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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is an unwavering champion for animals in need, committed to keeping them safe and healthy in habitats and homes. Founded in 1899, ARL provides high quality veterinary care, adoption, and rescue services; while also confronting the root causes of animal cruelty and neglect through innovative community programs, police investigations, and public advocacy. In 2021, ARL helped 23,938 animals throughout Massachusetts. ARL is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. We receive no government funding and rely solely on the generosity of individuals to support programs and services that help animals in need.

Results: In 2021... - 2,870 animals were adopted, including 601 behavior adoptions - 452 animals supported through ARL's Free Pet Behavior Helpline - 90% live release rate (adopted, returned to field/owner, or transferred) - 1,059 dedicated volunteers, donating 39,515 hours caring for animals - 526 foster families - 6,286 animals provided with medical care through shelter veterinary medicine and ARL's outpatient clinic, Boston Veterinary Care - 874 food & supply delivery trips and 162,479 meals provided through ARL's Keep Pets S.A.F.E. (Supporting Animals Facing Emergencies) program - 45 animals placed in temporary housing through Keep Pets S.A.F.E. and the Temporary Housing Initiative (before being reunited with their families) - 454 community cats assessed in 50 colonies - 3,701 animals helped in law enforcement cases Learn more about your impact for animals in need at https://www.arlboston.org/our-work/about/

Target demographics: Animals in need and the community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 23,938 animals across our organization.

Geographic areas served: Massachusetts

Programs: a comprehensive range of services including emergency rescue, law enforcement, Animal Care and Adoption Centers, community veterinary services, and advocacy efforts.

Community Stories

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ARL is the best! I’ve adopted both my Maine Coon cats as well as a French Bulldog from here, and they are the sweetest animals! Everyone is always so friendly, and I know the animals are taken care of so well!

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ARLBoston Thank you so much for the kinds words and taking the time to share your story ❤️

barkingcat5000

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had a wonderful, smooth experience adopting handsome Mr. Artemis from the Dedham shelter! The staff is kind and helpful and the facility is clean & seems comfy for the animals.

Brmaev5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both my cats (adopted four years apart) are from the ARL! They are so perfect and the staff was helpful and supportive throughout the process! Always recommending the ARL!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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ARLBoston 07/18/2016

We're so happy we could find your purr-fect feline companion to add to your family. Thanks so much for sharing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a visiting nurse that works in the community. I have encountered several different situations where I had patients that couldn’t care for their pets any longer due to complex health conditions or living situation. Every time I have reached out to ARL in Boston or Cape Cod to ask for assistance surrendering these animals, they have been able to assist me and my patients, they kindly took 1 bunny, 2 Guinea pigs, 1 cat all in different occasions. I would say it’s a comforting feeling to know that if I find a animal/owner in a difficult situation in the community ( especially with the elderly) I can reach out to ARL and be assured that these precious souls will have another shot in life. Thanks so much for all you do ARL ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 1989 I adopted my first kitten from ARL Dedham- he lived to be 21 years old - best cat EVER. In the early 2000's my kids asked for a foster kid....I said "no" but that we could foster animals. Since that time our family has been gifted with the experience of fostering countless kittens, a few litters of puppies and grown dogs. The life lessons my family has been fortunate enough to experience over these years has been invaluable- made possible by the AMAZING, gracious, kind, knowledgeable staff at ARL. I could never re-pay this experience.

Jill S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the Animal Rescue League of Boston has been fun, varied and extremely rewarding. It has included fostering (cats, kittens and rabbits), volunteering (puppy transports), helping a neighbor connect with the ARL Community Cats program, and our own pet adoptions. I have found the ARL to be amazingly well organized, with dedicated staff and volunteers. As a foster parent, I always had an experienced staff person to reach out to for any issues. As a transport volunteer, I always had clear direction on my duties and as to the goals of the day. I loved seeing the transported dogs and puppies joyfully settling in when we got to the shelter's quarantine facility. I was impressed by the professionalism, responsiveness and diplomacy of the Community Cats team when aiding a neighbor in need of TNR service. Our adoption experience has also been great - both when we adopted a foster kitten a few years ago and recently, when we adopted our puppy. The level of information, both medical and behavioral that is provided is excellent. It makes you feel well prepared in starting out with a new pet. I look forward to continuing to foster and volunteer for the ARL!

