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

Massachusetts State House

Animals need your voice today!

The Massachusetts Legislature operates on a two-year timeline, with a deadline of February 5, 2020 to move bills forward from initial committees. The following bills are on ARL’s Legislative Agenda and need your help to move forward. S. 989: An Act enhancing the issuance of citations for cruel conditions for animals Allows law enforcement to issue citations for all animals in “cruel conditions” to intervene before it rises to the level of felony animal cruelty. Joint Committee on Municipalities House Chair, Representative James O’Day: (617) 722-2090 James.O’Day@mahouse.gov Senate Chair, Senator Rebecca Rausch: (617) 722-1555 Becca.Rausch@masenate.gov H.1822: An Act enhancing the

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Mary Nee with ARL cat, Marlee

A message from ARL’s President, Mary Nee

Animal Rescue League of Boston supporters, I have some news that I want to share with you. I have decided to retire in May 2020 and step down as President of the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL). I am honored to have served as ARL’s president since 2012, only the eighth person in 120 years to hold this position, and just the second woman, since our founder, Anna Harris Smith. This decision is entirely personal as I am eager to join my husband Jim in retirement and begin the next chapter of our lives. I hope that this chapter

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ARL’s First Cat in Tree Rescue of 2020

On a raw and blustery day late last week in Dorchester, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Field Services Department recorded its first cat-in-tree rescue of the New Year. Midnight had been perched approximately 25 feet up in the tree for four days in her backyard, and with sub-freezing temperatures persisting, immediate action needed to be taken to get the cat safely out of the tree. Three Field Service agents responded to the scene and after assessing the situation, scaled the tree and successfully rescued Midnight. Despite being in the tree for four days, Midnight was not harmed and

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In 2018, your donations made a huge impact for animals in need


animals were assisted in 2018


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 is an independent 501(c)3 organization and does not receive any government grants or public funding.