Shelter Veterinary Services

Our Shelter Veterinary Medicine Team provides comprehensive veterinary services for all three of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, and assists the City of Boston’s Animal Care and Control Shelter.

Every animal that comes to an ARL shelter receives a medical evaluation from one of our highly-qualified, caring shelter veterinarians.  Our team members continuously train and work to expand skills to meet the needs of a diverse range of species including dogs, cats, rabbits, small animal, bird, reptiles, and livestock, coming from a variety of living situations and conditions.

In 2015, our team:

  • Completed over 4,300 exams on our shelter pets
  • Performed over 1,500 surgeries for our shelter pets

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Meet the Team


Dr. Doyle with Guinea pig
Dr. Erin Doyle, Lead Veterinarian – Shelter Veterinary Services, Boston Shelter and City of Boston Animal Care and Control Shelter

Born in the Midwest but raised in New Jersey, Dr. Erin Doyle relocated to Massachusetts for college and vet school and has remained there ever since.  A 2004 graduate of Tufts Veterinary School, Dr. Doyle was in private practice in Worcester, MA for three years prior to transitioning to shelter medicine. In 2012, Dr. Doyle completed the Koret Shelter Medicine Program’s Loren Eslinger Fellowship.  Though Dr. Doyle enjoys all aspects of shelter medicine and surgery, population management and shelter metrics are a particular interest and focus.When not working, Dr. Doyle enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter as well as hiking with her dog.

Dr.Gollon with kitten
Dr. Kate Gollon, Dedham Shelter, Spay Waggin’, and City of Boston Animal Care and Control Shelter

Kate Gollon graduated from Boston College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and an emphasis in Community Advocacy. She spent the following two years working as a technician for humane organizations in Utah and Texas, and volunteered in the animal rescue effort in Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Kate received her DVM from Cornell University in 2011 and went on to complete a year-long internship in Shelter Medicine at Cornell University. She has worked as a consultant for the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team.Kate’s particular interests are in affordable HQHVSN programs and infectious disease management in shelters. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, cooking, and hanging out with her two fat cats, Lola and Petunia.

Jessica with dog
Jessica Wright, CVT, Lead Technician – Shelter Veterinary Services

Jessica graduated from the University of Vermont in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences. Since beginning her career with the Animal Rescue League of Boston in 2005, Jessica has held technician positions with our Pembroke Shelter, Spay Waggin’ and Boston Veterinary Care.In 2008, Jessica became the Lead Shelter Veterinary Technician in our Boston Shelter. During this time Jessica has developed a strong understanding of not only individual animal care but shelter population management, as well. Since entering shelter medicine, Jessica has cultivated a particular interest in the needs of small, geriatric dogs with prominent eyes in the shelter setting. During her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her dogs, Pixel and Ruxin, reading, and gardening.

 Lauren
Lauren Litif, CVT 

Lauren is a graduate of Mount Ida College with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology and a minor in Legal Studies. She was on the Dean’s list for all four years at Mount Ida. As part of her studies, Lauren completed internships at New England Animal Medical Center, VCA Weymouth, and VESCONE. Lauren joined the Animal Rescue League of Boston on May 19, 2014.