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ARLBoston 01/20/2022

Thank you so much for your committed to helping animals in need, Jill ❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started fostering for the ARL in 2015 and have been very impressed with the care they provide to the animals. I have been amazed at the efforts they put into saving an animal through their foster program. The orphaned kittens, pregnant cats, nursing moms (cats & dogs), sick, shy, senior or special needs animals that come through their doors are given extra TLC through their foster program. The volunteers and staff are great to interact with and I really enjoy trying to lend a hand through fostering. Attached are a few pictures of some of our past fosters (all healthy & in new homes now).

Sarah B.29

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was put in touch with Animal Rescue League of Boston by the town of Plymouth animal control officers after seeing a feral kitten in my yard. The lady from the community cat program came down and tried to set traps during working hours. Unfortunately it was only coming out at night. So after buying my own traps and trapping it, the community cat team came down the very next morning early to take him back to their facility in Boston. They had their vets assess the kitten, give appropriate vaccinations, and neuter him. The team also assessed for the ability to socialize as he was already 8 months old. I got a call from the community cat team at Animal Rescue League of Boston saying that the kitten showed signs of socialization and asked if I wanted to try socializing it. So they brought him back to my house and I started the socialization process. I'm happy to report the kitten was socialized (very quickly I may add!) and he is now my very happy (and very spoiled) indoor cat named Bandit. But I can't thank Animal Rescue League of Boston enough for helping me with the process and they have been available for any questions for their animal behaviorist or any other concerns while I started socializing. They work so hard for all the animals in Massachusetts. I was so fortunate to be put in touch with them. Thanks Animal Rescue League of Boston!!!!

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ARLBoston 01/20/2022

Sarah, thank you so much for sharing your story! You are truly a champion for animals in need.

Thais G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the best experience ever, they were so friendly and helped me to find my kitty Francine (I call her Mel), the sweetest girl that I could adopt.

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ARLBoston 01/20/2022

Thank you so much for sharing your story and congratulations on your adoption ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We recently took in our first foster from ARL Brewster. While we have only been foster parents for just over a month, it has been a wonderful experience so far. The staff at the Brewster location is wonderful, and made us feel a welcome part of ARL from day one.

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ARLBoston 01/20/2022

Thank you so much for your dedication to animals in need ❤️

Deborah McDonnell M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We’ve adopted dogs from ARL, a 4 yr old Dachshund about 9 yrs ago (she passed 2 yrs ago) and 2 doxi cross dogs 2 yrs ago. We found everyone at ARL to be very friendly and helpful. During our recent adoption of the 2 doxi’s we were offered extra help, if needed, as they had been part of a police confiscation and they were still a bit apprehensive. Both dogs decided that my husband was “their man” and they’re pretty much with him 24/7 (were retired).

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ARLBoston 01/20/2022

Thank you so much for sharing your story, Deborah!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat from the ARL when she was 2 mos. old. She’s now almost 7 yrs. old and receives the best care imaginable from the vets at Boston Veterinary Care, next door. I’d recommend ARL to anyone looking to adopt.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing adoption liaison! They answered all my questions and concerns and worked with my schedule for me to properly adopt my cat. Wonderful and supportive team!

Katie L.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted many cats from here, including my recent girls, Shadow and Twilight. I also volunteer there with the cats. The organization is full of wonderful animals, and a warm and friendly staff, who are very knowledgeable and helpful.

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ARLBoston 01/12/2022

Thank you so much for the kind words, Katie! ❤️

Ingrid S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fostering kittens through Animal Rescue League of Boston was the highlight of 2021. Living alone during Covid is not easy, and caring for these little babies gave me purpose and so much happiness. Whenever I had a question or concern, it was super easy to get in touch with ARL staff, and their routine vaccinations and other treatments became a welcome part of my routine as well.

As much as I complained about getting up through the night to bottle feed, I can't wait for kitten season 2022!

