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

A rooster behind a book, outside on top of a bench

National Get Caught Reading Month

It’s time for children to Paws to Read! Launched in the spring of 2023, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Humane Education program seeks to create the next generation of compassionate animal advocates. Read along with us by selecting a book from our children’s reading list to learn more about animals. Paws to Read Book List 1 to 4-years-old Tails Are Not for Pulling, by Elizabeth Verdick 3 to 7-years-old May I Pet Your Dog?, by Stephanie Calmenson Jeannie Houdini A Hamster’s Tale, by Mary-Ann Stouck So, What’s It Like To Be A Cat?, by Karla Kuskin Please Don’t

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small puppy with mange, wearing a veterinary cone, sitting

ARL Caring for Stray Puppy with Severe Mange

Puppy with severe mange found wandering along Boston highway A 4-month-old puppy with severe mange is receiving treatment at the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), this after being found this past week as a stray who was roaming along the busy Cummins Highway in Roslindale. For local media coverage of this story click here! The puppy, named Petunia, was found last week along the Cummins Highway and taken to an emergency veterinary hospital for assessment and then transported to Boston Animal Control the next day. Given the puppy will require long-term treatment, Boston Animal Control contacted ARL and brought

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Future Focus: Strategic Plan Goal 2

Support animal health with our professional services Objective Advance pet health and well-being through dog training courses and exceptional veterinary care. Vision in Action Gigi was adopted from ARL and her new mom, Chelsea, reached out to our dog training team to help provide Gigi with more structure and enrichment. Since completing their first course, Chelsea now has a better understanding of Gigi’s needs and it has improved the way they interact. This is just one of the ways we can help strengthen the human-animal bond and support pet families in our community. Learn more about ARL’s 2024-2028 Strategic Plan

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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