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’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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Updated: ARL Field Services Rescues Injured Hawk

This past week the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Field Services team responded to a home in Somerville, MA, where an injured red-tailed hawk had sought refuge after being unable to fly. The concerned homeowner stated the hawk had been in the backyard for approximately 36 hours and had made several attempts to take flight, but was unsuccessful. Our Senior Field Services Technician, Mike, helped rescue an injured hawk in #Somerville earlier this morning. He’s on his way to @tuftsvet to receive additional care. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8Z2xmSjrLA — Animal Rescue League of Boston (@ARLBostonRescue) January 10, 2020 Equipped with a

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Press Release: Stray Cat Found Frozen to Shipping Container Recovering

Schooner’s Holiday Miracle Update: Schooner has found his forever home! Once he was made available for adoption, he found his new family in a matter of hours. Congratulations to Schooner and his new family! The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is continuing to care for a stray cat found frozen to a shipping container outside a Dedham restaurant during last week’s cold snap. Miraculously the cat, now named Schooner, not only survived, but is well on his way to finding a new home. ARL was contacted by Dedham Animal Control Officer Jayson Tracy, after discovering the cat in the

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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.