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ARLBoston 01/12/2022

Ingrid, we are so grateful for your continued support and dedication to animals in need! ❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

My brother adopted a cat from the ARL of Boston and he's been so lovable. The organization does such a fantastic job and is so well run I joined their Champions Circle and donate on a monthly basis so they can continue their great work.

Even though I've never adopted an animal from the ARL, I want to enable them to continue to improve the lives of animals and people by finding good homes :)

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you SO much for the kind words! We are so grateful for your support, thank you for being a champions for animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In February of 2020, my husbands dog was dying of brain cancer and it was time to bring some feline love to our home. Through the help of the incredible volunteers they were able to match us with first fur son, Mr. White. A few months after, upon realizing Mr. White needed a friend, ARL helped us find Dexter fka Kingsley. This sweet four week old needed a specific home because he was found feral outside. ARL supported us in so many ways with this process. Their behavioral volunteers were so responsive and when difficult arose with introducing both cats, they were patient, realistic and kind. Now, we have two very happy boys that fill our home with so much love and joy. ARL is an incredible shelter that provides true quality care, love, and support to all the fur babies and their families. We are so grateful for ARL!

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you so much for sharing your heartwarming story ❤️ We are so incredibly happy that our team could help you find your perfect matches. We truly appreciate your kind words and support.

1 Julie N.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve adopted three senior cats from the ARL in the past decade and they are my go-to for donations. I’ve referred everyone to go to the ARL to get their furbabies. I swear they paired me with my life soulmates.

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Julie, we're so grateful for your support. Thank you for being a champion for animals ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Probably one of the best-run non-profits I’ve encountered,and I worked in the non-profit field for many years. Not only caring for animals but caring for people as well. So impressed during the height of Covid when the group was helping people and their pets who couldn’t afford or didn’t have access to pet supplies and care.
Most importantly I adopted my little buddy, Doug, from them a few years ago. Even though Doug had been a feral cat for a year and was extremely shy, they were able to see that he had potential to become a spoiled little pet. Through a great fostering program, Doug slowly became more comfortable with people before I adopted him into my home. Four years later he is a different cat! Don’t know what I’d do without him. And so happy that ARL gave him a real chance at a happy life!

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

We appreciate the kind words and support more than we can express ❤️ Thank you for giving Doug the purr-fect home!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We took our rescue dog Pepper to a weekly group behavior class at ARL and the instructors were fantastic. They were very patient with our nervous pup and helped us learn strategies to make her more comfortable around other dogs and people.

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you so much for the kind words, we're so happy you enjoyed our dog training classes!

1 Abby S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was so lucky to adopt the sweetest cat named Gordon. The staff were great in helping me find a cat that loves to sit on the couch with me and always brings a smile to my face! It’s been almost two years since I got my roommate and I am very grateful!

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you so much for the kind words, Abby! We're so happy we were able to help you find your purr-fect match ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two cats and a dog from ARL Boston and have been a financial and in-kind donor for many years. Each adoption experience was very positive and the staff took the time to answer all of my questions and make sure that the placements were a good fit. My pets are part of our family and each one has been a wonderful addition. continue to be in awe of the amazing work the staff and volunteers do to help so many animals in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had an opportunity to foster this lovely 2 year old puggle Robin from Animal Rescue League of Boston. She was rescued with her 5 puppies who all got placed into lovely homes . Robin was subsequently spayed and adopted by a loving family where she enjoys walks by the beach, car rides and cuddles with her human sister’s toys. ARL does an amazing job of going the extra mile and doing the right thing for the animals and puts in all the effort to match them with their forever homes!

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you SO much for the kind words! We are so grateful that Robin found her perfect match with you. Thank you for giving this sweet girl the BEST home ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

My cat of almost 21 years passed on April 15, 2020. I swore up and down I'd never get another cat. Didn't think I could go through that pain again. I wanted an older cat as I'm 61. I searched around for a few months and couldn't find one that was near me. (I don't drive). I've also never adopted before. All my cats were given to me. I was about to give up and this girl showed up on Boston ARL. I called right away and set up an appointment. I was nervous as I didn't know what to expect from a 10 year old cat that I didn't raise. Ryan opened the cage and she came right out and head butted me. I fell in love. She is gorgeous, very very smart (it's like she knows what I'm saying!). Her name is Kimshee . She gives kisses and hugs all day and truly has stolen my heart. I'm so glad I didn't give up! Ryan and everyone at ARL was so nice and I felt very comfortable with the adoption process.

