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Starting on 10/25, our hours of operation will be as follows:

Adoption:
Mondays and holidays: Closed
Tuesdays: Open by appointment 2pm-6pm
Wednesday-Sunday: Open 1pm-6pm

Animal Admissions:
Sundays, Mondays, and holidays: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: Open by appointment 1pm-6pm

Mondays and Holidays – Closed

*Note, the main lobby doors of the Boston Animal Care & Adoption Center will be locked outside of adoption hours.  For assistance, please call (617) 426-9170, ext. 0.

Please Note:

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we require all ARL and BVC staff, volunteers, vendors, and clients to please follow the state and CDC guidelines for personal health and hygiene:

  • Face coverings are required inside of all ARL and BVC facilities, regardless of vaccination status.
  • All visitors are asked to follow the most current guidelines on social distancing.
  • Using the protocols we already have in place for animals, ARL has increased cleaning and disinfecting areas of our buildings visited by the public.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available for use for all visitors and staff.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; or shaking hands.

Do not visit ARL facilities, community programs, or BVC if you are sick: Clients who are feeling ill, or unvaccinated clients who may have been in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, should refrain from visiting ARL.  Please call (617) 426-9170 and follow the prompts to reschedule your appointment.

Supply Donations

Supply donations are now being accepted during hours of operation.  And you can still send much needed animal supplies through Amazon shelter wish lists for BostonDedham, and Brewster.

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.


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, 7:30AM – 7:00PM

Adoption Center Hours
Mondays and holidays: Closed
Tuesdays: Open by appointment 2pm-6pm
Wednesday-Sunday: Open 1pm-6pm
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
Fax: (617) 226-5679
Email: Boston-adoption@arlboston.org

Donate Supplies
View our Amazon Wish List

View our Chewy 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. To speak with an animal admission representative, please call (617) 226-5621 or email Boston-admissions@arlboston.org. The Boston animal intake office is open Tuesday-Saturday by appointment from 1pm-6pm. The office is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.  Note: Due to limited capacity, animal surrenders are by appointment only.

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 shelter in Dedham, Massachusetts 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 and holidays: Closed
Tuesdays: Open by appointment 2pm-6pm
Wednesday-Sunday: Open 1pm-6pm
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
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. To speak with an animal admission representative, please call (781) 326-0729 or email Dedham-admissions@arlboston.org. The Dedham animal intake office is open Tuesday-Saturday by appointment from 1pm-6pm. The office is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.  Note: Due to limited capacity, animal surrenders are by appointment only.

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: (781) 326-0729
Email: pineridge@arlboston.org
Office Location: 55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA 02026

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 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 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. Click here to learn more.

Adoption Center Hours
Mondays and holidays: Closed
Tuesdays: Open by appointment 2pm-6pm
Wednesday-Sunday: Open 1pm-6pm
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
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 they need to make things right. To speak with an animal admission representative, please call (508) 255-1030 or email Brewster-admissions@arlboston.org. The Brewster animal intake office is open Tuesday-Saturday by appointment from 1pm-6pm. The office is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.  Note: Due to limited capacity, animal surrenders are by appointment only.

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