Celebrating 125 years of helping animals in need

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.

Our Vision

Animals are safe and healthy in the communities where they live.


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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Stray Puppy Found on Busy Neponset Circle

Stray puppy lucky to escape life-threatening circumstance The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) recently took in a 10-week-old stray puppy who is lucky to be alive after being found along a high-traffic area in Boston. The 10-week-old Chihuahua named Sparkle, was found this past week in the Neponset Circle area, along the on-ramp heading towards I-93. The Good Samaritan who rescued her had seen the dog in the area for several days, however, when the small dog wandered towards the busy roadway, her rescuer sprang into action to save the dog. Weighing just 3 pounds and being an all-black

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ARL Sees Record-Setting Community Cat Intake

ARL only large MA animal welfare agency with dedicated Community Cat program Following a record-setting 2023, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) continues to see a dramatic increase in the intake of community cats. In 2023, ARL took in nearly 900 cats through the Community Cat Program, including more than 400 kittens, which is the highest number of cats to come in through the program since its inception in 2017. 2024 has already been extremely busy, as ARL took in 68 community cats, including 22 kittens, in January – a 75 percent increase over the first month of 2023.

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ARL Provides Corrective Surgery for Pair of Cats

Cats needing surgery came to ARL from separate circumstances No matter how they come to the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), every animal is treated with the same level of compassion, care, and medical attention. ARL recently performed surgery on a pair of cats that arrived at the organization through different circumstances. Paul, an 8-year-old male cat was rescued off the streets in Raynham, MA, while Elise, a 2-year-old female cat, was part of a transport of cats from an overcrowded shelter in Texas. Both animals arrived at ARL’s Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center with varying degrees of

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In 2023, your donations made a huge impact for animals in need


animals helped with your support in 2023

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animals adopted


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

(live release rate)

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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

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