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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 2016, ARL served more than 17,800 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.

Target demographics: Animals in need and the community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 17,800 animals got the care they needed at the Animal Rescue League of Boston in 2016!

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

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! We have rescued a very sweet white mouse named Abe and 2 darling goats who came from a truly horrific situation. They were knowledgable, organized and supportive throughout the whole process. You guys are my heroes and Gwenny and Gump think so too!

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best non-profits out there! The ARLB has a mobile rescue service that comes to the aid of animals in need of rescue. For example, one time, I came across what I thought was an injured cormorant. I called the ARLB, and the rescue technician came out, captured the bird, evaluated him (and determined he was just young and awkward but not injured), and then transported the cormorant to a place closer to water. I love these folks and am so grateful for their animal rescue division!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found my sweet tuxedo cat Plume there 17 years ago, my previous tuxedo cat Bunny was from ARL also.
So grateful they rescued these wonderful cats. Plume was discovered on a Boston street, and now he's been enjoying life since then, thanks to ARL.

Chris F.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I wish every town had an ARL, but sadly, they don't.

I live on a pond and ARL has helped me many, many times when I find an injured duck or goose, or other animals for that matter. Seeing that I don't have a car to get them help myself, I'd be lost without them. We often work as a team, I catch the animal and wait for them to pick up, or I try to befriend the animal and they help me catch it once it's more approachable.

I wish that more people knew that ARL gets no money from the government. There are so many animals out there who need their help and ARL is reliant upon us to help them provide it.

Joyce Michelle C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We live in Ma at the time my husband worked in the city.We had 2 buns wanted to adopt another.On his break he went to the Boston Shelter where there were some bun rabbits.Bob visited with some came home and told me about them.WE then went togehther and successfuly adopted our first female bun from them>THey were supportive giving us contact info if we had questions.Also praised us for our knoweldge of bun care.
Mystic was a great companion to our other 2 buns as well as us.I miss her much she lived to 8 years old.
Being an advocate on behalf of animals everywhere when i learned that the ARL was involved in getting animals from a horrid place of neglect and abuse we imediatly contacted them.Yes they had about 6 buns there from this place.WE so wanted to give at least one of them a good home there we found BoSOx a Lionhead bun.He is great and VERY responsive to me going to room to room with me also when in the mood keeps me company on the sofa and ALWAYS makes me laugh with his bundle of energy.
WE Love each and every of our buns they are a big part of our family in part thanks to the ARL of Boston!!!

Sarah D.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

One year ago, I came nervously looking for a cat, and ARL volunteers helped me find the perfect 7-year-old gray lady. The animals were loved and well-cared for. And we couldn't be happier with our cat Astrid.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ARL has been such a great place to me since I moved to Boston two years ago. I moved close by so I signed up to volunteer and also ended up adopting a cat from them a year later. They have some great programs (community cats, spay waggin, happy moms happy litters, bringing animals in from places struck by a hurricane or through their regular transport program, etc) and also pet behavior help. Seeing staff and volunteers care for the animals behind the scenes and being able to adopt an animal from a hoarding case they took in has been amazing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found a wonderful cat at ARL in Brewster MA. The staff is passionate and knowledgeable. They make every effort to find just the pet you are looking for!
You can absolutely trust that every animal in thei adoption center has received the care and attention they deserve. They are simply the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has adopted several pets from the ARL. One dog was a foster, he was rescued from a terrible situation. Our foster experience with ARL was amazing, we got to see first hand how they advocate for the animals who can't speak for themselves. We often stop by to visit their facility. Here is a picture of my Spock, he's s happy fella

Lauren R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization far exceeded my expectation in many ways. I love to adopt my pets and I was looking for a puppy. Luckily they had just got a transport from the South in. The puppy came with a behavioral specialist and all of its medical care. They even gave me a discount on dog training classes and referred me to their veterinary clinic (who I adore)! I love supporting ARL and learning more everyday about different things they do in MA.

General Member of the Public

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.

Donor

Rating: 1

ARL of Boston's Rescue Department was terminated in May of 2017, right after Manager of Rescues left . I have trouble accepting the fact that ARL's President keeps asking for donations - I am a donor- while failing to disclose to donors and the public the truth. Making donors believe that they, ARL, keep rescuing animals in need is quite deceiving. There were 6 rescuers until May of 2017: now only 1 rescuer is left. They do not offer rescue services 7 days a week anymore. Animal "Rescue" League of Boston is now one more animals shelter, not an agency rescuing suffering animals, and its President should tell donors and the public the truth. Otherwise it looks like they are running a scam

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ARLBoston 10/31/2017

We apologize for any misunderstanding. ARL currently employees three rescue technicians and is actively recruiting additional team members. ARL continues to rescue animals throughout Massachusetts as part of its commitment to helping animals in need and the people who care about them. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact ARL.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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ARLBoston 07/19/2016

So glad we could help you find your purr-fect match! Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

1 Veronica N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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ARLBoston 07/18/2016

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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ARLBoston 07/18/2016

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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ARLBoston 07/18/2016

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

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ARLBoston 07/18/2016

Such inspiring words! We truly appreciate your time and dedication as an ARL volunteer and adopter :) Thank you so much for sharing your story!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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ARLBoston 07/18/2016

We're SO glad we could help you find your purr-fect match! Thank you so much for being a long-time animal welfare advocate and dedicating your time to animals in need.

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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!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

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.

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ARLBoston 07/18/2016

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!