I adopted a cat from the ARL of Boston in the summer of 2014 and have visited several times. The volunteers are friendly, passionate about animal welfare, and put the animals' wellbeing above all else. When visiting, I was encouraged to safely interact with the cats and "visit" with a few. The animals are well cared for, though of course some are stressed out by the shelter environment. That's standard. The staff does a fantastic job of matching adopters with the right pet. They gently steered us towards an adult cat as opposed to a kitten, as our work schedule/lifestyle isn't compatible with the demands of kitten care. Though he seemed relatively shy at the shelter, within a few days the 8 year-old cat we adopted started lap sitting and following us around. I can honestly say that he's the most affectionate cat I've ever met, and I spent large chunks of my childhood rescuing feral cats, fostering kittens, and finding them homes. ARL's communications and outreach work is also outstanding. Their use of social media, e-mail marketing, and physical mailers remind me to regularly donate and support their endeavors. Keep up the great work!
I adopted my kitten from the ARL of Boston. Amanda was wonderful answering all my questions and concerns. She gave me great suggests for helping my cat adjust to a new kitten. We also thoroughly went over the records kept on my little guy. It was a great experience and would recommend adoption from this organization!
So glad we could help you find your purr-fect match! Thanks so much for sharing your experience.
I am a volunteer dog walker at ARL in Boston and I can't say enough great things about volunteering here. The staff is very friendly and the animals are very well taken care of. They receive consistent training, attention and love from the staff and fellow volunteers at the facility.
As a volunteer, I am offered an abundant amount of resources and additional training to improve my skills and interactions with the dogs. The hours are flexible to fit my schedule and I am never the only volunteer working. The staff is more than happy to help me with any specific questions I have regarding the dogs, behaviors, statuses, etc. Dogs get adopted quite quick, and there is no better feeling than seeing a dog become a new member of a family, and placed in a home that will provide them all the love and attention they are used to receiving at the shelter.
Hi Veronica, thanks so much for dedicating your time to our organization and animals in need! We truly appreciate all you do to help our animals.
I adopted my first dog from the ARL about 2 years ago, and it was a great experience! I had all of the tools necessary to successfully adjust to being a pet owner (and to adjust my new pup as well) thanks to the shelter! When I decided that it was time to adopt another dog to keep my buddy company, I didn't even think twice about where to go! The shelter staff was yet again extremely helpful in introducing my current dog to the puppy and making sure we were comfortable, and I even bring the dog to the puppy classes that the ARL offers (which I would HIGHLY recommend). The Vet office is also where I bring my dogs, and I could go on forever about how comfortable they make myself and my pups when we go. I tell everyone I know that they should go through the ARL if they are thinking of adopting, and I don't have a single bad thing to say about them!
First off, thanks SO much for choosing adoption - especially when adding another four-legged companion to your family. We truly appreciate the kind words you've expressed relating to our organization and services. Thank you!
I adopted my cat here and then started volunteering. It's great to see the animals grow and then go to their forever homes. The animals are well cared for and the law enforcement team does great work.
Thank you so much for dedicating your time as a volunteer and choosing adoption! We couldn't do what we do without dedicated supporters like you.
I have volunteered with ARL in Dedham as a canine companion at first, from March 2015-August 2015. After transferring schools to Suffolk University, I continued volunteering at ARL in Boston. I have also volunteered with ARL at Paws In the Park in Brewster, MA last year. Since volunteering, I have wanted to work more with rescues and fight for animal rights as my career. I have loved every single dog in the shelter and I wanted my first dog to be a rescue. Little did I know, I got to work with Murphy, a lab/dane mix, and adopt him a week before Christmas! He is my absolute pride and joy. All a dog needs is love, and I am very pleased how the staff at ARL find great homes for these brilliant dogs. There are dogs who are rescued from critical situations and this shelter has done more than wonders for these animals. I would DEFINITELY adopt from ARL again!!!
Such inspiring words! We truly appreciate your time and dedication as an ARL volunteer and adopter :) Thank you so much for sharing your story!
Prior to visiting the Animal Rescue League I had never owned a cat. The staff and volunteers were very knowledgable and helped me find a cat that was perfect for me! I have had him for four years now, and its been wonderful!
We're so happy we could find your purr-fect feline companion to add to your family. Thanks so much for sharing!
As a former employee, I can truly say that the Animal Rescue League of Boston is a special place. I worked in both the shelter itself as well as the non-profit veterinary clinic that's attached, Boston Veterinary Care (BVC). The hours are long, the work is difficult (think: cleaning a dozen dirty dog runs at 8:00 on a Saturday morning or attempting to vaccinate a scared and feisty cat). But everyone who works and volunteers there is there for just one reason: to save animals. That shared mission is obvious the second you walk in the building. I've known coworkers who drove long hours to bring a cat to their new home at a barn where they could live their best life, and others who slept overnight in the shelter on cots during a snowstorm just so that there would be someone to feed and care for the animals the next day. BVC has a fund that can provide low-income clients with life-saving surgery for their pets at little cost to them. That's the kind of respect, dedication, and love for animals that makes this place great. It does things for the animals of the City of Boston (and beyond) that no one else can or will.
We love everything about this review, including the amazing photos! Thanks SO much for being a part of our small but mighty organization. We truly couldn't do what we do without supporters like you!
I have adopted 2 cats through ARL Dedham. Fantastic group. My first beautiful baby , Penelope, a dilute calico Maine Coon mix lived to be 13 and was best friends with my 3 dogs. My current gorgeous girl is 15 and still going strong. She's amazing.
First off, thank you so much for choosing adoption! We're so happy we could help you find the purr-fect feline companions to add to your family over the years.
Coming up on my 8-year anniversary volunteering at ARL Boston, I often reflect on how proud I am to be affiliated with this organization. In my role as a "Feline Mod Squad" member, in which I work as a veteran volunteer focusing on cats, I am able to assist staff and volunteers in helping create happy tail endings for hundreds of homeless cats each year. In addition to volunteering in the shelter, I also participate in the Adoption Ambassador program, which recently enabled me to find permanent placement for a cat I was fostering in my home. My experience with the ARL has been so rewarding, and the dedication of employees and my fellow volunteers inspires me every day!
Thank you SO much for dedicating your time as a long-time volunteer and ambassador for animals in need! We couldn't do what we do without dedicated individuals like you.