aspiring to integrate the health of animals into the community consciousness, for both the benefit of animals and people and to serve ARL’s mission of keeping animals safe and healthy in habitats and homes.

Meet the Team


 Cheryl with cat
Cheryl Traversi, Community Veterinary Services, Associate Director

Cheryl has been a part of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Community Programs for over 10 years.  Her primary focus has been to connect the people in their communities with the services they need for their pets to stay happy and healthy.  “I feel lucky to work for an organization where the goal each day is to provide care, shelter, and kindness to animals.”

Genya with chicken
Genya Mazor-Thomas, Community Initiative Coordinator

Genya brings a unique combination of experiences to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Codman Square Initiative. With degrees in Veterinary Technology, from Portland Community College (2005), and Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine, from Boston University School of Medicine (2016), he has pursued his interest in promoting human and animal welfare for over a decade. Genya spent six years with the Tufts Cummings School’s Shelter Medicine program helping instruct veterinary students while supporting the program’s community outreach efforts to some of Worcester’s vulnerable communities. Since 2013 Genya has worked and interned with several social services organization as a mental health clinician. When not pursuing his passion for social justice and the human-animal bond, he is reading and playing with his family and pets.

Laura
Laura Nix, Community Veterinary Services Coordinator

Laura has always wanted to work with animals, she has degrees in Animal Behavior and Criminal Justice and completed her internship with a local Animal Control Department.  She joined the Animal Rescue League of Boston as a Shelter Agent in 2014 before deciding to join the Community Veterinary Services department.  In her spare time, Laura enjoys painting and spending time with her two cats, Parker and Elena.