Give homeless animals and family pets the chance to heal

How it started

Longtime Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) supporter and former director, Jane Whitney Marshall, established the fund in memory of her grandmother Alice T. Whitney, a contemporary and friend of ARL Founder Anna Harris Smith, to ensure that limited economic means did not prevent owners from providing vital veterinary care for their pets in treatable medical emergencies.

“In the spirit of Anna Harris Smith’s motto that ‘Kindness Uplifts the World,’ I felt something needed to be done to assist caring owners who simply needed a helping hand to care for their pets”, explains Ms. Marshall. Alice’s essence and generosity lives on through all the second chances provided by the fund that bears her name.

How you can help

Animals with serious medical conditions as a result of illness, accidental injury, neglect, or abuse make their way into the ARL every single day. Both homeless animals and family pets require immediate veterinary attention, which could mean the difference between life and death, but have no one to cover the hefty expense of emergency surgery, treatment, or rehabilitation.

When you make a gift to the Alice T. Whitney Helping Hands Fund, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $25,000, to provide financial assistance for:

Screen Shot 2017-12-11 at 4.24.31 PMCritically ill or injured homeless animals that come into ARL’s Animal Care and Adoption Centers with no one to care for them.

Screen Shot 2017-12-11 at 4.24.31 PMClients of Boston Veterinary Care, a clinic supporting the programs of ARL, who want to keep their family pets, but do not have the economic means to pay for their veterinary expenses.


Underwent surgery and weeks of rehabilitation to heal her broken leg


Required emergency treatment to stop an infection in her bloodstream


Received life-saving surgery to remove a large kidney tumor

Hundreds of homeless animals like Titan and Piper, and family pets like Emma have received life-saving treatment and emergency procedures thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

Only with your support can animals in the most critical of need receive the high-quality veterinary care necessary to gain a second chance at life. ARL does not receive any government funding and relies solely on individual donations to provide assistance to animals and families who desperately rely on ARL for help.


Questions? Contact Jackie Smith at jsmith@arlboston.org or (617) 226-5608.