COVID-19 Update 10/27:
*NEW*ARL is now offering temporary foster placement for pets whose owners are experiencing housing instability, or may be at imminent risk of homelessness due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To begin the prescreening process, 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.
Beginning June 2nd, animal surrenders will resume a normal schedule. Call (617) 426-9170, then follow the prompts for either the Boston, Dedham, or Brewster Admissions Office.
Please note that number of people entering the admissions office will be restricted to allow for social distancing; and that face coverings and CDC hygiene guidelines are required for staff and clients until further notice. 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 90.5%. Although we do not embrace the term “No Kill”, a Live Release Rate of 90.5% 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.
Boston Admissions Office
Phone: (617) 426-9170, follow the prompts for Boston Admissions
Admission Office Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 PM – 6:30 PM; Closed Sunday, Monday & Holidays
Dedham Admissions Office
Phone: (617) 426-9170, follow the prompts for Dedham Admissions
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
Admission Office Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 1:00 PM – 6:30 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.
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.