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

A small tabby kitten

ARL Saves Life of Transport Kitten

Transport kitten required leg amputation due to unrepairable fracture A seven-month-old transport kitten in the care of the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is getting a second chance thanks to both the transport, and the emergency surgical procedure performed by ARL’s shelter medicine team. The kitten was part of a transport of cats through the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Relocation Program, and was suffering from a severely fractured leg. Because the kitten, named Raquel, was found as a stray, it’s unknown how she suffered the injury. Upon arrival at ARL’s Dedham Animal Care

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Small orange tabby kitten next to green plant

ARL Offers Tips During Animal Poison Prevention Week

Animal exposure to poison impacts countless animals annually It’s National Animal Poison Prevention Week, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is raising awareness to common household items that can be toxic, or even fatal, for our furry friends. Watch ARL discussing this topic with Boston Fox affiliate WFXT. Cleaning Products The ingredients to avoid in household cleaners are phenols – a parent compound used as a disinfectant. If the label says “disinfectant”, “antibacterial”, or “sanitizer”, chances are it contains phenolic compounds, which can be toxic to dogs and cats. Helping keep our pets safe means reading labels to

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ARL staff hands out food at ABCD's pop up

ARL Joins ABCD for Mobile Food Pop-Up Program

Agency provides groceries and pet food for qualifying families and individuals at no cost (Boston, MA) — The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is expanding its partnership with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), by participating in two monthly ABCD FOOD POP-UPS to help distribute groceries and pet food for individuals and families in underserved and under-resourced communities in Greater Boston. A May 2019 report by Feeding America revealed that Massachusetts has the most expensive food prices in the country, with residents of Eastern Massachusetts shouldering the highest food costs statewide. ABCD FOOD POP-UPS are among several new initiatives

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In 2022, your donations made a huge impact for animals in need


animals helped with your support in 2022


animals adopted


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

Small black and white puppy sitting behind a bowl of dog food. Words "Keep Pets F.E.D. (Full Every Day" "Help stock our pet food pantry from March 26-31" and "Donate pet food today".