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Such a heartwarming story ❤️ Thank you for opening up your home to Kimshee -- we're so glad you two found each other!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a feline foster parent for the ARL I have had close to 400 kitties pass through my home. Some of them have come from horrible conditions. But fortunately virtually all of my former fur babies found amazing forever homes. This would not possible without the ARL team behind me supporting them.

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you so much for the kind words AND for all you do for animals in need. We're so lucky to have you as a foster parent ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had many questions regarding adopting a cat after loosing my 19 year old cat and I wasn't sure that my resident cats would go for so I asked them for some advice. Not only did they give me the advice I needed they also provided me with a link that took me step by step through the process of adopting and bringing a new cat home. They always willing to listen and help. They do such outstanding work and have saved countless pets.

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

We're so grateful for your support -- thank you for sharing your story ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

ARL has helped me immensely with the feral cat population in my neighborhood. Their trap, spay and release program has been a lifesaver for these homeless cats. AND the ones that can be put up for adoption are the biggest success stories. I don't want to imagine what would happen without their assistance.

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you SO much for the kind words ❤️ We are truly grateful for your support. We would not be able to do what we do without supporters like you.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported ARL for many years because of the good work they do. They protect and help the animals who need it most. Wonderful organization.

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you so much for the kind words and the amazing support!

Cecile C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat from the ARL in 2011 . Those people are amazing . They were very helpful and so nice . I keep stopping by often to donate old sheets and towels for the animals and the front desk person is always super friendly . They really do a great job !!!

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Cecile, thank you so much for the kind words, we truly appreciate it ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Animal Rescue League of Boston provides animal adoptions, rescue services, and exceptional high-quality vet care. Their staff is extremely educated and compassionate about the animals in their care, and they truly take the time to place each animal into a perfectly matched home. I am so thankful to be a part of this organization!

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

We're so thankful to have you as part of our team ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our first pup from ARL and they were nothing but amazing! They gave us all the necessary paper work took care of her neutering and gave us great people to work with. The locations are clean and staff is super friendly.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Animal Rescue League of Boston helped me find Evie, the perfect cat. Throughout the adoption process they kept me Informed and was very professional. I felt very confident working with the the individuals at the organization. She has made a great addition to my family and I can’t thank them enough. I highly recommend.

