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.


Home for the Holidays: Bodhi’s Story

December 27, 2018

Bodhi, a five-year-old Saint Bernard/Cocker Spaniel mix, came to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center under unfortunate circumstances – his owner was facing […]

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Home for the Holidays: Phinney’s Story

December 21, 2018

Senior Dog Afflicted with Enlarged Heart In late October, Phinney, an 11-year-old Chihuahua, was brought to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center, when […]

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Home for the Holidays: Etha’s Story

December 14, 2018

Animals come to the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) in a variety of ways: stray, rescue, law enforcement, transport – as well as owner surrender. There are a plethora […]

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Home for the Holidays: Cuddy’s Story

December 10, 2018

In early November, Cuddy, a vocal and fluffy 13-year-old cat, was transferred to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center from Boston Animal Control. […]

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Pets As Gifts… CAN Be a Good Idea!

December 7, 2018

5 factors to consider before you give pets as a holiday gift It seems like a no-brainer… Giving a pet as a present can be a win-win situation for everyone involved: […]

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What We Do



We investigate animal cruelty and rescue domestic animals and wildlife.

Save an animal



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

Access Treatment



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

Care for an animal



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

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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.

prevent cruelty

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!