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

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ARL Law Enforcement Seeking Public’s Help Identifying Stray Dog

Senior dog possibly abandoned at Winchendon, MA recreation area The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is caring for a stray senior dog found in Winchendon, MA, and while the dog is on the mend from a number of ailments, ARL Law Enforcement is asking the public for any information about where the dog may have come from. The 10-year-old Norfolk Terrier was discovered outside the Lake Dennison Recreation Area along route 202 in Winchendon on November 5, at approximately 2 p.m. The person who found the dog, now named Twyla, contacted Winchendon Animal Control and mentioned that the dog

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Giving Tuesday 2020

December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back to the causes closest to our hearts. To celebrate this day of giving, ARL’s Board of Directors, past Board members, Leadership Council, and President & CEO have come together with unique challenge: raise $155,000 between now and 12/1 and they will match it! This year of extraordinary need calls for extraordinary measures, and this our largest match ever! COVID-19 has created challenges and strained ARL’s limited resources. During this difficult year full of uncertainty, animals and the people who love them need you now more than they ever have before.

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Esplanade Resident Duck to Find Permanent Home 

ARL Partners with Esplanade Association to Rescue “Essie” This past week, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Field Services Department worked in collaboration with the Esplanade Association (EA), a nonprofit organization that works to enhance, revitalize, maintain and program the Charles River Esplanade, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), to rescue a white wayward duck on the Esplanade. This duck who many call “Essie” (short for Esplanade) has become beloved for its heartwarming story of being ‘adopted’ by a family of Canada geese on the Esplanade. The Esplanade Association’s Horticulture staff first noticed Essie as a

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


animals helped with your support in 2019


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 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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