Kristin O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the ARL - I adopted my bff babzz from them and the staff was amazing. Babzz (topsie at the time) was a shy kitty that wasn’t great around others and had a bit of a tude. There was a cat I was interested in that was living in the main area, but the staff let me know that by the time I got there to visit him a second time and hopefully take him home, that the kitty was a little “over loved“ for the day and needed a break as he was getting cranky. I mentioned how I thought cranky cats were funny, and the staff members face lit up! She let me know that there was a cat who had been at the shelter for 3 months as she was a little too cranky to be in the main area. “Topsie” had a private office upstairs that she shared with a staff member - and when we met, it was love! She’s a total sweetie and just didn’t like shelter life. The staff was thoughtful and literally hand picked our match and I couldn’t be more grateful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a foster volunteer at the Boston ARL and it’s clear how much the staff and other volunteers care about their animals. I have had a wonderful experience working with Caitlin Philips on taking in and caring for some foster animals. She is always available to provide guidance and help. Whenever I drop by the shelter, the staff and volunteers are extremely helpful and nice and do what is best for the animals at all times. Thank you Boston ARL for everything you do!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful organization! It is incredible to see the amount of animals they help every year— from senior animals to puppies and kittens—through adoptions, volunteer & foster efforts, field services, community services and law enforcement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely the best people, intensely dedicated to animal welfare and they never give up. I've been a foster parent for some years now and we've had baby animals in need of medical attention and no matter day or.night, there are people to help-- with meds, or transport, or just finding solutions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Currently a foster parents for ARL and they are a fantastic organization that cares for not only the wellbeing of all animals, but cares for every aspect of all animals and people. This makes for a fantastic organization that is so giving and caring.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I visited the ARL as a hopeful first-time cat owner and was welcomed right away. I arrived with three friends who were there to support me on my journey, and the staff was so kind to all of us, not just me (the person actually looking to adopt). I saw one cat and immediately fell in love, and a staff member worked with me for the next 30 minutes to an hour to help me get to know the cat, instead of dismissing me and telling me to look at other cats. She took my profile down and was very encouraging despite my newness to cat ownership, and thankfully the cat I had my eyes on was one that fit my needs and abilities as a first-time owner. Because the cat was shy and scared, she was sitting in the very back of her cage so I wasn't able to pet her. The staff member was so helpful, getting treats and food in the cage to help the cat warm up and get me to meet her. We all then stood there for the next 15 to 20 minutes while I pet the cat and sobbed because of how much I loved her. The staff member encouraged me to take my time and wasn't pushy about getting me out of there and to the cash register, which really helped me take the time to get comfortable with the cat before I took her home. The way the staff are with the cats and hopeful adopters shows how much they care for their animals and care for their potential owners. Everyone was so helpful in educating me about cat ownership and setting me up for success as I left, and I even hugged the staff member who helped me on my way out. The ARL staff are patient, kind, caring, and clearly love what they do. A staff member even called me a few weeks later to follow up and see how my girl was doing and emailed me some information to help me better care for my cat! I would highly recommend adopting from them. I can't thank the ARL enough for helping me find my girl, Pippa!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve gotten my two best cats from ARL, one was a calico, Nea, whom I had for over 18 years until she died and the other is Viva, my cuddly, little brown Tabby who will be 2 in April. She’s such a little charmer, with a super high voice, who loves to play fetch with toy mice including one that used to belong to Nea!

1 urbandogmom

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On March 10, 2018, I was heading home from grief counseling for the loss of my best friend and fur baby Luna the Shiloh Shepherd and decided to take a different route. It was a warm, sunny Saturday so a walk from Back Bay station to my home in Southie seemed like a good idea.

I happened upon a street sign for the Animal Rescue League of Boston and thought I'd pop in for some puppy therapy. Little did I know my life would be changing forever in less than an hour.

20 rescue puppies from Puerto Rico, all victims of Hurricane Maria, had arrived and a few were still in need of loving homes. I walked along the kennels, reading the profiles, and telling each pup how awesome they were and how they would be getting a family soon when I came upon a tiny pup with GIANT ears.

Her name was Alondra, a mini Shepherd mix about 4-5 months old...the oldest of all the PR puppies. As I was reading her story, she stuck a wee paw through the kennel gate and stared at me with big eyes, begging me to notice her.

I went up front to ask more about her and the staff asked if I wanted to take little Alondra for a walk outside.

I gave them my ID; the staff brought her out and leashed her up, and out we headed to the snow-covered side street. Alondra was curious and alert, but also really scared.

We walked to the front of the building where a group of dogs was romping and playing in the ARL dog park. Alondra was fascinated and went right up to the fence to watch with amazement. She clearly LOVED dogs!

Back inside, a bigger crowd had formed with more families showing up to find their forever pup. I sat on a bench and scooped little Alondra into my lap. The staff came over and asked, "So is she going home with you today?"

Without even thinking about it, I said "Yes. Yes, she is."

I filled out paperwork, picked a name (it wasn't Roo at first), got a starter bag of food, treats, and toys, and headed out with this wee pup to grab a Lyft home.

Fast-forward two years. Roo and I have been through A LOT. She's adjusted to massive change and a rough start in life as a mama-less stray fending for herself on a hurricane-ravaged island. She's helped me heal from the painful loss of Luna.

Roo Roo Bear is a sweet, silly, sassy girl and I'm proud to be her mama!

