Adopt from one of our shelters in Boston, Brewster or Dedham and give a homeless cat, dog or other animal a safe and loving place to live. By adopting, you’re saving not just one life, but two: the animal you adopt and the animal who can take its place in our shelters! Read on for details about required paperwork for adoption, fees, FAQs and more.

All of the animals’ behavioral and medical health has been carefully screened by our experienced veterinarians and employees. Our investment in our animals includes learning their personalities so that we can help you find the perfect match for your home and lifestyle. In fact, we are an industry leader when it comes to working with shelter dogs!

What’s Included

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All adoptable animals have received the following:

All adoptable animals at the ARL receive:

  • Spay or neuter services
  • Health screening and veterinary examination
  • Behavior screening and evaluations
  • Vaccinations
  • Microchip identification and registration
  • Heartworm test and preventative medication for dogs
  • Feline Leukemia test for cats
  • Flea, tick and mite treatment
  • Deworming for intestinal parasites
  • Tag, collar, and leash or carrier

Additional Info



The Animal Rescue League of Boston requires

We require the following
as part of the adoption process:

Proof that adopter is 18 years of age or older

A Massachusetts ID with valid current address (No Student IDs)

Potential adopters should bring along other dog(s)
if adopting a dog


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Under 6 months: $450
6 months - 7 years: $300
Dogs over 8 years: $200

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Under 6 months: $200
6 months - 3 years: $150
4 - 7 years: $125
Over 8 years: $100

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Ferrets: $90 or $150 for a pair
Rabbits: $75 or $125 for a pair
Guinea pigs: $35 or $50 for a pair
Small animals/Other: $25

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