Are you a pet owner who was or 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!

To begin the prescreening process, please call (617) 426-9170 and dial the extension for the ARL Admissions office nearest you Boston x140; Dedham x404; Brewster x305.  Learn more about ARL’s Temporary Pet Housing Initiative.

Animal surrenders have resumed a normal schedule by appointment-only. Call (617) 426-9170, then follow the prompts for the ARL Admissions office nearest you.

Before your visit, please view ARL’s full Client Health and Safety Guidelines.

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 90%. Although we do not embrace the term “No Kill”, a Live Release Rate of 90% 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.

Contact Us

Admission Office Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM by appointment only; Closed Sunday, Monday, & Holidays

Boston Admissions Office

Phone: (617) 426-9170 x140
Email: Boston-admissions@arlboston.org

Dedham Admissions Office
Phone: (617) 426-9170 x404
Email: Dedham-admissions@arlboston.org

Brewster Admissions Office
Phone: (617) 426-9170 x305
Email: Brewster-admissions@arlboston.org

Animal Surrender Procedure

If surrendering your pet seems like the right choice for you, please contact the ARL Animal Admissions Office nearest you to discuss the surrender procedure, and to make an appointment.

We ask that you bring the following documents with you:

    • Your pet’s medical records
    • Other relevant information
    • A completed Animal Admissions’ profile. Please click on the appropriate link below to download the appropriate profile, and bring it 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.