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Humane Education

Launched in the spring of 2023, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Humane Education program seeks to create the next generation of compassionate animal advocates.

ARL’s experienced and knowledgeable staff and volunteers present interactive activities for both children and adults focused on topics related to animal welfare and care.  Programs are tailored to the goals, ages, and needs of each group.

This revenue-generating program supports the over 20,000 animals ARL helps each year.

Kindness uplifts the world

Anna Harris Smith
Anna Harris Smith
Founder of the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Opportunities for Youth

ARL provides youth ages 5-15 with the foundation to build confidence around and to show empathy for all animals in our community. Participants will learn about basic animal care and how they can become the next generation of animal advocates.

  • Friday night teen group

      • 6-week hands-on session to learn about animals
      • Ages 13-15 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
      • Four sessions are held annually: March 24, May 12, July 14, and September 29
      • Cost per session: $150 to support animals in ARL’s care
  • Youth reading programs

      • Children read to animals
      • Reading material will be Humane Education related
      • Ages 5-11
      • One session is held monthly
      • Cost per 1-hour session: $25 to support animals in ARL’s care

To apply for your child to participate, please complete the secure form that is most applicable and you will receive a confirmation email. Please reach out at least 48 hours prior to your program, if there are any allergy or fear concerns that may impact your time with ARL.  

Teen program application
Youth reading program application

Please note, at this time, we are unable to accommodate tour requests of ARL’s Animal Care & Adoption Centers in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham. If you would like to be notified when we are able to resume hosting tours, please email your name and best email to reach you at to Debby at dchaplic@arlboston.org


Upcoming Events

Join us at the Boston Public Library! 

ARL is excited to announce our partnership with Boston Public Library to present our monthly event series, The Fun and Exciting World of Working with Animals. Targeted to children ages 6-11 years old, ARL staff present one of the following topics: Amazing Animal Rescues, How to Catch a Tiny Tiger, What Happens Inside an Animal Shelter, Do Cats Visit the Doctor Too, and What Language do Dogs Speak. Participation is FREE. No registration required. Boston Public Library participating branches include Codman Square, East Boston, Mattapan, and Roxbury.

For more details, on current events visit Boston Public Library’s Codman Square and Roxbury event listings.