The Animal Rescue League of Boston provides preventative wellness care and veterinary treatment to animals in our shelters through our Shelter Medicine Program.
Shelter medicine is an emerging field of veterinary practice that provides individual patient care and applies herd health principles to companion animal species housed in a revolving population. League veterinarians assess each animal and develop treatment plans for a range of common medical concerns, and constantly monitor the shelter population for early signs of infectious disease.
The Department of Shelter and Community Medicine provides preventative veterinary medical services to our community, such as the Spay Waggin’, community wellness clinics in areas of Boston that demonstrate the greatest need, and monthly Trap-Neuter-Release clinics to provide free sterilization and vaccination for feral cats. We also participate in veterinary student education by lecturing at Tufts University and hosting veterinary student externs within the shelter.