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

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ARL Takes in Dogs Rescued from Alleged South Carolina Dog Fighting Operation

Alleged dog fighting operation housed approximately 275 dogs Late last week the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) received a special transport of three dogs from the national organization the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that were rescued from a large alleged dog fighting operation in South Carolina that was raided by federal officials in September of 2022. ARL is privileged to welcome these dogs and give them the lives and homes they truly deserve. The female dogs range from 2-3-years-old, and have received thorough medical examinations upon arrival at ARL’s Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center. Aside

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ARL Seeking Special Home for Playful and Affectionate Abandoned Pig

Young pig surrendered after being abandoned at a Boston-area home The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is looking for a special home for a one-year-old female pig who has a sparkling personality and was illegally transported into the state and abandoned at a Boston-area home. In late October 2022, Boston Animal Control contacted ARL regarding the pig, now named Clarendon. It seems the relative of a Boston resident was visiting from Northern New England and had brought Clarendon along. However, when the relative left, the pig was left behind. Concerned for the sow’s welfare, the resident contacted Boston Animal

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Microchip Helps Reunite Owner with Missing Cat

14-Year-old cat missing for three months The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) recently took in a 14-year-old cat, and as with any cat or dog who comes through ARL’s doors, one of the first tasks for staff to complete is to scan the animal for a microchip. Turns out that the cat was actually a missing cat! The cat, named Charlie, did have a microchip, and staff immediately took the necessary steps to find and then contact his owner. When his owner, a Somerville resident, was contacted, he was elated that Charlie was in ARL’s care, and soon made

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In 2021, your donations made a huge impact for animals in need


animals helped with your support in 2021


animals adopted


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.