Shelter and Community Veterinary Services

Our Shelter Veterinary Medicine Team provides comprehensive veterinary services for all three of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, and mobile Spay Waggin’.

They  play a critical role in fulfilling our mission: to rescue animals from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect.

Every animal that comes to an ARL shelter receives a medical evaluation from one of our highly-qualified, caring shelter veterinarians.  Our team members continuously train and work to expand skills to meet the needs of a diverse range of species including dogs, cats, rabbits, small animal, bird, reptiles, and livestock, coming from a variety of living situations and conditions.

In 2013, our team:

  • Completed over 5,000 exams on our shelter pets
  • Performed over 1,400 surgeries for our shelter pets
  • Provided over 4,000 low cost spays and neuters on the ARL’s mobile Spay Waggin

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Meet the Team


Dr E Doyle WebDr. Erin Doyle, Lead Veterinarian – Shelter Veterinary Services, Boston Shelter and City of Boston Animal Care and Control Shelter

Born in the Midwest but raised in New Jersey, Dr. Erin Doyle relocated to Massachusetts for college and vet school and has remained there ever since.  A 2004 graduate of Tufts Veterinary School, Dr. Doyle was in private practice in Worcester, MA for three years prior to transitioning to shelter medicine. In 2012, Dr. Doyle completed the Koret Shelter Medicine Program’s Loren Eslinger Fellowship.  Though Dr. Doyle enjoys all aspects of shelter medicine and surgery, population management and shelter metrics are a particular interest and focus.

When not working, Dr. Doyle enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter as well as hiking with her dog.

Dr Quigley WebDr. Kyle Quigley, Lead Veterinarian – Community Veterinary Services, and staff Shelter Veterinarian, Brewster Shelter and Spay Waggin’

Dr. Kyle Quigley graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Dr. Quigley joined the Animal Rescue League of Boston in July 2012. He has a dedicated interest in shelter medicine and surgery and works as both a shelter veterinarian for the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Brewster shelter and as a high volume surgeon on the Spay Waggin’. Dr. Quigley has both large and small animal experience and is a category 2 accredited veterinarian with the United States Department of Agriculture. While attending Ross University, Dr. Quigley earned several awards including a scholarship and Compassionate Animal Care Award from Hill’s for his exemplary care, compassion and dedication to the stray animal population on St. Kitts. Dr. Quigley is also a veteran of the United States Army. He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Dr Gollon WebDr. Kate Gollon, Dedham Shelter, Spay Waggin’, and City of Boston Animal Care and Control Shelter

Kate Gollon graduated from Boston College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and an emphasis in Community Advocacy. She spent the following two years working as a technician for humane organizations in Utah and Texas, and volunteered in the animal rescue effort in Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Kate received her DVM from Cornell University in 2011 and went on to complete a year-long internship in Shelter Medicine at Cornell University. She has worked as a consultant for the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team.

Kate’s particular interests are in affordable HQHVSN programs and infectious disease management in shelters. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, cooking, and hanging out with her two fat cats, Lola and Petunia.

no photo available Dr. Laura Turner, Boston Shelter and City of Boston Animal Care and Control Shelter

Dr. Laura Turner received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 2014 from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, where she focused her studies on shelter medicine and surgery. Prior to joining the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Shelter and Community Veterinary Services team in September 2015, she spent a year as an associate veterinarian at a busy shelter in San Antonio, Texas, where she gained valuable experience in HQHVSN, population management, and infectious disease.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, exploring new places, and spending time with her husband and their dog and cat.

Veterinary Support

Jessica WebJessica Wright, CVT, Lead Technician – Shelter Veterinary Services

Jessica graduated from the University of Vermont in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences. Since beginning her career with the Animal Rescue League of Boston in 2005, Jessica has held technician positions with our Pembroke Shelter, Spay Waggin’ and Boston Veterinary Care.

In 2008, Jessica became the Lead Shelter Veterinary Technician in our Boston Shelter. During this time Jessica has developed a strong understanding of not only individual animal care but shelter population management, as well. Since entering shelter medicine, Jessica has cultivated a particular interest in the needs of small, geriatric dogs with prominent eyes in the shelter setting. During her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her dogs, Pixel and Ruxin, reading, and gardening.

Jean WebJean Mahoney, CVT

Jean graduated from Vermont Technical College in 2005 with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology.  During her studies at VTC, she gained diverse experience with domestic and farm animals.  She also completed an externship at Roberts Animal Hospital.  After graduation, she worked in a private practice for a year before joining the Animal Rescue League’s Boston Veterinary Care in 2006.  In 2007, Jean passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam and became a certified veterinary technician.  After a few years at BVC, Jean was promoted to Lead Veterinary Technician. In 2012, she decided to venture into another branch at ARL and joined the Spay Waggin, the organization’s mobile spay and neuter program. When she is not working, Jean likes to read, go for walks, and hang out with her family, friends and dog, Dirty.

Bonnie M WebBonnie Morrissey, CVT

Bonnie has had a strong interest in animal welfare since childhood. She has worked at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Spay Waggin’ since 2003 and after taking the required courses at Dallas County Community College, she became a certified veterinary technician in 2013.

When not working, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, four cats and her Chihuahua mix, and loves being outside going for walks in the woods or at the beach.

Sue TortolaniSue Tortolani, CVT

Sue had been volunteering at her local animal shelter for eight years before she made the decision to go back to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2011. She relocated to the Boston area in April 2015 and is excited to join the Animal Rescue League working out of the Boston city shelter.  Sue is passionate about shelter animals and hopes to be an advocate for those who need one.

When she isn’t at work, Sue is usually found cultivating her other skills, including karaoke, pinball, and trivia.  She lives with her two feline loves, Gibson and Miles.

Katie Riley
Katie found her passion for animals when she was less than a month old with her “older sister” Kelly, a buff Cocker Spaniel, who was her partner in crime for years. She set her passion aside in pursuit of other careers, and in 2009, she completed her certificate from CSB School of Broadcasting in Needham, MA. That fall, she began a collegiate career at Cape Cod Community College, becoming a member of college’s radio program. In 2011, she graduated from 4C’s with her Associate’s Degree in Arts, with a concentration in Communications. After denying her passion for animals for so long, and with encouragement from her friends and family, she started that fall at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She graduated from Mount Ida College in 2015 and is excited to have found a career in her field that makes her heart happy.

When not at work, she loves spending time with her family and her furry “kids”: two cats, Rani and Barbie (who was adopted from the Brewster Shelter), and two Beagles, Priscilla and Beau, both Mount Ida alumni. She also enjoys heavy metal, running, being active, and is a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism, a medieval reenactment group.



Cheryl WebCheryl Traversi, Community Veterinary Services Manager

Cheryl has been a part of the Animal Rescue League’s Shelter Medicine Team for over seven years.  While working on this team, her primary focus has been to coordinate the Spay Waggin mobile unit.  She has enjoyed assisting clients with affordable veterinary care for their beloved pets.  Working at the Animal Rescue League has given her the opportunity to foster many shelter animals, Bear, in the picture below, became a part of her family in 2011.  “I feel lucky to work for an organization where the goal each day is to provide care, shelter, and kindness to animals”.

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