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 Caring for 2 Puppies Who Lost Mom

Mom dog died from complications 2 weeks after giving birth The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is currently caring for two puppies who sadly lost their mother just two weeks after being born. The pups, who will soon be available for adoption, were surrendered and initially needed round-the-clock care. To see local news coverage on this story click here! Just two-weeks-old when they were surrendered back in June, the Parson Russell Terrier puppies were placed into foster care with a dedicated ARL volunteer and foster parent, and initially required bottle feedings every four hours round-the-clock, as nourishment is critical

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ARL’s Wellness Waggin’ Reaches Milestone

Mobile veterinary clinic completes 5,000th appointment In service for just two years, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Wellness Waggin’ reached an important milestone this past week, completing its 5,000th appointment! The Wellness Waggin’ was unveiled in July 2019, and was critical in expanding ARL’s community veterinary services. Working in partnership with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), the Wellness Waggin’ was deployed at ABCD locations in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan, areas in Greater Boston in dire need of accessible and affordable veterinary services. Additionally, beginning in the fall of 2020, the Wellness Waggin’ also began to serve the

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ARL Testifies in Favor of 3 Animal-Protection Bills

It was a busy week on Beacon Hill, as a bevy of legislative proposals were heard by numerous committees at the Massachusetts State House, including three animal-protection bills that the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) spoke in favor of. Nero’s Law H.2547/S.1606, An Act providing for the care and transportation of police dogs injured in the line of duty (Nero’s Law) was discussed with the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, with ARL and numerous law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth providing testimony. Nero’s Law was proposed after the tragic death of Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon,

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In 2020, your donations made a huge impact for animals in need


animals helped with your support in 2020


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.