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ARLBoston 01/20/2022

Thank you so much for sharing your story ❤️

1 Sarah C.14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have followed the animal rescue league of Boston for years and have been so thankful for all the rescue and new homes they provide to not only dogs and cats but any type of animal. I started volunteering with arl this last August and I am hooked. I had rescued an elderly bulldog from a small rescue and they do not compare to what arl provides to the adopting families. I am floored with how much support arl gives adopters. Not only do they encourage multiple meets and greets but there is no adoption form. I think this is key as getting to know the potential adopter and seeing the interactions with the animal make for the best evaluation if this would be a good fit for both animal and human. They give supports and behavior classes after adoption as needed as well. Volunteering at arl has been such a wonderful experience. The shelter is clean, the staff are dedicated and greatly supportive for everyone to learn the best ways to care for our animals. I have learned so much about animal behavior and bring it home to my own doggie. I have seen so many animals rehab and find amazing homes. Arl is truly a wonderful shelter and the amount of rescues they provide on a weekly basis is crazy. Each and every staff member and volunteer truly love their role and animals. I am honored to be a part of arl and each animals journey.

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ARLBoston 01/20/2022

Thank you for sharing your story, Sarah! We're so happy to have you part of our volunteer team ❤️

1 Emily M.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ARL is a fantastic organization that works hard for its animals each and every day. I have had the pleasure of volunteering and fostering with them and the knowledge, support and camaraderie are unparalleled. It is the highlight of my week walking into the shelter to volunteer, whether that be to snuggle a puppy or work with a cat.

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ARLBoston 01/20/2022

Emily, thank you so much for the kind words!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer at ARL Boston branch and primarily work with dogs. I have the best time of my week when I’m there. The way ARL takes care of all the animals is amazing. The animals get all the love, affection and care that they deserve. I’m really glad to be associated with such an organization which helps to find right home for the animals. Everyone at ARL strives for the well being of the animals at the shelter and I’m so thankful for the opportunity that I got to work with them.

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ARLBoston 01/20/2022

Thank you so much for sharing your story ❤️

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted Noggin (fka Twine) 3 years ago. He has taught us so much about love, patience, and forgiveness. No dog is perfect, just like no human is perfect, but he fits our life pretty perfectly. He wants nothing more then to be included in everything with our family and our boys are his best friends.

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ARLBoston 01/20/2022

We're so happy we could help you find the perfect match ❤️

1 Jenna H.2

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Rating: 5

I adopted my kitty Andy in January of 2017. My cat of 13 years had just passed away and I was devastated and lonely. I decided to visit after peeking at the kitties on line and Andy was the last kitty I saw that day. I think I spent about an hour sitting with him and giving him treats and pets. The staff was so kind and patient and went over all of his medical history, he has FIV, and his previous adoptions and returns(yup he was returned twice!). I knew I was going to take him home but just needed a little time to process all the information and get my home ready for him. I placed a deposit and came back the next day to pick him up. Now here is the really speacial and amazing part. The Backes family happened to be at The ARL that day and when I went to “check out” and sign papers and things I was told that the adoption fee had been covered by the Backes Family and that they were actually covering all the fees for any adopted pets that day! ARL is such a special place and the community support is so wonderful. It has been a little over a year, we have moved to a new apartment and are still very happily together- furever!

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ARLBoston 01/20/2022

Thank you for sharing your story, Jenna!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my sweet kitty Jiggles when he was 4 back in 2011. I'm a person in a wheelchair and the ARL was very sensitive about picking the right cat for me. They were so helpful and just loved the animals. Such a terrific organization. Jiggles is almost 12 now and doing quite well. Thanks ARL!

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ARLBoston 01/20/2022

Thank you for sharing your story ❤️

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Rating: 5

They were very accommodating, as I am in a wheelchair. They answered all questions and were very nice. The animals were well cared for. They helped me select Jiggles, the perfect cat for me. I have had him since 2011 and he is wonderful. A terrific shelter.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Dixie at 9 weeks old from the Animal Rescue League, Dedham branch. She’s the sweetest kitty and gets along with both our dogs

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ARLBoston 01/12/2022

Tiffany, thank you so much for your dedication and support ❤️

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Rating: 5

i love the rescue league!!!!!!! below is my cat Crow (that i adopted days ago!) and my dog/ furry son Zeus that ive had since 2013, both from the Brewster branch. that shelter has very helpful and kind staff and they care very much for every animal there, and they do such a good job getting their animals adopted.

