Together, we can help keep animals safe and healthy

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


DONATE NOW to DOUBLE your impact for animals

On December 3, ARL will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back to the charities nearest and dearest to our hearts. To celebrate this day of giving, our Board of Directors, past Board members, and President, have teamed up to offer a special challenge: Raise $120,000 and they will match it! Our match goal is especially meaningful – this year we are marking the 120th anniversary of the founding of ARL. As we look ahead to the next 120 years, your generosity and kindness will ensure that ARL remains an unwavering champion for animals in need. Make your gift

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Press Release: ARL Removes 80 Animals from Overcrowding Situations

Cats and Kittens Found Living in Deplorable Conditions Over the past two weeks, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Law Enforcement and Field Services Departments have removed 80 cats and kittens from two different overcrowding situations in Bristol and Plymouth Counties. For local press coverage click here! These cases highlight the importance of recognizing the signs of hoarding, seeking help when overwhelmed, and having pets spayed and neutered. These are on-going issues across the Commonwealth and ARL believes it’s important for the public to be aware and to take action. The most recent incident happened along the South Shore,

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Abandoned Pitbull to Undergo Complex Heart Procedure

Starved, abandoned, and now facing a complex heart procedure. For Gunner, this nine-month-old Pitbull-type dog has already had to overcome many things in his young life and his upcoming surgery will be his biggest challenge. Gunner suffers from Pulmonic Stenosis – a genetic heart defect that restricts blood flow from the heart to the lungs. Since coming to the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) in September after being found abandoned on a rural road in Bellingham, shelter veterinary staff have conducted exams, diagnostic testing, external consults – all in an effort to decide the best course of action. ARL

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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.

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