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Animal Rescue League of Boston

10 Chandler Street
Boston, MA 02116

Our Mission

For over 120 years, The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) has responded to the needs of animals and the people who care about them. In fact, we are often the first to respond. With over 1,000 dedicated volunteers and 100 staff members, ARL lends unwavering support to local animals, families, and neighborhoods.

We provide outstanding veterinary care, adoption, and field services. We also confront the root causes of animal cruelty and neglect through special police investigation and advocacy aimed at strengthening the laws that protect animals. Last year alone, 23,938 animals were helped with your support!

Today, we increasingly focus on prevention and the impact we can have on more animals; keeping them out of shelters and in the communities where they belong. This ambitious call to action is reflected in our new vision for the future.

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Adoption Policy

We require the following as part of the adoption process:

- We welcome adopters from NH, RI, CT, and NY. However, we will be unable to facilitate same day adoptions due to state regulated paperwork requirement.
- Adopter must be 18 years of age or older
- A photo of the cage your pet will live in, if adopting a small animal or bird
- Adopters are responsible for bringing their own travel carrier to bring home all adopted cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, and other small animals or birds of a larger size. All ARL Animal Care & Adoption centers offer new travel carriers for sale ($35 – $40 depending on size), along with gently used carriers, as supplies last ($10).

Learn more about ARL’s adoption fees and search adoptables at

  • day hours
    Monday CLOSED
    Tuesday 1:00pm-6:00pm
    Wednesday 1:00pm-6:00pm
    Thursday 1:00pm-6:00pm
    Friday 1:00pm-6:00pm
    Saturday 1:00pm-6:00pm
    Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm

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