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ARLBoston 01/12/2022

Thank you so much, Heather! We're so thankful for your support.

2 Mary Elizabeth S.1

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Rating: 5

ARL of Boston is one of the nicest shelters I’ve ever been to. My husband and I adopted our bunny, Thumper (formerly Dandy) last June at the Dedham location and we couldn’t be happier. He is thriving with us. He does binkies, watches TV and loves eating his puff treats. Everything we learned from the ARL staff is still what we do daily for Thumper. You made the adoption process very easy for us. Thanks for all that you do!

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Such a wonderful story, thank you so much for sharing, Mary! We're so happy we could help you find your perfect match

2 Jen H.2

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Rating: 5

Both our babies are from Brewster ARL.. Big Boy Ben is my best bud and hiking companion .. and Mitzy our kitty is a sweet kind “old soul”.. so blessed to have them both in our lives.. Rescues are the best.!! ❤️

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Jen, thank you for sharing your story with us! We're so happy we could help you find Ben and Mitzy!

4 Sarah306

Client Served

Rating: 5

On a unseasonably warm February day in Boston, a coworker and myself brought some of clients with intellectual disabilities to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

The clients who attend our day hab program made homemade dog treat and cat toys for animals in shelter. When the shelter staff brought the clients to where the dogs were staying, there was one older lady who walked right up our clients.

This lady was named Maya, a German Shepard/greyhound mix. Two days later my fiance and I took Maya home. We celebrated her one year adoption with us this past Monday and we celebrate her 12th birthday in May. Maya has brought us so much joy; she is the first to greet you at the door and protect you from suspicious looking squirrels.

We are extremely grateful we able to give this sweet senior lady a home and we love her so much for trusting us as pet parents.

Thank you ARL for all the great work that you do!

Sarah Risko

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Sarah, such a heartwarming story ❤️ Thank you so much for your support and giving Maya the BEST home.

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Rating: 5

I adopted Gunner (front), a black mini schnauzer, 7 years ago. He is a cuddle bug and we absolutely adore him. Thank you Animal Rescue League of Boston for giving us the opportunity to have him. Forever grateful.

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you so much for the kind words ❤️ Say hello to Gunner for us!

1 Greg F.2

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Rating: 5

My wife and I have adopted 3 cats from ARL Dedham.

Our first cat together (my first cat ever) was Chewie (formerly Cilo). She has been the greatest cat we could ever hope for. She was so shy, and we spent an hour at the shelter quietly trying to get her out of her enclosure. She finally did, and she has been by my side ever since.

Our second cat was Pepper (Asia). We thought Chewie needed a friend, and so we went to look for another cat. I saw Pepper, who was a beautiful Bengal. I fell in love and asked about her. She was already being boxed up for another family. I had talked with the staff that day about Chewie, and about how I loved Pepper; they were very friendly and easy to talk to. Fast forward a few weeks, I get a call from the staff at the Dedham office and they told me that the family that took home Pepper brought her back in because she was throwing up. They remembered that I fell in love with her and asked if I wanted to come and get her. I came in with my wife that night and picked her up. We had Pepper for a little over a year before she passed from heart failure. She wasn't really a friendly cat, and she certainly was annoying, but we realized how much we missed her when there was no noisy orange cat greeting us at the door after work.

We decided to wait before we adopted again. We waited 2 months or so, and the first time we visited ARL again we saw a tiny little orange kitten in the office. We didn't see any other cats that were a good fit for us from the selection they had that day, and decided to chat with the staff and told them about Pepper, etc. They told us that the little kitten was also returned because he was "needy" and "annoying". They let us go to the office to play with him, and again, we fell in love. We stayed for a while and decided this was right for us, and they agreed to hold him until he got some other shots. We picked him up a couple of days later and he has been our "little one" for the last 2 years. Rupert (Logan) is super annoying, but we love him so much. The staff at ARL has been amazing since day 1 and I would recommend them to anybody and everybody.

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

We're SO happy we were able to help you find the perfect kitty matches! Thank you so much for sharing your story, Greg. We truly appreciate your support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ARL provides so much care to their animals - both medically and behaviorally. They unflinchingly and compassionately deal with abuse and hoards. An amazing group filled with amazing people.

