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.


Local Companies Lend a Paw to Animals in Need

April 19, 2019

Recently, the employees of two local companies, Appleton Partners and Definitive Healthcare, hosted in-kind drives and fundraisers to benefit animals in need. Both events helped raised funds to support ARL […]

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Volunteer Appreciation Week 2019!

Volunteers drive ARL’s mission It’s one of the greatest weeks of the year at the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), as the organization annually dedicates a week in April […]

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Taming Tiny Tigers

April 9, 2019

Volunteers to focus on under-socialized kittens As spring slowly begins to show itself here in New England, it means the weather will be getting warmer and kitten season is upon […]

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Popular Spring Flowers Toxic for Cats

April 8, 2019

With the weather changing, you may have noticed the first signs of spring in the form of flowers beginning to emerge from the ground. Soon these flowers will be blooming, […]

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ARL Caring for Several Diabetic Cats

March 20, 2019

Cases of diabetes rapidly rising nationally – link to pet obesity Diabetes is the second most common endocrine disease (hyperthyroidism is the most common) in cats, and the Animal Rescue […]

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Senior Stray Finds Perfect Forever Home

March 13, 2019

“Frankie” required extensive medical care at ARL In early January, 2019, Frankie, an 11-year-old Shih-Tzu, was found wandering the cold streets of Boston. Given Frankie’s hearing and vision impairments, amazingly […]

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Meet the 2019 ARL Boston Marathon Team!

March 11, 2019

ARL’s 9th run with John Hancock Boston Marathon Charity Team Thanks to the generosity of the John Hancock Marathon Nonprofit Program, two dedicated and compassionate runners will take on the […]

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What We Do



We investigate animal cruelty and rescue domestic animals and wildlife.



We provide veterinary services including spay/neutering and wellness clinics.



We offer animal surrender, shelter, adoption, and burial services.



We are leaders in the fields of behavioral assessment and dog training.

How You Can Help

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Champions Circle donors make an immediate impact by providing the ARL with a steady source of revenue year-round.

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Countless animals suffer in silence each year. Public awareness and speaking up are our strongest defense.

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An hour and a half of your time could walk three dogs, file a couple stacks of backed-up paperwork, or help two animals get adopted.

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Animals wait for loving homes just like yours. By adopting, you’re saving not just one life, but two: the animal you adopt and the animal who takes its place in our shelter.

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"Everyone can do something to save a life." Please make your gift to the ARL today and know that your donation makes a difference in more lives than one!

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Many of our animals need extra TLC before they are ready for adoption. If you have room in your heart and home, you can help us save more animals!