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ARL 125th Anniversary Novelty Apparel for adults and kids is now for sale! Visit ARL’s online shop. 

Animal Care & Adoption Center Hours

Mondays & Holidays: Closed

Tuesdays: By appointment only from 1:00PM – 6:00PM

Wednesdays-Sundays: Open from 1:00PM – 6:00PM

Clients and visitors of ARL and BVC are kindly asked to observe the most current CDC guidelines to present the spread of respiratory viral illnesses.


Visit an Animal Care & Adoption Center

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is a leader in animal safety by keeping animals in homes and out of shelters, and by eliminating the conditions that lead to neglect and abuse.

While we make every effort possible to help keep an animal where they belong -in their home or habitat- it’s inevitable that some animals in need will make their way into our shelters before they can be connected with a loving family.

ARL’s Animal Care & Adoption services include intake and surrender, shelter and care, behavioral assessment, enrichment, and adoption. These services are offered at three centers located in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham.

ARL has animals of many types, breeds, sizes, ages, and temperaments at our adoption centers looking for permanent homes.

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Boston Adoption Center

Boston Animal Care & Adoption Center

10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116   |   FREE on-site parking available   |    Directions

Located in the historic South End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, ARL’s Boston Animal Care & Adoption Center is a critical resource for animals and people in our community. The building is also home to ARL’s Boston Veterinary Care, a clinic whose profits support the programs at ARL.

Reception Desk Hours

Monday – Sunday from 7:30AM – 7:00PM

Adoption Center Hours

Mondays & Holidays: Closed
Tuesdays: By appointment only from 1:00PM – 6:00PM
Wednesdays-Sundays: Open from 1:00PM – 6:00PM

Note: The adoption process must be started half an hour prior to closing to allow us time to prepare your new pet to go home.

Contact Us
Phone: (617) 426-9170 x604
Fax: (617) 226-5679
Email: Boston-adoption@arlboston.org

Donate Supplies

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Surrender an Animal
Every animal deserves a safe and healthy home, and when people are unable to provide one, the ARL can connect them with the resources that they need. If surrendering your pet seems like the right choice for you, please complete and submit this form.

Contact Boston Veterinary Care
Make an appointment for your pet. A clinic with a mission, all proceeds benefit shelter animals at the ARL!

Enroll Your Pet in Dog Training
Learn more about ARL’s dog training courses.

Sign Up for the Healthy Moms, Happy Litters Program
Learn more about ARL’s spay/neuter program that helps animals find forever homes.


Dedham Shelter

Dedham Animal Care & Adoption Center

55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA 02026   |    FREE on-site parking available   |    Directions

Situated 10 miles southwest of Boston on the beautiful grounds of the former summer sanctuary for the city’s working horses, ARL’s newly remodeled Dedham Animal Care & Adoption Center is just a glimpse into ARL’s bold future. The new modern shelter design allows us to provide even more animals with high-quality direct animal care that meets best-practice standards in animal welfare.

The 27-acre property serves as ARL’s main livestock center and is home to Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery the oldest continuously operated pet cemetery by a humane society in the United States.

Adoption Center Hours

Mondays & Holidays: Closed
Tuesdays: By appointment only from 1:00PM – 6:00PM
Wednesdays-Sundays: Open from 1:00PM – 6:00PM

Contact Us
Phone: (617) 426-9170 x605
Fax: (781) 461-8367
Email: Dedham-adoption@arlboston.org

Donate Supplies
View our Amazon Wish List

View our Wish List (PDF)

Surrender an Animal
Every animal deserves a safe and healthy home, and when people are unable to provide one, the ARL can connect them with the resources that they need. If surrendering your pet seems like the right choice for you, please complete and submit this form.

Contact Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery
Due to operational limitations, Pine Ridge Cemetery is no longer offering the sale of new burial plots and in-house private cremation services. Learn more.
Phone: (617) 426-9170 x404
Email: pineridge@arlboston.org
Office Location: 55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA 02026

Enroll Your Pet in Dog Training
Learn more about ARL’s dog training courses.

Sign Up for the Healthy Moms, Happy Litters Program
Learn more about ARL’s spay/neuter program that helps animals find forever homes.


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Brewster (Cape Cod) Animal Care & Adoption Center

3981 Main Street (Rte 6A), East Brewster, MA 02631   |   FREE on-site parking available   |   Directions

Serving the Cape Cod’s animal community since 1921, ARL’s Brewster Animal Care & Adoption Center is conveniently located on Route 6A in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. In addition to caring for domesticated animals, this location is equipped with a stable and paddock to accommodate large animals and livestock. 

Adoption Center Hours

Mondays & Holidays: Closed
Tuesdays: By appointment only from 1:00PM – 6:00PM
Wednesdays-Saturdays: Open from 1:00PM – 6:00PM
Sundays: By appointment only from 1:00PM – 6:00PM

Contact Us
Phone: (617) 426-9170 x305
Fax: (508) 247-9429
Email: Brewster-adoption@arlboston.org

Donate Supplies
View our Amazon Wish List

View our Wish List (PDF)

Surrender an Animal
Every animal deserves a safe and healthy home, and when people are unable to provide one, the ARL can connect them with the resources that they need. If surrendering your pet seems like the right choice for you, please complete and submit this form.

Sign Up for the Healthy Moms, Happy Litters Program
Learn more about ARL’s spay/neuter program that helps animals find

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