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Animal Rescue League of Boston

Animal Rescue League of Boston

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About Us

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 800 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, we served more than 16,700 animals in need.

A history of caring on Cape Cod: Since 1921, ARL has responded to the needs of the Cape Cod community. Originally located in Provincetown, in 1967 ARL moved to its current larger location at 3981 Main Street in East Brewster to accommodate even more companion and farm animals. In 2009, ARL took its spay/neuter services on the road via its mobile surgical unit, The Spay Waggin’, to service animals and their families across Cape Cod and the South Shore.

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. Learn more about ARL at


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