The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is an unwavering champion for animals in need and for the people who care about them. We strive to provide high-quality direct animal care which meets best practice standards in animals welfare; and to focus on meeting people and animals where they are, bringing veterinary and wellness services directly to those who need it most, so that animals are safe and healthy living in communities and out of shelters.

Temporary Pet Housing Initiative

Are you a pet owner who wasor may be forced to vacate your current living situation due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic? If so, ARL may be able to offer temporary housing for your pet! Learn more.


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.

Pet Behavior

FREE Pet Behavior Helpline

ARL is committed to being a reliable resource for behavioral and health-related questions about your pet – well after they have been introduced to their new home! Learn more.

Dog Training

We offer a variety of dog training courses as part of our commitment to supporting positive relationships between people and their pets. View class descriptions and book an appointment.

Pet Health and Community Programs

Boston Veterinary Care

Located in the historic South End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Veterinary Care (BVC) is a clinic with a mission– all profits benefit the shelter pets of the ARL. Book an appointment.

Spay Waggin’®

The Spay Waggin’ is a mobile veterinary surgical vehicle that provides low-cost spay and neuter services in Greater Boston, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the Islands. Book an appointment.

Wellness Waggin’® 

ARL offers high-quality, low-cost pet wellness care for residents of DorchesterRoxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and East Boston in partnership with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) through the Wellness Waggin’, a mobile veterinary unit outfitted with an exam room. Learn more.

Community Vet Services

ARL provides comprehensive veterinary services for the ARL’s Spay Waggin’ as well as ARL’s community cat efforts and community vaccine clinics. Learn more.

Healthy Moms, Happy Litters

This community-based program, provides complimentary assistance to local families and their pets to help prevent animal homelessness, suffering, and neglect. Learn more.

Healthy Animals, Healthy Communities

We aspire integrate the health of animals into the community consciousness, for both the benefit of animals and people and to serve ARL’s mission of keeping animals safe and healthy in habitats and homes. Learn how.

Community Cat Services

ARL serves community cats through our Community Cats Rescue Agent and our Community Cat Volunteer Squad, providing Trap – Neuter – Return services. Please call (617) 426-9170 x563.