The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is a leader in animal safety by keeping animals in their homes and habitats, and by eliminating the conditions that lead to neglect and abuse.

In 2016, over 4,700 animals, their families, and their communities were assisted by our Rescue Services team and Law Enforcement department.


We understand that sometimes the difficult decision must be made to surrender your pet; rest assured that ARL is here to help you with the process. Learn more.

Rescue Services

ARL is the only animal welfare agency in Massachusetts that has an entire department dedicated to animal rescue.
Learn more. See an animal in distress? Call (617) 426-9170 then press “1″.

Law Enforcement

As a leader in animal welfare, ARL is committed to preventing animal suffering, neglect, and abuse in Massachusetts.
Learn more. Suspect animal cruelty? Call (617) 226-5610.

Too Hot for Spot

In November 2016, S.2369, An Act to Prevent Animal Suffering and Death, dubbed “Too Hot for Spot” by ARL, became law. This law prohibits pet owners from confining any animal in a motor vehicle during extreme temperatures, amends the anti-tethering statute, and allows law enforcement officers from ARL and MSPCA to issue citations to violators. Learn more about this important animal safety campaign.

Animal Cruelty and Protection Task Force

On July 12, 2016, The Task Force Findings and Recommendations Report was issued to address the Task Force’s stance on a multitude of animal welfare issues, including animal cruelty laws, education, housing, training, seizure of animals, and the creation of an animal abuse registry. Learn more.