Surrender an Animal

At the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL), we know that circumstances can make caring for your pet difficult. As part of our commitment to help animals and the people who care about them, ARL offers a variety of resources; such as dog training courses and a FREE pet behavior helpline.

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. To speak with an animal admission representative, please contact the ARL Admission Office in your area.

ARL is proud to have a Live Release Rate or “Save Rate” for animals entering our shelter of 94%. Although we do not embrace the term “No Kill”, a Live Release Rate of 94% meets a common definition of “No Kill”. See ARL’s Euthanasia Policy & FAQs.

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University offers a free pet loss support hotline. Please follow the link below to explore this service for help coping with the loss of your pet, either through euthanasia, surrender to the shelter, or if they have been lost. Click here to learn more.

Note: Due to limited capacity, all animal surrenders are by appointment only.

Contact Us

Boston Admissions Office
Phone: (617) 426-9170, follow the prompts for Boston Admissions
Email: Boston-admissions@arlboston.org
Admission Office Hours:(temporary change in hours) Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM; Closed Sunday, Monday & Holidays

Dedham Admissions Office
Phone: (617) 426-9170, follow the prompts for Dedham Admissions
Email: Dedham-admissions@arlboston.org
Admission Office Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 PM – 6:30 PM;Closed Sunday, Monday, & Holidays

Brewster Admissions Office
Phone: (617) 426-9170, follow the prompts for Brewster Admissions
Email: Brewster-admissions@arlboston.org
Admission Office Hours: (temporary change in hours)  Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM; Closed Sunday, Monday, & Holidays

Animal Surrender Procedure

If surrendering your pet for adoption seems like the right choice for you, please contact the ARL Admission Office nearest you to discuss placement options and the surrender procedure.

All surrenders require an advance appointment. An appointment-based system is necessary to ensure that we have space available and to learn what kind of home would best suit your pet. For information, please contact your local ARL Admission Office.

For clients who have made a surrender appointment, we ask that you bring the following documents with you:

  • Your pet’s medical records
  • Other relevant information
  • A completed admission profile. Please click on one of the links below to download the appropriate admission profile. Bring the completed profile with you to your appointment.

Cat admission Profile | Dog admission Profile | Rabbit admission Profile | Smalls admission Profile | Bird admission Profile


If you are seeking euthanasia services for your pet, we recommend that you contact your veterinarian. If this is not possible, please contact the ARL Admission Office nearest you to discuss arrangements and fees.

Read ARL’s Euthanasia Policy.