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you so much for the kind words, we truly appreciate your support ❤️

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Rating: 5

They work with each animal as an individual. Every animal has a placement plan that is reviewed daily. All are vet checked and then monitored daily. ARL takes in law enforcement cases and works with owners and animals humanely

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you so much for the amazing feedback ❤️

1 Lyna M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our little boy Cypress in June 2017 after seeing him at ARL and immediately knew he was different. He was a goofy, energetic, and clever and climbed onto our laps the first night he came home with us. Unfortunately he passed away last winter due to acute leukemia and fought every day until the end, especially for those extra meaty snacks from the vet. We thank ARL for introducing us to the most loving addition to our family!

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Lyna, we are so sorry for your loss. We are truly grateful for you and your family for showing Cypress the best life. Thank you for all you do for animals in need ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Such an incredible shelter and so much more! Love the care they take to match animals to the perfect owner, and they do it in a way that doesn't eliminate great families for random reasons. Love their community programs, too-- my aunt took her cat to the Spay Waggin and had a great experience

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you so much for the kind words!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I rescued my new best friend at ARL Boston and my life had never been better! Thank you ARL BOSTON!!

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thanks for the love ❤️!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted our cat Kuzy from the ARL. He had been living on the streets and was very thin at the time. Now he's grown into a healthy, sweet cat, and is an integral part of our home. We're so grateful that they saved Kuzy and are investing in cutting-edge practices to help other cats across the state.

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ARLBoston 03/17/2021

Thank you so much for sharing your story ❤️ We are so grateful for your support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My first story involves a little grey kitten who filled our lives with so much love (and so many stories) for twenty-one years. After our cat, Peanut Little, died, we wanted to find a companion for her sister, Sunrise Serval. We were new to the Boston area, so friends recommended that we try adopting from the Animal Rescue League of Boston. That's where we found Grau Katt. The entire experience was wonderful. Since then, we've sent family and friends to ARL whenever they are looking to adopt a new member of their family, and we are long-time monthly donors.

1 Tia Q.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Animal Rescue League was so great in helping me with a feral mama cat and kittens in my yard. From communicating by phone, to coming out more than once on the hottest of hot days, they were amazing! The animals they help are lucky to have the wonderful people at the ARL on their side.

1 CarolHenry

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here a couple of months now and I am amazed at the staff and their commitment and compassion for these animals. Every animal is treated with just as much love as the next one, whatever their situation and demeanor is. Great great organization. It’s a tireless effort by every single one of the staff in this non profit. I also want to add another piece of information as I saw an earlier review that puzzled me which said that the ARL isn’t a Rescue service but an adoption service. I went out today on my first day on the ride along with the Rescue team. This involved collecting two stray kittens and bringing them back to Boston, back out to rescue an injured seagull from the top of an office building, onto Revere Beach to Rescue a sick cormorant and then back to another Boston location to collect an injured dove. I know that there was also another vehicle out on the road doing rescues all day too. The ARL do a great job and I've seen first hand what they do and I am enormously grateful that we have this team out there helping animals in distress.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here. Terrific staff and a great training program! I feel fortunate to be a part of the ARL!

1 Meaghan B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ARL Boston is simply amazing. My family has adopted 4 dogs from the organization since the 1980s. I couldn't recommend this organization more to family, friends, and the community when looking for an excellent place to adopt an animal from.

As a volunteer I have never felt more appreciated and welcomed than I do at the ARL. The teams there take the time to educate you on animal behaviors and techniques for always having a pleasant time with any animal. I've never met people who work harder for animals. Truly above and beyond in EVERY way!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each animal is cared for and given the attention they need. There are so many staff and volunteers who are there because they love what they do and it shows in the community the ARL has created.

1 Angela1991

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't begin to say how amazing this organization is, from finding long-time shelter residents a permanent home to providing life-saving veterinary care to animals in need! Their adoption care staff is extremely compassionate and knowledgeable, not with just cats and dogs but exotic animals (hedgehogs, degus, birds) as well.