ARL Volunteer Application

We’re looking for dedicated people to help better the lives of our animals and to support the organization overall. If you’re interested in joining our volunteer team, please complete this application. This application is for the specific volunteer assignments and shifts listed below. If your application is approved, you will be contacted by a member of the volunteer department within 5 business days. *Please note that the one-time application fee of $15.00 is non-refundable but will serve to care for our animals, if volunteer placement is not found.

Applicants must be 16 years or older

Volunteer Assignments

Click here for full volunteer position descriptions and available hours. Note, some positions may not be available at this time.

We are focusing on filling the volunteer positions below with dedicated people who are willing to commit to the needed time slots. Due to the time and resources invested in training volunteers, we are unable to accept volunteers with less than 6 months availability.

Volunteer Schedule

Please be sure to answer the question below completely. Please be specific and list the assignment, day and shift time from the assignment preferences above(unless otherwise noted in the assignment description). We will be unable to consider your application without this information:

Emergency Contact

Please list someone that we can contact in case of an emergency:


Please list someone who is familiar with the skills that are necessary for the volunteer position that you have chosen:

Euthanasia Policy

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) exists in order to rescue domesticated animals and wildlife from cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. Care and protection of these animals is our mission.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston achieves a high placement rate for the animals in its care because of our commitment to rehabilitation. Our shelters have dedicated veterinary and shelter personnel who evaluate animals for health conditions, stress, and other behavioral issues; we make every effort to provide medical and behavioral care to rehabilitate all animals.

Using positive training methods, we work on-site with animals with behavioral conditions that prevent immediate placement in an adoptive home. Occasionally, we place them in foster homes with trained and experienced foster parents to socialize them and teach them how to live with people. Such intervention improves both the quality of life for individual animals and the chance of finding adoptive homes for them.

Unfortunately in our work, we confront animals suffering from a wide range of injuries, illnesses, and behavioral conditions. Due to the broad scope of our rescue and law enforcement programs, we bring in high numbers of at-risk, displaced and compromised animals.

While we make best efforts to treat animals, there will be times when humane euthanasia is the most compassionate and responsible course for the animals well-being and for public health and safety. When euthanasia is performed, it is done with respect and care by highly trained, compassionate staff. We are proud that at the Animal Rescue League of Boston we look at each animal individually to assess its particular needs. Every year, our goal is to increase the number of animals that we are able to place in loving homes. We do not use euthanasia for population control of adoptable animals in the shelter, nor do we have a time frame after which an animal is euthanized if it is not adopted.

When an animal is not able to be placed for adoption due to complex medical or behavior issues, we may transfer it to appropriate breed-specific rescue organizations or identify other options such as barn placement for cats that are unable to integrate into indoor life.

We believe that through careful evaluation of individual animals, we will make the decision that is in the best interest of each animal. This means that, unfortunately, there will be some for whom euthanasia is the most compassionate and responsible outcome.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is committed to improving favorable outcomes for an increasing number of animals through the promotion of accessible spay/neuter services and adoptions, the use of foster homes, and the encouragement of responsible pet ownership.

Volunteer Waiver and Release

Please read the following statements; they constitute the conditions under which you would be volunteering at the League should you be accepted as a volunteer. Please note that the volunteer program is highly competitive and that this is an application and is not a guarantee of placement.

Expectations, Media, Waiver and Release


All Volunteers are expected to conduct the business of the League with honesty and integrity in accordance with high moral and ethical standards. While it is not possible to list all types of prohibited conduct, some examples of prohibited conduct include:

" Willful or negligent damage to League property, including that entrusted to the League by others, namely employees, visitors, vendors, volunteers, or customers;

" Theft, fraud, falsification of records or applications, or other acts of dishonesty;

" Bringing dangerous weapons or materials into the League;

" Violation of safety rules and regulations;

" Possession, distribution, use, or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol;

" Gambling or Making book for any type of lotteries;

" Fighting or other disorderly conduct;

" Verbal or physical harassment, or intimidation or abusive treatment of any employee or volunteer, including but not limited to such treatment based upon race, sex or sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, handicap or any other characteristic protected by law;

" Excessive absences from volunteering without notifying the volunteer or shelter manager;

" Unauthorized distribution or solicitation;

" Removing or attempting to remove League material from League premises without proper authorization;

" Using or disclosing confidential information concerning the Leagues business or animals;

" Interfering with the performance of employees;

" Discourtesy to the public, employees, volunteers or guests of the League;

" Inability to get along with volunteers, employees or clients of the League;

" Unauthorized removal of an animal or animals from League control;

" Animal neglect or abuse;

" Non-compliance of universal precautions with animal handling;

" Excessive use of the Leagues phone system for making personal phone calls;

" Violating criminal laws on League property or premises;

" Smoking, except in designated areas; and

" Other reasons at the Leagues discretion.