Volunteer at the Animal Rescue League

Looking for a way to match your skills and interests with your love for animals?

Debby Vogel, Volunteer & Educational Programs Manager

The Animal Rescue League may need your help. Our three Animal Care and Adoption Centers, our Spay Waggin’ and administrative offices often need volunteers to help with everything from animal care to general office support; from staffing special events to working on creative projects. Whether it’s feeding our shelter animals, training our dogs or applying your communications, writing, event planning or office skills, we have numerous and meaningful ways for you to volunteer at the Animal Rescue League.

View current fall opportunities.

(617) 226-5670


Steps to Becoming an ARL Volunteer

1. You must be at least sixteen years of age to apply and have at least five months of volunteer service to give.  We are currently only accepting applications for the positions listed below.  If you see a volunteer position that you are may be a match for, please fill out a volunteer application (click here to fill one out).

*Please note that there is a $15 non-refundable application fee.  This fee includes your initial volunteer T-shirt, name badge, any required training classes and a 20% discount at any of our three adoption centers.

2. If your volunteer application is matched to a position, you will be contacted by a member of our volunteer department within 5 business days.  All other applications will be kept on file for one year. 

3. If matched in a position, you will be required to attend volunteer orientations and trainings.

*Please note that the volunteer program is highly competitive and submission of an application does not guarantee placement.  

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Current Opportunities