Animal Rescue League of Boston

10 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116
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Our mission The Animal Rescue League of Boston is an unwavering champion for animals in need, committed to keeping them safe and healthy in habitats and homes.

Animal Rescue League of Boston

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Adoption Counselor Volunteer

Do you love animals and enjoy working with the public? Do you like to play the role of matchmaker among your friends and family? Adoption counselors are quite lucky as they get to match animals with their new families! This a very important volunteer task for outgoing people with great customer service skills.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Tour Leader Volunteer

Are you a former teacher or librarian? Do you have a flexible schedule that would allow you to host an occasional tour? Our animal care and adoption centers are looking for engaging folks to lead groups of students about our organization.
  • Occasional
  • 55+
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays

Community Cat Volunteer

Do you love cats and care about the welfare of the unowned cats in your community? Do you like making your own schedule and working outdoors? Our community cat volunteer position works in conjunction with our community cat rescue agent. This position requires someone who can work both with a team and independently in all types of weather and surroundings.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Transport Team Volunteer

Do you love helping to make animals feel secure in new surroundings? Are you experienced with assisting animals in new situations? Maybe caring for our newly arrived southern dogs and puppies would be for you! Our animal care and adoption centers are looking for committed and hardworking individuals to welcome these newest additions into our organization.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Foster a Pet

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is often seeking responsible and patient individuals who are willing to open up their home to animals in need. Taking an animal out of one of our Animal Care and Adoption Centers opens up precious space for other animals in need. We are currently seeking foster homes that have experience with dogs or cats with behavioral difficulties.
  • One-time, Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Lifestock Liaison Volunteer

Do you love working outdoors in all types of weather? Does the sound of roosters crowing and the smell of hay make your day? We are looking for farm folks to help keep our barn animals happy and healthy! This volunteer position entails hard but rewarding work! Livestock Liaison Volunteers must be comfortable working with livestock and various other large and small barn creatures!
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Feline Friends Volunteer

Do you have some extra time one afternoon or evening each week? Would spending time with cats and enriching their lives also make your life fuller? The Animal Rescue League of Boston is looking for fun and engaging people with the ability to make our shelter cats feel more at home.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Smallies Support Volunteer

Do you have a fondness for the smaller pets of the shelter? Does your knowledge base lean more towards rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and birds? Our animal care and adoption centers are looking for caring individuals to help care for our critters.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Photography Volunteer

Would you like to lend your photography skills to animals in need? Having quality photos of our adoptable pets goes a long way in helping them find their forever homes. Our animal care and adoption centers are seeking talented photographers to photograph our adoptable pets.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Canine Companion Volunteer

Would you like to be part of a team that changes the life of a shelter dog? Are you a reliable person who can commit to a weekly schedule? This position entails long walks, puppy kisses and sometimes a little poop. Canine Companion volunteers must be comfortable working with all breeds and sizes of dogs.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Community Outreach Volunteer

Do you love animals and enjoy talking to people? Do you have a background in marketing or an interest in attending events? If so, maybe serving as an ambassador for our organization would be the perfect fit for you. Our marketing and development departments are looking for outgoing people to help promote ARL.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Behaviour Helpline Volunteer

Are you passionate about helping to keep pets and their caregivers together? Do you have experience working with challenging animals? We are often looking for people to answer phone calls related to assisting owners experiencing behavioral difficulties with their pets. This volunteer position requires patience, good phone and people skills. This position can be done remotely.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Greeter Volunteer

Are you a people person who loves talking about animals? Do you thrive in a busy, fast paced environment? Our animal care and adoption centers are seeking outgoing people to welcome our clients and potential adopters. Be the face that makes the first impression a great one!
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Wellness Waggin' Volunteer

Do you love helping people with their pets? The Community Programs department is looking for volunteers interested in spending time with people and pets! The Wellness Waggin has three locations Mattapan, Dorchester and Roxbury and needs assistance at each location. This volunteer position is perfect for people that enjoy talking to others about pet care and meeting new people. Experience with reading animal behavior is preferred. Experience reading veterinary records is helpful but not necessary.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays

Administrative Support Volunteer

Do you love animals but would prefer helping them by working behind the scenes? Do you enjoy working in a fun, fast paced environment? Our Animal Care and Adoption Centers and our Administrative Offices are often in need of administrative support from the volunteer department. Previous customer service experience and the ability to multi-task is highly recommended. This position requires weekday availability and a weekly commitment of at least two hours.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays

Shelter Support Volunteer

Are you willing to spend some of your time behind the scenes helping with cleaning, laundry and sorting donations? Our animal care and adoption centers are seeking reliable and caring individuals to help with the odds and ends needed to help our shelters run more smoothly.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Admissions Assitant Volunteer

Do you love working with people and pets when they need you the most? Our admissions department in Dedham is looking for a volunteer to help our Admissions Supervisor with animal intakes, data entry, customer service and lost pet reports.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Wild Bunch Volunteer

Do you enjoy driving? Would you love to help injured wildlife receive the help that it needs? Then take a walk on the wild side with ARL! Our rescue department is seeking compassionate folks able to respond in an on-call fashion when an animal is in distress. *Volunteers must have their own transportation and will not be asked to transport rabies vector species.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help Volunteer Engagement recruits and supports over 500 volunteers and nearly 200 foster families who contribute more than 26,000 hours of service each year. Volunteers provide critical support for animal enrichment, training and socialization as well as advocacy, administration and customer service roles throughout the organization.
About us For 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 540 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 16,900 animals in need.
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