Together, we can help keep animals safe and healthy

Our Mission

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is an unwavering champion for animals in need, committed to keeping them safe and healthy in habitats and homes.


Matching adoptable
animals with a permanent home

Dog Training

Courses are offered
in Boston and Dedham

Medical Care

We offer high-quality, affordable
veterinary services

Community Programs

Serving animals and people
where they live

ARL In Action


Curbing Pet Anxiety as We Head Back to Work

Routine and Structure are Key to Ensure a Smooth Transition When the Covid-19 pandemic forced shutdowns over a year ago, many pet owners began working from home and needed to help their pets adjust to them suddenly being home all the time. Now, as many start to head back into the office, pet owners must prepare their pets to once again be home alone. The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) understands this will not be an easy process and wants to help pet owners guide their pets into this transition. But preparing is a slow and gradual process that

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MA State House

ARL, Animal-Related Budget Items to be Debated in State Legislature

Annually, the Massachusetts Legislature debates to prioritize and solidify a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. After the Governor files suggestions in January, both branches of the legislature work together to hold hearings to discuss revenue and issues facing the Commonwealth. The House then releases and debates a budget in April, with the Senate debating theirs in May. The budget includes funding for state programs, so-called “earmarks” to address specific concerns of legislators, and “outside sections” that include policy changes that do not deal with funding. Over 1,000 amendments are filed in each branch, and both branches take multiple

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Press Release: 65+ Cats Signed Over to ARL Following Bond Order

Cats rescued by ARL on Martha’s Vineyard in July 2020 This past week, an ongoing animal cruelty case involving more than 65 cats and kittens who were rescued from a private breeding facility on Martha’s Vineyard in July 2020, took a major step forward, as the animals were officially signed over to the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL). While the defendant in the case maintains their right to contest the five counts of felony animal cruelty levied against them, ARL is now able to take steps to begin finding the cats permanent homes. At this time there is no

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In 2020, your donations made a huge impact for animals in need


animals helped with your support in 2020


animals found their forever homes


of animals were adopted, returned to field/owner, or transferred

(live release rate)


animals were given access to high-quality, affordable veterinary care right in their community


animals helped in cases of cruelty and neglect

The Animal Rescue League of Boston does not receive government grants or public funding (with the exception of limited COVID-19 relief funding) and relies on the generosity of our supporters to help animals in need.

Covid update