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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.

Adopt

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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Press Release: Rescued Mini Donkeys Seek New Home

Bonded pair seized from hoarding-type situation A pair of mini donkeys who have come from previously traumatic situation were recently transferred from foster care to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Center, and are now searching for a new home. The donkeys, Brownie and Marshmallow, were seized from a hoarding-type situation in Plymouth County in late 2019 and were two of approximately 50 animals taken from the unsanitary conditions on the property. The former owner is facing animal cruelty charges, and the property has since been condemned. Twenty-year-old Brownie, and 13-year-old Marshmallow are neutered

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Fireworks Can Increase Our Pet’s Anxiety

Fireworks and July 4th go hand-in-hand, however with town and cities across Massachusetts cancelling annual fireworks displays, many have begun shooting off fireworks in their backyards and neighborhoods. Calls to authorities regarding fireworks in Boston are up a reported 2,300 percent, and surrounding states where the sale of fireworks are legal are reporting a tremendous surge in sales. First, fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts, and second, the sudden explosions can be detrimental and dangerous for our pets. To see local media coverage of this story by WCVB reporter/anchor Doug Meehan click here! To see local media coverage of this story

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Cyanobacteria Blooms Discovered in Sections of Charles River

Algae dangerous to animals and humans This week, the Charles River Watershed Association released a public health warning after discovering blooms of cyanobacteria in several sites along the Charles River, from the Mass. Ave. Bridge to the Museum of Science. According to the advisory, swimmers and boaters should avoid contact with the water, and because the blue-green algae can be toxic to dogs, our canine friends should not be swimming in, or drinking this water as well. While the formation of blooms typically happens later in the summer, the watershed association acknowledges that the immense heat and amount of sunlight

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In 2019, your donations made a huge impact for animals in need

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animals helped with your support in 2019

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animals found their forever homes

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of animals were adopted, returned to field/owner, or transferred

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animals were given access to high-quality, affordable veterinary care right in their community

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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.

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