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


It’s National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month!

Spay and Neutering Pets Promotes Health and Longevity For all of us, the health and well-being of our beloved family pets is paramount; and the simplest way to reduce nuisance and aggressive behaviors, improve long-term health and longevity, is to have your dog or cat spayed or neutered. February is National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, and here at the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), we field questions about spay and neuter on a daily basis which typically revolve around two issues – cost and understanding the real and long-term benefits for you and your pet. Affordable Options Exist

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Massachusetts State House

Take Action for MA Animal Protection Legislation

Join ARL at 2020 Lobby Day for Animals Right now, Massachusetts legislatures are sifting through thousands of bills and deciding which ones should become law in the Commonwealth. These bills cover everything from transportation, healthcare, education, animal welfare, among many others. During the 2019-2020 legislative session, more than 90 animal welfare bills were filed, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is asking for your help in advocating on behalf of animals so the bills with the most impact can be passed. It is crucial that elected officials hear from YOU – the people they represent about the issues

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Press Release: As Temperatures Drop, Be on Lookout for Homeless Cats

Despite relatively mild daytime temperatures in recent weeks, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) has still seen several cases of homeless cats winding up in some curious places while trying to escape the nighttime chill. With colder air moving in for the upcoming weekend, ARL is reminding residents to keep an eye out for stray animals, particularly community cats, who may be seeking shelter from the storm. Recent cases include a stray cat worming its way into the basement of a multifamily home in Dorchester, and a mom and kittens found under a house in Roxbury. Along with 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.

All ARL Animal Care & Adoption Centers will be closed on February 17, President's Day
Please visit www.arlboston.org/adopt/adopt-a-pet to meet our adoptable animals online.