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

Nick Thum

ARL Caring for Stray Kitten with Traumatic Injuries

Kitten was likely entangled in fence The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is currently caring for a 13-week-old former stray kitten that is beginning a long road to recovery, due to suffering traumatic injuries. The kitten was discovered on the side of the road in Dorchester last week, and seeing the kitten was in extreme pain and distress, the finder brought the kitten to ARL’s Dedham Animal Care and Adoption Center. ARL’s shelter medicine staff carefully examined the kitten, now named Nick, who was yowling and scratching due to his pain, and surmised his injuries were caused by being

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Massachusetts Animal Control Officer of the Year

Massachusetts Animal Control Officer of the Year 2021

The Animal Rescue League of Boston and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the annual Massachusetts Animal Control Officer (ACO) of the Year award. The award was established to honor an animal control officer whose efforts in his/her local community throughout the year demonstrate: A dedicated, humane attitude toward the treatment and well-being of all animals Effective enforcement of pet responsibility laws A commitment to public awareness and humane education programs Cooperative working relationships with other agencies, such as state and local government departments, other ACOs, and animal

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champions circle

September is Champions Circle Month!

And we’re celebrating our Champions all month long. ARL’s Champions Circle members provide reliable support in the form of monthly gifts. With their recurring contributions, members give animals the critical support they need now, and dependable support that ARL can count on, ALL YEAR LONG. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, this type of support is vital and we are so grateful. To our current Champions Circle members, Click here to see a list of our members Not yet a member? Now is the perfect time to join the over 840 compassionate people who are already a part of

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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.