Keep Pets S.A.F.E.

(Supporting Animals Facing Emergencies)

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Request pet food and supplies

Do you find yourself having to decide whether or not you can keep your pet due to emergency medical, financial, or personal reasons?  If so, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) may be able to help!

ARL’s Keep Pets S.A.F.E program is offering the following services for residents of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park:

  • Deliver pet food and other essential pet supplies to clients’ homes and partner-supported community housing

ARL staff member handing someone a bag of pet food

To request assistance

Call the Keep Pets S.A.F.E. hotline at (857) 350-8730*, Monday – Saturday, 9AM – 5PM


Click here to request pet food and supplies only

*Please note that we are experiencing higher than normal call volumes due to the high demand for critical pet supplies and services. We thank you for your patience.

ARL’s Keep Pets S.A.F.E. Program in Action

Hill's Food Logo

Thank you to Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Disaster Relief Network for generously supplying wet and dry dog and cat food for ARL’s Keep Pets S.A.F.E. Program.

Thank you to our Keep Pets S.A.F.E. collaborators

Petco Love logo

Thank you to Petco Love for generously supporting our community based programs. 

Action for Boston Community Development, American Humane Feed the Hungry Fund, the Banfield Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society & the Rachael Ray Save Them All COVID-19 Relief Grant, Boston Senior Care Home Care, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Loyal Companion, Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston, PetSmart Charities, and especially donors like you!

Keep Pets F.E.D. (Full Every Day)

Help stock our pet food pantry from September 1-30

The Keep Pets S.A.F.E. (Supporting Animals Facing Emergencies), program was launched three years ago to help keep pets with their families during emergencies, with services that include a pet food pantry. Our resources have been pushed to the limit and we urgently need your help to Keep Pets F.E.D.(Full Every Day)!

This month we have our most ambitious goal yet – 15,000 lbs. of pet food to support families in our community. And we can reach it with your help!

You can fight pet hunger by purchasing critically needed food through our Amazon wish list or Chewy wish list.

Unopened, unexpired, shelf-stable pet food may also be dropped off at any of our three locations in Boston, Dedham, or Brewster (Cape Cod), Wednesday through Sunday, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.

Keep Pets F.E.D. Wall of Honor

Thank you to the following individuals, groups, and organizations for signing up to help collect pet food!

Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Agway of Cape Cod
The Black Dog Chatham
Nancy Boudrot
Brockton Bruisers Roller Derby
Chatham Orpheum Theater
Cheryl’s Kids
The Fish and Bone

Flats on D
Monica L. King
Liberty Mutual GRS Office of the CFO
The Linden Animal Lovers
McKinsey and Company –
   The Greater Boston Group
Suffolk University Center for
   Community Engagement
Zoo New England

We still need unopened, unexpired, shelf-stable pet food including:

  • Dry cat food (13+ lb bags) – URGENT NEED
  • Canned cat food (all varieties) – URGENT NEED
  • Small bites or small breed dry dog food – URGENT NEED
  • Dry dog food (all sizes)
  • Canned dog food (all varieties)
  • Dry Kitten Food
  • Canned kitten food
  • Dry Puppy Food
  • Canned Puppy Food
  • Dry cat food (all sizes)
dog and kitten eating

Donations may be purchased online through

Amazon Wish List
Chewy Wish List