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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ARL Field Services Hosts Cat Handling Training Session for Animal Welfare Professionals

Cat handling session continues ARL’s commitment to educational opportunities for animal welfare professionals This week the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Field Services Department hosted a cat handling training session for more than two dozen animal welfare professionals from throughout Massachusetts. ARL is the only large animal welfare organization with dedicated staff to address community cats, and Field Services also responds to countless calls to help animals, including cats, who are in distress and need immediate assistance. Animal control officers, shelter workers, among others, attended the informative training session which covered a variety of cat-related topics including safe-handling, trapping,

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ARL Caring for Stray Rabbit Found in Cape Cod National Seashore

Stray rabbit lucky to have been spotted by Good Samaritan A one-year-old rabbit is on the mend at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Cape Cod Tom Kingman Memorial Campus, after being found as a stray in the Cape Cod National Seashore in the vicinity of Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, MA. The rabbit, named Eeyore, was discovered along Doane Rd. in late April by a trail-walker who noticed that the rabbit did not look wild and then notified a nearby park ranger. The ranger trapped the rabbit and contacted Eastham Animal Control who then transported Eeyore to ARL’s

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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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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